Category Archives: Camping

All about Scout camps and outdoor-activity related articles.

By John Peterson
May 23, 2017

How Selling Smart Saver Cards Taught This Scout About Self-Reliance

I received a note from a Scout in my district recently. He was so excited about paying his own way to camp (and much more), that I had to share his story:   “Hi, I’m Sean Bezzant. My friend Preston told me about selling Scout cards. He was selling to earn money for a leadership […]

By Debbie Spoons
May 22, 2017

Climbing Instructor Class BSA Level 1 & 2

Scout leaders, get ready for Summer climbing and rappelling trips now. This exciting part of Scouting comes with great risk, so BSA has training to get you safe and ready. To take youth climbing, rappelling or canyoneering, this certification is required by BSA before you leave on your adventure. Date: May 25 – 27th and June 1 […]

By Madison Austin
May 20, 2017

Get Ready For Camp Event – A Success!

At the Utah National Parks Council in Orem, Utah, the yearly “Get Ready for Camp” event brought families and Boy Scouts into the Scout Shop to get ready for a summer of camps.  This yearly event features everything a boy would need to prepare for any of the Boy Scout camps they are heading to. […]

By Darryl Alder
May 17, 2017

Wilderness First Aid—What It Is and Why Should You Care?

Last spring Maria Milligan and I found ourselves together training in First Aid; Maria is a certified lifeguard with Red Cross. As a former Army Medic, I maintain my certification through our BSA partnership with ECSI. When Scoutmaster Austin Rose called to schedule a course for himself, I suggested we include the whole troop. Usually it’s no […]

By Madison Austin
May 16, 2017

Girl’s Camp at Boy Scout Camp

Throughout my young teenage years, there was one thing that was a constant in my life. No arguing about it, Girl’s Camp happened every summer. My first year or so, I dreaded camp. I did not look forward to a week without showers in the humid forests of Northern Virginia. As I got older, however, […]

By Boy Scouts of America
May 15, 2017

Using Safety Moments in Scouting Activities

What do nuclear power plants, construction sites, aircraft carriers, and many hospitals have in common with Scouting? All constantly look for ways to eliminate potentially life threatening or fatal hazards. One tool used by many safety-conscious groups is a safety moment at the beginning of a meeting or activity. You start with a pause to […]

By Darryl Alder
May 13, 2017

Where to Go Camping: Johnson’s Hole

New Scout leaders in Utah Valley often ask this question, so I want to help.  Obvious options include one of the many Council or Forest Service campgrounds in the area, but I have a few nearby favorites I’m mentioning in this series. First, a family and troop favorite, try Johnson’s Hole. You access Johnson’s Hole through […]

By Michelle Carpenter
May 12, 2017

Bryce: A Day in the Life of a Camp Staffer

He’s shoving cereal down his throat, rushing to the school bus. He gets in, muddles through classes, chats with friends and engages in an extracurricular activity in the evening. Finally, around 8:00 PM, he comes home, struggles through calculus and goes to bed. That’s a pretty typical day for a teenager during the school year. […]

By Utah National Parks Council
May 11, 2017

Utah National Parks Council Supports LDS Church Changes to Scouting in Young Men Programs

Utah National Parks Council, BSA Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Orem, UT —  On May 11, 2017, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced, “the Church will no longer charter Varsity or Venturing units with the Boy Scouts of America and Scouts Canada effective January 1, 2018. We express sincere appreciation and gratitude […]

By Darryl Alder
May 07, 2017

Woolen Socks and the Holy Ghost

Looking back it was a pretty miserable campout, but I was determined to do my part in offering our Scouts a bit of privation. After reading Jarom Shaver’s “Does Scouting Keep Boys on Missions?” in March, I wanted to test his thesis.  Now, ours is troop that camps nearly every month. Matt Johnson, our Scoutmaster, is great […]

By Melany Gardner
Apr 28, 2017

Take the Quiz: Where Should Your Scout Go Camping This Summer?

Camp is only a few more weeks out. Do you know where you’re going to for Scout camp yet? Have your Scouts take the following quiz to see what Utah National Parks Council camp jives with their likes and personality.      Possible Answers: Tifie Scout Camp: Tifie Scout Camp is a full featured summer […]

By Darryl Alder
Apr 22, 2017

For Earth Day We Connected Them With Heaven

Last Saturday, I was with our stake at Camp Jeremiah Johnson delivering Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills to 26 Scouters. Being Earth Day,  I felt pretty self-satisfied that had spent most of the day working the nature trail at this camp in Hobble Creek Canyon. It is natural for me to find God in nature; He did not disappoint. There was a […]