Category Archives: Camping

All about Scout camps and outdoor-activity related articles.

By David Johnson
Mar 22, 2017

Year-round Activities for EVERYONE at Maple Dell Scout Camp

That’s right! Scout camp isn’t just summer camp for boys any more, it’s camping for everyone! Young men, young women, young single adult, school, church, and family groups, you’re invited to come to Maple Dell Scout Camp in Payson Canyon for exciting off-season activities! High COPE Course and Zipline Bring your Scout Troop, Team, Crew, […]

By Ryan Bertram
Mar 21, 2017

Spring Mountain Bike in Red Rock Country

Mountain bike across the world-renowned “Mag 7” slick-rock trails near Moab, Utah in early April. Navigate water pockets and ledges while enjoying stunning vistas of canyons, buttes, and mesas in pleasant spring desert weather. Entrada is a high-adventure base gem that is surrounded by extraordinary red rock geological formations, beautiful desert southwest vistas, and world famous destinations: Moab […]

By Maloree Anderson
Mar 18, 2017

Outdoor Center/Trading Post Grand Opening Elicited Scouting Enthusiasm

The  Outdoor Center/Trading Post Grand Opening took place on Saturday March 18th, and we’d like to thank all who came.  We’d especially like to shout out to the Food Truck Underground Roundup who partnered with us to make this grand opening not only engaging but delicious. Spending a Friday evening with friends and family outside in […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Mar 17, 2017

Why We’re Having An Outdoor Center Grand Opening Party

The Food Truck Underground Roundup is here waiting for you to come to dinner: We can show you around: Our new Trading Post and Outdoor Center is located at the Orem Service Center at 748 North 1340 West, Orem Utah right next to the National BSA Scout Shop. In our ongoing attempt to better serve […]

By Maloree Anderson
Mar 13, 2017

Did You Attend the 2017 Scout Show?

What’s a better place to demonstrate the awesomeness of Scouting than at The Big Outdoors Expo? For the third year in a row, the Scout Show promoted many adventures Scouting offers through hands on activities, contests, games, prizes, and more. Expo attendees were able to participate in activities as if they were at camp themselves. Rock climbing, […]

By Community Submission
Feb 28, 2017

Scout Show 2017, Mar 10th &11th: Sword Jousting, 360° Photo Booth, and Enthused Scouts

Kids surround a giant derby track as the race begins. A woman dressed as Elsa decorates a child’s face. A Scout holds a rifle, aiming at his target. All  were seen at Utah’s Outdoor Expo and Boy Scout Show in 2016. This year, prepare for more crazy fun sights because the event’s making a comeback. […]

By Dae Richey
Feb 18, 2017

Council Rentals Now Available!

Want decorations for your Scouting Ceremony? Need some equipment for weekend campouts? Well, look no further. Rentals are now available at the Utah National Parks Council. Visit the Outdoor Center to view numerous choices available to make a Court of Honor, pack meeting, Blue and Gold Banquet, or even an Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony look […]

By Debbie Spoons
Feb 11, 2017

Climbing Instructor Class BSA Level 1 & 2

Scout leaders, get ready for Spring and 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. Two Courses Available in Springville and […]

By Darryl Alder
Jan 25, 2017

16 Cold Weather Camping Tips

Snowdrifts have a habit of swallowing up unattended camping gear. Melted snow can soak  unprotected clothing, equipment and food.  But, with each winter camping trip,  you will figure out a few more ways to make your cold weather adventures more rewarding. Here are a few winter camping tips from the Fieldbook: Organize provisions and extra clothing […]

By Darryl Alder
Jan 23, 2017

The Surprising Option of Indoor Venues at Scout Camps

What are you doing President’s Day weekend?  If you aren’t sure of the answer, I have a great ‘secret’ for a Scout troop or a ward or a family. Maple Dell Boy Scout Camp  allows individuals to book Clyde Lodge (and other camps in the council have something similar) for indoor events. You mean you can […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Jan 01, 2017

2020 Strategic Issues (updated for 2017)

Top Ten Concerns for 2020 Vision Better service to our key sponsor, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Their leadership expects trained leaders, understanding of Scouting’s value proposition, and better communication  Adapt Scouting for LDS purposes, including: Church leaders will, as always, select their own Scout leaders based on church standards. BSA employees and volunteers are […]

By Darryl Alder
Jan 01, 2017

2017 Internal/External Analysis

Utah National Parks SWOT Analysis STRENGTHS Scouting programs helps leaders “Be With Them“—our outdoor programs concentrate the quality of that time. A Scout’s duty to God “Connects Them With Heaven.” We help youth become spiritually prepared by developing testimonies of Christ and the gospel by their duty to God. Scouting prepares boys to lead; the patrol method “Lets Them Lead” […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Jan 01, 2017

Council Customer Segments

LDS Leadership:  Area Seventies, Stake Presidents and Bishops are proven leaders that have a history of contributing their time, talents, and resources to promoting the mission of Scouting.  They provide Council leadership and are capable of representing the Council in their LDS Coordinating Council.   They need clear and concise communication and parallel and consistent support […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Jan 01, 2017

Council Committees Roles

Unit Service:  Provide the level of coaching and mentoring required to integrate Journey to Excellence throughout the council. Be prepared to assist with bringing about a robust, activity-based Roundtable experience in all districts. Finance:  Build a proven financial process that results in the needed operating and capital funds. Membership:  Teach district volunteers to present Scouting’s […]

By The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Dec 10, 2016

Safety Share: Winter Safety Tips

This week the LDS Church Risk Management team released this Safety Share for December: “It is the most wonderful time of the year”, so says the famous Christmas song and we are heading into the winter season, at least in climates of the northern hemisphere where cold and snow are present. For those who live […]

By John Gailey
Nov 26, 2016

Sell Scout Show Discount Cards and Raise Money for Summer Camp

Beginning December 1st, individuals, Cub packs, Scout troops, Varsity teams, Venturing crews, Young Women groups, and Youth Ministry groups can begin selling discount cards to raise money for their summer camp! Sales begin December 1, 2016 and go to March 1, 2017. The Discount Card includes admission to the Big Outdoors Expo and Scout Show […]

By David Johnson
Nov 09, 2016

Cabela’s Donates Hours of Service for Maple Dell Scout Camp

In late September Joe Haycock, Cabela’s Marketing Manager/PR Liaison, contacted the Utah National Parks Council and told us that they like to do an annual service project and they wanted to volunteer to help the Boy Scouts in Utah County. Joe was quickly routed to me where we discussed several different service projects they might […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Nov 03, 2016

Bring your Stakes and Wards to Camp

For the past several years, the Utah National Parks Council has worked to make its summer camps more accessible to and useful for groups from the LDS Church (our largest chartered partner). These efforts have included new buildings, programs, and materials designed for large, diverse groups. Every church group has different ideas of what they […]

By John Gailey
Nov 02, 2016

Going to Camp in Style!

When going to camp or a high adventure, you’ve got to go in style, right? And having a shirt that is customized to your troop/team/crew/ward is even better! Why a Common Shirt? One of the key methods of Scouting is the uniform, including activity shirts. Having the entire group dressed the same builds unity within […]