Category Archives: Camping

All about Scout camps and outdoor-activity related articles.

By Katelyn Kenedy
Sep 29, 2017

Salem Scout Dies of Altitude Sickness, Dad on Mission to Save Future Lives

Dozens of local news channels covered the story about the 17-year-old football player from Salem, Utah who passed away on August 5, 2017 from altitude sickness while on a Boy Scout camping trip in the High Uintas. After losing his son, Doug Julian’s father, also named Doug, is now mightily determined to educate and spread awareness about […]

By Madison Austin
Sep 28, 2017

Merit Badge Adventures at Maple Dell Scout Camp Make Advancement a Breeze

Merit Badge Adventures at Maple Dell Scout Camp have proved time and time again to be a great atmosphere for Scouts to have fun and pursue advancement. This past weekend, the Porter Rockwell District of the Utah National Parks Council put together and hosted the whole event. It was a great success and we are […]

By Kimball Vaughn
Sep 27, 2017

To All Scouts Who Didn’t Come to the Merit Badge Adventure at Camp JJ: “You Missed Out!”

9 out of 10, that’s how three Scouts rated their experience at the Merit Badge Adventure at Camp Jeremiah Johnson this past weekend. Over 20 young men and their fathers huddled together in the unusually cold September weather, made friends and earned merit badges. On one side of Camp JJ, 11-14 year-old boys learned the basics […]

By Julia Thompson
Sep 26, 2017

Why I Leave No Trace

“What are you doing?” I asked my husband, then boyfriend, while we were on a family campout. He looked odd wandering around and suddenly disappearing for minutes clutching a black trash bag. “Don’t worry about it,” he said. This statement, of course, made me more curious. I followed him around and watched as he picked […]

By Ann Shumway
Sep 22, 2017

Webelos Day Camp vs Webelos Woods?

As a new Webelos leader things can be quite confusing with all the new jargon, updated requirements (which now include both Webelos and Arrow of Light Adventures), wondering which uniform the boys wear blue or tan among other questions.  Then you throw in the information on Webelos Day Camp and Webelos Woods.  Are they the […]

By Maloree Anderson
Sep 17, 2017

Families Grew Strong at the Partner and Pal Campout

Camp Jeremiah Johnson just hosted its fall Partner and Pal Campout. This event is an overnight camping experience geared towards families that are looking for a good time at camp. Families are invited to come Friday evening and enjoy dinner around the fire and pitch their tents somewhere on the camps property. Then, in the […]

By David Johnson
Sep 16, 2017

Enjoy the Spirit of Thanks by Attending the Community Thanksgiving Expo

Thanksgiving is a time of year to spend with family and close friends: Gathering together for festivities and feasts to appreciate the wonders of giving and being thankful. How is your family celebrating Thanksgiving Day this year? Why not enjoy the spirit of giving at Maple Dell Scout Camp during the first annual Community Thanksgiving […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Sep 15, 2017

Join us for Family Camping 101 at the Orem Scout Shop’s Family Camping Event

Looking to make your family camping trips successful? Well, look no further, because we have got just the day planned for you! On Saturday, October 21, 2017, from 10 am to 3 pm, the Orem Scout Shop will be hosting a Family Camping event. The Scout Shop will provide you with all the gear and […]

By Lisa Jenson
Sep 13, 2017

18 Hole Golf Tournament to Benefit Fire-Damaged Thunder Ridge Scout Camp

Ken Garff St. George Ford Lincoln and Sun River Golf Club are sponsoring an 18 hole golf tournament at the Bloomington Country Club Thursday, Oct. 19th to benefit  BSAThunder Ridge Scout Camp affected by the Brian Head fire this year.  Register for the Golf Tournament Here Purchase one of three packages to participate in the tournament: […]

By Maloree Anderson
Sep 09, 2017

Turn up the Heat and Complete the Welding Merit Badge

Sparks will literally fly when Scouts work diligently to complete the Welding Merit Badge. This unique, elective merit badge is currently only available at Maple Dell Scout Camp during regular summer camp and is one of the more popular classes being offered, (with limited space). This merit badge not only gets the Scouts to work with […]

By Maloree Anderson
Sep 06, 2017

Get Your Halloween Spook On At Camp

Looking for a hair-raising, family-friendly activity to get in the Halloween spirit? Look no further! Through the month of October Camp Jeremiah Johnson and Maple Dell Scout Camp are hosting hauntingly fun programs that the whole family can enjoy, (not just Scouts)! Tis’ the season to be scared! Halloween Ghost Trails Maple Dell Scout Camp […]

By Kevin Hunt
Sep 02, 2017

All Scouts Love to Carve, Carve, Carve Those Sticks

While I was at the Thunder Ridge Scout Camp this summer (in all of its wanderings), I enjoyed showing Scouts and leaders some of my carved walking sticks.  Everywhere I went, the boys were especially interested in them.  They were all very intrigued with the carving process and the end result.  I noted too, that […]

By Debbie Spoons
Aug 26, 2017

Climbing Instructor Class BSA Level 1 & 2

This post contains updated dates, as of August 10, 2017.  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. Dates: September […]

By David Johnson
Aug 26, 2017

Year-Round Maple Dell Activities Aren’t Just for Scouts

The term “Scout camp” may make you assume that Maple Dell is just for boys–but it isn’t. In fact, young men, young women, young single adult, school, church, and family groups are all invited to come to Maple Dell Scout Camp in Payson Canyon for year-round activities. Challenge yourself and your group with these outdoor […]

By Melany Gardner
Aug 24, 2017

Animated Friends of Scouting Video Explains Where the Money Goes

Ever wonder where Friends of Scouting dollars go? How is the money used? What does the Council really do for local Scouting? Explore these questions with John, a new Scoutmaster, as he discusses these questions with his bishop. John is a new Scoutmaster feeling a little overwhelmed. He has lots of questions about his new […]

By Darryl Alder
Aug 23, 2017

Do You Need an Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills?

Nearly every Scouter in the Council has some training in Scouting and now, with the new online courses at my.Scouting.org training has become a breeze. However, the capstone to basic training, is NorthStar or Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills. This course is only taught well… outdoors.  In order to be considered “trained,” along with Scoutmaster Specific Training, […]

By Maloree Anderson
Aug 21, 2017

Scouts Soar High During Aviation Adventure

The Wasatch District hosted an Aviation Merit Badge Adventure last Saturday at the Heber Municipal Airport. Scouts trickled in Friday evening prepping themselves for the adventure. As classes started the Scouts got a surprise when a medical chopper touched down right outside the building and boys got to explore and ask questions about the helicopter. Soon […]

By Ryan Bertram
Aug 19, 2017

Got Moab? Experience UEA Fall Break at Entrada High-Adventure Base

UEA fall break, Oct. 19-21, is the perfect time to head to Entrada High Adventure Base near Moab, Utah for a weekend of high adventure activities for a couple of reasons. One reason is for the moderate weather conditions in beautiful red rock country, and two for a discounted biking course through dinosaur country…and why […]

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By Kevin Hunt
Aug 16, 2017

Thunder Ridge Scout Camp 2017 Became One Adventure After Another

It was the privilege of Lou (my wife) and me to serve this summer on staff at the Thunder Ridge Scout Camp.  We were both commissioners who served the troops, leaders, and Scouts who came to the camp.  We are from Mesa, Arizona but to get out of the scorching heat – and to help […]