Category Archives: Camping

All about Scout camps and outdoor-activity related articles.

By Maloree Anderson
Oct 23, 2017

GIRLS ONLY! Klondike Derby Adventure at Maple Dell Scout Camp

Klondikes aren’t new to Scouting. In fact, it’s been a fun, chilly adventure that Scouts have been participating in for years. But, in 2018, Maple Dell Scout Camp will be hosting an all girls 2018 Klondike Derby Adventure. Young women, ages 12-18, are invited to spend the weekend at camp and participate in some of […]

By Darryl Alder
Oct 21, 2017

Where to Go Camping: Hailstone Campground at Jordanelle State Park

Last weekend I went camping with Troop 592. I am their committee chairman and the Scoutmaster needed me to make his leadership 2-deep, but this was no inconvenience. I love camping and I wanted to share this location with our readers any way. The only drawback was the weather report—it predicted snow, but it was 62°F […]

By Darryl Alder
Oct 15, 2017

Wind, Fire and God

Friday night our campout was more than chilly; it was downright cold, but I didn’t say much as we had two new Scouts with us and the campfire was warm.  Our Scoutmaster, Matt Johnson, had asked for help during the week with two-deep leadership. I was more than happy to go camping, but the weather […]

NRA and Girls
By Julia Thompson
Oct 13, 2017

The NRA Foundation Grants Continue to Make Our Camps Better

The NRA Foundation Grants Continue to Make Our Camps Better The NRA’s continuing generosity allows the Utah National Parks Council to improve our camps each year. This well established partnership not only helps the Scouts excel in shooting sports, but to be safe as well. The NRA Foundation grants able us to update facilities and […]

By Kevin Hunt
Oct 12, 2017

Why my bolo tie collection was the most important thing saved from the Thunder Ridge fire

Part 1 of a 2-Part Blog Article This summer I blogged extensively about the Brian Head fire that skirted around the Thunder Ridge Scout Camp in Southern Utah. I had only hinted, however, about my prized, hand-carved bolo tie collection and the potential loss of it in the fire. I also didn’t mention the story […]

By Kevin Hunt
Oct 10, 2017

The Making of My Bolo Tie Collection

Part 2 of a 2-Part Blog Article In my last blog, I talked about my treasured collection of Scout bolo ties and how it survived the  Brian Head and Thunder Ridge Fire this past summer. I introduced Scout bolo tie carver extraordinaire, Bill Burch. (Much has been written of Bill Burch, but here is one […]

By Darryl Alder
Oct 07, 2017

Where to Go Camping: Diamond Fork Canyon

When we weren’t camping at Maple Dell or Hobble Creek Scout Camps (now Jeremiah Johnson), our Scouts loved Diamond Fork Canyon. There are three good campgrounds in the area, Diamond, Palmyra and Three Forks Campgrounds.  Diamond and Palmyra are adjacent to each other. This is a large campground and was the site of many of […]

By Maloree Anderson
Oct 04, 2017

Camping: A Scoutmaster’s Secret Weapon

Sometimes it can be intimidating to be called as a Scoutmaster. Especially if you don’t have any previous Scouting experience. Have no fear for you have a secret weapon: Camping! Camping is the ‘outing’ of Scouting and a critical element of the Scouting program. In this article you will learn the Who, What, When, Where, Why, […]

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

Nature and Scouts: Why I Leave No Trace

Nature and Scouts: Why I Leave No Trace, lessons from my Eagle Scout “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 into nature for minutes clutching a black trash bag. “Don’t worry about it,” he said. This statement, […]

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 […]