Category Archives: Camping

All about Scout camps and outdoor-activity related articles.

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 […]

By David Johnson
Oct 29, 2016

Want to Know How Our Scout Properties and Facilities Accomplish Your Group’s Objectives?

It’s a beautiful thing to see The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints grow, especially in these troubled times. The State of Utah is also growing due to its economic stability and job opportunities, and as it becomes recognized around the country as a bastion of American values and decency. With population growth come […]

By Kevin Hunt
Oct 20, 2016

Memories of a Gnubie Hike to Four Peaks and Similar Places

I’ve been sharing memories of the good ol’ days when I was a Gnubie in Troop 155.  Some of the places we hiked were a bit traumatic – but in spite of the trauma, I have some great memories of a Gnubie hike to Four Peaks and similar places.  (And at my age, the memories […]

By Bob Gowans
Oct 19, 2016

Are You Making Your 2017 Summer Camp Plans?

Are you making your 2017 summer camp plans? Now is the time to be doing it; there are great opportunities ahead for every young man to participate in.  The Utah National Parks Council offers a wide variety of camping experiences for Troops, Teams, Crews, Church youth groups, Young Women camps and just about anything you can […]

By Steven Sutherland
Oct 14, 2016

How to Use Our Camp Adventure Tracks to Build Boys

We are aligning our camp programs with the great vision of prophets and Scouting founders: “Scouting brings out the best in each of us.  Help others to hike the trails, to keep steadfast in the paths of truth, honor, duty… that all can soar together on eagle’s wings.” -President Thomas S. Monson   “When I […]

By Kevin Hunt
Oct 06, 2016

Scout Camp Program Director’s Summer Journal

  “Wait, a minute,” you may say, “What does Camp New Fork have to do with me?”  Well, Scouting is Scouting wherever it may be, so this may be of interest in any other councils. Before the summer of 2016 began, I wrote in a blog about my Hunt family plans for the coming summer. In […]

By David Johnson
Oct 01, 2016

Fall Activities for Youth Groups and Families at Maple Dell Scout Camp

Attention young men, young women, young single adult, school, church, and families groups: Maple Dell Scout Camp in Payson Canyon is holding a fantastic off-season activities for you! Enjoy the high COPE course and zipline, rifle shooting, or hike through the ghost trails during the month of October. Haunted Ghost Trails Tis’ the season to be […]

By Ryan Bertram
Sep 30, 2016

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

Fall break, Oct. 20-22, is the perfect time to head to Entrada High Adventure Base near Moab, UT 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 discounted canyoneering, biking and optional Geology Merit Badge course […]

By Maloree Anderson
Sep 26, 2016

Scouts Set Sail in Salem

Not even the rain could stop these tenacious Scouts. Thanks to our partnership with the Sea Scouts ship sponsored by the Utah Lake Yacht Club, boys had a chance to earn their sailing merit badge at Salem Pond in a Merit Badge Adventure. A cold, constant drizzle didn’t discourage them as they eagerly gathered around each station learning the ins […]

By Maria Milligan
Sep 21, 2016

Thanks to the NRA Foundation, Shooting Sports Thrive at Camp

If you’ve ever participated in shooting sports at a Utah National Parks Council camp, you’ve been the beneficiary of the NRA’s generosity. Thanks to a long-standing relationship with the NRA Foundation, council camps have received new equipment and facilities to ensure youth stay safe and have fun while learning about shooting sports. Every camp in […]

By John Gailey
Sep 19, 2016

Earn Merit Badges and Campout at Council Camps Year-Round

I have been a Scout leader for many years. As a Scout leader, there were a number of things that I constantly worried about. You perhaps have worried about them as well. They include: Giving plenty of opportunities for my boys to advance up to the Eagle rank Getting in the monthly campouts (including finding […]

By Michelle Carpenter
Sep 17, 2016

Five Unusual Uses for Maple Dell Scout Camp

You might think Maple Dell Scout Camp is an ideal place to take Scouts camping, and you’re right. It’s proximity to nature, updated facilities, and hip camp staff are enough to make any teenage boy’s head spin. But, here are some unusual uses for the camp you might not have considered: 1. Throw a playful […]

By Scott Major
Sep 16, 2016

Lessons Learned After Scout Camp

As a camp director and district executive it is my sincere hope that when Scouts go to summer camp, they learn important lessons. These lessons can be in many forms; among them can be spiritual, physical, mental, emotional, or even Scouting basics. I have the opportunity to hear many stories about what Scouts learn during their time […]

By Michelle Carpenter
Sep 10, 2016

Maple Dell Stake Activity Center Dedication Elicits Spirit of Giving

Two college-aged girls assisted a couple rock climbing. A shooting sports director supervised young Scouts pointing guns at targets. Two grandparents walked up the mountain so their grandkids could take the golf cart. On Friday, September 7th, I went to Maple Dell Scout Camp for the dedication of the new Stake Activity Center. Prior to […]

By Darryl Alder
Aug 29, 2016

Stake Activity Center Adds to Maple Dell Scout Camp’s Long History

Maple Dell Scout Camp which first opened in the late 1940’s was transformed yet again this summer as we completed a stake activity center there. This new pavilion, which is so much more than just a pavilion, joins with the new one at Marion D. Hanks Scout Camp at Quail Creek serving families, church groups and of course, Scouts […]

By Maloree Anderson
Aug 20, 2016

Great Weekend Camping Spots for Scouts in Utah

Earlier this year, I attended the “Great Camping Spots” class during the 2016 University of Scouting. The instructor started the session by giving a few things to consider before you plan your Scout camping trip: Are you camping at an actual site or backpacking to a spot? Think about the time of year and the location. What […]

By Susan Cheever
Aug 08, 2016

Partner and Pal Campout for Cub Scouts and Family Sept 9th-10th

Looking for a great inexpensive family activity that takes you outdoors and away from technology and other distractions? Join us September 9–10 at Camp Jeremiah Johnson for the Partner and Pal Camp-out. Register for this event here! Parents and children will participate together in Boats, archery, shooting BB guns, fishing, and climbing a bouldering wall. […]

By Boy Scouts of America
Aug 06, 2016

Safety Share: Drowsy Driving

Drowsy driving, or sometimes as it is known, death by zzzzzz, is one of the most serious risks a Scout can encounter on any trip. Think back to your last camp out and that is where this Safety Share begins at the LDS-BSA blog  with these opening lines: “It is late after­noon. You just fin­ished clean­ing up the last of […]