On Saturday, April 14, 2018, hundreds gathered to volunteer in a service day at the Utah National Parks Council’s newest camp in Eagle Mountain.
Volunteers reported for service day duty at 9 a.m. with shovels in hand. The sunny day with a light breeze was good for hard labor. Various groups of all sizes and ages were in attendance from archaeologists to youth conferences to CubScouts. We also had some board members from the Utah National Parks Council as well as the Council President Mike Neider, Scout Executive Dave Pack, and Commissioner Richard DuBois. The Daily Herald was also there to report on the event. Projects included crowning trees, making mulch for trails, flattening area around campsites, planting foliage, and general clean-up.
Recognition and Legacy
Those who participated in this service day had the opportunity to customize a recognition piece. Square blocks of stained wood were branded with a fleur-de-lis. Volunteers were able to pick from one of three stain colors and personalize the block however they wanted. These blocks will be placed on the wall of an activity center in the camp. Now, for years to come, they will be able to find their block and remember the hard hours they put into making Camp Eagle Mountain their camp.
Camping Trial Run
There were a few groups that tried out the camp with an overnighter. One troop from Eagle Mountain stayed the night and then volunteered the next morning. Even though their camping experience was primitive, they still had a good time. It took Troop 1250 a total of ten minutes to drive to the camp. They are very eager to have an outdoor recreation area and Scout camp so close to home. The boys are most excited to have a zip line and shooting ranges. They were thrilled at the opportunity to sign a block and have this moment remembered forever.
These projects are just the beginning for Camp Eagle Mountain. There is a groundbreaking coming up and even more service days. This is all to kick off the multi-year project that will eventually include multiple large activity centers, program pavillions, shotgun, rifle, and archery ranges, a zip line and COPE Cube, and more. Upon completion, Camp Eagle Mountain will be the premier place in Utah County for adventures, corporate retreats, family reunion, and recreational activities. Starting in June, the camp will officially be open for Cub Scout Day Camps and Activity Day Adventures.
There are so many exciting things in store for this property, so stay tuned!
Check out more pictures from the service day below.
Author: Julia Thompson | BA in English from BYU | Fund Development Associate | Boy Scouts of America, Utah National Parks Council