Now, in the third full year of this initiative, we want to look at who our Keepers are, what they’ve accomplished, and how the Council has changed for the better through their efforts.
Who are the Keepers of the Flame?
Major donors include individuals, foundations, and corporations who give significant money, labor, or in-kind gifts to the Council. Our list of Keepers includes 213 individuals and 11 foundations. We have also received significant in-kind donations of materials and labor from organizations like insidesales.com, Southern Utah Home Builders Association, Sunroc, Clyde Companies, E.M. Excavating, and dozens of other corporations and individuals. Because it is difficult to gauge the monetary value of the materials and hours of labor these donors have contributed, in-kind gifts have not been included in the total donations listed above.
Where do the donations go?
Each Keeper designates whether they would like their donation to go toward capital projects (construction), general council operations, or the endowment fund. Some Keepers choose to split their donation between funds, and some foundations designate specific projects or programs. Overall, 56% of our Keepers donations to date have funded capital projects, 43% have gone toward the operating budget, and 1% have been added to the endowment fund to ensure the council can continue to succeed in the future.
What has changed in the Council thanks to Keepers?
The most visible change since we started this initiative is the face lift many of our camps have received. Maple Dell and Quail Creek have new stake pavilions, Frandsen and Maple Dell have new Eccles nature centers, Thunder Ridge has a new rifle and archery range, Tifie has a new Center for Enterprise and Perl training center, and Maple Dell and Tifie have had major renovations and improvements, to name a few. Read our construction updates for a view of just how much our camps have changed thanks to major donors:
We have also been able to improve our programs and services through the donations to the our operations costs. Our camps offer more activities and programs than ever. We’ve also formed new units among low-income youth, taken our programs to juvenile justice centers and Native American reservations, and begun to offer bilingual training, all thanks to our Keepers of the Flame.
Keepers, thank you for your generous donations and continued support of local Scouting. Not a Keeper of the Flame yet? For more information and to donate, go to our website.
Author: Utah National Parks Council