By Andrew Olsen
Jul 03, 2015

The Difference a Keeper of the Flame Makes

Amazing things are happening in the Utah National Parks Council. New programs, facilities, and faces are making Scouting better for our youth. Of course, behind every camp and program there are keepers of the flame who fund equipment, facilities, and training to make sure Scouting can reach as many youth as possible. These men and women have seen the light and felt the power of this movement and are determined to keep the flame alive for the coming generations of Scouts.

When was the last time you visited camp Maple Dell in Payson canyon? If it has been longer than two years ago, your mind’s eye is recalling the poor condition of camp and all the cattails that surrounded the lake like an impenetrable barrier mingled with knee deep, sticky, stinky mud. To venture into the lake via the cattails was like waltzing into the Fire Swamp or spending a week in the Pit of Despair.

teeter totter maple dellWe are happy to report that the waterfront has been transformed into an incredible spot for youth to have fun in the summer. The lake was dredged and all the cattails and gunk are gone. The edges of the lake have been shored up and there is a new sandy beach. There is a gigantic inflatable iceberg with climbing handholds on it that you can swim out to, climb up, and then jump off! There is a floating rope swing and a floating/rolling log for youth to battle it out and try to be the last one standing.

COPE 3In addition, there is a brand new C.O.P.E Cube (ropes course about 30-40 feet off the ground) that has 16 different challenges to conquer. There is a new zip line that takes you from the C.O.P.E Cube to the other side of the lake!  And the icing on the cake is that the buildings at camp were repainted and the entrance gate was sandblasted/repainted. Thanks to generous support of InsideSales.com, Clyde Companies, Blake Barney, and members of the Keepers of the Flame, we have made some dramatic positive changes at camp. If you have not been to Maple Dell in the while, you need to go up there and check it out. Better yet, take a youth group there to experience the zip line, ropes course and new aquatic activies.

Stake PavilionRecently, we received a generous donation from Ken Krogue, President and Founder of InsideSales.com to construct the first Stake/Group Pavilion at Camp Maple Dell. Ken was the first member of the Keepers of the Flame Giving Society and has continued to support the Utah National Parks Council through his leadership and desire to help our youth in Scouting. He has a strong passion for Scouting fueled by a desire to increase the quality programs we can offer at our council camps.

Stake Pavilion 2Stake/Group Pavilions will be made available for groups of people to reserve (during the summer and off season) to facilitate specific programs. These pavilions will be perfect for youth conferences, young women’s camp, Ward fathers and sons outings, Wood Badge courses, YSA activities, and family reunions, just to name a few. We are excited to start the construction of this new facility at Camp Maple Dell.

Only through the continued support of strong and dedicated people like yourself, can we continue to provide quality programs for youth and adults in our council. Thank you for supporting Scouting by being a member of the Keepers of the Flame.

Not a Keeper of the Flame yet? For more information and to donate, go to our website.

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Author: Andrew Olsen | Development Director, Utah National Parks Council, BSA

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