Tag Archives: camping

boy scouts of america and temple
By Nicole Balmforth
Oct 08, 2018

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Remain Involved in Camping

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been with the Boy Scouts of America for over 100 years. In that time, with Scouting as the activity arm of Young Men programs in the Church, camping has been a major part of youth experiences. Scouting emphasizes the value in outdoor experiences and generations of […]

girls at girls camp
By Nicole Balmforth
Sep 28, 2018

Girls Camp at Maple Dell: Girls Just Want to Have Fun!

In July, Camp Maple Dell hosted a girls camp for girls to enjoy the great outdoors and the many activities that come with it. The young women who came to camp said they were all excited to learn and to explore. The different activities and skills these girls learned and the people they met will have […]

By Elder Dale Munk
Aug 17, 2018

To Friends of Scouting in the Utah National Parks Council

Thank you very much for your interest in the well-being of the youth in your area. Your time and generosity are making a difference in their lives and in the future of the Church. Over 90,000 families contributed to the Church’s 2017 “Friends of Scouting Drive” for the Utah National Parks Council. A year has passed, and […]

By Ann Shumway
Aug 08, 2018

Family Camping: Fall Partner & Pal Campout

Looking for a great inexpensive family activity that takes you outdoors and away from technology and other distractions? Join us September 7-8 at Camp Jeremiah Johnson for the Partner and Pal Campout. Register for this event here! Parents and children will participate together in boats, archery, shooting BB guns, fishing, and climbing a bouldering wall. You will […]

By Community Submission
Aug 01, 2018

Take Your Next Outing to Guard Quarters – A Hidden National Historic Place

Approximately 3.75 miles up Provo Canyon lay Guard Quarters (a little known and hidden National Historic place). The Guard Quarters in Provo Canyon was one of three fortifications built in Utah during what was called the “Utah War”, a bloodless conflict between the United States Government and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints […]

By Maloree Anderson
Jul 28, 2018

Work Towards Your Eagle Year-round by Attending Merit Badge Adventures!

We’ve heard you loud and clear – provide more merit badge opportunities year-round! Merit Badge Adventures is just that, a Friday through Saturday adventure at one of our Scout camps that focus on helping youth work on one or more merit badges! Troops can now combine their monthly campout with merit badge work – no […]

By Community Submission
May 23, 2018

Fieldbook: The Forgotten Tome of BSA Outdoor Knowledge

The word “tome” often refers to ancient, scholarly books, filled with knowledge. Considering the important, historical texts of Scouting, some could call the BSA Fieldbook a famous tome of the movement. However, as fewer and fewer Scouters reference this learned document, it has become a forgotten tome of the BSA. By forgetting this important text, […]

By Melany Gardner
Apr 09, 2018

Utah National Parks Council 2017 Annual Report

In 2017, the Utah National Parks Council demonstrated how Scouting is striving and thriving. As the #1 largest council in the Boy Scouts of America, we excelled in almost every area of performance.  More people than ever are camping at our facilities and enjoying the benefits of outdoor experiences. In serving our chartered partner, we consistently […]

By Makenzie Wistisen
Mar 22, 2018

Program Feature Series: Wilderness Survival

In this article we are featuring the program module for wilderness survival from the Program Features for Troops, Teams and Crews Volume 2. (You can also read this article for more information on how to plan using the program resources.) What Will You Do Now? “Scouting teaches you to be prepared. When you go on outings, you take along […]

girls klondike
By Julia Thompson
Mar 03, 2018

First All Girls Klondike

Klondikes aren’t anything new. In fact, it’s been an icy adventure that Scouts have been competing in for years. But, today, March 3, 2018, marks the first annual All Girls Klondike Derby. Young women, ages 12-18, were invited to the Klondike to participate in some of the most thrilling and unique activities a girl could ask […]

By Julia Thompson
Feb 13, 2018

Looking for Committee Members for CampMaster Corp at Camp Jeremiah Johnson

Do you love the outdoors? Do you enjoy planning fun activities? Do you LOVE Scouting and have spare time? Well, you are in luck! We are looking for people to be on the CampMaster Corp for Camp Jeremiah Johnson. First of all, what is it? The Campmaster Corp is a committee of Scouters and other […]

winter luau
By Julia Thompson
Feb 10, 2018

How Our Winter Luau Klondike was Foiled by Snow

Hey Utah! Where’s the snow? It is no secret that the weather in Utah this year has been interesting, to say the least. A few early snowstorms and a mostly white Christmas created a vision of days in mittens with hot chocolate and weekends on the slopes. Instead, we have had sunny, short-sleeved days at the park. […]

By Katelyn Kenedy
Dec 14, 2017

Program Features: Cooking

Cooking is an important skill when you are camping, but it is also an important skill back home. Unless you want to get by on ramen noodles and fast-food burgers for the rest of your life, cooking is an essential skill that you will always benefit from. This program module for cooking is from the This […]

By Madison Austin
Nov 29, 2017

Are You Making Your 2018 Summer Camp Plans?

Now is the time to be making summer camp plans. There are great opportunities ahead for all youth to participate in. The Utah National Parks Council offers a wide variety of camping experiences for Pack, Troops, Church youth groups, Young Women camps and just about anything you can conceive. Click here to sign up for your […]

By Darryl Alder
Oct 14, 2017

Where to Go Camping: Whitings Campground

Whitings Campground is one of those unexpected treasures, tucked just outside of town. In fact, it is just 3 miles east of Mapleton, up Maple Canyon Road. Because the roadway ends at the Left Fork Maple Canyon Trail there is limited traffic making this a quiet campsite for your troop or family.  My first experience at […]

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 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 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 Melany Gardner
Aug 24, 2017

Animated Friends of Scouting Video Explains Where the Money Goes

Ever wonder where Friends of Scouting dollars go? How is the money used? What does the Council really do for local Scouting? Explore these questions with John, a new Scoutmaster, as he discusses these questions with his bishop. John is a new Scoutmaster feeling a little overwhelmed. He has lots of questions about his new […]