Where Can We Meet?

We continue to offer all of Scouting’s opportunities to youth now and are deep into preparations for the changes that are happening for LDS units at the end of 2019.  A number of new sponsors have stepped forward and we believe many more will.

The main question is where can we meet? Many of those businesses, civic organizations and association who will sponsor a Scout unit may not have the large room and storage facilities for a pack, troop or crew.  We all need to be thinking of how we can solve this.  The kids who yet want to be active in Scouting and enjoy all of its programs, need us to find the where.  I look forward to working with commissioners and Scouters alike to find a solution to the where.  It will be vital to our future success. tg-09-councilcommissioner-300x271

Thanks for what you are doing to help Scouts now and into the future.

Russ Tanner

Council Commissioner

Frequently Asked Questions This Summer

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If you’ve had a chance this summer to attend one of our long-term camp, you may have had the opportunity to attend one of our Scoutmaster Lunches.  I’ve had the blessing to attend several.  Besides the great food and fellowship, there was always time for a question and answer session.  While the questions covered a wide array of topics, some of the same questions were asked each week.  Because so many of our leaders have the same questions right now, I thought I would take a minute to address some of the most frequently asked.

  1. Who owns the council camps?

One of the most frequent questions each week is who owns the eight Trapper Trails Council camps.  Six of the camps (Camps Kiesel, Browning, Fife, Hunt, Hull Valley, and Bartlett) are owned by the council.  No outside groups have any shared or partial interest or ownership in the properties.

The other two, Camp Loll and Camp New Fork, are long-term leases with the US Forest Service.  The council appreciates the relationship we have with the Forest Service and values them as a great partner in our Scouting program.

If you are interested in learning more about our outstanding summer camps or have questions about using a camp during the off season, go to our website www.trappertrails.org/camps.

  1. Will the camps be available for use by outside groups in 2020 and after?

Yes.  Currently we have outside groups (youth conferences, LDS Young Women camps, family reunions, retreats, etc.) using several of the council camps throughout the year, including summers.  That will continue.  If you, your family, your church group, or your business are interested in learning more about participating in one of our organized opportunities or you just want to rent a camp and provide your own program, please call our Camp Desk, (801) 479-5460.  They can answer your questions.  Don’t forget to ask about bring your group to use the COPE Course at our Ogden Scout Service Center!

  1. My family loves Scouting. Can I, my family, or my son or daughter continue participating in Scouting after the LDS Church stops being a chartered organization on 12/31/2019?

Yes.  The council has many traditional packs, troops, and crews sponsored by various chartered organizations throughout the council.  We are also adding more each month.  If you would like more information on where to find another Scouting unit, go to www.trappertrails.org/locate or to www.beascout.org.  These traditional units have great, active programs and are interested in new Scouts and Scouter joining and participating.

  1. How can I start a new pack or troop in my area?

The council is happy to help you start a new unit.  All the information you need is on our website, www.trappertrails.org/start.  The webpage addresses who can be a chartering organization, how many leaders and youth are needed to start a new Scouting unit, and what paperwork in necessary to charter a new unit.  By the way, there is even a knot you can earn for starting a new unit.

  1. What is Family Scouting?

Starting in 2018, families can choose to sign up their sons and daughters for Cub Scouts, ages 5-10. Chartered partner organizations may choose to establish a new girl pack, establish a pack that consists of girl dens and boy dens or remain an all-boy pack. Cub Scout dens will be single gender — all boys or all girls.  The council already has participating packs.

Using the same curriculum as the Boy Scouts program, Scouts BSA is scheduled to launch in February 2019, enabling all eligible youth ages 11-17, to earn the Eagle Scout rank. Scouts BSA will be single gender – all girl troops or all boy troops. This unique approach allows the organization to maintain the integrity of the single-gender model while also meeting the needs of today’s families.  Boys and girls who are part of Scouts BSA will be known as Scouts. Just as before, these Scouts will earn merit badges, go camping and work toward the Eagle Scout Award.

The organization name, Boy Scouts of America, will not change.  For more information about Family Scouting, go to www.scouting.org/familyscouting.

Scouting is a great organization.  The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.  Our youth needs this today more than ever.  Thanks for all you do to help make a difference in the lives of youth in our area.

Yours in Scouting,

Allen Endicott

Scout Executive

Who Owns the Council Camps?

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One of the most frequent questions the council receives is who owns the eight Trapper Trails Council camps.  Six of the camps (Camps Kiesel, Browning, Fife, Hunt, Hull Valley, and Bartlett) are owned by the council.  No outside groups have any shared or partial interest or ownership in the properties.

The other two, Camp Loll and Camp New Fork, are long-term leases with the US Forest Service.  The council appreciates the relationship we have with the Forest Service and values them as a great partner in our Scouting program.

If you are interested in learning more about our outstanding summer camps or have questions about using a camp during the off season, go to our website www.trappertrails.org/camps or call the Ogden Scout Service Center at (801) 479-5460.

 

I love visiting the Scout camps in the summer.  It is interesting to take a “fly on the wall” look at camp life.  Groups of boys running around to various merit badge courses, putting up with rain and bad weather and feeling the excitement in the air.  I was recently at Camp Kiesel watching the Cub Scouts at the shooting range.  There was so much excitement in the air while they waited in line to shoot. Several of them were jumping up and down with anticipation.
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A lot gets accomplished during a week of Scout camp, but behind it all boys are learning valuable life lessons. Sometimes it means a few days of rain and cold, finding out that sleeping in a tent with others is not the same as sleeping in your bed at home, no access to television, phones or other electronics and a little bit of home sickness.  But whatever the challenges are there are lessons to be learned, and that week of Scout camp does a lot to prepare young men for their lives ahead.  IMG_2452 (1)

They learn patriotism, leadership, accountability and how to work together.  They learn how to use a bow, a knife and a gun safely. They learn how to test their courage in rappelling and rock climbing.  They learn that they can do hard things.  It’s all part of getting “Prepared for Life.”

I hope everyone has a great Scout camp experience this summer.

Frank W. Browning

Trapper Trails Council President

Scout Camp Adventures

How Do I Transfer to a Traditional Scouting Pack, Troop, or Crew?

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One of the most frequent questions that come to the Scout Service Center is how do I find a pack, troop, crew, ship, or post in my area to transfer into.  The answer is only a click away.  Go to www.trappertrails.org/locate.  This is where you will find the location for units in your area that area looking for youth and adults to join.  Below the map is a contact form you should complete and a member of the council staff will respond to answer all your questions and help you to connect with the unit you are interested.  Once you meet the unit, our staff member can help you transfer and join your new Scouting unit.

This is a great time to transfer or join Scouting and be ready for all the fun coming this Fall.  Your new opportunity is only a click away.  Get ready for the adventure, join Scouting!