On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act creating the National Park Service, a new federal bureau in the Department of the Interior responsible for protecting the 35 national parks and monuments then managed by the department and those yet to be established. As of 2016, we have 59 National Parks and 78 National Monuments managed by the National Park Service.
To celebrate the outstanding service, dedication and formation of the National Park Service 100 years ago, the Old Juniper District themed its Fall Camporee and activities after the NPS. Activities included: a honor trail where national parks were presented showing pictures and detailing their history, a compass course where youth and leaders maneuvered using degrees and bearings, a geyser experiment with mentos and diet coke, identifying animal pelts, scat, tracks and horns/antlers in the wild, a water conservation bucket race, gaga ball game and the construction of hoodoos and arches using clay and toilet paper rolls.
Everyone had a lot of fun as we paid tribute to the NPS and what they have done to help make these great areas available for our use. We look forward to another 100 years of service from the NPS and the many more parks and monuments that will open for us to enjoy under their stewardship.