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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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,