2017 Gathering of Eagles


On April 15, 2017 the Trapper Trails Council will host it’s second annual “Gathering of Eagles Celebration” at the Ogden Eccles Conference Center.  All who have ever earned the Eagle Scout Award are warmly invited to attend this annual event.

The Outstanding Eagle Scout Award will also be presented to the following adult Eagle Scouts in our Council:

  • Brent Belnap (Ogden, UT)
  • Mayor Mike Caldwell (Ogden, UT)
  • Wendell Child (Fruit Heights, UT)
  • Kenneth Cottle (Ogden, UT)
  • Victor Hamilton (Layton, UT)
  • Jimmy Jones (Morgan, UT)
  • Brandon Kelly (Kaysville, UT)
  • Morris Poole (Logan, UT)
  • William Ruoff (Rock Springs, WY)
  • John Sanders (Kaysville, UT)
  • Terry Sell (Rock Springs, WY)
  • Robert Stringham (Kaysville, UT)
  • Scott Stringham (Layton, UT)
  • Bruce Traveller (Richmond, UT)

Jonathan Cheatham, from Team #309 in Smithfield, UT, will also be presented with the Trapper Trails Council Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award.

1,482 Scouts earned their Eagle Scout award in the Trapper Trails Council during 2016 – space is limited for this year’s Gathering of Eagles Celebration – register today at www.trappertrails.org/nesa.


Make a Difference on #GivingTuesday

15156784_10154249512538789_517084549091942904_oTrapper Trails Council, BSA has joined #GivingTuesday, a first of its kind effort that will harness the collective power of a unique blend of partners—charities, families, businesses and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season.

Coinciding with Thanksgiving and the kickoff of the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday will inspire people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they support and help create a better world.

Taking place November 29, 2016 – the Tuesday after Thanksgiving – #GivingTuesday will harness the power of social media to create a national moment around the holidays dedicated to giving, similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days that are, today, synonymous with holiday shopping.

It doesn’t take much to make a big difference when you join us in #Pick2Give2! Pick two charities you want to help and give $2 to each. It’s the easiest and quickest way to make an impact this holiday season, on December 2, visit www.pick2give2.org and select “Trapper Trails Council”.

Help kids to “Be Prepared” for life

Here at the Trapper Trails Council, BSA, we serve youth and adults in Northern Utah, Southern Idaho, and Western Wyoming.

Scouting teaches kids to “Be Prepared’, and give them the confidence to take on any challenge.

Scouting gives our youth the skills to know how to act in an emergency, the confidence to lead, and the character to come to the aid of others. Through our proven programs, we help the over 49,661 Scouts grow into confident leaders who understand the meaning of self-sacrifice.

From rock climbing to public speaking. Making friends to making the right decisions. Building a Pinewood Derby car, to building real-life job skills. Caring for the environment to caring for others.

One of the lines of the Boy Scouts’ oath says, “To help other people at all times.”

And one local boy scout did just that.

Roy 7th grader CJ Saulsgiver jumped in to action, and administered CPR when he came across his mom lying on the floor.

It was only 3 months earlier that CJ had completed training and recieved CPR certification.

CJ’s Boy Scout training, and the fact that he saved his mom’s life, truly inspired the community.  CJ was awarded the BSA’s Medal of Merit in 2013.

There are other potential heroes out there. And you can help us reach them.


On March 31, make a donation to the Trapper Trails Council during the Love UT Give UT campaign.  During this year’s 24-hours of of giving, your donation can:


  • Send a kid to camp
  • Purchase program supplies for youth activities
  • Provide volunteer training
  • Purchase program and facility equipment for our 9 camp programs


Help us reach out to more potential heroes like CJ, and help us help all kids ‘Be Prepared’ for life.

Donate today.

Pick 2, Give 2 #GivingTuesday

Much like the spending frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving unites the global online community in a day dedicated to helping. People from all over the world take this day to push the pause button on present purchases and contribute to charitable organizations of their choosing. Giving-Tuesday-Logo-

Trapper Trails Council is excited to announce that we will be partnering with The Community Foundation of Utah to participate in #GivingTuesday and Pick 2, Give 2.

When you participate in Pick 2, Give 2, you’ll have the opportunity to choose two charities to support by giving $2 a month on #GivingTuesday.

Don’t be worried about not having enough to give back. Giving just a little can make a big difference, so join the worldwide phenomenon and help make a difference.

When is #GivingTuesday?

#GivingTuesday occurs on December 1 this year.

How do I participate in Pick 2, Give 2?

If you would like to be a part of #GivingTuesday by participating in Pick 2, Give 2, visit http://pick2give2.org/.

Follow these simple steps: Print

  1. Browse the involved organizations to find the ones whose cause speaks to you.
  2. Select two charities to donate to. (Trapper Trails Council)
  3. Add charities to your cart and donate $2 a month to each.

When you participate in Pick 2, Give 2 on #GivingTuesday, you’re not just helping for a day. You’re providing consistent contributions at a low cost that will have a huge impact!

There’s no right or wrong way to give back to your community and causes. If you’re participating in #GivingTuesday or any other philanthropic endeavors during the holiday season, you are making an impact worthy of praise.

Have a happy holiday season and a wonderful new year!


Teen with many health challenges becomes Eagle Scout

By  Megan Marsden Christensen   |  Posted Nov 13th, 2015 (KSL)

CLEARFIELD — Despite physical and mental challenges, 16-year-old Joshua Jones worked hard to become an Eagle Scout.

Joshua was diagnosed with a brain tumor when he was 8 years old and underwent six weeks of full brain and spine radiation and 59 weeks of inpatient chemotherapy, his mother, Ruth Jones, said.

There is no evidence of a tumor now, but since his treatment, he has lost most of his hearing, his thyroid has died, he has no short-term memory and his processing speed is about 50 percent of what it should be. 25757560

He has also had a couple of seizures and tires easily.

While he was doing chemotherapy, he still managed to obtain his Arrow of Light and his Super Achiever Award. As he lay on the couch, he wanted his mom to read his Scout manual to him, she said.

To become an Eagle Scout, one has to obtain the cycling, hiking or swimming merit badge.

Swimming was the easiest option for Joshua, so the YMCA in Texas worked with him to achieve it. But then Jones’ troop decided to go for the cycling merit badge, which requires multiple lengthy bike rides, including a 50-miler.

His Scout leaders and his doctors didn’t think he could do it, Ruth Jones said, but Joshua insisted he could. Though it was very challenging and his fellow troop members finished much quicker than he did, he wouldn’t give up, and he completed it. 25757570

“That really reflects his attitude to Scouting,” Ruth Jones said. “He doesn’t ever say, ‘I can’t or I shouldn’t,’ he just says, ‘what do we need to do,’ and then he finds a way to do it.”

For his eagle project, Joshua held a carnival and charged attendees one new toy for admission. He then donated the toys to Primary Children’s Hospital. His mother said he remembers what it was like to be bored and sad at the hospital.

Currently, Joshua is mentoring a Webelos Scout and is helping him work toward getting his Arrow of Light. Ruth Jones said the boys in his Scout troop have been like his brothers.

Joshua’s Eagle Scout court of honor will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday.