District Roundtable…

Dear Scouters:

There is a wonderful thing that happens when Scout leaders come together to share and learn.  Those who have served the youth for many years combine with those who are new and trying to find out what to do.  The new blood and ideas mixed with seasoned CouncilCommissioner_4kand tried experience provides an amazing laboratory for unit leader success.  One of the methods we use to provide this experience is called a District Roundtable.  Held monthly by the District Commissioner and his staff, information, new ideas, training and lots of discussion can help a Scout leader know what to do the very next week or broaden his already extensive knowledge.

With the recent re-organization of the council into the new five districts, namely Jim Bridger (Wyoming), Mountaineer (Ogden Area), Desert Shores (Weber and Box Elder North), Thurston Peak (Davis County) and Mt. Naomi (Cache Valley and Bear Lake),  there are opportunities for all adult Scout leaders to come and join this great resource.  Each of the five districts is establishing a new location and pulling together a staff to provide the monthly event.  See the district website on  www.Trappertrails.org  for specific information.  You can be both a participant and/or a roundtable commissioner.  Contact your local District Commissioner on when, where and how.  If you love the youth, are enthusiastic, want to make a difference and are willing to serve others, we need you.  Some of my fondest memories are while serving on Roundtable staffs and helping leaders find their way to successful unit meetings and activities.

A Roundtable is where Cub Scout leaders can come to see the mechanics of den and pack meetings.  As they are presented the monthly themes and rub shoulders with those who have done these activities many times, the task of providing something meaningful for the young cubs each week or month becomes easy or at least doable.  A Roundtable is a place where a Scout BSA leader can see the Troop Meeting Plan in action and understand the quick and effective segments to learning, practicing, competing and passing off requirements to achieve recognition from newly acquired knowledge.  A Roundtable is a worthwhile use of time to be a better leader.

The future is bright for the Trapper Trails Council.  Scouting continues to be a vital and meaningful movement that provides great things for young men and women.  The aims and methods of Scouting have never been more needed.  Our adventure and activity never disappoints.  Come join us at the next Roundtable and teach us something you know as we share with you too.

Russ Tanner – Council Commissioner

Family Fishing Fair

Learn the basics of fishing, work on rank advancements and the Fishing, Fly Fishing & Fish and Wildlife Management merit badges! This event is FREE! _B0A7271.JPG

Any registered Cub Scout, Scouts BSA, or Venturer who brings one guest of Scout age (6–17) that is not already in Scouting, will get a special fishing package!

This program will teach youth all the techniques they need to know about fishing and provide an actual hands-on fishing experience! By participating in the program, parents will discover the adventure Scouting can provide their families with the anticipation of experiencing the first time their Scout catches the big one!

Location: Smith Family Park (2500 W 4000 N St, Farr West, UT 84404) Cub Scouts fishing

Time: 9am – 2pm


  • Stations include:
    • Fishing merit badge
    • Fly Fishing merit badge
    • Fish & Wildlife Management merit badge
    • Cooking
    • Knot tying

This program will teach youth all the techniques they need to know about fishing and  provide an actual hands-on fishing experience! By participating in the program, parents will discover the adventure Scouting can provide their families with the anticipation of experiencing the first time their Scout catches the big one!

RSVP online at https://www.trappertrails.org/fishfair.


Silver Beaver Summer Social

On Friday, August 2, all Silver Beaver recipients are invited to the annual summer social.

This year’s event will be held at the Ogden Service Center (1200 E 5400 S, Ogden, UT 84403) at 6pm.  Dinner will be served at 6:30pm.  Enjoy an evening of food, conversation and entertainment (“Stampede”).

The Silver Beaver Association will provide the chicken and rolls.  Members from each district are invited to bring the following: fc51e584-12de-4bfd-9a5b-5e7f316cebf1

  • Desert Shores District: bring a salad
  • Jim Bridger District: bring a salad
  • Mount Naomi District: bring a dessert
  • Mountaineer District: bring a dessert
  • Thurston Peak District: bring a dessert

Looking forward to seeing everyone!

Luke Whipple – Silver Beaver Association, Chair

Wood Badge Reunion

Hey Wood Badge Alumni,

2019 is the 100th Anniversary of Wood Badge!  To rekindle your Wood Badge experience, we invite you to join the Trapper Trails Wood Badge Alumni Association and attend our first annual Wood Badge social!
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  • Date – Saturday, August 3, 2019
  • Location – Camp Kiesel
  • Time – 5pm (social); 6pm (catered dinner)
  • Cost – $30 per person, or $45 per couple
  • Dinner – Catered chicken and steak dutch oven dinner
  • Receive a collectable 100th Anniversary Wood Badge patch
We will rekindle that Wood Badge Spirit, reconnect with special friends, and, of course, sing the Wood Badge song… “Back to Gilwell… happy land!”
Robert Weger -Wood Badge Alumni Association, Chair

Camp Bartlett Happenings

Bartlett Scout Reservation has found excitement this summer in serving our youth. This year marks 55 years of summer camp service – what a great accomplishment! We IMG_3775.jpgrecognize this tenure of service would not be possible without the staff members from each and every year adding to the legacy of Bartlett. This unique milestone of 55 years was also commemorated by serving our first ever female scout troop. We look forward to serving more scouts in the coming weeks and concluding this year with over 2,000 scouts attending Bartlett.

Calling all Bartlett Alumni and Friends of Bartlett. On Saturday, July 20, 2019, Bartlett IMG_4077.jpgScout Reservation with hold its 2nd Annual Bartlett Alumni Social. This day is for all Bartlett Alumni which includes former staff members, scouts & leaders who have attended camp, or all who love and appreciate Bartlett in their life. We invite you to bring your family members and join us for a day of reflection as you re-walk the trails, experience your favorite program areas, and remember the joy of Bartlett adventure. The event will begin at 10 AM and conclude at 2 PM. Lunch will be provided and program areas will be open. Be sure to enjoy the adventure with us by registering for the event at https://www.trappertrails.org/bartlettassociation.

Mckay Allen – Bartlett Scout Reservation Director

Camp Hunt Happenings

The tradition of a great summer camp continues. The staff is working like crazy to serve the Scouts and leaders that come to our camp. This year the camp had about 90% 3CC149F9-D89F-438C-8E30-6769BDA5403Creturning staff. This made the work at the beginning of the season a lot easier. Many of our area directors and assistant directors have been with us since they were CIT’s (Counselor-in-Training). It has been fun to watch them evolve into adult staff this year.

The weather has been a bit odd and the lake is struggling to warm up this year, but the scouts continue to brave the water and the wind to work and play on Bear Lake. All program areas are having great success with helping the scouts earn their merit badges and go home with completed merit badges and great memories!

One change to Camp Hunt has been the creation of Reilley Field. This is at the south end of camp that many of you might know as the old archery range, high adventure area, and the OA Fire Bowl. Through some very generous donations and several years of work, this baron area of camp that has been overlooked for several years is now a beautiful grass field that was dedicated on June 9. It has been named Reilley Field after our beloved Camp Chaplain, Pat Reilly. IMG_3865

Pat has been a part of Camp Hunt for 20+ years, and the area is special to him because he was the shooting sports director for several years. “That guy in the suspenders” is often one of the memories that people mention about our camp. The naming of the field was a big surprise to Pat and his wife, Laura.  It was the camp’s way of saying thank you and we love you to Pat!

On July 20th Camp Hunt will be hosting an Alumni Day. Dan Geddes is coordinating the day. There will be time on the water from 1-3pm. There will be a BBQ dinner at 5pm and a campfire being put on by alumni at 7pm. For those wanting to make a weekend of it, you can arrange to camp in a campsite after the festivities. For more info or to help be involved, call or text Dan Geddes at 208-530-1182.


Brian Simmons – Camp Hunt Camp Director


Wood Badge

We held the second 2019 Wood Badge course from June 10th – June 15th at Camp Hull Valley. On Monday morning the participants arrived eager to get started. We started the course off on the right foot with an awesome Blue & Gold Banquet. We had guest B&G photoappearances from Bill and Ted (of “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure”), Louis Pasteur, Annie Oakley, Amelia Earhart, Abe Lincoln, Sacajawea, and of course Lord Baden-Powell. The rest of the week was no less eventful. On Tuesday the participants learned about the stages of team development. Then the patrols had the chance to put into practice what they learned about team development by building their bottle rockets. The patrols then had a great time launching their rockets later on that afternoon, although the Fox patrol claimed their rocket was sabotaged when it blew up on the launch pad! Flag retiring

Wednesday evening we all had the opportunity to join the NYLT course for the retiring of a 60 foot long flag. That was quite the experience. During the day on Thursday, the participants enjoyed their outdoor experience. Some participated in an orienteering course prepared by the staff. The Eagle patrol had the opportunity to shoot at the Hull Valley rifle range. Later that afternoon, everyone enjoyed the Venturing games. On Thursday night the participants presented an outstanding campfire to the staff. On Saturday morning the participants presented their interfaith service. It was very well Venturing gamesdone. And all too soon, it was time for the closing Gilwell field assembly. I think I can safely say that the phenomenon we call “Wood Badge magic” was very much in evidence on this course.

Rick Smith, Course Director

June 2019 Wood Badge Course