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

Gathering of Eagles

On March 9, 2019, the National Eagle Scout Association Chapter of the Trapper Trails Council hosted the annual Gathering of Eagles Banquet at the Ogden Eccles Conference Center.  The committee also awarded 14 National Outstanding Eagle Awards to Eagle Scouts that have made distinguishing contributions throughout the community. IMG_2078

  • Lloyd Addison
  • Thomas Bartlett
  • Delose Conner
  • Michael Hamilton
  • Bob Holbrook
  • Jefre Leavitt
  • Jody Orme
  • Dale Revelli
  • Brian Simmons
  • Brad Stevens
  • Ralph Stitt
  • Reed Tanner
  • Ben Taylor
  • Todd Young

In addition, the Outstanding Eagle Scout Project award was given to Hyrum Brown for his excellent project.  IMG_2079The main speaker for the evening was Ben Taylor, who told the story of how he developed a business relationship and friendship with Joel from the African country of Liberia, and the service that grew out of their meeting.  The final presentation of the evening was the Line of Duty Fallen Eagle Recognition, presented to Jennie Taylor on behalf of her husband, Brent Taylor, who was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan.  It was a touching tribute to a fellow Eagle Scout and his family for their sacrifice.

We look forward to seeing all the new Eagle Scouts at next year’s Gathering of Eagles Banquet!

Pete Hansen – NESA Alumni Committee

Building relationships, and strengthening connections

Trapper Trails Scouting Alumni and Friends (SAF) mission is to engage, inform and assist alumni affiliates to make Scouting stronger within our communities thereby helping more youth join the Scouting Adventure.  Whether you are a member of Order of the Arrow, Eagle Scout member of NESA, Silver Beaver, National Jamboree participant, Wood Badger, attended one of our awesome camps or a Friends of Scouting donor, please know we need you to be part of our Scouting Alumni and Friends.

For joining we have an Alumni patch to display on your uniform.

Our goal is to make SAF important by building and expanding relationships with the Scouting community thereby making Scouting stronger.  It is worth it to stay connected and Scouting needs alumni affiliates (you!). The opportunities are endless.

Here are some ways to connect:

  • Connections to Scouting community and Scouting friends
  • Social events (banquets, activities, etc)
  • Service events
  • Career and Networking
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Youth program support
  • Recognition for service awards

Two information websites you should visit are:

If you have ideas, or suggestions, we welcome your thoughts.  Please contact me at

Sincerely Yours in Scouting,

Bryant Davis

Scouting Alumni & Friends VP

Follow Me, Boys and Girls!

Dear Scouters;

A few days ago I revisited that classic favorite Disney movie, Follow Me, Boys!  It lifted my spirits and reminded me why it is a favorite of many, not just of Scouts and Scouters.  Lots has changed in Scouting since Lem Siddons started that first troop in Hickory, like two-deep leadership and Scouting’s inclusion of young women.  But the values of Scouting and the vehicle of Scouting for teaching and solidifying those values in lives, remain unchanged.  In this world, Scouting, as a way to preserve and teach those values, remains more relevant than ever. Council-President

It is important that whatever the activity is, whatever the fun is, we never forget to include teaching the values.  Den, pack, troop, patrol, crew, etc. meetings and activities should never be without recitation and discussion or illustration of these values.  As Scouts go throughout life and face situations and decisions, trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, reverent, Duty to God and country, helping others, moral rectitude, doing your best, etc. should be right at the surface of the conscience, because no meeting or activity was ever held without these being recited, talked about and illustrated.

Although I remember loads of fun and adventure from my Scouting experiences as a youth, I also remember and deeply appreciate the values taught by adult leaders and other Scouts, and the experiences in learning their application.  Thanks to all of you for devoting your time and energies to perpetuating the values of Scouting!


David Knowles – Council President

New Districts…

Dear Scouters:

The time is finally arriving to change our council from the previous existing fifteen districts down to the new five districts.  This is both exciting and challenging all at once.  In coming weeks you will hear of the specific details through new district Key 3s and their newly formed district committees.  You can even be involved as you serve in your unit or in a district position to help Scouting continue its path in your area. CouncilCommissioner_4k

The ideals and methods of Scouting remain the same.  Our numbers will be fewer than in the past but we can grow.  Of particular importance will be the formation of new packs, troops and crews with strong unit leaders and committees supporting them.  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will no longer sponsor units after 2019 but many of their youth will be looking for units to join.  Several new units have ben sponsored in recent months but many more are needed.  Do you know someone who wants to sponsor a unit and has a location where they could meet?  Share that information with your new district leadership right away.

There will be new Roundtable locations and staff forming.  We hope that all unit leaders will come and take advantage of the traditional format of learning and sharing scouting ideas together.  The new districts will be letting you know the when and where of those.

Unit commissioners become as important as ever.  Each unit whether old or new will have a commissioner who can visit and assist the unit committees to access the resources and programs of the district and council.  This friend to the unit should be well known to all and a welcomed guest at unit meetings and activities.

Are you excited for the future?  I am!  Can you see the possibilities?  I can!  Can you join us in launching five new districts and getting to know lots of new Scouting friends?  I am sure you can!  Welcome to this new chapter of Trapper Trails Council history.  It is going to be great . . . because of you.

Russ Tanner – Council Commissioner

How To Find A New Unit To Transfer To

Allen and Tiger Cub

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  This is where you will find the location for units in your area that are welcoming youth and adults who want to join.  There are videos about the values of Scouting and information concerning transferring.  If you have questions, you are welcome to call the Scout Service Center at (801) 479-5460.  You can also find information about starting a new Scouting unit in your area.

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!