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.

Nice jobs! Local camps have a few adult staff openings left for Summer 2015

It almost seems unfair. A few older teens and 20-somethings will work at day camps, summer camps, and high adventure treks this summer, and they’ll get paid for it. help-wanted-web-image

Most of the summer staff is locked in for 2015, but the Trapper Trails Council’s nine camping programs still have a few spots they’re looking to fill. But hurry, because summer will be here faster than you can say “best jobs ever.”

Before continuing, know that the minimum age to work at a camp is 15. Some positions, because of BSA standards, are only available to men and women 21 or older. And staffers must be or become registered members of the BSA. Oh, and you need to be legally able to work in the U.S. and complete a medical physical.

Don’t miss out – get your application filled out online, today!  Visit

Which jobs are available? If you or someone you know meets the minimum age and is looking for an unforgettable summer job, check out this camp-by-camp roundup:

Bartlett Scout Reservation:

  • Shotgun director (21+)
  • Scout skills director (18+)
  • High adventure staff member (18+)

Browning High Adventure Base:

  • Head Cook (21+)
  • 2 climbing Directors (21+)
  • Medical Officer (21+)
  • Shooting Sports Director (21+)
  • Aquatics Director (21+)


  • No positions available

Hull Valley Scout Reservation:

  • Rifle range safety officer (21+)
  • Shotgun range safety officer (21+)
  • Cope/Climbing Director (21+)
  • Outdoor Adventures Director (21+)
  • Adventure Essentials Director (21+)
  • Earth and Space Systems Adventure Director (21+)
  • Head Cook (21+)
  • Assistant Cook (18+)
  • Trading Post Manager (18+)
  • Cope and Climbing Dir

Hunt Aquatics Base:

  • Head commissioner (21+)
  • High adventure director (21+)
  • Aquatics staff (21+)
  • Head cook (21+)
  • Outdoor skills director (18+)
  • First aid director (21+)
  • Nature director (18+)
  • Handicraft director (18+)
  • 3 high adventure staff (18+)


  • Business manager (18+)
  • Aquatics director (21+)


  • No positions available

New Fork:

  • Asst. Shotgun Dir. (18+)
  • Asst. Rifle Dir. (18+)
  • COPE/ Clmbng Dir (21+)
  • Asst. COPE/Climbing (18+)
  • Handicraft Director (18+)
  • Outdoor Skills (18+)
  • Aquatics Director (21+)
  • Asst. Aquat. Dir. (18+)
  • First Aid Dir. (21+)
  • Nature dir. (18+)
  • Maint.  Ranger. (21+)

The Value of Scout Summer Camp

Picture this: DSC_0051-4

  • Boys splashing into a cold lake on a hot day
  • An archery bow stretched tight be a small hand and aimed at a colorful bull’s-eye 30 feet away
  • Hikers on a brush-laden trail stopping to admire a spider forming its web in a tree
  • Teams of two paddling wildly in a six-boat canoe race on a shimmering lake

These are the images of Boy Scouts at summer camp.  Hidden within the camp adventure lie the true benefits of a boy’s week at camp.

Camps are removed from the hustle and bustle world of mass information, media and technology.  This type of “protected environment” provides a significant opportunity for growth among young men.  Time seems to take a different meaning when the day is not filled with television, radio, video games and visits to local malls.  This is the starting place for change.

At camp, boys have time to consider and reflect on their place in life.  Strong personal values and character are shaped as young boys are encouraged to take part in decisions that impact others, contemplate their relationship with God, reflect on personal values, and participate in patriotic activities regarding American citizenship.  DSC_0215

At camp, boys gain a positive sense of self-worth and usefulness through serving others.  Majorities of boys serve their peers at camp through helping clean up campsites, helping clean up after meals, and serving food.

Scout camp is a place where caring and nurturing relationships are developed and deepened.  In the camp environment friendships don’t stop at the peer level.  Adult leaders develop respect and trust among Scouts as they mentor skills and share knowledge.  Also, many boys mention that they talk with an adult leader for advice during camp.

Young boys seldom consider “school learning” to be exciting.  Learning at Scout camp is a different story!  Summer camp is an outdoor classroom in which boys test themselves.  They test their skills, as well as their courage to try new things.

Scouts are productive and creative at camp.  Young boys are motivated by the concept of mastery.  It is the basis for what has driven the extreme popularity of video games.  When coupled with learning useful life skills, this need results in truly productive outcomes.  Almost all Scouts work with others on a badge or task, or complete a merit badge while at camp. SONY DSC

Camps are structured to encourage boys to spend time working and playing socially in ways that may seldom happen outside of camp.  Majorities of Scouts collaborate with other youth on accomplishments, participate in group decision-making and activities, and help resolve interpersonal conflicts.

Parents see the difference Scout camp makes.  A clear majority of parents of Scouts who attend camp say the camp experience resulted in a change in their sons.  They agree their sons have fun, are safe, and learn and test new skills.

Make sure your Boy Scout does not miss the opportunities of Scout summer camp.  Visit the Council’s website, or contact your local Service Center to get dates and registration information.  The “hidden value” of Scout camp will benefit your son for a lifetime!