Please read the following information carefully. It will address most of your questions.
Wood Badge with Family Odyssey is a unique approach to Scout Leader Training. Adult Scout Leaders attend Wood Badge, and youth Scouters may attend Timberline NYLT. The rest of the family gets a great Scouting experience, too. It will be challenging at times, but it is well worth it!
Please understand that Wood Badge training is intensive, running from right after breakfast until dinner time. Many Scout Leaders want to attend this valuable training but don't want to leave their families home for a full week. Family Odyssey gives you the opportunity to come to the mountain together. However, you will not spend much time doing the same activities once the programs start. This might be compared to a normal work week at home. You'll each have unique experiences during the day and come together at meal time to share what you've done with each other. Wednesday night is Family Night when you can enjoy Camp Tifie's activities together.
Location and Facilities
Tifie (ty' fee) Scout Camp is located near Mount Pleasant, Utah, about an hour southeast of Provo. Its mountain terrain is rugged and beautiful. Activities include a heated outdoor pool, shooting ranges, COPE course, and much more. Tifie has flushing toilets, shower facilities, and each camp site has a covered pavilion. The acronym TIFIE stands for Teaching Individuals & Families Independence through Entrepreneurship.
Plan to arrive at Tifie on either Saturday or Sunday (July 18-19). There will not be time to set up camp Monday morning before the programs start.
Campsites are shared with at least one other family. You may request who to share a campsite with.
Trailer sites are $25 and must be reserved at registration. FULL-SIZE FOUR WHEEL DRIVE TRUCKS ARE REQUIRED TO PULL TRAILERS UP THE MOUNTAIN. You won't make it up to camp without a 4x4, especially if it rains. There are NO RV hook-ups and limited power. Trailer sites may be farther down the hill than the campsites.
All meals are provided from Monday breakfast through Saturday lunch. Families eat most meals together.
Plan to provide your own food before Monday morning.
If you have food allergies or special dietary needs, please make note of them when you register.
Choose from these great programs:
Wood Badge Scout Leader Training
Wood Badge is world-class leadership training for Scout leaders and others who work with youth such as Bishoprics, Young Men and Young Women leaders, and Primary leaders. This training expands leaders' vision of how Scouting helps today's youth become tomorrow's contributing adults.
Wood Badge participants attend training from breakfast until after dinner each day. Families eat most meals together and camp together. Wednesday evening is Family Night, when everyone can enjoy Tifie's activities with their families.
One parent may attend Wood Badge. A responsible adult needs to be available in the Family Activities in case your child gets sick or has an emergency.
Scouts age 12-15 may choose to attend Timberline NYLT. It's excellent leadership training, and a lot of fun!
Timberline NYLT runs Monday through Saturday just outside Camp Tifie at the Perl Training Center, which is also located on the Mountain Dell Scout Ranch. Timberline NYLT participants will not see their families during the entire week.
Family members who are not attending Wood Badge are invited to attend Timberline's closing ceremony on Saturday.
Spouses and children of Wood Badge participants enjoy a full week of Camp Tifie's activities, conducted by Family Odyssey's volunteer staff.
Family members will be assigned to age groups. Age group programs run each morning and afternoon, Monday through Friday. Parents are responsible for their children at ALL OTHER TIMES.
Evening family activities are available and are optional. Wood Badge participants attend only one or two of these, when their training permits.
Sample Age Group Activities:
Nursery - 18 months to 3 year-olds: Toys, story time, small activities, snacks, and naptime.
3-5 year-olds: A range of fun activities, stories, games and snacks.
6-7 year-olds: Games, crafts, nature lodge, swimming, BB-guns, and other age-appropriate activities.
8 -11 year-olds: Swimming, shooting, archery, nature lodge, crafts, C.O.P.E. course, and more. Boys may do some Cub and Boy Scout requirements.
12-13 year-olds: C.O.P.E. course, swimming, shooting, archery, off-site excursions, crafts and more.
14-18 year-olds: Camp activities like those described for the 12-13 year-olds plus some leadership training.
Adults: Swimming, shooting, C.O.P.E. course, archery, off-site excursions, crafts, and more.
Fees for Summer 2015 are being determined
Wood Badge participant
Family Program - Adult
Family Program - Ages 12 – 18 yrs
Family Program - Ages 8 – 11 yrs
Family Program - Ages 6 – 7 yrs
Family Program - Ages 18 months – 5 yrs
Family Odyssey Staff
A nonrefundable deposit of $100 is due at the time of Family Odyssey registration. Wood Badge and Timberline NYLT fees are due in full at registration.