Facing the challenges of the next century, the Utah National Parks Council has launched it's most ambitious capital improvement campaign to date. This campaign is aimed at the overall improvement and expansion of the council's camping properties. These properties are integral part of the council's ability to deliver the promise of Scouting to every youth member.
An integral part of the total Scouting experience is Scout Camp. What occurs there is simultaneously personal and shared. Camp is a place of refuge where Scouts can be surrounded by others who all aspire to the same high moral standards that are taught at home—the same lessons taught in the Boy Scouts of America. Camp provides opportunities for youth to share in spiritual growth through honor trails and campfires, growth in skills and experience through merit badges, growth in character through athletic and skill-based competitions, and the growing together of Scouts through inter-patrol and inter-troop activities. This is where bonds of friendship are born and solidified and leadership skills are practiced. The results are that each time a Scout attends camp, it becomes a memorable mile-marker in his life.
The challenge and opportunities facing the Utah National Parks Council is twofold: First, bring the future of existing camps into clear focus. Second, systematically restore and upgrade the camps with the utmost prospect of serving the greatest number of current and future Scouts.
Six of the camps are now earmarked for updating because they are among the busiest, most worn-out, or most in need of expansion or repair. Due to their location, constant use, and potential for greater service, the resurgence of these facilities will greatly enhance the opportunity for an ever-increasing number of Scouts to grow from their camping experiences.
Here are just a few of the projects that the Capital Campaign is looking to address:
Camp Maple Dell Year-round swimming pool facility Restrooms and shower facilities Central dining facility Business and medical office Upgrade troop sites Reinforce the lake
Frandsen Scout Ranch Restrooms and shower facilities Add more troop site pavilions Upgrade the Fort and program areas Dining Hall
Camp Jeremiah Johnson Shooting ranges Lodge and dining hall Boat house and docks Vehicle bridge
Tifie Scout Camp Lodge, kitchen and dining hall Training lodges Lake and aquatics center Additional troop sites Training cabins and pavilions Restrooms and shower facilities
Thunder Ridge Scout Camp Dining Hall and Commissary Training Lodge and restrooms Lake and aquatics center Troop and Training pavilions
Bacon Memorial Park Kitchen facilities Bathroom and shower facilities Pavilions and training facilities Electrical service improvements
Preparing the six earmarked camps for a future of service is a matter of money—money that must be raised now. This undertaking is a worthy investment in our rising youth. The rebirth of the six camps will bring them to a fully-functioning, vital standard as first-rate operations. Doing so will improve the lives of tens of thousands of Scouts and assist them in reaching their potential for good in the world.