Just because Scouting is no longer the program for young men within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it doesn’t mean that camping is out. In fact, according to the Young Men general presidency, outdoor activities, such as camping, are an important part of the new Church youth program.

During the Face-to-Face event put on by the Church, it was stated that “Young Women camp will continue to be held annually as well as young men may hold one multi-day camp and three to six other overnight activities per year.” It was also emphasized that camp and outdoor activities can be molded to fit the circumstances of the location and needs of the youth.

“Camping is a valuable tool to help young men [and young women] become deeply converted to the gospel and faithful missionaries.”

Brother Owen

“For those who don’t like camping, “learn to love it,” Brother Brough said, because of what it can do for the [youth],” (Church News). Camping is staying and that’s why we’re introducing the 3 & 4 Day Adventures at two of our camps.

3 & 4 Day Adventures

The Utah National Parks Council has camping opportunities for local Church youth groups and others, not just Scouts. Our 3 & 4 Day Adventures can be tailored to fit your youths’ spiritual needs by working closely with our camping experts.

What are the outdoor activities?

A beautiful example was given during the Face-to-Face event on how an outdoor activity can build confidence in young women who were struggling with anxiety. The presidency saw a need for their fellow young women and discovered a solution: rock climbing and rappelling.

Not only did the thrilling activity help develop confidence in the girls, they formed an even stronger bond with one another and found a way to apply the adventure to their Savior, Jesus Christ. See the full story below:

Our 3 & 4 Day Adventures can include repelling, kayaking, shooting sports, mountain biking, zip-lining, swimming, survival skills… to name a few. Youth should experience moments where they can personally develop through outdoor activities away from the distractions of the world.

Where are they located?

Because of popular demand, youth groups can now choose from three diverse locations:

Camp Maple Dell is located 11 miles up Payson Canyon and accessible by a paved road. This camp has over 40 campsites that include potable water, fire ring, and a picnic table. Enjoy the majestic mountain scenery by the lake or take-in the breathtaking sunset on one of the two amphitheaters.

One of our newer camps, Camp Tifie is nestled among oaks and pines overlooking Mount Pleasant, Utah. Campers can enjoy Tifie’s heated Olympic-sized swimming pool, shooting ranges, high ropes course, and more.

Beaver Base Camp is located in the mountains above Beaver, Utah-an area famous for its ATV and mountain biking trails. Groups can enjoy high-adventure activities like climbing and rappelling and hiking.

Who can participate?

While the 3 & 4 Day Adventures were developed with Young Men and Young Women annual camps in mind others can take advantage of these camping packages. Groups such as class camp-outs, youth conferences, work retreats, families, etc. are welcomed to experience the adventure.

What’s Included?

Groups can choose from two camping package: 3 Day Adventure or 4 Day Adventure. The circumstances of your group will determine what package you’ll choose and how you’ll adapt it accordingly.

3 Day Adventure

This three day/two night adventure schedule includes up to six blocks dedicated to outdoor activities and life-skill classes (availability depending on location). Groups may also use this time for spiritual firesides or quiet scripture study. See full schedule below:

Day 1:

  • 8:30-11:30 am – Check-in
  • 12:00 pm – Lunch
  • 1:30-5:30 pm – Open activity time
  • 6:00 pm – Dinner
  • 7:30 pm – Evening activities
  • 10:00 pm – In the campsite
  • 10:30 pm – Lights out

Day 2:

  • 7:00 am – Breakfast
  • 8:30-11:30 am – Morning activity time
  • 12:00 pm – Lunch
  • 1:30-5:30 pm – Open activity time
  • 6:00 pm – Dinner
  • 7:30 pm – Evening activities
  • 10:00 pm – In the campsite
  • 10:30 pm – Lights out

Day 3:

  • 7:00 am – Breakfast
  • 8:30-11:30 am – Morning activity time
  • 12:00-2:00 pm – Lunch and Check-Out

Price is $120 per person with an optional meal plan for an additional $56, (includes seven meals). Guest meals can be purchased at camp for $10/per meal. Discounts are available.

4 Day Adventure

This four day/three night adventure schedule includes up to eight blocks dedicated to outdoor activities and life-skill classes, (availability depending on location). Groups may also use this time for spiritual firesides or quiet scripture study. See full schedule below:

Day 1:

  • 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm – Check-In
  • 6:00 pm – Dinner
  • 7:30 pm – Evening activities
  • 10:00 pm – In the campsite
  • 10:30 pm – Lights out

Day 2:

  • 7:00 am – Breakfast
  • 8:30-11:30 am – Morning activity time
  • 12:00 pm – Lunch
  • 1:30-5:30 pm – Open activity time
  • 6:00 pm – Dinner
  • 7:30 pm – Evening activities
  • 10:00 pm – In the campsite
  • 10:30 pm – Lights out

Day 3:

  • 7:00 am – Breakfast
  • 8:30-11:30 am – Morning activity time
  • 12:00 pm – Lunch
  • 1:30-5:30 pm – Open activity time
  • 6:00 pm – Dinner
  • 7:30 pm – Evening activities
  • 10:00 pm – In the campsite
  • 10:30 pm – Lights out

Day 4:

  • 7:00 am – Breakfast
  • 8:30-11:30 am – Morning activity time
  • 12:00-2:00 pm – Lunch and Check-Out

Price is $160 per person with an optional meal plan for an additional $80, (includes nine meals). Guest meals can be purchased at camp for $10/per meal. Discounts are available.

These 3 & 4 Day Adventures can be a simple and effective resource that young men and young women can use to meet their goals in the New Youth Program. Many have already seen the spiritual and physical benefits of spending time in nature. As Brother Owen said,

As camping puts [youth] in situations where they are away from home and family, it also becomes great mission preparation. They will gain strength from their memories of camping. And when you go out and camp, you have a sense of gratitude for the smallest things.

Where to register or more information?

See how the 3 & 4 Day Adventure camp packages can help you succeed in your 2020 camping goals by visiting www.utahscouts.org/gocamping or contacting one of our camp specialists at (801) 437-6231.

To see the full Face-to-Face Event for Children and Youth click HERE.

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