Winter Camping resources

Here are some ideas to help simplify planning for your next winter campout. These were shared in the recent Varsity Huddle.

8 simple tips for a comfortable winter camp

  1. Preparation (mental and physical) for boys and adult leaders.
  2. Burn calories to stay warm—eat lots of calories.
  3. Closed-cell foam pad for sleeping, standing, sitting, etc.
  4. Hot water bottles at night in sleeping bag (Nalgene work best).
  5. Layer clothing – bring a complete change of clothing (especially with snow caves).
  6. Bring an extra sleeping bag, tarp, or blanket for extra warmth.
  7. Sleep with a Beanie.
  8. When building snow caves – take two days to build them.


Winter Camping - Scouting Magazine

Winter Camping – Scouting Magazine

Places to go

  • City Weekly article – Has information about Big Cottonwood Canyon, American Fork Canyon, Spanish Fork Canyon, Strawberry Reservoir, Mirror Lake Highway, East Canyon, Rockport State Park.
  • Utah National Parks Council – Maple Dell or Frandsen Scout Ranch. Overnight packages include activities, equipment and food.

Winter Camping Info

Activity ideas

  • Ice fishing
  • Hiking/Snow-shoeing
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Fire building competitions
  • Build a sled to haul gear
  • Shelter building – see link in Winter Camping Info section above for different types
  • Animal tracking
  • Lion hunting game (#4 at
  • Snowshoe soccer
  • Fox and Geese
  • Track and Snow – set up a hurdles course using piles of snow. Can have contests for speed or height.
  • Biathlon
  • Hot springs near Fillmore


For more great ideas for your Team, attend the next Varsity Huddle!

Scouting Ceremonies

For the October Roundtable, we had an interesting presentation and discussion on Scouting ceremonies. We started off by reviewing the history and purpose of ceremonies and then looked at flag ceremonies, campfires, courts of honor, eagle courts, and other awards and ceremonies in more detail.  Resources for enhancing flag ceremonies, recitations of the Scout Oath and Law, and awarding rank advancements to Scouts were reviewed and handed out to attendees.

One important Scout Ceremony is the retiring of the US flag

One important Scout Ceremony is the retiring of the US flag

“Every Scout should be made to feel that he has taken an important forward step in his life when he receives an award or rank advancement.  He should be made to feel that added responsibility has fallen upon his shoulders because he has now become an example for the younger Scouts coming up through the ranks.”

“The primary function of ceremony is to organize the imagination, to emphasize fundamentals and to present in concrete form the abstract sense of idealism, which is inherent in the individual. Good ceremonials stimulate both thought and emotion, and provide a basis for an intelligent and sympathetic conception of one’s duty to God, his country, his neighbor and himself.” –  Raymond Hanson, Scout Executive, San Francisco

In addition to the discussion, we also enjoyed an interesting display of Scouting memorabilia (such as camp and event patches, eagle figurines and an official BSA bugle) and other items (a bear rug to put patches and awards on, campfire stories and handcrafted Scout camp totems) that can be used to enhance Scouting campfires and ceremonies.