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.

Changing the image of Scouting

by Mike Pratt

Ever wondered how to get your boys more engaged with Scouting? Does it suffer from an image problem within your team?

Here are some ideas to get that spark going:

·         Keep the “outing” in “Scouting” – outdoor activities attract boys and get attendance.

·         Make it fun. It’s not all about passing things off.

·         Get them involved and running the program. Involvement leads to buy-in.

·         Do something big and worthwhile. Something they have to work towards to make happen.

·         Ask them to commit. One group got up at 6:30am a week after school was out to start prepping for their big adventure.

·         Help them see beyond the uniform to the things they do as Scouts—river trips, canyoneering, etc.

·         Try using a field uniform (T-shirt) they helped design for identity and esprit de corps.

·         Provide a list of gear they’ll need. Boys get excited about having gadgets.

·         Liken it to them. What do they want to be when they grow up? Help them understand how what they’re doing now leads to success later.

·         Do some marketing – promote the activities, be enthusiastic.

·         Find your own passion in Scouting. You can’t start a fire without heat.

For other ideas see Help Scouts change the perception that Scouting’s not ‘cool’ in the September–October issue of Scouting Magazine.

Find more ways to help your boys by attending roundtable, held at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month. For Boy Scouts, including Venturing and Varsity, go to the LDS chapel at 10400 N. 6000 West. For Cub Scouts, go to the LDS chapel at 6400 W. Timpanogos Highway.

Sign up now for the fall camporee

Don’t miss the Alpine District Fall Campout.

It will be September 28-29 at the Bowery in Lambert Park in Alpine.

The focus will be outdoor ethics: Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly. These skills are needed for the Backpacking, Hiking, Camping, and Climbing merit badges. It will also help your Scouts advance to First Class.

Sign up now. Only a limited number of troops will be allowed. Contact Sharlene Skidmore to sign up: (801) 404-4748 or

Items to bring: besides the usual you may want to bring a chair or bucket w/ lid to sit on during Friday night’s program at 8 p.m.
Patch: the Fall Camporee patch will be available to purchase for $1.00 each

Restrictions: No Fires or charcoal permitted. Camp stoves only permitted in pavilion.