Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Project C.O.P.E.

On April 26th Venturing units from around the Council gatherd at the new C.O.P.E. (challenging outdoor physical experience) course at the Council Service Center in Ogden.

65 youth enjoyed the beautiful day learning how to challenge themselves and build trust in each other. Thanks to Jacques Behar, Michael Jenkins and Jason Eborn for making this event possible.

If your Unit would like to reserve the C.O.P.E. course please contact us at (801)479-5460 or at http://www.trappertrails.org/
This event was one of our Council Sponsored Venturing events. May's Venturing event will be a shooting event on May 31st at Camp Kiesel. You can find the registration form under the upcoming Venturing activities.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Wood Badge Course Number 3

Wood Badge For the 21st Century

Our 3rd Wood Badge course kicked off today under the direction of Rich Howe. This is our 3rd of 8 courses to be held this year.

Course Director Rich Howe receiving the official Charter from Jared Olschewski, Council Training Chairman.

Participants listening to the opening remarks during the Blue and Gold Banquet.

Our next course will be held at Camp Bartlett in conjunction with Family Camp in July-August.

For more information about Wood Badge visit us at trappertrails.org and go to the training tab.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Ogden Area Silver Beaver Recognition

Silver Beaver recipients for the Ogden Area were honored Friday April 18th at Roy High School.

Opening Flag Ceremony performed by the Order of the Arrow.

Kathy Sutherland receiving her Silver Beaver Award from the Council Training Chairman, Jared Olschewski.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Council Camp Staff Training

Building unity through initiative games.

George Comber instructing this years Water Front Directors

Working on Pioneering

Camp Kiesel Staff leading the Venture Oath with the rest of the camp staffs.

Each year the Trapper Trails Council hosts a Council wide training for our camp staffs. This is a great opportunity to share best practices and share the Council vision with the staffs that will be teaching and serving our youth over the summer.

The Council has 8 great camps and over 400 staff members that dedicate time and talent at our summer camps.
If you have not signed up for summer camp or high adventure there is still time. Give your youth the opportunity to learn and grow under the direction of an accredited camp program. For more information call (801)479-5460 or visit us at www.trappertrails.org.

Silver Beaver Recognition Evening

New Silver Beaver recipient Brent Dyer and his family.

This year the Trapper Trails Council is proud to recognize 57 Silver Beaver Recipients. In adding up the total years of service performed by our recipients, we find more than 1,364 years between them, which averages 24 years of Scouting service for each person.

There are two recognition evenings this year. The first was held Friday April 11th in Logan, Utah. The second recognition will be held Friday April 18th at Roy High School.
We would like to thank all of our leaders for their dedication and service. If you would like to nominate someone for the Silver Beaver Award please turn in a nomination application at your local Scout Office.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

2nd Wood Badge Course of 2008

Trapper Trails Council's second Wood Badge Course had a great kick off Monday April 7th at Camp Kiesel.Course Director, Susan Esplin, has a great staff and great participants, excited to teach and learn with each other.
Rick Barnes, Scout Executive, gives encouragement during the Blue and Gold Lunch.
Dave Rich, Council President, addresses the participants on the 6 steps to instilling values.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

1st Annual Bob Aamodt, Inc. Vertical Challenge -- A Success

“What is a Vertical Challenge?” Simply, the team of 4 individuals who skis/snowboards the most vertical feet down the Strawberry run at Snowbasin in the 2 ½ hour period of time wins! Speed is not the secret. Endurance is the key! The winning team will receive a cash prize and bragging rights! While the Vertical Challenge could be viewed as a “race”, it isn’t! MORE THAN ANYTHING, the Vertical Challenge seeks to provide a FUN and exciting venue to mingle with friends and associates while benefiting the youth programs of the Trapper Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America.

The 1st Annual Bob Aamodt, Inc. Vertical Challenge was held at Snowbasin Resort on Friday, February 29, 2008. After months of planning, recruiting teams, and procuring prize items by a committee led by Bob Aamodt, Vertical Challenge Special Event Chair, the event was deemed a success!

About 60 Vertical Challenge participants were greeted at Snowbasin with a picture perfect day to ski to raise money for the Council’s many youth programs. A cool, yet clear morning turned into a perfectly sunny, warm day. After eating breakfast, and mingling with each other, participants found their skis and went to the lift to carry them up the hill. There was a friendly competition among the participants.

The vertical challenge was a success! Good times were had by all, and fundraising provided a solid foundation for next year. Success of the Vertical Challenge comes because of the high level of participation from several sources. The Vertical Challenge was overwhelmed with sponsors. Thank you! Thanks as well to the golf committee: Bob Aamodt (Chair), Andrea Abbot, and Dean Foust. The leadership they provided for the event was remarkably effective. Thanks as well to those Trapper Trails Council staff members that offered endless logistical support. Finally, thanks to those of you who came and skied.

The Vertical Challenge is going to be an annual event. The 2nd annual Vertical Challenge will be held at Snowbasin resort of February 27, 2009. Call the council office for details. You won’t want to miss out!

Josh Haacke

2007 - One of the most exciting years in Trapper Trails Council History

The Trapper Trails Council just finished one of the most exciting years in its history. We started off the year by presenting our 100th anniversary recognition plan with the Baden Powell patches and the commemorative coins.

In February, during Scout week, we ran 13 consecutive articles about our Scouting values in the Standard Examiner and Logan Herald.

In March, we set a record with our Scouting for Food Drive by collecting 626,540 pounds of food. We had over 19,000 youth and adults involved in this great community project.

In May, we held our 100th anniversary Jamborall at the Weber County Fairgrounds with over 14,000 Scouts and Scouters involved. The fireworks on Friday evening and the flag ceremony on Saturday morning were very inspiring! "Back to Brownsea" was a lot of fun as Scouts were able to participate in the original "Brownsea Island" activities from 100 years ago. The Jamborall was the largest gathering of Scouts and Scouters in our history.

We had an outstanding summer and had over 28,000 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts and Venturers involved in our outdoor program. On August 1, 2007 we celebrated the 100th anniversary of Scouting with our flag ceremonies at each Camp. I happened to be at Camp Bartlett that day and participated in the recommitment ceremony. This was truly a once in a lifetime experience.

Our fall camp-o-rees were also centered on the original "Brownsea" experience. Scouts were able to participate in the activities provided by Baden Powell, the founder of Scouting.

The culmination of our celebration was in October, when we held the 100th anniversary Extravaganza at the Davis Conference Center, with 817 Scouting, government, civic, and church leaders in attendance. Charles Dahlquist, National Venturing Chairman and Silver Buffalo recipient, was our keynote speaker for the evening. The council also produced a 100th anniversary DVD that was highlighted at the Extravaganza.

I would like to thank all of the many volunteers and professionals who made this past year such a resounding success!

Rick Barnes

Scout Executive