Maple Dell Scout Camp thank­ful for renovations

Serve Daily - - NEWS - By David John­son

Maple Dell Scout Camp and the Utah Na­tional Parks Coun­cil would like to ex­press their deep­est ap­pre­ci­a­tion to Blake Bar­ney, Al Schel­len­berg, the Clyde Com­pa­nies, In­sid­ and its em­ploy­ees, and the Ge­orge S. and Delores Dorè Ec­cles Foun­da­tion for their ter­rific and very gen­er­ous con­tri­bu­tions of time, la­bor and do­na­tions to ren­o­vate and trans­form Maple Dell Scout Camp’s lake, COPE, Zip line, and Na­ture teach­ing ar­eas.

Blake Bar­ney, Al Schel­len­berg, and the Clyde Com­pa­nies dredged the lake, re­in­forced and cre­ated new banks and swim­ming ar­eas, and trans­formed the lake into a sandy beach re­sort. Their work vastly in­creased not only the ca­pac­ity of the swim­ming and in­struct­ing ar­eas, but also made them ex­cit­ing and fun for every­one to swim in. In­sid­ do­nated lots of large, climb-on in­flat­a­bles for swim­mers to play on, as well as beau­ti­fied the beach’s perime­ter. In ad­di­tion, In­side Sales’ also built a phe­nom­e­nal High COPE/Ropes Course and Zip Lines across the lake. In­sid­ em­ploy­ees came to camp and re-painted and re­paired many build­ings and the main am­phithe­ater. The Ge­orge S. and Delores Dorè Ec­cles Foun­da­tion built a new Na­ture Cen­ter in camp that pro­vides both in­side and out­side class­rooms for teach­ing na­ture-re­lated merit badges and classes.

Maple Dell Scout Camp, open year- round, is lo­cated up Payson Canyon on the scenic Mt. Nebo Loop, and is the pre­miere Scout Camp in Utah. Es­tab­lished in 1946, the camp is con­ve­niently lo­cated for Boy Scout Troops, church youth or­ga­ni­za­tions, fam­ily reunions, schools and busi­nesses from Utah, Juab, Mil­lard, and Salt Lake Coun­ties. Maple Dell has been a fa­vorite camp­ing and va­ca­tion­ing des­ti­na­tion for three gen­er­a­tions of Scouts and fam­i­lies from around the world. The stately W.W. Clyde Lodge is per­fect for train­ings and re­treats, and has been vis­ited by dig­ni­taries in­clud­ing LDS Church Pres­i­dent Thomas S. Mon­son when he reded­i­cated the Clyde Lodge af­ter its ren­o­va­tion.

Come check out the ex­cit­ing new ad­di­tions and renovations to Maple Dell Scout Camp. To re­serve your camp­site and book your troop cam­pout, stake en­camp­ment or fam­ily re­union, con­tact Coun­cil Ser­vices at (801) 437-6222. Visit the coun­cil’s web­site at www.utah­scout­ to catch up on what Scout­ing is do­ing in your area and what op­por­tu­ni­ties await you.

Sub­mit­ted by David John­son

Scouts en­joy­ing the ren­o­vated lake with its new clean shores, sand beach, and wa­ter toys. On the other side is the COPE ropes course.

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