Ac­tiv­ity pav­il­ion opened at Maple Dell Scout camp

Serve Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By Christi C. Bab­bitt

A new fa­cil­ity at Maple Dell Scout Camp in Payson Canyon was of­fi­cially ded­i­cated and opened for use Sept. 9 with hopes it will at­tract not only more Scouts, but also fam­ily re­unions, church groups and other gath­er­ings.

The Stake Ac­tiv­ity Pav­il­ion, lo­cated on the moun­tain high above most of Maple Dell’s camp­ing ar­eas and other build­ings, houses a full kitchen large enough to cook for 150 peo­ple and a din­ing area as well as pri­vate bath­rooms and show­ers. Next to it is a small outdoor am­phithe­ater with bleacher seat­ing and a fire pit.

Paid for through do­na­tions, the build­ing opened Heaters has in­stalledto garage-stylethe out­doorsin­side doors makein the thatthe sum­mer. build­ing­can be us­able dur­ing cold win­ter months. There are ar­eas around the build­ing where tents can be pitched. The fa­cil­ity can ac­com­mo­date groups of up to 150 peo­ple. Scouts will use the build­ing, but it will also be open to other groups such as fam­i­lies and churches. Scout Ex­ec­u­tive Dave Pack of the Utah Na­tional Parks Coun­cil, which owns and op­er­ates Maple Dell, said the coun­cil is mov­ing from the tra­di­tional Scout camp model to a more multi-pur­pose, multi-func­tional model.

“We are in the process of rais­ing money to build 25 of th­ese build­ings through­out our 12 Scout camps,” Pack said.

The Maple Dell fa­cil­ity is the sec­ond Stake Ac­tiv­ity Pav­il­ion to be built in Utah. The Utah Na­tional Parks Coun­cil built its first Stake Ac­tiv­ity Pav­il­ion at the Mar­ion D. Hanks Scout Camp at Quail Creek, which is lo­cated near Hur­ri­cane. That fa­cil­ity was ded­i­cated in March.

“We hope this be­comes a reg­u­lar pat­tern for us in this coun­cil as we’re able to ded­i­cate th­ese won­der­ful Stake Ac­tiv­ity Pavil­ions,” said Rondo Fehlberg, former pres­i­dent of the Utah Na­tional Parks Coun­cil.

The ac­tiv­ity pavil­ions will al­low the coun­cil to in­crease the num­ber of Scouts that can en­joy its camps each year. Pack said when the planned pavil­ions are com­pleted, the coun­cil will be able to ac­com­mo­date about 50,000 Scouts each sum­mer.

“In the end, it’s all about the young men and the young women that will have op­por­tu­ni­ties to par­tic­i­pate here,” Pack said.

The Sept. 9 cer­e­mony cel­e­brat­ing the open­ing of the new Maple Dell fa­cil­ity in­cluded a ded­i­ca­tory prayer given by Elder Dale H. Munk, an Area Sev­enty with The Church of Je­sus Christ of Lat­ter-day Saints.

Lo­cated five miles up Payson Canyon, Maple Dell Scout Camp is cel­e­brat­ing its 70th an­niver­sary this year. The camp­ground serves up to 650 Scouts a week dur­ing the sum­mer.

Staff at Maple Dell Scout Camp sing a mu­si­cal num­ber dur­ing the ded­i­ca­tion cer­e­mony for the new Stake Ac­tiv­ity Cen­ter at the camp.

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