1907 Brownsea Island Scout Camp

Today marks the 109th anniversary of the first organized scout camp.  On August 1st, 1907, Lieutenant-General Baden-Powell gathered 20 boys from all different social backgrounds and tested his ideas for the book Scouting for Boys at Brownsea Island, England.  The activities were centered around camping, observation, woodcraft, chivalry, lifesaving, and patriotism. The boys were arranged into the following patrols; Wolves, Ravens, Bulls, and Curlews. As this was the first Boy Scout event, the boys did not have uniforms. Instead, they wore khaki scarves and were presented with bras fleur-de-lis badges. Marking the beginning of the use of the scout emblem.  The boys also wore a coloured knot on their shoulder indicating their patrol: Green (Bulls), Blue (Wolves), Yellow (Curlews), and Red (Ravens). The patrol leader carried a staff with a flag depicting the patrol's animal. After passing tests on knots, tracking, and the national flag, they were given another brass badge, the scroll with the words Be Prepared, to wear below the fleur-de-lis.

This location has since been a place of camping for scouts. In 1963, a formal 50-acre Scout campsite was open and in 1973, a Scout Jamboree was held with 600 scouts in attendance. 

Camp Cooking

What is it about camping that make food taste so good? Is it the fresh air of the outdoors, the thought that it might be your last meal, or just the fact that every meal involves bacon?  It could be a combination of all...
In planning our meals for camp, the scouts will request menu items that are usually not prepared at home due to most of the meals being cooked in dutch ovens. One of their absolute favorites is one called Mountain Man Breakfast.  This delicious creation involves a pound of sausage, two pounds bacon, hash-browns, cheese, and 4 dozen eggs all in one dutch oven... it's no wonder the scouts always request it. The only problem is that after you eat this amazing meal, you tend to want to go back to your tent and hibernate until next spring.
When planning you meals for camp, you want to plan nutrient/energy packed meals.  My opinion, Mountain Man Breakfast is not the best meal when planning on an activity/hike in the morning.  First, it takes a very long time for this meal to cook as you need to have some hot coals/briquettes for the dutch oven. Second, it is extremely packed with so much starch, grease and fat that it will physically slow you down rather than give you the energy that is needed.  Through experience, the best breakfast I have had while camping is granola with almond milk poured over and fresh banana's sliced into it. It's not extremely full of fat, but sticks with you until lunch and gives you the energy needed during your hike.
I am not saying to never make Mountain Man Breakfast... because it truly is a delicious breakfast. But, while working on the Cooking Merit Badge, plan your meals accordingly to the activities you have planned.  If backpacking through the Uintas, do not plan any meals that involves a dutch oven (very heavy to pack in and out). And, if cooking for twenty scouts at your week-long scout camp, you probably do not want to use your backpacking stove to cook your group meals on.  Use the right tool for the right job and always be prepared.

Cooking Merit Badge

Cooking up breakfast

Cooking up breakfast

Scout Basic Essentials

In my younger years, on a Varsity high adventure, I neglected to bring all of the Scout Basic Essentials.  As a Team, we decided to canoe down the Henry's Fork of the Snake River starting at the reservoir in Island Park, Idaho.  Anyone who has been on this stretch of river knows that it is a very slow section of the Snake River. Sitting in the metal canoe and being in my swimming trunks and a t-shirt with no sunscreen on, I was basically slow roasting my legs.  My thighs were completely covered in blisters as a result of having no sunscreen during the 3 hour trip from the reservoir back to our camp site.  That night's sleep (if you can call it that) was unbearable.  So unbearable, that it resulted in a leader driving me back home in the middle of the night to my parents.  I did not do my part to be prepared.

In my opinion, one of the core elements of being a scout is being prepared. Robert Baden Powell was once asked what scouts should be prepared for. His reply was "any old thing". I echo Robert Baden Powell's reply.  If a scout does not have the basic essentials on their outing, than the result will be the troop having to bring aid to the scout when he is unable to care for himself being cold, thirsty, injured, or sun burnt.  

  • Pocketknife
  • First Aid Kit
  • Extra Clothing
  • Rain Gear
  • Water Bottle
  • Flashlight
  • Trail Food
  • Matches and Fire Starters
  • Sun Protection
  • Map and Compass
    • Insect repellent, a whistle, and other items also might be considered essentials, depending on your destination, the length of your trip, and the seasons.
Henry's Fork of the Snake River - Photo: www2.humboldt.edu

Henry's Fork of the Snake River - Photo: www2.humboldt.edu

No Food In The Tent

Last night we had a fun time helping complete my Webelos aged son's video for his movie making Webelos adventure.  From the beginning of the process, he wanted to involve the realness of not keeping any food inside your tent when camping.  

Hope you enjoy this little short that was written, directed, filmed, and produced by my awesome son. And always remember to be Bear Aware while camping.

Cherry - Balsam Campgrounds


Cherry and Balsam Campgrounds are located on the banks of pretty Hobble Creek just 12 miles from Springville, Utah, at an elevation of 6,000 feet. Visitors enjoy fishing and exploring local trails.

Natural Features:

Maple, fir and cottonwood trees forest the area, providing partial shade, beautiful fall color and some privacy between campsites. Hobble Creek runs through the campground.


Rainbow and brown trout fishing are popular on Hobble Creek. A few hiking, biking and horseback riding trails are in the area, including Dry Canyon and Wardsworth Canyon Trails.


The campground contains one group site that can accommodate up to 100 people. It contains picnic and serving tables, a campfire ring, water spigot and cement site pad. This group site is a walk-to site accessed by a steep, paved trail from the parking area.

Single family sites are available as well, with picnic tables and campfire rings with grills. Vault toilets and drinking water are provided.

Nearby Attractions:

Deer Spring Trail begins at the top of the camp and is one mile long. Left Fork Days Canyon Trail and Kirkman Hollow Trail, for hiking, biking, horseback riding and dirt biking, can be accessed at nearby Cherry Campground.

Activities and Amenities Within Facility

  • Biking
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Group Camping
  • Hiking
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Parking Area
  • Paved Parking Spurs
  • Paved Roads
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Vault Toilets
  • Volleyball Courts