Some 10,000 Scouts are expected to gather for a massive encampment in southeastern Idaho June 26-29.
Yes, the legions of boys and their leaders will sport Scout-approved apparel and, of course, there will be plenty of traditional Scout fun. But organizers say this Church-anchored event stretches beyond a few days of outdoor adventure.
"This camp is really about celebrating 100 years of Scouting in the Church," said David Smith, chairman of the historic event.
Functioning under the Duty to God-themed title "Rise Up ... Learn, Act, Share," the camp will include Scouts from 58 stakes from Scouting's Grand Teton Council. Young men and their leaders from western Wyoming and across much of Idaho are making their final plans for the event.
The camp will be held on 300 acres of private land located between the Idaho towns of Shelley and Firth. The region will become a tent city for hundreds of troops. Boys of all ages will enjoy their days under the Idaho sun participating in activities that have long defined Scouting. A collection of action centers will include climbing walls, zip lines, shotgun shooting ranges, geocaching, BMX racing, pioneers stations and much more.
Hundreds of adult volunteers have been enlisted to staff the action centers.
Campers are expected to flock to the action center offerings — but the "Rise Up" camp remains anchored in the priesthood, said Brother Smith.
A trio of LDS Centers will be in operation during the camp and introduce the boys to family history research and other gospel duties. Each boy and leader will also be encouraged to earn the Thomas S. Monson Award by fulfilling a series of priesthood-related requirements while learning more about the Church's 16th president.
"And every morning everyone in camp will have an hour set aside for scripture study," said Brother Smith.
A large arena bowl constructed at the site will allow the entire camp to gather each night for a special evening program. The nightly programs will include plenty of entertainment, music and gospel-themed messages. Brother David L. Beck, president of Young Men general presidency, will speak one evening, along with Wayne Perry, a member and president of Boy Scouts of America. Brother Charles W. Dahlquist, former Young Men president, will also participate in the evening events.
Each young camper is expected to leave the "Rise Up" camp with fun memories of flying down the zip line or hitting a clay pigeon or two on the shotgun range.
"But we also want each boy to leave camp with a deeper testimony of the Church and a commitment to serve a mission and to live worthy to enter the temple," said Brother Smith.