The encampment will have activities for all ages of youth, including some activities designed
specifically for different age groups. Some activities test athletic skills, some provide
problem-solving challenges, and some are just a lot of fun. There will also be activities that
will help strengthen testimonies, sharpen team-building skills, and activities to help youth
answer questions about the gospel asked by friends and those they meet.
Activity areas will be open from 2:00pm until 5:00pm on Monday, July 30. These areas will be
open from 9:00am to 12:00pm and 2:00pm to 5:00pm on Tuesday through Friday. Some areas will
remain open through the lunch break.
Each participant will receive a “passport,” which will be stamped with a unique
stamp at each activity. This will keep track of the activities that a person has participated
in. There will not be a specific schedule for these activities; each person will be allowed to
participate in whichever activities they choose. If someone wants to participate in a specific
activity more than once, they may do so but will have to wait until those who have not yet
participated have had a turn.
Here is a list of the activities that have been planned so far, with more to come:
- COPE (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience) Courses
Increasingly difficult challenges;
participants climb, jump, balance, zip, and swing their way to solutions
- Climbing tower
A second climbing tower in addition to the one in the COPE
course. Test your climbing skills.
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Youth and leaders
planning to fish will need to bring their own poles and gear. Bait and lures will be available. We have
secured a group fishing license that is free of charge for those planning to fish.
Look for fish and sunken treasure
- Wilderness survival
Similar to the Air Force Survival School and taught with the help
of AF Survival School Instructors. Camp overnight at a remote site and learn to survive on
- Rock climbing
Learn technical rock climbing skills with certified instructors. This will be done at
a remote site. There will be six three-hour sessions for Venture Scouts. Sign up on a first come, first served
basis. Be quick if you want to climb the rocks.
- Shooting sports
Test your skills on clay pigeons
- Black powder
See if you can shoot as well as the pioneers to bring home
- .22 Rifle
Can you hit the target?
- BB Guns
Shoot and shoot and shoot!
Shoot paint balls using archery skills and techniques.
Conducted over a large course, testing your skills to be sneaky and quiet and hit the targets.
Two courses: one for younger Scouts and one for older Scouts. How do you compare
with Robin Hood or William Tell? Can you shoot the apple from the top of the Sheriff of Nottingham’s
- Football throw
See if you are as good as an NFL quarterback
- Baseball throw
Are you a Cy Young award winning pitcher? How will you match with Clayton
Kershaw or Justin Verlander?
- Knife throwing
Can you stick a knife into a target from ten paces?
- Hatchet throwing
Cut the pumpkin in two with a direct hit
- Tripod waddle race
Teams pull an A-frame carrying a passenger. Who can get the
- Pioneer games
Stick pull - Can you pull up Joseph Smith?
- Tug of war
Who has the strongest team? By age group.
- Light a match with a hatchet
How good is your aim? Can you hit the head of a wooden match
close enough to light it without cutting it to pieces?
- Logging activities
Log rolling, greased pole climbing, cross-cut saw, axe throw,
and others. Are you as tough as an old-time logger, one that worked so hard he would eat
as much as 9,000 calories a day and never get fat?
- Cross-cut saw competition
Competition with times posted to see who in the camp can cut
- Three rope suspension bridge
How good is your balance? Can you cross the canyon as fast as
Indiana Jones and escape becoming dinner for head hunters?
- Bucking barrel horse
How long will you be able to stay on? Test your cowboy
- Human foosball
Play foosball with Scouts as the players. Fun and wild! Competition between
wards and stakes. Get your best team ready.
- Mechanical bull ride
How long can you stay on?
- Disc golf
Nine or eighteen holes
This activity will be held on Thursday morning. Swim, bike, run. Come and test your
athletic skills. Those that would like to participate need to bring your own bikes. See the
for more details.
- Obstacle courses
There will be several courses, some for individuals and some for
teams, to test your skills. One “handicap” course will test your skills using
crutches and wheel chairs. Others will have obstacles that have to be negotiated with
special restrictive rules. One will be a BSA ninja warrior course. Hone your skills, you
will be tested!
- Warrior training
Build slingshots, learn to joust.
There will be two geocaching courses: one for older scouts and
one for younger boys. How good are you at using a GPS unit to find a special prize? Better
get some practice.
- Rockets and Things That Soar
Putting things high into the air! Giant water balloon slingshot, trebuchet, and who
know what else to launch missiles high into the air.
- Water Rockets
Make your own water rocket. Make your rocket using a water bottle and see how
high you can get it to go. Test your design and construction skills. Bring your own empty bottle.
- Scout skills
- Fire starting
You just fell into the river in the middle of winter and it
is twenty degrees below zero. Can you keep from freezing?
Can you build a bridge to cross a raging river or build a
shelf to hold your wash basin?
- Knot tying
Test your skills. Can you tie a clove hitch, a half hitch, a
bowline, and a timber hitch?
- Dutch Oven Cooking
Come and learn from the best dutch oven chefs in the West! Learn all the secrets of
how to make pineapple upside-down cake, pizza, and even good old stew.
- Neckerchief Slides
Bill Burch and his equally skilled partner Bob Dollar are coming to participate in
the encampment. Bill is world famous for his uniquely carved neckerchief slides. They may even be able to give
a few lessons. Bring your sharp knives and a good supply of Band-Aids.
Activities to build testimonies and spiritual strength
- Order of the Liahona
Scripture learning and challenge by age with daily goals
- Hand cart pull
Test your pioneer skills and see if you can survive in the
winters of Wyoming
- Scripture knowledge bowl
Test your scripture finding skills
- Island challenge
See if you can save a stranded companion using a bag of
- Missionary challenge
Learn how to respond to questions about the gospel and how to
bear your testimony to non-members
- Church history
Learn about the early days of the church and the challenges
faced by the members
- Hold to the rod
Can you stay focused on the gospel and your testimony, even
when faced with temptations and people that try to sway you away from restored truths?
- Joseph Smith memorial games
Competition by age group, old-fashioned games, stick pull,
leg wrestling, others
- Faith Factor – Camp Sunrise’s “Fear Factor”
Do you have the courage to face the challenges standing between you and your
team’s victory? Is that really dog food that you have to eat? Can you find the right key to unchain your
team in time? How many mustard-covered marshmallows can your teammate drop in your mouth in the allotted
time? While blindfolded, can you swallow whatever that is that your team is telling you to eat? Can you suck
more lemon juice than the other team? These and other challenges await you and your team in this opportunity
to confront potential fears with courage, faith and team work.
- Team/trust building
Activities to help build trust and team (quorum and patrol)