Two, Three, Four, or Five Day Summer Camp
Build quorum brotherhood by-
1. I nvolving all quorum members in the camp.
2. Having a campf ire program during the evening.
Activate young men of quorum age by-
1. Involving all quorum members in the camp.
2. Giving specific assignments and special attenÂtion to inactive young men.
Learn the gospel and build testimonies by-
1. Having a special speaker or a testimony meeting as a part of a campfire program.
2. Seeing that spiritual thoughts and prayers are included at appropriate times throughout the camp.
Young Women Areas of Focus
Recreation and the world of nature-
by learning more about nature.
Personal and social refinement-
by developing proper relationships with others.
People who can help
Camping specialists Older youth
Individual camping equipment:
Extra clothes and shoes
Jacket or sweater
Poncho or raincoat
Soap, toothbrush, comb, towel, etc.
Flashlight (fresh batteries, extra bulb)
Fishing license and equipment (if needed)
Sunburn lotion (if needed)
Insect repellent (if needed)
Cloths and towels
Group camping equipment:
Tents (and pegs)
First aid kit
Water (if needed)
Fire permit (if needed)
Large pan for washing dishes
Large pan for rinsing dishes
Soap for dishwashing
Ax or saw
Firewood or fuel (if needed)
Campsite permit (if needed)
How to do it
1. Set the date and place for the camp.
2. Arrange for the site and transportation to and from the campsite.
3. Plan the menu.
4. Plan the overall camp program. The following may serve as an example.
a. First day.
1) Morning-Leave early. Try to arrive at the campÂground before noon. Have each member bring a sack lunch.
2) Afternoon-Make camp. If time permits take a short walk before supper.
3) Evening-Have the campfire activity “My Most Meaningful Experience.”
b. Second day.
1) Morning-Teach camping skills.
2) Afternoon-“One Rope River Cross” or other activity (see p. 130). Prepare for evening proÂgram.
3) Evening-Present skits (see p. 161 for ideas and details).
c. Third day.
1) Morning-Hold games and contests (seep. 161 for ideas).
2) Afternoon-Free time. Nature hike.
3) Evening-Field sports until dark. Campfire songs or “Tall Tale” night (see p. 161).
d. Fourth day.
1) Morning-Prepare for all-day hike. Leave on the hike as early as possible. Take lunch with you on the hike.
2) Evening-Return from hike in time to fix supper. Testimony meeting around campfire.
e. Fifth day.
1) Morning-Break camp. Clean up camping area.
2) Afternoon-Return home.5. Seek for opportunities to strengthen the testimonies of quorum or class members during this activity by doing such things as the following:
a. Have prayer together at the beginning and at the end of the activity.
b. See that there are morning and evening prayers and blessings before meals.
c. Plan opportunities to have spiritual thoughts preÂsented during the activity.
d. Consider studying the scriptures together for 15 minutes at the beginning or close of the day.
e. Plan a special testimony meeting near the end of the activity.
f. Try to reach out to individual young people who may need your help, spend some time with them, strengthen them, and help them to feel your love and interest.
Note: Joint Young Men and Young Women overnight camping activities should not be sponsored. When it is desirable to have a mixed camping experience that does not require staying overnight, the bishop or stake president must approve it, and proper chaperones must be provided (1 per 10 youth). Youth conferences are approved when proper segregated housing and adeÂquate chaperonage are provided.
Reynolds Kichen’s alumininum foil (packet) dinners – tons of yummy recipes
Scoutorama’s list of Dutch Oven and Camping recipes – includes Breakfast In A Paper Bag
The Mac Scouter has a list of several recipes, including jerky making and chili
From “The Activity Book”, Camping, pp 157-171. available from Church Distribution for $6.00.