One more season of Camp Tracy's 11-year-old program
In 1918, the same year that the Great Salt Lake Council was formed, property in Millcreek Canyon was acquired for members of the Boy Scouts of America to use for camps and activities. 100 years later, that property is still used by thousands of Scouts throughout the entire year. Regardless of snow or heat, you’ll find Scouts enjoying the beautiful scenery and amazing activities there.
I remember attending Cub Country in Millcreek Canyon as a Cub Scout. And my 8-year-old self loved it! All the games and songs and skits we participated in were so exciting for me. It was new. And I loved it! I strongly believe that thanks to that experience, my love for the outdoors began to grow.
Later, when I joined the Boy Scout program (now known as Scouts BSA), I attended Camp Tracy. This would be my first overnight camping experience in Scouting. Of course I was nervous, but I also knew that I had cousins and neighbors who had attended Camp Tracy when they were kids and they loved it.
So I went. And I’m glad I did!
I don’t remember the specifics of the experience. I don’t even remember the campfire program. But I do remember the feeling that I had. (Oh and shooting a .22 rifle for the first time. I do remember that.)
Camp Tracy is special to thousands of people. But it’s changing because of changes made in how 11-year-old Scouts participate in the Boy Scouts of America.
11-Year-Old Scout Program?
For those who have participated in Scouting in units chartered by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you’re familiar with 11-year-old Scouts. But what you might not have known is that it’s not an official “program” offered by the Boy Scouts of America. In fact, it’s simply an extension of Scouts BSA, and it’s done only by units chartered by the Church.
So with the change in allowing 11-year-old boys to join the Aaronic Priesthood and the departure of BSA units chartered by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the end of 2019, there won’t be any more 11-year-old Scouts.
I mean, Scouts will still turn 11; they just won’t be in a separate program from their Scouts BSA troop.
This leads to an important question: What will happen to Camp Tracy?
The Future of Camp Tracy, an “11-year-old Scout“ Camp
For years, Scouts in the Salt Lake Valley have attended Camp Tracy for their first overnight camping experience. To this day folks still refer to it by it’s former names: Tracy Wigwam or The Wigwam. This camp has catered to new Scouts and specifically those who were participating in that 11-year-old Scout program. Because of all of the changes previously mentioned, Camp Tracy will hold 2 final sessions of it’s traditional summer camp program. For one last season, new Scouts BSA members will be able to experience the 100 year history of Camp Tracy, the “New Scout” Camp.
Those interested in participating in either of these sessions with their 11-year-old Scouts, please visit the Camp Tracy webpage here on our website.
Also, Camp Tracy has been offering for a number of years a program designed for girls who were not members of the Boy Scouts of America. It was known as Camp Traci for Girls. This program has now opened for girls and boys who are not members of the Boy Scouts of America. It’s also changed its name of Camp Tracy Outdoor Adventure. It’s the perfect program to bring your entire youth group to experience the beauty of nature and the adventures of the outdoors. Visit their webpage to find out more information about what adventures and activities they offer.
As far as what Camp Tracy will be used for in 2020, that is still being decided. Of course we will still offer camp, but what will that camp program look like, that’s still being decided.
Camp Tracy isn’t going away. It’s history is far too important to let it fall by the wayside. But it will look different. And that’s great! Because it means Scouting families will be better served by it.