Every year, thousands of groups and organizations get together for summer camp outs. Well it’s no different for Boy Scout groups in the eastern Idaho area; troops that belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints gathered together to celebrate 100 years of boy scouts in the church.
Over 10,000 boy scouts have gathered for this event.
“There’s just tons of cool stuff to do here, you know, BMX track, zip lines, just lots of cool fun activities we’ve been going all day long” said Dallin Maddock of Troop 711.
“I think it’s cool to be able to learn a lot of these things and it’s nice to be able to get to do some of these things that we wouldn’t ever be able to do normally” said Preston Dye of Troop 489.
This event took two years to plan for and volunteers and leaders have been developing the land since then to build the action centers the boys get to play in. There are three action centers with 10 activities in each.
“I think this is a great occasion, not only for the celebration but for the opportunity for the boys to have a great spiritual experience together, in learning things about the gospel and things that will be helpful in their lives” said Chairman of Rise Up 2013 Encampment David Smith.
58 different Stakes have joined in on the action which constitutes about 402 troops all together. All the scouts are between the ages of 12 to 18.
“I think I’ll remember it my entire life, its been really cool, there’s tons of people here, it’s just really cool” continued Maddock.
The encampment will go through Saturday. The owner of the land is Brent Stolworthy.