Building Zion Youth Camp
Territorial Statehouse State Park Museum
Fillmore-Utah’s First Capitol
This fun filled camp is designed for youth groups and their leaders. Youth groups spend three days and two nights gaining insight into the challenges early settlers faced as they accepted the call, not just to come to Zion, but to build it. Through Brigham Young’s own words they learn about his vision of coming West, settling Utah and building Zion. They learn about the efforts and sacrifices he and the early saints made to build it. This camp makes an excellent LDS Youth Conference for wards and small stakes.
Youth and leaders together race to saw logs and build log cabins, reminiscent of settlers racing to build shelters before winter. Learn about the importance of water in Utah with water activities that may end up in a water fight. Tour the museum and learn of early settlers. Make bread and cook in a wood burning stove. Learn the thrift of pioneers through a quilt service project. Earn “tithing script” redeemable in the museum gift shop, by completing pioneer trades and tasks. Play Rounders and other pioneer games. Learn reels, marches, polkas, schottisches and even the risqué waltz, at the highlight of the camp, an Old Time Dance complete with dance cards.
Youth gain insight into pioneer life while enjoying many comforts of today, including a swim in the pool every afternoon and their own cool, comfortable clothes. The park provides plenty of lawn for tents, picnic tables, water and clean restrooms. Youth groups are responsible for tents and all meals.
The $30/youth fee includes a drawstring backpack, water bottle and all activities. Leaders are free and have the option to purchase the backpack and water bottle in the gift shop if they desire.
This camp helps youth envision Brigham Young’s view of the saint’s potential in their new home in the west. It is an excellent next year compliment to a “Handcart Trek” or as a stand-alone youth conference to learn about early Utah life.
Statehouse Provided Activities
Rounders-- This precursor to baseball uses handmade bats and balls and rules that are just enough different from baseball that skilled and unskilled youth and leaders alike have a blast playing.
Pioneer Games—Youth create their own fun with stilts, jump ropes, hoops, graces, croquet, stick pulling, checkers and more pioneer games.
Museum Tour & History Discussions--Learn why Brigham Young chose Fillmore as the Capitol and then moved it to Salt Lake City. Learn about the political battles Utah fought as a Territory and why they weren’t readily granted statehood.
Building Zion Challenge--Each youth is given freedom to explore pioneer tasks and trades, with a scavenger hunt style list of activities including: candle making, wood work, stonework, rope making, quilting, spinning, weaving, bread making, laundry and school work in an old time school. They are paid top wages in “tithing script” redeemable in the gift shop.
Cabin Building Challenge—Youth & leaders are called as “families” to carry logs, use a 2 man saw to cut logs and race to build a cabin, reminiscent of the settlers arriving late in the year racing to build shelters before winter.
Water Challenge—In this desert state, water is always a challenge. The lack of water in southern Utah and Nevada was a major factor in abandoning Fillmore as the Capitol. We will carry and build “ditches” to channel water which may end up in a “friendly” water fight.
Old Time Dance—This pioneer style dance will be a highlight of the camp. Dance cards, games and mixers, reduce the pressure of “asking,” allowing the youth to just have fun. They’ll learn reels, marches, schottisches, polkas and even waltzes-although Brigham Young thought waltzing was risqué. Pioneers danced for entertainment and exercise, so wear sturdy shoes. We’ll provide lots of water and refreshments.
Rules & Regulations
- Territorial Statehouse State Park is listed on the Utah and National Register of Historic Places and will be treated with respect at all times.
- The Statehouse is a museum and is therefore a hands off, don’t touch, please look environment. We meet on the top level of the statehouse each day and for the dance, please walk through the building with respect.
- Don’t play in the elevator.
- The museum is open to the public during business hours, be respectful to other visitors.
- The cabins and schoolhouse are also historic buildings, but we do hands on activities in them, please participate, but respect the buildings and activity stations.
- Use safety equipment & caution when using wood working and rock working tools.
- Adult supervision of youth is required at all times for the duration of the camp.
- No smoking, tobacco, alcohol, or drugs permitted inside any building.
- No personal firearms or edged weapons are allowed in on site.
Available Dates for 2014 Youth Camps
- May 29 - 31 Thurs - Sat
- June 05 - 07 Thurs - Sat
- June 12 - 14 Thurs - Sat FULL
- June 19 - 21 Thurs - Sat
- June 25 - 27 Wed - Fri FULL
- July 10 - 12 Thurs - Sat
- July 17 - 19 Thurs - Sat FULL
- July 31 - Aug 02 Thurs - Sat
- Aug 07 - 09 Thurs - Sat
- Aug 14 - 16 Thurs - Sat