Building Zion Youth Camp
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 $40/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.
2017 Available Dates
25-27, Thursday through Saturday
1-3, Thursday through Saturday
8-10, Thursday through Saturday
15-17, Thursday through Saturday
21-23, Wednesday through Friday
29-July 1, Thursday through Saturday
6-8, Thursday through Saturday
13-15, Thursday through Saturday
20-22, Thursday through Saturday
27-29, Thursday through Saturday
Dates subject to change. We generally accept up to 80 youth before closing a weekend. Groups will be combined (up to 4 per weekend) until we meet the limit. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate large groups at this time.
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
- The Territorial Statehouse is listed on the Utah and National Register of Historic Places. Please treat it with respect. Defacing any part of the building is illegal.
- The Territorial Statehouse is a museum; please do not touch any of the artifacts, lean on cases, run, have food or uncovered drinks, or use flash photography. We meet on the top level of the statehouse each day and for the dance.
- Our elevator is reserved for visitors and campers who cannot use stairs. There is only one and it is slow, so please do not play in it and prevent someone who needs it from having access.
- The museum is open to the public from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. and visitors not affiliated with a youth group pay for entrance. Please respect other visitors when you are in the building by not congregating.
- 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 provided safety equipment & caution when using wood working and stone working tools.
- Adult supervision of youth is required at all times for the duration of the camp.
- Smoking, chewing tobacco, vaping, alcohol, or non-prescription drugs are not permitted inside any building on our grounds. Smoking is also not allowed within 25′ of entrances.
- Firearms may not be discharged near campsites, picnic areas, or within 600′ of any building in our park. Dangerous use of any weapon or use that puts campers, visitors, or our cultural resources at risk is prohibited.
- Territorial Statehouse State Park staff/volunteers are not permitted to exchange personal contact information with campers or share the information of other campers or staff/volunteers, including last names, addresses, phone numbers, social media profiles, or e-mail addresses. Please respect everyone’s right to privacy.
Cost is $40 per youth, leaders free. A $400 nonrefundable deposit covers payment for the first ten youth and guarantees your spot in the program. Balance, if any, for remaining youth is due upon arrival to camp. Deposits and payments cannot be refunded after 14 days. We accept cash, check, or credit card for all payments and can provide receipts and invoices as necessary.
To schedule a Building Zion Youth Camp for your group contact:
Territorial Statehouse State Park Museum
50 West Capitol Ave.
Fillmore, Utah 84631
Once you have scheduled your camp with us, please complete the following forms (you will receive an e-mail with these forms as well):
Building Zion Youth Camp Registration Form (coming soon)
Camp Payment Form (coming soon)
Youth Consent Form
Adult Consent Form