Territorial Statehouse State Park Museum

Activities


Territorial Statehouse State Park staff provides lots of fun, hands-on activities during Building Zion Youth Camp. We also provide ample unscheduled time for leaders to plan meals, hold their own meetings, or just relax in the park.


Building Zion Youth Camp

Statehouse Provided Activities (see schedule for times):

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.


Creating Zion Youth Camp

This fun filled camp is designed for groups of youth between the ages of 12 and 18, and their leaders.  Youth groups spend 3 days and 2 nights gaining insight into the challenges early settlers faced as they accepted the call, not just come to Zion, but to create it. This insight is gained while enjoying many comforts of today, including a swim in the pool every afternoon and your own cool, comfortable clothes.  The park provides plenty of lawn for tents. Youth groups are responsible for tents and all meals.

Statehouse Provided Activities (see schedule for times):

School Activities—Education was very important to early settlers.  Youth will experience a bit of school pioneer style with pen & quill, the Deseret Alphabet and strange rules for recess.  

Pioneer Games—Youth create their own fun with stilts, jump ropes, hoops, graces, croquet, stick pulling, checkers and more pioneer games.

Cabin Building—Youth will use giant building logs to design their own cabin.

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.  

Creating 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, rope making, quilting, sewing, spinning, run weaving,  belt weaving, bread making and more. They are paid top wages in “tithing script” redeemable in the gift shop.

Domestic Water Challenge—In this desert state, water is always a challenge.  Women & children spent a large portion of their time carrying water to care for their gardens and household needs.  We will carry and build “ditches” to channel water which may end up in a “friendly” water fight.

Old Time Dance—Dancing was very important in pioneer life.  More than anything, dances were a social time, where they enjoyed music, games, interaction and generally refreshed their spirits.  Pioneers danced for entertainment and exercise, so wear sturdy shoes. We’ll provide lots of water and refreshments.