Melbourne, Fla. — Nearly 500 young men and 250 youth leaders took part in a five-stake Camp Helaman encampment May 27-29 at the Church-owned Deseret Ranch in central Florida.
Using the theme "Men of Truth," young men were taught through activities and service to develop qualities of Helaman's stripling warriors as found in Alma 53:20-21.
As part of the encampment, eight Eagle Scout projects were either completed or worked on as service projects by the young men. Projects included completing an obstacle course and challenge course, making new tables at the rodeo grounds, participating at the target range, rope lashing station, clearing a trail from rodeo grounds to the lake for airboats, and building an amphitheater.
Young men performed hundreds of hours of service as they cleared land for trails, and got ground ready for the building of cabins as part of Camp Ensign, a 100-acre recreational facility being built at the ranch.
Unforeseen was a potentially deadly storm, which hit the ranch late Friday afternoon, May 28. Activities for the evening were called off and drenched young men were sent home. Arrangements were made for President Charles W. Dahlquist II, the newly called Young Men general president who spent Friday at the camp, to speak to the young men at a nearby stake center Saturday morning, May 29. He encouraged the young men to be prepared for storms they would face throughout their lives.