Total Solar Eclipse August 21, 2017

Scouts offering eclipse activities

Nature-oriented eclipse chasers may want to check out several opportunities offered by the Boy Scouts of America’s Grand Teton Council come August.

Three campgrounds will be available to the public during eclipse weekend, which is Aug. 18-21. Scout Hollow near Rigby, Treasure Mountain in Teton Canyon and Camp Little Lemhi in Swan Valley.

The eclipse will be visible at all three sites. Scouting executives also are considering opening Island Park Scout Camp during eclipse weekend.

Though hotels and other campgrounds have been booked for months, spots at the BSA camps are still available, Grand Teton Council Chief Financial Officer Peter Brown said.

“We can provide places where people can go have a nice camping experience in a family-friendly atmosphere,” Brown said. “And if people are worried about tree cover and stuff, we’ve checked out where the sun will be and there’s clear areas where people can watch from those sites.”

Each campground includes water and garbage access, bathrooms and bear boxes. Scout officials also will provide instructions for safe camping in bear country.

Grounds are oriented toward tent camping. There is limited RV space, but no RV hookups, Brown said. No alcohol is allowed at the campgrounds.

Camp Little Lemhi and Treasure Mountain offer lake access where campers can fish. Canoes and rowboats likely will be available as well, Brown said.

Camping is $25 per person per night, or $35 per person for the entire weekend. Campsites can be reserved at eastidahoeclipse.net. Those interested also can call Director of Camping Services David Widdison at 208-709-1158.

“We’re not trying to gouge the public. We’re trying to keep prices in a place where most families can afford it,” Brown said.

There also will be an Eclipse EXPO event open to the general public at the Scout Hollow campground.

Astronomers will be present to educate attendees on solar eclipses. Booths with space-related activities and games also are expected.

The event will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. the day of the eclipse, Aug. 21. Tickets are $10, and can be purchased at eastidahoeclipse.net.

“The event will have a Scouting flavor,” Brown said. “If a local doesn’t want to camp, they have an opportunity to go do something eclipse-related that’s fun and family-friendly.”


Reporter Kevin Trevellyan can be reached at 208-542-6762.


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