Spring Council is over. Click here for directions to the gathering.
A sister has passed on at spring council. Awaiting positive identification, but information indicates she died at spring council in the nighttime of what they think was a heart attack
Spring Council is when all potential sites for the gathering are brought to any people who want to be involved in selecting a site. The council usually takes one to seven days and normally ends with either a consensus by silence among people at the council or an exodus of the majority of people heading to the preferred site. The council starts Saturday, June 14 @ rainbow noon.
Anyone who is planning on heading to spring council or to the gathering on or before the solstice should be prepared for snow. In 2003 in Utah, the night of the solstice it started snowing and did so for 3 days. Beautiful and magical but not fun for the folks who don't have the gear or don't know how to pitch a tent to it doesn't suffer snow related collapse. TIP: don't put your tent under a branch that will pile up with snow and at some point come crashing down on your tent. String a tarp at a steep diagonal so the snow slides off the tarp and away from your tent.
BE AWARE can be very dusty. Stay on FS 471 about 14 miles around the Currant Creek Reservoir but not into the campground pass by the campground fork and bear right onto FS 82. Go up the hill to the intersection, bear right at the “T” and take a right onto FS 83; go six tenths of a miles (LOOK FOR ROCKS!) to a left hand turn. This unnumbered road is short and the first bit is rocky. Welcome to Spring Council/Counsel!
TIP! Provo is having a marathon on June 14 - details here.
Once a decision is reached by foot or by consensus, people who are involved with Spring Council usually make the information freely available. Word of warning: Sometimes the first set of directions and/or other information is incomplete, so check your sources before you head out to make sure you have the "updated directions."
If you have not already connected up with the scouting process, the time has passed to do so. But please connect up with the spring council process.
TIP! Usually, but not always, Spring Council is within 100 miles of the best available sites. However, I've seen it be further away.
If you plan on coming to Spring Council, be prepared for cold weather and rough conditions. Have your own methods to boil or filter water. Bring food. This is not a gathering so all the support systems normally in place won't be up until sometime during seed camp.
That being said, people generally help each other out, seeing the gathering start from nothing and turn into a small town is an amazing experience, and the friendships you make with other people can be long lasting.