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Dave Olson, Published July 06 2012

Scouting couple to tie the knot today at camp in Park Rapids

PARK RAPIDS, Minn. – Anyone visiting Camp Wilderness today should be prepared for an unusual sight.

Ashley Butenhoff and Matt Everson are getting married at the Boy Scout camp, with the wedding set up right where they hold the big bonfires at night.

It’s a fitting spot, given the fact they likely wouldn’t know each other if they hadn’t joined the same co-ed Scout Venture crew as young adults.

They spent two years getting to know each other through trips to Camp Wilderness and other Scouting events before romance bloomed and they started dating.

Then, during a snowy visit to the camp last spring, Everson, 23, popped the question. Butenhoff, 22, said the proposal didn’t merit much surprise.

“He told me I’d have the ring by the end of March. He proposed in February. So, he was cutting his deadline pretty short,” said Butenhoff, who credits Scouting with opening her life to many good things, including team building.

Now, she wants to impart those strengths to others as an adult leader for a Boy Scout troop at Olivet Lutheran Church in Fargo, where her fiancé is an assistant Scoutmaster.

Everson is also an Eagle Scout, as are his father, four uncles and two cousins.

Everson and Butenhoff say the time they spent in Scouting getting to know each other before beginning to date provided them with a solid foundation and a realization of how many values and interests they share.

“With Scouting, you tend to find a lot of people have similar morals and ideals, so that really helped,” Everson said. “We both understand the passion we have for Scouting.”

Butenhoff said it is Alumni Week at the Scout camp, so they expect to see many familiar faces.

“We both love the camp, and a lot of our friends are big into Scouting,” she said. “We thought it would be a perfect fit for us.”

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