Just a few weeks ago several hundred Boy Scouts, leaders and families showed up to help clean the secondary water canal from the mouth of Ogden Canyon though the town of Uintah.
There were trees, branches, rocks, slabs of metal and a variety of debris that needed to be removed to allow for the free flow of water.
The purpose of such a task may not be as it first appears. The real purpose is often unstated, and understated.
Something magical begins to transpire when a parent, a volunteer leader, their sons, daughters and others in the community unite together to perform such labors.
Through such activities Scouting makes an impact in the lives of all who become engaged.
The vision of building, creating and inspiring becomes an easier task than repairing. Connections are made, relationships strengthened, and values that can last a lifetime are instilled. Selfless service. There is no better way than this in bettering our community!
Commitment and service pays off for the Bonneville Shores District. Order of the Arrow Chapter 7 Youth.
Look at the picture to see!!!
These young men have spent years preparing to compete in this event. How much preparation has it taken? During 2014 they did 156 Arrow of Light Ceremonies, 25 Eagle Scout Ceremonies and this does not even begin to touch the number of elections held, Ordeal and Vigil Ceremonies, Lodge Training’s and Scouting for Food service….the list continues.
In spending a few moments of reflection I begin to see that this dedicated group of young men and their advisers have set a high standard of cheerful service! I dare say there has been very few moments spent in being idleness for young leaders of our community.
Our congratulations and thanks go out to you! Way to go!
The Trapper Trails Council in partnership with the local Juvenile Justice System has kicked off it Positive Attitudes Through Scouting “P.A.T.S.” program. This program takes youth (ages 11-17) who have become involved in the Justice System and gives them a chance to learn valuable life skills to help them grow up into great men and citizens.
This pilot program is one of the ways the Trapper Trails Council is reaching out to deliver the ideals, methods and program to even more youth. When the Trapper Trails council approached the juvenile court system, they were eager to start this program. Currently eighteen youth from Weber County have been selected. The P.A T.S Program is designed to show these young men another path to divert them from further involvement in the Justice System.
On Friday May 16, 2015 these young men met at the Trapper Trails Council Office and assisted in loading the camping gear and were off for the Mountains. This campout was a learning experience for the boys and the Scout leaders. Many of the youth had never slept in a sleeping bag, cooked over a fire, or even experienced the grandeur of the stars on a clear night.
Once they arrived at the destination each learned how to set up a tent, build a campfire, and how to build a tinfoil dinner. Skills like slicing vegetables, cracking eggs, setting the table, and doing dishes had to be taught. Scouting teaches boys the basics skills needed to live life and to be contributing members of society. These young men were taught to respect each other, work as a team, and each boy had to pull his own weight. Scouting not only teaches boys to respect themselves, others in the group, and the outdoors, but it also teaches it’s members to respect and have faith in God or a supreme being. For many young men it was their first time to participate in grace before dinner. The highlight for many the first evening was to sink their teeth into their first s’mores. These basic skills that so many take for granted were foreign to these young men. They have started a new journey as they discover the basic skills to live right and with purpose.
On Saturday morning the young men put on rain gear to hike to the top of a mountain peak that overlooks Causey Reservoir. At first many hesitated, the rain had been falling constantly for three hours. Scouting teaches boys to do hard things to stretch them so they can discover what they can accomplish. They all made it and the reward was the incredible view. Many of these young men had never seen anything like it before. By the end of the day these boys didn’t want to leave. They were asking, “When do we get to do this again?”
Have you heard this question? Are you a Master Builder or are you a destroyer? The years have long since passed when I first heard this magnificent thought-provoking question. I reflect upon it from time to time and maybe you will to?
I earnestly strive to surround myself with Master Builders, those who can help keep the construction in line with the blueprint. A blueprint that is on track to become masterful work of art. Consequentially I find that each day I am moved to stand a little taller and to be a little better.
You and I can place ourselves on the path to greatness as we surround ourselves with the right people. People who are Master Builders! Builders of people! Builders of men!
Have you found yourself pondering upon what has transpired in the life of this person to become who he or she is? Who has played an integral in this shaping? What were those experiences? Where did the sources of inspiration come from? What have been those realized and unrealized defining moments? Who were, who are these hero’s? Do they know that they too are placing the strokes of the brush on the canvas for the masterpiece of tomorrow?