Does my son have time to earn Eagle Scout in our LDS chartered unit?

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Can my son still earn Eagle Scout?  Does he have enough time?  These questions and many others related to advancement are being asked each day by parents and Scout leaders from LDS chartered units.  Here are some answers.

As long as the Scout earned the rank of Star by December 31, 2018 and he does not turn 18 years old before December 31, 2019, he will have enough time to meet the 6 month requirements for Life and Eagle.

If your Scout doesn’t meet the time requirement, there’s still another way.  If your Scout earns the rank of Star after December 31, 2018, he can still make it!  He will just need to finish in another traditional troop.

Transferring to a traditional Scouting unit is a great option and is available to all Scouts registered in LDS chartered units.

For more information about transferring to a new Pack, Troop, or Crew, go to www.trappertrails.org/pathforward.  There you can find information about Scouting units in your area, starting a new unit, and volunteering as an adult leader.  You can also call your local Scout Service Center at (801) 479-5460 for more information.

A Scout is Cheerful

Abraham Lincoln said: “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

A smile and a happy disposition will carry you far.  I have learned that the greater part of our own happiness is determined by our own attitude.  A cheerful disposition not only Council-Presidentaffects you but also those you come in contact with. You never know when a smile and happy greeting will lift someone else who may be struggling.

A Smile (Author Unknown)

A smile is cheer to you and me

The cost is nothing – it’s given free

It comforts the weary – Gladdens the sad

Consoles those in trouble – good or bad

To rich and poor – beggar or thief

It’s free to all of any belief.

A natural gesture of young and old

Cheers on the faint – disarms the bold

Unlike most blessings for which we pray

It’s on thing we keep when we give it away.

So smile and have a cheerful disposition you will be happier for it.

 

Frank W Browning

Council President

On my honor…

What is an Oath?

When I was 13 years old I was asked to take an oath.  The occasion was my Eagle Scout Court of Honor and the presenter from the local district had me stand in front of everyone and make the Scout sign as I did so.  I felt it was a solemn and special thing.  I knew many were watching me as I did so.  I could sense the expectation was high as I committed to follow the promises I had made as a scout many times but adding a new and higher level of commitment to give back to Scouting more than it had given me.  When I was done I thought about it many times. CouncilCommissioner_4k

I have tried to keep that promise and hone the oath.  I have used it as a compass of sorts to guide me in making decisions when I think about what an Eagle Scout would do or not.  I have received many valuable things from Scouting so it has been hard to keep the score even of doing more for it than it did for me, but I have tried.  The joy has come in the journey more than any destination.  It has been fun trying and while I may never reach that goal, I hope it has made a difference for someone else along the way.

In a world where our youth are told the old and out dated traditions of the past do not matter anymore and life is more about doing what is right for you, I challenge those ideas.  I replace them with ideals of integrity and honesty as found in the Scout Oath and Law where we commit to do more than just hang on for the ride.  I don’t accept the concept of those principles ever going out of style or not making a difference, they simply do.  I think taking an oath is a vital part of forming who we are.  I think it always will be and only those who struggle to understand that seem to differ in that opinion.

So today I proudly say again, On my Honor, I will do my best . . . even though there are changes, distractions and those who oppose, I can always do my best and honor my oaths, and I will.

Russ Tanner – Council Commissioner

Camp Fife 2018

Hello Scouting Alumni,

At Camp Fife this year we have continued to see amazing changes happen to our facilities.  This year we planted 10 trees and a drip system to water them keeping them alive and heathy.  Other changes included a new entrance into camp to help with traffic flow, a new Nature Trail that follows the river, and a new Obstacle Course. Later this year construction of a new amphitheater will take place at camp that will wrap up in the spring of next year.IMG_3030

Many thanks to our terrific donors!

Camp Fife’s facilities continue to improve and get better each year. This change, of course, is nothing without the youth and leaders who attend camp. We had over 4,000 youth attend camp this past summer. We had some truly incredible staff at Fife this summer. If you have not yet come by to see Camp Fife, please sign up for our camp this next season. Our join us at our next activity with the Order of the Arrow ordeal October 12-13, 2018. Hope to see you there!

Camping Promotion

Not all Scout camps are created equal. Sure, each offers a terrific program to entertain and challenge Scouts, but every Scout camp has unique program elements that make it special. Screen Shot 2018-10-04 at 10.54.16 AM

Trapper Trails Council is advertising Camp Loll’s program in Scouting magazine… nationwide.  Watch for the Camp Loll ad in your next Scouting magazine!

Have you seen our Facebook ads for Camp Loll or Camp Hull Valley?

Check out Camp Loll’s advertisement by clicking here.