Alumnus of the Year

Neil Butterfield does not seek the accolades of the world.  This is one reason why Neil is the Trapper Trails Council, BSA Alumnus of the Year.  This recognition was presented to Neil at the council’s annual business meeting held on February 8, 2017.

The Trapper Trails Council takes pleasure in presenting the Boy Scouts of America Council Alumnus of the Year Award to Neil A. Butterfield.neil-butterfield

The BSA Council Alumnus of the Year Award is the Scouting Alumni Association’s highest council recognition.  The award was established to recognize alumni of the Boy Scouts of America who, over a sustained period of time, have used the skills and values they learned through their association with Scouting to make significant and long-lasting contributions to their local communities through their careers, avocations, and Scouting.

Neil was a Boy Scout in Salt Lake City in the 1940’s and was one of the very few who earned the Explorer Ranger award before it was discontinued in 1950.

After service in the US Air Force he began his professional Scouting career in Ephrata, Washington in 1958.  Later he served in Boise, Idaho and Medford, Oregon.  His successes led to his selection as Scout Executive in the Juneau, Alaska council.

After a lengthy and successful service there he served at Idaho Falls, Idaho until he was selected as the Scout Executive of the Cache Valley council in 1979.  He served there until the council merged to form the Trapper Trails council in 1993, when he retired.  Since that time he has been an invaluable member of the Council Executive Board in solving numerous administrative challenges.  He is a well-known face throughout the council to Scoutmasters and Scouts, as well as to Council and District leaders.  Though adept in overseeing high level board meetings, he can also often be found with a hammer or drill, making repairs to buildings at camps or brewing up tasty Dutch Oven delights at Camp-o-rees or at Summer Camp.

Because the Scout Oath is the creed by which he lives, he has become the Scouter’s Scouter to thousands of adults and youth who admire him.  He was recognized for his contributions as a volunteer with the
Silver Beaver award in 2001 and has over 72 years registered service in the Boy Scouts of America.

Neil is a prominent member of his community and church in Logan, Utah.  As Scout Executive of the Cache Valley Council for 14 years, his gentle and efficient manner enabled him to develop Scouting advocates among the business, education and government leaders throughout northern Utah and southern Idaho.  His legacy continues to this day.  Through his quiet and gentle leadership, scores of former Scouts have become firm supporters of Scouting throughout the Cache Valley for over 30 years.  His positive example and gentle encouragement have made better Scouters of all those who have known him.

The Trapper Trails Council is honored to present the Boy Scouts of America Council Alumnus of the Year Award to Neil A. Butterfield.  Congratulations Neil!


The Man Who Goes the Extra Mile


Kevin V. Hunt

Scouting Historian, Author, Scouting Veteran, Camp Director

We’ve been talking about some of the joy and trauma of Scouting – and I mentioned some of my Camp Director experience among those thoughts.  There were some traumatic times, but there were also some really great times.  Such was the case at Camp Bartlett.  It was my privilege and honor to work with a few guys who were committed to me and were always willing to go the extra mile for me and the camp.  I placed great value on “The Man Who Goes the Extra Mile” and was always deeply grateful for their strength, service and our brotherhood shared.


It is not my usual leadership style with youth to simply assign work to be done (though I do it on occasion, as needed).  My preferred method has been to motivate the guys to volunteer as the call for help is made.  The extra-miler was generally rewarded or praised in some special way.

This leadership style allows the young man to provide initiative for his own personal growth.  As “my boys” (staff guys) experienced the thrill of doing something that was not required, they found a growth potential previously untapped within themselves.  If properly recognized or thanked for a job well done, the staffer was anxious to volunteer again at other times.

I had a staffer named Jeff Leavitt with me for a couple of years.  He had had a chance to see that I operated a little differently than other camp leaders under whom he had worked previously.  It was a real compliment to hear Jeff say that he liked the way I worked along side of staff members rather than just telling them to do something and leaving them to it.


Lem Siddons and Whitey in Walt Disney’s “Follow Me Boys”

Paul Kearl was one of the most impressive young men with whom I ever had occasion to work.  He was one of those special young men who wanted to do all that was required or expected of him – and a lot more.  He was also one who was always willing to go the extra mile, and even when he was the only one traveling on that extended path.

My wife and I were particularly proud of Paul and pleased to be able to associate with him.  One night near the end of camp, Paul came over and shared with us some of his feelings for us and this was a special experience for us.

Paul was a staffer who got an unusual bonus from being on camp staff.  He had such a high level of integrity that he was one we trusted to serve on staff even when we were serving 400 girls instead of our usual collection of Scouts.  (Girls from several of the local LDS church units came for a week of camp after the Boy Scouting sessions had ended for the summer.)  And speaking of his extra bonus:  While on camp staff, Paul met a young lady whom he ended up marrying about four years later.


Paul was even the subject of a poem that I penned and dedicated to him:


The man who goes the extra mile,

Is one who’s learned to give of self.

He does more than duty with a smile,

And looks for ways to be of help.


The man who does more than is required,

Is valued far ‘bove all the other.

He’ll work and work e’en though he’s tired,

When tasks are done, he’ll do another.


When there’s a call for volunteers,

The extra-miler steps forth first.

And of the job, he has no fears,

No worries if the job’s the worst.


When trav’ling through their lives each day,

Most folks do only what they must.

They do only that which brings them pay,

Then this dissolves with moth and rust.


This man’s different, you see,

He always does more than his share.

He’s willing to work, not for a fee,

But to show of his love and care.


The extra-miler gets no praise,

Except for joy of a job well done.

He’s the man who deserves the raise,

Though he’d never ask for one.


The man in demand goes the extra mile,

Without being told what to do.

The man who does more with a smile …

The likes of this man are too few.


Service, the noblest of desire,

For which we all each day can work.

To help brothers, we can aspire,

And chances to serve never shirk.


Thanks to you for your extra mile,

For service above and beyond.

Your joyful spirit makes life worthwhile,

While building a brotherhood bond.

As I have observed the “extra-miler guys” over the years, it seems that they have a few characteristics in common.  I find that they are generally self-directed, self-assured, confident, go-getters, they have a vision of the “bigger picture”, and are service-oriented. They care more about others than they do for themselves.  They embody all that is good about the Scout Oath and Law.  These characteristics seem to radiate from them.  In all, they are just really great guys to have around.  They make a real difference in the world.  They are the kind of folks who are just good to be with.  And you can be assured that they will be the ones who will be there to help and serve in any kind of situation. EXTRA MILE 3

[Note:  I could just name guys by their first name – to protect the innocent, but in some cases,  (when it is positive) it is worthwhile to really recognize guys as who they truly are.]

Rodger Thomas, brothers John and Scott Foley, and Lynn Porter were more of those special young men who were outstanding in every way and who volunteered for everything.  Whatever the task, they were there to assist.  I could always count on them. They were all true extra-milers.  And in recent time, I could also add David Shill to that list of extra-milers.  That guy has been truly amazing in all of his willing service.

It seems that a special bond developed between me and those who consistently volunteered to help.  For one thing, I naturally spent more time with them and thus I got to know them better than those who didn’t volunteer.  There was more interaction because of the process of showing them what was to be done, reviewing progress and working at their side to complete the task.BARTLETT FLAG CEREMONY FROM WEB

It seems too, that there was another element to the closeness I felt towards those who consistently volunteered.  These boys were those who felt positively toward me as their leader and thus allowed me the added opportunity to be an influence in their lives.  They were the ones (who by their choice, and hence by mine also) who were on my “team”, as opposed to just putting in their time for a badge or paycheck.

I have long been an avid journal keeper and have seen the many benefits of journal writing throughout my life.  And in fact, the material from these blog articles have drawn heavily from my own journal volumes as recorded when the events happened.  My journal has helped me recognize when personal progress has been made.  It has helped me understand myself better and has helped me document needed improvements in my life.  And in the journals, I have documented associations with family and friends.


Kevin Hunt Journal Volume #122

For those staff members with whom I was particularly close, I made presentations of blank journal books for their future use.  At the front of the books, I’d write a special challenge to the young man getting the book.  I would also thank him for his assistance and express my pleasure in being a part of his life.

A couple of the guys have since told me that they started keeping a journal after receiving the one from me.  Some of them are still keeping one to this day.  That makes me so proud of those guys!

It was a special thing for me as these same boys responded with appreciation for me and the influence I’d been in their lives.  Scott made me a beautiful hand made wooden box with a glass top.  Inside the box were items representing common interests we had shared.

Terry Allen came to me at the end of what I knew to be my final year of directing Camp Bartlett.  He expressed his feelings of appreciation for all that I had done for him.  That kid had really made progress in the three summers that we had served together.  He was still a diamond with a few rough edges but making great progress.  Boy, I was proud of that kid!   And that pride kept getting better as watched him later become a high school principal. I like to think that I had a bit to do with his future greatness.

It was rare to actually hear some feedback from Scouts or staffers but the few times I heard such a response it made a lasting memory to be cherished.  These moments came seldom so I relish the memory of each.

One comment I heard by accident as I passed an Order of the Arrow youth.  The boy said of me to his friend, “He’s the best dude here.”SCOUT CAMP MEMORIES

On my final day with Scouts at Camp Bartlett, I was walking near the new camp trading post that we had built under the old A-frame.  I saw Lynn and Allen just wrapping up their work in the trading post.  I stopped to visit with them for a few moments and thanked them for their dedicated efforts on the trading post inventory and also for making the hundreds of “Old Ephraim Honor Camper” awards for the many Scouts we’d served over the summer.  I said, “You guys are SUPER!”

With that comment, Allen choked up and managed to say, “Well Kevin, you’ve been a really super boss too.”  Then we were all choked up.

It was at that moment that it hit me that I probably would not be back to Camp Bartlett another year and that this chapter of my life really was drawing to a close.  My professional papers had already been sent in for transfer and I knew that one was eminent.



I got all choked up and could hardly say anything else to Lynn and Allen.  I went over to my cabin and there broke down and bawled my eyes out.  I was glad that my family had already left for the dining hall and did not see me in that condition.

The feelings generated by such occasions are indescribable.  It’s times like these that make me proud to be a part of this grand mission of Scouting.  The Pauls, the Rodgers, the Scotts, the Lynns, the Terrys and other special ones through the years make it all worth our effort.

That’s the true joy of service in Scouting …

[Note:  I have maintained at least some contact through the years with Paul, Scott, and Terry.  I would really like to reconnect with Rodger Thomas, Jeff Leavitt and Lynn Porter … if anyone has a clue where they are and could could connect us!]

Best wishes along your Scouting Trails …  Kevin


Excerpts taken from Kevin’s many Scouting Trails books including “MR. Scoutmaster!”, “Keys to Scouting Leadership” and others at Scoutingtrails.  Connect with Kevin and read his articles on Scouting blogsites such as The Boy ScoutThe Scouting Trail and The Voice of Scouting.  Feel free to comment on anything you read!

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The Community came together with the annual Scouting For Food

Over 12,000 Scouts, plus their leaders, canvased the communities of Trapper Trails Council and collected over 410,000 lbs. of food on Saturday, March 19.  This food will help support our local food banks and pantries for months to come.  Fish-N-Loaves Pantry, that is associated with the Layton Hills Baptist Church in Layton, was one food pantry that received an immense outpouring of support from the local scouts. Fish-n-Loaves SFF

As pictured with a heap of food in their parking lot, it took the help of the local congregation and the Scouts to get it all sorted and in the pantry.

The busiest time of the day at each of the drop-off locations were from 9:30 to about 10:45.  Load of truck after vehicle after truck would come and drop off the food they collected that morning.  Although some locations were still wrapping up with the last donations after 1:30 in the afternoon.

Lakeview SFF

At one location, I overheard one leader talking to another, that earlier that morning while their Troop was gathering the food, one of his Scouts asked him, “This is a lot of food, why do we need to gather so much food?”  What a great eye-opening experience this youth had, to learn that in his own community there are people that need the service he provided to them.

Thank you to our local food banks for the service you provide to our community and for the opportunity we had to ‘scout for food’.

The 410,000 lbs of food went to help the following food banks: Tremonton Food Pantry, Box Elder Community Pantry, Catholic Community Services, Cache Community Food Pantry, Fish-N-Loaves, Family Connection Center, Youth Community Connections, Salvation Army, Ogden Rescue Mission, First Baptist Church in Roy Food Bank, Preston Community Food Pantry and SEICCA’s in Preston and Montpelier Idaho and various food banks in Wyoming.

Cache SFF

See more photos on our Facebook page.

100 Year Anniversary Event for the William T. Hornaday Award

By: Mike Perkins

Scouts!  Begin working on the Hornaday award, the most esteemed conservation award in the Boy Scouts of America!

Trapper Trails council will celebrate the centennial of the Hornaday award by hosting a workshop for youth and adults on May 9 at the Ogden LDS Institute on the campus of Weber State University.  The workshop will be held from 8 AM – 3 PM.

ENROLLMENT IS FREE.  Find more information and/or register at

Begin working on 3 merit badges required for the award and learn how to plan and complete the conservation projects required to earn the award.

Questions?  Contact Mike Perkins at

Being Visible in the Community

WashingtonWhat do you think of when you think about a Boy Scout? Many will think of camping, patches, Being Prepared, and so on. One thing that always came to my mind was helping and serving others. I will never forget a particular episode of the old Batman sitcom with Adam West and Burt Ward that taught me about being a Boy Scout. No, it didn’t involve a POW! or BAM! as a villain fell to the floor. It was of a young man in a Scout uniform helping an old lady across the street. I can’t tell you which episode or what cliche Batman used to teach Robin a lesson on patience that day, but I’ll never forget that image of a Boy Scout. That’s what Scouts did. It was recognizable in America. Is it still?

What happened to those boys? Are they still out there? When was the last time you saw Scouts out in the community giving service, helping others, and doing a good turn? If you can’t remember, it’s time we change that…

The next time your Scout Pack, Troop, Team, or Crew is planning a service project, do something VISIBLE! Find something to do where people will see you. Do it on a Saturday when the community is out and about. And perhaps most importantly, wear your uniforms! It’s recognizable and it shows what we stand for. One of the greatest things about a Boy Scout uniform is that it’s okay to get them dirty. It’s time that we remind the community what we are here for and that we are proud to do it as Scouts.

Another great idea is to take part in community events and holiday parades. Carry the flag at public meetings, give the prayers at a town meeting, show the world why Scouts take seriously their Oath to do their Duty to God and Country. When done properly, these visuals will stir feelings of reverence and patriotism, citizenship and service.

Let’s go out and remind people what Scouts do. I refuse to believe that it isn’t as recognizable and synonymous with Scouts today as it was years ago. The next time you see a lost traveler trying to find their way through the fog, help them and do your good turn. After all, isn’t that what the Boy Scouts of America was founded upon?