A message from our Scout Executive...
Dear Scouting friends,
I love the Scouting program. It has been a part of my life since I joined Pack 339, sponsored by the El Cajon 2ndWard, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Back then we were a part of the San Diego County Council and the Grossmont District. I advanced through the Cub Scout program until I earned my Arrow of Light and moved into the Blazer Patrol and became part of the troop.
Scouting and the church always went hand and hand together for me. I loved being a Boy Scout and looked up to my Scoutmaster, seeing them as role models and mentors. Steve Johnson, Don Rawls, Jim Little, and Len Brightly were not only good men, but people I admired and wanted to be like. I saw them on Tuesday nights as my Scout leaders, and on Sundays as my priesthood leaders. Some of my best memories are the 15 milers and campouts that happened without fail each month. Bro. Little, for example, loved to go backpacking. Every month there was another trail to explore, mountain to climb, and of course a coveted patch to earn. We did the 15-mile Mormon Battalion hike in the Borrego Desert, the 50 mile Silver Knapsack in the Sierra Nevada mountains, and Old Salty Rat A foot / A float around Fiesta Island. We camped at every District Camp-o-ree, did summer camp at Mataguay Scout Reservation, and of course camped on the Silver Strand at the beach. My Scoutmasters helped me with my rank advancements, did Scoutmaster’s Conferences, and guided me through my project and helped me to earn the rank of Eagle Scout. All along, teaching me during the week and on Sundays the value of Duty to God and pointing me towards an LDS mission. I loved and respected these men and feel grateful for the difference they made in my life. My love of Scouting comes in part because of my LDS sponsored troop in California and the role models my Scout leaders were for me.
A week ago, today, the LDS Church announced it would be ending its formal relationship with the BSA on December 31, 2019. It has been a long week for me. I have wrestled with my feelings, expressing them privately to my wonderful wife and children. Our family loves the Scouting program. It has been a significant part of our lives since before Beckki and I married. On our second date, before Beckki would leave her home, I was required to recite the Scout Law at her doorstep. I remember trying to recall the 12 points, and found that even at 24 years old, they came out almost naturally. (For our third date I presented Beckki with a framed parchment of the Scout Law.) My family has seen Scouting in Utah, Massachusetts, and Puerto Rico. We have participated in a highly LDS oriented council, in a council where we were the only LDS Scouting family and became adopted New Englanders, and on an island with few LDS Scouters but where we learned to love and respect our dear Hispanic Scouting friends and their wonderful culture. We have learned that Scouting has made our family better, that diversity and tolerance is so very important, and that race, religion, and culture only serve to strengthen the fabric of our lives. Our lives are richer today for our Scouting experiences.
I respect my church’s decision and express gratitude for the partnership that has lasted these many years. I also look forward to new opportunities for Scouting in our council. Let me be clear, Scouting in our council is not going away. We have dozens of traditional units that are already established, willing and ready to accept more Scouts and Scouters. We have received an outpouring of support already from the communities we serve, offering to start additional new units, lending their support as adult leaders, and looking forward to offering more Scouting opportunities to any who would like to join.
If you have questions about joining Scouting, starting a new unit, registering yourself or your children in the program, or transferring to a new unit, please do one of following:
- Our website has both information about joining Scouting and a way for you to get in contact with people who can answer your question directly.
- Call the Trapper Trails Council Service Center – (801) 479-5460. We will get you in contact with someone who will be happy to help you and answer your questions.
- Visit us on social media. We have pages on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other platforms.
As your Scout Executive, I invite you to join us along the Scouting trail. My family is ready for the new opportunities that are ahead. The council campfire welcomes you and your family.
Yours in Scouting,