By Ken Cluff
Apr 12, 2014

Peak Experience

I think the mountaintop ceremony may be the most rewarding portion of your Operation ON TARGET experience. The ceremony may be held around a campfire near the mountain peak on

Preparing mirrors on a peak for Operation ON TARGET!

Preparing mirrors on a peak for Operation ON TARGET!

Friday evening. Gathering your team in a secluded spot, follow the team’s outline, have a reverent mountaintop ceremony that includes reading the letter from President Erying, of the first presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. (see letter below)

I always had the parents of the Varsity Scouts write and short note to their boys that they can read at this time. Also you may have a letter from their Bishop and/or councilors expressing their feeling to the boys.

Be sure to take the teams Time Capsule and review previous years experience with the boys. Have the Varsity Scouts comment on their thoughts and feelings. Take the letters from this year and put in the time capsule for the future years.

A Coach’s Corner at the end is especially rewarding to you and the Varsity Scout boys. Express your love and appreciation to your boys. I have listed several ideas you can use in your Coach’s Corner to the boys:

  • Each of your Varsity Scout boys has climbed to a mountain peak and relay a message to other Varsity Scout teams using signal mirrors. The objectives are for them to seek greater heights in their lives, to let their light shine forth, and to set, work for, and achieve goals. Our great Prophets of old climbed to the mountaintop to communicate with the Lord. Through this program your young men can receive inspiration, feel the Lords Spirit, and strengthen their lives.
    On Target Flash

    ON TARGET full flash to a nearby peak

  • Operation “On Target” is all about reflected light—The light that comes from above! God gives us the light of freedom so we may choose for ourselves. As we choose to – “do our duties to God and our country” – and – “to keep ourselves physically strong mentally awake, and morally straight—we choose to reflect that God given light, as surely as if we were doing it from mountaintops with our mirrors. Cherish the light of the Gospel, and the light of freedom; always be ready to reflect and defend them.
  • The mountain could represent a specific goal your Varsity Scout might have. In order to attain the goal, persistence and work are required. At any given point in time, the boy is either toiling upward toward the goal, remaining stationary, or coasting downhill away from the goal. The direction he is moving relative to his goal is more important than the speed at which he is moving. Keeping our mind and heart on the goal is imperative for success.
  • On Target requires alignment of sunlight,Untitled the mirror, and the target in order to make contact with others. In life, the proper alignment of knowledge, skills, and attitudes allow you to make an impact in the lives of others.
  • Reflecting the light of Christ to others: The sunlight could represent God or the Spirit, the mirror could represent service to others or setting a good example, and the contact could represent bettering others by our service and diligence.

Your mountaintop peak ceremony might also include a song, prayer, and guest speaker. Recognition of achievement pins and awards or history of the peak you are on.

Letter from President Erying, of the first presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, for use in the 2014 Mountain Top Expereinceletter

Ken Cluff, Editor Varsity Vision Newsletter

Author: Ken Cluff | Editor, The Varsity Vision Newsletter

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