By Utah National Parks Council
Aug 22, 2013

Boy Scouts Topples Other Non-Profits

Arizona State University (ASU) is a top ranked research university. So what made senior Lauren Coplan choose the Utah National Parks Council for her senior internship?


Hi, my name is Lauren Coplan and I am currently doing my senior internship with the Utah National Parks Council.  I am a student at Arizona State University pursuing a degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Management.  I will be working mostly in the development department over the course of the semester.


Lauren Coplan at Fundraising Event

Throughout my education at ASU, I had the opportunity to hear from many guest speakers from a variety of nonprofits, and the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) always stuck out to me as an organization that I might want to complete my senior internship with.


Why BSA?

An internship with the BSA was appealing to me for several reasons.  One reason was that I have always been most interested in youth programs and outdoor recreation programs.  Also, I wanted to do my internship with a large, reputable organization that there could possibly be career opportunities with after the semester.  However, the biggest reason that I am interested in Boy Scouts is that I have seen the real effect it has made in many of my friends lives.

Boy Scouts teaches boys a lot more than how to pitch a tent.  It teaches them duty.

Scout Oath

The oath that a Scout takes is:

“On my honor, I will do my best

To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law;

To help other people at all times;

To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.”

BSA and Civic Responsibility

Thus, Boy Scouts teaches duty to God, country, others and to one’s self.  I believe that if youth are familiar with duty and civic responsibility, they will be better prepared to achieve their full potential in life.  I feel so fortunate to be doing my internship with the Utah National Parks Council, which serves over 84,000 youth.  As I learn more about Scouting, I become more and more excited for the great potential of the youth we serve in this Council.

Author: Lauren Coplan | Development, Utah National Parks Council


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