By Michelle Carpenter
Apr 11, 2017

Catholic Bishop Awarded For Utah Scouting Efforts

“Some would call him an unsung hero,” said Dave Pack, Scout Executive of the Utah National Parks Council. “I don’t think those that he’s impacted the most would call him that. They’d call him their hero.”

On Sunday April 2nd, at the annual Diocesan, Bishop James Blaine received the North Star Award for his efforts in Scouting. This award is given to nonregistered Scout supporters who’ve significantly contributed to councils, and it’s the highest award a council can give a nonregistered Scouter. The event was held in the St. John Baptist Elemetary School at 4:30 PM. 

“The best part was the Tiger Scouts,” said Blaine, others laughing when he explained that lots of people ask him what a Tiger Cub is. 

His own experience in Scouting began back when he was eight years old. He joined Cub Scouts and attended til he earned his Life Rank. Later, when he was ordained, he became involved in Scouting once more. 

He served as a Den leader for 11 years, became the Region 13 chaplain in 1997, and was on the National Catholic Committee on Scouting, according to a Catholic news site. He then became the Scout chaplain for the council. 

He’s now stepping down in the position and is being replaced. His advice?  

“One thing I’d recommend is to take the training on the Catholic church,” said Blaine. “It’s a beautiful experience, and Philmont is very beautiful.”

However, his influence will not be forgotten. 

“Father Blaine has been in Scouting for a long, long time,” said Pack. “And Utah National Parks Council is way better because of Father Blaine and the countless number of boys who have benefited from Father Blaine being part of Scouting.”



Author: Michelle Carpenter | Marketing Associate, Utah National Parks Council


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