By Utah National Parks Council
Oct 17, 2013

Silver Beaver: Gerald Hinckley

HinckleyJerry8155Gerald Hinckley, Lindon-UT

Jerry has a legacy of Scouting. His ancestor, Bryant Hinckley, brought the Boy Scouts and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints together 100 years ago. Jerry himself has been involved in Scouting for more than 30 years. He spends much of his free time involved in other community and church services as well. Jerry is the owner and president of Hinckley Construction Services.

Family History

Gerald Hinckley          1952-current

William K. Hinckley     1929-2006          Father

Ralph W. Hinckley      1904-1982         Grandfather

(Brother to Gordon B. Hinckley)

Bryant S. Hinckley      1867-1961        Great Grandfather

Jerry Hinckley: 10 Reasons I Believe in Scouting

Jerry Hinckley’s great grandfather Bryant Hinckley (father of President Gordon B. Hinckley) was responsible for bringing Scouting into the LDS Church. Bryant Hinckley traveled to New York to learn about the Scouting movement and returned with the recommendation that the Church join the movement. [1]

Jerry Hinckley has a deep regard for the Scouting movement due to his family’s history. He has loved every minute of his Scouting experience. His experiences are a significant part of who he is today. He knows and testifies that Scouting is an inspired program.

Jerry Hinckley’s 10 Reasons I Believe in Scouting:

  1. It helps boys and teens become men.
  2. It provides an opportunity for youth and adults to get outdoors and work, play and learn about our magnificent world.
  3. It teaches youth and adults about the importance of keeping oaths and promises.
  4. It teaches and implements the importance of “balance” in our lives.
  5. It teaches at a very early age the importance of and how to set goals.
  6. It also teaches at an early age the importance of service.
  7. It draws all participants, of any age, closer to God, country, family and community.
  8. It provides a program and setting where no one should ever feel alone, forgotten, unloved or unappreciated. Boy Scouts teaches us to understand that when we strengthen ourselves, we strengthen our team, and vice versa.
  9. It prepares us to be better and more productive family members, students, neighbors, citizens, husbands, fathers, mentors, role-models, saints, etc.
  10. It provides joy and happiness in a troubled world.

Author: Gerald Hinckley


[1] A Salute to Scouting: 100 Years of the BSA



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