“Preparing for Philmont was no easy task for a young 14-year-old Scout. On my long packing list, in small print it read, “pack a poncho”. With that in mind during a warm California summer, I ran down to our local Wal-Mart, and I bought my 88 cent poncho. Little did I know that it would rain, or should I say storm, every afternoon every afternoon of our two weeks backpacking in New Mexico. Let’s just say duck-tape became more than a best friend, and the Scout motto “be prepared” became more than just a memorized phrase.
I was raised in Gilroy, California which is called the “Garlic Capital of the World”. While growing up, my parents were both actively involved in Scouting and continue to be involved even today.
I earned my Eagle shortly before I graduated from high school, and less than a year later, I left California to serve a 2-year service mission for the LDS church in the Ecuador, Guayaquil North Mission.
Upon completion of my mission, I studied at BYU Idaho and eventually transferred to BYU where I met my wife and was married in the Columbia River Washington Temple. I graduated last spring, and coming up in June, we are expecting our first little Cub Scout to join our family.
Just like in Philmont where it stormed every day, in today’s stormy world, I am grateful for not only duct tape, but an organization whose foundation is embedded with true and lasting principles that help prepare boys for a bright future.”
Author: Brad Scherck | District Associate, Provo Peaks District, Utah National Parks Council