We are a small troop, only four boys, yet each of them had fun as we participated in the COPE Course. One of our youngest Scouts was able to really overcome his fear of getting up on the high ropes and grow inside more than on the outside.
Wednesday evening, we had a great devotional. We completed the requirements for the Liahona Compass Award, this year’s Duty to God award to be earned by young men at camp. It was such a touching experience going through the requirements together and discussing them. One of the Scouts even came up to me as we were completing the evening and said, “Thanks Bishop for sharing this with us tonight.” I was impressed with his sincerity and appreciated his participation.
Friday morning during our free time we took the boys on a hike north of camp to a very beautiful ridge overlooking the canyons below camp. It was a difficult hike as there were no established trails to follow, and the terrain was steep in places. When we finally reached our destination, it was so much fun and such a beautiful place, no one wanted to leave.
Finally we returned to camp and completed our camp experience. The flexibility to accomplish what we wanted with our Scouts plus the opportunity to earn some merit badges and complete rank requirements made the week an abundant success.
A great week at camp; fun, excitement, adventure, and between the four of them, they even earned 16 merit badges and completed several rank requirements towards their First Class rank. Of course, it didn’t feel like we were working on merit badges. We were just having fun!
Thanks to the Thunder Ridge Camp Staff and the assistance we received in having a great experience. As the Bishop of the Ward, these Scouting experiences are greatly appreciated!
Author: Bob Gowans | Director of Camping, Utah National Parks Council and Bishop of the La Verkin 6th Ward.