My assignment was to provide transportation for the older young men and their bikes. Each day I took the young men and dropped them off at a spot on the mountain from which they would embark on their challenging 18-mile ride. They would head up over the mountain and down the other side.
After dropping them off, I traveled down the mountain and through Beaver and out to I-15, then north to I-70 east, exiting onto Highway 89, traveling through Marysvale. I would continue until I picked up the bikes at the completion of their difficult ride, then drop the boys off to begin rafting down the river.
I would travel about 85 miles one way down and around the mountain in the same amount of time it would take them to ride the 18 miles up and over the top and down the other side. This ride was a tough ride. The mountain was a steep climb followed by a steep descent. Several boys lost control of their bikes and were afraid to get back on and continue, so I had to head up the mountain several times to pick up young men and their bikes. This was truly a hard growing experience for these young men. Each said that it was something they were glad they had done, but were not wanting to repeat the ride again soon.
Each night at the camp, after dinner, the young men would meet with their respective units where a young man or a leader conducted training in a leadership- or gospel-related topic. During the week, a less active Venture-age young man from our unit sprained his ankle and was not able to participate much in the days’ activities.
A couple of days before the camp was over, when one of our leaders returned home mid-week for work, he invited this young man to return home with him, if he would like, since he could not fully participate, to which the young man declined. He explained that, while he was not able to participate in all the days’ activities, he was getting a lot from the other experiences.
On Friday night when the unit met to have their testimony meeting, this young man was one of the first to bear his testimony. As he began his testimony, he said that before he had moved to our unit, he had been involved in Scouting and had a lot of fun, but did not realize that Scouting could be spiritual. He said, “I now also find Scouting can be spiritual.” All of the young men from our ward bore their testimonies. It was a wonderful meeting. After each unit had met separately, the entire group met and had a special spiritual wrap-up meeting as a stake. I felt rewarded for having spent the week at camp.
Author: Lynn Snow | Utah National Parks Council Vice President of Administration