The beautiful facility features a 4,000 square-foot pavilion and training center, amphitheater, concrete pads for dining, a large grass area for camping and games and close proximity to the Virgin River for recreational water activities. It is a magnificent facility in a beautiful setting and will serve the needs of over 15,000 youth and 5,000 adults from Beaver, Utah to Mesquite, Nevada.
David Pack, Scout Executive for the Utah National Parks Council, anticipates the camp will provide countless opportunities for growth for those in the surrounding area.
“Merit badges and other Scout activities are wonderful, but the real objective of Scouting is to build character, fitness, citizenship, and leadership in boys and to prepare them for lives of service to others,” he said in his address to those in attendance at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Charles Dahlquist, BSA National Commissioner and Utah resident, was the keynote speaker at the dedication. In his brief remarks he challenged all in attendance to think of the youth as what they can become and as what he called “the greatest generation of youth we’ve ever had.”
To illustrate his point, Dahlquist invited a young boy and one of the mayors to join him up front and asked the boy, “Do you think you’ll ever be a mayor?”
“No,” the boy responded.
Then the Commissioner turned to the mayor and said, “When you were 12 years old, did you think you’d be a mayor?”
“Not on your life!” he quickly said.
Dahlquist then turned back to the boy and said, “You can become whatever you’d like. Do you believe that?”
“Yes,” responded the boy.
It was a poignant example of how hopeful our youth are and how willing they are to accept guidance and counsel from their leaders.
Following Dahlquist’s remarks, the dedicatory prayer was offered by Steven R. Bangerter, Area Authority for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, followed by the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Approximately 250 people attended the event, including local government and business leaders, leaders from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, several contractors who worked on the park and numerous Scouters, young and old.
The dedication program was organized and conducted by Paul Tikalsky, field director for the Utah National Parks Council.
Deacon Smith, a young Scout from the Hurricane area, performed a spectacular rendition of “Proud to Be an American.”
Mayor John Bramall of Hurricane, Utah and Mayor Jon Pike of St. George both made remarks, as did representatives from the Southern Utah Home Builders Association and Interstate Homes.
Author: Steven Baugh | Council Vice-president of District Operations