boy scout to park ranger
By Community Submission
May 08, 2015

On the Trail from Boy Scout to Park Ranger

CubScout1Rendall Seely tells his story of how Scouting led him to a love of the outdoors and his career with the National Park Service as a park ranger. Growing up in central Utah he joined Cub Scouts and later Boy Scouting. He had many outdoor experiences with his troop as they visited the National Parks and participated in week-long trips at Camp Maple Dell and Camp Steiner.  Eventually he worked at Camp Maple Dell, Scofield Scout Camp, and Tifie Scout Camp at Mountain Dell.

Along the trail to Eagle he earned many merit badges that gave him a great appreciation for outdoor life, which ultimately landed him his current job, but that is the rest of the story …( read it here).

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One thought on “On the Trail from Boy Scout to Park Ranger

  1. AvatarKevin Hansen

    Congratulations Rendall,
    Great to see a hometown boy help protect and serve in our national parks, especially here in the southern Utah area where I have served as a scout leader for many years. One of the most challenging things we deal with is the restrictions placed on scout groups because of the 8 or less rule in the groups that can traverse the canyons and trails of national parks. As you know , many scout groups which learn and apply the principles of leave no trace on their outings cannot go as complete units due to this limit. I feel the national parks are becoming an exclusive club area where the over environmentally minded police families, Church and Scout Groups out of the National Parks by their rules that restrict the groups from activities in the parks…I realize the impact concern but what I don’t understand is the difference between 2 unrelated groups of 8 walking a trail within minutes of each other and 1 scout group of 16.

    Perhaps there could be some allowances for those who teach and apply the principles of leave no trace (the Scouts) that will allow for groups larger than 8 to enjoy the parks together. As we create the environment in the parks that invites our leaders of the future to see and appreceate the legacy of our National Parks , we also preserve their value. KRH


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