By Liz Merrell
May 16, 2013

Annual Scouting Golf Invitational

This years Annual Scouting Golf Tournament held on Monday, May 6th at Riverside Country Club was a huge success. Players were welcomed and thanked by a couple of Cub Scouts, nervous to speak but who showed fortitude.

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Cub Scouts welcome players

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BSA golfer is greeted by Cub Scout

Gary Bennion of American Business Products attends many golf events with clients.  Gary said this was the best tournament he has ever attended.

David Luke of Merck opens his Tee package at the 2013 BSA Golf Invitational

David Luke of Merck opens his Tee package at the 2013 BSA Golf Invitational

This year the 2013 BSA Golf Invitational exceeded revenue expectations.  “We are raising money for our boys,” said Ken Krogue President of and a volunteer fundraiser for the Utah National Parks Council. “For every 100 boys in Scouts, four become Eagle Scouts, twelve join a church, five earn their church award, eighteen learn a hobby that carries into adulthood, eight choose a vocation from a Merit Badge, seventeen volunteer as adults, two use Scouting skills to save their own life, and one boy uses Scouting skills to save the life of another person,” Krogue said.

Signs at golf

Signs line the walkway at golf tournament

Scouting teaches boys to accomplish hard things. A Harris Interactive study shows 35% of former Boy Scouts finish college, 74% of former Boy Scouts own their own homes, and the average income of a former Boy Scout is over $80,000 per year- or nearly $21,000 above the national average for non-Boy Scouts. “The message is clear. Scouting builds boys into men,” Krogue said.

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Scout Prepared for Life sign

The Utah National Parks Council Golf Invitation  sold out prior to the event with 36 teams of 4 players or 144 registered participants.  Scouting supporters not only helped raise funds for our boys, but they also received the opportunity to golf at Riverside Country Club in Provo, an exclusive members-only venue featuring Utah’s premier golf course.  Golf sponsors this year included Vivint, SageCreek Partners, Property Solutions, Beehive Insurance, the Larry H. and Gail Miller Foundation, HybridLight,, Dexter and Dexter, Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, and Wasatch Electric.

We have already reserved Riverside Country Club for Monday, May 5, 2014. We expect to sell out again next year, therefore we are opening reservations now. “This event has proven to be so exclusive, we had to develop a waiting list on a first come basis,” said Jan Newman, Utah National Parks Council Golf Chairman and partner at SageCreek.

Author: Liz Merrell | Development Director, Utah National Parks Council

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