On October 27, 2017 our Distinguished Eagle, Gary Doxey, and all of our attending Outstanding Eagle recipients gathered together at the Provo Marriott Conference Center to be honored by BSA’s Utah National Parks Council. Since receiving their Eagle Scout Award in their youth— some as young as 13, these men have continued to remember, honor and exemplify the principles of the Scout Oath and Law. These men have made outstanding achievements in their professional careers while still making time to consistently and generously serve within their communities.
See a video of all honorees above.
In the elegant and intimate setting of the Provo Marriott, it was heartening to see our recipients greeting and congratulating each other, surrounded by proud friends and loved ones. Master of Ceremonies, Terry Grant, did a wonderful job hosting, introducing our guest talent and speakers throughout the evening.
Following the invocation, our hearts were warmed as the young boys from the Order of the Arrow, Alpine Chapter recited the Presentation of Colors and the Pledge of Allegiance. Surely, the boys singing and adamantly reciting their pledges sent a flurry of memories to our awardees as they remembered the years spent in their own blue uniforms and neck ties.
Special guest and talent for the evening, country music star Eric Dodge, sang his own beautiful rendition of the National Anthem. After the performance and a few remarks about the meaning of the event and the difference the Scouting program makes in individual lives, our guests enjoyed an intimate dinner, spending time with those who eagerly wanted to celebrate with them.
After dinner we were privileged to hear from BYU Head Football Coach Kalani Sitake. Read the full article on his speech here. He invited two members of the football team who are Eagle Scouts to speak about how Scouting helped set them on a successful and service-oriented path. Sitake then spoke to us about how it was the service of others that inspired and gave him the determination he needed to decide to play football— a decision that changed his entire life. With his heartfelt personal story, he thanked all of the Scouts for their unwavering service.
We were also introduced to an exemplary Scout, Skylar Chapman, who recently completed his Eagle Scout project by significantly improving traffic problems in Lehi. Read or watch the video on the full story here.
After Eric Dodge entertained us with a fun mini concert singing his own originals, it was time for the attendees to receive their awards. As each awardee walked to the stage with their wives beside them, a video where they talked about the impact Scouting has had on their lives played in the background. The common theme in all of their personal testimonies of the Scouting program: Scouting taught them that they truly could do hard things, prepared them to serve missions and forever instilled upon them the principle “Do a good turn daily.” Each recipient also reflected that Scouting has shaped their worth ethic, allowing them to have successful careers and taught them principles that made them good father, husbands and service-oriented citizens. Hearing how Scouting affected their lives so positively was incredibly inspiring. It truly was a momentous evening.
We want to thank all of those who helped with the event, making it a fun and memorable night.
Congratulations to all of our awardees!
Author: Katelyn Kenedy | Marketing Associate, Utah National Parks Council