By Utah National Parks Council
Oct 22, 2013

What of the Ninety and Nine?

For over 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America has created a strong foundation of leadership, service and community for millions of America’s youth.

Indeed, a Century of Honor, a celebration of the virtues and values of the Boy Scouts of America program, is set to take place on October 29, 2013.

What other youth program across the nation teaches the values of the Scout Law?: A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, Reverent.

Scouts make an oath to do their best, to do their duty to God and to country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; To keep themselves physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

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The Building Blocks of Scouting

An oath is a promise but sometimes that promise is broken as we have recently seen with the event in Goblin Valley.

But what of the 83,827 youth in the Utah National Parks Council who continue to uphold that oath? And what of the 43,833 leaders/volunteers who continue to uphold that promise?

That is a total of 127, 660 compared to .002%.

What of the young boy who goes out and helps his neighbor? The young boy who assists the elderly? The young boy who provides service to his community? Or the 96 community recipients of the Silver Beaver Award who were recognized for their service to youth in the community.

For example:

  • The story of Holly Richardson who adopted 20 kids, many benefiting from the Scouting with Disabilities program.
  • The story of Tony Thomas who has earned 100 merit badges and is working toward earning all merit badges.
  • Conrad and Christian Smith, 17 year old twins, who are one of the few that have earned every merit badge and attribute Scouting to keeping them active and doing good and making good choices.
  • Grayson Flora, who taught water safety to disabled kids.
  • Scenic Artist, Tyler Astrope, who dedicated hundreds of hours to painting Camp Jeremiah Johnson for Cub Scouts.
  • Rocky Rhiddlehoover who told his mom that he was a changed man because of the principles of Scouting.
  • Trent Mano, who showed how Scouting taught him vital principles and ethics that have helped him in his career.
  • CJ Dansie, who turned his illness into an opportunity to serve and give back to LDS Children’s Hospital.

The stories of the 127,660 are often overlooked.

Since the founding of the Boy Scouts of America in 1910, we have taught the importance of putting others before yourself and doing what is right, even if it is the hard thing to do. Scouting is as vital and relevant today as when our journey began, and we will continue to guide America’s young people during our next century of service.

Please join us as we celebrate a century of the history and values that make us one. This is a great opportunity to remember the Scout Oath and Law that Scouts promise to uphold and to unite as one and recommit yourself to upholding the principles of Scouting.

Author: Heidi Sanders | Marketing & PR Director, Utah National Parks Council

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