By Makenzie Wistisen
Sep 23, 2017

Rondo Fehlburg Praises Silver Beavers for Living the Scouting Values of Honesty and Integrity

The Utah National Parks Council, Boy Scouts of America, held its annual Silver Beaver Recognition Ceremony on Saturday, September 23rd in the cultural hall of an Orem stake center. Packed wall to wall, families and recipients poured into the crowded space, eagerly shaking off damp clothes from the foggy rain outside. For the first time this year perhaps, there could be no denying the distinctly crisp, cool, fall air propelling the masses into the reprieve of a warm church building—even with the consistent sounds of babies and toddlers crying.

Introduced in 1931, the Silver Beaver Award is the council-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. Recipients of this award are registered adult leaders (male or female), who have made an impact in the lives of youth through service given to the council. Anyone may nominate any registered Scouter to earn the Silver Beaver Award via their district key three.

This year, over 100 Silver Beavers were awarded to adult leaders who have given countless hours of service to the youth in their communities. The unwavering willingness and dedication of these leaders is truly one of the most significant hallmarks of the Scouting program.

The keynote speaker, Rondo Fehlberg—previous president of the Utah National Parks Council— delivered a passionate and moving speech illustrating how Scouting has positively impacted the entirety of his life.

“The one thing that a boy achieves while he’s a boy that he gets to carry with him the rest of his life on a resume, in his heart and that will assist him for the rest of his career, is the Eagle Scout Award. Every other thing we achieve goes away as we reach adulthood. The only thing that stays with us is that Eagle Award,” Fehlberg said.

He spoke of his long-time career negotiating large oil and gas transactions in the former Soviet Union. Amid tense business negotiations with various countries, Fehlberg recalls being told by his higher-ups, to lie and maintain ambiguity in his attempts to secure profitable trade. Fehlberg however, honoring the morals he had been taught and observed as a Scout, resolved to conduct honest business with integrity and straight forwardness, no matter the consequences.

When asked how he achieved such outstanding profitability without acting in deceit and lies, Fehlberg simply spoke of the standards that remained consistent in every aspect of his life. To his surprise, Fehlberg’s higher-ups couldn’t believe that the simple application of honesty could possibly be attributed to his success—they figured he was just incredibly smart.

“Can I tell you how grateful I am for the values that became such an integral part of my life when I was looking up to people just like you Silver Beavers. You were the ones who made that difference for me,” Fehlberg said.

Awarding this year’s lengthy list of recipients in alphabetical order, there can be no doubt that these distinguished adult Scouters live true to the morals inspired by the program. We thank you for your continued service to our youth and their families, and cherish all of our Silver Beavers past, present and future!

Makenzie Wistisen
Author: Makenzie Wistisen | is a Marketing Associate for the Boy Scouts of America-Utah National Parks Council, Communications major from BYU, outdoor enthusiast, and lover of chocolate.
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