I’m Governor Gary Herbert. My time spent in Scouting is time I look back on with fond memories. I enjoyed camping, hiking and fishing with my troop. I enjoyed developing skills for merit badge requirements, and I especially enjoyed the association with other boy Scouts and wonderful Scout leaders.
I vividly remember my first big hike to the High Uintah Mountain range. Like any boy Scout I wondered if I was going to be able to complete the hike with my 32 pound pack on my back.
I did and I survived the climb over rocky paths of the High Uintah Basin.
As a young boy Scouting taught me much. I learned how to fish, make hooks, and to cook whatever I caught over over an open fire. I learned to cook eggs, bacon, hash browns, biscuits – even cobbler for dessert. And those tin foil dinners were the best. Not as good as my moms home cooking but I got better over the years graduating to building reflective ovens and Dutch oven cooking. These experiences were a lot of fun and were learning opportunities.
I learned the importance of never quitting and doing my best in everything I tried. The principles I was taught in scouting are the principles that I observe today in my adult life. I work hard to do my best to make sure I do my duty to God and my country. I strive to obey the Scout law, to be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.
Because of these Scouting principles, I am a better husband, a better father, a better governor. In fact, much of what I was taught as a young scout set me on a path that led to my becoming governor of this great state.
Now, without question I remain a loyal supporter of the Boy Scouts. I will always be grateful for all the Scouting experience in my youth. I encourage participation in the Boy Scouts of America, and I encourage everyone to follow the Scout law, do you duty to God and country. I can promise, it will fill your life with purpose, give direction and create wonderful memories.