By Deseret News
Feb 03, 2014

50 Years of Scouting

On Feb. 8, the Smithfield 5th Ward, Smithfield Utah South Stake, will hold a Scout Banquet in honor of Lucile Floyd Hampton. an 89-year old woman who has served in Scout callings for the last 50 years. At the banquet she will be honored with her 50-year Scout pin.

Sister Hampton with two of her scouts. Left is Jordan Larsen and right Tylin Albough.

In 1963 Sister Hampton, a married, Methodist woman, was approached by her eight-year old son, George Jr., about joining the Cub Scouts. He told her, “Mom, if you will become a den leader, I can become a Cub Scout.” Wanting to support her son, she investigated becoming a Scout leader at the Berry Memorial Methodist Church on the north side of Chicago, Ill.

Needing a Scout shirt to begin serving, she asked around to find one. The pursuit to find a shirt eventually led her to Veronica (Ronnie) Miner, an LDS woman selling a woman’s Cub Scout shirt. She made contact with Sister Miner and then drove with her husband to the Miners’ home to take a look at the shirt. It was a good fit, so she purchased it.

Just down the street from Sister Miner’s home was a big Catholic church. Many of the Hamptons’ neighbors were Catholic, so Mrs. Hampton asked Sister Miner if she attended the Catholic church down the street. Sister Hampton said, “No, we’re Mormons!”

Sister Lucile Hampton in full scout dress uniform.

Mrs. Hampton backed up a step and her husband, George Sr., raised an eyebrow. “My dad was a Mormon.” He never knew much about his dad or The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because his dad died when he was young and his mother remarried a Lutheran man. George was raised a Lutheran; however, he did possess a treasured heirloom from his father, a 1923 triple combination set of scriptures. Unfortunately, he had never read it.

Sister Miner’s husband, John, who happened to be the bishop of the Logan Square Ward in Chicago, was listening to the conversation. He asked George Sr. if he wanted to learn something about his father’s church. Sister Hampton said her husband said, “yes” at the same time as she said, “no.” Being persistent, the Miners invited them to a “cottage meeting” the next Tuesday night and the Hamptons attended.

When they attended the meeting, they were taught the gospel and asked if they had any questions. George Sr. said he had recently discussed several questions with his minister. He wanted to know “Who am I?” “Where did I come from?” “Why am I here?” and “Where am I going after this life?” The missionaries responded, “We think we can help you with those questions.”

George Jr. said, “When my dad and I heard the story of Joseph Smith’s first vision, it struck a chord with us. Mom took a little more convincing but once she met some of the young missionaries from Utah, she was sold.” After several months of lessons and attending a very strange and new church George Sr., Lucile and George Jr. were baptized into the Church in June 1963.

Sister Lucile Hampton in her formal scout uniform.

Soon after her baptism, Sister Hampton was called to work with the 11-year old Scouts in her ward. Sister Hampton said, “My favorite calling was to work with the 11-year old boys. They are still at the age where they will listen and do what you ask them to do.”

Soon a job offer at BYU required George Hampton to move his family; they relocated to Utah in 1967. Again, Sister Hampton was called to work with 11-year old Scouts in their new ward in Springville, Utah. At one time when the stake split and there were only ten 11-year-old boys in the stake, Sister Hampton was the Scout leader for all of the boys in the stake.

Over her 50 years in Scouting, Sister Hampton has trained about 250 boys to be Scouts. “It is the most wonderful program that was ever thought of to help boys be raised to become men,” she said.

Sister Lucile Hampton takes her first ride on a 4-wheeler at age 89.

Sister Hampton has been active with Scouts on the ward, stake, district (Hobble Creek), and council (Utah National Parks) level. She has received many awards including: District Award of Merit, Wood Badge (1979) and the Silver Beaver Award (1983). She has also served on the Wood Badge staff and attended advanced Scout training eight times at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, N.M.

Since living in Smithfield, Utah, for the last 10 years, she has worked on merit badge pow wows, cooked at camps, worked with all the ward merit badge counselors in her ward, was secretary to the Ward Scout Committee, was on the Old Juniper District (Trapper Trails Council) Round Table Staff for several years, and has served as her ward’s Scout committee chairman for the last few years. She went on her last camp a couple of years ago at age 87.

Sister Lucile Hampton at an Order of the Arrow banquet. Seated next to her is fellow Scout leader Jeff Barnes.

“I’m so appreciative to my husband and his support in my Scout callings throughout the years,” said Sister Hampton. “My husband drove me to almost every activity because I have never owned a driver’s license.” Often Sister Hampton’s husband, now deceased, served right along side her in Scouting callings. Her son George Jr. also served in Scouting callings, including Scoutmaster.

 

 

Author: Ryan Morgenegg | Church News staff writer _______________________________________________

See Ryan Morgenegg, “50 Years of Scouting,” (February 1, 2014), Church News

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9 thoughts on “50 Years of Scouting

  1. Debby Robert

    I remember several interesting talks with Lucille- and many days working with her on boys records.
    Awesome lady and someone I will never forget!

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  2. Darryl Alder

    Lucile Hampton and I first met when I hauled her up on stage to teach a group of Scouters how to do the double slippery square knot. She claimed to not know how, but she stood there with two sets of the knot on her shoes. She was such a good sport!
    After that we saw each other at least once a year at the BYU Merit Badge clinics. Steve Frisby and I taught utensilless cooking for more than a decade and could ALWAYS count on a sudden appearance from Lucile. She helped with the cooking and showed the lady scouters in the audience how to grovel in the ashes to get a good burger and ash cake. What a scouting gem she is!
    Lucile I will be there to see get the 50 year Veteran Award and to celebrate 90 years of life.

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    1. Steve Frisby

      I wish I had seen this sooner!! I would have been there for sure Lucille!!! Utensilless Cooking hasn’t been the same since you left!! Congratulations! I want to be just like you when/if I grow up! For now I’ll keep working with the Eleven year Old Scouts and try to emulate your example.

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  3. Tonya Smith

    Congratulations Lucile. You’re loving of the youth and Scouting is evident in your actions. We all need to be more like you in showing an interest in the youth. Thank you!

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  4. Jack Dillon

    Congratulations Lucile! We have shared a lot of Scouting Experiences together over the years, glad to see you are still blessing the lives of young people through Scouting.
    Jack

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