Titled, “A Century of Honor,” the program showed how Scouting has created bridges for those who came later and today’s youth continue to benefit from the principles of Scouting in a partnership that is faith-based.
The centennial celebration of the LDS-BSA partnership, documented significant events, people, and milestones of the past century including Sir Robert Baden-Powell, William D. Boyce, Abraham Lincoln and Joseph F. Smith.
The reenactment of William D. Boyce’s first experience with a boy Scout, tells of him reading from the “Scouting for Boys” where he find a solemn promise: “On my honor, I promise to do my duty to god and the king (or ‘my country’ in the American version).”
The boy’s actions touched Boyce’s heart and he realized that “heroism is just as needed on a city street as it is in the uncharted wilderness.”
As the founder of Scouting, the program honored Sir Robert Baden-Powell with a reenactment, videos and audio quotes.
“Scouting has been around for centuries, practiced by honorable men through out the ages. I simply took note of something they already knew,” he said. This quote sparked the original song, “On My Honor” highlighting the honorable men of the past including the knights of King Arthur, the religious reformers, explorers, pilgrims and the american founding fathers.
Today, there are three Scout councils in Utah with the Utah National Parks Council being the largest in the state and across the nation.
For over 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America has created a strong foundation of leadership, service, and community for millions of America’s young people. The Utah National Parks Council joined in the celebration of a century of service. In 2012, Scouts in the Council provided 1,006,776 hours of community service.
Thousands of boys, dads and grandfathers in uniform came out to help celebrate “A Century of Honor.” The program, although produced by the LDS Church, was for people of all faiths to celebrate the benefits of the Scouting program to America’s youth.
The program included an Eagle Scout Choir, a performance by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, a Cub Scout Choir and video tributes that included former Scouts and the history of Scouting.
The highlight of the evening came when Wayne Perry, National President of the Boy Scouts of America, presented President Thomas S. Monson with a special recognition for his devotion to Scouting.
Perry said, “The Boy Scouts of America stands for the kind of leadership that goes beyond a single act of heroism. We champion moral leadership demonstrated through a lifetime of service. Only this type of leadership can truly prepare young people to be leaders throughout their lives.”
In honor of Monson’s distinguished service, the BSA they named the Thomas S. Monson Leadership Excellence Complex Summit at the Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve.
President Monson has served on the National Council Executive Board for an impressive 44 years, the longest tenured member. A video tribute, that included remarks by his two counselors in the First Presidency, President Eyring and President Uchtdorf, showed how Scouting is truly a part of President Monson’s character.
“He has been a bridge builder for boys and for people in need all over the world,” President Uchtdorf said.
They concluded with the thousands-strong audience standing and repeating the Scout Oath and Law. Everyone seemed to leave with a new dedication and appreciation for the values of Scouting.
Check out more photos on Facebook.
See the entire broadcast below:
Author: Heidi Sanders & Melany Gardner | Marketing Team, Utah National Parks Council