By Community Submission
Oct 08, 2015

Time to Get Ready for OT

Preparing mirrors on a peak for Operation ON TARGET!

Preparing mirrors on a peak for Operation ON TARGET!

It’s scheduling time again. As you plan your yearly calendar, don’t forget to set aside July 16th for Operation On Target. Operation On Target is one of my favorite activities of the year. For those of you that are unaware of what Operation On Target is, Varsity Scouts and Venturers climb the peak of their choice, signal other units on peaks that are line of site with specially designed mirrors, and confirm signals by communication on Amateur Radios. Most teams or crews will have a Mountain Top Experience.

Preparation Considerations

  • Get Ham Radio Certification. (One day classes are taught on various dates throughout the year at BYU. The course is free, but there is a cost for the test of $14.00. The test can be taken right after the class. Contact Steve Whitehead at for times, dates and registration.)
  • Pick a Peak. (You want to pick a peak that your team can climb or drive to that your insures entire team can participation (take into consideration any handicaps or limitations of the team.), Peak location is a must, you want to find an area that is able to be seen by numerous peaks.
  • Make numerous trips to the peak to insure that there are no obstacles or problems that you may encounter.
  • Practice communication via Ham Radio.
  • Register early. The On Target website is
  • Make mirrors. On Target Kickoff will be May 21, 2016 or contact me and I will go to your scout meeting to help you make them.
  • Research information about On Target. The website is a great tool.

Numerous awards and merit badges can be earned in conjunction with the On Target Varsity Letter pin.

I can be contacted for any questions and concerns.

On Target PinAuthor: Doug Hickman
Operation On Target Coordinator
Utah National Parks Council
(801)803-9091(text preferred or leave message)


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  1. Pingback: Event: July 16th, 2016 – Operation: On-Target | Scouting in the OC

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