Wednesday, April 2, 2008

2007 - One of the most exciting years in Trapper Trails Council History

The Trapper Trails Council just finished one of the most exciting years in its history. We started off the year by presenting our 100th anniversary recognition plan with the Baden Powell patches and the commemorative coins.

In February, during Scout week, we ran 13 consecutive articles about our Scouting values in the Standard Examiner and Logan Herald.

In March, we set a record with our Scouting for Food Drive by collecting 626,540 pounds of food. We had over 19,000 youth and adults involved in this great community project.

In May, we held our 100th anniversary Jamborall at the Weber County Fairgrounds with over 14,000 Scouts and Scouters involved. The fireworks on Friday evening and the flag ceremony on Saturday morning were very inspiring! "Back to Brownsea" was a lot of fun as Scouts were able to participate in the original "Brownsea Island" activities from 100 years ago. The Jamborall was the largest gathering of Scouts and Scouters in our history.

We had an outstanding summer and had over 28,000 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts and Venturers involved in our outdoor program. On August 1, 2007 we celebrated the 100th anniversary of Scouting with our flag ceremonies at each Camp. I happened to be at Camp Bartlett that day and participated in the recommitment ceremony. This was truly a once in a lifetime experience.

Our fall camp-o-rees were also centered on the original "Brownsea" experience. Scouts were able to participate in the activities provided by Baden Powell, the founder of Scouting.

The culmination of our celebration was in October, when we held the 100th anniversary Extravaganza at the Davis Conference Center, with 817 Scouting, government, civic, and church leaders in attendance. Charles Dahlquist, National Venturing Chairman and Silver Buffalo recipient, was our keynote speaker for the evening. The council also produced a 100th anniversary DVD that was highlighted at the Extravaganza.

I would like to thank all of the many volunteers and professionals who made this past year such a resounding success!

Rick Barnes

Scout Executive