Thursday, January 15, 2009

Council To Recognize Local Scoutreach Leaders

The Council is pleased to announce the third annual Whitney M. Young and Vale la Pena! awards banquet will be held on February 6, 2009 at the Weber State University’s Sky Room in Ogden.

The Trapper Trails Council will present the Whitney M. Young Service Awards to Farrell Alleman, District Commissioner of the Bridger Valley District and business leader; Marsha Prantil, Senior Director of the YMCA of Greater Salt Lake – Ogden; and Ernest Stacy, past District Chairman of the Bridger Valley District.

The Council will also present the Vale la Pena! Awards to Francisco Carrillo, Hispanic community leader; Andres Ramos, Young Men General Board of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; Rita Ramos, Trapper Trails Council Spanish Training Coordinator; Kurt Rifleman, physician and community leader; Alberto Vasquez, Hispanic community leader.

“Service to others has always been on of Scouting’s most important objectives,” said Michael Jenkins, Field Director. “The Trapper Trails Council is grateful for the efforts of these individuals and the many other dedicated volunteers who have worked to bring the benefits of the Scouting program to all our community’s youth.”

Established by the Boy Scouts of America in 1978, this special recognition is named for the late Whitney M. Young Jr., civil rights spokesperson and executive director of the Urban League from 1961-1971. The award was created to recognize outstanding services by an adult or an organization for demonstrated involvement in the development and implementation of Scouting opportunities for youth from rural or low-income urban backgrounds.

Within urban and rural settings, the need to teach the principles of the Scout Oath and Law has never been greater. Scoutreach is the Boy Scouts of America’s commitment to ensure all youth have the opportunity to participate in Scouting

For more information, call Jeremy Bell at 801-475-7497

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Hard Work Pays Off For Venturer Age Young Man

Marcus Dean Cooper, Jr. has earned his the Venturing Gold Award and Venturing Silver Award. Marcus is the son of Marcus and Pieper Cooper of Kaysville and is currently serving as Crew Guide of Crew 438, Kaysville Crestwood LDS. Marcus worked at Camp Hunt BSA this summer as a High Adventure Ranger and Lifeguard and is currently employed as a lifeguard at Layton Surf and Swim. He recently completed a Board of Review for his Venturing Gold Award and Venturing Silver Award. According to council advancement staff, of the 47,000+ registered youth in the Trapper Trails Council, 17,000+ of which are Venturers, Marcus was one of fewer than 8 youth to receive their Venturing Silver Award in the last twelve months. This crowning achievement tops-off a long and impressive list of accomplishments including Eagle Scout with 81 merit badges, 4 Bronze Palms, 4 Gold Palms, 4 Silver Palms, Varsity Letter, and Denali Award to name a few.

A special Court of Honor for Marcus will be held Friday January 23, 2009 at the Crestwood Ward building at 1039 E. Crestwood Road in Kaysville from 7 to 8:30 pm. All Scouts and Scouters are invited to attend in uniform.

Congratulations to Marcus for his achievement!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Francis Peak District Conducts Successful VLSC Course

On January 9th and 10th 2009 the Francis Peak District, Crestwood Zone conducted a very successful Venturing Leadership Skills Course (VLSC). The impressive youth lead staff conducted the course after having met on multiple occasions for staff developments in the two months prior to the course. The young men on staff set and exceeded their goal of teaching more than 75 participants. Each Venture unit in the zone was asked to provide at least two 16 or 17 year-old Venturers to serve as members of the staff. The stake created permanent course manuals, materials, and supplies for the staff to use insuring that it can be repeated periodically in the years to come. The youth staff designed participant and staff t-shirts for all who attended.

Nearly 60 young men and young women ranging from age 14 to 18 attended the course, including one special needs participant. Those who attended came from as far north as Ogden and as far south as Fruit Heights but most of those in attendance were from within the zone. The VLSC staff also provided an opportunity for leaders in attendance to form small adult crews during the course and participate in all of the leadership skills activities that were provided for the youth crews.

Hats off to the Francis Peak District Crestwood Zone for their efforts in helping prepare youth to lead.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

2009 Camp Directors

We are excited for the upcoming Camping Season. Our Camps are filling up fast and we have already recruited an impressive group of staff members. If your unit has not signed up yet, you will want to hurry up and get your spot reserved so you can have your desired campsite.

Bill Wangsgard--Camping Director, Glen Despain--Camp Fife, Jeremy Bell -- Camp Bartlett, Marte Green--Camp Browning, NOT PICTURE Delose Connor--Camp Loll, Scott Scherble--Camp New Fork, Mike Madsen--Camp Kiesel, Glen Pixton--Aspen Ridge, Eric Merkley--Camp Hunt.