The Utah National Parks Council of the Boy Scouts of America has announced that they have registered their 5000th scouting unit. This makes the Utah National Parks Council among the top two councils in the nation in terms of the numbers of registered units. Cub Scout Pack 1771, sponsored by the LDS Little Valley Third Ward from St. George, Utah, is being honored as the 5000th unit.
â€œThe Boy Scouts of America values-based program has a strong appeal to our communities and families,â€ stated Ron Nyman, Director of Field Services within the Utah National Parks Council. â€œThe values of honor, service, and duty that are embodied in the Scout Oath and Law are still very relevant today.â€
Jamie Bayles, Pack Committee representative from Cub Scout Pack 1771, expressed, â€œWe believe that the Scouting program is a wonderful extension to the youth programs prescribed by our church. It provides a hands-on environment that allows our youth to practice the gospel principles that we teach at church.â€
A ceremony was held for Pack 1771 on November 18 in St. George, Utah. Officials from Washington County, St. George City and Washington City attended the event to show support of the newly formed pack. During the event, Pack 1771 was presented an American flag from the Utah National Parks Council. Each boy of the pack also received a gift.
Community-based organizations receive national charters to use the Scouting program as a part of their own youth work. These groups, which have goals compatible with those of the BSA, include religious, educational, fraternal, and civic groups; businesses; citizen groups; and governmental bodies. Every unit must recharter each year with the council. Last year, ninety-eight percent of the registered units within the Utah National Parks Council rechartered, showing continued strong support of the Scouting ideals.
The Utah National Parks Council provides the training, communications, programs, activities, camping facilities, and service facilities necessary for the successful use of Scouting’s methods.