The inaugural broadcast of “A Century y of Honor: Celebrating 100 Years of Service to God and Country” was presented at the Conference Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, October 29, 2013. Over a million scouters and their guests throughout the United States watched from Church buildings in their areas, online, or on television, while approximately 21,000 filled the Conference Center to view the spectacular live. One local spot where nearly 160 people gathered was the Tucson West Stake Center at 3530 West Magee Road.
Afterward, local BSA and Church leaders as well as Scouters who attended at the West Stake building were interviewed about the broadcast and about scouting in general.
The unanimous reaction about the broadcast from the scouts was that “it was awesome!” Leaders expressed happiness that these two great organizations continue to complement one another and have such a strong working relationship. Ken Tucker, Scout Executive for the BSA Catalina Council said that for him, the program represented his view of scouting “pretty much to a T. They did a nice job with the history—how scouting was formed—and talking about the values. I thought they did a really nice job of laying the bedrock values of the program. It was a good message.” Dr. Clayton Wengert, Second Counselor in the Tucson Arizona West Stake Presidency, said,”I don’t know how anyone—scout or scout leader or parent—could come away from the fireside tonight not being inspired to be a better leader, be a better Scout, or motivate our kids to be Eagle Scouts.”
A surprise moment in the broadcast came when BSA National President Wayne Perry announced that the new Leadership Excellence Complex at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia would be named for Thomas S. Monson. Monson is President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and has served on Scouting’s National Executive Board for almost 44 years. “I had no idea that was going to happen,” Tucker said. “I thought that was a pretty neat thing that the Boy Scouts did. I mean 44 years on the executive board. That’s just incredible.” Wengert called the announcement one of his favorite moments of the evening.
Dale Oldham, a scout leader of Troop 259, earned his Eagle in 1982. He has served on and off as a Scoutmaster since 1999. Oldham said that he is “pleased that the Church continues to show its commitment to the Scouting organization.” He noted that the most important thing he has learned from Scouting is the Scout Law, and that it has “impacted everything in my life from my career to my family to my faith.”
Jacob Gabbitas, an Eagle Scout from Troop 334, said that “reading the scriptures in a tent at night with friends has strengthened my testimony of the Savior and the gospel.”
Garth Hunt, an Eagle from Troop 222, reflected on how what he is learning now will influence his life. “The Scouting program and the Church share a lot of the same characteristics. They go hand-in-hand to teach me to be kind and follow Christ’s example. Scouting has taught me, in a sense, to grow up and be a man. The principles of scouting—trustworthy, brave, clean, reverent—teach me to start doing [those things] now. When I…am a father and a husband, I’ll have those characteristics in me.”
Levi Morse, a Life Scout from Troop 227 stated that “Scouting is a second witness of the things that I learn in Church. When two organizations teach you the same morals and standards, it is easier to see their importance.”
The broadcast can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.scouts100.lds.org/
Ken Tucker, Scout Executive for the Catalina Council, encourages all Scout units to send pictures and reports of their activities to be posted on the council’s Facebook page. Find out how at: http://www.catalinacouncil.org/about-the-council/in-the-news/ .
The Tucson West Stake’s Eagle’s Nest—All those in attendance
Front row, left to right:
Jeff Angle, Jacob Gabbitas, Marc Russell, Shawn Morse, Chandler Brown, Bryce Gardner, Tom McCook, Nathan Bartschi, Brandon LaMarr
Middle row, left to right: Ben King, Wayne Mortensen, Ron Brown, Shawn Harline, Tim Cook, Sebastian Chamberlain, Garth Hunt, Dale Oldham, Daniel Dutil, Jr., Zane Kartchner, Brett Anderson
Back row, left to right: Dwayne Morse, Ken Tucker, Matt Cowley, John Flaherty, Dan Simpson, David Anderson, Matt Tolman, Monty Caldwell, Ivan Ashcraft, Scott Judd, Paul Baughman
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