Originally Published: October 29, 2013 6:48 a.m.
One of the last public appearances for legendary actor John Wayne was to benefit a land purchase for a Boy Scout camp. Riddled with cancer and knowing he was close to death, he spoke of the importance of the Scout Law, which includes principles of faith in God. Of this point Wayne said, "Believe in anything that you want to believe in, but keep God at the top of it. With Him, life can be a beautiful experience. Without Him, you are just biding time."
Churches and people of faith throughout the world recognize the value of the Boy Scout organization to help build the moral character and leadership skills of young men.
At 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, the Boy Scouts of America and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are celebrating 100 years of partnership.
Scouts of all ages, Scout leaders and the entire community are invited.
The celebration will originate from the 21,000-seat Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. It will be broadcast to the LDS Stake Center meetinghouse located at 7073 Pronghorn Ranch Parkway in Prescott Valley, near the entrances to Pronghorn Ranch and Viewpoint subdivisions.
The event will consist of an 85 minute broadcast honoring the virtues and values of Scouting, with displays, activities, and food afterward. Admission is free.
The community is encouraged to bring Scouting memorabilia, old and new, to be displayed during the event. Visitors can also bring old Pinewood Derby cars and enter the "Cars with Character" contest (not a race). Prizes will be awarded in several categories. All ages are welcome to participate.
Bring memorabilia and derby cars to the display area between 4 and 6 p.m. before the broadcast. Call (928) 899-5653 with questions.
Looking back on my life, I know that there are many things I learned in Scouting that have helped me to be a better man, a better father, and a better citizen of this country. I am certain there are many men out there who feel the same. I am grateful for all the volunteer men and women throughout Yavapai County who quietly serve and strive to teach our young men to be "Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent."