Leadership Inspired

Leadership Inspired: Inspiring Stories of Scouts in Action!

Inspiring Stories of Scouts in Action! You are invited to share your Leadership Inspired story with our Scouting community and inspire others to be part of the Scouting movement in Grand Canyon Council through Grand Canyon Connection.

In our 2021 May issue of Grand Canyon Connection we celebrated Troop 3738 from the Lost Dutchman District. Their Charter Partner is Cambridge Academy, Queen Creek, AZ and their Scoutmaster is Jamie Tooley.

Troop 3738 was founded not that long ago, and they have worked very hard to get up and running.

“We are now 7 girls strong and growing. The girls have been camping and backpacking almost every month. They are most excited about going to their first summer camp in July as a Troop. They are all headed to Camp Big Horn in California. The girls fundraised hard to ensure that all the girls in the Troop were able to attend this camp as a unit, even the scout who joined right at the cutoff for registering at camp is going with us, thanks to the hard work of the girls fundraising. This required amazing teamwork and dedication from the girls. (No Scout left behind in Troop 3738) The girls have participated in parades, town events, worked for Council Cub Events and District Sponsored events to help them run. Their SPL has attended NYLT and staffed at NYLT she is also a part of the OA. They have done many hours of service from trash pickup, Eagle conservation project, Food Banks, participated in a National conservation project led by a youth in California and many more. The girls are hardworking and extremely ambitious the love helping the community and having fun. Troop 3738 is definitely going places.”

In our 2021 April issue of Grand Canyon Connection we celebrated Pack 8051 from the Gila River District. Their Charter Partner is Christ Lutheran Church, Yuma and their Cubmaster, Jacob Anderson.

Pack 8051 is excited to be celebrating its 25th year chartered with BSA. Pack 8051 is an amazing unit that has a strong union between parents, scouts, leadership and the community.

“We are blessed to be a highly active troop which helps build leadership within our scouts. We encourage our scouts to work hard and do their best in all things. With this spirit the pack has steadily built to approximately 35 registered scouts. We hold an annual pinewood derby race, 3 camp outs a year, and recently begun holding a Rain Gutter Regatta. Our amazing pinewood derby this year had 49 cars registered. We had almost 20 cars in the open class which includes siblings, adults, BSA Troop and the Venture Crew. One of the greatest achievements of the pack is that nearly 100% of our Webelos bridge over and become active members of the troop. During the pandemic we were able to utilize safety measures and social distancing to safely continue in person meetings. We even had 1 scouter collect over 60 pounds of food to donate to our local food bank.”

In our 2021 March Issue of Grand Canyon Connection we celebrated Troop 41 from Central District. Their Charter Partner is First United Methodist Church and their Scoutmaster is Brian Cook.

“I earned my eagle in 1988 in troop 41 and by earning my eagle and having many great leaders as a youth, I felt inspired to continue the tradition of making troop 41 one of the best units in the Grand Canyon Council. So, after serving a few years as an assistant scoutmaster, I made the decision to become scoutmaster of troop 41 in 1998. Since my time as scoutmaster, I have learned to innovate and overcome many obstacles as a leader. The most recent obstacle being the pandemic that we are currently in. Without missing a beat during the last year, my scouts have stepped up and continue to answer the call of what scouting is about. They participate on weekly zoom troop meetings, help out with our local fundraisers (council popcorn sales and our annual Christmas tree sales). Our scouts also provide community service by helping out on eagle projects and the annual scouting for food drive, as well as continue to earn merit badges and rank advancements and we still make time to go on monthly outings. Of course, as a leader, I cannot do it alone and it’s so amazing how much fantastic parental support I have at the unit level. I cannot ask for a better troop to be a leader of.”

Meet Troop 41 Scoutmaster, Brain Cook, and Troop 41 Scouts BSA members: Eagle Scout, Nicholas, and Senior Patrol Leader, Soren, in this Scouts in Action video interview.

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