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Honoring our Boy Scouts

Article Date: 
21 September, 2012 (All day)

Unit 576 (consisting of the Troop, Team and Crew and chartered by the Highlands Ward in Mountain Green, Morgan North Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) conducted their Father & Sons’ overnight campout followed by their Court of Honor the next morning, 7 & 8 September at the Church’s small amphitheater and park recently established behind their building next to the Mtn. Green Cemetery.
Following a hearty breakfast cooked by two of our Scout leaders and the Bishopric, the Court of Honor began with a formal flag raising.  This was our Scouts’ first Court of Honor following all the summer camp and high adventure programs the Scouts participated in during the summer.  A total of 56 merit badges, eight rank advancements and one Varsity Letter were presented to the young men by their Scout leaders. 
The program was conducted by Ian Watkins, who is working to earn his communication merit badge.  The flag ceremonies were directed by Tyler Moake, our Senior Patrol Leader.  Bishop Lane presented the “On My Honor Award,” the Church’s award for service in scouting, to Elise Barnes, a member of the Troop Committee, and to Tom Russsell, our Assistant Varsity Coach.
In the group picture above, from right to left, are Assistant Scout Master Mont Forsyth, Travis Forsyth, Charles Kane, Josh Malan, Tyler Trantham, Christian Cox, Varsity Coach Rick Barnes, Porter Ellett our guest speaker, Leif Lofgren, Tyler Moake, Ian Watkins, Assistant Varsity Coach Tom Russell, Hunter Davis, Scout Master Carl Hipwell, Cody Standing, Venturing Crew Adviser Andre Malan,  Assistant Scout Masters for the 11 Year Old Scouts Kellie & Mike Webster, and Committee Chairman Ken Wallace.  Not pictured are Bishop Lane, Scott Cardon, Elise Barnes, Tanner Castro, Ethan Hipwell, D J Bigelow, Dakota & Noah Dobson, Colton Miller, KC Broadhead, Parker Creasey and Cameron Winn.
Following the presentation of the awards, Porter Ellett from BYU was introduced by Mont Forsyth.  Porter has gained quite a reputation as a youth motivational speaker; he has been featured in the “New Era Magazine” and has appeared on the “Good Morning America” show.  
His right arm was amputated when he was in high school but in spite of this handicap, he continues to play sports, conducts basketball clinics, has served a mission for the Church and has set a goal for himself to swim for the USA team in the next Olympics.  Even though his most notable achievements have been in sports, he wows his audience by demonstrating how he can tie his shoes and neckties with one hand.  Porter commented that he has developed his brain to convert from being right handed to being left handed,  so he now has the perfect brain being able to use both sides equally well.
His unique presentation was a very inspirational conclusion for a well-attended court of honor ceremony for our deserving Boy Scouts!