Scouts combine faith and fun at Encampment

The Scout Law says a scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful …
Scout Travis Schwendeman from Newdale exemplified being helpful as he taught two instructors, scouts and adult leaders how to crack a cow whip on Friday afternoon at the Rise Up 2013 Boy Scout Encampment near Firth.
“You swing the whip one way, reverse it and crack it,” Travis said. “The crack [of the whip] does not happen because the whip hits the ground; it’s more like wave action.
“The speed of the whip builds up as you circle the whip around your head,” he said. “When the whip gets “right there” (when your arm is at a right angle), reverse it [the whip]. Do it hard enough to crack the whip.
“Energy from the whip will cause a wave action,” Travis said. “Only the very tip will break the sound barrier. That’s where the cracking sound comes from.”
Asked how he learned this skill, Travis said, “One of my cousins brought over his father’s bull whip and taught us how to do it.
“We all wanted bull whips after that,” he said. “Our parents bought all of us bull whips for Christmas.
“It took me about two months to learn how to crack it,” said Travis.
Come this morning, 10,500 boy scouts, their leaders and 300-400 staff and crew members will pack up their campsites and head home.
Scouts came from four states—Idaho, Utah, Wyoming and Montana--to attend this encampment. (One scout came from Washington.)
Fifty-eight stakes were represented at this encampment. Three or four non-LDS units also attended.
The encampment was the celebration of 100 years of Boy Scouts in the LDS Church.
“What I learned is I’m glad there is only one 100-year celebration each century,” said Brian Porter, Director of Support Services with the Grand Teton Council. “What I like about this encampment is scouts were able to see positive adult role models and it showed scouts the duties of the Aaronic priesthood in the LDS Church.”
“It gave them a greater sense of their duty to God,” said Porter.
This is the first encampment where scouts could earn the Thomas S. Monson medallion. Monson is the current president and prophet of the LDS Church.
“[The medallion] has been public for about a month,” Porter said. “Other scouts across the nation can earn it but the medallion from this encampment has a blue background. All other scouts will earn a medallion with a red background.”
“I really liked the encampment because there is so much to do,” said scout Stuart Allan from Troop 66 in Jackson, Wyo. “There was more to do than to just play football.”
“It’s really awesome,” said Jeracho Morgan from Troop 264 in Blackfoot. “I’m having a blast here. I liked the climbing wall and zip line.
Scout Jesse Edwards from Roberts liked the skeet shooting.
“I’d never done it before,” said Jesse. “I nicked my first one [clay pigeon]. The next time I hit three out of four.”