|City councilman Tom Fuhrman races a Cub Scout in one of many activities at Saturday's Boy Scouts celebration.|
Tents were spread out across the north end of the park with scouts organized by troops sponsored by the 14 LDS wards in the Menifee Stake of the church. Each troop was identified by a "gateway," an arch made of wood, rope and other materials used by scouts in earning merit badges.
Boys do not have to be a member of the Mormon Church to join an LDS-sponsored scout troop. Activities within those troops are the same as non-LDS troops -- with emphasis on life skills that will develop character and self-reliance.
"We encourage non-members to join us," said the director of the event, Brent Ferguson, who has worked with 78 Eagle Scouts in more than 50 years in scouting. "The scouting program helps young men become better husbands and fathers. It helps develop leadership and involvement."
Roger Lovett, bishop of the Canyon Lake Ward, spoke about the importance of activities such as campouts and skills development in teaching young men the value of taking care of themselves and their family.
"If they're stuck in video games, that's their world," Lovett said. "Then when they get out into the work force, they don't have the life skills they need."
Activities and projects demonstrated included a rope suspension bridge, archery, obstacle courses, Pinewood Derby, knot tying and various other agility challenges.
|City Councilman Wallace Edgerton tries the tire-stepping portion of the obstacle course.|