Plan­ning major events togeth­er helps build the team.  Work­ing togeth­er on projects seems to bring every­one close to one anoth­er.  I’ve always enjoyed rub­bing shoul­ders with oth­ers as we’ve worked togeth­er in Scout­ing broth­er­hood to cre­ate activ­i­ties big and small.   It’s true:  plan­ning events togeth­er is a big step toward the goal of team-build­ing.

One spe­cial project I remem­ber with fond­ness was a Scout-O-Rama in Ogden, Utah. Vince Quan, a man of great vision, had a brain­child and man­aged to get all of the rest of us charged up to con­struct a large “moun­tain-man fort” to be rem­i­nis­cent of the pio­neer her­itage of the local area.  This fort became the shell of what would become one of the great­est Scout-O-Rama shows ever.

Vince want­ed to import from Wyoming the required wood trim­mings (made when the round­ed part of the logs were shaved to square the log for cut­ting into flat pieces) for the fort.  He told us that sev­er­al of these trim­mings could be lined up and then attached with a cou­ple of cross­pieces into one large pan­el.

He said also that a large fort could be built with about a hun­dred (just a hun­dred …!) or so pan­els.  It may not have been a hun­dred that were need­ed, but I know that it was quite a few, any­way.

At first, we all thought that Vince was crazy.  “There’s no way that we can get the wood donat­ed.”  …  and … “It’s too much work,” we all said.  We didn’t know Vince very well then.  He was nev­er one to back down once he com­mit­ted him­self to an idea.  He soon had us all con­vinced that that the Scout-O-Rama fort could, in fact, become a real­i­ty.

Vince went to work and he soon had all the trim­mings donat­ed and arriv­ing from Wyoming by the truck load.  As the loads arrived, Vince had about thir­ty of us there to nail the pan­els togeth­er.

Then a day or two before the big day, we trans­port­ed the huge pan­els to the local high school foot­ball field where the show would be held.  Anoth­er big team of Scouters gath­ered there to raise and secure the many pan­els.  With­in a short time, our team effort had pro­duced a very authen­tic look­ing fort right square in the mid­dle of town.  We were all proud of our final prod­uct. It took a lot of work and a lot of peo­ple to pull it togeth­er but It was def­i­nite­ly some­thing to be proud of.

We had more com­mu­ni­ty par­tic­i­pa­tion that year than ever before.  That majes­tic fort, com­plete with sig­nal tow­ers at each cor­ner, stopped many a car for a clos­er look.  That project was so clas­sic that we even made the front cov­er of the “Scout­ing Mag­a­zine” — and three or four pages inside.

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Kevin Hunt
Kevin V. Hunt, is a Scouting historian, author, blogger and speaker. He joined Scouting as a Cub Scout at age 8 and recently staged his own Jubilee Celebration for 50 years in Scouting. As a youth, he earned his Eagle Scout Award with four palms. He attended college at Brigham Young University and earned a B.S. degree in Youth Leadership (Boy Scout Program Administration) and went on to serve as a professional Scouter for seven years. He is the author of numerous children’s books and many on Scouting. Kevin and his wife Lou live in Mesa, Arizona and are the parents of 9 children - 6 daughters and 3 sons. And they now have 31 grandchildren. All of the sons are Eagle Scouts with three palms. Four sons-in-law are also Eagle Scouts. Eight grandsons are now in Scouting programs. You can connect with him best at: Kevin@scoutingtrails.com

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