This is the Place Heritage Park has a rich Scouting history. Just two years following the organization of the Boy Scouts of America, local Scout troops visited and camped at the historic pioneer trail stretching from Echo Canyon to Liberty Park. One of their stops included the little white cross at the mouth of Emigration canyon marking the traditional location where Brigham Young is said to have uttered the famous words, “It is enough, this is the right place, drive on.” The purpose of this visit? To “obtain inspiration for the admirable work of the pioneers, to enjoy a pleasant outing, and to get some education in nature, discipline, and history.” (Improvement Era, Sept. 1912, 1038)
Thirty-five years later on July 24, 1947, local Scout troops again were at Emigration Canyon, this time to participate in the unveiling of the large, new, and commemorative This is the Place Monument. This large tribute to all pioneers, explorers, and peoples of the intermountain west was dedicated by longtime youth advocate and Scouter, George Albert Smith. Today, as a National Historic Landmark, the This is the Place Monument stands prominently at the mouth of the canyon reminding visitors of the great sacrifices, perseverance, and resilience of those who came before.
Since that day in 1947, Boy Scouts of all ages have frequently visited what is now This is the Place Heritage Park, a living history site consisting of over fifty historic structures on 450 acres. Whether for service projects or to earn a patch, Scouts have countless fun and educational opportunities as they discover the heritage of the American West.
This is the Place continues to build upon its Scouting legacy by offering evening Merit Badge classes during the week. Troops as well as individual Scouts can call and sign up for courses in Animal Science, Indian Lore, American Heritage, Metalworking, Leatherworking, and Art. Surrounded by historic buildings and immersive settings, Scouts not only learn content, but have an opportunity to apply it through hands-on activities.
Indian Lore: Provides an opportunity for Scouts to learn about Native American culture by visiting traditional Native American dwellings, playing games, and learning Native American handicraft.
Animal Science: Scouts will experience working with live animals at the Savage Livery Stable, and learn about best practices in animal husbandry
Metal Working: In the Blacksmith Shop, Scouts will learn how metals are used, as well as how to shape them into useful tools and products.
All other offered merit badges also provide unique, hands-on opportunities.
Leaders will find an outing to This is the Place well worth their time and effort. Besides continuing its legacy in Scouting, the Park recognizes the needs of both boys and leaders. Complete and partial merit badges are offered, and all BSA standards are followed. Classes range from 1.5-2 hours and blue cards are provided. If you are interested in learning more or wish to schedule a group, call Alex Stromberg, Youth Programs Manager at 801-924-7511 or visit the Park’s website.
This is the Place Heritage Park is honored to have been a partner and beneficiary of the mission of the Boys Scouts of America for many years. Building youth into leaders and providing educational opportunities is one of the greatest causes of our time, and central to Park’s Mission. In a society ever reliant on the benefits of technology, take a break for a moment and step back in time, breathe in the past, and learn about the present. This is THE PLACE for Scouts.
Submitted by Alex Stromberg