Our View: No fools in Scouting

Oct 23 2013 - 4:35pm


Leave no trace
Leave no trace

The inevitable occurred to two Utah Boy Scout leaders who toppled over an ancient rock formation at Goblin Valley State Park. Glenn Taylor and Dave Hall have been removed as Scout leaders.

In an episode of mind-boggling stupidity, the pair filmed and posted on Facebook a rock formation, more than 170 million years old, being pushed over. In the video, Taylor knocks a large rock off the top of the formation. The video depicts individuals cheering the event.

The men may face criminal charges. Both the Utah State Parks and the Emery County Attorney's Office are considering charges. If they have indeed broken the law, the pair should be prosecuted. 

These men are adults who were in charge of children. They should have set better examples. They behaved like fools, and there should be no fools in Scouting.

Taylor and Hall were booted for violating the Scouts' "Leave No Trace" rule, which means that nature is respected by Scouts and left in the condition in which Scouts encounter it. The two men, from Highland, said on Monday they accept the decision, and added they are sorry for what they did.

There was no mention of a previous excuse the men offered, in which they claimed they were protecting Scouts and others by toppling a dangerous rock formation which might have fallen. That was always a weasely, ludicrous explanation for a possibly illegal act.

Finally, this foolish act is another example of how the Internet can provide a means for no stupid act to go unpunished. Although it's amazing to us that the men, and others, would cheer and high-five each other after destroying a natural formation more than 170 million years old, it's worth noting that had the perpetrators not filmed themselves and posted the event on social media, the horrendous act would likely have gone unnoticed, and unpunished.

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