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Hatch named Boy Scouts executive

Posted: Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Brent Hatch has been named district executive for the Boy Scouts’ Trapper Trails Council. Courtesy photo

EVANSTON — Brent Hatch was recently named District Executive for the Boy Scouts of America, Trapper Trails Council, located in Evanston.

“The past District Executive in the Jim Bridger District retired and the council approached me about taking his position,” Hatch said. “Boy Scouts provides programs that help shape adults and youth of today. I feel that Scouts have been a big part of helping me develop into who I am today. The programs have given me opportunities that I would not otherwise have had. It has allowed me to rub shoulders with great people that I look up to and admire.

In his position, Hatch will work with leaders around the area.

“As a district executive, I have the opportunity to work with adults in the Evanston, Bridger Valley, and Kemmerer areas and help them to see that the Scouting programs are an effective influence in the lives of our youth today,” Hatch said. “We have great leaders in this area that dedicate their time, talents, and energy to building up the youth of today. I cannot thank our Scout leaders enough for all they do. We have the Scouting programs that the adults provide to the youth the help they need to grow and become the leaders of tomorrow. The leaders in our area are much like Mr. Holland’s Opus, leading and inspiring our youth to reach their highest potential.”

Hatch has been involved with the Boy Scouts for 44 years, first as a youth from ages eight to 18, and then as adult. Often over the past 10 years he served as an executive board member of the Trapper Trails Council. His most recent assignment was Council Vice President over District Operations. He served as a representative over the 18 districts in the council in Wyoming, Utah, and Idaho.

“At age 16, I received the Eagle Scout Award, which is the highest rank in scouting,” Hatch said.

Hatch recalls some of his fondest memories of being a scout in his youth.

“The thing I remember most as a youth was attending the weeklong Summer Camp, which was held in Western Colorado where I grew up,” Hatch said. “As an adult serving Scouting I have had the opportunity to attend several camps in the Wyoming and Utah area. I enjoyed accompanying youth to several summer camps over the years: Camp Steiner, East Fork of the Bear in the Uinta Mountains, Camp New Fork at the base of the Wind Rivers, and Camp Bartlett near Montpelier, Idaho and Camp Kiesel near Huntsville, Utah”

He also has gotten to enjoy events as an adult leader.

“The first is accompanying the boys on a 50-mile hike into the Uinta Mountains and then spending a week in the high Uinta Mountains, hiking and fishing in the high mountain lakes,” Hatch said. “The second is being a part of a group that hiked to King’s Peak and back. King’s Peak is the highest mountain range in the State of Utah, but is located in our backyard in the Uinta Mountains.”

Hatch was awarded the “District Award of Merit,” which is the highest award a District can offer and the “Silver Beaver Award,” which is the highest award a council can award.

“As an adult, I have had the opportunity to serve on several Wood Badge Courses,” Hatch said. “This is either a weeklong or a two-weekend course teaching leadership skills to adults on how to be better Scouts themselves and provide a better program to the youth. In 2012, I was able to serve as the director of a Wood Badge course held at the Uinta County Youth Camp.”

For more information about becoming involved with the Boy Scouts of America, contact Hatch at (307) 789-3890.

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