The Use of Letters
as part of a Mountain Top Experience
The use of "special"
surprise letters can be a meaningful portion of a Mountain Top Experience.
Obtaining the letters and carrying them to the mountain summit requires
planning and work, but the reward is well worth the effort.
Traditionally, an adult leader distributes the letters to
the scouts as the Mountain Top Ceremony (MTC) draws to a close. The scouts are
encouraged to open the letters and read them in silence. After a sufficient
length of time, the scouts can be invited to share thoughts or feeling
concerning the letters
Letters can be obtained from any or all of the following:
- Parents -- Both the
young man and his parents enjoy this unique interchange. The letters from
parents become especially meaningful if the parents and son have recently
signaled each other with mirrors, mountain top to valley floor.
- Religious leaders -- A
supportive and encouraging note from a bishop, stake president, pastor, or
rabbi can enhance the closeness to God one feels on a mountain peak.
- Scouting executives -- A
letter from a district or council executive helps cement a young scout's
commitment to the ideals of the scouting programs.
- Celebrities or dignitaries
-- Letters from sports figures, entertainers, or motivational speakers
have been successfully used in past On Target experiences.
Following is a list of people who have written letters specifically
for use with On Target. Any of these letters could be copied and used for On
Target. Just click on the name of the person whose letter you desire to read or
N. McDonnell, Past President of the B.S.A., 1985
Reagan, President of the United States, 1985
J. Featherstone, Young Men General President, 1986
R. Ford, Former President of the United States, 1986
J. Featherstone, Young Men General President, 1987
Glenn, Astronaut and United States Senator, 1987
Cosby, Comedian and actor, 1988
D. Pinegar, First Quorum of the Seventy, 1988
B. Harbertson, Young Men General President, 1989
J. Featherstone, Young Men General President, 1990
Trost, BYU Basketball Player, 1990
Malone, All Star Basketball Player, 1990
Detmer, BYU and NFL Quarterback, 1991
S. Monson, Apostle, LDS
O. Leavitt, Governor of the State of Utah, 1996
Powell, UNPC Scout Executive, 1997
Ainge, BYU and NBA Basketball Star, 2000
K. Dellenbach, Young Men General President, 2001
Gardner, Olympic Gold Medalist, 2001
Gordon B. Hinckley, LDS
James E. Faust, LDS First Presidency, 2003
- President Charles Dahlquist,
General Young Men President, 2004
- Robbie Bosco, BYU National
Champion football quarterback, 2010
Mendenhall, BYU football head coach, 2011
F. Uchtdorf, 2nd Counselor in the First Presidency , LDS Church,
- David L. Beck,
General Young Men President, LDS
- Mont Mahoney,
Life-long scouter in Great Salt Lake Council
Just a reminder that letters, envelopes, and mirrors need
to be carried off the mountain. We need to leave NO trace.
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