Monday, June 27, 2016

Mitch Mobile News

It has been fun to see the affects the Mitch Mobile story has had on people.  The video went out on facebook and other sites and was shared and viewed all over the world!  It's up to 156,000 views now on facebook!

The Mitch Mobile was made for an Eagle Project in our troop, and donated to the Spina Bifida Foundation of Utah for other troops in Utah to borrow and use to help them to include people with handicaps in their troops, and it is having a busy summer so far!  It has been lent out quite a few times to troops in the area.

This weekend a troop contacted us asking for plans for the Mitch Mobile.  They have two boys in their troop with Spina Bifida and they wanted to make at least one Mitch Mobile to take and maybe borrow another one so they can include everyone in their troop on activities!

We have no patent on the design, in fact we would love other troops to make their own so that as many boys with handicaps can be included in all activities.

See link below for an article that was written about the Mitch Mobile:
Mitch Mobile Article

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

National Duty to God Banquet Recognizes Mitch Mobile

This was really neat!  The LDS Church came to us and asked if they could do a video about our scouts and their experience with the Mitch Mobile, and how it has affected them and helped them to do their Duty to God.  Of course we said that'd be great!

Elder Holland, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints spoke at a national Duty to God Banquet to a group of 1,500 professional scouters in San Diego on May 26, 2016.  He spoke about how scouting helps young men (and older men) to do their duty to God.  He then presented the video they made about the Mitch Mobile, then invited Mitch and a couple others onto the stage.

It was an amazing event, and my wife and I were so blessed to be able to be there for it!  Watch the whole talk below, or you can skip forward to about 7:20 to where he starts talking about the Mitch Mobile and then shows the video and interviews the boys.
I'm proud of our scouts!  Of who they were while we were experiencing it all, and who they are now!  Of the boys in the group, all 12 have or are serving missions for the LDS Church!  They have or are serving in places like: Russia, Belgium, San Diego, Oregon, Alabama, England, Chile, and tons of other places teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ in many languages!

To learn more about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, go to:
www.lds.org or
www.mormons.org

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Backpacking Overnighter to Rudy's Flat

We went on a backpacking overnighter this last weekend to give our younger scouts the experience.  None of them had ever gone backpacking before.  This was an easy 8 mile round trip up a canyon to a meadow where we camped for the night.  It reminded me of when I went on backpacking trips as a scout, you know, when the pack was much larger than me?


Ahh, the memories. . .  Of course when I went I had an old army pack that had a hard belt on it that didn't stay tight so I had to either hold it cinched down tight till my hips felt like they were rubbed so badly they would bleed, or let go of the belt and just hike with all the weight on my shoulders.  

Packs are a lot more comfortable now, which makes the hiking more enjoyable.  In fact, I decided I would try adding weight to my pack to give myself more exercise!  I took a couple backpacking stoves (one MSR Butane/Propane stove, and one Coleman white gas stove), and took a bottle of denatured alcohol because one of the boys wanted to try out their pop can stove.   Then I was still glutten for punishment, so I added 1.5 gallons of water.  That did it, got me up to an even 50 pounds.  That ought to give me some exercise!

Then once I got my pack out of the car at the trailhead, I noticed that my pack was missing the plastic latch that holds the belt together - must have come off sometime!  So I ended up doing the 8 miles either without my belt support, or with me trying to hold the belt strap together - just like when I was a kid!

Oh well, it was good that I did bring the extra stoves and water, as the two water filters I brought didn't work - one was clogged, and one was missing parts!  So the extra water I brought up was what kept us going!  We did get some water from a stream, then filter it through a cloth and boil it for 10 minutes though, so that was a good experience.

Another unfortunate experience was that one of the stoves - the coleman white gas one - didn't work.  We were able to pressurize it, but nothing would come out!  So the MSR stove did all the water boiling.

Unfortunately, my son and I needed to be back in town around 6:00 AM so we got up at 4:30 AM and packed up and hiked back down to our cars.  I hear the rest of the boys and leaders made it out ok.

Here's a shot of the sunrise about 30 minutes into our hike in the morning:
What did I learn?  Check and recheck everything before a trip.  I had used both the filters and the stoves in the last year or so, but I should have checked both right before going up.  Even then the Coleman white gas stove could have clogged while we were up there, so an extra on hand is always a good idea.

The boys did good with the setbacks and I detected a hint of excitement as one thing after another didn't work - this was going to be a trip to remember!