Fifteen years ago, Peter
Scherbel graduated from Big Piney and went
off to see the larger world and this year, he
and his wife Amanda brought their family –
twins Josh and Eva, 11, Emery, 5, and Winnie,
8 months, back home.
“Big Piney had just what we wanted,” he
said, which includes his parents Scott and
A large part of what Scherbel took away
– and brought back with him – came from
lessons learned as a Boy Scout and later an
“It’s always something we enjoyed and
participated where we could,” he said.
With changes looming after the Church
of Latter-day Saints administration decided
to end its century-long charter of the Boy
Scouts of America, local troops needed to
find new sponsors. Boys in LDS congregations
had been automatically registered as a
Cub Scout but the church decided to start its
own youth organizations due to differences
Also, Scoutmaster Adam Hymas, who
helped with a variety of ages, has decided
to step back. Teacher Cole Clifford, who
previously worked with the 11-year-olds,
will continue to help during and after
MARBLETON – As a young person who cares about
his community and a longtime Boy Scout, James McCormick
of Big Piney Troop 22 decided to choose an Eagle
Scout project to benefit his town and use his skills.
One day, he said, his family was driving through Jackson
and noticed the “welcome” signs, while Marbleton itself
has had few informative features.
So earlier this year, McCormick proposed the concept of
making a sign showing Marbleton’s elevation and population
to the Marbleton Town Council. The council recommended
that he consider making one to fit where an old
sign was posted along Highway 189. Together they came
up with the idea of a wayfinding sign pointing east to the
Southwest Sublette Pioneers Senior Center and town parks.
That way, McCormick and the town wouldn’t need new
permits from the Wyoming Department of Transportation.
McCormick set out to use his scouting skills and Williams
Auto offered to buy supplies, he said. The town then
offered to pay half, which put less of a financial burden
on one sponsor – the sign costs eventually came to just
“My dad and I did one half of the sign and then we invited
the Scouts over to finish the other half and install
it,” he said, adding that he used his leadership skills he’d
learned to help move the sign to completion.
The purpose of an Eagle Scout project “is mostly to show
what you’ve learned from Scouting and be able to display
leadership, give back to the community.” Having younger
Scouts also help fills their requirements for badges.
Now, the sign pointing to the Marbleton Senior Center
and town parks is something solid and visible that McCormick
can see every day – “I actually accomplished something.”
McCormick, a freshman at Big Piney High School, a
Cub Scout at 10 and Boy Scout at 11, will find out in the
near future if his project merits the Eagle badge, American
flag and other honors for the high-level achievement.
“It’s worth the experience of going into Scouting,” he
said. “It’s a lot of work but it’s worth the experience and
Growing into leadership
Scherbel takes on next generation of Boy Scouts
By Joy Ufford, [email protected]
Eagle Scout sign project points the way
Joy Ufford photo
Peter Scherbel, who grew up as
a Big Piney Boy Scout and Eagle
Scout, is taking over as Troop 22’s
Josh Scherbel, Zavier Clifford and
Cole Clifford head into the forest
near Merna to cut Christmas trees.
Blade Hibbert also helped the crew.
Troop 22 Scouts, from left, Brayden Bennett,
Eagle Scout Brayden Hymas, James McCormick
and Ashton Bennett installed the Marbleton sign
on Nov. 26 with Todd Brown and Jeff McCormick.
By Joy Ufford, [email protected]
Scherbel took courses online – all adults
involved do youth protection training and he
added leadership training as well
Fortunately for Big Piney and Pinedale
Boy Scouts, the Green River Outreach for
Wilderness or GROW Foundation stepped
in as the troops’ chartering organization,
which takes effect on Jan. 1.
Scherbel started attending meetings in
October to help make a smooth transition
and for now, Big Piney Boy Scouts “are all
in one big group,” he said. With six members
right now, Scherbel hopes to draw more
members and volunteers to help with merit
badges and community projects.
The Boy Scout’s goal remains the same.
“The primary goal is to get to Eagle
Scout,” Scherbel said.” It’s primarily about
skill development, leadership and growth.”
But not everyone has to aspire to become
an Eagle Scout – they can come to be involved
and “learn a lot of these really great
skills and have fun doing it. The goal of our
meetings is really to let kids plan everything
With the LDS Church no longer a sponsor,
the Big Piney Town Council approved
the troop’s use of the Rec Center’s auxiliary
gym to meet every Tuesday night at 7. The
new troop’s first meeting took place there
on Dec. 3 and there is time for ceremony,
games, group instruction and work on merit
“As a Scoutmaster, our job is to guide
and help them learn,” Scherbel said of his
undertaking as a role model. “You have to
make it part of your lifestyle – doing things
at home, setting goals. A lot of it has to be
self-directed and have the desire to get to the
level you want.”
His goal as a new Scoutmaster is to get
more members registered for Troop 22 and
“as we get things running smoothly, we will
look more at recruiting Cub Scouts.” And
yes, girls can join.
Last weekend’s activity involved the great
outdoors – taking Boy Scouts and friends to
the woods near Merna to cut another dozen
or so Christmas trees to fill orders after the
first batch ran out. This fundraiser and others
will help the troop with costs for merit badge
projects and camps.
“It’s something I feel strongly about,”
Scherbel said of becoming the new Big
Piney Scoutmaster. “The responsibility is on
me to make sure I run this well so the boys
can get the best benefits out of it they can.”