Growing into leadership

Courtesy photo Josh Scherbel, Zavier Clifford and Cole Clifford head into the forest near Merna to cut Christmas trees. Blade Hibbert also helped the crew.

Scherbel takes on next generation of Boy Scouts

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

Elsa Scherbel.

A large part of what Scherbel took away

– and brought back with him – came from

lessons learned as a Boy Scout and later an

Eagle Scout.

“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

in policies.

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

over $500.

“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


Courtesy photo

Josh Scherbel, Zavier Clifford and

Cole Clifford head into the forest

near Merna to cut Christmas trees.

Blade Hibbert also helped the crew.

Courtesy photo

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]

the reorganization.

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

badge projects.

“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.”


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