by Ken Krogue, Alpine District Chairman
In the summer of 2011 I spent nearly a week at the bottom of the Grand Canyon at Havasupai Falls with Grant Miller. He and his grandson rode horses down and back, but only because his grandson had broken his leg. I think Grant would have out-hiked us all.
We thought his hiking came to an end when the heel of his hiking boots came off. No worries for Grant, he gingerly carved a notch in the heel with his trusty pocketknife, and re-routed his laces through the heel at just the right angle to keep his heel on for the rest of the trip… typical innovative Grant.
I first got to know Grant Miller years ago when I lived in Alpine and I needed some displays for a Court of Honor. I was the Scoutmaster. I went to his house and he took me into his garage where he had dozens and dozens of well organized scouting displays neatly tucked away and ready for use.
And better yet, he knew where everything was.
Along one wall were several handmade plywood kayaks that folded up. A few years ago he taught all the Scouts of Troop 858 how to make those same kayaks during the winter, and they took them to Strawberry Reservoir to try them out.
I got up early the other day to start exercising and joined Grant on his morning hike up to the top of Cemetery Hill in Alpine (he does four laps several days a week.)
On May 10th, 2012, Grant Miller was recognized at Roundtable for earning his 60 year pin
for continuous service in Scouting. Nearly two dozen people came in addition to the normal attendees to see him recognized.
I asked him to summarize his service:
“I have been active in scouting 60 years. Active in Scouts, Varsity, Exploring, as a boy and adult. I served as:
- 11-year-old Leader,
- Junior Assistant Scoutmaster,
- Assistant Scoutmaster,
- Assistant Varsity Scout Leader,
- Institutional Representative,
- Chartered Organizational Representative,
- Assistant District Commissioner,
- Unit Commissioner,
In addition to all these positions in Scouting Grant also graduated from many higher levels of adult scout training as well as serving on staff to train others:
- Graduate from Commissioner College,
- BYU Merit Badge Pow-Wow Staff,
- Boy Scout Roundtable Staff,
- Varsity Scout Huddle Staff,
- Wood Badge Trained and earned beads,
- Completed Basic Training and
- Served on Basic Training Staff several times.
- Served on All Star staff (Varsity Scout boy leader training)
- Completed seven 50 milers (backpacking, kayak, or canoe
- Member of Stanford Oljato Lodge of Order of the Arrow
- Attended many camporees and Klondike derbies in many councils.
Grant has received many awards over the years:
- On My Honor Award
- Duty to God Award
- Scoutmaster Key
- Commissioners Key
- All four Varsity Scout Letters
- The Old Spanish Trail Medallion
- Silver Beaver Award
Grant had the distinction of being able to serve as Scoutmaster in a Spanish troop while in the army after learning Spanish on his mission. His army service took him all over and allowed him to serve in the following Boy Scout Councils:
- National Capital Area Council – Washington D.C.
- Yucca Council – Las Cruces, New Mexico
- Alamo Council – San Antonio, Texas
- Rio Grand Council – San Benito, Texas
- Stanford Area Council – Sunnyvale, California
- Great Salt Lake Council – Salt Lake City, Utah
- Utah National Parks Council – Alpine, Utah
Any bets on a 70 year pin? I’ll put good money on Grant Miller.