Grant Miller Recognized for 60 Years of Service to Boy Scouts

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.

Grant Miller at the bottom of the Grand Canyon showing how he fixed his hiking boots

Grant Miller at the bottom of the Grand Canyon showing how he fixed his hiking boots

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

Grant Miller Recognized for 60 Years of Service in Scouting

Grant Miller Recognized for 60 Years of Service in Scouting

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,
  • 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 Miller with Kris Heslop, one of his boy scouts of many years ago

Grant Miller with Kris Heslop, one of his boy scouts of many years ago

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.

Information for Employers Regarding BSA Wood Badge

Boy Scouts of America
Wood Badge for the 21st Century

Wood Badge is the highest and most advanced training course offered by the Boy Scouts of America.  While it is rich in scouting history and tradition, participants will spend 6 full days and nights learning modern leadership theories from contemporary scholars such as Ken Blanchard (author of the One Minute Manager series of books), Stephen R. Covey (author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and Principle-Centered Leadership), and Spencer Johnson (author of Who Moved My Cheese).  A complete set of references can be found at the end of this document.

Many companies feel the investment in Wood Badge makes a huge difference in the leadership capabilities of their employees who go through the experience.

Wood Badge has five Central Themes that encapsulate the course content. These are:

  1. Living the Values
    1. Values, mission, and vision
    2. Aims and methods
  2. Bringing the Vision to Life
    1. Listening to learn
    2. Communicating
    3. Giving and receiving feedback
    4. Valuing people and leveraging diversity
    5. Coaching and mentoring
  3. Models for Success
    1. High Performance Teams
    2. Team Development Model
    3. Team Leadership Model
    4. Situational Leadership
  4. Tools of the Trade
    1. Project planning
    2. Problem solving and decision making
    3. Managing conflict
    4. Assessing team performance
    5. Self-Assessment
    6. Managing change
    7. Celebrating team success
  5. Leading to Make a Difference
    1. Leaving a legacy
    2. The greatest leadership secret

These workshops are taught through lecture, group discussion, hands on exercises, and through the creation of goals that apply the leadership training received.  At the conclusion of the course, attendees will have created at least 5 goals.  A counselor will be assigned to work with each attendee for 18 months to ensure application of the training they received and the completion of the 5 goals.

Dr. Blanchard’s courses and workshops, offered through The Ken Blanchard Companies, run $500 per day ($3000 for 6 days).  The Boy Scouts of America have negotiated royalty fees and intellectual property rights, which allows them to offer the entire 6-day course for just under $200.

Leaders at many companies (such as IBM, Motorola, and Intel) have recognized the value this training is to their employees.  As such, many agree to pay the course fees and/or give time off as part of their employee’s professional development and training plan.  Individual company policies vary, however.  If you would like additional information, please feel free to contact the Boy Scouts of America, Grand Canyon Council at (602) 955-7747. 

Wood Badge Training Resources

Bennis, Warren, and Joan Goldsmith. Leaming to Lead-A Workbook on Becoming a Leader. Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company,1997.

Bennis, Warren. Managing People Is Like Herding Cats. Provo, Utah: Executive Excellence Publishing, 1997.

Bennis, Warren. Old Dogs, New Tricks. Provo, Utah:  Executive Excellence Publishing, 1999.

Bennis, Warren. On Becoming a Leader.  Reading,Mass.: Perseus Books, 1994.

Bennis, Warren. Why Leaders Can’t Lead – The Unconscious Conspiracy Continues. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1989.

Blanchard, Ken, Bill Hybels, and Phil Hodges.  Leadership by the Book- Tools to Transform Your Workplace. New York: William Morrow and Company, 1999.

Blanchard, Ken, John P. Carlos, and W. Alan Randolph. Empowerment Takes More Than a Minute. New York: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 1996.

Blanchard, Ken, John P. Carlos, and Alan Randolph.  The 3 Keys to Empowerment-Release the Power Within People for Astonishing Results. New York: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 1999.

Blanchard, Ken, Sheldon Bowles, Don Carew, and Eunice Parisi-Carew. High Five! The Magic of Working Together. New York: William Morrow and Company, 2001.

Blanchard, Kenneth, and Norman Vincent Peale. The Power of Ethical Management. New York: William Morrow and Company, 1988.

Blanchard, Ken, Donald Carew, and Eunice Parisi-Carew. The One Minute Manager Builds High Performing Teams. New York: William Morrow and Company, 2000.

Blanchard, Kenneth, Patricia Zigarmi, and Drea Zigarrni. Leadership and the One Minute Manager-Increasing Effectiveness Through Situational Leadership. New York: William Morrow and Company, 1985.

Covey, Stephen R. Principle-Centered Leadership. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1990.

Covey, Stephen R. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1989.

Covey, Stephen R., A. Roger Merrill, and Rebecca R. Merrill. First Things First. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1994.

De Pree, Max. Leadership Is an Art. New York: Doubleday, 1989.

De Pree, Max. Leadership Jazz. New York: Currency Doubleday, 1992.

De Pree, Max. Leading Without Power: Finding Hope in Serving Community. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1997.

Deeprose, Diana. The Team Coach. American Management Association, 1995.

Giber, David, Louis Carter, and Marshall Goldsmith. Best Practices in Leadership Development Handbook. Linkage, 1999.

Greenleaf, Robert K. Servant Leadership-A Journey Into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness. New York: Paulist Press, 1991.

Heenan, David A., and Warren Bennis. Co-Leaders: The Power of Great Partnerships. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1999.

Hersey, Paul, Kenneth H. Blanchard, and Dewey E. Johnson. Management of Organizational Behavior: Leading Human Resources. 8th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2001.

Johnson, Spencer. Who Moved My Cheese? New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons. 1998.

Kotter, John P. Leading Change. Boston, Mass.: Harvard Business School Press, 1996.

Lee, Blaine. The Power Principle-Influence With Honor. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997.

McCauley, Cynthia D., Russ S. Moxley, and Ellen Van Velsor, eds. Handbook of Leadership Development. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1998.

Weaver, Richard G., and John D. Farrell. Managers as Facilitators: A Practical Guide to Getting Work Done in a Changing Workplace. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 1999.