More than 800 young men and their leaders received spiritual and physical training July 22-26 at the South Texas Aaronic Priesthood Scout Encampment.
Elder Lloyd P. George of the Second Quorum of the Seventy attended the camp and encouraged the Scouts to prepare for missionary service.Conducted at the Bear Creek Scout Ranch, the encampment was two years in the planning and included five specific goals:
- Prepare young men for missions and temple marriage.
- Keep them active in Church programs.
- Help Scouts understand their potential.
- Teach them to develop their talents.
- Help young men gain and strengthen their testimonies and honor their priesthood.
An opening ceremony featured BYU quarterback Sean Covey, who with Gifford Nielson, former BYU and Houston Oilers quarterback, addressed the Scouts at Sunday meetings.
The two football players encouraged the Scouts to set specific goals and to trust their Heavenly Father as they work to attain them. They shared scriptures and personal experiences to illustrate their ideas.
Sunday included a priesthood meeting, sacrament service, and an evening fireside. Talks and lessons were centered around the five goals of the encampment.
Weekday activities included physical events named after Book of Mormon heroes and experiences.
A closing awards ceremony was conducted under the stars against a backdrop of 120-foot cliffs.