My Home State Ceremony /04-05

Prepare slide presentation using pictures of these or other Home State Heroes as well as Cub Scout(s) celebrating advancement. Use background music with boys’ voices reading ceremony text. An appropriate song would be “Utah, This is the Place”, the new Utah State Song. (Information from:


I was born on February 20, 1890, in Parowan, Utah. I lived on a farm and I loved everything about “high plains country living” except going to school. In fact, I dropped out of school in the 8th grade. Then, when I was 18, I met Professor Thomas Trueblood, a Native American. I told him about my hopes and dreams. He told me that I could do anything I wanted to, but only if I first got an education. He changed my life. I decided to go back to school. It was at school that I realized that I wanted to participate in track and field sports. My name is Alma Richards. I was the first person from Utah to win an Olympic Gold Medal in any sport. (Information & picture by permission:, and


I was born on August 19, 1906, in Indian Springs, Utah. My life was like most kids of the pioneer west. Life was strenuous and we worked hard to survive. I was a good older brother and my father valued my hard work, but I was only an average student. As a young boy, I began to notice the amazing machines of those days. Machines like the telephone and light bulbs. I was full of enthusiasm and questions. My father took the time to explain to me these creations and told me of the people who “dedicated their lives to such innovations”. I decided then that I wanted to be an inventor. My name is Philo Taylor Farnsworth. I invented the television. I am also an Eagle Scout. (Information & picture by permission:



I was born in Richfield, Utah on October 12, 1932. “My father was a pilot in World War I, so I grew up with flying and always wanted to be a pilot. As a matter of fact, my father didn't care if I was a bum or not, as long as I was a pilot. So I was a kid who built every model airplane and followed Buck Rogers through all his adventures.” When I grew up “I was a private pilot, then a Navy pilot”, and then a pilot with the Air Guard. My name is Edwin Jacob “Jake” Garn. I flew on the landmark flight for the Space Shuttle Discovery and became the first member of congress to go into space. (Information & picture by permission: and Thiokol Pamphlet, Wasatch Operations referenced at



I was born (enter birthplace and date, this can be specific or general). I am another ordinary boy with extraordinary hopes and dreams. I can do and become anything, and who knows what my future will be? Right now I am working on making small goals and I am having success. My name is _________. Tonight I am celebrating my ________ advancement in the Cub Scouts.


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