Boy Scouts Leader Deliberately Destroys 170 Million Year Old Rock Formation in Utah State Park
Boy Scouts leader Glenn Taylor of Highland, Utah, is in big trouble with the Utah authorities after he deliberately destroyed an ancient desert rock formation in Goblin Valley State Park. The scout leader knocked the boulder off its perch while making lots of celebratory noise. Two other men cheered him on as they filmed the act then uploaded it to Youtube. At the end of the video he seems to realize what he has done so spouts some nonsense about needing to destroy the ancient formation to save some child that might go hiking there. If a hiking trail is too dangerous for children, then scout leaders shouldn't be taking children on that trail (the scouts are actually teenagers and were in no danger).
There is no excuse for destroying a formation that has been there for 170 million years. And what kind of example is he setting for the teen boys he is leading? That it's hilarious to destroy natural wonders in a state park? Somehow we doubt there is a merit badge for that. The park is dotted with these unusual rock formations and are protected under Utah law. It's idiots like this guy that will get places like this closed to the public. The Utah authorities are deciding whether to charge him with a crime. Take a look:
The Boy Scouts of America are horrified by the scout leader's actions as the organization teaches a "Leave no trace" creed when interacting with nature. The group also promotes conservation of natural resources. They issued this statement about the incident:
"We are shocked and disappointed by this reprehensible behavior. For more than a century, the Boy Scouts of America has been a leader in conservation—from stewardship to sustainability. We teach our 2.6 million youth members and 1.1 million adult members, who collectively spend more than 5.5 million nights outdoors, the principles of 'Leave No Trace.'
These principles stress a commitment to maintaining the integrity and character of the outdoors and all living things. The isolated actions of these individuals are absolutely counter to our beliefs and what we teach. We are reviewing this matter and will take appropriate action."