In the running for today’s “humans are the dumbest species” award are three Boy Scout leaders from Utah. During a recent church camping trip in Goblin Valley State Park, a place known for unique red rock formations known as “goblins,” the men took it upon themselves to topple a stone formation that was nearly 200 million years old. As if that decision wasn’t questionable enough, they also videotaped the act and then posted it on Facebook. By publicizing their destructive behavior, the men may have opened themselves to felony charges.
The three Boy Scout leaders must not be familiar with the Scouting oath that says “By being a good family member and a good citizen, by working for your country’s good and obeying its laws, you do your duty to your country.” Or the Boy Scout’s outdoor code that says “Be considerate in the outdoors, and Be conservation minded.”
If they had, they would have known that intentionally altering the landscape by destroying a 200 million year-old rock formation is neither “considerate” nor “conservation minded.” It is in fact the opposite. Even more surprising than their general lack of backcountry knowledge is the fact that they actually thought they’d be applauded for their actions (hence the video.)
“We have now modified Goblin Valley,” one of the men says in the video, soliciting a cheer from the man behind him. “A new Goblin Valley exists, with, uh, this boulder down here [at] the bottom,” he elaborates, pointing the camera at the large rock now resting below its former perch.
“Some little kid was about ready to walk down here and die,” the cameraman continues. “Glenn [Taylor] saved his life by getting the boulder out of the way. So, it’s all about saving lives here at Goblin Valley.”
According to local news outlets, the Emery County Attorney is considering filing felony charges, in which case Taylor’s position with the Boy Scouts would be revoked.