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Boy Scout leaders dismissed after Goblin Valley incident

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Posted at 12:36 PM, Oct 21, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-21 14:40:30-04

The men involved with toppling an ancient sandstone formation at Goblin Valley State Park have been removed from their leadership positions in the Boy Scouts of America.

Many have expressed outrage after the men posted a video of themselves toppling the rock formation that dates back to the Jurassic period, but the men said they pushed the boulder over for safety reasons. Read more about the incident here.

The Utah National Parks Council released this statement regarding the incident:

Based on the actions of the individuals involved with the Goblin Valley incident, the Utah National Parks Council has removed them from their leadership positions in the Boy Scouts of America.

“Leave No Trace” teaches the value of natural areas and the methods we can use to help protect and conserve these areas for future generations. We encourage all leaders and Scouts to review the “Leave No Trace” principles, as we are all a part of maintaining the integrity, character and the natural beauty of the outdoors for all living things.