Cap’s Off to You!–R.E.A.C.H. Utah / Utah Pirate – and Celebrating Story

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Featuring:  R.E.A.C.H. Utah – Utah Pirate

501(c)(3) Nonprofit of Story, Imaginative Play, & Much More

Photo Credit: Vladimir Chopine

The skeleton flag billows out from the pirate ship through R.E.A.C.H. Utah / Utah Pirate across many lands–from FanX to the Utah Renaissance Faire. Oftentimes, R.E.A.C.H. Utah is shared on the same line as Utah Pirate. Though this organization is much more than pirate ships that inspire imaginative play. These people dress as pirates, mermaids, and even King Arthur himself as they enter schools to teach how to develop stories while simultaneously teaching anti-bullying, literacy, history and the arts. We are thrilled that they participated at the 4th Annual Story Crossroads Festival during the “We All Have Stories” Family Marketplace.

On May 15, 2019, the wind was summoned and that skeleton flag waved to all who came. Some families and Cub Scout groups explored the ship and created their own stories as they became pirates themselves. They met a mermaid, whose red hair cascaded down her shoulders.

We had hoped to have at least 400 people attend the “We All Have Stories” Family Marketplace. We had no more than 150 people. Perhaps people were worried to fly away in the wind.  Yet, the people who did come were delighted and clamored about the pirate ship.  The Story Train, that rode near the pirate ship, had many passengers.  Several vendors had to weigh down their canopies with water jugs or cement blocks.  One of the canopies blew out from the volunteers attempting to put it up.  One person even landed on the canopy due to the intense wind.  Thankfully, everyone was fine…except for the canopy.

Though, the pirate ship was never in danger of collapsing.  That ship was built to withstand any storm.

Starting an organization like R.E.A.C.H. Utah / Utah Pirate can be as adventurous as facing a storm.  Mandy Brown and Tyler Young are the main strength behind R.E.A.C.H. Utah / Utah Pirate. Mandy, in particular, founded the whole idea and already had experience working with elementary schools. She formerly worked for the Utah Board of Education and is aware of the latest on curriculum standards and what teachers are in need of most.  Tyler joined the team in 2014, about a year after Mandy brought the organization into being.

Many other volunteers and people work with them including support from Dungeon Crawlers Radio and Paragon City Games.

Here are the R.E.A.C.H. Utah programs (from website):

King Arthur Anti-Bullying

King Arthur and his Knights come into your schools and classrooms to teach about the topic of anti-bullying. We not only teach how to deal with a bully, but also teach how bullying affects everyone involved.

Every Day Super Hero

We bring in various super heroes (such as Spiderman, Batman, or Wonder Woman) to teach that every person has a super hero inside. We also teach that being a super hero is more than just putting on a costume or having a super power.


We currently offer interactive lessons in Siege weapons, Pirates, including Pirate History, Map Making and Pirate Flags, the Medieval Time period and Renaissance time period. These lessons are taught by various characters.


We offer a creative writing class, where we emerge the students into a story line and have them finish out. Striking the imagination and helping them learn to use it.


We currently offer basic lessons in Renaissance art using Michelangelo. We construct an art challenge to show students how difficult it was for him to paint the Sistine Chapel.


We currently offer basic lessons in Siege weapon history, including the science, technology and math behind them. This lesson, kids get to use and fire siege weapons and make their own mini catapults.

So toss, tip, or take off your cap to R.E.A.C.H. Utah / Utah Pirate!

Take a picture anytime you see their ship at various events and parades.  Post on their Facebook page or your own page to show how far that ship has sailed.  Add the hashtag  #FoundTheShip.

We also have year-round events such as the monthly house concerts and the 5th Annual Story Crossroads Festival that will be on May 13, 2020.

Joint Journeys (Day 10–A-Z Blog Challenge)

Walk in Oslo, NorwayEnjoy all of these A-Z Blog Challenge posts. Versión en Español se puede encontrar a continuación o haga clic aquí para ir allí. Haga clic en mí para saltar a la parte española. Also look forward to the Story Crossroads crowdsourcing campaign May 1, 2015.

“J” is for Joint Journeys.

You have your goals.  We have our goals.  Brainstorm long enough and we will match somewhere in our goals.  As a result, we have “joint journeys.”

Sometimes those joint journeys travel the same path the whole time.  For others, the paths overlap for a moment.  In these times, we call out, “Safe travels!,” wish each other well, and thankful we had that time together.

The following community groups overlap journeys with Story Crossroads or other story ventures:

  1. Businesses
  2. Schools
  3. Senior Centers
  4. Libraries
  5. Cultural Groups

Consider what tends to be the most important focus for each of these community groups in the form of questions.


Their Goal:  How can we have more efficient business practices to increase productivity, establish stronger communications, and develop more engaging and caring leaders?

Our Goal Merged With Theirs:  How can we have an economic impact on the community?


Their Goal:  How can we educate the youth to be ready for the world as they become the leaders of society?

Our Goal Merged With Theirs:  How can we hone the natural creativity of youth to encourage problem-solving skills to help them through any situation in life?

Senior Centers

Their Goal:  How can we encourage seniors to enjoy better health both mentally and physically?

Our Goal Merged with Theirs:  How can we encourage seniors connect to their memories and life lessons to be preserved and cherished as part of their legacies?


Their Goal:  How can we excite the community members about the information available to them from around the world?

Our Goal Merged with Theirs:  How can we offer community members learning experiences from people within and beyond the area?

Cultural Groups

Their Goal:  How can our background and experience be respected by the rest of the community?

Our Goal Merged with Theirs:  How can we celebrate the different cultures found within and beyond our community to develop empathy and respect?

What is the answer to each of these questions?  Storytelling.

We know that storytelling can be a tool for each of these community groups to reach their goals.  So why are not more joint journeys happening between these groups and others storytellers and story enthusiasts?  Most likely, these groups were never invited.  When was the last time you had a conversation with someone from one of these groups and offered to have them travel with you to explore how storytelling could help?  We have people ready to embrace the art and get on stage.  Now we need people ready to be guides so that storytelling sees more than the stage.  Storytelling needs to be a deliberate part of society to solve problems and improve the human condition.

Do your community a favor and find a travel companion or two for that story road.

We appreciate Steve Evans granting permission to use the picture he took in Oslo, Norway.  You can find all of his images here:

Aquí lo tiene.

Walk in Oslo, Norway


Rogamos disculpen esta traducción al español que hemos utilizado un software de traducción. Estamos en proceso de hacer que las personas ayudar a traducir estos A-Z Blog Desafío puestos, así como todas las demás entradas del blog.

Tiene sus objetivos. Tenemos nuestros objetivos. Ideas suficientemente largo y nosotros le haremos un match en alguna parte de nuestros objetivos. Como resultado de ello, hemos “viajes”.

A veces esos viajes viajar por la misma ruta todo el tiempo. Para otros, la superposición de rutas un momento. En estos tiempos, que llamamos “viaje seguro! ,” deseo a cada uno, y agradecidos por haber tenido que pasar tiempo juntos.

Los siguientes grupos de la comunidad se superponen los viajes con Historia cruce otra historia o aventura:

  1. Las Empresas
  2. Las Escuelas
  3. Centros para la Tercera Edad
  4. Las Bibliotecas
  5. Grupos culturales

Lo que tiende a ser el más importante para cada uno de estos grupos de la comunidad en forma de preguntas.

Las Empresas

Su objetivo: ¿Cómo podemos  tener más prácticas de eficiencia empresarial para aumentar la productividad, lograr una mayor comunicación y desarrollar más atractivas y cuidar los líderes?

Nuestro objetivo se fusionó con la de ellos:  ¿Cómo puede haber  un impacto económico en la comunidad?

Las Escuelas

Su objetivo: ¿Cómo podemos  educar a los jóvenes para estar preparados para el mundo que se convierten en los líderes de la sociedad?

Nuestro objetivo se fusionó con la de ellos: ¿Cómo podemos  afinar la creatividad natural de los jóvenes con el fin de fomentar las destrezas para la solución de problemas para ayudar a ellos a través de cualquier situación en la vida?

Centros para la Tercera Edad

Su objetivo:  ¿Cómo podemos alentar los ancianos que disfrutan de una mejor salud mental y físicamente?

Nuestro objetivo se fusionó con el suyo:  ¿Cómo podemos alentar  los ancianos conectarse a sus recuerdos y lecciones de vida que debe ser conservado y apreciados como parte de su legado?

Las Bibliotecas

Su objetivo: ¿Cómo podemos  excitar los miembros de la comunidad sobre la información de que dispongan de todo el mundo?

Nuestro objetivo se fusionó con el suyo:  ¿Cómo podemos ofrecer los miembros de la comunidad experiencias de aprendizaje de las personas dentro y fuera de la zona?

Grupos culturales

Su objetivo: ¿Cómo pueden nuestros  antecedentes y experiencia ser respetados por el resto de la comunidad?

Nuestro objetivo se fusionó con la de ellos: ¿Cómo  podemos celebrar el encuentro de culturas diferentes se encuentran dentro y fuera de nuestra comunidad para desarrollar empatía y respeto?

¿Cuál es la respuesta a cada una de estas preguntas? Narración de cuentos.

Sabemos que la narración puede ser una herramienta para cada uno de estos grupos de la comunidad, a fin de alcanzar sus objetivos. Por lo tanto, ¿por qué no son más comunes que los viajes entre estos grupos y otros narradores aficionados y en la historia? Lo más probable es que estos grupos nunca fueron invitados. ¿Cuándo fue la última vez que usted tuvo una conversación con alguien de uno de estos grupos y les ofrecieron la posibilidad de que viaje con usted para explorar cómo la narración podría ayudar? Tenemos gente dispuesta a abrazar el arte y subo a un escenario. Ahora necesitamos gente dispuesta a ser guías de modo que ve más de la narración. La narración debe ser un acto deliberado de la sociedad para solucionar los problemas y mejorar la condición humana.

¿Su comunidad un favor y encontrar un compañero de viaje o dos para esta historia.

Agradecemos Steve Evans conceder el permiso para utilizar la foto de Oslo, Noruega. Usted puede encontrar todas las imágenes aquí: