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Scout the Fox

How Scout Got His Name

The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) announced today that Mrs. DeVries’ Fourth Grade Class of Midvale School, Midvale Idaho are the winners of the IDPR Name the Mascot contest.

In celebration of their 50th Anniversary, IDPR launched a naming contest open to Idaho Fourth Grade Classrooms, for the agency’s newly adopted mascot.  The mascot, a red fox native to Idaho, will attend special events within Idaho State Parks and those sponsored by Idaho Recreation Programs.

Every Idaho Fourth Grade Classroom is invited to participate by submitting a name and narrative background story for the fox. One submission per class will be accepted. Three finalists were selected by IDPR staff. The finalists were subject to popular vote via social media.

Scout was submitted by Midvale Fourth Graders and selected from the 58 name and story submissions from classrooms across Idaho. Over 1,000 individuals participated in the online poll. Read Scout’s Story.

Learn more about the Name the Mascot contest.

  • Foxes are one of the most intelligent animals in the world. They are very sharp and can out-wit many of their predators. Because of this, they are also incredible hunters.
  • They can run at speeds of up to 23 miles per hour!
  • They utilize a lot of non-verbal communication, like tail wags and body posture.
  • Foxes use the earth's magnetic field to hunt.
  • They tend to be solitary animals, but are very playful when they choose to be!
  • The hardy arctic fox doesn't begin to get cold until temperatures reach an astounding -50 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Foxes make dozens of sound variations when they do communicate vocally.
  • The fox is highly adaptable to their surrounding environment and can live in various regions and are found all over the Northern Hemisphere. Much like an Idaho State, they are all over the place!