Chris’ Corner – Scout Executive
Happy Summer Scouts and Scouters!!!
Happy Summer Scouts and Scouters!!! Summer is a fun time in Scouting. It’s always fun to juggle Scouting activities, family time, vacations, and hopefully some “relaxing*” in there somewhere! *Maybe even relaxing at a Scouting event…! 😉
This summer has been a busy one for our programs in Westark Area Council. Our summer programs have had the following attendance:
Cub Scout Twilight Camp Attendance: 295 youth
Boy Scout Resident Camp Attendance at Camp Orr: 557 youth & 169 Adults – 726 total
National Youth Leadership Training: 43 youth
That’s 895 youth who have had an impact in their lives because of our programs this summer! (Note that the full official camping report will be done by September 1st which will include high adventure programs and info from our Scouts who attended camps outside of our council)
And – very importantly – all of our programs were operated in a safe manner under National BSA Camping certification/regulations, and we had no major accidents or injuries!
Since the summer is about half over – we are already looking to this fall and one of the most important times of our year: new membership recruiting! This fall will be very exciting with the full addition of Family Scouting and young ladies being able to be Cub Scouts in Kindergarten through 5th grade! If any leader or parent has any questions about what we can be doing now in the summer to get ready for a successful recruiting season this fall – please contact your District Executive, or you can email me at chris.daughtrey@Scouting.org.
Thank you all for what you do to support Scouting, whether it is through your funding, your support as an adult volunteer, as a parent, or even more than one of those areas!
Cornerstone District Executive
I was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on January 18, 1995 and I grew up Northeast of Tulsa in Claremore, OK. I am an only child and an interesting fact is that I was born on my parents 14th wedding anniversary! I currently live in Fayetteville, AR with my corgi, Bullet, who turned 5 in April. I am working on getting my Masters in Nonprofit Management through the University of Central Florida’s online program. Some of my hobbies include traveling both with friends and solo, crafting, painting, reading, and being outdoors hiking, kayaking or relaxing at the lake. A personal goal I had for myself this year was to read 30 books, and I am currently on book 17!
Growing up, I was a Girl Scout Daisy and Brownie until my troop disbanded. The closest troop was 45 minutes away in Tulsa, so I started attending Camp Fire Green Country day and resident camps instead. I was a camper at Camp Fire Green Country camps for 10 years where I participated in traditional camp activities as well as offsite treks including a multi-day canoe trip on the Illinois River and multiple caving trips across Oklahoma and Arkansas. In middle school, I completed their Leader-In-Training program and volunteered at day camps and events throughout the year. In December 2010, I joined a Venture Crew trip to Philmont Scout Ranch where we went backwoods winter camping. This was an interesting and unforgettable experience as there was not supposed to be any snow, so they did not send us with skis or snowshoes. However, the next morning we woke up to lots of snow and even hiked Baldy Mountain in a blizzard. During our last night camping, the wind chill dropped into the negatives. This was a trip I am so glad I got to experience despite the cold!
In 2011, I completed my Counselor-In-Training program at Camp Waluhili in Oklahoma. I was a camp counselor and riflery instructor at Camp Waluhili for 3 summers and volunteered at the range for a fourth summer. At the end of my Junior year of high school I was offered a Youth Board Member position with Camp Fire Green Country, where I served for 5 years. During the summer of 2016, I worked in Alaska for 3 months on the Kenai Peninsula as a Shooting Sports Specialist for Camp Fire Alaska. For college, I attended the University of Arkansas where I was originally admitted as an Architecture student. I was working at camp when I attended freshmen orientation in Fayetteville and decided then that camp had been a part of my life for so long that I knew I would be much happier changing my major to Recreation and Sport Management. It is a running joke in my family that I wanted to be a Camp Counselor when I grew up!
Throughout college, I worked at Teen Action and Support Center in Rogers, AR while also volunteering and being on the Board of Directors for Camp Fire Green Country back in Tulsa. I loved my time with TASC and getting to work with teens. It was during my time at TASC that I knew I not only had a passion for working with youth in the outdoors, but that I also loved the nonprofit sector. I graduated in December 2016 from the University of Arkansas. I fell in love with Northwest Arkansas during college and decided to stay in the area. I accepted a Program Specialist position with Girl Scouts – Diamonds in Rogers, AR in January 2017. I worked there for 2.5 years where I found program partners for Northwest and Northeast Arkansas. I also worked on developing their travel program where I took twenty 6th-8th grade girls to New York and worked with a group of High School girls planning a 15 day trip to Europe.
After 2.5 years, I was looking to advance my career, which is when I came across the position of District Executive. I am very excited to be here at Westark Area Council and I look forward to meeting everyone!
Troop 179 Ozark District
Ethan joined Troop 38 in Harrison in 2013. He achieved his Eagle Rank on January 10, 2019. Ethan’s eagle project was the creation and implementation of a Native Plant Material Pollination Garden at the entrance to the Conservation Center. This was done to attract migrating pollinators back to the area and surround and protect the monument at the entrance. This was also done to show visitors that native plants are easy to use and thrive in the area. Ethan has also been involved in honor societies, clubs, athletics and band. He is a member of the Harrison Rapids Swim Team and the Branson Waves Swim Team.
For more than 35 years, Trail’s End has partnered with the Boy Scouts of America to help local Scout Units and Councils raise the money needed to fund programs and activities throughout the year. Since 1980, over $4 Billion has been returned to Scouting.
The Westark Area Council will partner with Trail’s End again this year to provide Scouts and their families the opportunity to fund their Scouting adventure. In addition to helping Scouts earn their way, the popcorn sale also helps them build character, gain confidence, learn to set goals, money management, public speaking, and to overcome fear and rejection.
Our Scouts will have the opportunity to sell three different ways this year, our traditional Take Order Sale, where Scouts go door-to-door and take orders and deliver the popcorn at a later date; Show and Sell or Storefront Sales, where Scouts set up in front of a local store and have popcorn on-hand to sell; and Online Sales, where Scouts can communicate with friends and family members to make sales via the internet. The Online Sales popcorn is shipped directly to the customer.
Please remember, Scouts and their families are responsible for raising money for their units, so your purchase directly helps them earn the funds they need to participate in Scouting adventures.
The sale begins on September 14.
Upcoming Council Events
Visit www.westarkbsa.org/calendar for more information or for district event listings.
|August 9-11||OA Summer Encampment||Rogers Scout Reservation|
|August 30-September 2||Labor Day Weekend||Offices, Scout Shops, and Camps Closed|
|September 13-15||Wood Badge Weekend #1||Camp Orr|
|September 14||Popcorn Sale Begins|
|September 20-22||Climbing Instructor Training||Camp Orr|
Westark Area Council, BSA
1401 Old Greenwood Road, Fort Smith, AR 72901
3409 Elm Springs Road, Springdale, AR 72762