Chris’ Corner – Scout Executive
Why Do We Serve?
| A major focus of November for many people is Thanksgiving. That holiday is about family|
and gratitude and for many people as the “official” start of the holiday season, November has a focus on helping others. Service to others is a core part of Scouting.
· Cub Scouts have about 10 hours of service for Required Adventures and another 7 hours for Elective Adventures
· Scouts BSA has 18 hours of service required for Rank Advancements, not including Eagle
· There are 156 service hours in the average Eagle Scout Service Project
For the number of Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA members in the Westark Area Council, that means that this year we will have about the following service hours:
· 7,339 Cub Scout Service Hours
· 2,172 Scouts BSA Service Hours – not including Eagle Projects
· 9,511 service hours in Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA
17,160 service hours for Eagle Scout Projects (110 Eagle Scouts average/year for last several years)
| “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.” |
The Scouting Program is designed to develop youth in six essential areas that help build them into the adults who can lead our cities and communities in the future. Besides Serving Others, the other five areas are: Mentoring, Lifelong Learning, Faith Traditions, Healthy Living and Building Character.
I am very thankful for every one of the 1,874 adult volunteers who are currently giving their time to help us shape and mold our youth today. Their efforts today leads to a much brighter tomorrow! Happy Thanksgiving.
Westark Area Council Registrar and Scout Shop Manager
I started working for the Westark Area Council in the Fall of 2006, as the Scout Shop Manager. I knew all about Girl Scouts but nothing about Boy Scouts. I still don’t know a lot about the actual working of the program, but I can sell you the products for you to learn. My duties included overseeing the two Scout shops and the trading posts at camp. The Springdale Scout Shop has come a long way since I started. We shared a building with a plumbing company when I first started. After two years, we were able to move to a shopping center and finally to its current location, The Shewmaker Center for Scouting. In 2009, I also became the Council Registrar. I am still responsible for the Scout Shops and Trading posts, but added membership, recording of training, advancements, eagle applications, website, event and summer camp registrations. I am also the person to send your Facility and Usage forms to reserve your camping weekend at Camp Orr and Rogers Scout Reservation.
My hobbies include Photography, Reading and Scrapbooking. My husband Nate and I celebrated our 29th wedding anniversary in May. We have 2 daughters, Elizabeth and Sarah. Elizabeth is a nurse at The Stephenson Cancer Center in Oklahoma City and Sarah is a Cardiac Step-Down Nurse at Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith. My husband retired in 2018, after working for 36 years for Halliburton Energy Services. The last 20 years in the Gulf.
Troop 380 Butterfield Trail District
|Matthew Weidman is a member of Troop 380, in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Matthew earned his Eagle Rank on 9/19/19. Matthew constructed a packed gravel patio surrounding a fire pit at the Fort smith Boys’ Home. He also raised funds to purchase a new, safer grill for the home. Matthew is also involved in the Subiaco Jazz Ensemble, playing the trombone. He is also a member of the Cross Country team, Future Business Leaders of America, an usher at Immaculate Conceptions Church and is a Lector for Mass at Subiaco Academy.|
Frank Johnson – Westark Area VP for Diversity
|In this role he works with staff and leadership to build programs that support the BSA Diversity & Inclusion Vision to partner with all families and communities in raising young people of high moral character, developing their leadership skills and preparing them to serve and thrive in a world of increasing complexity and challenge. Frank is currently the Senior Director, Global Investigations, Training and Development for Walmart, Inc. Prior to joining Wal-Mart, Frank Johnson was a police officer with the Fayetteville Police Department in Fayetteville, Arkansas for 25 years before retiring as Chief of Police in 2004.|
Upcoming Council Events
Visit www.westarkbsa.org/calendar for more information or for district event listings.
Westark Area Council, BSA
1401 Old Greenwood Road, Fort Smith, AR 72901
3409 Elm Springs Road, Springdale, AR 72762