Chris’ Corner – Scout Executive
Thanks to Walmart and volunteers and recruitment season is here!
| This summer we had a very special opportunity thanks to Walmart and the Walmart Foundation. They conducted a one-time special campaign to promote volunteerism and giving in northwest Arkansas called “NWA Gives.” |
If you are a Walmart Associate you know that a long established program in Walmart is that is you give your time to a nonprofit the foundation will match your time with funds, typically at $10 per hour given. What made the NWA Gives campaign so special is that they opened up so that any person who logged hours in their tracking system could get a $10/hour match- – even if you are not a Walmart Employee!! So-we organized and communicated with our Scouting volunteers and logged hours for weekly meetings over the summer, Cub Scout Twilight Camps and even Scouts BSA Summer Resident camps. The result was awesome!!! We had 11,231 hours logged through 559 separate “impacts!!” If you also take into account there were some Walmart employees who made financial contributions-which also got a match-the Council is going to receive just over $125,000 from the Walmart Foundation!!
Special thanks goes out to all the volunteers who helped us log their time given to Scouts this summer and also extra special thanks to Mark Puente who helped us get approval to log hours for summer resident camps! This special campaign is going to really help us reach more youth with the values and fun of Scouting!!
|“Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve…. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” Martin Luther King, Jr.|
|Speaking of reaching more youth for Scouting – Fall Recruitment is upon us!! One special thing we are doing this year is Geo-fencing around our Cub Scout Recruitment Events with Facebook advertising. If you don’t know what that means is Facebook users logged in within “x” miles of the School where recruitment will occur will receive a message either in Facebook or on their phone alerting them to the upcoming recruitment. The ads are scheduled for one week before and one week after the set recruitment date. Below is what one of the ads may look like:|
|If you have any questions about fall recruitment or how your Pack can get more youth in Scouting contact your District Executive by clicking here.|
Springdale Scout Shop Employee
I’m Sam Jones. I am a member of Troop 107 and a First-Class Scout. I have been involved with Scouting since the 6th grade. I am currently 16 and new to the Springdale Scout Shop. So far, I have enjoyed working and have been impressed with the great people I work with daily. I am currently enrolled at Providence Academy in Rogers, where I am actively involved in the band and newly emerging robotics program.
Troop 179 Ozark District
|Joshua joined Pack 53 in 2012, and then crossed over to Troop 1989 in 2014. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout on July, 9, 2019. He is a member of Troop 1989 chartered to Southern Thunder Trucking in Greenwood, AR. Joshua demonstrated leadership to others in a service project benefitting The South Sebastian Historical Society. Joshua is also involved in Marching Band, Jazz Band, National Honor Society and the Bowling Team. Joshua attends Greenwood High School.|
Jame E West Fellowship
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.
To sustain healthy councils throughout the Boy Scouts of America and to deliver quality Scouting programs to youth, three fundamental pillars of Scouting must be sustained and increased: operating income, capital income, and endowment income. The growth and sustainability of all three pillars of Scouting will strengthen the platform on which Scouting is delivered to our communities throughout the Boy Scouts of America.
Encouraging major gifts to BSA local councils is one of Scouting’s highest priorities. It is one of the best ways to ensure that our council can continue to offer the outstanding programs it now has and also grow to meet the needs of the youth and communities it serves. In gratitude for such support, the BSA nationally offers distinct recognition awards. These awards are presented by the local council to donors.
James E. West was the first Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America, and he served in that position for more than three decades. The West Fellowship award is available for gifts of $1,000 and up in cash or marketable securities to a council endowment fund. The gift must be in addition to—and not replace or diminish—the donor’s annual Friends of Scouting support. Many individuals and corporations make these gifts either on behalf of someone else—such as in honor of an Eagle Scout, Silver Beaver recipient, a retirement, a special accomplishment, or anniversary—or in memory of a special individual. If an institution is truly “the lengthened shadow of one man,” it is more than fitting that the BSA honor James E. West’s major contributions to Scouting in such a significant way.
The James E. West Fellowship Award is an attractive 8 X 10 inch certificate, personalized with the honoree’s name, date of gift and presented in a bound leather presentation folder. In addition, there is a distinctive lapel pin and an embroidered square knot. Each honoree’s name will be engraved on the James E. West Fellow plaque permanently on display in the Hembree Scout Service Center. The recognition is immediate and may be presented after the commitment is made to become a James E. West Fellowship member. Payments may be made over a 4 year period.
Upcoming Council Events
Visit www.westarkbsa.org/calendar for more information or for district event listings.
|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|
|October 4-6||OA Fall Ordeal||Camp Orr|
|Oct 11-13||Weekend on Ropes||Camp Orr|
|Oct 23||Popcorn Orders Due to Council|
|Oct 25-27||Wood Badge||RSR|
Westark Area Council, BSA
1401 Old Greenwood Road, Fort Smith, AR 72901
3409 Elm Springs Road, Springdale, AR 72762