Chris’ Corner – Scout Executive
Outdoors and Service
| As the weather starts to cool outdoor activities become a little bit more fun. Outdoor activities are at the core of what we do. That outdoor “laboratory” is where youth get a chance to experiment. Sometimes those experiments are successful, like a great breakfast cooked for your Patrol or Den. Sometimes those experiments are not, like burned bacon and pancakes that are still not cooked in the middle. All of those experiences, especially the ones that don’t turn out like expected, are opportunities for youth to learn. I still recall today, many, many years later – experiences I had as a youth on campouts. |
My encouragement to all of our leaders and parents is to “get out there and do.” Don’t let inclement weather stall or change plans. Letting our youth know that we can continue when it’s rainy and cold teaches them to persevere.
| With fall and the holidays approaching another core part of Scouting is brought to mind: service. Our council has for many years done Scouting for Food in the spring. This is purposeful to help the local food pantries and food banks in a time when helpfulness and donations may not be on the mind of the public as much. Try to find a way, even alongside a fun activity, to do a service project for your community this fall. Show our youth by example that helping others is important. |
“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”
Have a great fall and go out and have some fun and help someone!
Springdale Scout Shop Employee
My name is Aleks Lee. (Pronounced Alex for anyone having trouble with the spelling.) My Scouting journey started when my older brother, Quinton Lee (now an eagle Scout) and member of the US Navy joined as a wolf in pack 9 when I was 3 years old. I attended every meeting with him and at one point was even dubbed an “honorary junior cub Scout.” When I was in kindergarten my mother, Michelle Brewster-Townzen, volunteered to be the Den Leader for the Tigers despite me being too young and my brother being a Webelos. Nevertheless, I participated in every meeting and when the rest of the kids moved to Wolf, I stayed as a Tiger resulting in a running joke that I was the first kid to fail and repeat Tigers. I adored my time with Pack 9 and it still holds a special place in my heart.
After a few years in Boy Scouts I decided to join a Venturing Crew where I was the President for 2 years, after the crew was disbanded, I decided to join a troop and pursue my Eagle Scout Rank. While in high school I earned my black belt in Taekwondo and earned my Eagle Scout in 2017. I was also in Student Council, Show Choir, Theater company, played Hockey (and briefly Lacrosse) I have attended the Hugh O’Brian youth leadership seminar (HOBY) as well as the BSA Sea Base. A mixture of my life in Scouting, martial arts, HOBY, and my time working for the Samaritan Shop, a non-profit in Rogers, has cultivated in me a love of helping others and volunteering. This has led me back to Scouting as I am working to finish my training as an Assistant Scout Master for Troop 122G and I am now working at the Springdale Scout Shop. This is my way of giving back to the organization that has given me so much over the years. The entirety of Scouting has shown me the way towards being a truly good and productive member of society and in this regard, I do my best to obey the Scout Law and keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.
Troop 41 Butterfield Trail District
Corey Naegle is a member of Troop 41, in Paris Arkansas. He built a Buddy Bench to benefit the Paris School District, as his eagle project. Corey is also involved in Honor Societies,Athletics, Band, NHS and Trap Shooting.
2020 Friends of Scouting
| What is Friends of Scouting, and why is it so important to contribute to the annual Friends of Scouting Campaign? Two great questions! Friends of Scouting (FOS) is the annual giving campaign of the Westark Area Council, BSA, which provides the necessary funds to ensure a quality Scouting program for our youth. More specifically, by supporting FOS, you help us keep: The cost of our camps affordable Our Service Center and camping facilities in top condition Our promise of a quality Scouting experience to Scouting families The Friends of Scouting Campaign is a vital component to the programs and services of the Westark Area Council. It costs the Westark Area Council $250 to provide a quality Scouting experience to one youth per year. Parents of Scouts and community members play a vital role in the annual Friends of Scouting campaign by contributing money based on their interest in the program and their ability to give to this important component of the Scouting program. 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the Westark Area Council. Please help keep Scouting strong for the next 100 years by participating as a Friend of Scouting. You may contribute online today by clicking this link. |
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Upcoming Council Events
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Westark Area Council, BSA
1401 Old Greenwood Road, Fort Smith, AR 72901
3409 Elm Springs Road, Springdale, AR 72762