Chris’ Corner – Scout Executive
Why is Scouting Important?
| Fall Recruiting is in full swing – and we all need to share the word about joining Scouting! Why?? Because Scouting makes a positive difference in the lives of youth. We could throw lots of statistics at this, but the bottom line is that parents will confirm that Scouting helps teach youth:|
· How to get along better with each other
· How to set goals and achieve them
· How to make new friends and have fun adventures with them
· How to respect and learn from positive adult role models
“Great changes in the destiny of mankind can be effected only in the minds of little children.” Sir Herbert Read
In the month of August – we held 88 recruitments and signed up 586 new youth. That’s 40 more youth less than last year with 2 less recruitments held. Of those 586 – there were 128 new Cub Scouts who are girls. That’s just 22% of the total youth recruited and 78% are still boys. This is great news, because that means we still have lots of kids to recruit into Scouting, both boys and girls!
| Please help us communicate to your friends and neighbors to help them understand that the boys and girls are in separate groups! Cub Scout Den Meetings are of *just boys* or *just girls* – so the youth are having fun and learning along side youth that are of similar age and gender. |
Share the video link above and if you want to see more videos that can be shared on social media about the impact of Scouting go to the BSA Brand Center at https://Scouting.webdamdb.com/bp/#/folder/4877804/ Also if you have any questions please email me at chris.daughtrey@Scouting.org, or contact your District Executive.
Thank you very much to Marty Mahan, Council VP of Membership and his team of volunteers and our staff for all their hard work and effort so far in our recruitments!
On behalf of our youth,
Springdale Scout Shop Employee
My name is Cade England and I have been in Scouts since 2009 when I joined as a Tiger Cub. Currently I am a Life Scout in Troop 116 in Fayetteville. Through Scouts I have participated in many events, my favorite being Sea Base. I started working at the Springdale Scout Shop in July and have enjoyed my time here since. I’m currently attending Fayetteville High School where I actively participate in Band, FFA, and multiple honors societies. In the future I plan to get my undergrad in marine science then pursue a career in Aquatic Animal Medicine.
Troop 122 Cornerstone District
|Christopher Abel age 17, has earned the Rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank within the Boy Scouts of America program. He is a member of Troop 122 chartered to First United Methodist Church in Rogers, AR. Christopher demonstrated leadership to others in a service project benefiting the Ozark Youth Shooting Sports Team. Christopher is also involved in Ozark Youth Shooting Sports and the swim team at Bentonville West High School. He is also a member of the National Honor Society. Christopher is a senior at Bentonville West High School. He was selected to help lead NYLT training this past summer.|
The Westark Area Council, Boy Scouts of America is a United Way member agency supported by the Fort Smith Area and Boone County United Way organizations.
The Mission of the United Way is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good. Their focus is to fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community.
We receive an annual allocation from our United Way partners that helps us meet the needs of the youth and families of our area. These funds are instrumental in helping us carry out Scouting’s mission.
Please consider contributing to your local United Way. You may make your donation to the United Way general fund to be shared by all of the partner agencies, or you may designate your United Way gift to the Westark Area Council. To designate your gift, please write in Boy Scouts, Westark Area Council, 1401 Old Greenwood Road, Fort Smith, AR 72901, on the Specific Agency or Initiative line on the pledge form. Your support is greatly appreciated!
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