January 2017

January 31st, 2017

Membership Policy Update

As one of America’s largest youth-serving organizations, the Boy Scouts of America continues to work to bring the benefits of our programs to as many children, families and communities as possible.

hile we offer a number of programs that serve all youth, Cub Scouting and Boy Scouting are specifically designed to meet the needs of boys. For more than 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America, along with schools, youth sports and other youth organizations, have ultimately deferred to the information on an individual’s birth certificate to determine eligibility for our single-gender programs. However, that approach is no longer sufficient as communities and state laws are interpreting gender identity differently, and these laws vary widely from state to state.

Starting today, we will accept and register youth in the Cub and Boy Scout programs based on the gender identity indicated on the application.  Our organization’s local councils will help find units that can provide for the best interest of the child.

The BSA is committed to identifying program options that will help us truly serve the whole family, and this is an area that we will continue to thoughtfully evaluate to bring the benefits of Scouting to the greatest number of youth possible – all while remaining true to our core values, outlined in the Scout Oath and Law.

If you have questions pertaining to this issue, please contact our Scout Executive, John Feick via email johns.feick@scouting.org or phone 417-883-1636, ext. 235. He will work to answer your questions as best he can. 

September 2016

Ozark Trails Council Recognized for Excellence in Marketing

Pictured above: David Doran (Ozark Trails Council Executive Board), Angela Smith (Owner, AdSmith), John Feick (Scout Executive/CEO), Jared Alexander (BSA Special Projects Director), Shannon Perryman (VP of Creative Services, AdSmith)

SPRINGFIELD—The Boy Scouts of America Ozark Trails Council received national recognition at the 18th Annual President’s Marketing Awards. The local Boy Scouts division was awarded Best Mobile Campaign, as well as an honorable mention for Best Website.

“We are incredibly honored by this recognition,” said John Feick, Boy Scouts of America Ozark Trails Council Scout Executive. “There was such a tremendous display of talent among the fellow nominees and winners, all in celebration of an organization that has a lasting impact on the lives of boys and young men in our area.”

The 2016 PMA evaluated and judged all applicable entries for their excellence in marketing on behalf of the Boy Scouts of America, creativity, and alignment with national brand standards.

Feick additionally thanks the marketing professionals at ADsmith Marketing & Advertising, who designed The Boy Scouts of America Ozark Trails Council website and worked alongside them in initiating the mobile campaign.

“We can’t thank the ADsmith team enough,” said Feick. “Their dedication, personal involvement, and support of the Scout’s mission helped make this possible.”

Scouting’s programs and outdoor adventures give young people the opportunity and freedom to explore a world beyond the boundaries of everyday life. It presents them with chances to try new things, provide service to others, build self-confidence and develop leadership skills.

These experiences not only help Scouts while they are young, but also stay with them throughout their adult lives, growing into exceptional men and women that respect their family, community, religion, country and themselves.