April 2017

April 26th, 2017

Scouting for Food Collects Record Donations for Local Food Bank


Scouts and volunteers in the Ozark Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America finished the annual ‘Scouting for Food’ drive in March with their best collection year to date. Each spring the Council partners with Ozarks Food Harvest in Springfield, as well as several other local food pantries in the area, for their largest community service project of the year. Scouts and volunteers set up collection points in front of grocery stores as well as deliver and pick up bags in neighborhoods to collect food donations for the community.

“Scouting has a long-standing mission of giving back to the community, and we look forward to this project each year because it creates an immediate impact in the lives of our neighbors here at home” – John Feick, Scout Executive/CEO

In 2017, Scouts worked the entire month of March and collected a record number of 38,342 pounds of donations, which will equal over 31,952 meals provided to families in the community, according to Ozarks Food Harvest. That number exceeds the 2016 amount of 32,178 pounds and 27,000 meals.

“We’re so proud of the area Boy Scouts and their record collections during this year’s Scouting for Food. Their dedication to helping our neighbors in need will allow us to provide more than 32,000 meals” – Bart Brown, President/CEO of Ozarks Food Harvest



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.