April 19, 2018

Camp Arrowhead Receives Major Gift

Photo credit: Aaron J. Scott

Camp Arrowhead was selected as a 2018 recipient of the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Regional Grantmaking Program, a partnership between the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and Commerce Trust Company. the gift will help create an ADA campsite at Arrowhead for our special needs Scouts and their families.

"This is a very important gift for Camp Arrowhead.", says Jared Alexander, Development Director for the Ozark Trails Council. "Being able to create a space for Scouts and volunteers who are in wheelchairs or that require special medical equipment in order to have an overnight camping experience is a big step forward for us." Camp Arrowhead will use these funds to purchase 3 new canvas wall tents with steel frames large enough to sleep 4-5 people comfortably, but are designed to accomodate medical equipment, wheelchairs, and enough space for a caretaker or guardian in some cases.

"We have Scouts who come to camp now with a full-time caregiver, and to be able to give them a comfortable space to camp is a great thing for us to do.", says Will Scruggs, Camp Director at Arrowhead. Along with tents and frames, new cots and a Polaris UTV are being provided by the grant to provide transportation to the more remote areas of camp like the shooting sports or lakefront fishing areas. "These Scouts are just like everyone else," says Alexander. "They want to be at camp with their friends, and now that means they can camp in a real 'Boy Scout Tent' just the same as the rest of our participants."

Founded in 1924, Camp Arrowhead is located near Marshfield, MO, and is home to year-round camping opportunities for Scouts and their families in the Ozark Trails Council. For more information on programs at Arrowhead, visit www.camparrowheadbsa.org

May 2018 *Update*

The BSA Launches Historic ‘Scout Me In’ Campaign Inviting Girls and Boys to Experience Adventures Through a Cub Scout’s Point of View

May 2, 2018

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) made history today by unveiling the new Scout Me In campaign that features girls, as well as boys, in its iconic Cub Scout program for the first time. Starting this summer, all kids are invited to say, “Scout Me In,” as they join the fun, adventure and character-building opportunities found in Cub Scouts. The campaign presents an energizing Scouting experience that speaks to kids by putting them in the middle of the action. It also engages parents who are looking for ways to make the most of the time they have with their kids and help them to be Prepared. For Life.

The Scout Me In creative shifts the perspective by showing what it’s like to be a Scout from a kid’s point of view. Instead of simply showing Scouts participating in activities, the campaign brings the young viewer into the middle of the action – from fishing, biking and canoeing to launching rockets and making slime – where they get even closer to the experiences that Scouting brings to life.

“Cub Scouts is a lot of fun, and now it’s available to all kids,” said Stephen Medlicott, National Marketing Group Director of Boy Scouts of America. “That’s why we love ‘Scout Me In’ – because it speaks to girls and boys and tells them, ‘This is for you. We want you to join!’”

The Scout Me In campaign celebrates the BSA’s expansion to serve families and welcome girls and boys into Scouting in communities across the country. It reinforces that the mission and core values in the Scout Oath and Scout Law are welcoming, inclusive and foundational for both young men and women. Since announcing the BSA’s historic decision to welcome girls into Scouting, more than 3,000 girls across the nation have already enrolled in the BSA’s Early Adopter Program and are participating in Cub Scouts ahead of the full launch later this year.

“As we enter a new era for our organization, it is important that all youth can see themselves in Scouting in every way possible. That is why it is important that the name for our Scouting program for older youth remain consistent with the single name approach used for the Cub Scouts,” said Michael Surbaugh, Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America. “Starting in February 2019, the name of the older youth program will be ‘Scouts BSA,’ and the name of our iconic organization will continue to be Boy Scouts of America.”

The new Scout Me In recruitment campaign and creative approach was created by award-winning Dallas agency Johnson & Sekin, who also led efforts in the naming process supporting Scouts BSA. The Cub Scout and Scouts BSA program launch, led by Golin, will encompass a fully integrated strategy that spans paid, owned and earned channels.

“Scouting is deeply woven into the fabric of American life,” said Chris Sekin, Managing Partner of Johnson & Sekin. “It is a privilege to work with the organization to usher in its newest era that now includes all of our country’s youth and families.”

“We are excited to partner with the BSA to expand its impactful programs that are relevant to all families,” said Caroline Dettman, Golin’s Chief Creative and Community Officer. “We are thrilled that the mission and goal of the BSA’s programs to instill character and leadership is now a powerful promise for boys and girls alike.”

**MAY 2018 Update** Click Here for information on BSA Family Scouting Programs

Click Here for a Description of the Family of Scouting Programs


May 2017

May 23rd, 2017

Three Local Eagle Scouts Recognized as High School Valedictorians

Springfield, MO, May 23, 2017
The Ozark Trails Council is proud to recognize the academic achievements of three local high school students from Springfield. Ben Moore (Central High School), Sam Becker (Kickapoo High School), and Andrew Thomas (Glendale High School) have each been named as valedictorian of their graduating class in 2017. Uniquely, each of these young men is an Eagle Scout in Troop 235 chartered by Wesley United Methodist Church in Springfield, Missouri. It's an exceptional young man who is named valedictorian of his high school class, and even more exceptional that he has achieved such recognition alongside two fellow Eagle Scout friends from the same Boy Scout troop.

“These young men exemplify what it is to be an Eagle Scout. Not only that, they serve as a reminder to all of us that scouting is still a strong, thriving part of our community. Scouting has had a demonstrative effect upon American history, particularly in the areas of leadership, which can be seen in roles such as United States Presidents, Directors of the FBI, Directors of the CIA, military, astronauts and leaders in law, medicine and business industries. Regarding their commitment to individuality, academics and community service, I look forward to watching these young men excel in all future endeavors as they continue to reflect the values instilled in scouts across the country”
– David Doran, National Eagle Scout Association Chair for the Ozark Trails Council

In 2016, 142 young men achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, Scouting’s highest honor, throughout the Ozark Trails Council. Skills learned in the Scouting program have proven to translate to greater success in higher education and professional careers for those who become Eagle Scouts. “The Scouting program prepares kids for life.  Boy Scouts graduate high school and college at a much higher rate than non-Scouts.” Says John Feick, Scout Executive/CEO of the Ozark Trails Council. “From the time boys join Cub Scouts in the first grade, reading and education are entwined within Scouting’s method of developing young men and women into leaders and good citizens.” To date, only 4% of boys who join the Scouting program will achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. These three, and each of our Eagles, have added their names to a list of notable Eagle Scouts that includes former President Gerald R. Ford, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Jim Lovell, Stephen Spielberg and many others.

Each graduate has made plans to attend college this fall. Ben Moore will study biochemistry (University of Arkansas), Sam Becker plans to study physics and astronomy (Texas Christian University), and Andrew Thomas will study mechanical engineering (Missouri S&T). The Ozark Trails Council is proud to recognize their incredible achievement and congratulates each of them. 

“Congratulations to these three graduating seniors on their accomplishments.  Ozark Trails Council is proud of all of our Eagle Scouts and we hope that the skills and values that they learn through the Scouting program prepares them for continued success and achievement throughout their careers.” – Louis Griesemer, Board President of Ozark Trails Council