In 1922, H. Roe Bartle was the first Scout Executive of the Central Wyoming Council at Casper.  Scout executives were encouraged to find ways to enhance the Scouting program, and honor Scout organizations were developing across the United States.
 Bartle became interested in the many Native American tribes near Casper.  A local Shoshone chieftain, who was also a Scoutmaster and interested in Scouting, became friends with Bartle.  Eventually, this chieftain inducted Bartle into his tribe, and gave him the name Lone Bear.
Bartle held a special meeting with his Shoshone friend, a Sioux and an Arapaho to determine the right name for a new concept in honor camper programs.  They named it “Mic-O-Say,” meaning deep, abiding and everlasting friendship and warmth of the heart to reach down and lift up those who are younger and weaker.  We now shorten this concept to the phrase “Friendship and Warmth.”
The Shoshone Chief Lone Bear began a simple program for older Scouts in his troop.  The symbol of membership was a walrus tooth.  Bartle changed the concept to the eagle’s claw, more representative of the highest rank in Scouting.
In 1925, Bartle was selected as Scout Executive in St. Joseph, Mo.  He brought with him the ideas and experiences gained through his relationships with the Native Americans in Wyoming.  In May 1925, at the conclusion of a Boy Scout training program in his new council, Bartle awarded single eagle claws to boys and leaders that he felt were worthy.  Eventually, this led to the development of the Tribe of Mic-O-Say, which still exists in the Pony Express Council.
Bartle transferred again in 1928 to the Kansas City Area Council, and Bartle founded the Mic-O-Say program in this council as well.  The Tribe of Mic-O-Say took off quickly, first at Camp Dan Sayre near Noel (a town that is now in Ozark Trails Council) in 1929, then at the new Camp Osceola in 1930, just north of the Ozark Trails Council boundary.  That 4,000-acre camp is now called the Bartle Scout Reservation and the Tribe of Mic-O-Say thrives there.
In 1999, the Ozark Trails Council Board approved the establishment of Mic-O-Say or a similar program at Camp Arrowhead.  The Tribe of Lone Bear was born at Camp Arrowhead with a Founding Ceremony and a Chieftains Ceremony on July 11, 2000.  The Tribe of Lone Bear at Camp Arrowhead, while based on the principles of the Tribe of Mic-O-Say, is a separate program for the benefit of Scouts at Camp Arrowhead.
The first Chieftains of the Tribe of Lone Bear were: Scout Executive Dean Ertel, Chief Dancing Rainbow on Sparkling Waters; Gene Hartley, Presiding Chieftain Far Seeing Black Oak; and Kevin Mitchelson, Chieftain Screeching Eagle.  The tribe honored Jimmy Bartle Taylor of Fort Worth, Texas, daughter of H. Roe Bartle, by elevating her to Chieftain Lone Bear Princess in 2002; she died in 2008.  Directing Medicine Man Shoots-Straight Talker, Lyle Morgan, became a Chieftain in 2005. Shawn Harris, Keeper of the Wampum Great Wise Owl of the Night, became a Chieftain in 2015.
While we are not a part of the Tribe of Mic-O-Say at the Bartle Scout Reservation, we share its history, its customs and traditions, and a kinship spirit of friendship and warmth.  Any Tribesman of Mic-O-Say or similar tribes in other councils is welcome at Lone Bear ceremonies.

Leadership History 

2012-Present: John Feick (Chief Wombley)

Presiding Chieftain
2000-Present: Gene Hartley (Chieftain Far-seeing Black Oak)

2000: Kevin Mitchelson (Chieftain Screeching Eagle)
2002: Jimmy Bartle Taylor (Chieftain Lone Bear Princess)
2005: Dr. Lyle Morgan (Chieftain Shoots Straight Talker)
2012: Dean Ertel (Chieftain Dancing Rainbow on Sparkling Waters)
2015: Shawn Harris (Chieftain Great White Owl of the Night)

In addition to the Chiefs and Chieftains, many others have led the Tribe in its daily operations at summer camp since the tribe’s founding in 2000. 

Directing Medicine Man - appointed by the Council of Chieftains; oversees day-to-day operations of the Tribe throughout the year; works with Council of Chieftains, Tribal Council, camp staff, professional staff, and camp ranger during off-season to prepare for camping season; attends Council of Chieftains meetings

  • Lyle Morgan, Medicine Man Shoots Straight Talker, 2000 – 2006
  • Frank Carlile, Medicine Man Bobwhite Singing in the Oaks, 2006 – 2017
  • Adam Bolyard, Medicine Man Climbs Mountains, 2017 - present

Presiding Medicine Man - a professional Scouter or paraprofessional appointed by the Chief; professional responsibility includes overseeing the summer camping program; position may be filled by a tribesman who is not a Medicine Man; serves as backup to the Chief in determining matters of BSA and council policy; attends Council of Chieftains meetings

  • Mike Eldred, Medicine Man Thundering Cannon Beside the Quiet Creek, 2000 – 2001
  • Jon Mendenhall , Medicine Man Adopted Son of Warm Walking Bear, 2007 – 2008
  • Kevin Walker, Keeper of the Wampum, 2011 - 2012
  • Jared Alexander, Medicine Man Silent Crow, 2013 – present 

Senior Medicine Man - appointed by the Council of Chieftains; advises the Directing Medicine Man and Council of Chieftains; attends Council of Chieftains meetings

  • Frank Carlile, Bobwhite Singing in the Oaks, 2017 - present 

Recording Tribal Council member - appointed by the Council of Chieftains and Directing Medicine Man; keeps the records of the tribe, including members, tribal names, ranks and responsibilities, coups, and contact information; trains others to use and update the tribal database

  • Lyle Morgan, Medicine Man Shoots Straight Talker, 2000 - 2003
  • Larry Hutsell, Medicine Man White Buffalo, 2004 – 2005
  • Shirley Scott, Keeper of the Wampum Warm Smiling Sunshine, 2005 - 2006
  • Mike Whitescarver, Medicine Man Square Tanner of the White Herd, 2007- 2010
  • Ian Martin, Medicine Man Gray Wolf, 2007 – present 

Directing Tribal Council Member – one is appointed each session by the Directing Medicine Man with approval of the camp director; runs the day-to-day operations of the Tribe of Lone Bear that session; works with the Lone Bear coordinator and volunteer Scouters to ensure the Lone Bear program accomplishes its goals. 

  • Many have served in this position, some multiple times, including (there may be others) Frank Carlile, Pat Scott, Nathan Carlson, Kevin Mitchelson, Gary Smith, Lyle Morgan, Bob Brown, David Brashers, Steve Wallace, Steve Becker, David Johnson, Ian Martin, Adam  Bolyard, Eric Mayer, Brian Batson, Mike Whitescarver, Richard Altheide, Clint Hunt, Mike Trantham, Don Lasley, Daniel Good, Pat Wiley, John Gerzen, and Sam Holliday 

Lone Bear Coordinator - member of the camp staff who helps coordinate activities of volunteer Scouters and camp staff members who run the Lone Bear program at camp; serves as liaison between volunteers, camp director and program director; helps train other camp staff members for Lone Bear roles; sets up council rings for ceremonies; does other duties as assigned and as necessary; teaches and helps test Called Braves and Called Warriors on dance steps and other aspects of the program

  • Darin Hargis, 2004
  • Adam Bolyard, 2005
  • Jared Alexander, 2006 - 2007
  • Aaron Whitescarver, 2008
  • Levi Crooks, 2009
  • Alex Burks, 2010
  • Jacob “Tank” Wiley, 2011
  • Zach Jones, 2012
  • Shane Sondermann, 2013 - 2014
  • Nick Johnson, 2015 - 2016
  • Peter “Obie” Oberwager, 2017