Category Archives: Good Turn
One of my favorite events we do as a district is to place flags on the graves of our fallen Veterans. It is hosted by our Order of the Arrow Chapter and open to all Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers. In recent years we have done this service for a cemetery in NW Oklahoma City. When I called this year to let them know we were coming they informed me that they had agreed to allow a different group to do it. Needless to say the Scouts in our OA Chapter were disappointed when we told them we would not be doing it this year. On Tuesday, we got a call from Fairlawn Cemetery asking us if we could help them put out flags. Without hesitation we agreed. We had a light turnout but not too bad for 48 hours notice. While there I made an arrangement to do this every year for the cemetery. The Scouts will be happy to know we have a permanent place to honor our nations veterans for years to come!
Yesterday was a very surreal day in Oklahoma City. It is the third time in 14 years that I sat and watched Mother Nature rip through the city of Moore and the second time it was something I couldn’t believe I was actually watching. My heart goes out to those affected with such great loss and for some the ultimate loss of life.
Please pray for the people of Moore and the surrounding area as they try to put their lives together yet one more time.
I know there are Scouts and Scouters in the Last Frontier Council and all over the country poised and ready to help and soon you will see the Boy Scouts of America out setting the example.
Updated 1:03 p.m. May 14 with info on need for volunteers at May 21 event. See bottom of post.
Eldon Fossey, Scoutmaster of Troop 75 in Moore, Okla., was at work when the deadly tornadoes passed through yesterday, killing at least 24 and leaving horrific damage.
As soon as they got the all-clear, Eldon’s boss told everyone to leave. It took Eldon two hours to make the seven-mile drive home.
Thankfully, his house was three-quarters of a mile north of the tornado’s path. Other people in his life weren’t so lucky. A Scout in Eldon’s troop and Eldon’s brother-in-law had their houses completely leveled. When I talked to Eldon, he was on his way to his mother-in-law’s house, which was still standing but no longer structurally sound.
Understandably, Eldon had little to report as he focuses on helping his immediate family. But, thankfully, he didn’t know of any deaths in…
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About 10 years ago a change was made in our OA Chapter that had our OA Crossover teams going to each Pack and conducting individual crossovers at the Blue & Gold Banquets. For the Arrowmen in our Chapter that meant that we had to visit 10-15 Blue & Gold Banquets and spend lots of time away from our personal lives.
Last year we made the decision to move to a single, district-wide crossover ceremony that would include all of the Packs and Troops in the district. Last weekend our Order of the Arrow Chapter Hosted our first District-wide crossover. We held it at our local Scout camp at the Council Ring and held a short reception after the crossover was complete for the new Boy Scouts and their families.
Overall, I think things went very well. We had 19 Webelos Scouts registered and 15 attended crossing over to 4 different Troops. We had close to 100 people in attendance. The whole thing would not have been possible without the efforts of a lot of people. In particular the Arrowmen of the Kittakima Chapter. Thanks to everyone that played a part in making it a great success. I can’t wait to see this event grow next year!
Just a quick update on Drew’s Eagle Project. He is headed to the Eagle Board of Review on Tuesday to have his project proposal approved. If it is approved he hopes to complete the project sometime in the next 30-60 days depending on his fundraising and donations. He will be rebuilding a parking lot and making it handicap accessible. The project is located at Camp Dakani which is a local Camp Fire camp. It has been a long road and hopefully he is just one step closer.
Living in Oklahoma can be a real blessing at times but a real nightmare at others. It is typically decent during most of the ‘winter’ with high temps in the 40’s and 50’s. The trade off is summer time temps usually around 100° and rain no where in sight. Those two things combined turn Oklahoma into a tinder box.
This last week we had several wildfires and many people lost their homes. A fellow Scouter in Luther, OK lost her entire home, all while she was in Michigan attending NOAC. This got me to thinking about how I could help.
On Saturday, we received an email from the Last Frontier Council that the American Red Cross has asked the Boy Scouts to build 250 Sifter Boxes for the fire victims to use to search the remains of their houses. Without hesitation I called the contact and asked what I could do to help. We made arrangements to get everything purchased and setup a time on Sunday to build the boxes. I emailed our Troop and Crew and he included our build in a council email and we were all set.
On Sunday morning I went with another Scouter and my two sons and we purchased all of the supplies for the build. Later that afternoon we had 40+ Scouts and Scouters show up at our house to build the boxes. We had Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers working together towards one goal. We had committed to making 40 boxes and I figured it would take most of the day but to my surprise we were done and headed to deliver them to the red Cross in just over two hours.
It was a fun and meaningful project and just another reason I am proud to be part of the Boy Scouts of America!
Today the family and I participated in an annual Independence Day Parade that our Troop serves as Color Guard for every year. We all had a great time.
This weekend I went with my son and our OA Chapter Adviser to the Ma-Nu Lodge good Turn weekend to Dripping Springs Scout Camp which is one of the Last Frontier Council’s camps. We live in a very blessed Council as we have six properties for our Scouts to utilize.
About 90 people, Cubs, Boy Scouts and adults, from around the Council camp to help clean up the camp from the winter month as well as get the camp ready for this summer’s Cub Scout Day Camp for the District in the Western part of the state.
Most of the day involved picking up fallen limbs and sticks and running them through a wood chipper. The work wasn’t too tough but we worked up a sweat none the less. We had Scouts that ranged from 8 to 18 and adults helping as well.
There was one Scout that really caught my eye. While I was running the chipper with two Chapter Advisers I noticed this very hard working Cub Scout. It seemed that every time I turned around to take the limbs and sticks from the Scouts he was standing there. I watched him all day and he always had a smile on his face and he rarely sat down. I mentioned to our Chapter Adviser that he was the hardest working Cub Scout I had ever seen. He agreed. He displayed what service was all about and brought a smile to my face. He will make a great Arrowman one day and our Lodge will be better with him as a member.
Following a great dinner of pulled pork and brisket we attended an OA Brotherhood ceremony. It was a beautiful night with many stars in the sky. Just before sundown you could hear the turkeys gobbling in the distance and in the middle of the ceremony the coyotes started calling and they were literally all around us. It was a memorable ceremony.
Overall it was a great weekend and it did a lot to recharge the Scouting battery.