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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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Last weekend I finally got to feel that warm, fuzzy feeling that every Boy Scout parent looks forward to, a complete Eagle project. With football season finally behind us he was able to get things scheduled do the work. Drew tried to complete it in October but there was an event at the camp so we had to reschedule. Thirty eight people from the Troop, Crew and my work in addition to family showed up to help. It only took us about 4 hours and everything was complete. I was very thankful that we had so many people show up and give their time to make it possible. Next up, final Eagle board in December.
We spent a few hours last weekend hanging out with Cub Scout Pack 163. They had their annual Fall Pack Campout and Raingutter Regatta at Camp Sundance near Enid, OK. Recently, they purchased four Dutch ovens and wanted some help making desserts and breakfast for the Pack so they invited us to come and help. Actually, they invited my wife, Suzette, and the kids and myself just tagged along. I spent the day trying to get to know all of the new parents (and there are a lot) and the kids spent the day fishing. We hung around until dinner was finished and then headed home just before the campfire. It was great to see so may smiling faces and hang out with some old and now new friends. I can safely say that Pack 163 is doing great!
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!
Recently I posted about losing weight to go to Philmont. In looking for some help to do it I read the post on the True North blog by SM_Shawn about the Scout Nation Fit Club. I was interested so I posted a link to it on my Facebook page and challenged the Scouters I know to join me.
I received a response that totally caught me off guard. One of my Fraternity pledge brothers that I had not talked to in 19 years until we reconnected on Facebook offered to join me. Mark lives in Colorado and is a triathlete. He was a Boy Scout and has a son in Scouting that just crossed over to a Troop.
Mark offered to motivate me by riding 10 miles or running one mile for every pound I lose. I responded sure and just let it go as a nice jesture. This last weekend he sent me a message on Facebook that if I will message him how much I lost for the week he will hold up his end of the bargain. He was serious! I feel very motivated to have someone I have not seen in two decades willing to step up and do something like this for me. I am ready for week one to end so I get to hear about Mark sweating because of me.
A while back at the Troop meeting I asked the Scoutmaster if I could give the Scoutmaster’s Minute. He agreed and then the panic began.
Recently, it seems like the amount of volunteers at events has dropped to nothing. Last month at an Eagle project my son and a new scout were the only two youth to show up and help. To some that may seem like a lot but 2 Scouts out of 50 active youth is pretty pathetic. The same thing happened to another youth earlier in the spring.
So here I was sitting during the meeting wondering what I was going to talk about and how to do it without sounding like a nag. Well in walks a Scout with a flyer asking for help at an Eagle project that weekend. And with a little help from a Scoutmaster minutes book I have the whole thing planned.
The meeting runs like normal and the next thing I know it is show time! I asked the question about how Scouting started and to my surprise a Scout I never expected to answer told the story of William Boyce in the fog in London. And then I asked the question “what point of the Scout law was that Scout exhibiting when he showed Mr. Boyce where to go?” It just so happened that the new Scout that was there with my son at the Eagle project answered Helpful.
I then went on to talk about living the Scout Oath and Law in your everyday life and held up the flyer and asked who would be there to help. Several hands went up. The best part was Saturday when my son and I went to the project there were about 10 Scouts and a few parents there to help. I think they go the message.
I love it when God gives me the words to inspire without making a complete fool out of myself and I love it when a little motivational speech actually motivates!