By Carol Mowdy Bond
On Friday, August 13, Boy Scout leaders of the Will Rogers District participated in a ceremonial ribbon cutting to showcase Boy Scout troops and packs that exist in Canadian County, and that have openings for both girls and boys.
Those present included Brian Spikes, who is the district executive for the Last Frontier Council, which includes central Oklahoma, and which includes all of Canadian County plus a small portion of one or more other counties.
As well, Catina Coleman was present, representing a girl’s troop and a boy’s troop, which are Troops 300 and 6300. David Liszeski represented Troop 300, and Brent Billerbeck represented Troop 390. Maddison Spikes represented Pack 395. Cianna Coleman, who is a district executive, represented Troop 6300.
Spikes said people in the community volunteer for scouting because they see it as a worthwhile endeavor. So, area scouts are prepping for a new community award and event.
“The Will Rogers District has a new annual award. We planned to start this last year, but the pandemic hit. So, this year we are going back to our plan, to annually honor someone in the community at a dinner, called the ‘Good Scout Dinner,’ who has been a big supporter for scouting in the area. The first award goes to Robin Hocker, who is also known as Chester the Clown. The event will be held September 14, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and we still need table sponsors,” Spikes said.
“Hocker has done a lot for Boy Scouts. He has employed several scouts in Piedmont. People like to hire scouts because of their character and leadership qualities. Hocker donates his land all the time for scouting purposes, and he did a lot last year because everything was closed due to the pandemic. He even allows us to use his party barn for meetings and ceremonies,” Spikes said.
Spikes said Boy Scout packs and troops already exist in Canadian County.
“We have eight packs and 10 troops all over the county, including in Yukon, Mustang, El Reno, and Piedmont. Troops are for those in middle school and high school. Packs are for elementary age students starting as young as age five or kindergarten. And we have programs until age 21. All our packs and troops in Canadian County are open to new members.”
About four years ago, Boy Scouts of America allowed girls to become members.
“A lot of families were doing Boy Scouts together as a family. And the sisters were involved, but not getting any credit or awards. So now girls can be members. We are very inclusive, and family friendly,” Spikes said.
In fact, Spikes is involved in Pack 395 because he and his wife have a daughter who is in Boy Scouts.
Spikes, who grew up in the Tulsa and Broken Arrow area, spent his younger years as a Cub Scout, and then went through Boys Scouts, and earned his Eagle Scout.
“The cool thing about scouting is the Eagle Scout project,” Spikes said.
The Boy Scout motto is “Be Prepared.” The Cub Scout motto is “Do Your Best.” Boy Scouts began in 1910 in England. In 1911, Boy Scouts crossed the big pond and came to the United States.
To find an area troop or pack for your son or daughter, or obtain other information, contact Brian Spikes at (405) 840-1114, or go to beascout.org.