Buckskin Council Courier
The Buckskin Council Courier is our quarterly newsletter, and is full of information for upcoming events at both the Council and District levels.
Warm weather is now upon us, and that means summer is fast approaching. With summer
comes a plethora of outdoor activities for Scouts of all ages. Boy Scout Summer Camp, Summit Trek,
Cub Scout Family Camp, Webelos Weekend, Cub Scout Day Camp, and Cub and Webelos Resident
Camps all offer the same big prize in Scouting. They offer the “OUT” in Scouting! Young people don’t
join Scouts to learn to be better citizens, to deepen their faith in God, or to develop good character
which will help them grow to be the best, and the most they can be as adults. No, they join for fun, for
the adventure, the excitement, and they find that in the great outdoors.
So are we doing everything we can to make sure they get to camp? I ask you to commit yourself to do just that.
Make sure that every Scout within your sphere of influence gets to camp. Wonderful things will happen if you do so.
Scouts of all ages have some things in common. If they attend camp in the summer they are much, much more likely
to stay in Scouting for another year. And studies have shown us that Scouts learn all kinds of wonderful things when they
attend camp. Things like learning to work as part of a team, learning to be good leaders, learning new skills and new hobbies.
They learn to be more self-sufficient, have more respect for nature, and have more confidence in themselves. And they have
Simply put, a Scout without a camping experience in the summer just is not getting his due. We call him a Scout, but
he does not get the big prize. He does not get to participate in the biggest and most important event of Scouting.
Camp! It’s almost always the main reason they join Scouting, and it is the best Scouting has to offer. Let’s get them
all to camp. I hope to see you there too.
Good Scouting to You and Yours,
Jeffrey L. Purdy
P.S. Don’t forget. All Buckskin Council volunteers can “BYOL” (bring your own lunch) and join me for lunch at the
new H. Bernard Wehrle Sr. Scout Leadership Service Center on Thursday, May 5 at 12 noon. We will have just restarted
administrative and Scout Shop operations the day before, so you will have to excuse the dust, mess, and confusion that
comes from moving, but what a great opportunity to get into the new building , have candid conversation with me, and get an
unofficial tour of the facilities. Unofficial because we will have a dedication ceremony later this year, which I hope you will
Volunteers are the heart of scouting, and in the Buckskin Council we have a group who quietly serve you by making sure the newsletters and other key communications are prepared, labeled and mailed. We always look forward to seeing these volunteers in the council office, and we think it is important to let our leaders know who these folks are so you can thank them when you see them!
The person who leads the charge is Bonnie Starling!
The Courier March helpers were, Art Altman, Phil Gaarenstrom, Jack Robertson, Carleton Starr and Grace Tolbert.
The Newsletter is folded on the last Tuesday of each
month, between August and May, starting around 8:30 and ending around noon.
If you would like to join this great group of people, call the Scout Service Center at 304-340-3663 and let us know. We would greatly appreciate your help.