Archive | September, 2006

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Nick Carris, New District Executive for Indian Nations Council

Posted on 24 September 2006 by admin

Indian Nations Council, Boy Scouts of America would like to announce that Nick Carris is the new District Executive for Oka-Tuli district, which includes McAlester, Eufaula, Wilburton, Poteau and Talihina areas in Southeast Oklahoma. Carris is an Eagle Scout from Troop 4 in McAlester, and has served as a volunteer for the Boy Scouts for a number of years. He has worked with all areas of scouting including Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Explorer Scouts, Venture Scouts and The Order of The Arrow, in which he is a Vigil Member, Golden Arrow Award, E. Erner Goodman Award and Founders Award recipient. Carris served as Assistant Scoutmaster, District Commissioner, Associate Lodge Advisor, Lodge Advisor for Order of the Arrow, Hale Scout Reservation Camp Commissioner, his most recent volunteer service was District Chairman for Oka-Tuli District.

Carris and his family, wife Joy, daughter Julia, and son Nicholas, all live in McAlester. Carris has lived in McAlester his whole life and spent many years in the insurance business until retiring in 1999. He has been involved in numerous civic activities including McAlester Lions club, past President, McAlester Chamber of Commerce, past President, McAlester Boys and girls Club, board member, and several committees and civic projects in and around the McAlester area.

“I am pleased to be the Scouting Professional for Southeast Oklahoma, and look forward to working with all the communities, volunteers, and youth in order to expand the programs, activities, and values The Boy Scouts of America has to offer our youth in this area,” stated Carris.

For more information on the scouting program or volunteering in the Southeast Oklahoma area contact Nick at 918-423-6897.

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Scouting Requirements Online

Posted on 23 September 2006 by admin

The National Council of the Boy Scouts of America has added a new section to their website.  The Early Rank Requirement Section features short videos that explain and demonstrate each of the requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class.  You can watch them on the website or download them for later viewing.

You can discuss the new videos at

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SEMA in Action

Posted on 16 September 2006 by admin

By John Gordon*

D’IBERVILLE, Miss. (UMNS)–Their red shirts and caps say SEMA, but they are not to be confused with staff of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, a federal organization that has been criticized for its sluggish response to victims of Hurricane Katrina.

SEMA stands for Scouting Emergency Management Assistance, a title coined by Boy Scout Troop 566, sponsored by Trinity United Methodist Church in Warner Robins, Ga.

“We’ve come here seven times now,” said Michael Hilton, 13, a member of the Georgia troop that rebuilds homes on the Mississippi Gulf coast.

SEMA’s latest project was to repair homes in D’Iberville, Miss., and to deliver $5,000 worth of equipment to the Waveland, Miss., Fire Department. Continue Reading

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