The Boy Scouts of America, International Division, has selected Philip Barnett of Bartlesville, OK to be a member of a United States Scout contingent traveling to Narita, Japan. Philip is one of only 36 Boy Scout, Venture, and Explorer Scouts from across the nation traveling with their adult leaders to Japan in February 2008. They will participate in the exchange program of the Scouting Association of Japan and the Boy Scouts of America.
In Japan, Philip will participate in a youth forum with Scouts from the Asia Pacific Region of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, an organization of some 25 nations. They will tour historic cities and ancient sites in Japan during their visit and learn more of the history and traditions of the Japanese people. In addition there is a hospitality visit with a Japanese host family.
Philip is a junior at Bartlesville’s American Christian School and is active in debate, athletics, and church activities. He is a Life Scout (currently working on his Eagle rank) with Troop 32 sponsored by the Bartlesville First Wesleyan Church. He has attended many other Scouting events including the National Boy Scout Jamboree, Philmont Scout Ranch, Florida Sea Base and various summer camps during his Scouting years. He has also earned his God and Country Award in addition to multiple merit badges. Philip learned more about International Scouting when he and his family hosted a Scout from France in their home last summer.
Dale Copeland, the local council international representative says, “Philip’s outstanding Scouting background makes him a terrific representative of Bartlesville and our Scout Council.” Philip is the son of Jerold and Gail Barnett of Bartlesville.
According to Chris Cook, council president, “This cultural exchange is part of a program initiated several years ago to increase the awareness of other cultures while providing the opportunity for Scouts from many nations to become friends with and learn from each other. Valuable insights and experiences result from these international Scouting events and lifelong memories and friendships are forged.”
The Cherokee Area Council or the Boy Scouts of America has served northeast Oklahoma since 1910. There are more than 2,700 young men and women who participate in Scouting activities in our region every year. More than 80 organizations sponsor Scouting units, which demonstrates the deep civic engagement of Scouting. Young people or adults who want to learn more about Scouting in northeast Oklahoma can visit the Council’s website at www.CherokeeBSA.org or contact the local Boy Scout Council Service Center at 918-336-9170.