The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 6, 2010

Local, area Scouts work to make difference in their part of world

By Violet Hassler, Staff Writer

— When Boy Scouts of America was born in our nation, Enid was only a teenager itself, struggling to fit in to a state only three years old.

It didn’t take long to catch up.

As America celebrates a century of Scouting — Monday marks the 100th birthday of its incorporation in the United States — the Enid area is marking 90 years of its Boy Scout program.

Great Salt Plains Council was organized in 1920 to serve northwest Oklahoma. In 2000, the group merged with Will Rogers Council to form Cimarron Council, Boy Scouts of America, to reach across the northern tier of the state.

There have been notable men who have come from their ranks — senators and representatives, successful businessmen and everyday men who utilize lessons learned from Scouting every day.

A few chose to write about their experiences, and their stories are told in the following pages.

Their stories tell of national jamborees, fighting to keep bears away from campsites and a camaraderie between fellow Scouts that grew into lifetime friendships.

But the theme running throughout these tales centers on principles learned from Scouting that helped shape them into who they are and appreciation for mentors who gave of their time.

Violet Hassler, News & Eagle