Huffman returns to HOAC

From the Council President….a Shawnee Trails Scouter himself.

Heart of America Council Scouters,

I am most excited to share with you that following a thorough and thoughtful nationwide search we have selected a new Scout Executive for the Heart of America Council.

Please join me in welcoming Richard “Brick” Huffman, Eagle Scout, Sachem Little Rolling Iron Quill back to Kansas City.

He grew up in Belton, MO. He has held a variety of Scouting positions around the country. Cedar Rapids, IA,

St. Cloud, MN, St. Louis, MO, Kansas City, MO, Amarillo, TX, and most recently as Scout Executive for the South Florida Council in Miami Lakes, FL.

I look forward to working with Brick as he leads us forward to ensure that we have a Scouting program that is building tomorrow’s leaders today.

I thank all of you for your contributions and support of Scouting here in the Heart of America Council.


Zachary H. Shafran

Council President

Heart of America Council, BSA

Touching Tribute at Roundtable

About a month ago, two of our scouts; a tiger and a bear, now a webelos scout, lost their mother. She made beautiful things out of glass…so many beautiful things. Their house is covered with gorgeous colored glass decorations she made.

At the February Shawnee Trails Roundtable, Pack 3398 was presented the Commissioner’s Traveling Staff. The walking stick presentation recognizes the Unit bringing the most to Roundtable each month. In February, Pack 3398 served as the Service Patrol for the monthly meeting with Troop 428.

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A letter to new Tiger Leaders

From Frank

Hello Tiger Leaders:

Where were you when you volunteered for Tiger Den Leader?

Think back, was it a deer in headlight moment? What have I done now? What do I do?

How many Packs have Tiger Den Leaders ready for duty? Read More

Eagle is important…

…but it’s not everything

223px-First_Class_(Boy_Scouts_of_America).svgThe short version:

If you give a First Class Scout a tent, a sleeping bag, and a backpack that is properly stocked (food, water, a first aid kit, a compass, a map, a knife, matches, cooking utensils, rain gear, a change of clothes, etc.), you can drop that Scout in the woods anywhere and he’ll be able to take care of himself for three days and find his way home safely.

And probably have fun along the way.

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Recognition for doing your best

From Frank

Cub Scouts, even boys of the same age, may have very different developmental timetables. For this reason, Cub Scouting advancement is centered on its motto: “Do Your Best.”

When a boy has done this, his very best, then regardless of the requirements for any rank or award, it is enough; accomplishment is noted.

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Resource: Pinewood Derby Tips

Most fun? A Scout makes his own car.

The Internet is full of resources for Cub Scouts wanting to make a better, faster Pinewood Derby car.  (Not surprisingly, the best source for this is Boys’ Life.)

But what about parents and Scouters wanting to plan a better Pinewood Derby?

I’ve got you covered with these 10 Pinewood Derby planning tips. Read the Full Story!

Girls Welcome!

On October 11, 2017, the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America’s Board of Directors unanimously agreed to welcome girls into its Cub Scout program and to deliver a Scouting program for older girls that will enable females to advance and earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout.

Starting this year (2018), families can choose to sign up their sons and daughters for Cub Scouts. The Chartered Partner (your sponsoring church, school, or other sponsoring organization) of our Cub Scout packs will have the option to invite girls now, wait until this fall, or remain a single-gender pack.

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Why am I here?

“I’m not a Tiger Leader, why are these people bothering me?”

Question-mark-faceThe simple answer: You’re a Scouter in the Shawnee Trails District of the Heart of America Council.

We are working to communicate with all Scouters in the District more frequently, on your terms, to provide better resources and opportunities for you to improve and grow Scouting in Kansas City.

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Muggle Friendly Blue and Gold

Nancy Burke is the Cubmaster of Pack 19 of Dallas, and her pack’s Harry Potter-themed banquet thrilled visitors young and old.

Source: Scouting magazine

Resource: Mentors Are Here For You

White TigerBeing a new scout leader can be overwhelming. New duties, trusted with other people’s kids, expected to make everything fun?  It can seem like a lot. As mentors we’re here to help.
Sometimes we’ll be able to help more than others, but when a new leader is just getting started is when our help is critical.

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