Meet Your Council
Farooq Karim is currently working as the Outreach Chair and Capital Campaign Member for Last Frontier Council. His scouting journey started when his oldest son was in First Grade and became a Tiger Cub. As he became more involved with Pack 217, he would take on several different titles. His second son would eventually be in the Scouting Program as well. He was a Den Leader, Popcorn Kernel for several years, and even the Chair for the 89'er parade float. He recalls those times as great memories. The Dad's and boys would all congregate in someone's driveway to build a float that would also serve as educational for the boys as well. He recalled one year when the theme was "Alternative Energy". The scouts wanted it to be a tornado powered pickup truck, so they made the float the size of a full-size pickup with scouts making the tornado move.
He also told me about his fond memories of campouts, Pinewood Derbies, and the family races they always had with the pinewood derby cars. He enjoyed the Father/Son cake bake contest. They always made large cakes like pirate ships or a space cake that had a scene of Mars with Martians and a city being destroyed. He has been to campouts all over the state with his boys but a favorite one would be a campout to the Great Salt Plains, the boys had so much fun but they were filthy dirty and had to be hosed off to get the dirt off of themselves.
He first became involved with LFC by becoming a District Chair. He currently has a son that is an Eagle Scout and son that is a Life Scout. Scouting is a family affair; Mother took the boys to Northern Tier as well as Trappers Rendezvous campouts. He thinks it is a great program for families dealing with challenges because the camaraderie is so good between members and it is a wonderful program for both youth and adults alike! Farooq likes being a volunteer with Last Frontier Council on the Council Board because of the great fellowship and the way it strengthens friendships.
When Farooq is not out scouting, Farooq is a Vice President and serves as Director of Design for REES. He has a passion for working collaboratively with clients to develop creative solutions for their projects. As both an architect and interior designer, Farooq can work with you to develop holistic and integrated design solutions for your project. Farooq is very involved in the community and participates in organizations such as Leadership Oklahoma, Leadership Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma City Arts Council, Boy Scouts of America, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence and many others. Farooq has been with REES for more than 23 years. He also holds the distinction of being the most committed college football fan in the office, having not missed a home football game for his favorite team since 1975. As an Artist he has donated pieces of his artwork for a very successful Facebook raffle for the Food Bank.
Bill Ford has been involved with scouting practically his whole life from Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Explorer Scouts. He became an Eagle Scout on March 13, 1959. As an adult he remained busy with scouts filling several different leadership positions including; Last Frontier Council Board, Canadian Valley District Chairman, Friends of Scouting for many years, and Scoutmaster 404 – First Baptist Church. He became involved with Last Frontier Council on an adult basis after moving back to Shawnee and getting married in 1967 and volunteered to help. Currently hi sits on the Last Frontier Council Board as a Life Member and assist with the annual Friends of Scouting program in Canadian Valley. He also helps with the Gathering of Eagles that recognizes the new Eagle Scout recipients for the current year.
Among his favorite scouting memories would be taking his scout troop as Scoutmaster on two high adventure activities Philmont Scout Ranch and The Sommers Wilderness Canoe trip in Canada.
He likes volunteering with Last Frontier Council because there is a lot of satisfaction in seeing young boys get started in scouting and anything we, as adults/volunteers, can do to help with the organization and the programs that helps boys and girls is most important. He considers the best part about working with the Last Frontier council they let you become better acquainted with other volunteers and seeing firsthand the excitement and satisfaction with the young scouters as they participate in the program.
He believes to develop young leaders with good, strong, highly ethical, with good moral characteristics, is most important for the future of our country. It is most important that we all support this very worthwhile organization that has stood the test of time for over 100 years.
When he isn't scouting, Bill is busy with the Shawnee Milling Company where he has been for 53 years carrying out the duties of President and Chairman of the Board.
Gary Jones is a Last Frontier Council Member-at-Large. Gary is also a District Commissioner and a District Chair. When asked what your scouting history is, Gary had this to say; as a youth, I started scouting as a youth in the fourth grade. We had just moved from an all-black community and school to an all-white community and school. The Franklin brothers, my two sisters and I were the only African American students in the school or community. My mother wanting to help us adjust to the new environment enrolled me in scouts. It was the best thing to ever happen to me in my early life. It helped set the foundation for my future. My den mother Ms. Ainsworth created a welcoming environment and helped me meet my new best friends. This great scouting experience was followed by Mr. Smith my Webelo leader and then Mr. Morrison and Mr. Alford my scoutmaster and asst. scoutmaster. They too played an important role in helping a young boy adjust to an environment that was new and frightening. Because of this great experience, I wanted my two sons to have a similar opportunity. I began my scouting life as a tiger coach with my oldest son and then as he progressed in the scouting program, I took leadership roles to support him and his younger brother. I became a cub scout Den and Webelo leader, assistant scoutmaster and popcorn kernel, anything that was needed to help support our pack and troop. I even completed wood badge to help me be a better leader.
After 12 years as a scout leader with his sons, he took a break. Four years later, he was asked if he would be willing to help reintroduce and grow scouting in the African American and Hispanic communities in Northeast and South Okla. City. With a little convincing from his DE, he said yes. This began his third and current journey in scouting. He accepted the position of New Horizons District Chair which at that time included NE and South Okla. City. Seeing firsthand the need for more opportunities for the scouting experience, he helped create several after school scouting outreach programs in NE and South Okla. City. He also had active soccer in scouting programs on the south side.
His position as District Chair led to his first position with the LFC. One of the reasons he likes to volunteer with Last Frontier Council is the opportunity that we give to young boys to become successful and future leaders in our community. Without LFC, some of these young boys would not have been as successful. The best part about working with LFC is the commitment and continuous effort to find ways to provide the scouting experience to boys in our community and now girls who want to participate and benefit from the scouting program.
One of Gary's favorite scouting memories is the first day of the Adventure on the River Cub Scout Twilight camp. It was a partnership that the council has negotiated with the Boathouse District Foundation. He was asked to serve as the first Camp Director. He helped put together a camp that brought over 100 young boys from Northeast and South Okla. City together for scouting activities that many experienced for the first time in their life. We take it for granted the opportunity to shoot a bb gun or shoot an arrow. But we learned very quickly for many of our camp participants, it was the first time they had that opportunity. To see the enjoyment and excitement will always be a cherished memory.
When Gary is not Scouting, he is a Consultant with Jones Consulting Group working with nonprofits to help meet their Government Affairs objectives.
Jeremy Whitlow is the Field Operations FOS Chair. He has held the Friends of Scouting Chair during his time serving on the Executive Board for the Boy Scouts of America, Last Frontier Council. He became involved with Last Frontier Council upon completion of the United Way Board Serve Program. He likes to help volunteer with Last Frontier Council because there seem to be fewer and fewer options available to our youth today that instill the leadership skills and values needed to make them successful in life. Boy Scouts fully leverages all resources available to them to fill this need within our local communities. It is pretty amazing to see communities across Oklahoma come together to support a cause regardless of their background. In addition to the top-notch programming provided by Boy Scouts to our youth, the Last Frontier Council’s staff and Board is second to none. This makes serving the organization a true pleasure.
Jeremy Whitlow is currently serving as AVP, Senior Fixed Income Analyst at CE Investment Management. Jeremy is experienced in evaluating the financial stability of municipalities and corporations through the use of quantitative and qualitative analysis. He has been with American Fidelity family of companies since 2009 and has also served in Group Underwriting and Group Product Management during his tenure. Jeremy is a very driven, goal oriented and determined individual with a meticulous eye for detail. He is married to his high school sweetheart Michelle and they live in Oklahoma City with their three children.
Previously, Jeremy completed his MBA, Summa Cum Laude, at The University of Oklahoma in 2015 and BBA in Finance from University of Central Oklahoma in 2010.
Dr. Hal Yocum
Dr. Yocum, as a Board Member, brings to Last Frontier Council a wealth of experience. He has been a Health & Safety Chairman, VP of Program and International Representative. One of the things he likes about Last Frontier Council is all the great people he has had a chance to meet. He has worked with LFC for many years. Dr. Yocum is a Distinguished Eagle Scout.
Among his favorite memories would be in 1967 shortly after finishing medical school. He served on the Jamboree in Idaho and he has volunteered every Jamboree since then. Due to attending medical school and doing Army internships he has been involved in 9 different councils.
Dr. Yocum is a true testament to the Scouting program. He joined scouts just shy of his 16th birthday, yet still became an Eagle Scout with earning Eagle Palms, OA Vigil member, and an OA Lodge Chief. He stated; Scouting kept me grounded and not so nerdy.
Due to his strong resemblance to Lord Baden Powell, Dr. Yocum has become an expert at portraying Baden Powell. He has taken Baden Powell to 26 states and has even done Zoom meetings to help scouts working on the Scouting Heritage Merit Badge. I hope you get the chance to witness this living portrait of Baden Powell as portrayed by Dr. Yocum.
Arthur (Art) Schmidt is a Vice-President and manager of the law firm of Mahaffey & Gore, P.C. in Oklahoma City. It emphasizes the practice areas of energy law, business litigation, real property, contracts, state and federal regulation, and business acquisitions. He graduated from Phillips University (Enid) in 1976 and the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1979. He is admitted to all the state and federal courts in Oklahoma and the Court of Federal Claims and the United States Supreme Court.
He was born in Texas, raised in St. Louis, and moved to Oklahoma as a college freshman. He was active in cub scouts and boy scouts and finished his youth scouting as a star scout. He reacquainted himself with scouting in the 1980’s as the Chartered Organization Representative for Troop 240 in Norman. His three boys then joined Pack 239 where he and his wife, Pam, were active leaders and then they collectively moved to Troop 217 where all three boys achieved their eagle rank.
Mr. Schmidt has served many adult scouting roles since the 80’s including being Scoutmaster of Troop 217, and a Scoutmaster at the 1997 and 2001 National Jamborees. He has been a Philmont Trek Leader, is Woodbadge trained, is an OA vigil member, and was a Scoutmaster at three summer camps at Kerr Scout Ranch at Slippery Falls. He was awarded the Silver Beaver in 1998. He has been on more campouts and activities then he can count and loves the outdoors.
He believes that scouting is one of the few opportunities where our youth may learn leadership skills and works hard to help recruit scouts and make sure our Council has quality units through which the scouts may learn, work, have fun and grow. He is a member of the Last Frontier Council Executive Board and has most recently served in positions as the Council’s Vice President of District Operations and the Council Commissioner.
As a youth, Keith Carpenter was a Cub Scout from Wolf through Webelos in Pack 31 at Fillmore Elementary in Oklahoma City. He reengaged as an adult when his son Justin came home from school one day in 2002 saying they were having a meeting at school that night to discuss Cub Scouts.
Since then, Keith has served as a Pack Committee Chair, Webelos Den Leader, Assistant Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster for the 2005 and 2010 National Jamborees, Campmaster, OA Chapter Adviser, OA Associate Lodge Adviser, OA Lodge Adviser, District Vice Chairman as well as serving on numerous Council committees. On the training side, he has staffed Trainers Edge, Baloo, IOLS, NYLT and Wood Badge. In Fall 2008, Keith served as an NYLT Course Director.
Keith has many memorable Scouting memories from dodging tornados, being flooded, extreme heat and being iced out. His favorite scouting memories are seeing his son earn Eagle Scout and OA Vigil Honor, being gifted with several Eagle Mentor pins and working with some truly outstanding youth over the years.
When asked why he likes helping the Last Frontier Council, he has a variety of reasons. He enjoyed working at the unit level because of the opportunity it afforded in making a difference in the lives of the youth in the unit. He found that in working at the District and Council level, especially thru training, the opportunity can be multiplied by training others to make a difference back in their units. His son aged out in 2011 and he has remained as an adult volunteer because he believes in the program and what it can do for youth locally, nationally and worldwide.
Nick Morey is an Eagle Scout from Eagle District.As a youth, he has had the opportunity to attend NYLT, be inducted into the Order of the Arrow, attend summer camps, district and council events, and participate in Northern Tier's OAWV program, as well as Summit's Marksman program. When asked what his favorite scouting memory was he replied, I'm not sure if I can narrow it down to one particular campfire, but from Troop campouts, to Northern Tier, to Woodbadge and NYLT, my favorite part of any event is visiting with others around a campfire after a long day.
He says the best part about working with Last Frontier Council is the value that Council places on youth leadership. Many scouting organizations let youth lead, but LFC truly looks to youth members to continue providing amazing programs to all scouters. He became involved in the council activities through the Order of the Arrow and NYLT staffing opportunities.He has had the opportunity to serve in a variety of leadership positions, from Troop level positions such as Patrol Leader, Scribe, Quartermaster, ASPL and SPL, to the Lodge Vice Chief of Inductions and Lodge Chief of Manu Lodge, and I have also had the opportunity to staff NYLT as both an Instructor and ASPL of Service over the past two years. I am currently serving as the SR-8 Section Chief for the Order of the Arrow, and the SPL for one of LFCs NYLT courses.Nick will be attending OSU for Architecture starting this fall, and hopes to start a career in residential architecture after graduation.
Meet Stephanie Simpson. Stephanie is currently serving Last Frontier Council as chair of the NYLT Committee. National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is the highest tier of youth training offered at the Council level. Some of her proudest Scouting memories have come from the privilege of watching youth grow through this program and then become leaders of it. Stephanie is grateful for the support of Last Frontier Council in providing youth the opportunity and platform to become our future leaders.
Stephanie Simpson has been scouting with Last Frontier Council for 30+ years. She began as a Wolf Den Leader with her son and has been involved ever since. From Pack Committee Chair to Troop Committee member, from Unit Commissioner to Life to Eagle coach, Stephanie has enjoyed a variety of volunteer jobs in our local BSA serving in unit, district, and Council capacities. She was a Wood Badge course director in 2003, is a Silver Beaver, and brotherhood member of Order of the Arrow.
Stephanie is married, with two grown children and six grandchildren. She is a long-time member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Edmond and has been involved in many church ministries there, including Confirmation and high school mission trips to Peru. For the past 10 years she has served as coordinator of the Family2Family sponsorship program at St. John’s where she oversees the communication and accounting for over 300 local families who sponsor families in need in Piura, Peru. An exercise enthusiast and avid gardener, Stephanie loves the outdoors. She has trekked Philmont 4 times and been part of an Autumn Adventure crew 6 times.
Meet Kelley Sheik. Kelley is the Council Popcorn Chair. A Girl Scout as a child whose brother was a Boy Scout and father was a Cubmaster and Scoutmaster, she became involved with BSA when her son joined Pack 27 in Baden Powell District. Being in and around scouting as a kid, she wanted her son to join an organization that develops important characteristics in its members. She has been a den leader for 4 years, is the Pack Communication Chair, and served as the Pack Popcorn Kernel for the 2018 & 2019 popcorn sales.
Kelley attended Wood Badge 2132 in the Fall of 2018, and as part of her ticket, wanted to teach others how they can improve their popcorn sale to give their Scouts the most amazing experiences possible. Through the completion of her ticket, she was able to join the Council Popcorn team, and is currently preparing for her second popcorn sale as the Council Popcorn Chair.
Kelley is BALOO and Wood Badge Trained, and enjoys camping with the Pack. In her free time, Kelley enjoys fishing, hiking, kayaking, and shooting sports. She has enjoyed being able to introduce youth to outdoor activities through the Scouting program. She really enjoyed taking her den fishing to earn the A Bear Goes Fishing adventure. It was the first time fishing for many of the youth, and it was so rewarding to see their excitement when they caught a fish.
Kelley holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Masters of Business Administration with a Specialization in Finance from Oklahoma State University. She is a 1st Assistant Vice President at MidFirst Bank’s Mortgage Banking Division, Midland Mortgage, where she has worked for over 14 years. Kelley lives with her husband, Matt, and son, Jake, on a small farm in Bridge Creek, OK.
Richard’s start to working with the Last Frontier Council was because of a dear friend, Jim David. Jim David was and is a member of the LFC Executive Board; he suggested to Richard on several occasions that he should come on as a member of the board. When he finally agreed, Jim introduced Richard to Jeff Woolsey. That introduction led to an invitation to join the Executive Board, for which Richard is very grateful.
Richard Forshee is an attorney, associated with the firm Williams, Box, Forshee & Bullard, P.C. and a forty-year member of the Oklahoma Bar Association.
Richard D. Forshee earned the rank of Eagle Scout while a member of Troop 146 and Explorer Post 146 in Oklahoma City. He and his brother Scott were awarded their Eagle badges at the same Court of Honor in December 1966. Richard holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma State University (1974) and a Juris Doctor with Distinction from Oklahoma City University School of Law (1979), having graduated with the highest grade point in his law class. While a student at OSU, Richard was selected as a top ten freshman and also had the honor and distinction during the 1971-1972 academic year of serving as the University’s well-known mascot, Pistol Pete. Richard began his legal career in 1980 as a Vice President in the legal department at Liberty National Bank and Trust Company. In 1991, after several career moves, Richard became a founding member and shareholder of the Oklahoma City law firm Williams, Box, Forshee & Bullard, P.C., where he is currently employed. Richard serves on the boards of directors of Leadership Oklahoma City, Youth Leadership Exchange (past chair) and the Last Frontier Council. He has also served as a co-chair of the Youth Council of Oklahoma City and as a Regional President of Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity. Richard and his wife Debbie reside in Edmond where they are active members of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and proud parents of three daughters, Lindsey, Anne and Callie, and grandparents of Zoe, Brody, Avery and Vivienne.
Among the memories that David has had of scouting, he loved all the high adventure camps that the troop was able to visit. He remembers his troop leader, Dr. Jim Farley, taking the troop to places in Wisconsin, Maine, Florida and Philmont in addition to the Last Frontier Council Summer Camps. As an adult, he loved the weekend camps and summer camps with his two boys, Derek and Parker, who both like their father earned the rank of Eagle Scout.
When asked, “Why do you like being a volunteer with Last Frontier Council?” David said he is moved by the way that so many people from so many different communities come together to work for the benefit of the scouts in the council. We may have differences in a lot of areas, but those are so insignificant when compared to the future of our community that will be molded by our scouts who will be the leaders of the next 50 years. Our community is so blessed by so many people who value and support the goals of Scouting!
Ellen began her career in financial services at Bank of Oklahoma in 1980 and is currently a Senior Vice President in the Institutional Wealth group. She is responsible for client service teams who manage employer-sponsored retirement plans and provide investment services for institutional clients. In her role as Regional Executive, she oversees teams in seven markets across a six state area.
Ellen and her husband, Tim, have two sons, both of whom were Scouts. Ellen’s first Scouting volunteer opportunity came when Phil Pippin recruited her as treasurer for popcorn sales in her son Thomas’ troop.
Jim’s enthusiasm has been kindled and grown through the years by the talented and gifted volunteers and Scouting Professionals that give so much of their time and energy to helping kids and sharing by example the Scout Oath and Law. He says he respects and admires these individuals more than any he has encountered in life.
Whether working with adults or Scouts at Top Shot, Family Adventure or on Philmont treks - Scouting has been a rewarding experience. Having hundreds of Cubs know me as the “Little Red Wagon Man” was as fun for me as I hope was entertaining for them. Unique among his experiences of course was the parental pride experienced in Jack’s Eagle Project, Board of Review and Court of Honor. While Jack did the work, he was mentored along the way by Scout Leaders to whom he will always be indebted and who have served as role models for his son and for himself in his Scouting endeavors.
Jim says, there is an immense gratification in working with Scouts, whether helping a cross-eye dominate Tiger feel the pride of hitting a BB target, a Scout on an extended backpacking trek realize that they have the “stuff” to cross the high mountain pass or the “AHA” from a young volunteer after mentoring.
Over the past ten years he has been fortunate in participating in three Philmont treks, a Colorado Trail trek with some Outreach Scouts and some great adult leaders and serving on faculty at the Philmont Training Center, Philmont Leadership Challenge and NAYLE.
These roles have enabled him to share his passion with the great staff and volunteers with which the LFC is blessed. These individuals are what help make Scouting special.
Jim also stated, “I am a better person because of the Scouting program and know that you and the youth we serve will be so as well.”
“This Scouting is fun stuff!”
Judge Stephen Friot
Why have you made that kind of a commitment to Scouting?
I’d love to say that my involvement has been the result of some high-minded sense of duty, but the real reason is that it is fun (especially at the unit level) and I enjoy it. I am also motivated by the fact that we need Scouting more now than we did when I was a Scout 60 years ago.
Where were you a Scout and how far did you advance?
I was a Scout in the small town in far upstate New York where I grew up. We camped every month of the year and I was quite pleased with myself when I made First Class. (That shirt still hangs in my closet.) From time to time, we would see an Eagle Scout at a Scout-O-Rama or an event like that, but they were pretty rare. When my son reminds me that he made Eagle, I remind him that I had to demonstrate proficiency in Morse code to make First Class. He’s not overly impressed with that.
What have been your favorite experiences in Scouting as an adult?
From an adventure standpoint, I’ll always remember the three or four winter camping experiences I have had at Philmont in the Kanik program. But I really believe the heart of the ScoutsBSA program is the classic two-night weekend campout, and that is where I have derived the most enjoyment. That is where the Patrol Method works its wonders in pushing the Scouts to be prepared, to learn how to get along, and to lead.
What is your scouting history?
Dave has spent a lot of time in scouting, as a youth, he remembers playing “Cub Scouts” as a toddler by using a friend’s older brothers' uniforms and camping equipment. He then became a Cub Scout in Pack 225 in Norman and attended Camp Kickapoo (now JNSR) as a Cub Scout day camper. Next he went on to become a Scout in Troop 245 in Norman and was the 2nd Eagle Scout in that Troop in 1977. He was a top seller for Scout-A-Rama tickets, selling 1500 tickets to earn an official brass Scout bugle. He has attended camp at Camp Sasakwa and Slippery Falls. He is a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow. Attended Philmont with the LFC contingent from 1977-79. Worked for 4 summers as a Philmont Ranger during high school and college (1980-83). He continued as an Adult, being an active member of the Philmont Staff Association for many years and got involved as a LFC volunteer in 2014. He then joined the LFC Executive Board a few years later.
What is your favorite scouting memory?
My favorite Scouting memories are the lifelong friendships and the leadership experience I was able to obtain at a young age. I also learned to love the outdoors and how to be a servant leader. I still remember the names of my Scout leaders and troop members, as well as our fun hiking, fishing and camping adventures.
When he is not scouting, Dave is a professional engineer and executive leader in the energy industry. Most recently serving as an executive at Chesapeake Energy Corporation (former Vice President - Operations and Vice President - Drilling). He is a Graduate of the University of Oklahoma and University of Southern California. Married with two daughters. Also serve as Chair of the University of Oklahoma Gallogly College of Engineering Board of Visitors and as a Homeowner’s Association Board member. He lives in Edmond.
Steve Murdock currently serves as Vice President for Membership on the LFC Executive Board.
He is responsible for coordinating the overall membership efforts for the Council and has been a Scouting volunteer since 2013. He first served as Vice Chair and Chair of the Eagle District before working on Membership with the Council. As a youth he grew up in OKC and received his Eagle Scout with Troop 17. He is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma and the OU School of Law. He has been City Attorney for the City of Edmond since 1987. He has served as President of the Oklahoma Association of Municipal Attorneys and an original board member of Trinity Legal Clinic of Oklahoma. In 2014 he was honored with the distinction of Edmond Citizen of the Year. Recently, Steve was named to the 2020 Edmond Hall of Fame. Steve looks forward to his three young grandchildren becoming Scouts.
Scott Davis is an Oklahoma native. He grew up in northern Oklahoma in wheat and cattle country. He graduated from Enid High School and Oklahoma State University.
He is the Vice President for Talent Management of the Last Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
He has served Scouting as a Troop Committee Member, Scoutmaster, District Committee member, Council Board and Council Executive Committee member. He has served on and directed training courses in the Last Frontier Council. He has also served on the staff of national Wood Badge Courses held at Philmont. He is a past Council Training Chairman and a Wood Badge Course Director.
Scott began his Scouting life in Pack 72 in Helena. He crossed over to Troop 72 and later served as Senior Patrol Leader advancing to the rank of Star. He served on the Great Salt Plains summer camp staff two years before his family moved to a community that did not have an active Scout troop.
Scott’s next phase of Scouting began when his oldest son crossed over into Troop 36 in Oklahoma City. His son delivered the usual message “Dad they need to see you at the Scout meeting next week.” Thus began the current phase of scouting that has lasted for over 38 years.
Scott is active in the United Methodist Church. He currently serves on the board of Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministries (formerly known as United Methodist Prison Ministry), the Oklahoma United Methodist Annual Conference Council and the board of Epworth Villa. He is a past member of the board of the United Way of Central Oklahoma.
He is married. His wife, Carol, is a native of Illinois and a graduate of Oklahoma City University. They have three children.
It is a great honor to be featured in the first “Meet Your Volunteers” article in this new Frontiersman series. My name is Kyle Hamburger and I have been involved in scouting for more than 30 years. I currently serve in a multitude of roles: Committee Chair of Pack and Troops 233, Sooner District Webelos Woods co leader with an awesome team, and Family Scouting Champion/Webelos Transition Chair on the Council Family Scouting Committee. That last role is probably one I am currently most excited about. My kids, Luke and Jenna Hamburger, have been involved in scouting almost all their lives. Luke earned all the awards from second grade on and is about to complete his Eagle requirements. Jenna has been doing all of the same activities, but has never been able to receive any recognition until now. When asked if she wanted to join scouts, she said she already did all the scouting requirements and just wants to have fun in the venture crew she helped form. I have always been involved in family friendly scouting units, but now am so excited that the sisters of scouts share equal footing and have all the opportunities as only their brothers once did. I can’t wait until the Last Frontier Council honors a young lady with the rank of Eagle Scout.
I consider myself a volunteer of ideas. I come up with ideas, but only see the realization of those ideas through the efforts of many volunteers, youth and adult. Without Truman and Jason, Sooner District Webelos Woods would not be what it is today, a quality program serving 375 scouters in 2019. Without Zane and Wayne, the family friendly pack and troops 233 of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Norman would only be an idea of Mark and myself. I recently started CAST, the Campus Area Scouting Team, to increase the opportunity for scouts involved in packs and troops in the campus area. The five troops and two packs near campus will increase the visibility and successes of scouting through many volunteers working together. I tend to always focus attention away from myself to all the others I have the pleasure of serving with in scouting. My late mentors, Hal Belknap and Fred Goodwin, Jr., led me to realize that small efforts of volunteers will have lasting positive impacts that one may never realize. But that was confirmed when I completed Woodbadge 2124 under another great mentor David who sets the example of servant leadership. Scouts thrive on the often unrecognized hours that volunteers put in every year. Know that it does make a difference, and take a minute to say thanks to the volunteers working with your scouts. More than that, consider being a volunteer yourself.
I am very excited about my next volunteer assignments for the council. I will be volunteering ideas for theFall and Spring Family Camping at John Nichols Scout Ranch. We have started putting together the program for Spring 2020 which will be known as Top Shot Jr. We hope to bring an opportunity for cubs to earn their shooting sports emblems during a weekend of family camping fun. This will only happen with a multitude of volunteers to staff the ranges and the camp in general. I am so lucky to be an idea volunteer for the Last Frontier Council. When I meet you and say “I have this idea”, please say yes and volunteer by my side to make great things available to the scouts of the Last Frontier Council.