Scouting in the News

Occasionally, Scouting gets local media coverage. Below is a list of what we are aware of. If you know of some coverage we aren't aware of and have it to share, please let us know by contacting the Chickasaw Council's Marketing and Development Director, Maryann Edgington at 901-327-4193 or

Where Should I Sell My Cards?

ALMOST EVERYWHERE! There are many great places for your unit to sell Camp Cards. Always make sure you check with local stores before selling out front and remember Kroger has specifically asked us NOT to sell in front of or near their stores. Please be considerate of their wishes, we don’t want to lose them as a discount in the future. Other alternatives are hardware stores, auto parts stores, other grocery stores, and banks. Also don’t forget your workplace, your church and your chartered organization.

Encourage your Scouts to participate in Show and Sell activities as well as selling to friends, family, and in their neighborhoods. Also, please make sure to emphasize the Safe Selling tips found on the third page of the Camp Card Leaders Guide.

Haven’t signed-up for cards yet?
Please click this link to get signed up for the Camp Card sale as well as view the Leader's Guide and other materials. If you are signed up to sell but haven't gotten your cards yet, please do so NOW.

Your Scouts can win a $50 Gift Card!
Each week between now and the end of the sale, we will pick a name at random of a Scout selling. To enter into the drawing the Scout must sell 25 card and have his parent or leader enter his name into the drawing here. A scout can have his name added to the drawing EACH TIME he/she sells 25 cards. Sell 100 cards? Have your name in the drawing 4 times.

If you have questions about the sale or still need to pick up your cards, please contact your District Executive.

Planning is Underway for our Council's
100th Anniversary ScoutBase!

The Chickasaw Council is proud to announce on October 21-23, 2016 at the Paul Battle, Jr. Arena in Tunica, Mississippi we will be celebrating our 100th Anniversary as a Boy Scout Council.

Our goal for this event is to serve as a commemorative celebration of Scouting's past and springboard for our exciting future. Our council charter was signed for the first time in 1916 and we have grown into the great organization you see today! We plan to have activities that will inspire and challenge all of our Scouts, from Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts to Venturers.

If you have any questions, would like to volunteer, or discuss sponsorship opportunities for this event please contact Jeremy Palazolo at 901-327-4193 or


The Summer of 2016 is expected to be one of the largest seasons in Kia Kima history. Weeks 1 and 2 are already full, but there is still limited room in Weeks 3, 4 and 5 to join us.

Click Here for the 2016 Leader’s Guide
Click Here for the 2016 Registration Packet

The Kia Kima Board of Directors is actively recruiting the 100th Anniversary Staff. We still have a few openings if you would like to join the best team in the Southern Region for our 7 week (May 29-July 17) camping season. We are specifically looking for applicants that are at least 21 years old to Direct the Waterfront and ATV Program (National Training Certification Included in employment Package). There are also positions for applicants 16 years old or older throughout our exciting program areas. Click Here to apply online today!

Friends of Scouting

The Chickasaw Council is celebrating 100 years of providing the Scouting program to our local communities throughout 17 counties and 3 states. To help celebrate this century of service, we have some very special recognition items, commemorating the 100th Anniversary, which can only be received through participation in the Family Friends of Scouting program.

100 Year FOS Recognition Program:

Buckle Level - $1000 ($100 per month)

Coin Level - $600 ($60 per month)

Council Strip Level - $300 ($30 per month)

Patch Level - $150 ($15 per month)

To give each of the families in your Pack, Troop, or Crew an opportunity to support Scouting and own a unique keepsake, we encourage every unit to schedule an eight minute Friends of Scouting Presentation. To schedule your presentation, contact your District Executive, the Scout Office, or click the link below.

To sign up for a presentation Click Here!

What is Friends of Scouting? The Friends of Scouting Campaign is the main source of revenue to continue the mission of Scouting locally. It ensures the upkeep of two council camps, provides adult leader training and coaching, provides Scouting and camp related scholarships, and keeps Scouting activities affordable for all Scouts and families.

COPE and Climbing Level I Certification Class

at Chickasaw Council Headquarters

April 28, 2016

This class will cover the skills needed to assist in the operation of man-made structure COPE and Climbing Courses such as Camp Currier and Kia KIma Scout Reservation.

Participants in this class will be essential to the operation of the Currier Course for the unit, District and Council Level.

The $10 fee will cover the Level I Instructor Material and refreshments.

Qualifying Level 1 participants from this class will be eligible to attend the immediately following Level 2 Course at Camp Currier (see April 29th link on the calendar).

Please be prepared to arrive Thursday evening by 6:30 PM and stay until about 9:30 PM.
Thank you for your interest.

Eastern District Cuboree

Apr 29 - May 1, 2016
Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park, TN

This is a Family Camping Event for the Packs of the Eastern District. Registration for Cuboree is the responsibility of the Cubmaster or designated Pack leader. Parents will pay their registration fees to the Pack. The Pack will enter one or more registration transactions as fees are collected by the Pack. However, if your entire Pack is not participating, you may register as an individual. REGISTER EARLY—SPACE IS LIMITED!!! The Cuboree is limited to the first 150 scouts and 200 family members with paid registrations. 

Click Here for the Cuboree Leader's Guide. The Leaders’ Guide contains event and registration details. 

Campsite assignments will be distributed at check-in.

T-shirts are will be pre-order only, last order date is 4/14/2016!!!!

You may register and pay online or by check at the Scout Office. Make sure you complete the Registration form online. Payments are accepted by Credit Card, Electronic Debit (an electronic check against your bank account) or by Check at the Scout Office.

2016 Twin Banks District

Webelos Woods

Camp Currier 
May 13th-15th

Webelos Woods is a special weekend designed for Webelos Scouts and their parents to experience what awaits them in a Boy Scout Troop. Webelos Scouts will have an opportunity to visit with Troop youth and adult leaders. As part of the weekend program Webelos Adventure Pins will be worked on. Webelos I Scouts (4th Grade) will camp with a parent in a group camping area. Arrow of Light (Webelos II) Scouts (5th Grade) and at least one parent will all camp together. 

Click Here to download leaders guide
For more information, please contact:

Wilderness First Aid Training

Dates: Friday May 13, 2016; 6-10 pm
Saturday, May 14, 2016; 9 am to 5 pm
Sunday, May 15, 2016; 2-6 pm (May run long)

Location: 2nd Baptist Church 4680 Walnut Grove Road, Memphis, Tennessee 38117

Maximum Attendance: 25

Who can attend: Registered Scouts and Scout Leaders who meet the prerequisites and are at least 14 years of age. Students must show verification that prerequisites are current.

Prerequisites: CPR and AED (Automated External Defibrillation) are prerequisites for the course to meet the BSA requirements. WFA is required for all BSA High Adventure Camps and strongly recommended for all High Adventure activities that our Troops and Crews participate in. The American Camping Association recommends WFA for any activity that puts a unit beyond 1 hour of emergency help. The one hour is defined as the presence of qualified emergency medical help on the scene. For those of us that have active programs, that’s a pretty high standard considering how often we get beyond 30 minutes travel time from the parking lot!

Registration Fee: $80 .00

This fee includes the All Weather WFA Field Guide, Training Patch, Certificate, and food and beverage: Friday – Cracker Barrel; Saturday – Donuts, Lunch and Snack; Sunday – Trail Snack.

Registration On-Line: Through Council Calendar on Double Knot
Information Contact: Kelly Kennedy phone: 901-299-7512

Certification is through BSA approved provider: ECSI (Emergency Care and Safety Institute)

CPR / AED Certification is offered prior to event to registrants for $10.

Contact: Leyton Wright 901-262-1012

Council Pine Wood Derby Race

Cost: $5.00

May 14, 2016 at 1pm.  So get your motors running it will be held at the exciting Memphis International Raceway. All Scouts in uniform can participate in most to all Raceway events for free.

Memphis National Cemetery 

33rd Annual Memorial Day Ceremony
3568 Townes Avenue just off Jackson Avenue
May 28, 2016- 8:45 to 11:00 AM

Honoree – Mr. Howard Lorence a long time Scouter in the Chickasaw Council.
Guest Speaker – State Senator Brain Kelsey

Unit registration starts at 7:00 AM
Patches available at registration for $1 each

Please bring unit roster listing each participating youth and adult when
purchasing patches. Also please bring unit flags for walk in starting at 8:45 AM.

For more details on this event please contact:

Buddy Crenshaw at or (901) 767-2113

National Summertime Pack Award

DID YOU KNOW??? Your Pack can qualify the National Summertime Pack Award by planning and conducting three pack activities - one each in June, July, and August.

Cub Scout Packs can earn a colorful ribbon for your Pack flag and a National Award Certificate that can be displayed within your program's Chartered Organization. Individual Cub Scout Dens can earn a participation ribbon by having at least half of their members attend the three events. Our individual Cub Scouts can earn a National Summertime Award Pin by attending all three events.

The purpose of the National Summertime Pack Award is to encourage packs to provide a year-round program by continuing to meet during the time periods when school is out of session for several weeks or months. If a pack is in a 'year-round school' (or is part of a home-school association), the pack could earn the Summertime Pack Award by having a special pack activity during those breaks.

Cub Scout Packs that have a strong year-round program have a greater retention rate of their members and are able to stay organized. Packs with a year-round program do not lose all of their momentum during the “summer break”, but rather use the summer as an opportunity to keep their momentum and stay organized going into the Fall. They are able to hit the ground running in those most important month’s in the fall where we are introducing Cub Scouting to all our for our new families and youth.

What should you do for a Pack activity? Perhaps have a Family Picnic, Swimming Day, Hike, Fishing Day, Pack Trip to the Zoo, Pack BBQ, or Field Trip. The possibilities are endless for activities for you to build better relationships with your families and most importantly perhaps recruit some new leaders going into the fall.

Every Pack should and could earn the Summertime Pack Award to strengthen the quality of your Program!! Don’t think that families are too busy during the summer months – rather most families are looking for a family friendly activity that isn’t too costly and can keep their Scouts and family busy during those summer months. GOOD LUCK AND GO EARN THAT AWARD THIS SUMMER!!

For a National Summer Pack Award Form click here.

Northern Tier Expedition Spots Available

Tony Stafford has 1 adult and 1 youth participant 
spot available on a trek this summer.
Dates, including travel are: June 17-25, 2016
The cost is $521.25, plus travel expenses to be determined.

If you are interested, please contact Tony at:


Wednesday, June 29, 2016
7:00 PM
Memphis Jewish Community Center

6560 Poplar Ave. Memphis TN, 38138

Ready … Aim … Fire! 
Announcing the New Cub Scouts Shooting Sports Awards

Take aim at fun and excitement in your council with the new Cub Scouts Shooting Sports Awards. The awards, which are available for immediate use, will be offered in three disciplines: BBs, Archery and Slingshots. Councils may choose to offer one or more of the disciplines. Insignia will arrive in national Scout Shops (and is available for wholesale customers) this month.

With rank-specific requirements and insignia, there is incentive for boys to earn the awards year after year at camp. The requirements are attached for your reference. A communications plan will begin this week to launch the program, but please feel free to share the requirements with your staff and volunteers.

Consistently, our youth members list shooting sports as one of their most-desired outdoor activities. With these new Cub Scouting Awards, you’ll hit the bullseye with fun!

Please click here for more detailed information.

National Youth Leadership Training

NYLT is second tier training, for youth leader Scouts, centered on what a leader must BE, what he must KNOW, and what he must DO. The key elements are taught with a clear focus on HOW TO. The skills come alive with the Meaning of Leadership. 

 Content is delivered in a unit and patrol outdoor setting. The six-day course schedule parallels the program month of a troop/crew providing a real life model for your scouts.

More Information:

National Youth Leadership Training is a six-day outdoor experience for youth leaders in support of the Unit Leader’s responsibility for the training of Troop and Crew youth leaders. Built on the legacy of past JLT successes, the new syllabus integrates the best of modern leadership theory with the traditional strengths of the Scouting experience. Through activities, presentations, challenges, discussions, and audio-visual support, NYLT participants will be engaged in a unified approach to leadership that will give them the skills and confidence to lead well. Through a wide range of activities, events, games, and adventures, NYLT participants will work and play together as they put into action the best that Scouting has to offer. The Chickasaw Council, using a nationally approved outline under the leadership of quality volunteers, conducts the training.

Training Objectives

This training gives participants:
  • The confidence and knowledge to run the Troop or Crew program.
  • A working knowledge of the skills needed for leadership and help the Scouts relate these skills in their unit responsibility.
  • The opportunity to share ideas and experiences with Scouts from other units.
  • The creation of an atmosphere where Scouts will experience Scouting at its best.
  • The enhancement of the relationship between the participant and his or her unit adult leadership.
  • The opportunity to have fun.
Who May Attend

Those at least age 13 of age 30 days prior to selected course. The Training will be open to Boy Scouts and Venturers who meet the following criteria:
  • At least First Class rank (Boy Scout) or (Venturers) with at least 1 year in a Crew.
  • Currently serving in a Troop/Crew position of responsibility (or have the skills and abilities to do so in the future).
  • Previous long-term camping experience.
  • Has completed Troop level TLT or Venturing VLSC course (this is a requirement).
  • Recommended/approved by his Scoutmaster/Crew Advisor (experience tells us that the amount of benefit a young person will get from the course is directly proportional to his or her level of maturity, attitude and focus).
Is the Home Scoutmaster/Crew Advisor Involved?

Very much so. It is expected that the Scoutmaster/Crew Advisor, or other designated adult Scout leader, works with the Scouts prior to the training to provide them with the basics of leadership. There are certain outdoor skills that need to be mastered prior to coming to camp. It is required that participants be graduates of the Troop Leader Training (TLT) or Crew Leader Training (CLT). The leader’s role is critical to the success of the youth Scout leader in implementing his or her goals.

What Scouts Need To Bring

All Scouts need to bring a current “Annual Health and Medical Record” (same one used for Kia Kima). This form is available at under the “For Leaders", "Downloadable Forms” page/s. Each Scout needs a complete "Class A" uniform (no exceptions) and general camping items, including a mess kit, water bottle, a camp chair and a tent they can carry on an overnight trip. Participants will be sleeping in canvas wall tents with cots except for the evening of the overnighter. It is recommended that they have a backpack for the overnight trip and all other gear can be left in camp.

Dates: July 17 - 22, 2016

Location: Kia Kima Scout Reservation
Costs: $245 per Youth participant

Click here for registration.

Click Here for registration form.

Chickasaw Council $1,000,000 Challenge Grant!

An anonymous donor has challenged the Chickasaw Council to raise $1,000,000 in support of the new dining hall and other facilities at Camp Currier. Every dollar up to $1,000,000 will be matched. This is an excellent opportunity for you to make twice the difference!

Almost everyone has had the opportunity to enjoy many of the improvements at our camps. Whether it’s the new air conditioned dining hall at Kia Kima, or shooting ranges at Camp Currier, there is something for everyone.

Individual contributions can be made at the Scout office or online through the capital campaign website link below. Some units have been successful with mini campaigns purchasing naming rights for long tenured Scouters and other select individuals. If you need further information or need a presentation made to your unit or committee, contact Richard Fisher at the Chickasaw Council office (901) 327-4193. For more campaign information, please visit

March 12, 2016
Desoto Appeal

February 10, 2014

For Immediate Release

“The Spark” on WKNO-TV Looks at Scouting in the Mid-South   In this month’s episode of the monthly series The Spark, premiering Thursday, February 20 at 9:00 p.m., host Jeremy Park meets with three Memphis professionals to discuss scouting in the Mid-South. A co-production of WKNO with Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club (LPBC) and Media Source, The Spark airs the third Thursday of each month on WKNO/Channel 10.

The Spark is a monthly 30-minute series about business and community leaders who are fueling change by giving back to the Mid-South. Each month we showcase several of these hometown heroes who are affecting change and leading by example. Major funding is provided by Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance, Data Facts, and State Systems, Inc., with additional funding from Baptist Memorial Health Care and Christian Brothers University.  

This month, host Jeremy Park sits down with Richard Fisher, Scout Executive/Chief Executive Officer of the Chickasaw Council of the Boy Scouts of America; Angela Woods, former CEO of the Girl Scouts Heart of the South; and Bob McBride, President of State Systems, Inc., to discuss how scouting plays a role in the Mid-South youth community.  

Fisher demonstrates how the Chickasaw Council is impacting more than 14,000 youth across 17 counties here in the Mid-South through their local programs and more than 3,500 volunteers. He highlights how the Boy Scouts of America is much more than camping, swimming, challenge courses, learning knots, earning merit badges, and selling popcorn. The organization is teaching youth to lead by example and understand the importance of community service with opportunities to dream big and try new adventures. Fisher highlights some of the updates and renovations taking place with area campsites and also talks about ScoutReach, which is helping inner-city youth, who normally would not have access to Scouting, become engaged and enjoy the benefits of the programs.            

Angela Woods discusses how the Girl Scouts Heart of the South is building girls of courage, confidence, and character who are helping to make the world a better place. The organization serves 59 counties with more than 13,500 girls participating, and more than 4,000 girls in Greater Memphis. Woods highlights their five key program areas and how they are helping girls discover themselves and their values, connect with others, and take action. She also talks about their famous cookies and their new anti-bullying education initiative.  

Bob McBride shares how his locally-owned company that focuses on protecting life and property also gives back to our community. McBride details the history of State Systems, Inc. and some of their business lines, like Fire Alarm and Fire Extinguisher testing, inspection, service and installation, along with structured cabling, fire sprinklers, and video hosting solutions. He discusses his family’s tie to both Boy Scouts of America Chickasaw Council and Girl Scouts Heart of the South. McBride also highlights some of his company’s other philanthropic efforts, like their partnership with The Exchange Club Family Center.        

The Spark airs Thursday, February 20 at 9:00 p.m. and repeats at 2:00 a.m. on WKNO/Channel 10. It also airs Saturday, February 22 at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 23 at 10:00 a.m. on WKNO. It will repeat Saturday, February 22 at 3:30 p.m. on WKNO2, available over the air on Channel 10.2 and on Comcast Cable Channel 910.  

About The Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club
The Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club is a privately-funded catalyst for the Mid-South, serving to enrich business leaders and impact the community. The organization hosts over 100 events each year, including a Signature Breakfast Series that brings together 400 business and community leaders who shape the Mid-South.  

About Media Source
Media Source is a full-service corporate and broadcast television production firm based in Memphis, and was founded by Joe Incardona after his career as an award-winning on-air reporter for KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City and WREG-TV in Memphis.  

The company also provides local and national media monitoring services to a host of corporate and non-profit organizations nationwide.  

Among its television production credits, Media Source has produced broadcast material for ABC News, PBS, CBS “60 Minutes,” CNN, CNBC, TV One, and national TV networks in Germany, Austria, Japan, and France. In addition, the firm has produced local broadcast TV shows and segments for Memphis Light, Gas, and Water, and Methodist Healthcare.  Corporate television clients have included Baptist Memorial Health Care, Hilton Worldwide, Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance, Power & Tel, Cspire Wireless, and the City of Memphis.  

About WKNO 
WKNO is a non-profit, private foundation serving the Mid-South for more than 57 years. An important community resource, WKNO uses the power of non-commercial public broadcasting to provide the Mid-South with quality educational and cultural programs that inform, entertain, and inspire. For more information:    

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