Last Frontier Council
Years With Scouting
I have been associated with the Boy Scouts of America for at least 40 years, with 25 of that being a professional staff member. I am an Eagle Scout and my father was my Scoutmaster, and he continued as Scoutmaster of Troop 345 in Portland, Texas, for another 20 years after I left the troop. I have served as a den leader (several times), Cubmaster, committee chairman, and Scoutmaster.
Favorite Physical Activities:
Walking, running, softball with my daughter, football with my son, golf.
My wife, Metechia, and I live in Edmond, Oklahoma, a suburb of Oklahoma City, with our middle son, Wesley, soon to be a sophomore in high school, and our daughter, Bailey, soon to be in middle school. Our oldest, Justin, lives in Houston, Texas, with his wife, Andrea. Metechia is originally from Houston and I am from Portland, Texas. I am Scout executive in the Last Frontier Council and Metechia is a full-time mom and volunteer with the local CASA. Most of my free time is spent with family activities such as softball for Bailey (I coach her team), going to Wesley’s football games, and church. I enjoy golf, spending time outdoors walking or running, and working around the house.
Why the BSA Walk-the-Walk Activity Challenge Is Important to Me
The Walk-the-Walk Challenge is important to me because it will give me the chance to focus on daily exercise and physical activity, something that has been put on the back burner with life being so busy. Personal health has always been a priority for me so this will help me return to good habits of daily exercise. Also, this gives me the opportunity to lead by example and challenge others in my family and our council to participate together.
Something Interesting About Me
I was hired into the Boy Scouts of America because my father was the Wood Badge Patrol coach counselor to a professional staff member in Houston and he recognized my name. He hired me over the phone because he knew my father.
My Blog: Week 1
I was honored when asked by Ponce Duran to participate in the Walk-the-Walk Challenge and was in the presence of several of our Last Frontier Council board members at the time. The three of us immediately turned this not only into a challenge for me personally, but a challenge for our council staff and board. That challenge was delivered last week and I am happy to say we have formed our own Last Frontier Council Group on the Presidents Challenge Website and more staff and board members are joining each day.
Health and fitness has been a big part of my life but during the last 3 or 4 years apathy has crept in. I have promised my wife for many months that I was going to get “back in shape” but found any number of reasons not to. This challenge is a sure way to get through the procrastination and get back to the daily active lifestyle. It has not been easy the during the first week of the challenge to overcome old habits, especially with the National Meeting in San Diego, but I finally just “got started” and I am proud to say that I exercised every day of week 1.
My Blog: Week 2
Week of Variety
What an interesting week it has been and challenging to maintain my activity schedule. This week started with my usual hour walk each day with some intermittent running and has ended with spending the last 3 days working 6 to 8 hours a day on renovating a house. I think I have lost 10 lbs in those 3 days. When the renovation work is complete I will get back to the daily activity working towards again running 3 miles a day, 4 days a week.
We have 15 board members, staff and a few others that have joined our PALA Group! That’s great and I am sure more have intended to join but just have not done so yet. I have made some tentative arrangements to participate with a troop that is working on their Personal Fitness Merit Badge and Cycling Merit Badge so I should have some good reports in future weeks. Also, Mike Knopp, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Boathouse Foundation has agreed that everyone that participates in our group will get free access to their world class training facilities! That is great and I will have more details to come. For those participating with me, hang in there and stay active.
My Blog: Week 3
We have finally finished renovating a house we have in Houston. It took 10 long days of 7 to 8 hours of hard work each day but it looks great. Besides being good exercise, I had the opportunity to work a long side my family including Metechia and all of our children. Sort of a family project. Many of Metechia’s family helped out also. Now the challenge is getting back into the daily swing of life and maintain a high activity level, but I’m determined.
We now have 27 members in our LFCBSA Challenge Group! That is great! I have heard from several of you about your activity schedule and would love to hear from others. I talked to Mike Knopp at the Boathouse Foundation on Friday and he will have passes to the Boathouse facilities to give out to group members at our board meeting on Tuesday. Thanks Mike! More next week but until then, stay active!