Heart of America Council
|Heart of America Council|
|Owner||Boy Scouts of America|
|Headquarters||Kansas City, Missouri|
|Founded||July 1, 1974|
|Council Commissioner||Keith Sickendick|
|Scout Executive||Kenn Miller|
Heart of America Council serves Scouts in Missouri and Kansas. This council was formed on July 1, 1974 with the merger of the former Kansas City Area (Kansas City, Missouri) and Kaw (Kansas City, Kansas) Councils.
The Heart of America Council has grown from a fledgling organization in 1910 to a council serving over 30,000 youth in 2015. There are 14,813 trained leaders volunteering their time and talent to serve the youth in the nineteen counties making up the council. In 2015 Scouts provided over 196,000 hours of service to residents and organizations in the council. There were 16,905 rank advancements and 32,279 merit badges earned during that calendar year. Over 18,000 Scouts camped at one of the camps run by the Heart of America Council during 2015.
H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation
H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation is a Boy Scouts of America reservation located in 4,200 acres (17 km2) of woodland outside of Osceola, Missouri, and bordering on Truman Lake in the Heart of America Council (HOAC) Lone Bear district. It is one of two Scout reservations operated by the Heart of America Council. It is also 2½ miles away from Iconium, Missouri.
It was named after former Kansas City, Missouri mayor and Boy Scout council executive H. Roe Bartle. The reservation is divided into three camps named Lone Star (previously Wigwam), Sawmill, and Piercing Arrow (previously Frontier). Bartle is one of two Boy Scout camps to participate in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say, an American Indian based honor society.
Theodore Naish Scout Reservation
Theodore Naish Scout Reservation is an 850-acre Boy Scout camp located in Bonner Springs, Kansas. The camp was named after Kansas City civil engineer and draftsman Theodore Naish, who was killed in the sinking of the RMS Lusitania in 1915. The first 90 acres (360,000 m2) of the land were donated to the Boy Scouts in 1926 by Naish's wife, Belle Saunders Naish. Camp Naish is run by the Heart of America Council and is one of two camps sponsored by the council. Naish is home to the Tamegonit Lodge of the Order of the Arrow
Order of the Arrow
|Lodge Chief||Senn Boswell|
|Lodge Adviser||Skip McGurk|
|Staff Adviser||Scott Weaver|
At the 2006 NOAC the Ceremonial Team was chosen to represent the plains tribes with their Cheyenne set of regalia in a living museum. There were only 5 areas to represent. Also The Ceremonial Team has been recognized as one of the best in the country, they have won many a section conclave, and even were the national champs in 1983 – one of the last years champions were named.
Seven members of the lodge have also been recognized with the Distinguished Service Award, a national award to individual arrowmen based on their ongoing service to Scouting and the Order. The most recent recipient of the Distinguished Service Award was at the National Order of the Arrow Conference in 2012. Tamegonit Lodge has also been honored with the E. Urner Goodman Camping Award and Quality Lodge (as recent as 2011).
Tamegonit Lodge ended 2015 as the largest Lodge in the nation with 4541 due paying members.