The Ozark Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America will be having their annual School Night to join Scouting on Thursday, Aug. 22.

The Ozark Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America will be having their annual School Night to join Scouting on Thursday, Aug. 22.

Boys in the first-12th grade are encouraged to sign up for Scouting on that night at a sign up nearest them. For registering now, all new Scouts will receive a free Zebco fishing rod and reel with Eagle Claw tackle and tackle box and a chance to win a trip to Lake Fork, Texas, for a weekend to fish with Professional Bass Fisherman Tom Redington. (Fishing gear will be handed out after registration night, likely at their next meeting).

All new Cub Scouts are invited to attend a Fishing Day at Kellogg Lake or Roaring River State Park on Sept. 21 to have their first chance to use their new gear.
The annual registration cost is $15 per year and an optional annual subscription to Boys' Life magazine is $12. A prorated amount may be collected that night depending on individual Cub Scout Pack policies. Collections for the comic strip, Beetle Bailey, inspired Camp Swampy Parent and Pal Camping Event being held at Camp Crowder on Sept. 14-15 may also be collected that night; $10 for youth and adult.

Why Join?
Scouting helps youth develop academic skills, self-confidence, ethics, leadership skills, and citizenship skills that influence their adult lives. Scouting provides youth with programs and activities that allow them to: Try new things; Provide service to others; Build self-confidence and reinforce ethical standards.

While various activities and youth groups teach basic skills and promote teamwork, Scouting goes beyond that and encourages youth to achieve a deeper appreciation for service to others in their community.

Scouting provides youth with a sense that they are important as individuals and promotes activities that lead to personal responsibility and high self-esteem. As a result, when hard decisions have to be made, peer pressure can be resisted and the right choices can be made.

For more information contact Bryon Haverstick, District Director at 417-770-6100 or at or to find a pack or troop near you go to

School Nights on Thursday, Aug. 22
Columbia Elementary-Joplin 6:30 PM
College Heights Christian Church-Joplin 7 PM
Cunningham Park-Joplin 6:30 PM
Webster Primary Center-Webb City 6:30 PM
Martin Luther Church-Joplin 6 PM
Carl Junction Skateland 6 PM
Carthage Municipal Roller Rink 6:30 PM
St. Mary’s Elementary School- Joplin 6 PM
Neosho First Christian Church 6 PM
Pate Early Childhood Center-Aurora 7 PM
Marionville Elementary 6:30 PM
American Legion Hall-Monett 6:30 PM
Noel Elementary 6 PM
Triway Elementary-Stella 6 PM
Anderson United Methodist Church 6:00 PM
Godfrey Activity Center-Jasper 6:30 PM
Mt. Vernon Elementary 6:30 PM
Neosho United Methodist Church-Christian Life Center 6 PM