Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby dedicated a new program area June 30 morning at Slippery Falls Scout Ranch to be called the Chickasaw Village.
Pat Rooney, chairman of First National Bank in Oklahoma City, serves as president of the Last Frontier Council, Boy Scouts of America, and presided over the ceremony.
“I grew up just down the road in Tishomingo,” said Anoatubby, who cited his childhood experience as a Cub Scout in his remarks.
“The Chickasaw Nation and the Boy Scouts have the same values,” he stated to a crowd of over 200 Boy Scouts and volunteers.
Slippery Falls Scout Ranch, operated by the Last Frontier Council, Boy Scouts of America, serves over 2,000 campers each summer from across the region. The Chickasaw Nation donated $250,000 toward constructing the new site which provides merit badge instruction in pottery, archaeology, basketry, art, sculpture, textiles and Indian lore.
Ed Martin, chairman of the Board at Ackerman-McQueen, and Steve Mason, president of Cardinal Engineering, echoed Anoatubby’s comments about the importance of the Scouting movement for today’s youth.
“It is important for youth to have places like this,” said Mason. “The council has a commitment to continue to develop exciting places for Scouting to happen in the outdoors.”
The Last Frontier Council has completed a $10 million capital campaign to improve camping facilities throughout the state.
On display at the dedication were four new buildings, patterned after traditional Chickasaw dwellings including a 1,000 square-foot council house. Also on display were items crafted by Chickasaw tribal members and Scouts including baskets, flutes, blow-dart guns, bow and arrows and stickball equipment.
Slippery Falls Scout Ranch has five staff members and numerous campers who are members of the Chickasaw Nation.
“This is a partnership that will continue to grow,” said Anoatubby.
Slippery Falls Scout Ranch is located eight miles north of Tishomingo in southeast Oklahoma.
The Last Frontier Council serves over 10,000 youth in Oklahoma with an outdoor program of character development, citizenship training and personal fitness.