National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum partners with Boy Scouts of America Last Frontier Council for Annual Chuck Wagon Festival
Oklahoma City non-profits nurture partnership to better serve the community.
OKLAHOMA CITY — More than 100 uniformed Boy Scouts will strengthen their skills, serve as volunteers, and camp on the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s grounds during the two-day Annual Chuck Wagon Festival on May 27 – 28, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Since its origin in 1910, America’s Scouting program is an educational experience that helps build character and encourage service learning. Character development extends to every aspect of a Scout’s life, which is why the Museum sought out the Boy Scouts of America Last Frontier Council to partner with during the Museum’s Annual Chuck Wagon Festival.
“Scouting teaches kids how to be leaders and team players,” said Chief Financial Officer and Interim President and CEO Gary Moore. “These young men learn to finish projects, earn merit badges, and move up to the next rank. This type of experience can strengthen confidence and leadership skills, as well as building character in generations to come.”
The Scouts will camp out both Friday and Saturday night. After the Festival closes for the day on Saturday, the Scouts and their troop leaders will camp-out on the Museum grounds with meals and a dessert bake off. There will be campfire stories and sing-alongs with cowboy entertainer Jim Garling before falling asleep in the great outdoors.
Throughout the weekend, Scouts will show families how to rope, leather stamp, decorate bandannas, make various crafts, and interact with the selfie stations.
“It’s a joy to have the Boy Scouts of America partner with the Museum,” said Shannon Strain, the Museum Visitor Services Manager and Assistant Scoutmaster of Yukon, Oklahoma Boy Scout Troop 389. “The Museum and Scouting shares many of the same principles such as hard work, cheerful service, and helping others. I hope that because of these shared principles, the Museum and Boy Scouts will have an enduring relationship for many Festivals.”
Admission is $15 and free for members and children 12 and under; $5 off for Last Frontier Council Scouts and families (wear your uniform.) Family memberships start at $65 for a limited time only, which, for many families, is less expensive than purchasing Festival tickets. Memberships are available for purchase at the event. All crafts and activities are free with admission, except food from The Museum Grill and souvenirs from The Museum Store.
The Dogwood Foundation returns as the presenting sponsor for the event. Additional support is provided by Shawnee Mills, Bimbo Bakeries, Rodeo Opry, Granville Community Music School, and Great Plains Coca-Cola Bottling Company.
About the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Nationally accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is located only six miles northeast of downtown Oklahoma City in the Adventure District at the junction of Interstates 44 and 35, the state’s exciting Adventure Road corridor. The Museum offers annual memberships beginning at just $40. For more information, visit nationalcowboymuseum.org. For high-resolution images related to the National Cowboy Museum or this event, visit nationalcowboymuseum.org/media-pics/.