Bill Warde (billw@OKWAY.OKSTATE.EDU)
Mon, 24 Apr 1995 12:17:38 -0500
In response to the several messages on this net regarding the Oklahoma
City bombing, I have been in touch with a good friend of mine, the
associate Council Executive of the Last Frontier Council, BSA which is
in Oklahoma City. He informed me that the Scouts have been active
around the explosion site. The various law and emergency preparedness
posts have been active as close to the site as they are allowed by FBI
and Oklahoma City authorities. There was no need for a group of
untrained volunteers to clutter up the site, and the Council suggested
that a Webelos Leader who wished to bring his den to help find a more
productive use for his boys and his time and efforts. One such
activity that is being performed by scouts is the sorting and packing
of food and other items donated for use by volunteers who are directly
involved at the site.
There is a need for cash which is best contributed through the Red
Cross or the Salvation Army to help with local needs. Local
authorities now have sufficient blood on hand to deal with the injured
and are suggesting that donors resume their normal donation patters.
There is some fear that a shortage may occur in the next 30-45 days
due to the 56 day between donations requirement, so a delay in giving
may actually be beneficial.
At this point, the local Scouting Community has lost two leaders - an
assistant cub master and a district committee member. In addition,
there are many family members of scouting families who are missing or
injured in the explosion.
As a point of interest, the policeman who has been shown repeatedly on
TV handing off an injured child soon after the explosion is a
cubmaster in Oklahoma City.
The scouts are there, but they are not grabbing the glory in any way,
which is more than can be said for several of Oklahoma's elected
The Last Frontier Council will have their Scout Show in two weeks and
they plan to have a number of activities at that time which center on
the down town tragedy.
I would be glad to attempt to pass on anything that Scout-L
correspondents may wish to the Oklahoma City Scout Council.
District Commissioner 2806 West 18th
Pawnee Bill District Stillwater
Will Rogers Council OK 74074
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