Announcing the Tommy Gripe Memorial Conclave/NOAC Sponsorship Fund.
The Ema O Mahpe Lodge is honoring the memory of Vigil Member and past Lodge Advisor Tommy Gripe. This sponsorship fund will be designated for use by the Lodge to send a deserving youth member or members to annual area Conclaves and National OA Conferences. Contributions to the fund will be solicited in conjunction with the Lodge’s Winter Banquet for use during the following calendar year. Individual contributions to the fund of $25 or more will be recognized with a special Council Shoulder Patch.
Since 1979, many Scouts in the Cimarron Council have chosen to spend their spring break backpacking in the Ouachita National Forest.
Scouts annually spend four to five days trekking across the Ouachita Wilderness in what has become the HIGH ADVENTURE event for the Cimarron Council. This event, developed over the past quarter century by scouters in the Stillwater area, is open to ALL Boy Scouts, Varsity Team Members, and Venture Crew Members who meet the age and physical condition requirements. Trek requires that first-time trekkers attend a backpacking shakedown.
Scouts explore the back country of the Ouachita National Forest in Eastern Oklahoma and Western Arkansas. Treks are graded from beginner to advanced and are an excellent first experience for these Scouts. It is also good preparation for more adventurous trek in at Philmont, Tres Ritos and other sites.