Welcome to My New Blog

Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.

— Oscar Wilde.

This is the first post on my new blog. I’m just getting this new blog going, so stay tuned for more. Subscribe below to get notified when I post new updates.

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right.

You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’re here.

Why do this?

  • Because it gives new readers context. What are you about? Why should they read your blog?
  • Because it will help you focus you own ideas about your blog and what you’d like to do with it.

The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.

To help you get started, here are a few questions:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

You’re not locked into any of this; one of the wonderful things about blogs is how they constantly evolve as we learn, grow, and interact with one another — but it’s good to know where and why you started, and articulating your goals may just give you a few other post ideas.

Can’t think how to get started? Just write the first thing that pops into your head. Anne Lamott, author of a book on writing we love, says that you need to give yourself permission to write a “crappy first draft”. Anne makes a great point — just start writing, and worry about editing it later.

When you’re ready to publish, give your post three to five tags that describe your blog’s focus — writing, photography, fiction, parenting, food, cars, movies, sports, whatever. These tags will help others who care about your topics find you in the Reader. Make sure one of the tags is “zerotohero,” so other new bloggers can find you, too.

Mic-o-Say in Shawnee Trails

Rob Sisco, the Shawnee Trails Mic-o-Say Advocate, reports that 2018 was a standout year for Shawnee Trails in the tribe of Mic-o-Say. Over 300 individuals from our District either became members or advanced in the leadership to the Tribe. Congratulations to our dedicated youth and volunteers who have shown their commitment to the principles that make our Tribe and the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation so unique.

2018 Shawnee Trails District Mic-O-Say Elevations (includes Staff elevations)














Commissioner Packet – October 2018


Three Shawnee Trails Commissioners Honored for the Service to Units.
  • Commissioner Bob Baranek was recognized as being selected to be a Silver Beaver at the Council Level.
  • ADC for Awards and Training John Wiedenmann was recognized with his Arrowhead Honor. The requirements for which can be found here .
  • Bob Baranek and Commissioner John Rohrer were presented with the bolo tie, knot, certificate and plaque for being honored with the Distinguished Commissioner Service Award. They were nominated to receive this award. The requirements can be found here.
  • Former ADC Joe Allen was awarded the Distinguished Commissioner Award at Roundtable. He is moving to Florida for his retirement this week. We wished him well.
  • One additional Shawnee Trails Commissioner will be awarded the Distinguished Commissioner Award at the next Roundtable.


Here is the packet of information you can refer to for the October 2018 Commissioners Meeting.

Monthly Service Plans:

Monthly Service Plan for Unit Commissioners October 2018.sl.09182018

Monthly Service Plan for Unit Commissioners November and December 2018.sl.09182018

District Commissioner Minute – YPT:

October 2018 Commissioner Training Corrected Online ReCharter 2019


HOAC Recharter Training 2019 Powerpoint (1) 9.21.2018

October 2018 Commissioner Training Corrected Online ReCharter 2019

Detailed Assessment and Roundtable Attendance Spreadsheet:

October Unit Health Packet

Huffman returns to HOAC

From the Council President….a Shawnee Trails Scouter himself.

Heart of America Council Scouters,

I am most excited to share with you that following a thorough and thoughtful nationwide search we have selected a new Scout Executive for the Heart of America Council.

Please join me in welcoming Richard “Brick” Huffman, Eagle Scout, Sachem Little Rolling Iron Quill back to Kansas City.

He grew up in Belton, MO. He has held a variety of Scouting positions around the country. Cedar Rapids, IA,

St. Cloud, MN, St. Louis, MO, Kansas City, MO, Amarillo, TX, and most recently as Scout Executive for the South Florida Council in Miami Lakes, FL.

I look forward to working with Brick as he leads us forward to ensure that we have a Scouting program that is building tomorrow’s leaders today.

I thank all of you for your contributions and support of Scouting here in the Heart of America Council.


Zachary H. Shafran

Council President

Heart of America Council, BSA

Eagle: ‘more of a launchpad than a final destination’

EagleYou’re not supposed to be here, but since you were inquisitive and clicked the link…here’s something to think about:

Ever heard of a Scout “Eagling out”? That’s the unofficial term for a young man or woman earning Boy Scouting’s highest rank and leaving the program shortly after. Well, let go of that idea…Eagle is just the beginning!

Source: https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2013/09/04/eagle-scout-says-rank-more-of-a-launchpad-than-a-final-destination/