The Okee Tuklo District of the East Texas Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) will hold their annual Cub Scout Day Camp the week of June 24 on the campus of The University of Texas at Tyler. The day camp is open to all registered Cub Scouts in the Okee Tuklo District, which is made up of Smith and Wood counties, and offers exciting adventures and new friendships to more than 150 boys in the first through fifth grades.
This year’s theme, “Off to the Races,” will feature challenging, hands-on activities centered around race cars and designed to test the limits of the scouts’ imaginations. Cub Scouts will participate in activities including bead and leather crafts, hiking, fishing, an obstacle course, archery, push kart and downhill races, along with viewing a display of actual race cars. The final day of camp will be a family day with activities, awards, and a closing ceremony.
Cub Scout Day Camp is produced and run by an all-volunteer staff of trained, adult leaders, and led by day camp director, Gary Ellard. Mr. Ellard also serves the BSA as Cubmaster of Cub Scout Pack 391 in Hawkins, Texas, is the Okee Tuklo District training chair, and is the 2013 recipient of the District Award of Merit.
“This is my fourth year to be involved in day camp and I’m excited for camp to begin on June 24,” Mr. Ellard said. “When volunteering involves serving young boys, or any youth, you have to give it 110 percent. Even if you can only give an hour a week, this is your opportunity to influence them and guide them in the right direction. In scouting, we teach them to always try to do their best and to be constantly prepared for anything that may cross their path in life.”
Outside of his service to scouting, Mr. Ellard is a life member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) and the past chairman of the foundation’s Ark-La-Tex Chapter. The RMEF ensures the future of elk, other area wildlife, and their habitats.
Born in Queens, New York, Mr. Ellard has resided in the Tyler community for 21 years. He is a graduate of Marshall High School in Marshall, Texas, and earned an electronics degree while serving in the United States Air Force. Mr. Ellard is the owner and general manager of Jell Industrial Services, Inc. He and his wife, Judy, have been married for 48 years and have an adult son and one grandson, Tristan, a Webelos II Cub Scout with Pack 391. The Ellards are members of Oakdale Church of Christ in Winona, Texas.
“I really enjoy the diversity and enthusiasm that the Tyler area offers to those who want to volunteer to work with our youth. I’m always thankful to the local businesses and individuals who offer unlimited support and a positive attitude when it comes to helping our youth and scouting programs,” said Mr. Ellard.
For more information about Okee Tuklo Day Camp or about scouting in East Texas, please contact the East Texas Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America at 903-597-7201, or visit www.etexscouts.org.
For tickets or more information about the 26th Annual Tyler Cattle Barons’ Gala, please call the American Cancer Society office at 903-597-1383 or visit www.cattlebaronsgala.net.