New Executives to Scoutreach District and Neosho District

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Scout Reach District Director – David Counts

David’s hometown is San Diego, California.  As a youth he participated in the Cub Scout program, starting as a Tiger Cub and earning his Arrow of Light.   He continued in the program as a Boy Scout and earned the rank of Eagle Scout.  While a Scout he served at Philmont for 3 summers as a Ranger and as a News & Photography Manager. He is married to Starlee, an Alaskan who he met while serving as a Professional with the Great Alaska Council.  David started his career as a District Executive in 2007 with the Great Alaska Council, became a Senior District Executive in 2010, and a Program Director in 2011.  He is currently serving as a District Director over the Scoutreach District in our Council. A 2004 graduate of Humboldt State University in Arcata, California, David has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with an emphasis in photography. In his spare time David enjoys photography, playing the guitar, and camping.

New Neosho District Executive – Cory Gripe

The Indian Nations Council would like to welcome Cory Gripe to our staff as the new District Executive for Neosho District.  Cory started scouting in his youth as a tiger cub and continued to Webelos one in Pack 253 in Yale OK. He then transitioned over to Troop 253 and earned Eagle Scout rank at the age 13. He also earned one of each eagle palm and completing 56 merit badges. He started working cub day camp at age 12 and by the age 13 was working full time staff for cub scout day camp, Webelos resident camp and, Boy Scout Resident Camp. While on summer camp staff he served as camp chief for 5 years. He was selected for Vigil Honor at age 15 and also served 2 years as Lodge Chief for Inola Lodge 148; he also received the Founders Award. He dropped out of scouting and earned a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts from Oklahoma State University. After graduation he went to work for Bank of Oklahoma in the item processing division working nights. After moving to a day shift he began volunteering in scouting again, first as a Unit Commissioner then working as the Twin Arrows Camping Chair and then adding Chapter Advisor to the slate. He has been married 5+ years to wife Ashley who just finished school to earn her Doctorate in Physical Therapy and works at St. Johns Tulsa. They currently have no kid, but do have two Miniature Dachshunds and live in Wagoner County.