"Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the residents of Joplin. This is a tragedy that will be long lasting and not ever forgotten," said Dean Ertel, scout executive, Ozark Trails Council . "We know that many of those impacted are Scouts and it is our position that we will support them in whatever way we can do."
The council and its board ensure that those scouts from the impact area will be able to attend summer camps as planned. Replacement of scout apparel, equipment, and other scout specific need also will be taken care of by the council.
"It's vital to a full recovery that everyday life and opportunities that scouts have been looking forward to are honored," said Bill Rolfing, president - Ozark Trails Council. "This is just a small part of what not only scouts from our area will do, but the first step in what Boy Scouts of America nationally has planned to support Joplin, MO."
The Ozark Trails Council has also set up a monetary fund, the “Joplin Tornado Scout Fund” and 100% of the money will go to relief efforts in the city of Joplin. To give to this fund please send contributions to 1616 S. Eastgate Ave. Springfield, MO 65809.
Additionally, The Ozark Trails Council has set up an e-mail address to help manage and coordinate support activities for Joplin. All those interested in helping should e-mail here with their name, email, phone, unit number and council name, and type of support offered (such as clean up, sponsoring affected units, tools, etc). There have also been requests for sponsoring a unit‟ or donating gear. Please direct these to the e-mail address and include the available sponsorship and/or gear.