Tim Ruppert exits Allohak Boy Scouts Council
PARKERSBURG — Allohak Boy Scouts Council District Executive Tim Ruppert has called it a day. OK, called it six years at the end of Friday.
Ruppert leaves Allohak Council for the Great Trails Council of the Akron area where he will be a district executive as well. Ruppert came to Allohak Council from Northern Virginia’s National Capital Area Council.
He said he had two districts which covered six counties with Allohak which has approximately 1,350 Scouts. The Great Trails Council area for Ruppert has approximately 1,900 scouts in one county. In this case, “scouts” refers to Scouts from Cub Scouts to Venturing Scouts, which is for teens 14-21 years in age.
“Allohak is doing great things with Scouting here,” Ruppert said. “There are more boys getting into Scouting and the council is showing strong growth.”
Ruppert said the most growth is being shown with the youth in Cub Scouting.
“The units are recruiting well,” he said. “The kids are attracted to something outdoors they can participate in and that’s usually the camping aspect of the Scouting life. Every kid gets to participate.”
Ruppert added Scouting numbers should continue to improve “due to the National Jamboree being held in Raleigh County but the big excitement for a lot of Scouts should be the World Jamboree in 2019 coming to West Virginia. You’re going to have Scouts representing 120 countries coming to West Virginia for that event.
“Plus Cub Scouts are being opened to girls this fall and you’re going to be able to have whole families involved in a pack as before the girls couldn’t participate,” he said. “You could see a large increase in the number of Scouts.”
Venturing Scout crews meet at Stout Memorial United Methodist Church in Parkersburg and Wayside United Methodist Church in Vienna. Venturing Scouts is open to males and females, according to Ruppert, and “focuses more on the high adventure activities such as rock climbing, sailing, hiking and camping.”
“Those Scouts basically run the program with the planning of events and the scheduling of events. The adults are there for safety and help them follow guidelines.
“The idea is for them to do things and if it fails, then they learn from their mistakes,” Ruppert said. “It’s on-the-job learning.”
Ruppert said his spot will be taken by April McFarland on March 1.
“She is going to do a great job for Scouting here. She has a great group of volunteers to work with. Really, the unit leaders do a great job. I give them the support they need to make it go.”