National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum partners with Boy Scouts of America Last Frontier Council for Annual Chuck Wagon Festival


May 16, 2018

Contact: Tara Carr, Senior Marketing Manager,

(Office) (405) 478-2250 ext. 284



National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum partners with Boy Scouts of America Last Frontier Council for Annual Chuck Wagon Festival

Oklahoma City non-profits nurture partnership to better serve the community.


OKLAHOMA CITY — More than 100 uniformed Boy Scouts will strengthen their skills, serve as volunteers, and camp on the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s grounds during the fun-filled, two-day Annual Chuck Wagon Festival on May 26 – 27, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Since its origin in 1910, America’s Scouting program has been an educational experience that helps build character and encourage service learning. Character development extends to every aspect of a Scout’s life, which is why the Museum sought out the Boy Scouts of America Last Frontier Council with which to partner during the Museum’s largest community event of the year.

“Scouting teaches kids how to be leaders and team players,” said Museum President and CEO Natalie Shirley. “These young people learn to finish projects, earn merit badges, and move up to the next rank. This type of experience can strengthen confidence and leadership skills, as well as building character in generations to come. The scouts are a vital part of making our Chuck Wagon festival one to remember!”

The Scouts will camp out both Friday and Saturday night. After the Festival closes for the day on Saturday, the Scouts and their troop leaders will camp out on the Museum grounds with meals and a Dutch oven dessert bake off. There will be campfire stories and sing-alongs with cowboy entertainer Jim Garling before falling asleep in the great outdoors.

Throughout the weekend, Scouts will show families how to rope, leather stamp, decorate bandannas, make various crafts, and interact with the selfie stations.

“It’s a joy to have the Boy Scouts of America partner with the Museum,” said Shannon Strain, Museum Visitor Services Manager and Assistant Scoutmaster of Yukon, Oklahoma, Boy Scout Troop 389. “The Museum and Scouting share many of the same principles such as hard work, cheerful service, and helping others. I hope that because of these shared principles, the Museum and Boy Scouts will have an enduring relationship for many Festivals.”

Admission is $15 at the door and free for members and children 12 and under; $5 off for Last Frontier Council Scouts and families (wear your uniform). Family memberships start at $65 for a limited time only, which, for many families, is less expensive than purchasing Festival tickets. Memberships are available for purchase at the event. All crafts and activities are free with admission, except food from The Museum Grill and souvenirs from The Museum Store. Limited boy scout spots are still available and can be reserved by calling (405) 478-2250 ext. 241.


The Dogwood Foundation returns as the presenting sponsor for the event. Additional support is provided by Shawnee Mills, Bimbo Bakeries, and Rodeo Opry. For more information, visit


About the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum  

Nationally accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is located only six miles northeast of downtown Oklahoma City in the Adventure District at the junction of Interstates 44 and 35, the state’s exciting Adventure Road corridor. The Museum offers annual memberships beginning at just $40. For more information, visit For high-resolution images related to the National Cowboy Museum or this event, visit