Charlianne Nestlen Selected to Direct Family Scouting & Strategic Partnership

The Palmetto Council is proud to announce the newest addition to the Palmetto Council staff, Charlianne Nestlen. After the success of Family Scouting in the fall of 2018, the Palmetto Council Board chose to add a Director of Family Scouting to help support the new growth in membership. We are very excited to welcome Charlianne to our staff as we continue to grow this amazing program across the Upstate of South Carolina!

Charlianne is a life-long native of Spartanburg and graduated from USC Upstate where she was initiated as a Delta Zeta and received her B.A. in Communications- Journalism.

She joins us from the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce where she served as the Director of Resource Development.

She is a 2015 Leadership Spartanburg Graduate and an active member of several professional organizations, including Spartanburg Young Professionals where she recently served as past chair, the Leadership Spartanburg Alumni Association Board, Economic Visionaries Committee for Spartanburg Community College Foundation, Bring Light Dance Ministry and St. Paul the Apostle Catholic School PTO.

Charlianne became involved in scouting through her son, Wyatt, who is currently a Tiger and her husband, Homer, who is a den leader. They reside in Chesnee and look forward to enjoying family scouting together.

Please join us in welcoming Charlianne Nestlen!

MLK Day Hours

The Palmetto Council Service Center will be CLOSED on Monday, January 21st in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Palmetto Scout Shop will be operating on normal hours (9AM - 6PM).

NESA Chapter honors 2018 Eagle Class

The Palmetto Council NESA Committee honored the 133 Eagle Scouts in the Eagle Class of 2018 on January 5, 2019. The 133 Eagles represent 44 units and their projects combined for over 18,000 service hours. Distinguished Eagle Scout Dwight Neese was the featured speaker. Two scholarships were presented from the Robert “Bob” Justice NESA Scholarship Fund. The Schaefer family announced the creation of the Norman F. Schaefer Outstanding Eagle Scout Project Scholarship and presented the inaugural scholarship to Jared C. of Troop 275. The NESA committee also awarded three NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Awards to Doug Bartlett, Scott Phillips and Ron Smith for their continued service to our community as an Eagle Scout. Congratulations, Palmetto Eagles!

New Director of Multi-Cultural Markets to Join Palmetto Staff

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We are proud to announce the selection of Mr. Corey Humphries to serve as the Director of Multi-Cultural Markets for the Palmetto Council effective December 1, 2018. Corey will direct our outreach service initiatives as well as our career exploring programs to ensure quality program experiences for local at-risk youth. He will work closely with our executive board to implement strategies for diverse growth where barriers to participation exist.

Corey is a graduate of Charleston Southern University with an M.S. in Criminal Justice and B.S. in Psychology. He served as Vice President of Student Affairs at Shorter University and Assistant Dean of Campus Life at Charleston Southern University. His volunteer work includes facilitating discussions on race relations, social media safety, and healthy relationships. His honors include being chosen as Staff Member of the Year in 2010 and the Outstanding Graduate in Criminal Justice Award, both at Charleston Southern University. Corey served as a counselor at Ridgecrest Summer Camp for many years.

Corey is a native of Chesnee, SC. He and his family look forward to being close to family and friends. Please join me in welcoming Corey and his family as they undertake this exciting new adventure.

Camp Bob Hardin Update

Camp Bob Hardin suffered significant damage to roads, buildings, and systems during a catastrophic flood event in May 2018. Engineers have determined that major repairs are needed to provide a safe environment for children and adults to experience the adventure of Scouting. Summer camp program for the 2018 and 2019 seasons has been cancelled to allow time for repairs. A steering committee has been formed to work with construction experts to provide advice and guidance for work at Camp Bob Hardin.

The Palmetto Council board of directors has closed the property to all events until such time as operating permits have been approved for reopening the camp. Packs and Troops should work closely with the Council Camping Committee to find alternative sites for summer camp and other program activities for the immediate future.