Bill Shaffer

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Meeting Place
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
8730 E Skelly Dr

Troop 26 is the largest troop in the Indian Nations Council, which is the council for the Boy Scouts in the Tulsa area. Among weekly meetings and monthly campouts, this troop also visits summer camp at Hale Scout Reservation and sometimes goes on long trips to high adventure bases such as Philmont and Northern Tier.

Troop 26 was chartered in 1954 by Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.  In 1969, Bill Shaffer, became the troop scoutmaster and has served for over 44 years in this position.  Under his leadership, over 675 scouts have earned the Eagle award, which is the high award that a scout can earn.  It is believed that Troop 26 has more Eagle scouts than any other troop in the United States and possibly in the world.  The troop is a boy led-troop and is anchored by strong Eagle scout and adult involvement. 

Troop 26 Program Participation

Program Description
White Stag Leadership This program is designed by Troop 26 to provide young scouts with leadership skills.
Pine Tree Pine tree is a leadership program developed and administered by the Indian Nations Council.  Troop 26 actively recruits and sends the most prepared scouts to participate in this leadership program.
Merit Badge Troop 26 offers an extensive array of merit badges.  Through this program, scouts are introduced to new ideas, technologies, and career opportunities.  This program is intended to engage scouts in new and diverse opportunities to learn.
Hornaday A team of Assistant Scout Masters (ASM) in Troop 26 have developed a program to give scouts an opportunity to learn about the environment and serve by developing and completing projects that will improve the environment.  Through this program, scouts can earn the Hornaday Award, which is an exclusive award earned by few scouts.
Order of the Arrow Many scouts and scouters participate in the Order of the Arrow, which is an honor society within the Boy Scouts of America focused on service to scouting.  This organization is responsible for assisting maintaining and making major enhancements to scouting facilities throughout Oklahoma.
Wood Badge Leadership training for adults.  This program is administered by the Indian Nations Council.  Many of the adult leaders in Troop 26 have participated completed the Wood Badge program.

Notable Alumni

Alumni Accomplishments
Gailard Sartain Tulsa celebrity in local television as Dr. Mazeppa Pompazoidi in 1970-73 on the “Uncanny Film Festival and Camp Meeting.” Gailard joined the comedy team of the Sonny and Cher show and then went on to be a member of the cast of Hee Haw. Gailard worked with some of Hollywood’s best in films like The Outsiders, Elizabethtown, Earnest Goes to Jail, Fried Green Tomatoes, and Mississippi Burning. He has worked with Gary Busey, Orlando Bloom, Kathy Bates, Gene Hackman, Tom Cruise, Jessica Tandy, Ted Danson, Rob Lowe and Patrick Swayze. 
Michael Grogan Meteorologist at Tulsa's News On 6.