Salute to Scouting

February's Salute to Scouting has been a recognizable face at Camp Lakota for decades.  Read how Roger Frese is much more than just Old Sycamores District Chair, and how Scouting continues to impact his life. 

Self-less service to others has been a life-long inspiration for Roger Frese

Roger is a retired high school Physics & Chemistry teacher. During his time teaching, he’d coached golf and football in addition to everything he did in Scouting. Roger is happily married in St. Henry, OH, with two children and five grandchildren. Roger started his Scouting career like many do as a Cub Scout, but at that young age, he didn’t enjoy it and ended up dropping until he was introduced to a Troop in Lima at the age of 12 and rejoined. 

When he spent his first summer at Camp Lakota, he was so enamored he signed up for kitchen staff as soon as he could and worked for two years doing all of the dirty jobs “no one else wanted to do.” Roger also served on Scoutcraft and Aquatics staff at Lakota in his yourh before going into the service after high school

Even during his time in the military, Roger was involved in Scouting as a Scouting Liaison at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey and during his one year in Vietnam. Roger returned stateside in 1971 and rejoined Camp Lakota staff. He served as the Shooting Sports Director for 11 consecutive summers, one summer as Aquatics Director, another as Scoutcraft Director, then 15 more summers as the Program Director. In total, Roger’s spent 42 summers on staff at Camp.

After 15 consecutive summers as Program Director , Roger took a break and changed directions. He tried out being the Shooting Sports Director at Lost Lake Scouting Reservation for a year and since then he has been across the country at different camps, including in Councils like Crossraods of America (Indianapolis) and Miami Valley (Dayton), and a summer at our own Camp Berry in Findlay.

Roger is currently serving as a District Chair, Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 98 in Rockford, Associate Advisor for C6B in the Order of the Arrow, and as one of the major trainers for the National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC).

Roger’s advice to Scouts and Scouters is that, whatever you learn in Scouting, you’ll never lose it and those lessons will help you in your future endeavors. When Roger was teaching full-time, he’d often be asked why he kept on doing Scouting and he said it made him a better teacher for the interactions it opens up and for the learning opportunities Scouting provides in the outdoors

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