Dan Atkinson, Cubmaster and Den Leader
Dan is an attorney with Wilkes Law Firm, P.A., in Spartanburg, where he has practiced for 16 years. He is married to Amanda Atkinson, who works as a Speech Language Pathologist in Spartanburg School District 7, serving Pine Street Elementary School. He is the father of three children, including a daughter and a son who are members of Pack 22. He is a graduate of Furman University and the Washington & Lee University School of Law. The Atkinson family are proud members of Trinity United Methodist Church. Dan is a Certified Lay Speaker in the South Carolina Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Dan joined Scouts as a Wolf in Pack 78, in his hometown of Laurens, South Carolina, and he has been involved in the Scouting movement for much of his life since then. From 1999 to 2004, he served on the Staff at Camp Old Indian, the summer camp for the Blue Ridge Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He eventually served as Program Director and Camp Director there. He was selected as COI’s Outstanding Staff Member in 2001, and he received the Order of the Arrow’s Vigil Honor in 2002, for outstanding service to Summer Camp and Atta Kulla Kulla lodge, with Dan’s peers bestowing him with the name Wulelendam Takachsin, which translates to “Joyful Leader.”
Dan is a 2001 graduate of the BSA’s National Camp School for Program, and he is a 2004 graduate of the BSA’s National Camp School for Camp Management. In 2015, he received the Silver Beaver Award from the Blue Ridge Council, for outstanding service at the Council level. In 2018, he received the District Award of Merit from the Daniel Morgan District, for outstanding service to Scouts in Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union Counties.
Dan currently serves as District Chairman for the Daniel Morgan District, which includes all Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, and Explorers in Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union Counties. He is also a member of the Executive Council of the Palmetto Council of the Boy Scouts of America, serving as Legal Counsel.
“Scouting has changed my life in so many positive ways. I have gotten to meet personal heroes, and I have developed new heroes by seeing so many men and women selflessly sacrifice for young people. I got to know my wife working at a Boy Scout summer camp. Cub Scouts gives me so many wonderful experiences with my wife and children, and, above all, it is fun. I hope you will consider joining us for the fun of Pack 22.” Dan Atkinson, Cubmaster
Amanda Atkinson, Assistant Cubmaster
“You worked at Boy Scout camp?!”
Yes she did, and she loved every minute of it.
Amanda Atkinson began her relationship with the BSA in 2001 as a Scoutcraft merit badge counselor for Camp Old Indian, Blue Ridge Council. She later rose to Handicraft Director. As Pack 22’s assistant cubmaster, she helps to organize pack outings and plan programing. When she isn’t singing silly songs or building indoor campfires, she’s a proud member of the special education team with Spartanburg School District 7, serving as a speech-language pathologist. She loves that Cub Scouts involves the whole family (including her own two cubs) and teaches children to feel proud of meeting goals and learning new things.
Her favorite Scouting moments include cheering for a scout who was afraid to finish a slack-line adventure, but did, and seeing the pride in children’s faces as they earn their first adventure loops. She uses her experience working with kids with special needs to offer suggestions for making pack activities inclusive, and her love of children is on display at every step.
Adam Strickland, New Member Coordinator and Den Leader
Adam is the reason Pack 22 owns a coffee percolator for camping trips. Parents, you’re welcome.
A born and raised Spartanburger, Adam enjoys all the family adventures of Cub Scouting, especially those that get the pack outside. He and his wife have two young sons and one old dog together. In the event of a fire, he’s saving the dog first.
Joe Mullinax, Den Leader
Joe grew up in Scouts. He is an Eagle Scout from Troop 28 in Spartanburg and went on to Explorers (woo-hoo! co-ed and high adventure!) with Troop 1, with whom he went to Philmont Scout Ranch for an amazing two weeks.
Joe is a small business owner, Rotarian, percussionist and section leader with the Spartanburg Community Band, an avid bicyclist, and the outdoorsy type. He’s married to a talented actress, seamstress, and educator and they have two, high-energy boys.
Joe McClure, Den Leader
Joe joined Scouting in the early 90’s with Troop 23 in the Indian Waters Council. He took the outdoor life to heart and is an avid fly fisherman, camper, and general outdoors man. He has camped and fished all over the Southeast, out West, and in Alaska.
He loves to bring the appreciation of all Scouting to the youth! He is happily married to a wonderful woman, who is the Children’s Director at Trinity United Methodist Church. They have four awesome kids and never enough time!
Genevieve Strickland, Pack Committee
Genevieve is a low country native but has lived in Spartanburg almost twenty years after attending and graduating from Converse College. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist, a partner at Magnolia Counseling Associates, and a Professional Fine Artist.
Genevieve has an extensive background working with children, from high school volunteering at one of first Therapeutic Riding Centers in South Carolina, an internship with McCarthy-Teszler, as an Art Teacher with the Fine Arts Day Camp, a full time counselor with both Emerge Family Therapy and Teaching Clinic and the Department of Juvenile Justice, to her current practice, and, of course, as mama to her own two boys. Genevieve is married to Adam Strickland and they’ve been with Pack 22 since their oldest could be in Cub Scouts.