Dan Atkinson, Cubmaster and Den Leader
Dan is an attorney and member of Wilkes Atkinson & Joyner, LLC, in Spartanburg, where he has practiced for 17 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. He was recognized at the Daniel Morgan District’s Cub Scouter of the Year in 2021. He is currently President-Elect of the Palmetto Council, BSA.
Dan has served 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.
Ray Morton, Den Leader
I was born in Greensboro, NC but claim Birmingham, AL as home, My father always kept in the outdoors – hunting, fishing, and camping. When I got into Scouting, my horizons were broadened and I was introduced to backpacking, whitewater activities, and climbing. I earned my Eagle in 1996 and while my participation in Scouting dwindled, I continued to be an avid, long distance backpacker, whitewater kayaker, and mountain biker.
In addition to those activities, I spend my days as a Government/Economics teacher at Byrnes High School and my afternoons in my garden, with my bees and chickens, and with my son, Hank. I am excited to share my passion of the outdoors and Scouting with the scouts of Pack 22.
Lisa Shingler, Den Leader
Lisa was unable to resist a return to Scouting when invited to join Trinity’s Cub Scout Pack 22 as a Den leader. Moving through Brownie, to Junior, to Cadet Girl Scouts, as she approached Senior Girl Scout age the Girl Rangers were formed in 1970 offering 50 mile hikes, 70 mile canoe trips, horseback riding in the Great Smokies, and plenty of camping! Lisa was excited to join the group at their first meeting. The Girl Rangers became Explorer Scouts when girls were first allowed to become Boy Scouts, and Lisa traveled to Philmont Scout Ranch as part of this first all-girl post to have that adventure.
Lisa has spent her professional life working with children, adolescents, and their families, including a few summers leading groups of severely emotionally disturbed adolescents on hikes in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and canoe trips down the Saco River of Maine. She is currently a school psychologist in Cherokee County Public Schools and is happy to once more be heading to the woods with Scouts. Her two grown sons prefer the beach for their outdoor excursions. She also enjoys sharing her favorite Scout songs with the girls in her den.
William Gray, Den Leader
As a lifelong resident of Spartanburg, William’s entire Scouting career has been affiliated with the Palmetto Council. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in the Council, and serves on the Board as the immediate past Council President. William is excited to have welcomed his daughter, Lenora, into Cub Scouts at Pack 22 two years ago, where she has thoroughly enjoyed all of the fun outdoor activities!
Professionally, William is a Principal and the Office Director of McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture’s Spartanburg location.
Scouting taught him the importance of community impact through service and he is proud to be able to work and serve his hometown both professionally and as a volunteer.
Rich Rhodes, Den Leader
I am looking forward to a wonderful experience as the Lion Cub Den Leader. I started the scouting program when I was 6 years old. I was at Pack 1 for 4 years as a Cub Scout and at Pack 118 for six years as a Boy Scout. I am proud to be an Eagle Scout, and I look forward to helping others pursue their scouting experience.
I am a financial advisor with Edward Jones in Boiling Springs. My wife, Rachel Rhodes, teaches English at McCracken Middle School, and we have two sons, Everette, who is 5, and Oliver, who is 2.
Keri Wagner, Den Leader
Keri Wagner grew up in the beautiful Finger Lakes area of Western NY. Though she was an active member of her local 4-H club, she always felt envious of the activities her older brother had in Cub Scouts. Though she enjoyed learning to bake and sew in 4-H, she really wanted to build her own Pinewood Derby car and participate in the fabulous camping trips. After marrying a man who is terrified of spiders and having two children who find no thrill in sleeping in a tent, Keri finally realized that her third child Emerson shared her love of the great outdoors. Now they are both members of Pack 22.
Keri graduated from Elmira College with a degree in Elementary Education. After working as a Corporate Trainer in Philadelphia for several years, she left the work force when her first child was born. Keri now spends her weekdays at the Advent Children’s Center, teaching the most wonderful group of three year-olds. She is an animal lover who owns way too many dogs, cats, fish, hermit crabs, and snails.