Nicole Connell has recently been selected and commissioned as the new District Executive for the Netami District of the Norwela Council. Based in Shreveport, the Norwela Council was established in 1923 and serves a nine-parish region. The Netami District serves children and youth through the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) in Natchitoches, Desoto, Sabine and Red River parishes. As the District Executive, she will oversee the non-profit’s efforts to provide the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development program to students in all four parishes. The BSA has provided character education programs to students since its inception as the Boy Scouts of America in 1910 and now serves all children ages 5 through 20.
Connell graduated from Natchitoches Central high School and Northwestern State University. She began her law enforcement career at the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office, then served with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office. After moving closer to home, she became an agent with Louisiana Probation and Parole. Connell has returned home and joining the Norwela Council following her daughter’s graduation from a dual enrollment high program at LSUA. During her daughter’s studies, Connell was a CASA coordinator, then the Child Trafficking Coordinator, both with the Advocacy Center.
Connell is married to Sgt. William Connell and they are the parents of three children, as well as their bonus son. Their son, Colt, is a member of the Orthopedic Team at Baton Rouge Orthopedic and Eric Joe Jr is with Ventana Midstream. Their only daughter is a junior in the LSUA nursing program and their youngest son, Chase, is a high school senior. They are also grandparents of two grandsons, River and Tripp.
Having grown up as the daughter and granddaughter of 4-H Agents, Connell shared she has always known the importance of character education, along with the fun that can come with high energy outdoor adventures. By the numbers, four out of 100 children participate in Scouting, but conversely, three out of four leaders of business, religion and politics in the United States participated in scouting. Every year, over 1 million participate in scout camps and provide nearly $400 million of service work.
There are currently programs boys and girls can begin participating in as early as the summer, with unlimited opportunities that continue year-round. Scout programs are offered to all children and young adults ages 5-20. To learn more about scouting programs in the area, visit norwela.org or souting.org, or call 318-868-2774.