Exciting News!

The Muskingum Valley Council Executive Board has approved the preparation of final architectual designs and all preliminary planning for the expansion of the Central Lodge at MVSR.  This decision will allow completion of the design and approval process over the next several months allowing construction to begin this fall.

For many years, attendance at summer camp has far exceeded the building’s capacity.  We have had Scouts eating under the adjacent shelter, and under two large canapies.  It has gotten so crowded that meals are actually being served outside on the porch.  Weekend events often stretched the limits of the facility as well.

This expansion will double the capacity of the Central Lodge from about 150 to 300 or more.  It will allow the entire camp to participate together in the fun and antics of the mealtime program.  It will provide far better conditions for eating meals, especially in inclement weather.

While we are excited that we are beginning the final planning, we still have funds to raise.  An additional $60,000 is needed before construction can begin on the Central Lodge.  We also need another $2.1 million to reach our total campaign goal which includes replacement of the Resource Center in Zanesville and the construction of a camping village consisting of cabins and a bath/shower facility.  If you are excited to see this progress, make your Capital Campaign contribution today!

Is your unit leadership planning to attend the Program Planning Festival on May 10th?

Is your unit leadership planning to attend the Program Planning Festival on May 10th?

Here’s another reason to be sure your unit is represented: We will give an extra 2% commission for next fall’s popcorn sales to every unit that; 1. attends the May 10 Program Planning festival, 2. submits a unit program calendar for the coming year, and 3. submits an annual budget.

Your unit program calendar and budget aren’t due until August, but you must be at the program planning festival on May 10th or you won’t be able to qualify for the added commission.

W8MVC

The Muskingum Valley council radio club is pleased to announce that we have been approved for a personalized call sign: W8MVC

We will be announcing a Club meeting for those scouts and scouters who are interested in Amateur Radio or already licensed hams.

For more information, contact Matthew Murphy, KC8BEW, at kc8bew@gmail.com or 740.704.8836

University of Scouting

We had a very successful University of Scouting last fall and we have begun planning for the next one.  To do that, we would like you to complete the SHORT survey at this link. Please complete this survey even if you attended or not.

Mark your calendar to attend the next University on March 21, 2015!

If you have questions or you’d like more information, please contact:

Angel Palmer
earthmomma242@yahoo.com
740-586-9427

New Program Opportunities and Partnership Page!

If you scratch your head and wonder what activities you can get your Scouts involved in around our area then look no farther than the new page dedicated to answering that question! Just look under the Activities heading and click on Program Opportunities and Partnership tab. The best part is that if you call and talk to the program experts at the locations they can offer talks and opportunities for your Scouts that will fulfill requirements for advancement, achievements, and Merit Badges! The work is already done for you!

Picnic Tables

MVSR can always use more picnic tables.  Building or purchasing a picnic table for camp is a great service project for any unit or individual.  Any Unit wishing to build a picnic table should review the specific plans we require and contact Ranger Ron.

Any unit or individual that would like to purchase a picnic table must purchase a table which meets our specifications.  A great way to purchase the right table, and help the developmentally disabled members of Venture Crew 555 is to purchase from Guernsey Industries (740-439-5017).  For just $204 they will build a 6 foot table suitable for camp and deliver it from their workshops in Cambridge to Camp.

What a great way to help our disabled friends and the Muskingum Valley Scout Reservation!