Popcorn Fill-it-up PARTY!

The works!

This Saturday, April 23, beginning at 10 AM;  the Works! will host our top selling Scouts.  Scouts who filled up a complete popcorn take-order form each received an invitation to this special event. Fill-it-up Scouts are free, while parents and siblings must pay the going rate.  Pizza and pop will be served.

SCOUTFEST: Over 800 already pre-registered!

Where can you plant a tree, launch a rocket and complete an obstacle course all in one day?  Where can you go on a ‘Fox Hunt’, race blast cars, and go boating all in the same day?  Where can you visit a civil war encampment, try your hand at Archery, and race RC boats?  Where can you climb 150 feet, build a bird feeder and sample campfire treats?

SCOUTFEST 2016!

You can do this and a whole lot more!  Early registration is now complete but it is not too late to join us at the biggest Scouting event of the year.  Continue to use the registration forms below but be advised:  new registrations will not receive the event T-shirt.  These have already been ordered.  You will still recieve the event patch, cinch sack and lunch on Saturday.  Well worth the price of admission!

Registration can be completed online (below) or in person at the Council Service Center.

Registration form needs to be filled out to pay.

(There is an online payment option by credit card after filling out your form.)

Online Unit Site Registration Form

Online Registration

Online Family Registration

Peanut Sale

We’re excited to see scouts all over the council using the annual Virginia Diner Peanut sale to pay their way to camps this summer. This is a reminder that orders, along with payment, are due no later than 6:00pm at the Council Service Center this Thursday, April 7th. We hope you all had a great sale!

SCOUTFEST 2016

It’s coming, and it’s going to be huge!  This council-wide gathering of Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers and Explorers promises to be the biggest Scouting event in years!  The location will be Ariel Foundation Park in Mount Vernon.  The park has lakes for fishing and boating events. The most distinctive element is the spiral staircase which ascends 150 feet up a huge industrial smokestack.  The event will have tons of things to see and do all day Saturday, followed by the closing show Saturday evening.  Come join 1,000 fellow Scouts and Scouters for a weekend you won’t soon forget!

SCOUTFEST 2016 – Friday, May 13 through Sunday, May 15th

Here is the Leaders Guide to Scoutfest 2016:

ScoutFest 2016 Leaders Guide

Online Unit Site Registration Form

Online Registration

Online Family Registration

Thanks to you!

December 31, 2015

Scouting Friends,

2015…WHEW – what a whirlwind!  For the Muskingum Valley Council it was an exciting year full of ‘opportunities’ and challenges but we came out smelling like a rose.  This note is a way of thanking each Scouting volunteer who contributed to our success this year.  Your contributions of leadership, passion, talent and treasure are to be commended!

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We are serving more youth, and we have invested significantly in the future of Scouting in our Council.  And we did it despite significant changes in the Council Staff.  The craziness began last November when Jay Lockard, our Senior District Executive serving the Arrowhead District received a great career opportunity in Columbus.  Jay joined our staff in 2011 with 4 years’ experience in the Heart of Ohio Council.  That experience had made him much more than a DE.  He took on a great deal of additional responsibilities, including summer camp, our website, and the Order of the Arrow.  We lost a lot of real Scouting talent when Jay left for Columbus.   Next, our Registrar, Jane Payne retired on December 31st.  Jane had become a critical part of the office operation during her 14 years with the council.  We relied on her knowledge of the Scoutnet computer system, and her tenacious work ethic.  Over the years she took on more and more responsibility, becoming the go-to person for any reports, updates, and questions. Then, early in the year, Shawn Dyer, our exceptional DE in the Forest Trails District had an opportunity to move to Columbus and serve the area where he grew up.  Three key staff all gone in less than 6 months.  It was a real shock to the system.

We hired two new DE’s; Jay Shankel and Amanda Wisniewski.  Both had Scouting experience as youth but were brand new to the Scouting profession.  We contracted with Shared Services to take care of registration issues, and hired Molly Andrews to fill in for the rest of Jane’s responsibilities.  Three brand new team members; all learning on the fly.  It was not easy, but they each did exceptionally well.  District Director Jeff Pickett deserves great credit for his help in training our new DE’s and helping them succeed. He also stepped in as staff advisor for summer camp.  Perhaps some of you did not even realize all this change was happening?  To the extent you didn’t notice, it is a compliment to these new team members hard work and quick learning.  To the extent that you did notice; thank you for your patience.

Throughout all this change, we continued to have exceptional programs.  Our Day Camp leaders improved again on an already terrific program.  Our new Camp Director Dominic Lehman led an exceptional summer camp staff to produce one of our best summers ever.  The Shoot-o-ree was well-attended and we added three great new programs in early August; MVSX was a four day 50 mile canoe trek, the Power Program saw Scouts touring the AEP plant, the nearby ethanol plant and a local oil well, and we introduced a new program for girls only – Tents & Tiaras.

This fall, new youth recruiting went well and we have grown in membership.  Overall popcorn sales increased 8%.  Both of these achievements reflect well upon the quality of program your units are providing.

Thanks to our ongoing capital campaign, we were able to invest $500,000 in the dining hall expansion at Camp.  The energy in the new building this summer was incredible.  Having the entire camp under one roof created a level of energy we haven’t seen in years.  We have also added $125,000 to our endowment fund, and we begin construction of the ‘Silver Beaver’ Lodge and cabins this fall.

Thanks, in part to a grant from the Rogge Foundation, we held several exceptional events on the grounds at the Council Service Center.  Hundreds gathered for our Fourth of July Family Funfest, and hundreds more joined us for our ‘Zane Grey Wild West Family Fun Day in September.

At this moment, it appears that your Muskingum Valley Council will end the year with the highest Journey to Excellence scores of all the 12 council’s in our area.   That is an incredible achievement – especially considering the tremendous changes we have experienced.  Each of you can feel proud to serve in one of the best councils in the nation – you helped make it great!

Of course, all this change did not come without a cost.  Staff vacancies early in the year and so many new staff learning their jobs, left us short in our fundraising efforts.  As a result, we are still in need of about $5,000 to balance the books.  Any last minute gifts you can spare will be a great help and we can accept gifts for 2015 for another week or so until we close the books.  It would be great to end the year in the black.

Thank you all for everything you have done to help us be successful this year.  Rest assured that 2016 is shaping up to be another great year as well.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Ed Mulholland, Scout Executive