Recognizing the Heroes of Scouting!

Each council in the nation is authorized to recognize several exceptional Scouting volunteers with the Silver Beaver Award. The Silver Beaver Award was introduced in 1931 and is a council-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. Recipients of this award are registered Scouters who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given at the council level.

If you know of a council level volunteer who has improved your Scouting experience; here’s your chance to say thank you.  Submit a nomination today!

Silver Beaver Award Nomination Form

Deadline for nominations is December 14th.

Order of the Arrow Winter Banquet

All OA Members and their families/guests are encouraged to attend the 2018 Winter Banquet!  Join us for a meal prepared by Zane Trace Chapter and celebrate a great year of cheerful service!  Youth members can run for Lodge Officer positions, elections will be held after dinner.

Saturday December 8th, 2018

*****Please be advised that the location has changed this year to Mount Vernon First Presbyterian Church, 106 N Gay Street, Mt Vernon, OH 43050*****

Arrival 5:30pm

Dinner 6:00pm

Program 7:00pm

Cost is $15 per person if your 2018 OA dues are current, $20 if you have not paid dues this year.  Please register online using the link below so we have a good count for food.  Payments can be made online or at the door when you arrive.

Please Register Here!

Klondike Derby – January 25-27, 2019

Klondike Derby January 25-27 2019

Just before the turn of the last century, gold prospectors traveled the sub-zero reaches of Alaska by means of dogs and sleds. They camped out in all kinds of winter weather, and therefore needed adequate survival skills, which they learned from the native Eskimos.

Who: All Boy Scout Troops

What: Klondike Derby

Where: MVSR

When: Jan 25-26-27 (check in Friday 5-7pm)

Cost: $20 per youth, $10 per Adult

What to bring: Sleds, cold weather gear, fun, one 16 oz can of soup per attendee (no “cream of” soups),  every patrol must bring at least 2 auction items for Saturday Night


Register now!

Coming Soon: the new River Trails district

On Thursday, November 15th, at a special meeting of the Council, a resolution was passed agreeing to accept approximately 25 units and 500 youth from the Allohak Council into the Muskingum Valley Council.  One final vote, scheduled for November 29th, will dissolve the Allohak Council and make the transfer official effective January 1st.  This historic resolution will bring new faces, new ideas, and new opportunities.  We live in exciting times!

The units come from Washington County, OH, Pleasants County, WV, and Williamstown West Virginia.  With the addition of this territory, the Muskingum Valley Council is finally complete.  We now cover the entire Muskingum Valley from the Walhonding and Tuscarawas rivers to their confluence in Coshocton, where they combine to form the Muskingum River, all the way to the mouth of the river in Marietta.

The new territory will join with the Forest Trails District to form the new River Trails district.  The leaders of both areas have already been meeting to plan the future of their new district.  The new River Trails district will be approximately the same size as the Arrowhead, and Zane Trace Districts.  District Executive Amanda Wisniewski is already busy getting to know the new units and leadership.

In the past 6 months, as I have met with the representatives of Scouting in Washington County, I have discovered incredible resilience, and an unstoppable passion for the program.  I am convinced this addition will be very positive for our council and the new units, leaders and families that are joining us.  We will be stronger, and better able to serve families throughout the council.  Please join me in welcoming these new leaders and families!

Ed Mulholland, Scout Executive

2019 Philmont Contingent

Muskingum Valley Council has openings for Youth and Adults to be part of our Philmont Trek for the summer of 2019. This 13 day adventure consists of 12 days of backpacking and backcountry programs in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo range of the Rocky Mountains.  If you are interested and meet the requirements below, complete the form on the back of this flyer to reserve your place for this mountaintop experience at the premier BSA high adventure base in America.


Youth: Philmont participants must be 14 years of age by date of arrival OR completed 8th Grade and be at least 13 years of age prior to participation.  Rank: First Class or higher

Adults: over 21, registered in the BSA

Subject to medical requirements

For more info and payment schedule, please see this flyer:


BSA has served Muskingum Valley youth for 100 years!

Thanks to the many Scouting families who came out to help us commemorate the beginning of our 100th year of service!  Think of that…100 years ago, folks were driving Model T’s and watching black-and-white Charlie Chaplin movies at the theater.  Today we drive SUV’s and F-150’s and we stream movies on our cell-phones!  Times have changed but one thing has remained constant: the Scout Oath and Law.

For the past 100 years, incredible volunteers have delivered the programs of Scouting and taught the meaning of the Oath and Law to thousands of youth right here in the Muskingum Valley.  Thank you for your role continuing this legacy!  And thank you for the privilege of serving you in this great Council!