Important message to all Scouting Families,

Today, the national organization of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to achieve two key objectives: equitably compensate victims who were harmed during their time in Scouting and continue to carry out Scouting’s mission for years to come.

 I want to highlight important points that are most relevant to the Muskingum Valley Council:

  • The Muskingum Valley Council has not filed for bankruptcy. Our Council is legally separate, distinct and financially independent from the national organization.
  • Scouting programs will continue. This means that unit meetings and activities, district and council events, other Scouting adventures and countless service projects will take place as usual. In short, we expect no changes to the local Scouting experience in the Muskingum Valley.
  • Scouting is safer now than ever before. Over many years, we’ve developed some of the strongest expert-informed youth protection policies found in any youth-serving organization. I can also assure you that our volunteers and employees take youth protection extremely seriously and do their part to help keep kids safe.
  • Restricted donations – past, present or future – can only be used for their designated purpose. In addition, Friends of Scouting (FOS) and other annual donations made to our Council will continue to fund necessary day-to-day expenses that are critical to local Scouting programs.

While we do not anticipate the national organization’s bankruptcy filing will have any direct impact on the local Scouting experience or your involvement with our Council, I understand you may still have questions about these issues and things you will see in the news. To that end, the national organization has established a dedicated restructuring website, www.BSArestructuring.org

This site includes a helpful Resources page, where you will find a short video explaining what Chapter 11 means for Scouting, as well as a FAQ. The site’s Milestones page will be your best source for the latest updates throughout this process. 

If you have any questions about local Scouting, you can always feel free to reach out directly to me or your usual contact within our Council. 

Through your engagement and dedication to Scouting, the Muskingum Valley Council will continue to bring adventures, values and lifelong benefits to youth and our communities for generations to come. Thank you for your trust and support as we continue this important mission.

Yours in Scouting,

     Ed Mulholland – Scout Executive

Looking Back and Leaning Forward

2019 has been an incredible year for the Muskingum Valley Council.

We started the year with the entire council operating out of two conference rooms. One served as the Scout Store and the other housed four field staff, two support staff, the copy machine, the server, and all files and records needed to keep the council running. We end the year fully settled-in to our beautiful and functional Scouting Resource Center.

One year ago there were no girls in Scouts BSA. Today we we have 10 Scouts BSA Troops for girls. We have had several Girl Troops attend summer camp and these young ladies are enthusiastic and engaged. We may even have our first young lady earn her Eagle Scout in the coming year!

We started the year serving 80 units in 7.5 counties. Today our family has grown to 110 units in 9.5 counties thanks to the addition of Washington County, Ohio and Pleasants County & Williamstown, West Virginia. We are working hard to serve these units and make them feel welcome.

It has truly been a momentous year and we are very grateful to all who helped with their time, talent and treasure. Our continued success as a council depends on the generosity of so many people; Unit level leaders, Committee Members, District and Council volunteers and so many generous donors. Thank you!

I hope you are all as excited as I am to see what 2020 brings!

Ed Mulholland, Scout Executive

Summit High Adventure River Trek 2020

The Muskingum Valley Council has scheduled a contingent to experience the New River Trek Program. The group will consist of 4 Adults & 12 Youth.  There are still some slots available.   Estimated cost is $1,000.00  

The dates are June 12 to 18, 2020. 

TRIP OVERVIEW: This is a 50-mile paddle trip on the New River. You will navigate the upper portion of the river. This portion of the river includes Class I to III rapids. The final whitewater day in the Lower Canyon is a rafting experience and includes Class III to V rapids. Crews camp along the river through the New River Gorge. A gear boat (raft) accompanies the group to transport gear and food. Please note that in exceptionally high water, the entire trip may be conducted in rafts.

ELIGIBILITY: Registered Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts and Venturers who are at least 14 years old; and their registered leaders.

SKILL LEVEL: Participants must successfully complete the BSA Swimmer test. We recommend that participants have completed the Kayaking Merit Badge or have equivalent knowledge and skill.

FORMS: The following forms are required for participation: BSA Annual Health & Medical Record (Parts A-D), Summit Waiver, Whitewater Waiver.

FISHING: If you want to fish during your trip, you must purchase a West Virginia fishing license at www.wvfish.com. Fishing equipment will be available for your use. Youth under 15 years of age may fish without a license.

Click here to register: https://scoutingevent.com/467-27952