Coming Soon: the new River Trails district

Last 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

Were Baaaack!

We are pleased to announce that the Scout Shop and Scouting Service Center            re-opened today, in our newly renovated and expanded conference/training center.  We have resumed our normal hours and we thank all our volunteers and Scouting families for your patience over the past few days as we made the move.

We will remain temporarily in these conference rooms until the remaining portion of the Scouting Resource Center is completed some time in February.

The temporary entrance is on the far left end of the building as you approach from the street.

Stop by and visit us in our new digs!

 

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.

 Requirements:

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:

Philmont_Flyer_2019

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.

Construction Update

The renovation and expansion of our Scouting Resource Center continues. The expansion phase will be completed November 2nd.  At that time we will temporarily move our operations into the new section while the renovation of the store and program offices is completed.

To facilitate the move to the new section, we will be closing the offices and the store on Thursday, November 1st and Friday November 2nd.  During this time, we will conduct an inventory of the Scout store and make final preparations for the move.  On Saturday, November 3rd, we will be moving desks, files etc… into the new section.  We will remain closed on Monday and Tuesday, November 5th and 6th, while we set up the temporary office and store.  The store and offices should re-open, in the new section, on Wednesday, November 7th.

Renovation of the remaining portion will begin November 12th and should be completed by mid January.

Thank you all for your patience during this time of renewal.

Muskingum Valley Council Fall Camporee – Hosted by Venture Crew 447

Hey there Unit Property Tycoons!

Welcome to the 2018 Fall Scout-opoly! The fall camporee will be held October 26, 27 and 28. The cost per Scout is $15.00. Adult leaders will be $10.00. During this event, you will be going to stations of your choice to collect “cash” and properties. There are 27 total properties. 4 properties are “Hidden” so there will be 23 stations. You will not have an order you have to follow, so you will design your own plan to acquire as much “wealth” as your patrol can! The hope is your patrol plans out and works as a team to accomplish as much as they can.
At each station, there will be 3 levels of completion based off of how well you completed the skill or task. You can be awarded a cash value, the property, or the property and the cash value. The higher the reward for the property, the higher difficulty in skills will be required. The tasks are a combination of being prepared for the station, knowing about the skill, and being able to properly perform the skill. Some of the skills are fairly basic, while others are very challenging.
Skills you will use:
Scouting Knowledge Memorization skills Bear Bags
Patrol Flags Backpack and skills Morse Code
Flag Etiquette Plant / Animal ID Woods Tools
Wild Edibles Order of the Arrow Lashings
Knots First Aid / CPR Archery
Moving the injured Service Project Cooking / Cleaning
Scout Law in Action Picture taking Scavenger Hunt
On Friday night, your Senior Patrol Leader will receive a map of all challenge locations and instructions for the game. Lunch is provided, and Dinner will be a spaghetti dinner supplemented by a covered dish dinner that all Troops are encouraged to participate in as one of the stations. Chapel will also be on Saturday before the evening events. Units will be able to wake up and leave at their leisure on Sunday. Keep watching your e-mail as there will be a packing list and more specific instructions to follow!
Register online and watch your e-mails!