Youth Protection Training must be renewed by October 1st

All registered adults must take the updated Youth Protection Training by October 1st, 2018. Because we are responsible for the safety of every scout, this training is critically important.  Your role in scouting, as a leader or a parent, includes insuring the safety of the Scouts in your unit.  Be Prepared to identify and respond to threats before any child is harmed.

The training is available online at your my.scouting account.

Click here to take Youth Protection Training

Making Popcorn a Critical Part of your Unit Program

If you are selling popcorn ‘just because’ then your Scouts are missing out on the important character education that comes from learning to ‘pay their own way’.  Living the words; ‘A Scout is Thrifty’ includes learning to handle money and to earn your own way.  Units that make the popcorn sale an important part of their annual plan are teaching their scouts important life lessons.  Looking adults in the eye, public speaking, knowing a script and sticking to it, handling money, goal setting, and earning rewards are all important lessons a Scout can learn through the popcorn sale.

Here’s a form to help you plan your year and make a unit budget.  Use this form to enter your proposed activities and anticipated costs.  It will automatically calculate your total budget, and the amount of popcorn each scout should sell to pay for their ideal year of scouting!  Turning in this annual plan and budget will earn your unit an additional 2% commission on all the popcorn your unit sells.

Fund-Your-Adventure-Worksheet

 

Coming Order of the Arrow Membership Changes

Last week the National Order of the Arrow Committee approved some exciting updates to the Order of the Arrow program.

Beginning February 1, 2019, unit elections will be permitted in Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scout units. The new Order of the Arrow membership requirements are as follows:

  • Be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America.
  • Have experienced 15 nights of camping while registered with a troop, crew, or ship within the two years immediately prior to the election. The 15 nights must include one, but no more than one, long-term camp consisting of at least five consecutive nights of overnight camping, approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America. Only five nights of the long-term camp may be credited toward the 15-night camping requirement; the balance of the camping (10 nights) must be overnight, weekend, or other short-term camps of, at most, three nights each. Ship nights may be counted as camping for Sea Scouts.
  • At the time of their election, youth must be under the age of 21, hold the Scouts BSA First Class rank, the Venturing Discovery Award, or the Sea Scout Ordinary rank or higher, and following approval by the Scoutmaster, Crew Advisor or Sea Scout Skipper, be elected by the youth members of their unit.
  • Adults (age 21 or older) who meet the camping requirements may be selected following nomination to and approval by the lodge adult selection committee.

Our commitment to our unchanging mission and purpose remains steadfast, and we are excited to welcome others who share that commitment by extending membership in Scouting’s National Honor Society to participants of all older youth programs. We look forward to having female members in 2019 and know that, like all of our OA members, they will serve as role models and inspirations to others – both within the Boy Scouts of America and beyond.

We anticipate that you may have some questions. Please be sure to read the FAQ section below. We will have more information at the National Order of the Arrow Conference, which will be held July 30 – August 4, 2018, and we will continue to release additional information as it becomes available in order to assist our lodges with implementation.

We look forward to sharing what the OA has to offer with more young people and appreciate your support of this exciting new direction.

FAQs

Q. Will camping be counted retroactively for those currently in Venturing and Sea Scouts?

Yes. Camping that has taken place within the two years immediately prior to the election will be counted beginning February 1, 2019. This camping must have taken place while an individual was registered with the BSA as a program participant and must be while participating with a BSA Venturing Crew or Sea Scout Ship.

Q. Can I be elected into the OA if I am over the age of 18?

Yes. As long as you are under the age of 21 at the time the election is held. If you are over 21, you will need to go through the adult selection process.

Q. Will there be any opportunities for Venturers to learn more about the OA and Venturing?

Yes. We will provide high-level information and the opportunity to gather feedback from youth Venturing participants at VenturingFest 2018, which will be held July 1-6, 2018.

Q. When will the OA literature be updated to reflect these changes?

We are planning that all literature will be updated by Summer of 2019.

Q. Will we still be able to wear lodge flaps on any female uniforms that may be created?

Yes. We continue to work with BSA National Supply to help ensure that the current OA lodge flap shape and size will be accommodated.

Venturing Updates

Our very own, Max Chandler, was recently elected as the Central Region Area 4 Venturing President.  Max is a member of Troop and Crew 339, is the Muskingum Valley Council Venturing Officer’s Association President, Netawatwees Lodge Vice Chief, and has served in many capacities on NYLT staff.  Please help us congratulate him as he begins his new role in Area 4!

Time for your annual Program Planning meeting:

The BSA’s annual program plan calls for each unit to hold a planning meeting over the summer. In Cub Scouting, the meeting is attended by leaders and parents. In Scouts BSA the youth are involved in the meeting.  The purpose is to outline your plan for the coming program year.  This plan can then be shared widely so everyone knows whats coming.  When it comes to unit fundraising, this meeting lets you know how much it will cost to keep the unit active.  When parents know what the money is needed for they are more likely to help raise the fund.

Use this form to enter your proposed activities and anticipated costs.  It will automatically calculate your total budget, and the amount of popcorn each scout should sell to pay for their ideal year of scouting!

Fund-Your-Adventure-Worksheet

Take time this summer to plan an exciting year, then bring this completed form to our August 11th Popcorn and Membership Kickoff at MVSR (10AM – Noon) to earn extra commission in this year’s sale!

New OA Lodge Adviser!

We are pleased to announce the selection of Chip Udischas to serve as Lodge Adviser for the Netawatwees Lodge #424.  Chip has been active in the lodge since he was a scout and even held the post of Lodge Chief as a youth.  Here’s a picture of Chip as Lodge Chief:

We are grateful to Dudley Thomas for his years of service as Lodge Adviser and we look forward to building on his legacy under Chip’s leadership.  .

 

Council Earns ‘GOLD’ – again!

Every organization strives to improve. Plans are made, goals are set, performance is tracked.  Whether it’s a business, a club, or a family, we all set goals and track performance.  In the BSA, those performance standards are the 18 criteria tracked on the Journey to Excellence.

Today We are pleased to announce that the Muskingum Valley Council has achieved ‘Gold’ level performance for 2017.  If you are reading this, you can take pride in your role in this achievement!  Parents, cubmasters, scoutmasters, committee members, commissioners, venture leaders, activity chairmen, trainers, camp staff, donors, fundraisers, and so many more… you all played a part in this success story.

THANK YOU!

Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts are advancing and camping at the highest percentages. Our Scouts averaged over 6 hours of service each.

With your help, the Muskingum Valley Council is setting the standard for quality, cost-effective, positive youth development.   As we look forward, we can all feel confident that we are prepared to provide more exceptional Scouting programs in 2018.