Since the first National Scout Jamboree was held in the summer of 1937 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the jamboree has become Scouting’s flagship event. In the summer of 2013, the Summit Bechtel Family Reserve welcomed Scouts to a whole new jamboree experience with world-class facilities and a focus on outdoor action sports. In 2017, SBR and the jamboree will be even better.
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
Everything is Possible In Cub Scouting and it all begins at School-night!
Launch your Scouts to new adventures by following the Councils School-night plan. Here are some highlights:
- Rocket Theme: What can be a more exciting way to launch an adventure than with a rocket launch. New Cub Scouts will build and launch alka-seltzer rockets at the school-night.
- To ensure every scout gets a quick start, we are discounting the cost of Cub Scout Handbooks and including them in the joining fee. The cost to join Cub Scouts in September, including their handbook, will be $16. (That is a $5.00 savings)
- Belt loops are the main recognition under the new program. Every Cub Scout will need a Cub Scout Belt. To help every family get their scout in uniform quickly, there will be a uniform package price (including the shirt, neckerchief, patches, cap and belt) that will save every family another $10.
- For each 4 new boys joining your pack, the Council will provide a den leader handbook – FREE!
Want all the details? Here’s the 2015 Cub Scout Fall Roundup Leader Guide. Leader guides are also available at the Scouting Service Center.
Is your Google Pin up to Date? If you go to www.BeAScout.org and enter your zip code, a google map will appear with the location of area Scouting Units. Click on the pin for your unit. Does it have a welcoming statement for new families? Does it tell them who to call? Does it say when you meet or what exciting activities are coming soon? If not, Learn to update your pin here: Be A Scout pin instructions.
Guess what?! The Service Center can order anything you want from Scoutstuff.org! Having your items delivered to the Service Center will save you money on shipping.
When your order comes in, you will be contacted and your name goes on the board. If you have not paid for it, we will hold that order for one month before it is returned to the store inventory.
Please contact the Service Center today if you think you have an order ready. We can be reached at 740-453-0571
We are pleased to announce that the new Straker Cabin is now available to rent for weekend camping. The heated cabin is located just off the main parking lot at MVSR. There are four sleeping rooms, each with two double bunk beds, for a total of 16 beds. Additionally, there is a large gathering space containing four picnic tables. A group larger than 16 could have several additional Scouts sleep in the gathering room. When renting the cabin, a unit will also get access to the flush toilet located at the Welcome Center just a few hundred feet from the cabin. There are additional rest room facilities in the nearby kybo at the Kiwanis shelter. Cooking is not allowed in the cabin – a fire ring will be located outside the building. Units are encouraged to bring cooking stoves for use outside the building if desired.
The cabin rental is just $75 per night, or $125 for a weekend rental.
Units wishing to rent the cabin should contact the Council Service Center at: 740-453-0571
Consider a great weekend at camp with a warm dry bed at night…. Hope to see you there!
Every Unit should conduct an annual planning conference resulting in a Unit calendar and Budget. Here are some helpful tools you can use to develop and communicate your plan and budget:
Do you know who will be taking the new Tiger Cub Den as a leader? Do you know who will be Mentoring the new Second Year Webelo Den? These questions can be answered or start the process of being answered by filling out the Fall Leadership Inventory Form and submitting it to you Commissioner or Unit Serving Executive. Please click HERE for the form!