Scout Executive Transition

After 28 years with the Boy Scouts of America, I will officially retire on January 31st of this year. I have had the pleasure to serve in Dayton, Springfield, Canton, Ashland and here in Zanesville. I have enjoyed every minute. Scouting has given me many incredible opportunities and Scouting values have shaped my life. I thank my Scout leaders when I was a youth and I thank the hundreds and thousands of Scouting leaders I have had the pleasure to work with throughout my career.

The Council Executive Board has assigned a Scout Executive selection committee of 12 individuals including board members and Scout leaders. This committee has met and developed a profile for the position. The National office has circulated that profile and is accepting resumes from interested Scouting professionals. Later in January the committee will review the applicants resumes and select several candidates to interview. Interviews will be conducted in February with an expected start date for the new Scout Executive of March 15th.

The Muskingum Valley Council continues to do an exceptional job shaping the lives of youth, and I will always be proud to have played some small role in the Council’s continued success. In the end, the success of the council has always been dependent upon the quality and commitment of the many volunteers who give their time, talent, and treasure. Scouting volunteers have had an incredible positive impact on my life, and each of you is having an incredible positive impact on the youth you are serving today. Thank you!

Ed Mulholland
Eagle Scout

Important Summer Camp Reminders:

We are just days away from welcoming our first week of campers. Staff has been at camp training, and preparing for almost two weeks. As your Troop prepares to come to MVSR please remember – we need your help to ensure the safety of all our campers. Please reveiw all of the following prior to arrival at camp:


Arrival Times

Cohort Assignments

Campsite Assignments

Temperature Tracking Chart and Participant Statement (Required)

Screening Checklist

Camp T Shirt Design


Unit Meetings – Safety First!

As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Muskingum Valley Council is putting safety first in all decision-making regarding programming at the Council, District and Unit level.
Now that many of the Covid -19 related restrictions are lifting, units are now able to begin meeting again in-person provided they have the approval of their Charter Organization and follow the following guidelines:

Units are permitted to hold in-person meetings with 10 or fewer members in a group setting.

Multiple groups of 10 may meet at the same time in the same location, but each group of 10 should remain independent of one another and the groups should not intermingle adults or youth members within those groups.

Units must receive approval from their chartering organization to begin meeting.

Proper Social Distancing should be practiced by all those in attendance at meetings. At least a 6-foot distance between all individuals who are not immediate family members.

Leaders and Scouts should wear face coverings any time they are unable to maintain social distancing.

Proper sanitizing measures (hand sanitizer, surface cleaner, soap and water) and handwashing should be available and encouraged.

Prior to attending any in-person meetings, parents should self-screen themselves and their Scouts:

  • Temperatures should be taken. If a temperature screening is 100 degrees or more, you should not attend any Scouting function.
  • If you, or anyone in your family has been exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 within two weeks of your meeting, you should not attend any Scouting functions.

And remember – all Youth Protection policies and two-deep leadership policies should be followed to ensure the continued safety of our youth members.

If you have any questions contact the Scouting Resource Center at:


Camps get green light!

Other camps may be a Myth, but MVSR this summer will be Legendary!

Today we got the news from the Governor’s office that resident camps may open anytime. We have already shared our health and safety plans with the Coshocton County Health Department and they thought they were great. We will continue to tweak these as we learn more.

Thank you all for sticking with us during this time of uncertainty. Patience and perserverence won the day. Now it’s time to get your scouts packing for camp!

New Membership Fees Announced

We have confirmed the following updated membership fees for 2020:

(Reminder:  In addition to these national fees, rechartering youth and adults also pay a $3.00 Council Service Fee.  This fee helps provide accident and sickness insurance for members during Scouting activities.  Total due at recharter will be $69 per youth and $45 per adult.)

Summer Camping Update May 13,2020

Dear Scouting family,

It goes without saying that we are living through an unprecedented and concerning time.

As always, your safety and the safety of all our members, volunteers, and employees is the Boy Scouts of America’s top priority. As such, we have taken a careful and informed approach in evaluating whether to run summer programs this year. Since the spread of this pandemic, we have been continually monitoring the situation, and consulting with health experts, government officials and other camp professionals. We have guidance from our national office, draft guidance from the CDC and we have created a local panel of experts to help guide us as we safely re-open Scouting.

We know there are questions and concerns about how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect day camps and summer camp programs. The following is an update:

Cub Scout Day Camps:

We have simply run out of time to prepare our Day Camps for whatever guidance the State and local health departments will eventually suggest.  As of this writing, we still do not know if Day Camps will be allowed, or what precautions they will expect.  With the start date just several weeks off, we are compelled to cancel our upcoming Cub Scout Day Camps.  We strongly encourage all Cub Scout Packs to attend Cub Scout Resident Camp, July 23-26. By then we will have received the necessary guidance from the State and have enough information to prepare a safe, exciting outdoor adventure.

Scouts BSA Summer Camp:

After a thorough evaluation, we are still preparing for a successful 2020 summer camp at the Muskingum Valley Scout Reservation.  Any day now, the Governor will provide the guidance we need to open camp safely.  We had hoped to have this guidance already.  However, the delay in getting this information from the state compels us to delay the start of Scouts BSA summer camp until June 28th(Pending approval of local health officials)

We are very serious about making this the safest summer camp ever!  By delaying the start of camp, we gain more time to embrace the state’s guidance, prepare camp, and train staff. 

All Troops scheduled for Week 1, beginning Sunday, June 14, and Week 2 beginning Sunday, June 21st will be given slots in the remaining three weeks of camp beginning June 28, July 5, and July 12.    We will be reaching out to these units over the next week, but we also encourage unit leaders to call the office (740-453-0571) and speak with Jeff Pickett to expedite this change. 

Scouts BSA leaders will also be receiving an invite to a leader ‘ZOOM’ meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 19, at 6:30 PM where we will be able to provide additional information.

Cub Scout Resident Camp:

Plans for Cub Scout Resident Camp have not changed.  We are adding additional safety and hygiene protocols, and are prepared to adopt any additional guidance received from the state.  We will be emailing a survey to Cub Scout Leaders in the coming week to gather your input as well.

We understand these decisions will have a significant impact on individuals and families, and we are striving to communicate changes as we learn them.

While camp may look different in some ways, we know the experience of camp will be one your Scouts will not forget.

We are committed to keeping you safe as you experience camp and have already adopted the following changes we would like to share with you:

Prior to camp, units will receive a pre-camp screening guide.  You will be asked to screen all participants prior to your departure for camp. 

Arrival at camp will be scheduled and staggered throughout the day, this will prevent a large gathering of scouts as they wait to check-in.  Upon arrival each person will be screened by our summer camp staff. 

Troops will be asked to bring a tent for each person.  We expect single occupancy tenting will be part of the guidance from the CDC to help with social distancing.  Camp tents are available on request for those units who may not have enough of their own. 

We plan to have handwashing stations located throughout camp.

Campers will be expected to have a face covering with them at all times.  Whenever entering a building, or gathering in close proximity, face coverings will be used.

We plan to send out any additional health and safety information on June 12th to prepare you for your camp experience.

We look forward to providing the full range of Scouting programs as soon as the situation allows. We hope all our Scouting families stay healthy and positive in our current environment and join us in preparing for great 2020 summer camping experiences.

This is an evolving situation and this information is subject to change. We are working closely with our local health department officials, our Council Health Supervisor and our council’s Enterprise Risk Management committee to make informed decisions as efficiently as possible that prioritize the health and safety of our staff, participants, and communities.

It’s going to be different- this whole year has been uniquely challenging.  We will, however, have an awesome summer camp experience for you and your Scouts!  We all know they want to get out of the house – let’s do our best to get them out to Summer Camp!

Yours in Scouting,

Amy Pinson                Linda Udischas                       Ed Mulholland

Council President       Council Commissioner           Scout Executive

Re-Opening – May 12

Muskingum Valley Council, Scouting Resource Center, 734 Moorehead Avenue, Zanesville, Ohio.

We are excited to announce the re-opening of our Scouting Resource Center including the Scout Store. We will be resuming our regular hours beginning Tuesday, May 12th at 9 AM.

The staff has thoroughly cleaned and sanitized the building and will be following safety protocols to ensure a safe visit for Scouts and families. Our Store clerk will be wearing a mask and customers are encouraged to wear a mask according to their preference. All touchpoints will be sanitized after each customer visit.

For those who would prefer curbside delivery, you may call the Scout Store (740-453-0571) and we will prepare your order in advance. Then just call from your car and we will bring it out to you.

Appointments with staff should be scheduled in advance if possible.

We look forward to serving our Scouting families and leaders again!