Three exceptional Scouting volunteers have been selected to receive the council’s highest honor; the Silver Beaver Award. These awards will be presented at the Council’s annual Celebration of Leadership to be held at the Ohio University-Zanesville Campus Center, on Saturday, March 12th. The Celebration of Leadership is a free event, honoring all our Scouting volunteers and the tremendous service you provide; preparing youth for success in life. This year, our emcee will be Reverend David Weyrick, Scouting volunteer and ventriloquist from Akron, Ohio. Reverend Wyricks presentation is sure to be fun and inspirational. Click here to reserve your spot at the event.
December 31, 2015
2015…WHEW – what a whirlwind! For the Muskingum Valley Council it was an exciting year full of ‘opportunities’ and challenges but we came out smelling like a rose. This note is a way of thanking each Scouting volunteer who contributed to our success this year. Your contributions of leadership, passion, talent and treasure are to be commended!
We are serving more youth, and we have invested significantly in the future of Scouting in our Council. And we did it despite significant changes in the Council Staff. The craziness began last November when Jay Lockard, our Senior District Executive serving the Arrowhead District received a great career opportunity in Columbus. Jay joined our staff in 2011 with 4 years’ experience in the Heart of Ohio Council. That experience had made him much more than a DE. He took on a great deal of additional responsibilities, including summer camp, our website, and the Order of the Arrow. We lost a lot of real Scouting talent when Jay left for Columbus. Next, our Registrar, Jane Payne retired on December 31st. Jane had become a critical part of the office operation during her 14 years with the council. We relied on her knowledge of the Scoutnet computer system, and her tenacious work ethic. Over the years she took on more and more responsibility, becoming the go-to person for any reports, updates, and questions. Then, early in the year, Shawn Dyer, our exceptional DE in the Forest Trails District had an opportunity to move to Columbus and serve the area where he grew up. Three key staff all gone in less than 6 months. It was a real shock to the system.
We hired two new DE’s; Jay Shankel and Amanda Wisniewski. Both had Scouting experience as youth but were brand new to the Scouting profession. We contracted with Shared Services to take care of registration issues, and hired Molly Andrews to fill in for the rest of Jane’s responsibilities. Three brand new team members; all learning on the fly. It was not easy, but they each did exceptionally well. District Director Jeff Pickett deserves great credit for his help in training our new DE’s and helping them succeed. He also stepped in as staff advisor for summer camp. Perhaps some of you did not even realize all this change was happening? To the extent you didn’t notice, it is a compliment to these new team members hard work and quick learning. To the extent that you did notice; thank you for your patience.
Throughout all this change, we continued to have exceptional programs. Our Day Camp leaders improved again on an already terrific program. Our new Camp Director Dominic Lehman led an exceptional summer camp staff to produce one of our best summers ever. The Shoot-o-ree was well-attended and we added three great new programs in early August; MVSX was a four day 50 mile canoe trek, the Power Program saw Scouts touring the AEP plant, the nearby ethanol plant and a local oil well, and we introduced a new program for girls only – Tents & Tiaras.
This fall, new youth recruiting went well and we have grown in membership. Overall popcorn sales increased 8%. Both of these achievements reflect well upon the quality of program your units are providing.
Thanks to our ongoing capital campaign, we were able to invest $500,000 in the dining hall expansion at Camp. The energy in the new building this summer was incredible. Having the entire camp under one roof created a level of energy we haven’t seen in years. We have also added $125,000 to our endowment fund, and we begin construction of the ‘Silver Beaver’ Lodge and cabins this fall.
Thanks, in part to a grant from the Rogge Foundation, we held several exceptional events on the grounds at the Council Service Center. Hundreds gathered for our Fourth of July Family Funfest, and hundreds more joined us for our ‘Zane Grey Wild West Family Fun Day in September.
At this moment, it appears that your Muskingum Valley Council will end the year with the highest Journey to Excellence scores of all the 12 council’s in our area. That is an incredible achievement – especially considering the tremendous changes we have experienced. Each of you can feel proud to serve in one of the best councils in the nation – you helped make it great!
Of course, all this change did not come without a cost. Staff vacancies early in the year and so many new staff learning their jobs, left us short in our fundraising efforts. As a result, we are still in need of about $5,000 to balance the books. Any last minute gifts you can spare will be a great help and we can accept gifts for 2015 for another week or so until we close the books. It would be great to end the year in the black.
Thank you all for everything you have done to help us be successful this year. Rest assured that 2016 is shaping up to be another great year as well.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Ed Mulholland, Scout Executive
Did you know that our council has an Amateur Radio club? It is open to all youth and adult members of the Muskingum Valley Council and the BSA. If you are interested in Amateur Radio or want to find out what it is, contact Matthew Murphy at email@example.com
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.