The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. Troop 151 promotes this mission through a fun and challenging program which provides boys the opportunity to:
Learn life and recreational skills
Gain self reliance and esteem
Develop leadership and team work skills
Create a sense of pride through community service
Build strong character values
All of which support the Aims of Scouting Which Are To:
Build Character, Foster Citizenship and Develop Fitness.
Mohegan Council News
The best day to hold a Joining Night is Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday?
The best place to hold a Joining Night is at their School?
The best time to hold a Joining Night is from 5:30 to 7:30pm?
That having your District Executive come in to do a Boy Talk on a Monday at Assembly, Lunch, or Recess will increase your attendance at the Joining Night and help you grow your pack?
What is a Boy Talk? It's not something we've done widely in Mohegan Council, but something that, with your help, we can do to increase our membership! If you, the Pack Committee Chair or Cubmaster would like to attend with your District Executive, that would be great. Please reach out to Joy *protected email* or Jim *protected email* to schedule yours.
Things to note:
If you have a relationship with your Principal, ask them if we can do a Boy Talk. If they are reluctant or need more info, send them the link to the video so that they can see what I will do. If you don't currently have a relationship or are not comfortable asking, let me help. I'd be happy to make the call! Almost every Superintendent of Schools sees the worth of our Scouting Program, just like you do.
The flier for the Joining Night will have gone home the previous week in the electronic back pack or in person. The Boy Talk is done on a Monday night with your Joining Night on the Wednesday or Thursday.
What better place to be this Fall than at the Cub Safari?
Don't just Launch into Fall Recruitment! Bring it in with a ROAR!
“I'm not scared of Lions and Tigers and Bears (oh my),
But I'm scared of having to recruit a Tiger leader each year!”
“But you shouldn't be! As the Staff Advisor for the Lion Program I assured you that if you grew by adding a Lion Den, you'd never have to beg a Tiger leader EVER again! Tell me I was wrong?!”
Seriously, it's been more of a success than we could have hoped – In Pack 106 – Grafton, there are 2 Lion leaders that are going to be stepping up as Tiger leaders! Way to go Larry Deutsch and Chris Tedford.
Pack 158 – Shrewsbury, Lion Den pictured here, has enjoyed some serious fun under the leadership of Cubmaster Maggie Riani and is heading into the Fall with a healthy Tiger Den, thanks to Jill Shea. Erik and Shawn from Pack 107 – Grafton, brought on 5 Lions and will be leading the charge with Lions again!
Don't just Launch into Fall Recruitment! Bring it in with a ROAR! Sign up for Cub Safari today.
It did to my 15 ½ year old Life Scout, working his 3rd summer as a Tribe Guide at Cub Scout Adventure Camp. When I picked him up on the last Friday of summer camp, he was bursting with excitement to tell me that he'd gotten a Letter! A letter? From whom? From a camper! In awe he said “I made a real difference! You could see it during the week and now I just received a letter from him”
Indeed, not only a letter from Lauren & Mike Garrett, Pack 46 – Holden, but a wonderful picture of the Red Fox Patrol from Owen, addressed to my son – Commander Josh!
If you're on the fence about sending your scout to camp, come on and join the fun – it's amazing. And if your scout is 14 or older, we have a co-ed CIT program for youth without experience and hire young men and women for summer camp jobs during the summer season.
Many thanks to Owen and his family for letting us know the difference that Camp and Commander Josh made to their scouting experience. If you have a Shout Out to a Guide or to Camp in general, please send it in. As space allows we'll publish your comments!
See you at Cub Safari!
Joy Lapidus, DE
Welcome Pack 22! Committee Chair Rachel Decatur and Cubmaster Rick Howarth are leading this new Cub Pack, which meets at the Hadwen Park Congregational Church in Worcester. Along with Troop 22 which they started late last year, the youth of southwestern Worcester have scouting opportunities in their neighborhood. Please welcome this active and growing Pack to Quinsigamond District.
Six scouts from the troop attended camp for the very first time at TVSR this summer, with all scouts completing the first-year-camper program, BSI. The new scouts overcame their first-time camper challenges with the help of our great TVSR camp staff, particularly the Waterfront Staff who worked with a couple of scouts throughout the week to pass the swim test.
Earning a total of 12 merit badges and 3 scouts having earned the Scout rank, Scoutmaster Howarth won the Scoutmaster Dutch Oven Cook Off with his Cilantro-Lime Corn on the Cob with Scout, Jacob D. tending the flame.
Special thanks to John McMillen for his years of service as a Unit Commissioner and most recently as the District Commissioner. In addition to his strong contributions in these roles, many of you know him from his work as an Asst. Scoutmaster, Committee Member, Merit Badge Councilor, camping skills trainer, shooting sports specialist, and for his excellent Dutch Oven cooking skills. Fortunately, we will continue to see John in many of these roles.
The District Nominating Committee is continuing their work. As indicated in the June Mini-Moc, they are following a structured process to recommend a candidate to fill the vacant District Chair and other volunteer roles. Their work has taken them beyond the original June 30 target date. We will have additional updates as their work progresses.
A District Awards committee is planning a district-wide event to celebrate the accomplishments of so many of our volunteers. Save the date, Sunday October 22nd 4pm-6pm at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Holden. Dinner, awards and a silent auction will be held. There will be more information on this shortly.
And finally, continued thanks go out to the Packs, Troops, Venture Crews and Explorers for the continued membership growth that we have seen this year. Through June we are 21 youth ahead of this time last year. Our Membership team is working now to prepare for the upcoming Fall recruitment campaign.
National Scouting News
A wildfire might not be a normal part of a hiking experience, but every year, thousands of Scouts go hiking, and, while they don't always know what they'll encounter on those hikes, a good Scout knows it's important to be prepared.
Scouts talk about stopping a wildfire while on a hike (photo: NBC KING 5 News)
Such was the case for several Scouts from the Boy Scouts of America Chief Seattle Council. They were on a multi-day hike through the Central Cascades when they came upon a wildfire. When the Scouts saw the wildfire, the flames were small, but they were beginning to spread and had an ample fuel source of dried brush and wood nearby.
The Scouts knew that, in this remote area, if they didn't act quickly and carefully, the wildfire could spread and damage a much larger area.
“The fire was very close to a heavily treed area with a lot of flammable material,” said one of the Scout's fathers who was on the hiking trip. “If they would not have found this when they did, it could have been much worse.”
The Scouts grabbed items from their packs that would hold water, and they started a bucket brigade to carefully transfer water from a nearby stream to help put out the fire.
“Plan for the worst; hope for the best,” said Jesse F., the Scout troop's historian. “The Scout's motto is: be prepared. Luckily we had lots of pots.”
It took the Scouts and their leaders nearly two hours of steady water to extinguish the flames. As they did so, one of the leaders from the group used a satellite phone to call for additional assistance from forest rangers.
Two firefighters hiked into the forest the following day to help ensure that the wildfire was completely extinguished and had not spread.
To learn more about how these Scouts acted bravely to help prevent a fire from burning more of the forest, be sure to see the full story from NBC KING 5 News.
Roberto D. has always been a fan of animals. In particular, he loves puppies.
He and his family are big supporters of their SPCA, so when it came time for Roberto to complete his Eagle Scout project, helping out the puppies at the SPCA was a natural fit.
He constructed dog beds for a local animal shelter. (photo: Ryan Miller, Enid News & Eagle)
Roberto worked with a team of family members and other Scouts to construct several dog beds so that the puppies at the SPCA could lounge in comfort.
Earning Eagle Scout is something that runs in Roberto's family. His father Jaime and his two uncles had earned Eagle Scout in the same Scout Troop years ago, so when Roberto joined Cub Scouts, he always knew he was going to work to earn Eagle one day.
Of course, Roberto's journey toward Eagle required him to overcome some challenges his father and uncles never had to face.
Diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at a young age, Roberto was aware that he would have issues with mobility as he grew older, but he never let that stop him from experiencing all that Scouting has to offer. He went on hikes and trips with his Scout unit, and other Scouts would help him along the trails so that they could all complete the hikes together.
He also earned all of the merit badges necessary for Eagle as well as many additional badges – some even his father thought he wouldn't be able to earn.
“It's always in the back of my mind he's going to have so many difficulties, but seeing him flourish and be able to do a lot of the things in my mind I didn't think he'd be able to do, I was really proud that he was able to prove me wrong with a lot of things,” his father said.
(Photo credit: Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune)
Monday, a team of Scouts watched in amazement as the project they had diligently designed and built over the last two years blasted into outer space.
The launch is part of a unique partnership between the Boy Scouts of America Pathway to Adventure Council and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) —a non-profit organization that manages the U.S. National Laboratory on the International Space Station (ISS).
The project, now headed for the ISS, is an experiment in DNA mutation. While among the stars, the experiment will test a range of biological samples to see how E. coli cultures mutate in a low-gravity environment.
The experiment will test DNA mutations in space. (Photo credit: Kate Jacobs)
“At the beginning, it's just really cool to do something that's going into outer space,” the team's mentor Norm McFarland told the Chicago Tribune. “By the end, the Scouts were coming up with their own solutions to problems they were finding.”
In about one month, astronauts aboard the ISS will send the experiment back to Earth, where the Scouts will then compare these cosmic mutations to how the same cultures mutate on Earth.
If the Scouts and scientists find gravitationally-based variances in the mutations, the discovery could carry tremendous implications for medical science, such as new methods for growing tissue, or even fighting cancer.
(Photo credit: Kate Jacobs)
“It's been a huge learning experience,” Scout Andrew F., 16, told the Chicago Tribune. “I had never done anything like this.”
When Eagle Scout Caden E. hit the beach with his family to go surfing, little did he know that another family at the beach that day would need his help to save their lives.
It all started like a normal day with a few small waves and plenty of fun in the sun for Caden and his family. As a kid who has been surfing for several years, Caden decided to paddle a little farther down the beach in search of a bit more of a challenge.
Caden saved four lives while surfing. (photo: Sherry Morrison)
As he paddled toward another break, he noticed a woman far out in the water, frantically waving her hands. He paddled toward her and saw that she had two small children clinging to her, and another small boy was a few feet away. All of them were struggling to stay above water.
The family had been pulled out to sea by a rip current, and they'd been unable to fight the current and swim back to shore. Fatigue was beginning to set in for all of them.
Caden managed to help the woman and the two children with her onto his longboard to help them stay afloat, but as he was doing so, the young boy was overtaken by exhaustion and slipped beneath the waves.
In that moment, Caden knew he had to do something, so he dove down into the water and retrieved the boy, pulling him back to the surface and onto his surfboard.
Once everyone was on the board, Caden began paddling away from the rip current and eventually back toward shore. As he did so, lifeguards and others were swimming out to help bring everyone all the way back to the beach.
“This is an example of the highest ideals of the Boy Scout program,” said John Crowder, a district representative with the Boy Scouts of America Tidewater Council. “This is the sort of person that you'd want to be or want your son to be.”
For his lifesaving efforts, Caden received the Medal of Merit.
To learn more about this remarkable Eagle Scout, be sure to read the full story in The Virginian-Pilot.
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