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

Pretty spry for 108!

The Boy Scouts of America turns 108 this month and as an organization I think we're pretty darn spry. We still have a lot of get-up-and-go, both nationally and here at Mohegan Council.

The biggest news out of the National Council this past year was the approval of the inclusion of girls into our Cub Scout program in the later part of 2018 and into our Boy Scout program in 2019. When we were founded, the concern was about growing boys into leaders, because in 1910 almost all leaders were men. Today both men and women lead our communities, businesses and country so it really does make sense that our character building and leadership training programs be offered to all. We had a great webinar for those packs interested in the early adoption of a girl's program. Some packs are interested in beginning soon, the majority are using this time to get ready for our regular rollout in June. To learn more and view the webinar please visit out YouTube Channel.

Campaign 2018 1/31/18 %Goal Council Goal Council Advisory/MAL $4,300 $2,500 58% Community/ Year of Scouting $45,700 $2,031 4% Executive Board $43,000 $32,575 76% Matching $0 $0 0% Council Total $93,000 $37,106 40% Mill Town Leadership $4,000 $1,000 25% Community $3,500 $0 0% Family $26,000 $1,039 4% Matching $0 0% Total $33,500 $2,039 6% Quinsigamond Leadership $1,500 $700 47% Community $3,000 $31 1% Family $29,000 $5,560 19% Matching $0 0% Total $33,500 $6,291 19% District Totals $67,000 $8,330 12% Grand Total $160,000 $45,436 28%

Since the start of the year I've also had the chance to see our great Mohegan volunteers in action.

Our Advancement Committee planned and hosted a great Gathering of Eagles celebration in early January. 2017 was a banner year for Eagle Scouts in our Council with 94 top ranks earned. Our Popcorn committee hosted our Popstars and their families at the Railers game where our top sellers got to drop the puck. Our development committee is gathering steam as we launch our fund-raising season, Family Friends of Scouting, and our Prepared. For Life. Community breakfast on March 27th. Our Friends of Treasure Valley, along with a generous family foundation donation, continue to transform the former Life Lodge near Boonesville plain into the new year-round Mohegan Lodge. Our Board met and celebrated our 2017 achievements, we again earned Silver in the Journey to Excellence program.

But for me, one of the most exciting things was talking with the Scoutmaster of Hadwen Park Congregational Church this week. He told me about their great plans with the Pack and Troop for Scout Sunday this weekend – and that they would also be celebrating their one-year birthday. I helped with their organization and remember how we weren't sure if we could make it a go when only one boy showed up at their first Troop recruitment. The Church and their leaders stuck with it and today they have seven Boy Scouts and seventeen Cub Scouts enthusiastically participating. We do have an idea and a program that are attractive to kids and their families. And with a good Chartered partner and dedicated leaders Scouting can flourish. Pretty good for 108!

This coming year will be exciting. We'll be enrolling girls into Cub Scouts, learning and getting ready for the new older girl Scouting program that will require the organization of many all-girl Troops in 2019. We'll conclude our discussions with the Nashua Valley Council about what is best for Scouting in central Massachusetts, coming together or not. Look for more on that next month. We'll dedicate the new Mohegan Lodge at Treasure Valley and make some decisions about future development. We'll be organizing a study committee to look at our Scout Service Center and we'll also be reaching out to all of you as we begin work on a new Council Strategic Plan.

The Friends of Scouting campaign has exceeded the January benchmark of 25%. The Council Executive Board is leading the way. Quinsigamond District Family campaign is off to a good start.

Stay tuned for a busy, exciting and terrific year.

Stay warm, stay healthy and keep on Scouting.
Jeff

From the live Webinar with Institution Heads about Girls in Cub Scouts –

Mon, Feb 05, 2018

A Scout is Reverent

The Worcester Diocese Catholic Committee on Scouting is calling for nominations for Adult Catholic Religious Awards due by March 1st.

The awards are to recognize those adults in Scouting who have participated in promoting and teaching Catholic Faith Formation in Scouting through religious emblem programs, Scout Sunday observance, and various other activities relating to the Faith.

The Bronze Pelican and the St. George Emblem are for those adults involved in the Cub and/or Boy Scout programs. A nominee for the Bronze Pelican has significantly influenced Catholic Scouting for at least three years. Nominees for the St. George emblem have previously received the Bronze Pelican and have made significant and outstanding contributions to the spiritual development of Catholic youths through Scouting. Nomination forms should give a detailed description of how the nominee provides such outstanding contributions.

The St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award and the St. Anne Adult Award are for those adults involved in Girl Scouts and/or American Heritage Girls programs. The St. Elizabeth Ann Seton award is intended to recognize notable contributions to the field of youth ministry. The St. Anne award is to honor the outstanding service of adults contributing to the spiritual development of Catholic members of girls' organizations. A candidate for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton must have given a minimum of three years active service to youth as an adult. A candidate for St. Anne must have given a minimum of seven years active service to youth as an adult. A candidate for St. Anne must also have previously been awarded the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award.

Nomination Forms may be obtained via the following links:

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award Application Bronze Pelican Nomination Form St. Anne Award Application St George Nomination Form Submissions should be sent to Bob Ryan, DCCOS Nomination Chair, 8 Colonial Drive, Shrewsbury MA 01545.
Fri, Feb 02, 2018

The Boy Scouts of America annually celebrates its founding on February 8, 1910, based on the program started by Lord Baden Powell in England in 1907. Scout Sunday is always the Sunday preceding February 8th, unless the 8th is a Sunday, in which case the 8th would be Scout Sunday. The Saturday following February 8th is Scout Sabbath.

For 2018 the dates are:
• Catholic and Protestant churches celebrate on February 5, except the United Methodist Church who will celebrate on February 12.
• The National Jewish Committee on Scouting has designated Feb. 10-11 as Scout Sabbath this year, beginning at sundown on the 10th.• The National Association of Muslim Americans on Scouting has designated February 10 as Scout Jumuah.

Note: individual religious institutions may select alternate dates, so please check the schedule at you local institution.

More information is available at Bryan On Scouting.

Fri, Feb 02, 2018

The Oak Hill Community Development Corp is very grateful for the outpouring of support from Mohegan Council Boy Scouts. Several dozen coats and snow suits, both new and gently used, were donated to this organization through your generosity and collection efforts. The staff at Oak Hill was excited to receive your gifts. All of these garments were given to youths and adults in need. From your neighbors in the Oak Hill area, thank you very much for your donations!

Since 1972, Oak Hill Community Development Corporation has been working to improve the physical condition of the Union Hill, Oak Hill and Upsala Street neighborhoods of Worcester as we improve the quality of life and economic status of those that live and work here. We achieve this through focused lines of business goals in housing promotion and preservation with our NeighborWorks® HomeOwnership Center of Central Massachusetts (NW HOCCM), and through our Community Development Agenda.

Sat, Jan 06, 2018

National Scouting News

The first day of Outdoor Retailer kicked off yesterday in Denver, Colorado, with several Boy Scouts of America representatives in attendance, highlighting the fun and adventure Scouting offers the whole family.

As part of the BSA's ongoing partnership with Outdoor Retailer — the world's leading business-to-business outdoor sports show — Boy Scouts of America sponsored the Outdoor Inspiration Awards which honor inspiring individuals and groups in the outdoor community. Outdoor Retailer invited John Stewart, BSA's Director of Corporate Engagement and Chief Sustainability Officer, along with two Cub Scouts participating in the Early Adopter program in the Denver Area Council, to introduce two categories of the award. Local Denver-area media were on-hand to celebrate the event and hear from the newest Cub Scout members.

Last night we honored some of the most inspiring individuals and groups in the outdoor community at the Outdoor Inspiration Awards. Say congrats to the winners: https://t.co/tOs39C2uKu#OutdoorRetailer #weareOUTDOOR pic.twitter.com/nPbwa8iVSF

— Outdoor Retailer (@OutdoorRetailer) January 26, 2018

Caroline G. of the Denver Area Council Early Adopter program prepares to share her experience growing up in a Scouting family with CBS 4.

Additionally, Shelley ONeill of Philmont Scout Ranch presented the Non-Profit Inspiration Award to the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. The member-driven Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics teaches the foundational Scouting principle of Leave No Trace that encourages Scouts of all ages to enjoy the outdoors ethically and responsibly.

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Fri, Jan 26, 2018

The Award program aligns with several Scouting programs including Boy Scouts, Venturing, Exploring and STEM Scouts, providing worldwide recognition for program activities

Irving, TX. – Jan. 17, 2018 – Youth participating in the variety of programs offered by the Boy Scouts of America can now earn international recognition for the character- and leadership-building skills they learn thanks to a new partnership recently announced by the Boy Scouts of America and The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award USA. In conjunction with BSA programs, The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award USA offers youth out-of-the-classroom experiences designed to empower and equip Scouts, Venturers and Explorers to take on the best opportunities the world has to offer.

Both organizations emphasize self-development of youth, building character, life- and employability skills and exploring the outdoors. In Scouting, participants earn merit badges, ranks and other medals for completion of training and projects, just as Venturers can earn a number prestigious awards through the program. In the Award program, participants each earn their Award for completion of goal-oriented activities over time, and many of the activities that youth participating in BSA programs already do to earn BSA awards and distinctions can help them earn their Award, as well.

“The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award is a natural fit with Scouting's programs, and we are proud to offer additional opportunities that develop and recognize the achievements of youth as the future leaders of the world,” said Michael Surbaugh, Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America.

“The Award program will build additional avenues for Scouts to use a globally-tested framework to guide their activities and earn international recognition for their accomplishments,” shared Elizabeth Higgins-Beard, CEO of The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award USA. “Youth participating in both programs will have resume- and college application-boosting achievements for their future domestic and international endeavors.”

Youth are challenged over time with goals in four section activities: skills, volunteer service, physical recreation and outdoor adventure. Youth who earn their Award at the Bronze, Silver and Gold levels are awarded a certificate of recognition and a medal for their achievements at local celebrations; Gold-level Award holders are celebrated at a national Gold ceremony hosted by the Award USA.

Award participants will access the expertise of BSA councils for training and supervision of backpacking and other outdoor adventures. The Award also provides training and online resources for mentoring adult Award Leaders, equipping leaders with the tools that help youth succeed.

“The correlations between the BSA's programs and the Award are incredible – emphasis on going outdoors, building leadership, and a dedication to service – these two efforts can work together in a significant way,” shared Jennifer Hancock, a long-time volunteer leader who added the Award program to her Venturing program five years ago.

At the 2017 National Scout Jamboree, Higgins-Beard and Surbaugh invited Scouts ages 14-24 to begin their Award, agreeing that “every Scout should do the Award” and involvement in these programs is vital to becoming prepared for life.

For more information about the Boy Scouts of America, please visit scouting.org. To learn more about The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award USA, please visit usaward.org.

About the Boy Scouts of America

The Boy Scouts of America provides the nation's foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, which helps young people be “Prepared. For Life.®” The Scouting organization is composed of nearly 2.3 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 21 and approximately 960,000 volunteers in local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.scouting.org.

About The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award USA

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award USA is the national office of the world's leading youth achievement award, transforming individuals, communities and societies around the world. In 2017, more than 1.3 million young people aged 14-24 in over 130 countries and territories took part in the Award around the world. The Award in its 65 year history has impacted millions of young people, providing a tried and tested framework for non-formal education that all young people, regardless of their background, have the opportunity to experience. Our ambition is to inspire and empower all young Americans to challenge themselves and exceed expectations. Visit usaward.org to learn more.

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Wed, Jan 17, 2018

Photo: The Steve Show

What if we told you that you'd never have to step on another Lego again? For those who know the agony of taking a stray Lego to the foot, worry no more—you can now walk more confidently across any room, all thanks to this Cub Scout's brilliant invention.

Webelos Scout Colten B.'s Lego Scoop invention started as a project for his school's “invention convention” with the STEMIE Coalition, but before he knew it, he was showcasing his ingenious creation on the Steve Show with Steve Harvey, who also happens to be a former Cub Scout.

Photo: The Steve Show

As you know, helping other people is a crucial part of being a Scout, and Colten's invention is sure to help kids and parents alike.

Speaking of helping, Colten even got to help Harvey recite the Scout Oath! Be sure to check out the video below to see Colten show Harvey how it's done:

BSA offers all kinds of ways for kid inventors to spread their STEM-wings—just ask Anjali Rao, who was recently dubbed America's Top Young Scientist by 3M! Anjali is a STEM Scout who has created life-saving inventions such as this thermography camera device that assesses snake bites.

There's more to come on Colten! You can read more about him and other award-winning Scout inventors in the September issue of Boys' Life.

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Wed, Jan 17, 2018

Photo: Bryan on Scouting

Blake D. of the East Carolina Council had a brilliant—and seemingly impossible—idea for his Eagle Scout service project. But as you know, if anyone can achieve the impossible, it's a Scout!

Inspired by his twin brother, who has autism and is legally blind, Blake helped to take his school's special-needs resources to the next level. With the help of his brother's teacher, Blake developed a plan to build a sensory room for students with autism, complete with special lighting, padded floors and educational toys.

The only issue was the high-cost of building the room—a hefty $10,000. Blake turned to his community to raise money for the project, which he dubbed, “Wings for Autism,” because “I've always believed that those with special needs are God's special angels,” Blake says in a recent Bryan on Scouting story.

Thanks to the giving spirit of many people, Blake was able to raise more money than he had initially needed, and was even able to build a second sensory room!

The story of this Scout's resolve to help others was even highlighted in a recent feature on People.com, which means even more people will be able to see what Scouting is all about.

Learn more about Blake's project in the full story from Bryan on Scouting, then see how you can get involved in your community at beascout.org!

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