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

On October 11, the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America released the following important information regarding upcoming expansions to our programs to better serve the whole family. Updates will be shared on this blog as they are received, as well as can be seen on Scouting Newsroom.

Today, the Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors unanimously approved to welcome girls into its iconic Cub Scout program and to deliver a Scouting program for older girls that will enable them to advance and earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout. The historic decision comes after years of receiving requests from families and girls, the organization evaluated the results of numerous research efforts, gaining input from current members and leaders, as well as parents and girls who've never been involved in Scouting – to understand how to offer families an important additional choice in meeting the character development needs of all their children.

“This decision is true to the BSA's mission and core values outlined in the Scout Oath and Law. The values of Scouting – trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, brave and reverent, for example – are important for both young men and women,” said Michael Surbaugh, the BSA's Chief Scout Executive. “We believe it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children. We strive to bring what our organization does best – developing character and leadership for young people – to as many families and youth as possible as we help shape the next generation of leaders.”

Families today are busier and more diverse than ever. Most are dual-earners and there are more single-parent households than ever before [1], making convenient programs that serve the whole family more appealing. Additionally, many groups currently under-served by Scouting, including the Hispanic and Asian communities, prefer to participate in activities as a family. Recent surveys [2] of parents not involved with Scouting showed high interest in getting their daughters signed up for programs like Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, with 90 percent expressing interest in a program like Cub Scouts and 87 percent expressing interest in a program like Boy Scouts. Education experts also evaluated the curriculum and content and confirmed relevancy of the program for young women.

“The BSA's record of producing leaders with high character and integrity is amazing” said Randall Stephenson, BSA's national board chairman. “I've seen nothing that develops leadership skills and discipline like this organization. It is time to make these outstanding leadership development programs available to girls.”

Starting in the 2018 program year, families can choose to sign up their sons and daughters for Cub Scouts. Existing packs may choose to establish a new girl pack, establish a pack that consists of girl dens and boy dens or remain an all-boy pack. Cub Scout dens will be single-gender — all boys or all girls. Using the same curriculum as the Boy Scouts program, the organization will also deliver a program for older girls, which will be announced in 2018 and projected to be available in 2019, that will enable them to earn the Eagle Scout rank. This unique approach allows the organization to maintain the integrity of the single gender model while also meeting the needs of today's families.

This decision expands the programs that the Boy Scouts of America offers for both boys and girls. Although known for its iconic programs for boys, the BSA has offered co-ed programs since 1971 through Exploring and the Venturing program, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2018. The STEM Scout pilot program is also available for both boys and girls.

Wed, Oct 11, 2017

Worcester area Boy Scouts sail the Sea of Abaco, Bahamas, just miss hurricane

Millbury, MA. August 13-23 – Sixteen Boy Scouts and Scout Leaders from Millbury, Douglas, and Holden gathered at 2:00AM at the Park and Ride on Route 20 in Millbury as they set off on the journey of a lifetime to the Bahamas to learn how to live and work aboard a sailing ship. The group flew from Boston Logan International Airport to Marsh Harbor, Bahamas where they would spend ten days at one of the Boy Scouts of America's High Adventure base's.

The Florida National High Adventure Sea Base is a unique Scouting program that offers aquatics programs found nowhere else. Activities include sailing, scuba diving, rustic camping on an undeveloped barrier island, fishing, or a combination of all. The base has programs in the Florida Keys, St. Thomas, and the Bahamas.

“It was awesome. I never imagined Scouting would teach me to sail a boat.” Said Star Scout Ryan S. from Douglas. “It's about getting them to experience new ways of life and to explore new boundaries.” Said Crew leader Peter Boll of Millbury. “My favorite part about leading these big trips is watching the boys be completely taken back by what they're doing.”

The Sea Base was hit by Hurricane Irma on September 10, just 18 days after the groups return, where it sustained minimal damages to its properties. All programs were suspended until further notice. During the hurricanes and now during the cleanup, the BSA has offered Sea Base properties to government agencies, the Red Cross, and more as use as shelters, search and rescue staging grounds, and more.

Crew BA6-8W081617 was organized by Boy Scout leaders Peter Boll, Ryan Mercier, and Wayne Gasco of Millbury and sponsored by Millbury Boy Scout Troop 110. Chartered by the Millbury Baptist Church, Troop 110 is part of the Mohegan Council that has served the Worcester County area since 1911. The Boy Scouts of America serve 2.7 million youth members across the United States as one of the nation's largest youth development organizations.

Interested in discovering your next adventure? Locate a unit near you at beascout.org.

Mon, Oct 09, 2017

Give warmth this winter!

2017 Winter Coat Drive – Printable Flyer

Donate your clean Men's, Women's, Children's, or Infant's winter jackets, snowsuits, or warm sweaters to be distributed to families in the Worcester Area!

Donations will be accepted through December 15, 2017 and may be brought to roundtable meetings in November and December or the Mohegan Council Service Center, 19 Harvard St., Worcester, MA 01609.

For more information, please call District Executive Jim Mutschler at 508-752-3769.
Thank you for your support!

Sun, Oct 08, 2017

Scouters!

There have been a few questions about the change in date for Webelos Woods, and the TVEX Chairman and Committee had a few words to share with our Cub Scout leaders.

Webelos Woods, per the national Boy Scouts of America model, is intended to help build a bridge between the Pack and Troop, thus increasing our Webelos cross-over retention rate. In its current design, a mid-spring event, three generations of Scouts are targeted. Depending on when the Pack crosses over, the ideal scenario would have new Boy Scouts, aka Webelos Crossovers, camping with their new Troop. The Pack would bring AOL and Webelos dens to the event. Theoretically you would have the opportunity to camp out with the new crossovers, AOL's, and Webelos all camping in the same site with both the Pack and Troop present. New Boy Scouts would have the comfort of the Pack being close by while serving as role models to the new AOL and Webelos dens. Their connection to the Pack as new Crossovers would strengthen the Troop and Pack connection while serving as bellwethers for younger AOLs.

The event is for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. We recognize that not all Packs rank up their Scouts at the same time. The rank they are right now is not important, what is important is what they will be next year, and what they are crossing into – or having trouble deciding to cross into. 3rd graders will be Webelos, 4th will be Arrow of Light, and 5th will be, or are already Boy Scouts. If this does not align with your current schedule, that is OK. Bring them anyway – the purpose of Webelos Woods is ensure continuity and sustainability in your Webelos – Boy Scouts transition.

In this transitional year, there will be one generation, the current AOLs who will likely already be crossed over before the event occurs thus denying them the opportunity for the conventional Webelos Woods event. This will mean that the Pack and Troop may have to adjust how they introduce this year's crossovers to the new Troop, but moving forward they should not see the same challenge.

Overall, the TVEX committee felt that this approach to Webelos Woods will provide a greater impact in the long term and could potentially help create a consistent crossover schedule which currently varies significantly across the Council. Additionally, it should be noted that the opportunity to hold a *New* Cub Scout event for newly recruited scouts provides the membership team with a tangible event and “scouting experience” for new members to observe early in the recruitment process which we were are able to accomplish through the Cub Safari event.

Our goal is to use our program to support the membership initiatives of Fall Recruitment through Cub Safari and Webelos to Scout Crossover retention through Webelos Woods.

Please note the change in date for Webelos Woods 2018, it is now the 27th – 29th of April. A change from the TVEX Flyer and Program Planning Guide.

Your TVEX Committee

Fri, Oct 06, 2017

National Scouting News

Research reinforces interest expressed by families and girls nationwide as organization looks to offer programs that meet the needs of today's families

Irving, Texas – October 11, 2017 – Today, the Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors unanimously approved to welcome girls into its iconic Cub Scout program and to deliver a Scouting program for older girls that will enable them to advance and earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout. The historic decision comes after years of receiving requests from families and girls, the organization evaluated the results of numerous research efforts, gaining input from current members and leaders, as well as parents and girls who've never been involved in Scouting – to understand how to offer families an important additional choice in meeting the character development needs of all their children.

“This decision is true to the BSA's mission and core values outlined in the Scout Oath and Law. The values of Scouting – trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, brave and reverent, for example – are important for both young men and women,” said Michael Surbaugh, the BSA's Chief Scout Executive. “We believe it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children. We strive to bring what our organization does best – developing character and leadership for young people – to as many families and youth as possible as we help shape the next generation of leaders.”

Families today are busier and more diverse than ever. Most are dual-earners and there are more single-parent households than ever before [1], making convenient programs that serve the whole family more appealing. Additionally, many groups currently underserved by Scouting, including the Hispanic and Asian communities, prefer to participate in activities as a family. Recent surveys [2] of parents not involved with Scouting showed high interest in getting their daughters signed up for programs like Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, with 90 percent expressing interest in a program like Cub Scouts and 87 percent expressing interest in a program like Boy Scouts. Education experts also evaluated the curriculum and content and confirmed relevancy of the program for young women.

“The BSA's record of producing leaders with high character and integrity is amazing” said Randall Stephenson, BSA's national board chairman. “I've seen nothing that develops leadership skills and discipline like this organization. It is time to make these outstanding leadership development programs available to girls.”

Starting in the 2018 program year, families can choose to sign up their sons and daughters for Cub Scouts. Existing packs may choose to establish a new girl pack, establish a pack that consists of girl dens and boy dens or remain an all-boy pack. Cub Scout dens will be single-gender — all boys or all girls. Using the same curriculum as the Boy Scouts program, the organization will also deliver a program for older girls, which will be announced in 2018 and projected to be available in 2019, that will enable them to earn the Eagle Scout rank. This unique approach allows the organization to maintain the integrity of the single gender model while also meeting the needs of today's families.

This decision expands the programs that the Boy Scouts of America offers for both boys and girls. Although known for its iconic programs for boys, the BSA has offered co-ed programs since 1971 through Exploring and the Venturing program, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2018. The STEM Scout pilot program is also available for both boys and girls.

For more information about the expanded opportunities for family Scouting, please visit the family Scouting page.

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.

[1] PEW Research Center survey conducted Sept. 15 – Oct. 13, 2015 among 1,807 U.S. parents with children younger than 18.

[2] BSA surveys included two external surveys and four internal surveys conducted from April to September 2017. Surveys were conducted online.

The post The BSA Expands Programs to Welcome Girls from Cub Scouts to Highest Rank of Eagle Scout appeared first on Scouting Newsroom.

Wed, Oct 11, 2017

Boy Scouts of America is committed to delivering fun, character-building programs youth can't experience anywhere else. But what's also great about Scouting is not only do the kids love experiencing the program, but the adults love to design and deliver it!

Boy Scouts of America was named number four on Indeed's best non-profits to work for list. The careers site releases its ranking annually based on employee reviews around five factors: compensation and benefits, work/life balance, job security and advancement, management, and culture.

Check out the rankings for yourself by visiting the original article on Time.

The post Time Names Boy Scouts of America One of the Best Nonprofits to Work for appeared first on Scouting Newsroom.

Fri, Sep 29, 2017

Photo: Bryan on Scouting

This Fall, tech-savvy Arrowmen from across the country will gather at the Intel offices in Folsom, Calif., for the OA Hackathon, bringing new innovations to the Order of the Arrow.

From October 6 to 8, 2017, participants will be offered hands-on opportunities to develop their skills and “reimagine the way the Order of the Arrow uses technology,” according to Bryan Wendell of Bryan on Scouting.

In his recent blog post, Wendell explains, “this is what cheerful service looks like in the era of smartwatches, self-driving cars and Snapchat.”

Wendell reports that Arrowmen attending the OA Hackathon will learn from Intel engineers and other technology experts, enhance their coding expertise, and collaborate on a range of projects, such as:

Developing an OA app Revamping LodgeMaster— OA's online system for managing lodge membership Experimenting with new technologies, such as NFC (near-field communication) and facial recognition

Participants will even be able to focus on their areas of interest by joining one of three leagues—the Games League, the Communications League, or the Delivery League.

Learn more about how the OA Hackathon will help bring more innovation to the world of Scouting by reading the full blog post from Bryan on Scouting.

The post OA Hackathon Brings Opportunities for Innovation appeared first on Scouting Newsroom.

Fri, Sep 15, 2017

Bass Pro Shops is hosting Boy Scouts of America Month at all U.S. locations this September. Throughout the month, Bass Pro Shops will promote Boy Scouts of America, offer merit badge classes, and provide opportunities to raise funds for Scouting projects. This is the eighth year Bass Pro Shops has recognized the Scouts with a month-long celebration.

Bass Pro Shops will offer customers the opportunity to donate to the Boy Scouts of America by rounding up their purchase total to the nearest dollar. At the end of the promotion, 50 percent of the money collected will be donated to the Boy Scouts of America National Council and 50 percent will be given to designated local councils. In addition, Bass Pro Shops will make a contribution for each donation made.

Scouts can work toward earning their fishing and rifle shooting merit badges by attending workshops* at participating Bass Pro Shops locations. Classes are taught Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning at 6 p.m. according to the following schedule:

Tuesday, Sept. 5 – Fishing merit badge class Wednesday, Sept. 6 –Rifle Shooting merit badge class Thursday, Sept. 7 – Fish and Wildlife Management merit badge class Tuesday, Sept. 12 – Rifle Shooting merit badge class Wednesday, Sept. 13 – Fish and Wildlife Management merit badge class Thursday, Sept. 14 – Fishing merit badge class Tuesday, Sept. 19 – Fish and Wildlife Management merit badge class Wednesday, Sept. 20 – Fishing merit badge class Thursday, Sept. 21 – Rifle Shooting merit badge class Tuesday, Sept. 26 – Fishing merit badge class Wednesday, Sept. 27 – Rifle Shooting merit badge class Thursday, Sept. 28 – Fish and Wildlife Management merit badge class

Class size is limited, so it is recommended that students call their nearest Bass Pro Shops and register over the phone.

*Merit badge classes and donations available at all U.S. locations except Islamorada, Florida, Branson, Missouri and the Outlet store in Springfield, Missouri. Not available in Canada.

For more information visit http://www.basspro.com/boyscouts.

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 2.4 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 Bass Pro Shops®

Bass Pro Shops®, which specializes in outdoor fun, operates 99 stores and Tracker Marine Centers across America and Canada that are visited by more than 120 million people every year. Bass Pro Shops stores, many of which feature restaurants, offer hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoor gear while their catalogs and website serve shoppers throughout the world. The company's Tracker Marine Group® (http://www.trackermarine.com), a leading brand of fishing boats for more than 37 years, manufactures and sells a variety of boats for fishing and cruising. Family fun is on tap at Bass Pro Shops resort Big Cedar Lodge® (http://www.bigcedar.com), voted by Travel + Leisure as one of the top 50 Best Hotels for Families in the U.S. For more information, visit http://www.basspro.com. To request a free catalog, call 1-800-BASS PRO. Follow us on Facebook athttp://www.facebook.com/bassproshops

The post Bass Pro Shops Hosts Boy Scouts of America Month in September appeared first on Scouting Newsroom.

Tue, Aug 22, 2017

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