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

Thanks to all the unit volunteers, parents and terrific Council popcorn team that made this past sale a success. We got close to our record sale of last year of 1/2 million dollars. The kids below were our superstars and will be with me next month at the Railers Hockey Popstar night for free.

Here are the Results for the Top Sellers:

Top Cub Scout – Pack 37 – Luca M. $6330 Top Boy Scout – Troop 182 – Jake B. $4100 Overall Runner Up – Pack 105 – Tristan B. $4330 Quninsigamond Top Seller – Pack 46 – Matt B. $3830 Mill Town Top Seller – Troop 106 – Robert L. $2940 Q Pack 37 Luca M $ 6,330 Q Pack 105 Tristan B $ 4,330 Q Troop 182 Jake B $ 4,100 Q Pack 46 Matt B $ 3,830 Q Pack 37 Taylor D $ 3,260 Q Troop 103 Tom L $ 3,110 Q Pack 46 Andrew L $ 3,030 MT Troop 106 Robert L $ 2,940 MT Pack 107 Steven L $ 2,925 MT Troop 147 Sam Z $ 2,870 q Troop 180 Owen P $ 2,855 MT Troop 161 Erik T $ 2,775 MT Troop 155 Chris H $ 2,765 Q Pack 105 Eskill T $ 2,669 MT Troop 155 Adam E $ 2,646 MT Troop 238 Logan J $ 2,613 Q Troop 180 Christopher M $ 2,610 Mt Pack 239 Logan R $ 2,600 Mt Pack 239 Tyler R $ 2,600 MT Pack 107 William R $ 2,525 Q Pack 158 Ivan W $ 2,380 MT Pack 147 Connolly P $ 2,190 Q Pack 121 Grayden B $ 2,183 Q Pack 103 Elijah J $ 2,170 MT Troop 238 Cody J $ 2,168
Fri, Dec 08, 2017

By Jim Mutschler, Quinsigamond District Executive

Most management systems employ some version of the Plan, Do, Check and Adjust process. In practice most companies are good at implementing only the first 2 steps, Plan and Do, where plans and actions are simply recycled year after year. However the most highly effective organizations are religious about doing all 4 steps.

A true commitment to the “Check” phase involves more than just keeping an eye on Sales figures or production numbers. This phase should involve an occasional deep self-reflection on processes, results, employee morale, customer satisfaction and other drivers of success. This critical step is the driver of continuous improvement in the “Adjust” phase, where course adjustments or new initiatives drive the organization forward. And then they begin the cycle all over again, by leveraging these improvements into their future planning.

We have a way to do the “Check” and “Adjust” steps within the BSA. The Journey to Excellence tools

help us at all levels of the organization to “Check” our successes and opportunities. If we are honest with ourselves, we will always find some opportunities for improvement in our area of the organization. Whether the opportunities are great or small, by “Adjusting” plans, collectively we will improve the Scouting experience for the youth of Mohegan Council.

I encourage the Unit Key 3 to use the Journey to Excellence tools provided here as the starting point for self-assess and improvement of your operations, just as we self-assess and implement improvement plans in the District and Council operations. And please provide a copy of your JTE assessment to your District Commissioner staff, for them to use in assessing opportunities for Roundtable programs that may further assist us in improving the Scouting experience for the youth that we service.

Fri, Dec 08, 2017

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. Melody and I enjoyed a visit from both of our daughters, and our relatively new son in law. It's great to catch up and to hear their stories of living life as adults. We also did some early Christmas celebrations since Kim and Trygve will be spending that holiday at his folks.

Melody and I are blessed to have them, and we know their Scouting experiences – the girls in Girl Scouts, Trygve is an Eagle scout, played a part in who they are today. For those still early in the parenting journey, I can tell you the best is yet to come.

I enjoy the holiday season, the colder weather and early nights lend themselves to more time at home where I hope you have the time for a game night, laughs with the kids, and just time to talk.

I know many Mohegan Scouters do some of what I described, but I also know your busy making Scouting go in the heart of our Commonwealth. In the last few weeks:

We finished our Scouting for Food drive (don't forget to record your service hours on-line). We did our final popcorn distribution on a terrific sale where we sold close to a ½ million dollars of popcorn. We had over 600 people attend the sold-out shooting sports Woodsman Weekend at TVSR We had a good recharter turn-in (thanks to the majority of our units who got the paperwork in).

I saw many of you at these events and I know I missed countless others of you who were at Troop meetings, Pack meetings, and Eagle Courts of Honor that I couldn't attend. Scouting is full of opportunity, but I do hope you can find the time that I think this season brings to us for family and friends.

Are there Scouting things left to do before the end of the year? You bet and here are a few to work on:

If your recharter is not complete, get it in or you will be a dropped unit in January. Ouch! Turn in your Journey to Excellence worksheet for this past year, and begin setting some goals for the next. It's time to schedule your 2018 Friends of Scouting (our annual giving ask) presentation for your unit. We suggest sometime in the first three months of the New Year, and we've made the presentation simpler, easier & quicker. And through the 22nd of this month be sure to stop by the Scout Shop for your last-minute stocking stuffers, and other Scouter gifts needed for this season. We have a whole bunch of Treasure Valley items that will make your camper happy.

What's on the horizon for 2018?

I hope all Eagles Scouts, past & present, are planning on attending the Eagle Recognition banquet on January 6th. That you'll come pack the ice at our Worcester Railers scout night on January 20th, we'll also recognize all our Popstars that evening. And that everyone is planning a great celebration of Scouting's birthday on February 8th.

Thanks for all that you do, we're making a difference.

Happy Holidays
Jeff

Fri, Dec 08, 2017

The Nashua Valley Council, BSA and Mohegan Council, BSA Executive Boards have revisited the benefits of combining our councils and have concluded that we should move forward. You may recall that the councils explored this possibility in late 2014. A new planning team has identified what has changed and what has remained the same since the previous review, and will present a plan to the councils' Executive Boards early in the new year.

The approval of the voting members of both Councils will be required for this to happen. Therefore, our energies will be laser-focused on communicating to all stakeholders the compelling rationale for combining our councils.

Communication is most valuable when it goes both ways, and the final plan will benefit from stakeholder input. You will have
opportunities to share concerns, interests and constructive ideas in several ways. Listening sessions across both Councils, unified
dual-council communiques, and a transition website will be forthcoming. More information will be provided when available. We will do our best to keep the process transparent and consistent between both councils.

In the meantime, you should expect that all aspects of the Scouting program will run without change through the summer camp season of 2018. Please refer to the Mohegan and Nashua Valley council websites for information as you do now.

We encourage you to remain focused, as we are, on delivering the best Scouting program to the youth of our communities.

Thank you for all you do for Scouting!

Fri, Dec 08, 2017

National Scouting News

Photo: Andy King, Discovery Education

Last week, STEM Scout Gitanjali “Anjali” Rao was named the winner of the 2017 Discovery Education and 3M Young Scientist Challenge, making the world a better place in the process.

Anjali's award-winning project, the Tethys, enables users to test for lead levels in water with greater ease and effectiveness than many existing testing processes. This tool, named after the Greek goddess of fresh water, has potentially life-saving implications for communities around the globe.

However, this isn't Anjali's first Good Turn in the world of STEM. We met this 11-year-old innovator back in February, after her life-saving device for snake bites earned her the title of Middle Tennessee Council's STEM Scout of the Year. Flash forward to October, and she's already invented yet another way to save lives before the year has even ended (classic Anjali).

Be sure to check out Anjali's Tethys device in the video below from Good Morning America.

Read more about Anjali's inventions, her thoughts on girls in STEM, and more by reading her recent interview from TIME for Kids magazine.

Find out how you can follow your curiosities in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math by heading to STEMscouts.org to find a lab near you!

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Wed, Oct 25, 2017

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 2018, 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.

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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.

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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.

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Fri, Sep 15, 2017

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