Cambridge Distinguished Citizen

The Muskingum Valley Council was honored to recognize Colleen Oess as the Cambridge Distinguished Citizen April 18th. A true example of Scouting values and servant leadership.

Colleen M. Oess believes volunteering is the ‘heart’ of communities.   Remember volunteering improves the quality of life for all.  She learned as a young mother of three, in order to get ‘things’ done you need to be a volunteer.

  When her sons were in Oakland grade school, and learning the school did not have a Boy Scout program; she proceeded to initiate the startup of a troop.  She recruited 3 mothers to have Cub Scout troop meetings in their homes, continuing through the Webelos program.

Working for United Way as Director for 20 years was a most rewarding experience.  She was inspired as she witnessed how the volunteers gave of their time and talents to improve life in this community.   A Cliché! Yes, but true.  Wonderful people giving back to our community out of the goodness of their hearts.

Colleen has been a lifelong volunteer after Champion Spark Plug moved her husband, Bob and family to Cambridge in 1972 from the Toledo, Ohio headquarters. She has volunteered in her church, St Benedicts, and served on the Dioceses of Steubenville Finance Committee.  She has served on the Cambridge Park Board, City Council Finance Committee, and is now the City Treasurer since 1990.  As Treasurer, she earned her Certified Municipal Finance Administrator designation at Kent State University and is a member of the Ohio Treasurer’s Association.  She also served on the Zane State Foundation Board and Cambridge Country Club Board.

Presently, Colleen is a charter member of the Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center Board, serving as Secretary.   She is also, a 16 year member of Rotary serving in many capacities including as Past President.

Colleen and Bob enjoy boating, golfing, and traveling, often with their children Eric and Barb, Matthew and Justeen, and Louise, and of course with 3 wonderful grandchildren Meredith, Bennett and Mary.

Congratulations Colleen, and thank you for your service to your community!

National Youth Leadership Training August 4-9, 2019

National Youth Leadership Training is a six-day course focused on what a youth leader must BE, what a leader must KNOW, and what a leader must DO.

You will be engaged in a unified approach to leadership that will give you the skills and confidence to lead well.

Through activities, games, and adventures, you will work and play to put into action the best Scouting has to offer!

Register Here!

NYLT Scholarship Application

2019 Philmont Contingent

Muskingum Valley Council has openings for Youth and Adults to be part of our Philmont Trek for the summer of 2019. This 13 day adventure consists of 12 days of backpacking and backcountry programs in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo range of the Rocky Mountains.  If you are interested and meet the requirements below, complete the form on the back of this flyer to reserve your place for this mountaintop experience at the premier BSA high adventure base in America.


Youth: Philmont participants must be 14 years of age by date of arrival OR completed 8th Grade and be at least 13 years of age prior to participation.  Rank: First Class or higher

Adults: over 21, registered in the BSA

Subject to medical requirements

For more info and payment schedule, please see this flyer:


BSA has served Muskingum Valley youth for 100 years!

Thanks to the many Scouting families who came out to help us commemorate the beginning of our 100th year of service!  Think of that…100 years ago, folks were driving Model T’s and watching black-and-white Charlie Chaplin movies at the theater.  Today we drive SUV’s and F-150’s and we stream movies on our cell-phones!  Times have changed but one thing has remained constant: the Scout Oath and Law.

For the past 100 years, incredible volunteers have delivered the programs of Scouting and taught the meaning of the Oath and Law to thousands of youth right here in the Muskingum Valley.  Thank you for your role continuing this legacy!  And thank you for the privilege of serving you in this great Council!