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.

 Requirements:

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:

Philmont_Flyer_2019

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!

Coming Order of the Arrow Membership Changes

Last week the National Order of the Arrow Committee approved some exciting updates to the Order of the Arrow program.

Beginning February 1, 2019, unit elections will be permitted in Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scout units. The new Order of the Arrow membership requirements are as follows:

  • Be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America.
  • Have experienced 15 nights of camping while registered with a troop, crew, or ship within the two years immediately prior to the election. The 15 nights must include one, but no more than one, long-term camp consisting of at least five consecutive nights of overnight camping, approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America. Only five nights of the long-term camp may be credited toward the 15-night camping requirement; the balance of the camping (10 nights) must be overnight, weekend, or other short-term camps of, at most, three nights each. Ship nights may be counted as camping for Sea Scouts.
  • At the time of their election, youth must be under the age of 21, hold the Scouts BSA First Class rank, the Venturing Discovery Award, or the Sea Scout Ordinary rank or higher, and following approval by the Scoutmaster, Crew Advisor or Sea Scout Skipper, be elected by the youth members of their unit.
  • Adults (age 21 or older) who meet the camping requirements may be selected following nomination to and approval by the lodge adult selection committee.

Our commitment to our unchanging mission and purpose remains steadfast, and we are excited to welcome others who share that commitment by extending membership in Scouting’s National Honor Society to participants of all older youth programs. We look forward to having female members in 2019 and know that, like all of our OA members, they will serve as role models and inspirations to others – both within the Boy Scouts of America and beyond.

We anticipate that you may have some questions. Please be sure to read the FAQ section below. We will have more information at the National Order of the Arrow Conference, which will be held July 30 – August 4, 2018, and we will continue to release additional information as it becomes available in order to assist our lodges with implementation.

We look forward to sharing what the OA has to offer with more young people and appreciate your support of this exciting new direction.

FAQs

Q. Will camping be counted retroactively for those currently in Venturing and Sea Scouts?

Yes. Camping that has taken place within the two years immediately prior to the election will be counted beginning February 1, 2019. This camping must have taken place while an individual was registered with the BSA as a program participant and must be while participating with a BSA Venturing Crew or Sea Scout Ship.

Q. Can I be elected into the OA if I am over the age of 18?

Yes. As long as you are under the age of 21 at the time the election is held. If you are over 21, you will need to go through the adult selection process.

Q. Will there be any opportunities for Venturers to learn more about the OA and Venturing?

Yes. We will provide high-level information and the opportunity to gather feedback from youth Venturing participants at VenturingFest 2018, which will be held July 1-6, 2018.

Q. When will the OA literature be updated to reflect these changes?

We are planning that all literature will be updated by Summer of 2019.

Q. Will we still be able to wear lodge flaps on any female uniforms that may be created?

Yes. We continue to work with BSA National Supply to help ensure that the current OA lodge flap shape and size will be accommodated.