Ham Radio and JOTA

Did you know that our council has an Amateur Radio club? It is open to all youth and adult members of the Muskingum Valley Council and the BSA. If you are interested in Amateur Radio or want to find out what it is, stop out to MVSR this Saturday. We will be in the Straker bldg. and can answer all your questions.

While you are there you can participate in our Jamboree On The Air, JOTA, operations. You can find out what Ham Radio is and how you can do it. There is going to be a “fox hunt” using home made antennas and we will try to make contact with the International Space Station.

If you have any questions, contact Matthew Murphy at kc8bew@gmail.com



2017 National Scout Jamboree

Jamboree 2017Since the first National Scout Jamboree was held in the summer of 1937 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the jamboree has become Scouting’s flagship event. In the summer of 2013, the Summit Bechtel Family Reserve welcomed Scouts to a whole new jamboree experience with world-class facilities and a focus on outdoor action sports.  In 2017, SBR and the jamboree will be even better.

The 2017 National Scout Jamboree will take place July 19 – 28, 2017 at the Summit in the New River Gorge area of West Virginia and REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN.  Want to find out more?  There’s a one-stop shop for registering, additional information, and all kinds of details at http://www.summitbsa.org/events/jamboree/overview/
Leader selection will be taking place in the Fall of 2015.  Click here for a leadership interest form: Adult interest form
Youth who are interested in attending should fill out this form: Youth interest form
Please send completed forms to the Council Scouting Service Center


It’s coming, and it’s going to be huge!  This council-wide gathering of Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers and Explorers promises to be the biggest Scouting event in years!  The location will be Ariel Foundation Park in Mount Vernon.  The park has lakes for fishing and boating events. The most distinctive element is the spiral staircase which ascends 150 feet up a huge industrial smokestack.  The event will have tons of things to see and do all day Saturday, followed by the closing show Saturday evening.  Come join 1,000 fellow Scouts and Scouters for a weekend you won’t soon forget!

SCOUTFEST 2016 – Friday, May 13 through Sunday, May 15th

Unit Registration Form

Attention Catholic Scouts:

Here is a great opportunity to explore your faith in a fun way with your fellow Scouts.  Join us October 17 and 18 for the annual Santa Maria activity sponsored by the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting.  Normally this activity occurs on the replica of Columbus’s Santa Maria sailing vessel.  This year, because the Santa Maria is being renovated, the event will take place at the Jubilee Museum.  The event includes a trip to the new climbing center at Ohio State University to learn the ropes and climb the rigging!

Find all the details here:   Catholic Times Santa Maria Activity Without Ship_rev

Cub Scout Fall Campout & WEBELOS Woods

October 9-11, MVSR

Calling all Cub Scouts and Webelos!  Our annual fall Cub Scout Camp out and WEBELOS Woods will be here before you know it!  Start planning now.  This exciting weekend promises great family fun and true Scouting adventure.  Arrive Friday evening, set up camp and enjoy the great outdoors.  Saturday, you’ll travel to a number of activities throughout camp and end the day with a giant campfire with songs and skits!  Spend a second night in camp and head home Sunday morning.

The fee is just $15,00 per Scout or sibling.  Adults and siblings not yet in 1st grade are free.  The registration deadline is September 26th, after the 26th, there will be an additional $5.00 late fee.  Units are responsible for their own tents and food throughout the weekend.

Click here for the Leader Guide with all the details and registration form.

Hours Changing Soon!

From September 8th until May 27th the Council Office/Store will be open during the following hours:  Monday-Thursday 9-6 and Friday 9-5.  For the month of September we will be open from 9-1 on the 12th, 19th, and 26th (Saturdays).

We are more than happy to fill your orders and have them waiting for you if you are running short on time.   You can call, fax or e-mail them in.  Please give us 24hours to process your order.  Any items we need to order for you may take 7-10 business days for us to receive.


The new Adventure began on June 1. We will be returning all the old advancement items on Sept. 1.  This means you have until Aug. 31 to purchase any beltloops or pins you may have forgotten.  You may have  2nd year Webelos following the old path, their pins should be available to order, please check with us at least 7-10 days before you need them.  If you currently have an order waiting here at the office please pick it up.

R U ready to launch new families on an EPIC Scouting Adventure?

Everything is Possible In Cub Scouting                                                                                                                       and it all begins at School-night!

rocket launch

Schedule your school night now.

Launch your Scouts to new adventures by following the Councils School-night plan.  Here are some highlights:

  • Rocket Theme:  What can be a more exciting way to launch an adventure than with a rocket launch.  New Cub Scouts will build and launch alka-seltzer rockets at the school-night.
  • To ensure every scout gets a quick start, we are discounting the cost of Cub Scout Handbooks and including them in the joining fee.  The cost to join Cub Scouts in September, including their handbook, will be $16. (That is a $5.00 savings)
  • Belt loops are the main recognition under the new program.  Every Cub Scout will need a Cub Scout Belt. To help every family get their scout in uniform quickly, there will be a uniform package price (including the shirt, neckerchief, patches, cap and belt) that will save every family another $10.
  • For each 4 new boys joining your pack, the Council will provide a den leader handbook – FREE!

Want all the details?  Here’s the  2015 Cub Scout Fall Roundup Leader Guide.  Leader guides are also available at the Scouting Service Center.

Is your Google Pin up to Date?  If you go to www.BeAScout.org and enter your zip code, a google map will appear with the location of area Scouting Units.  Click on the pin for your unit.  Does it have a welcoming statement for new families?  Does it tell them who to call?  Does it say when you meet or what exciting activities are coming soon?  If not, Learn to update your pin here: Be A Scout pin instructions.

On the Same Page Muskingum – Reading Challenge

Free Zane Grey Book for Webelos, Boy Scouts and Venturers

Will your Scouts accept the Reading Challenge?  Several community organizations have joined together to promote reading this coming fall.  The goal is to have the whole community read a book by our very-own, Zane Grey.  Free copies of “The Young Forrester” will be available to WEBELOS, Boy Scouts and Venturers who commit to read the book this fall. Poll your scouts and let us know how many books you’ll need:

 Zane Grey Community Read sign-up form  or  register online now!

As part of this community-wide series of events, the Muskingum Valley Council is hosting a free  Zane Grey Wild West Family Fun Day The event will include plenty of Wild-West fun for youth including roping and horses.  Mark this date on your unit calendar now and use it to encourage your young readers to finish reading the book.

Click here to learn more about the events surrounding this reading challenge: OTSPM