April 2020
Muskingum Valley Council Scouts and Scouters!
We know this is a challenging time for you, your families, and Scouting units. To keep you and your Scouts safe, we've postponed a number of Scouting events for the next few weeks. We are working to get events rescheduled and will keep you informed as new information is available. In the time being, we've attached some activities and service projects your Scouts can do from home!
Important Updates
Scouting Resource Center and Scout Shop
Muskingum Valley Council Scouting Resource Center and Scout Shop
Located at 734 Moorehead Avenue in Zanesville

We can now take voicemail messages at the Service Center - if you have a question please call us and leave a detailed message at 740-453-0571 and someone will get back to you.

***In consideration of the current health recommendations from the President of the United States, the Governor of Ohio and the CDC, we have decided to close the Scout Store and office to general business.***
MVSR closed at least through May 1st
With the ever-changing dynamic of the coronavirus pandemic, we have made the decision to temporarily close our camping facilities.

We are doing this out of an abundance of caution and to comply with governmental recommendations.

Units who had reservations during this time have already been contacted.

We appreciate everyone's understanding during this difficult time.
Spring Nut Sale extended
Scouts can earn the above patch by selling at least 5 items!
For those units participating in the Spring Nut Sale:

The sale dates remain the same, however, we ask that you do not gather your Scouts to collect the money. We suggest having each family individually drop their orders and payments with your Nut Sale chairperson. (We cannot delay the collection of orders, or the distribution of the nuts because we have chocolate covered nuts that could melt in warmer weather.)

For ordering:

Orders and money due by April 16th no later than 5pm

Please use this excel spreadsheet to place your final unit order: Nut Sale Unit Master Form

Please email the final order to amanda.wisniewski@scouting.org

Payments can be dropped off at the the Scouting Resource Center on Thursday, April 16th anytime 9am-5pm

More order forms: Nut Sale Order Form

Distribution: Friday April 24th - details to be forthcoming

For any questions regarding the Nut Sale, please contact Amanda Wisniewski
Call: 740-255-1092 or Email
Professional Staff - Contact Info

Scout Executive: Ed.Mulholland@scouting.org

Arrowhead District: Jeffery.Pickett@scouting.org

River Trails District: Amanda.Wisniewski@scouting.org

Zane Trace District / Assistant Scout Executive: Jeffery.Pickett@scouting.org
Postponed/Rescheduled Events
Postponed Events:

  • University of Scouting
  • Zane Trace District Pinewood Derby
  • Scouts BSA Spring Camporee
  • Cambridge Distinguished Citizen Dinner
  • Shoot-o-ree

We are working on rescheduling these events for summer/fall dates. We will keep you updated as much as possible. Thank you for understanding.

Rescheduled Events:

  • Rocky Bleier Leadership Dinner - Rescheduled for Oct. 1st
  • Annual Gathering of Eagles - Rescheduled for August 29th
  • OA Spring Ordeal and Fellowship Weekend - Rescheduled for May 29-31

More details for these rescheduled events will be forthcoming.
Scouting from Home!
Each week, we will release a list of rank specific Cub Scouting Challenges. Find your Rank, complete the challenges Taking pictures along the way. Post those pictures and you can win! Read the contest rules for all the details.
Need some more ideas for service projects, Merit Badges, and Cub Scout Adventures to do from home?
Check out our "Merits of At Home Scouting" article for lots of great resources!

Service projects to do from home:

Check out the latest article from Bryan on Scouting:

Cub Scout Adventures to do from home:

Check out these "30 Day Challenges" for each den to work towards Adventures with their families!

Check out this cool blog post: Adventuring From Home: Rank Challenges

Scouts BSA Merit Badges to do from home:

Upcoming Events
Wood Badge

Course Date:
August 21-23 AND September 19-20
Muskingum Valley Scout Reservation

Cost is $250 per participant
*Scholarships are available*

If you want to learn how to be a better leader for your Scouting unit and pick up some leadership skills you can use in any setting, Wood Badge is the course for you!

Contact Course Director: Eric Udischas with any questions. Email Eric
OA Spring Ordeal & Fellowship Weekend

May 29-31, 2020
Muskingum Valley Scout Reservation
Registration is 6-8pm Friday night

Cost is $45 per Ordeal Candidate, $30 per Brotherhood Candidate, and $15 per OA Member

If your Troop or Crew needs an OA representative to perform Unit Elections at a meeting, please contact your Chapter Advisor. Contact info can be found here.
National Youth Leadership Training
August 2-7, 2020 @ MVSR
Cost is $175 per participant

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)

These hands-on courses provide adult leaders the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the out-of-doors.

May 15-16, 2020
Muskingum Valley Scout Reservation
Cost is $15 per attendee which includes breakfast and lunch Saturday
Save the Date
Zanesville Survivor Challenge
August 7, 2020
Fundraising event
Leadership Dinner featuring guest speaker Rocky Bleier!
October 1, 2020
Fundraising event
Beaver Day
May 30, 2020
Service day to prep MVSR for summer camp, lunch included.
Summer Camps
Camp Reassurance and Refund Policy
Muskingum Valley Scout Leaders,

Scouting is flexible, and resilient. Just look around the internet at the many creative examples of Scouting-at-home. It’s really been inspirational to see how committed our Scouting families are to continue their Scouting experience.
Most of all, Scouting is family! We are all in this together and now is the time we should all be reaching out to our Scouting friends. I love the virtual meetings I have seen. These give our Scouts the opportunity to interact with friends, continue on their Scouting trail, and for our Scouts BSA, to show leadership in the time of crisis.

I know there are many questions parents and leaders have right now. Everyone wants to know about our summer camping programs. Unfortunately, we do not know the course of this pandemic. There is always a chance that we will be unable to hold camp. Perhaps some parents will be reluctant to allow their Scout to attend camp. We understand the uncertainty. We can assure you that we are working hard to prepare for an awesome summer camping season. We are hopeful that the stay-at-home orders will be lifted in time for camp and we are committed to providing every Scout with an action-packed summer adventure!

We have already started considering ways to ensure the safety of our Scouts and leaders in light of Covid-19. We will be communicating with Cub Scout Leaders and Scoutmasters about this as we get closer to camp.

To ease worries that camps may not happen, or that you are uncomfortable attending, we are changing our refund policy this year. Scouts who are unable to attend will receive, full, hassle-free, refunds if they cancel at least 7 days prior to their scheduled camp. For now, we want everyone looking forward to an unforgettable summer camp program. We have extended the fee deadline for Scouts BSA summer camp to May 15th to allow more time for units to collect the fees. We are also working to expand the funds available for camperships to meet the needs of families who have been unable to work.
After being cooped-up at home, your Scouts will be ready for some adventure! Scout camp will be ready for your Scouts!

As always, thank you for what you do for your scouts!

Ed Mulholland
Scout Executive
Cub Scout Day Camps
Scouts BSA Summer Camp
5 full weeks of "Myths and Legends" summer camp fun at MVSR!!!

Week 1: June 14-20
Week 2: June 21-27
Week 3: June 28 - July 4
Week 4: July 5-11
Week 5: July 12-18

Cost is $270 per Scout and $80 per Adult

Cub Scout Resident Camp
July 23-26, 2020
Muskingum Valley Scout Reservation
Cost is $125 per youth and $50 per adult

Camp theme is "Myths and Legends" enjoy 4 days and 3 nights of Cub Scout camping summer fun! Belt loop advancements at each Cub Scout rank starting at Tiger. Enjoy crafts, swimming, fishing, shooting sports, games, camping and more!

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