New Registration Fees

On Wednesday, October 23rd, the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America announced the annual membership fees for 2020.  The youth fee is increasing to $60 while the adult and Exploring fees are increasing to $36.

Last night our Executive Board met and discussed the impact this increase will have on units and on Council membership and finances.  Recognizing the challenge some families will face dealing with these increases on such short notice, the board voted to keep the Council Insurance fee of $3.00 rather than implement any needed increase.  The $3.00 fee helps the council offset increasing Insurance fees and provide accident and sickness insurance for every registered member.

The resulting total annual registration fee will be $63.00 per youth (Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing) and $39 for adults and Explorers. 

We understand the hardship this increase will create for some families.  Units may wish to plan additional storefront and door-to-door sales during this final weekend of the Popcorn sale.  

The council is also organizing an additional, year-end, council-wide product sale opportunity for units and families.  We hope to make this opportunity available in November so product may be sold in time to be Christmas Gifts.  We intend to allow units to keep 100% of the profit.  Details will be sent as soon as they are finalized.

Summit High Adventure River Trek 2020

The Muskingum Valley Council has scheduled a contingent to experience the New River Trek Program. The group will consist of 4 Adults & 12 Youth.  There are still some slots available.   Estimated cost is $1,000.00  

The dates are June 12 to 18, 2020. 

TRIP OVERVIEW: This is a 50-mile paddle trip on the New River. You will navigate the upper portion of the river. This portion of the river includes Class I to III rapids. The final whitewater day in the Lower Canyon is a rafting experience and includes Class III to V rapids. Crews camp along the river through the New River Gorge. A gear boat (raft) accompanies the group to transport gear and food. Please note that in exceptionally high water, the entire trip may be conducted in rafts.

ELIGIBILITY: Registered Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts and Venturers who are at least 14 years old; and their registered leaders.

SKILL LEVEL: Participants must successfully complete the BSA Swimmer test. We recommend that participants have completed the Kayaking Merit Badge or have equivalent knowledge and skill.

FORMS: The following forms are required for participation: BSA Annual Health & Medical Record (Parts A-D), Summit Waiver, Whitewater Waiver.

FISHING: If you want to fish during your trip, you must purchase a West Virginia fishing license at www.wvfish.com. Fishing equipment will be available for your use. Youth under 15 years of age may fish without a license.

Click here to register: https://scoutingevent.com/467-27952

Bethlehem Walk Outdoor Drama

Scouting units of all ages are invited to go through the walk. 

Free admission

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday following Thanksgiving

Chandlersville U.M. Church

9105 Chandlersville Road

Chandlersville, Ohio 43727

Open from 6-9 PM

First group starts at 6:30 PM

Free admission

They are also in need of scouts and adults to help with handicap assistance (helping people in and out of vans, or wheel chair assistance) and acting in scenes (acting experience not required), Please contact Troy Blackford (Troop 128 Zanesville) at 740-819-2057 or email tblackford@usbridge.com for further information or to sign up to help.

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!