MINIMOC INSIDER                                                                                           JANUARY 11, 2012

Eagle Scouts of 2011 and their Scoutmasters' Recognition Dinner

Photo by Rochelle Ray

On Friday, January 6th a large assembly gathered at the Sterling Country Inn to honor 70 young men that achieved the rank of Eagle Scout during 2011. The festivities included a buffet dinner and program. Rob Lanava, Quinsigamond District Advancement Chairman served as master of ceremonies and Deacon William White led the invocation. Council Commissioner Walter Josti offered opening remarks followed by keynote speaker Eagle Scout Jonathan Abe - President and CEO of Nexamp - who spoke about the Eagle candidate's project and how it has provided each of the young men with a foundation for many such projects to come. In business there are many applications in which leadership, teamwork, project planning, and thoughtful execution are necessary and these young men have already succeeded to produce a meaningful project that has improved the quality of life for people in their communities. Matthew Conlon, Council Field Director, concluded the program with his inspiring remarks regarding the journey to Eagle beginning with the enthusiasm and fun found in Cub Scouting. As the scout grows and becomes more capable, he receives added responsibilities and the expectations placed upon him become greater. For those that rise to the challenge, the journey ends... and starts at the plateau of Eagle. Only 5% of all scouts that begin on the journey reach the rank of Eagle Scout.

The Eagle Scouts received a commemorative coin with the date of 2011 and the Mohegan Council inscribed on it.

We wish to thank the members of the advancement committee for their dedicated effort to produce such an outstanding event; they include: Committee chairman, Stephen Marini, Tim Hallihan - Massasoit District Advancement Chairman, Rob Lanava, Paul Neslusan - Hassanamisco District Advancement Chairman, Rochelle Ray - Council Religious Emblems Coordinator, and Staff Advisor - Jeff Harris.

To view a slide show of this event, please click here.




Troop 9 Scouts Serve Our Community

Submitted by Scoutmaster John Atlas

A huge part of Scouting is community service. So many components of the Scout Oath and Law reaffirm this commitment to serve, both individually and as a Troop. So it was very gratifying to see 23 of our scouts show up on the Thursday prior to Thanksgiving at the Homeless Veterans' Shelter on Grove Street to continue our tradition of service. Scouts took turns serving dinner to the nearly 120 veterans who live and rely upon the shelter's existence. In addition to that, we helped clean and re-organize the Food Pantry area, and donated countless =E2=80=98Wish List' items such as toiletries, clothing and other personal items that are in short supply as the weather gets cold.  Scouts also cleared tables, swept floors, took out the trash and washed pots and pans in the kitchen. Not one complaint was heard from the scouts or the parents and leaders who supported their efforts. In fact, the scouts were caught having a good time (as the photos included here will attest), and their interactions with the veterans afforded them the opportunity to see that their efforts have a positive impact upon real people. The veterans shared stories of their own involvement in Scouting with the boys.




On-Line Guide Helps Central Massachusetts Scout Units Plan Trips

The Outings Guide on the Troop 54 website ( provides reference information on places to go and things to do for your Scout unit, along with tips on how to arrange the trip. Recent updates include more backpacking trails in the Camping section (under Outings > Camping > Backpacking Locations).

One addition worth noting is the Bay Circuit Trail and Greenway, suggested for this guide by ASM Keith MacNeal. This trail connects many of the parks and reservations encircling Boston, including a segment running through Nobscot Scout Reservation in Framingham and Sudbury, MA. Troop 54 traveled that segment into Nobscot in November and found much of the trail remarkably secluded, considering how close it is to Boston. The terrain was pretty easy, and the trail blazes were readily followed.

The camping section of the Outings guide can also be accessed at the web address



Photos by Joshua Froimson

Photo left: Scouts prepare a meal at a Nobscot Scout Reservation campsite during the Troop 54 trip in November 2011. Pictured from left are Derek B., Dylan S. and ASM Brian Keevan.  Photo right: Scout Patrick E. hikes the Bay Circuit Trail during the Troop 54 trip in November 2011.


Abilities Awareness Training

On Saturday, January 28 the Connecticut Rivers Council Scouting with Special Needs is sponsoring an Abilities Awareness Training at Goodwin College, One Riverside Drive, East Hartford, CT from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Registration fee is $7; Brown bag lunch or boxed lunch for $6.25

Subjects include:

  • Autism Speaks
  • Allergies 101
  • Assistive Technology
  • Oak Hill School for the Blind
  • PT/OT
  • United Cerebral Palsey
  • Hands on Games
  • ARC - Support for intellectual and developmental disabilities

Snow date - February 4, 2012

Sign up at -


Quinsigamond District Klondike Derby

Saturday, January 28, 2012
Patrol and Troop registration 8:00-8:45 a.m.
Derby runs 9:00 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Event ends at 3:15 p.m.
$6.00 per Scout - No charge for Leaders
There will be an event patch design contest again this year. Submissions are due at the event. See the flyer for details. Event flyer

Additional event patches $2.00 each

The Klondike Derby will be held at Treasure Valley Scout Reservation on the west side.

Hot drinks will be available - Scouts and Scouters should come prepared with their own hot beverage cups!

Contact Kirk Leigher ( or 508-340-9162 ) with questions or if you/your unit wishes to help with the event.


Mohegan Council Contingent to Northern Tier 



Thursday August 11, 2011

Ben and Porter were up early starting breakfast and coffee. The rest of us were up around 6:05 breaking camp and had breakfast hot granola at 7:00. We launched at 8:25 in the first dry =E2=80=9Cwet clothes=E2=80=9D since starting out. Didn't matter much because we got our boots wet on that launch. Ben and Porter started right off with their next endeavor, which was earning us the Geocacher Award. They marked a small rock near our campsite and called it Seagull Island because of all the seagulls that were there.

Stephen started out in the bow with Bob in the stern and Dan and Chrissy were paddling with Redbeard when we headed out. It was a beautiful morning for canoeing and we made short work of Ima Lake even though it is a fair sized lake. 

We made our 22nd portage 5r. into a canyon that eventually led us to Jordan Lake. We encountered several other Northern Tier crews and this is where we found out about interpreter hugs. Because of the Rule of Nine which prohibits there being more than 9 people in a campsite at one time, interpreters who want to visit with each other and exchange hugs must do so in the water. We witnessed about 4 hugs, most of them at Redbeard's initiative. This is when we realized that our Redbeard is sweet on an interpreter named Katie.

Stephen was paddling in the stern across Jordan Lake and for the next two lakes to practice his canoeing skills, specifically the J-stroke. We made our 23rd portage 55r. into Cattyman Lake and shortly after made the 24th portage 25r. into Gibson Lake. 

Our 25th portage 105r. into Ashigan Lake was our longest and it ended us up in Ensign Lake which we paddled with three other crews for a while.  We paddled into a steady wind for about three miles before landing at a beautiful and high campsite on the southeastern shore for lunch. It was the best lunch that we had and we shared it with a chipmunk that had an old injury on it's right rear leg.  It was very hot in the sun and we all re-applied sunscreen before launching.

Shortly after lunch we came upon a bunch of seagulls in the water pecking at something.  When we got closer we could see that they had a dead walleye in the water but were having no luck eating it.  Bob spotted an osprey circling above and Ben spotted a bald eagle in a tree on the north shore. We backed away and watched the drama unfold. The osprey swooped down, scattering the seagulls, grabbed the walleye and flew off toward the south shore with the eagle and the seagulls in hot pursuit!  No one was willing to bet that the osprey got first dibs on that walleye.

We were able to avoid a portage by running a short sluice into Splash Lake and after a short paddle we came to our 26th portage 35r.  We were now back in Sucker Lake and our goal was to find a campsite on Horseshoe Island.  After checking out a few sites on nearby islands and one on the east side of Horseshoe (which Porter and Redbeard liked) we found an open one on the north side.

We set up an early camp there and Bob started working on canoeing merit badge with Stephen and had help from Ben and Dan with the swamping, getting in and out, and canoe over canoe rescues.  After that we did some jumping off a short ledge and resumed our fishing with several more bass being caught.

Dinner was noodles, sauce, and meatballs.  It was good but again not enough.  Redbeard did make some brownies for us and Stephen led another devotional service.  Thorns were: (Stephen was sore from paddling), Roses (Stephen was happy about his new canoeing skills) and Rosebuds (Everyone was looking forward to a shower). We retired at 9:00 PM and a storm came down from the north that brought high winds and some rain.

Philmont 2013

Mohegan Council has reserved multiple crews for Philmont in the summer of 2013.

If you or your unit are interested in more information, please contact Jeff Harris at 508-752-3769 or

Mohegan Council Scout Store - Everything You Need to Be Prepared!

Location: Council Service Center, 19 Harvard Street, Worcester, MA - Free parking.

Hours: Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri. - Open 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday: Open from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

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Uniform Requirements for Tigers (age 7 or 1st Grade), Wolves (2nd Grade), Bears (3rd Grade) and Webelos (4th and 5th Grades).

The Mohegan Council Scout store offers all of your scouting needs along with excellent customer service.  We have a large variety of uniform parts and accessories.  We also have awards and badges in stock for all your troop or packs needs.  If we do not carry a particular item you are looking for feel free to let us know and we will special order it for you. 

We carry a full supply line of:

  • Uniforms and Accessories
  • Books and other resources
  • Insignia and rank
  • Trophies,  Awards, and Certificates
  • Cub Scout event items (Pinewood Derby, Regatta, Space Derby and accessories)
  • Eagle Scout Items (Court of Honor supplies, Thank you cards, Gifts)
  • and many other items

    In honor of Charlie Harris
    David and Wendy Shepro

      In Memory of Shirley M. Aspinwall

    Al and Nancy Swenson

    Francis and Lorrie Thompson

    Boy Scout Troop 54

    WPI School of Business

    Mark Rice, WPI

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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    Marie Boire, Jean Moroski, Dennis Piel, Jude Cristo and Rusty Valery 

    Donald J. Rudge

    Francis and Wanda Bien

    William and Cynthia Manoogian

    Thomas J. Woods