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On Aug. 26, the 5th annual Treasure Valley Rally was held. This mountain bike race was presented by “Team BUMS” Mountain Biking Club and involved a new and exciting component to the track, a special shorthand course for first-time racers. A portion of the proceeds were dontated to the Mohegan Council. Our gratitude to the event organizers and the many participants that made the day such a success.
OUR 2012 YEAR OF SCOUTING SPONSORS
Market Your Cub Scout Open Houses
With fall upon us, now is the time for local packs to reach out to their local newspapers, local cable access channels, town newsletters, and radio and online realms to promote your upcoming Cub Scout information nights and activities. Don’t forget to speak with parents who also head your school’s PTA or PTO organizations as well. Most local media will print your advance calendar listing for free if you send it to them at least seven days before the actual event. Don’t leave it up to word of mouth or your pack’s own Facebook page to get the promotional job done. Five minutes of work building a succinct calendar entry (see example below) and emailing it out to all local media, does wonders!
Cub Scout fun information night at United Church of Ware, 49 Church St., Ware, on Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. Contact is Jill Sorely xxx-xxx-xxxx or Beth Ostrosky xxx-xxx-xxxx. Come learn what Scouting is all about by viewing slides of past events, participate in a group activity, and meet other kids, parents and leaders. Desert and drink will be available with an extra scoop of fun.
It’s time for Webelos Woods!
Join us at Treasure Valley for a camping experience on the East Side and take part in many exciting activities like knots, geology, Dutch oven cooking, campfires and more.
This event is for Webelos and Arrow of Light Scouts with a parent or guardian in attendance for the duration of the weekend.
Boy Scouts and their Troops are also encouraged to take part in this event as program volunteers and/or to assist with the Webelos camping experience.
To register please view this information packet:
Questions or for more information please contact
Scoutmaster Outdoor Skills Test-out
Monday September 17, 2012
5:00 - 7:00 PM
St. Joseph Church - Charlton MA
2012 Fall OWL-BALOO Training
Saturday September 29, 2012
Treasure Valley Scout Reservation - West Lodge
Scoutmaster Classroom and Outdoor Training - Everything At Once!
Friday September 28 - Sunday September 30, 2012
Treasure Valley Scout Reservation - West Lodge
Yahoo, It’s Popcorn Season!
Autumn is around the corner, bringing cooler temperatures, falling leaves and – POPCORN. Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts in your town are starting to go door-to-door selling Trail’s End brand popcorn to fund their Scouting activities. Many packs and troops rely on this annual sale to support their activities throughout the entire year. Scouts earn money toward camp, fund trips and buy equipment necessary for the success of their program with proceeds from the popcorn sale. On average, 70 percent of all popcorn sales go directly to support local Scouting.
As the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts have offered for the past several years, in addition to a variety of popcorn products, customers also have the option of sending popcorn treats to U.S. Troops stationed all over the world. 70% of every Military Donation supports local Scouting.
“We’re thrilled to begin our 33rd year helping Scouts support their activities with our popcorn,” said Elizabeth Weaver, director of marketing for Trail’s End popcorn. Weaver adds that Trail’s End offers an online selling option for Scouts who don’t want to go door-to-door, or who want to sell to family and friends that live far away. “By placing an order on trails-end.com, people who don’t personally know a Scout can also support their local council, just by entering their zip code.”
Look for Scouts taking orders in your neighborhood or in local store parking lots. For more information or to place an online order, please visit www.trails-end.com.
About Trail’s End Popcorn
Trail’s End popcorn, exclusively sold through the Boy Scouts of America as a fundraiser for local Scout councils, returns 70% of all sales revenue to local Scouting. It is produced by Weaver Popcorn Company, Inc., one of the largest producers and manufacturers of popcorn products in the world.
Tom Chamberland Marks 50 Years of Boy Scout Service
Seated at a picnic table overlooking the pond at Pine Point, one of the main gathering spots in East Camp at Treasure Valley Scout Reservation, Tom Chamberland looks right at home. As he should, considering that the last 50 years of Tom's life have been dedicated to the Boy Scout Program, in a variety of capacities. The year 1962 brought him as an 11-year-old boy and first year resident camper at Treasure Valley, a member of Troop 161 out of Sturbridge. Tom recalls being a little homesick that first year.
Later, Tom spent five years with Troop 222 in Sturbridge before taking a few years off to adjust to life as a new husband and father. That new baby, Brian, grew up to be a little boy that became involved with Cub Scouts, and Tom once again found himself involved in the program. Over the years Tom has been involved with Troop 161 in Sturbridge, spending 14 years as Scoutmaster, and pursued a more active role in Mohegan Council by being elected into the Council Executive Board three years ago, and became Vice President of Camping in 2010.
While he remains involved in the Sturbridge Troop, his real responsibility lays within the boundaries of Treasure Valley now. VP of Camping involves overseeing the camp property and being a good steward to it. Overseeing a camp of this size has its challenges, and Chamberland recognizes that the Scouting world today is much different than it was 50 years ago. The property has changed some, of course. Buildings and sites have been developed, retired, repurposed and upgraded. The only building that is still the same, both in structure and function, as it was when Tom started coming to camp is the Handicraft lodge. Even while participating in a program that teaches core values and backwoods function, progress is important. “To keep the outdoor program relevant to the youth of today is important,” said Tom. “We need to meet their needs so that they want to be involved in Scouting.”
Keeping this in mind, some of the future plans for revamping Camp include developing the Venturing program so that they truly have their own area, developing a full BMX program for Camp, and initiating an “older scout” program.
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September 2, 2012
Boy Scout Troop 54 travelled north to Vermont for its August backpacking trip. First, the troop drove up to Emerald Lake State Park to camp the first night. After a short drive from the state park to the trailhead in the Green Mountain National Forest, the troop hit the trail. The entire first day's hike was uphill, and the troop completed the 4.5 miles in about four hours. The Griffith Lake camping area had platforms for the tents, making for a comfortable stop. Fortunately, the troop had set up its tents before a heavy rain hit the area late in the afternoon.
The troop detoured to the Appalachian Trail / Long Trail for a packs-off hike to the top of Baker Peak on the way back the last day. This brought the day's hiking to 6 miles. The troop got luckier with the weather, encountering no rain that day. ASM Keevan and ASM MacNeal found a geocache near the top of Baker Peak. From there back, the trail was steeply down hill.
This was the troop's 44th consecutive month with at least one overnight camping trip.
Troop 54 pauses after taking in the view from the top of Baker Peak.
We Appreciate the Investment in our Shooting Sports
Our gratitude to the Youth Shooting Sports Foundation for the loan of rifles and BB guns for use at Treasure Valley Scout Reservation this summer and during the past few summers. This additional equipment assists us to serve scouts better with respect to access to Range Sports and we appreciate this support of our program. We also thank the Friends of the National Rifle Association for the grant that provided for the purchase of hand guns for our Venture Scout Program. We could not serve these youth, many of whom pursue professions in law enforcement, without this generous support.
Our gratitude to the Youth Shooting Sports Foundation for the loan of rifles and BB guns for use at Treasure Valley Scout Reservation this summer and during the past few summers. This additional equipment assists us to serve scouts better with respect to access to Range Sports and we appreciate this support of our program.
We also thank the Friends of the National Rifle Association for the grant that provided for the purchase of hand guns for our Venture Scout Program. We could not serve these youth, many of whom pursue professions in law enforcement, without this generous support.
2013 National Scout Jamboree
Summit Bechtel Reserve, W V
Mohegan Council Contingent
Scoutmaster: Diane Anderson
Scoutmaster, Troop 273
Asst. SM: Brian Houle
ASM, Troop 107
Asst. SM: Devon Walker
ASM, Troop 273
Dates of travel: Depart: July 12, 2013 (Auburn Mall parking lot)
Return: July 24, 2013 (Return to Auburn Mall parking lot)
Friday, July 12
6 AM - Departure
Tour Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame
Overnight in Niagara Falls, Canada side.
Saturday, July 13
Tour Niagara Visitor Center
Travel to Cleveland, OH
Baseball Game at Cleveland Indians
Sunday, July 14
Possible tour of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Visit Cedar Point Amusement Park
Monday, July 15
Depart Cleveland for Jamboree site
12:30 PM - Arrive in Glen Jean, WV
JAMBOREE – July 15 to July 23
Wednesday, July 24 – Travel Home from Glen Jean, WV to Auburn, MA
Cost: $1500 per scout
(Scouts can earn their way to the first-ever Jamboree at Bechtel by selling popcorn! 52% of every popcorn sale sold by a Jamboree-bound scout supports his travel expenses. A scout can sell popcorn year-round - earning his way to West Virginia and back.)
Payment Schedule: $150 – Deposit (Due Now)
$100 – Due August 18
$250 – Due September 14
$250 – Due October 19
$200 – Due November 16
$200 – Due January 18
$200 – Due February 15
$150 – Due March 29
Jamboree Fee Includes:
· Admission to 2013 Jamboree
· Official “Jamboree Kit” (duffle bag, patches, t-shirts, etc)
· All Meals
· All touring costs (admissions, accommodations, etc)
· Transportation to and from Jamboree site
For more info about the adventure you can have at the 2013 Jamboree, (and to register for this adventure!) please visit the official Jamboree Website at:
1st Jamboree Troop Meeting:
Saturday, September 15
East Lodge, Treasure Valley
30th ANNUAL GOLF OUTING FOR SCOUTING
STERLING NATIONAL COUNTRY CLUB
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
11:30 REGISTRATION & LUNCH
12:30 SHOTGUN START
Registration, Driving Range & Lunch beginning at 11:30am
Plated Dinner at 6pm
$200 per player includes golf and cart fees.
Use of practice range, lunch, dinner (cash bar).
Tons of Contests, Prizes, Silent Auction and More!
Peyton Manning’s return to Gillette
Patriots - Broncos Grudge Match!
Two tickets - 30 yard line, 7 rows from the field.
October 7 at 4:15
Worcester Sharks home game - 4 tickets with locker room tour and seats for warm ups on the bench; Sharks flag autographed by Harri Sateri; John McCarthy, Brandon Mashinter and Alex Stalock signed autographed cards; and a Dean Strong game worn jersey from 2009-2010.
Announcing Fundraiser for Shrewsbury Cub Scout
A fundraiser is being held in Shrewsbury on 9/14/12 to raise money for the family of Jacob Roy. Jacob lives in West Boylston with his parents and sister. Jacob was a member of Pack 151 and enjoyed scouting until he suddenly had a seizure at school in June of 2011. Doctors have still not figured out why Jake suddenly started having seizures. Jacob has continued to fight his medical battle and has been in and out of the hospital repeatedly. One of his aunts organized an online fundraiser and coworkers of his father are organizing the 9/14 fundraiser to help the family with their many medical expenses. You can learn more at http://www.facebook.com/jacobs.ladder.106 .
Date: Sept. 14, 2012
Place: Shrewsbury Sportsman’s Club, 304 Boylston St.,Shrewsbury, MA
Time: 5-11 p.m.
DJ/Karaoke/Dancing/Food/Raffles & Silent Auction/ Children’s Activities
Cost: $20/ Person (ages 19+)
Children under 18: Bring non-perishable food / household item
150th Civil War Anniversary Event
Watch for the release of the documentary film "Civil War Reenactors of New England" throughout the New England Public access TV Stations - all 371 Stations/
October 11 - Military Gala Ball & Reception (1860's Style) at Mechanics Hall,
October 13-14 - Civil War Reenactment and Living History presentations in Green Hill Park, Worcester
Learn more at: http://www.facebook.com/GreenHillParkCivilWarReenactment
Civil War Re-enactors of New England' http://www.facebook.com/pages/FAIRFAX-FILM-History/345561398798645
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UNITED STATES ARMY
CREEDON AND CO., INC.
HARVARD PILGRIM HEALTH CARE
WORCESTER STATE UNIVERSITY GRADUATE SCHOOL
THE SCOUTERS LODGE AF & AM
THE EVENT will be a council-wide Scouting mega-weekend (Oct. 13-14) that includes a FREE FAMILY FUN FESTIVAL on Saturday October 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The FAMILY FUN FESTIVAL will offer Scouting exhibits and demonstrations, community exhibitors, lots of hands on activities for children of every age, food, entertainment, and much more. Mark your calendar today and tell your friends.
Site deposits are being accepted! Download your reservation form
Old Sturbridge Village Offers Scout Programs
Mark your calendars now for the 2012-2013 Scout Days at OSV. Registration for each begins one month prior to the event date.
Year-Round Scout Programs
In addition to three Scout Days, Old Sturbridge Village also offers Scout programs year-round. Hands-On Studios and Merit Badge Workshops are available at any time by reservation. New studios have been added this year for the new Girl Scout badges and four new Belt Loop studios were added to the Boy Scout program this fall. Learn more.
Add something really special to your day at the Village with an overnight stay in our Museum Education building or camp in the Village. Space is available on the night of and the night before the fall Scout Day, as well as on select dates throughout the fall and winter. Enjoy hands-on activities, lantern tours, snacks, breakfast, and two-day Village admission. Learn more.
Did you know?
The orchards at Old Sturbridge Village grow only heirloom-variety apples. These are the same kinds of apples that would have been grown in early 19th-century New England. During OSV's Apple Days, you can learn about the dozens of varieties grown here and how they differ from the apples typically found in most grocery stores.
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 - 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. - noon. Click to start shopping now > Mohegan Council Online Scout Store
Everything You Need to Be Prepared!
Location: Council Service Center, 19 Harvard Street, Worcester, MA Free parking.
Hours: Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri - 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.;
Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. - noon.
Click to start shopping now > Mohegan Council Online Scout Store
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 pack’s 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:
Boy Scouts of America Vehicle Donation
Toll-Free Boy Scouts of America Vehicle Donation Line: 855-272-1227 (855-BSA-1CAR)
TRIBUTE GIFTS RECEIVED 2012
In memory of Mrs. Nancy L. Swenson
Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Anderson
Boy Scout Troop 54
Mr. David Carlson
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dascanio
Mr. Merton Edlin
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Hiller
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Hotchkiss
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Hull
Mr. & Mrs. Edmund Markevicius
Mr. Charles E. Thompson