A Message From Our Scout Executive

A Message From Our Scout Executive

I’m writing this less than 24 hours since the BSA issued its recent statement below:

As one of America’s largest youth-serving organizations, the Boy Scouts of America continues to work to bring the benefits of our programs to as many children, families and communities as possible.

“While we offer a number of programs that serve all youth, Cub Scouting and Boy Scouting are specifically designed to meet the needs of boys. For more than 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America, along with schools, youth sports and other youth organizations, have ultimately deferred to the information on an individual’s birth certificate to determine eligibility for our single-gender programs. However, that approach is no longer sufficient as communities and state laws are interpreting gender identity differently, and these laws vary widely from state to state.

“Starting today, we will accept and register youth in the Cub and Boy Scout programs based on the gender identity indicated on the application. Our organization’s local councils will help find units that can provide for the best interest of the child.

“The BSA is committed to identifying program options that will help us truly serve the whole family, and this is an area that we will continue to thoughtfully evaluate to bring the benefits of Scouting to the greatest number of youth possible – all while remaining true to our core values, outlined in the Scout Oath and Law.”

We posted it on our social media site as soon as it was announced, and so far, the Mason-Dixon Service Center is still standing, the world is still turning, and we’re all doing today what we were doing yesterday: attempting to provide the best possible Scouting experience for the youths and families of the Mason-Dixon Council. So what’s changed since yesterday?

Here's what hasn’t changed:

1. “The Mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make moral and ethical decisions over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.”

2. Scout Oath: “On My Honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.”

3. Scout Law: “A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.”

So those things didn’t change, and in fact, haven’t changed during my entire tenure in Scouting, which began in the late 1960’s.

So what did change? The statement above simply says that we will accept the information that families provide on the youth application regarding gender identity, rather than ultimately deferring to the birth certificate. Frankly, I don’t remember ever personally asking to see someone’s birth certificate to verify anything during my professional Scouting tenure, so this isn’t a world-changer for me.

What about privacy issues? Respect for individual privacy has been a key element of Youth Protection Training and a key part of the Scouting program for my entire 23 years as a Scouting professional. The need to respect a youth’s (or adult’s) privacy at all times, in all circumstances, doesn’t change as a result of last night’s announcement. We will continue to do our best to find practical, common-sense solutions to any potential issues arising from the need to protect the right for privacy as we always do.

How does this impact religious organizations who sponsor Scouting? While religious partners will continue to have the right to make decisions based on religious beliefs, we will work with families to find local Scouting units that are the best fit for their children.

The bottom line is simple: We in the Mason-Dixon Council will continue to do our best to provide the best quality Scouting experience to as many youths and families as we can within our service area. That hasn’t changed as a result of yesterday’s announcement and will not change during my tenure as your
Scout Executive.

Those wanting more specific information about the recent BSA announcement can contact BSA directly at PR@scouting.org.

Thanks, and thanks for what each of you do for Scouting!!!

Rob Stone
Scout Executive

January 2017 Chatter: Sinoquipe Scout Reservation

Sinoquipe Scout Reservation

Calling all boys age 15 and higher, Sinoquipe Mountain Man Winter Camp is filling up fast, get your spot today for a winter camp to remember! Find out more.

Greetings from Sinoquipe

As the Christmas season comes and goes, it is time to stop long enough to reflect on all our blessings. I try to remember to give thanks daily, I often find myself “too busy” to dedicate time to thank the Lord for his countless blessings.

I am most thankful for a healthy family, a roof over my head and an abundance of caring folks in my life. It is through Scouting that I have met so many dedicated caring people. I am constantly impressed by the time and effort these devoted Scouters commit to the Scouting movement. I want all to know how valuable you are our youth. It is easy to believe we aren’t making a difference. I can assure you this is not the case. Attend an Eagle Scout ceremony and listen to the Eagle reflect on his memories of his 2nd grade teacher, or his Junior High coach or most often his Cubmaster or Scoutmaster. The influences we Scouters have on our youth should not be under estimated. Each of us are making a difference in the life of a Scout.

As I attempt to count all the volunteers who impact Camp Sinoquipe, I quickly realize it is impossible. Many of you “build” camp with blood, sweat and tears as we continue to improve the facilities. Others provide crucial financial support. We must also thank the troops who choose to attend Sinoquipe.

I also thank the Order of the Arrow for their assistance in the Altenderfer Lodge renovation, the Camp Stewards and the wonderful folks who volunteered to help with the Bluegrass Jamboree. As you can see countless individuals continue to better our beautiful camp!

I am so appreciative of the 2016 summer camp staff. As a cohesive unit the staff was commended by all who attended summer camp.

I am proud to be associated with each and every one of you in the Scouting movement.

Remember to give thanks and God Bless you!

Ranger Jack

Camp Sinoquipe Employment Opportunities

Would you like an opportunity to impact the lives of approximately 1,200 Scouts?

This opportunity is an awesome and rewarding experience. Please consider joining the 2017 summer camp staff. You will be joining a great group of Scouts and Scouters who are dedicated to providing an outstanding program.

The summer camp schedule begins with staff week June 11th 2017 and ends on August 6, 2017. We are looking for a motivated individuals to fill many positions. If you are 14 years of age by June 11, 2017 you may apply at a CIT “Counselor in Training”. This position is unpaid and the CIT rotates through the program areas to maximize exposure to merit badge courses. If you are 15 years of age or older by June 11, 2017 you may apply for a paid staff position.

We are looking for several adult staff positions, Trading Post staff, Dining Hall cooks, assistant Ranger staff and a Mountain Man assistant director. Interested adults should call Jack Rhodes at 717-987-3464 or Email to inquire about these positions.

There will be two staff interview sessions, March 4, 2017 and April 1, 2017 at the Council Service Center, 18600 Crestwood Drive, Hagerstown MD 21742. There will be an online sign up link found on the council website, mdcscouting.org one month prior to the March 4, 2017 interviews. Please use this link to schedule your interview date and time.

Interested youth can submit an application found on sinoquipe.org. Completed applications can be emailed to ranger_rhodes@yahoo.com or returned to the Mason-Dixon Council office, 18600 Crestwood Drive, Hagerstown MD. 21742

For more information please contact the 2017 Camp Director, Jack Rhodes at 717-987-3464.

Camp Cards

Camp Cards, Camp Cards Camp Cards!!!! Who will sell Camp Cards???

Last years sale was amazing with getting the cards out to the Scouts and it was the best year to date in camp card sales, but we still had cards returned at the end of the sale. With your help we can make this year’s sale even bigger.

So far, this year’s card is presenting itself to be just as vibrant as last year’s Card with businesses from all over the council. We are going to order the same amount of cards as last year but we want you to work with your budgets and Scouts to figure out what you need to sell to help your scouts pay for camp and raise the budget balancing funds to finish out the year.

Please keep the camp Card sale in perspective. We know that the popcorn sale was a huge success again this year but there are many scouts that still need the extra help to pay for camp or Scouting in general. Keep in mind, Camp Cards are a simple transaction. No deliveries, No take orders, one low price and easy to carry. All you have to do is “Ask”.
Figure out what you need to sell to pay for camp or Scouting order that many cards then commit to selling them! Do a Show and Sell, take them to work or go door to door. People love to help and everyone love the price! $5. Remember your customers can recouped the cost of the card in one or two uses.

If you know of a business that would like to be on the Camp Card please let me know ASAP as space is limited and we need to get the cards to the printer.

Sales tracking sheets, sales materials and signups will be here soon so start now and make plans to sell CAMP CARDS! A Scout is thrifty and pays his way!

Camp Sinoquipe Stewards

1) We had a great turnout on our 12 Nov workday. Thank you to all who came out and worked hard on Wells Valley and Wherrett Lodge, and to Jack for a delicious lunch!

2) The next meeting is 28 Jan 2017 at the Mason-Dixon Council Office, which includes a chicken dinner.
- Time: 6 PM-8 PM
- Food: Pot Luck, chicken provided/please bring a
covered dish to share
- Cost- $5
- Also, please plan to pay your $100 annual dues at
this meeting.

3) If you are interested in a good looking and high quality Camp Sinoquipe Steward polo style shirt, please contact the council office to purchase one. The cost starts at $31 for the shirt, depending on the size. Matching hats are also available for $14.

Looking for more STEWARDS! Will you help with Camp Sinoquipe improvements to keep it the premier scouting destination it has become? Join the Camp Sinoquipe Stewards and become part of team dedicated to just that purpose!

Want more information? Contact Jim Doyle, Chairman, at Email or Ed Marfut, Secretary, at Email.

January 2017 Chatter: Washington County District

Washington County District

Attention All 2016 Eagle Scouts!

The Washington County District Advancement Committee would love pictures of your Eagle Scout projects from 2016 along with a brief description of each project for the Annual District Dinner where our Eagles will be recognized. Eagle Scouts should email their description and pictures to Email.

Silent Auction Donations

Washington County Advancement Committee is looking for donations for our annual silent auction at the district dinner. Please contact Karen Yoder if you have a donation(s) at Email or call 301-667-3344 (leave a message).

January 2017 Chatter: Tuscarora District

Tuscarora District

Annual Tuscarora District Dinner

The District Dinner is an opportunity for all scouters of the Tuscarora District to join together and recognize the accomplishments of the past year. This is a family affair; all are invited and encouraged to attend! We welcome the submission of any award on the personal, unit, or district level to be presented. If you know of any awards achieved this year, or have one you would like to be awarded at the dinner (to include Wood Badge!) please contact Scott at the Scout Service Center. The district awards submissions must be provided in advance (30 days) of the dinner for it to be included.

Date:January 21st, 2017

Time:5:30 p.m. Doors open
5:30 p.m. Social time
6:00 p.m. Dinner and awards

Location: Kauffman Ruritan Club
7289 Ruritan Drive,
Chambersburg, PA 17202

Cost:$13 per adult (12 and older)
$7 per youth (6 to 11)
Free under 5

For advance ticket purchases, register at: http://www.mason-dixon-bsa.org/event/1965186 or contact the Scout Service Center at (301) 739-1211.
Advanced registration is mandatory and closes on January 17th.

Awards:
Journey to Excellence, 100% Boys Life, Training & Key Awards, Veterans Awards, Summertime Pack Awards, Comissioner awards.
Betty Keal Cub Scout Unit Awards
Earl Blair Boy Scout Unit Award
District Award of Merit, ;Pop Stoner
Sign up today!!!!

January District Roundtable

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Topics:
"ReCharter Night"
Valentines for Elders
Scout Sunday Ideas
Cub Scout Break-out Session
TRAINING

Good Eats - Dutch Lasagna

6:30 p.m. at Shady Grove

Contact Gary at 717-504-3608 if you have any questions.

Upcoming Events

Apr
13
Thu
6:30 pm Tuscarora District Roundtable @ Shady Grove Community Center
Tuscarora District Roundtable @ Shady Grove Community Center
Apr 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuscarora District Roundtable @ Shady Grove Community Center
6:00 p.m. – Doors Open / Gathering / Snacks 6:30 p.m. – Open session highlights introductions 6:45 p.m. – Split Sessions (40 minutes) Your Troop Kitchen Duty to God Training Available: NRA (may run longer) 7:25 p.m. – Commissioner Minute / Photo Op Selfie! (10 minutes) 7:35 p.m. – Dinner – Shepherds Pie 7:57 p.m. –[...]
May
11
Thu
6:30 pm Tuscarora District Roundtable @ Shady Grove Community Center
Tuscarora District Roundtable @ Shady Grove Community Center
May 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuscarora District Roundtable @ Shady Grove Community Center
6:00 p.m. – Doors Open / Gathering / Snacks 6:30 p.m. – Open session highlights introductions 6:45 p.m. – Split Sessions (40 minutes) Roundtable Auction Roses, Buds & Thorns Training Available: Safety Afloat (may run longer) 7:25 p.m. – Commissioner Minute / Photo Op Selfie! (10 minutes) 7:35 p.m. – Dinner – Dutch Oven Buffet[...]

January 2017 Chatter: Great Cove District

Great Cove District

Annual District Dinner

Date: February 25th, 2017

Time: 5:30 p.m. Doors open
5:30 p.m. Social and Silent Auction
6:00 p.m. Dinner and awards

Location: FOVA
524 E. Poplar Street,
McConnellsburg, PA

Cost: $14 per adult (12 and older)
$7 per youth (6 to 12)
Free under 5

Donations needed for auction: Homemade or handcrafted items or scouting unique Items must arrive by 5:30 PM
Advanced registration is required and closes on February 17th.
Register online or at the Scout Service Center

Awards:
Journey to Excellence, 100% Boys Life, Training & Key Awards, Veterans Awards, Summertime Pack Awards, Comissioner awards.
District Award of Merit

January 2017 Chatter: Cub Scout Corner

Cub Scout Corner

2017 Skate Club

2017 Skate Club

Derby Dayz 2017

Derby Dayz 2017

Upcoming Events

Apr
23
Sun
2:00 pm Cub Hike Club @ Renfrew Park
Cub Hike Club @ Renfrew Park
Apr 23 @ 2:00 pm
Cub Hike Club @ Renfrew Park
No registration necessary. We will hike rain, shine, cold or hot. If you already having a walking stick, please bring it with you. If you do not have one, don’t fret! You will still earn your beads. Things to Bring:  A small day pack, Back Pack or fanny pack  Sturdy shoes for walking[...]

January 2017 Chatter: Council News

Mason-Dixon Council News

Christmas Trees Wrapped Up

The Council would like to thank everyone that helped make the Christmas tree sale a big success again this year. The Christmas tree sale does more for the council than just generate a modest revenue. It help the public see scouts in action, it gives Scouting a month long public presence, it gives Scouts and Scouter a chance to live out the Scout Oath and Law and it has generated many articles in our local media. For many of the customers that purchase their trees from us, this is a family tradition or they like to support Scouting. If you have worked the Christmas tree sale you know how Christmas tree shopping warms the hearts of those fathers, mothers, grandparents, children and families as they gaze at each tree till they find just the right one.

For the joy and Christmas spirit we help nurture this past month, keep Christmas in your hearts all year long and we will see you next year!

Eagle Scout’s Host Breakfast with Santa

Breakfast With Santa was held on December 3, 2016 at the Otterbein United Methodist Church in Hagerstown. 10 Eagle Scouts that came out to help along with countless volunteers. There were a total of 26 volunteers that were eager to help out in any way. One's service does not stop once they become an Eagle Scout.

Breakfast with Santa Volunteers

Breakfast with Santa Volunteers

Kade Melton with his Supernova Award

Kade Melton with his Supernova Award

STEM Awards

Many scouts have been busy this year working on their Nova and SuperNova awards. Let’s all congratulate Kade Melton of Pack 23 Funkstown for earning the Luis W. Alvarez SuperNova award in April 2016. Due to a snafu Kade did not actually receive his award until October. Kade put in a great deal of hard work to earn this award. Next time you see Kade, congratulate him. If anyone is interested on how YOUR scout can earn either the NOVA or SuperNova Award. Please contact Karen Dickie at kdickie@washco-md.net 0

Scout Night with the Hawks and Lock-In

On Saturday January 14, 2017 join us for “Scout Night with the Hawks” basketball game at Hagerstown Community College in the Athletic, recreation and Community Center Building (ARCC). The woman’s game starts at 2 PM and the men’s starts at 4 PM. HCC is providing both games at no cost for Scout families if the Scout wears his uniform. The Lock-in begins immediately after the men’s game and run until 6 AM on Saturday. Cost to participate in the lock in is only $10.00 per registered Boy Scout or Cub Scout which includes all activities, pizza and snacks. Adults are free but will be required to sign up for a two hour time slot at one of the events/activities to help with the overall organization.

You must be preregistered to participate! As this is a unit event, each unit is responsible to collect permission slips from the parents for their own records. The unit will submit a unit roster of those attending with payment to the Council office. Roster and payment must be received no later than January 12th, 2016. You will receive a Lock-in ticket for each youth AND adult participating. Each person must have a lock-in ticket at registration. The unit leadership/parents are responsible for the youth. No youth will be permitted to leave the premises prior to 6 AM without unit leader signature at that time. Due to the nature of this activity, this is a Scout/parent/leader function only and we are not able to have non-Scout siblings attend.

What to bring: A water bottle with your name on it, you are welcome to bring a sleeping bag/pillow/mat in case you want to call it an early evening. We will have quiet areas available. Soft sole shoes must be worn on the gym surface at all times. Dress comfortably for an evening of activity and fun!

If you want to participate in the county’s largest indoor snowball fight….bring a new pair of white socks (adult or youth) that will become a snowball! After the event, the socks will be cleaned and donated to a local homeless shelter.

Questions? Please contact Don Harriman at donald.harriman@scouting.org or call the council at 301-739-1211.

Lock-In 2017 Flyer

Lock-In 2017 Registration Form

Award Deadlines Fast Approaching

Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award

YOUTH AWARD: The Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award is given to recognize valuable service of an exceptional nature by a Scout to a religious institution, a school, a community, or another entity while doing his Eagle Scout service project. Any Eagle Scout that received their Board of Review during 2016 is eligible for this award. An Eagle Scout, his parents, or any registered BSA volunteer (with the Eagle Scout’s permission) may submit his Eagle Scout service project for consideration by filling out the nomination form found at NESA.org.

The application is due to the Scout Service Center by Friday, January 20, 2017.

Conservation Committee

The Conservation Committee need volunteers, and is also looking for two units to help develop two educational trails at Sinoquipe Scout Reservation.

Info & questions: Nate Bacon - Conservation Comm Chair, 717-762-0964 or Email.

Derby Days 2017

Derby Days 2017

Skate Club 2017

Skate Club 2017

Upcoming Events

Mar
30
Thu
6:00 pm OA Lodge Banquet @ Maugansville Ruritan Center
OA Lodge Banquet @ Maugansville Ruritan Center
Mar 30 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OA Lodge Banquet @ Maugansville Ruritan Center
Doors: 6:00 Dinner: 7:00 Door Prizes, Great Food, Brotherhood, and Service
Apr
13
Thu
6:30 pm Tuscarora District Roundtable @ Shady Grove Community Center
Tuscarora District Roundtable @ Shady Grove Community Center
Apr 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuscarora District Roundtable @ Shady Grove Community Center
6:00 p.m. – Doors Open / Gathering / Snacks 6:30 p.m. – Open session highlights introductions 6:45 p.m. – Split Sessions (40 minutes) Your Troop Kitchen Duty to God Training Available: NRA (may run longer) 7:25 p.m. – Commissioner Minute / Photo Op Selfie! (10 minutes) 7:35 p.m. – Dinner – Shepherds Pie 7:57 p.m. –[...]
Apr
19
Wed
7:30 am NESA Breakfast @ Bob Evans
NESA Breakfast @ Bob Evans
Apr 19 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
 
Apr
23
Sun
2:00 pm Cub Hike Club @ Renfrew Park
Cub Hike Club @ Renfrew Park
Apr 23 @ 2:00 pm
Cub Hike Club @ Renfrew Park
No registration necessary. We will hike rain, shine, cold or hot. If you already having a walking stick, please bring it with you. If you do not have one, don’t fret! You will still earn your beads. Things to Bring:  A small day pack, Back Pack or fanny pack  Sturdy shoes for walking[...]