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

Dec
20
Wed
7:00 am NESA Breakfast @ Bob Evans
NESA Breakfast @ Bob Evans
Dec 20 @ 7:00 am – 8:30 am
 
Dec
28
Thu
6:00 pm OA Annual Dinner (Date changed) @ Maugansville Ruritan
OA Annual Dinner (Date changed) @ Maugansville Ruritan
Dec 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OA Annual Dinner (Date changed) @ Maugansville Ruritan
Visit Website to sign up   Catered by Holsinger Meats and Deli Menu is: Roast beef with mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, tossed salad w/two dressings, Roll w/butter Ice tea, water, coffee Dessert is ice cream: Flavors are chocolate and green mint chip
7:00 pm OA Lodge Meeting @ Mason-Dixon Council Service Center
OA Lodge Meeting @ Mason-Dixon Council Service Center
Dec 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
OA Lodge Meeting @ Mason-Dixon Council Service Center
 
Jan
6
Sat
8:30 am Scoutmaster / Asst. Scoutmaster ... @ Council Service Center
Scoutmaster / Asst. Scoutmaster ... @ Council Service Center
Jan 6 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Scoutmaster / Asst. Scoutmaster Specific Training @ Council Service Center
Visit Event Website to register
9:00 am NRA Shotgun Instructor Class @ Boonesboro Scout house
NRA Shotgun Instructor Class @ Boonesboro Scout house
Jan 6 @ 9:00 am – Jan 7 @ 6:00 pm
NRA Shotgun Instructor Class @ Boonesboro Scout house
For more information or to join the NRA contact me at (301) 660-1732 or steve@shaffercpa.net. Aim High, Shoot Often. Steve Shaffer
9:30 am Den Chief Training @ Council Service Center
Den Chief Training @ Council Service Center
Jan 6 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Den Chief Training @ Council Service Center
To register visit Event website
Jan
11
Thu
6:30 pm Tuscarora District Roundtable @ Shady Grove Community Center
Tuscarora District Roundtable @ Shady Grove Community Center
Jan 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[...]
7:00 pm Washington County Hacktable @ Council Service Center
Washington County Hacktable @ Council Service Center
Jan 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Come for a evening of fellowship and learning about unique topics at each hacktable.
Jan
13
Sat
8:00 am Mountain Man Winter Camp @ Sinoquipe Scout Reservation
Mountain Man Winter Camp @ Sinoquipe Scout Reservation
Jan 13 @ 8:00 am – Jan 15 @ 11:00 am
Mountain Man Winter Camp @ Sinoquipe Scout Reservation
Mountain men needed to survive in all elements, including the harsh winter terrain.  Test your survival skills on a three-day winter camp at Sinoquipe Scout Reservation, learning some of the trades you’d need to survive the winter. ACTIVITIES INCLUDE: Black Powder Shooting Blacksmithing Dutch Oven and Cast Iron Cooking Tomahawk Throwing Participants sleep in cold[...]
Jan
14
Sun
1:00 pm Skate Club @ Turners Skate
Skate Club @ Turners Skate
Jan 14 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Skate Club @ Turners Skate
Information Skate Club_2017_2018 Dates:   Sunday, December 17, 2017 Sunday, January 14, 2018  Sunday, February 4, 2018  Sunday, March 4, 2018 Cost:     $5.00 Pay At Turner’s Skate Includes:  admission, 30-minute lesson, skate rental, snack bar special (slice of cheese pizza or a hot dog & a small drink) Times: Door Opens @12:45 p.m. Lesson 1:00-1:30 p.m.[...]

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