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

7:00 pm OA Vigil and Pow Wow Weekend @ Sinoquipe Scout Reservation
OA Vigil and Pow Wow Weekend @ Sinoquipe Scout Reservation
Aug 18 @ 7:00 pm – Aug 20 @ 11:00 am
OA Vigil and Pow Wow Weekend @ Sinoquipe Scout Reservation
Theme is Fullmetal Fellowship (Shooting Sports) Price: $15 If you want to come up for Dinner, PATCH AUCTION, and crackerbarrel on Saturday, you can purchase a Patch Auction Package for $10.  This is open to all Scouts and friends interested in attending the Auction Don’t forget to get your Pow-wow tickets at the OA box @[...]
6:00 pm Boy Scout Leader and SPL Meeting @ Scout Service Center
Boy Scout Leader and SPL Meeting @ Scout Service Center
Aug 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Boy Scout Leader and SPL Meeting @ Scout Service Center
Come out for an evening of good food and discussion. We want to hear from youth and adults about how we can make the program better, grow our units and better serve you. We are requesting two adults and the Senior Patrol Leader and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader from each unit to attend. Please be[...]
12:00 pm Camp Stewards Dinner @ Sinoquipe Scout Reservation
Camp Stewards Dinner @ Sinoquipe Scout Reservation
Aug 26 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Camp Stewards Dinner @ Sinoquipe Scout Reservation
The Annual Steak Feed and Business Meeting is at Camp Sinoquipe on Saturday, August 27, at 2:00 PM. We will have the Shotgun Range and Waterfront area open at Noon. Cost: $20 per person (steak and twice-baked potatoes provided) Paper products and drinks are also provided (Water, Coffee, Iced Tea). Please bring a side dish[...]
6:30 pm Tuscarora District Roundtable @ Shady Grove Community Center
Tuscarora District Roundtable @ Shady Grove Community Center
Sep 14 @ 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
Sep 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Come for a evening of fellowship and learning about unique topics at each hacktable.

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