March 2017 Chatter: Council News

Mason-Dixon Council News

Camp Cards 2017

The Mason-Dixon Council, BSA welcomes you on board for the 2017 Camp Card Fundraiser. The Camp Card is a fundraiser specifically geared to help scouts pay their way to camping opportunities in the Mason-Dixon Council as well as any of the BSA’s High Adventure Bases.

If you are participating in the Camp Card Fundraiser, the following breakdown is what you need to know.
o Camp Cards will be distributed to units in packs of 10 cards.
o You are STRONGLY encouraged to have a budgeted goal and sell the cards to meet that goal. Returning cards do not help Scouting.
o Camp Cards are released to units on a consignment basis for the duration of the fundraiser from March 15, 2017 - May 5 2017.
o At the conclusion of the fundraiser on May 5, 2017 units will be responsible for returning all unsold cards (it is expected that you sell all you request) to the

Mason-Dixon Council or payment of $2.50 (50% Commission) per card sold by the unit. If a unit returns unsold Camp Cards to the Mason-Dixon Council after May 5, 2017 the unit will only keep a 40% Commission or $2.00 per card sold.

Unit Camp Card Commitment Form

Camp Card Flyer

Camp Card Deal Map

Unit Sales Tracking Sheet

Newest Eagle Scouts

Jesse H. - Troop 51 Jakob B. - Troop 62 Gavin M. - Troop 97 Joseph D. - Troop 31 Jack E. - Troop 31 Ethan H. - Troop 31 Nicholas U. - Troop 108 Kevin W. - Troop 108

Venturing Update

We are looking for a Venturing Activity Chair. If interested please contact Nate Bacon.

Venturing Training:

Adult...Venture Leader Specific Training (VLST)
- April 25th 6:00-10:00 at Council Office

Crew Members...Intro to Leadership Skills for Crews & Officer Roles
- April 7 starts at 6:00 thru April 8 approx noon, at Council Office

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.

Merit Badge Fair 2017: Trail to Eagle

Trail to Eagle Merit Badge Fair is fully sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and is being offered to ALL Boy Scouts of America units within the Shenandoah Area Council and those in and around Martinsburg, WV. With the assistant of volunteers, this Merit Badge fair is being offered to ALL Boy Scouts absolutely FREE! Our Merit Badge fair includes classes for Scouts as well as adult leader training classes and those advanced scouts working towards their Eagle. Unit leader packets will be given to each leader at the end of the Fair with blue cards, completed and partials along with certificates of attendance for each scout. This Fair is designed to get the Scouts fired-up about Scouting and moving forward to advancing in their Scouting careers, moving them along on their ‘Trail to Eagle’. More information at : www.meritbadgefair.ironwil.net

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.[...]

March 2017 Chatter: Sinoquipe Scout Reservation

Sinoquipe Scout Reservation

Sinoquipe Camp Staff Interviews

On March 4th, the first of two opportunities for interviews for the 2017 camp season. Please sign up for a interview time at here. Make sure you have a completed application with you as well.

Camp Stewards News

The next work date at Camp Sinoquipe is this Saturday, March 4, at 8:00 AM. Please wear work clothes/gloves, and pack a lunch. We hope to see you there!

We have several projects to complete between now and Summer Camp.

1) Install the gutter system and water collection system at the Mountain Man Pavilion.
2) Construct the wood and roofing portions of a new latrine at Kerstein Lodge with help from OA Brotherhood.
3) Purchase 8 batteries and chargers to support CPAP use at campsites.
4) Cover the Dutch-oven frame (in Scout Craft Pavilion) with steel plates.

Reminder of Upcoming meetings for your calendar:
1) The spring social/meeting is Sat, 20 May, at 6:30 PM, at Tony’s Pizza on Route 11: 14224 Pennsylvania Ave, or at Exit 3 off of I-81.
2) The summer meeting and steak cookout is Sat., 27 Aug at 2:00 PM at Lakusin Pavilion at Camp Sinoquipe. Shotgun Range and Waterfront will be open at 12:00 PM (noon) for your recreation pleasure!
3) Looking way ahead, be sure to mark your calendar for the Jan 27, 2018; meeting (6:00 PM) at the Mason-Dixon Council Service Center!

Camp Sinoquipe Steward polo style shirts are still available! Please contact or stop by the council office to purchase one. Matching hats are also available.

Looking for more STEWARDS! One of the top camps in the U.S., Camp Sinoquipe is a premier scouting destination! Will you help us continue to make it better? Join the Camp Sinoquipe Stewards and become part of team dedicated to just that purpose! Want more information? Contact Jim Doyle, Chairman, at fix@danderremodeling.com or Ed Marfut, Secretary, at marfutL@aol.com

Upcoming Events

Jan
6
Sat
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
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[...]
Feb
10
Sat
9:00 am NRA Rifle Instructors Course @ Boonesboro Scout House
NRA Rifle Instructors Course @ Boonesboro Scout House
Feb 10 @ 9:00 am – Feb 11 @ 4:00 pm
NRA Rifle Instructors Course @ 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

March 2017 Chatter: Washington County District

Washington County District

WASHINGTON COUNTY DISTRICT HACKTABLE

MARCH 15, 2017
Mason Dixon Council Office @ 7 PM
THEME: Scouting and Cycling
PROGRAM:
Feature presentation - HUB CITY CYCLES - Sean Guy (MDC Eagle Scout)
Proper Bike selection and equipment for the trail
Safety and Etiquette on the Trail
Accessory and Tool Selection
What to look for when buying a bike (for a scout)
Basic Maintenance

Presentation - Planning a bicycle outing – Local opportunities

Presentation - “Whats so great about the Great Allegheny Passage” a travelogue Camp Grounds, Must Sees, Dining Places, Logistics

Group Discussion – “Cycling opportunities for Scouts in Units that don’t cycle”

Hands on – bring your bike for a minute clinic and safety check

Enhancements – Pastor Scott’s Rob Stone Georgia barbeque

Show & Tell competition – bring your bike – trophies for: Most nostalgic with story, Best equipped for Trail ride and Oldest functioning bicycle

Greetings From New District Executive

Greetings Scouters,

I want to take a moment to formally introduce myself. My name is Rob Holsinger, please feel free to call me Robby if that is what you prefer. I am an Eagle Scout and volunteer of the Mason-Dixon Council. I have been given the pleasure of serving as the Washington County District Executive. I understand that I have large shoes to fill replacing Don Harriman and I hope to prove that I am up to the task.

My attendance at the Washington County District Dinner showed me what great relationships Don has built with many volunteers in the district and I hope to follow his example. It is my goal as the Washington County District Executive to provide the service and leadership necessary to make you as leaders, and your units, successful.

Over the next few weeks, I plan to reach out to as many volunteers possible to introduce myself, find out about you, your unit, and the leadership role that you play in that unit. Although I will be learning on the job in this new role, I will make a strong effort to answer any questions that you may have, and get back to you with an answer on those that I cannot.

It is important to me to maintain an open line of communication with you. I will generally maintain office hours at the Council Service Center Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. unless district or council duties require me to be elsewhere. To be guaranteed to catch me at the Council Service Center, please feel free to schedule an appointment with me to discuss your Scouting needs. I can be reached by cell phone from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. at 301-992-1398, or by e-mail at robert.holsinger@scouting.org.

I am looking forward to meeting each of you throughout the next several weeks. If you wish, please stop by and say hello. I am excited about having the opportunity to create a positive working relationship with you and your units.

Yours in Scouting,

Rob Holsinger | Washington County District Executive
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
Mason-Dixon Council

Upcoming Events

Jan
6
Sat
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
Jan
11
Thu
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.
Feb
3
Sat
5:00 pm Washington County District Dinner @ Hagerstown Church of the Nazarene
Washington County District Dinner @ Hagerstown Church of the Nazarene
Feb 3 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Washington County District Dinner @ Hagerstown Church of the Nazarene
The Washington County District Awards Dinner will be held on Saturday, February 3rd at the Hagerstown Church of the Nazarene. The doors open at 5:00 and dinner will be served at 5:30. The cost of the event is $18.00 until January 19th after that date will be $20.00. The final date to register will be January[...]
Feb
10
Sat
9:00 am NRA Rifle Instructors Course @ Boonesboro Scout House
NRA Rifle Instructors Course @ Boonesboro Scout House
Feb 10 @ 9:00 am – Feb 11 @ 4:00 pm
NRA Rifle Instructors Course @ 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

March 2017 Chatter: Tuscarora District News

Tuscarora District

March District Roundtable

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

6:00 p.m. – Doors Open / Gathering / Snacks at Shady Grove Community Center
6:30 p.m. – Open session highlights introductions
6:45 p.m. – Split Sessions (40 minutes)
Mothers’ Day Boxes
Historic Trails Program
Training Available: Be Kind to Your Feet! (may run longer)
7:25 p.m. – Commissioner Minute / Photo Op Selfie! (10 minutes)
7:35 p.m. – Dinner – Chili & Rice
7:57 p.m. – 3-Minute Closing

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

District Pinewood Derby

March 11, 2017 at Kauffman Ruritan Registration - 10-11 am Racing begins right after. First time ever: District Chairman's Best of Show Trophy to best car voted by the scouts. One can of donated goods equals a vote. One vote per scout. Most votes wins!

Upcoming Events

Jan
6
Sat
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
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[...]
Feb
8
Thu
6:30 pm Tuscarora District Roundtable @ Shady Grove Community Center
Tuscarora District Roundtable @ Shady Grove Community Center
Feb 8 @ 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[...]
Feb
10
Sat
9:00 am NRA Rifle Instructors Course @ Boonesboro Scout House
NRA Rifle Instructors Course @ Boonesboro Scout House
Feb 10 @ 9:00 am – Feb 11 @ 4:00 pm
NRA Rifle Instructors Course @ 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