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 :

Upcoming Events

1:00 pm Camp Staff Training @ Sinoquipe Scout Reservation
Camp Staff Training @ Sinoquipe Scout Reservation
Jun 11 @ 1:00 pm – Jun 17 @ 11:00 am
Camp Staff Training @ Sinoquipe Scout Reservation
9:00 am Greencastle Day Camp – Bug Hunter @ Greencastle Sportsmen Association Club
Greencastle Day Camp – Bug Hunter @ Greencastle Sportsmen Association Club
Jun 12 @ 9:00 am – Jun 16 @ 4:00 pm
Greencastle Day Camp - Bug Hunter @ Greencastle Sportsmen Association Club
GREENCASTLE DAY CAMP: June 12-16 Drop off 8:30-8:50 am Pick up 4-4:30 pm Cost includes a T-shirt and water bottle for your Scout. Camp T-shirt needs to b worn every day. Scouts need to have a packed lunch every day. We go fishing! We have Crafts, archery, BB, slingshots, and rock wall! Scouts will take[...]
12:00 pm Summer Camp Week 1 @ Sinoquipe Scout Reservation
Summer Camp Week 1 @ Sinoquipe Scout Reservation
Jun 18 @ 12:00 pm – Jun 24 @ 11:00 am
Summer Camp Week 1 @ Sinoquipe Scout Reservation

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 or Ed Marfut, Secretary, at

March 2017 Chatter: Washington County District

Washington County District


MARCH 15, 2017
Mason Dixon Council Office @ 7 PM
THEME: Scouting and Cycling
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

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
Mason-Dixon Council

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!