June 2017

June 2017

Council News

New Office Hours for the Summer

The Mason-Dixon Council Scout Shop – New Spring/Summer hours starting May 15 – Sept 1st - Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Friday – 9 a.m. -5 p.m., Thursday – 9 a.m. -6 p.m., No Saturdays.

New Website and Event Sign-up System is Here!

The council has been working over the past year to upgrade our online presence, making it easier to use and bring it into the 21st century. Please take some time to explore our new website MDCScouting.org. On July 1st our old url - Mason-Dixon-BSA.org - will redirect you to our new website, so please make sure to save the new url to your favorites.

Tentaroo is the name of our new online event sign up service. A majority of the sign ups you will do for an event will be in a form format and will not require you to create an account. For big events like summer camp, camporees and other major council events that a unit signs up for rather than individuals,a unit representative will have to log in to the unit's account to sign up. Each unit has any account already set up and the unit leadership will get the login information. This process has already happen for troops that are attending Sinoquipe for summer camp this year.

Food Safety Is Important For Scouts Too!

How to store and cook your food on camp outs.
Every patrol box should be outfitted with a meat thermometer to make sure that meats are cook to proper temps. " No body likes chicken Tar Tar " see chart for proper food temperatures.

Proper Hand Washing
19 Million food borne Illnesses could be avoided by properly washing your hands. Set up a simple wash station at your site for hand washing.
Things you'll need:
5 gallon jug with hot water around 100 degrees. 1 gallon of Boiling water + 3 gallons of 70-/+ degree water will produce 100-110 degree water. If you use an insulated water jug these temps will keep for hours. We did this at the winter camporee in an Igloo insulated water jug and it held for 3 hours in 12 degree wintry weather.
Hand soap, foamy dispenser works best,
Catch basin
Paper towels

Proper hand washing : wet hands, apply soap, rub hands together for 15-20 seconds, saying the scout oath, scout law or Happy birthday.. rinse and dry with paper towel.

Make food safety a priority to ensure a happy camp out for all!

Camp Cards Are Still Available!

You still have a week to sell! All unsold cards and/or payments are due June 9th. We still have $2750 with your name on it at the office! Come in and sign up today! More information about the awesome deals available here.

Congratulations to Our Newest Eagle Scouts!

Dale M. - Troop 28
Remington R. - Troop 95
Brooks G. - Troop 10
John F. - Troop 97
Thomas W. - Troop 413
Keegan K. - Troop 20
Zachary K. - Troop 103
Michael D. - Troop 65
Matthew L. - Troop 95
James S. - Troop 8
Logan F. - Troop 14

Cub Scout Corner

Cub Scout Camps!

During the summer of 2017, the Mason-Dixon Council will be offering three themed Cub Scout Day Camps at Greencastle, Williamsport and Hagerstown, as well as the Cub Scout Resident Camp Akela at the Sinoquipe Scout Reservation. By offering four different camps for Cub Scouts, that means there's more activities, more excitement, and more opportunities to continue your Scouting adventure all summer long! The camps cost $125 each, and if you buy all three Day Camps, you'll get Camp Akela FREE! Explore the camp offerings and sign up today here!

Cub Hikes
Thank you to everyone that attended the Spring Cub Hikes. Cub Hikes are finished for the spring. The next Cub Hike is in September. We will have 3 fall Cub Hikes and 3 spring Cub Hikes. Look at the new Council Calendar for the dates. The locations will be announced at the next Leader Information Night in August. See you all there!

Thank you to everyone who took the Cub Scout Archery, BB, and Rock Wall Trainings. Without you, we would not have the excitement at our Cub Camps and other Council events. If you would like to be trained and were not able to attend these in May, contact the Council Office. We always need trained scouters in these areas. You make our events FUN for the boys!


Evening of shooting at Izaak Walton League of Washington County, MD

Monday June 19th, 6:30 PM

Firearms provided (22 caliber)
Ammo provided
Safety Equipment provided
Cost: none (however, I'm sure bringing your own ammo would be appreciated)

Yes, you can bring your own firearm & appropriate ammo (safety inspection required)

What is Required:
A headcount for your Crew by June 12 to Nate Bacon
(nice to know if you will not be attending too)

Nate Bacon
Council Venturing Advisor

Sinoquipe Scout Reservation

Camp Sinoquipe Stewards

With the exception of a little more gutter work on the back of the building, we were able to finish roofing the deck on the Mountain Man cabin during April. Thank you to all who braved the mud and water to make that possible.

Our May 6 work day included installing a fence on the back side of the volleyball court to help prevent volleyballs from ending up in the creek or beyond. Thanks to all who came out and helped complete this project.

1. The scheduled work date before Summer Camp:
June 3: 8:00 AM show time (also Beaver Day)

2. 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.
a. Cost: $20 per person (steak and twice-baked potatoes provided)
b. Paper products and drinks are also provided (Water, Coffee, Iced Tea)
c. Please bring a side dish to share
d. Activities and times:
1) 12:00 PM: Shotgun Range and Waterfront Open
2) 2:00 PM: Eating, followed by short meeting

We look forward to seeing you there! Look for more picnic info and a signup sheet in late July. Please try to find new people to bring to the cookout to help grow our membership!

3. We have Fall 2017 work dates planned. We will be working on the new Karl Hummel Pavilion, so please try to make as many as you can! Fall work dates:
September: 16, 23, and 30.
October: 7, 21, and 28
November: 4, 11, and18

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! As 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? Visit our webpage or contact Jim Doyle, Chairman or Ed Marfut, Secretary.

Tuscarora District News

On Saturday April 22nd, the Tuscarora District resurrected the Annual Pushcart Races from the past. After digging out the pushcarts of the past, the youth of tomorrow raced for several hours and heats to determine the winners. A fun event put it on for the scouts to simply have fun!!!

FOS presentations are going on in the District, let's remain focused on using them to generate revenue, to make sure all Scouts can benefit from our great scouting program.

Keep Scouting Relevant!

Washington County District News

District Advancement Committee Meeting

On the first Thursday of July (July 6th) the district advancement committee will meet to review Eagle Scout Project Proposals and plan Eagle Boards of Review to be completed. If you have any questions contact District Advancement Chair Karen Yoder