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!

Trainings
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!

Venturing

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

January 2017 Chatter: Sinoquipe Scout Reservation

Sinoquipe Scout Reservation

Calling all boys age 15 and higher, Sinoquipe Mountain Man Winter Camp is filling up fast, get your spot today for a winter camp to remember! Find out more.

Greetings from Sinoquipe

As the Christmas season comes and goes, it is time to stop long enough to reflect on all our blessings. I try to remember to give thanks daily, I often find myself “too busy” to dedicate time to thank the Lord for his countless blessings.

I am most thankful for a healthy family, a roof over my head and an abundance of caring folks in my life. It is through Scouting that I have met so many dedicated caring people. I am constantly impressed by the time and effort these devoted Scouters commit to the Scouting movement. I want all to know how valuable you are our youth. It is easy to believe we aren’t making a difference. I can assure you this is not the case. Attend an Eagle Scout ceremony and listen to the Eagle reflect on his memories of his 2nd grade teacher, or his Junior High coach or most often his Cubmaster or Scoutmaster. The influences we Scouters have on our youth should not be under estimated. Each of us are making a difference in the life of a Scout.

As I attempt to count all the volunteers who impact Camp Sinoquipe, I quickly realize it is impossible. Many of you “build” camp with blood, sweat and tears as we continue to improve the facilities. Others provide crucial financial support. We must also thank the troops who choose to attend Sinoquipe.

I also thank the Order of the Arrow for their assistance in the Altenderfer Lodge renovation, the Camp Stewards and the wonderful folks who volunteered to help with the Bluegrass Jamboree. As you can see countless individuals continue to better our beautiful camp!

I am so appreciative of the 2016 summer camp staff. As a cohesive unit the staff was commended by all who attended summer camp.

I am proud to be associated with each and every one of you in the Scouting movement.

Remember to give thanks and God Bless you!

Ranger Jack

Camp Sinoquipe Employment Opportunities

Would you like an opportunity to impact the lives of approximately 1,200 Scouts?

This opportunity is an awesome and rewarding experience. Please consider joining the 2017 summer camp staff. You will be joining a great group of Scouts and Scouters who are dedicated to providing an outstanding program.

The summer camp schedule begins with staff week June 11th 2017 and ends on August 6, 2017. We are looking for a motivated individuals to fill many positions. If you are 14 years of age by June 11, 2017 you may apply at a CIT “Counselor in Training”. This position is unpaid and the CIT rotates through the program areas to maximize exposure to merit badge courses. If you are 15 years of age or older by June 11, 2017 you may apply for a paid staff position.

We are looking for several adult staff positions, Trading Post staff, Dining Hall cooks, assistant Ranger staff and a Mountain Man assistant director. Interested adults should call Jack Rhodes at 717-987-3464 or Email to inquire about these positions.

There will be two staff interview sessions, March 4, 2017 and April 1, 2017 at the Council Service Center, 18600 Crestwood Drive, Hagerstown MD 21742. There will be an online sign up link found on the council website, mdcscouting.org one month prior to the March 4, 2017 interviews. Please use this link to schedule your interview date and time.

Interested youth can submit an application found on sinoquipe.org. Completed applications can be emailed to ranger_rhodes@yahoo.com or returned to the Mason-Dixon Council office, 18600 Crestwood Drive, Hagerstown MD. 21742

For more information please contact the 2017 Camp Director, Jack Rhodes at 717-987-3464.

Camp Cards

Camp Cards, Camp Cards Camp Cards!!!! Who will sell Camp Cards???

Last years sale was amazing with getting the cards out to the Scouts and it was the best year to date in camp card sales, but we still had cards returned at the end of the sale. With your help we can make this year’s sale even bigger.

So far, this year’s card is presenting itself to be just as vibrant as last year’s Card with businesses from all over the council. We are going to order the same amount of cards as last year but we want you to work with your budgets and Scouts to figure out what you need to sell to help your scouts pay for camp and raise the budget balancing funds to finish out the year.

Please keep the camp Card sale in perspective. We know that the popcorn sale was a huge success again this year but there are many scouts that still need the extra help to pay for camp or Scouting in general. Keep in mind, Camp Cards are a simple transaction. No deliveries, No take orders, one low price and easy to carry. All you have to do is “Ask”.
Figure out what you need to sell to pay for camp or Scouting order that many cards then commit to selling them! Do a Show and Sell, take them to work or go door to door. People love to help and everyone love the price! $5. Remember your customers can recouped the cost of the card in one or two uses.

If you know of a business that would like to be on the Camp Card please let me know ASAP as space is limited and we need to get the cards to the printer.

Sales tracking sheets, sales materials and signups will be here soon so start now and make plans to sell CAMP CARDS! A Scout is thrifty and pays his way!

Camp Sinoquipe Stewards

1) We had a great turnout on our 12 Nov workday. Thank you to all who came out and worked hard on Wells Valley and Wherrett Lodge, and to Jack for a delicious lunch!

2) The next meeting is 28 Jan 2017 at the Mason-Dixon Council Office, which includes a chicken dinner.
- Time: 6 PM-8 PM
- Food: Pot Luck, chicken provided/please bring a
covered dish to share
- Cost- $5
- Also, please plan to pay your $100 annual dues at
this meeting.

3) If you are interested in a good looking and high quality Camp Sinoquipe Steward polo style shirt, please contact the council office to purchase one. The cost starts at $31 for the shirt, depending on the size. Matching hats are also available for $14.

Looking for more STEWARDS! Will you help with Camp Sinoquipe improvements to keep it the premier scouting destination it has become? Join the Camp Sinoquipe Stewards and become part of team dedicated to just that purpose!

Want more information? Contact Jim Doyle, Chairman, at Email or Ed Marfut, Secretary, at Email.

Upcoming Events

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[...]

November 2016 Chatter: Sinoquipe Scout Reservation

Sinoquipe Scout Reservation

Calling all boys age 15 and higher, Sinoquipe Mountain Man Winter Camp is filling up fast, get your spot today for a winter camp to remember! Find out more.

Camp Cards

Camp Cards are right around the corner. I know you are wrapping up your popcorn sale and thinking about another fundraiser might not be on your radar right now, but we have to get the card ready.

Last year’s Card was a big hit and the proof is in the results. Highest dollars raised to date and 100% of the cards were in your hands. Granted a few were returned but we can overcome this too with better planning.

Keep in mid this is your Spring Fund raiser, a chance for everyone to help pay for camp or buy needed supplies for your unit. This is an easy sell, as it is not a sell and deliver. Plus the cost is only $5 and you keep half.

Right now we need your help. If you know of any business that would like to appear on the Card please let Scott Paddack know at the Scout Service Center.

Sales tracking sheets, sales materials and signups will be here around the first of the year so make plans to sell CAMP CARDS! A Scout is thrifty and pays his way!

Camp Sinoquipe Stewards

1) The Stewards welcome our newest member, Tom Gladhill. Tom has already had a positive impact, working on projects at Camp. Welcome again Tom!

The next Camp Sinoquipe workdays are:

November 12- (8:00 AM show time)
December 10- (8:00 AM show time)

2) Our next meeting is January 28, 2017 at the Mason-Dixon Council Office, which includes a chicken dinner. Specific meeting details will come in the December Chatter.

3) Don’t forget the Hurley Online Auction fundraiser started on October 21 and runs through November 4. Go online to www.hurleyauctions.com and bid to help scouting programs! Thanks to Darrell Miller for donating a day working at the auction setup.

4) If you are interested in a good looking and high quality Camp Sinoquipe Steward polo style shirt, please contact the council office to purchase one. The cost starts at $31 for the shirt, depending on the size. Matching hats are also available for $14.

Looking for more STEWARDS! Will you help with Camp Sinoquipe improvements to keep it the premier scouting destination it has become? Join the Camp Sinoquipe Stewards and become part of team dedicated to just that purpose!

Want more information? Contact Jim Doyle, Chairman, at Email.

Upcoming Events

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[...]