Welcome Pack 22! Committee Chair Rachel Decatur and Cubmaster Rick Howarth are leading this new Cub Pack, which meets at the Hadwen Park Congregational Church in Worcester. Along with Troop 22 which they started late last year, the youth of southwestern Worcester have scouting opportunities in their neighborhood. Please welcome this active and growing Pack to Quinsigamond District.
Six scouts from the troop attended camp for the very first time at TVSR this summer, with all scouts completing the first-year-camper program, BSI. The new scouts overcame their first-time camper challenges with the help of our great TVSR camp staff, particularly the Waterfront Staff who worked with a couple of scouts throughout the week to pass the swim test.
Earning a total of 12 merit badges and 3 scouts having earned the Scout rank, Scoutmaster Howarth won the Scoutmaster Dutch Oven Cook Off with his Cilantro-Lime Corn on the Cob with Scout, Jacob D. tending the flame.
Special thanks to John McMillen for his years of service as a Unit Commissioner and most recently as the District Commissioner. In addition to his strong contributions in these roles, many of you know him from his work as an Asst. Scoutmaster, Committee Member, Merit Badge Councilor, camping skills trainer, shooting sports specialist, and for his excellent Dutch Oven cooking skills. Fortunately, we will continue to see John in many of these roles.
The District Nominating Committee is continuing their work. As indicated in the June Mini-Moc, they are following a structured process to recommend a candidate to fill the vacant District Chair and other volunteer roles. Their work has taken them beyond the original June 30 target date. We will have additional updates as their work progresses.
A District Awards committee is planning a district-wide event to celebrate the accomplishments of so many of our volunteers. Save the date, Sunday October 22nd 4pm-6pm at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Holden. Dinner, awards and a silent auction will be held. There will be more information on this shortly.
And finally, continued thanks go out to the Packs, Troops, Venture Crews and Explorers for the continued membership growth that we have seen this year. Through June we are 21 youth ahead of this time last year. Our Membership team is working now to prepare for the upcoming Fall recruitment campaign.