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From the Desk of the Scout Executive – April 2017

To me, springtime has always been a time for renewal. The days are getting longer, and hopefully warmer, so I think it’s naturally a time of more activity. Spring cleaning comes to the inside of the home, and our yards outside start to demand some attention.

In my faith walk it’s also the time we talk about renewal; and with my April 1st anniversary start date as your Council Scout Executive I’m always thinking about the journey we’ve been on, and what we can improve on next. Heck, it’s opening day for baseball, where every team gets to dream big!

Your Council teams are in full swing:

  • Our membership team is helping Packs get ready for spring recruiting which starts April 10th. This is the best time to capture new Tigers and their families for a summer adventure.
  • Our Friends of Scouting teams are busy finishing the Family Campaign. Has your unit had their presentation yet?
  • Our Board and Prepared. For Life. table hosts are following up on givers who missed our terrific March 22nd community breakfast to secure their pledge for the coming year.
  • Our TVEX task force has planned a great event for this weekend out at the valley, “the Amazing Race”.
  • Our Summer camp leadership team is busy filling out their staffs and planning a great 2017 summer season.
  • Our Properties group is very busy figuring out all our improvement projects at TVSR that will be happening this Spring, and during and after our summer season. It’s truly exciting to see all the progress we have made. Look for more improvements at the East waterfront, a major rehab of the Life Lodge, more roofs and latrine work, new cots & tents, a new campsite at Cub Scout Adventure Camp; and finishing the Harvard St service center project so the back of our building won’t fall down.

I hope your Pack, Troop, Crew and Post are making great plans. I hope you and your family are planning your next Scouting adventure. Scouting is alive and well, and like a spring bulb, is just waiting to burst forth to bring good things to our community. Thanks for being a part of this important movement.

I’ll see you at the Valley,
Jeff

From the Desk of the Scout Executive – March 2017

“Why do you volunteer or give to Scouting?”

That’s a question I like to ask people involved with Scouting. What’s their story about why they volunteer or support us? I’m always interested in what they have to say, and at times I am moved by what motivates them.

For many they became involved because of their child’s involvement. You know, only an hour a week is what we all say. Others were scouts when they were young and they feel they owe the organization for all the good things that came their way in their Scouting career.

Some have seen a life transformed by the Scouting program. Things like watching their boy go from a quiet introverted scout who never volunteers to a camp staff leader that others look up to. And some remember that special adult that changed their life, or challenged them when they became an Eagle Scout to step up, and to someday pay back Scouting for what they have received.

And the reason all of us should remember many great volunteers are involved and give to support our movement because someone asked them. I’ve heard many stories where folks tell they had no idea what we did, but a Ted, Mike, Warren, Sanjay, Charlie… asked them to help. They agreed because they were asked by a friend. They stayed because of the program we have that does change lives.

Thank you for what you do, I hope I see some of you at our March 22nd Prepared for Life breakfast, and please if you’d like send me a note or email and tell me why you are involved with the Boy Scouts of America.

See yah out at the valley,

Jeff

Happy New Year – From the Desk of the Scout Executive, January 2017

Happy New Year!

Can you believe its 2017? The older I become the more quickly the years seem to pass. For a boy a year can seem forever, for the rest of us…….well.

Have you had any time to reflect back on 2016? Have you set some goals for 2017? I’ve had a couple of down days to ponder those questions as I have been dealing with my first cold of the New Year.

Our small, but mighty Mohegan Council has a lot to celebrate from 2016:

  • Solid membership growth overall, and in Cub & Boy Scouting. That’s something we haven’t done in a while. Thanks to all who helped make that possible.
  • We organized six new Scouting units this year, double that from a year ago. We have at least five more that will happen in this first quarter. People and organizations are calling us about starting scouting. Keep telling your scouting stories to people you know.
  • Our Operations budget is looking to be balanced, that would be a first in about 15 years. Thanks to all of you who have given to support scouting.
  • Treasure Valley summer and year round attendance is up. People are telling us they like the new programs we are offering, volunteerism is increasing; led by our great Friends of the Valley retired crew who made Treasure Valley shine and contributed over 3,800 hours of service. I have a very hard time just keeping them stocked with paint! And 2017 is already shaping up to be an even better year!
  • Our Annual “Prepared for Life” breakfast is set for March 22nd at the College of the Holy Cross. Is this the year we cross 300 attendees?
  • A $40k grant from the George Magee Fund has been secured for more improvements at camp, and a generous donor has been identified and cultivated for a larger gift to bring back our ”Blue Tarp Special” near the waterfront to a fully functional building.
  • Our Solar II project has been completed and will hook up to the grid to provide more stable revenue in 2017.
  • We’re sending a Council contingent to the Summit for the National Jamboree.
  • We have good plans set for a strong spring membership campaign, and more tools for units to help them get their parents and boys excited about coming to the Valley for a great summer camp experience

Thanks to all of you who helped make 2016 great, and who will help make 2017 even better. I have a coffee mug that one my team gave me a few years ago that says this “Mohegan Council, is the best at getting better”, and you know that’s been a pretty good motto for us.

See you at camp,

Jeff

 

From the desk of the Scout Executive, November 2016

Was October busy for you? Fall Cub recruitment, Popcorn sales, TVEX – Webelos Woods, a Mill Town Camporee, a Quinsigamond Spookoree, and then we top it off with one of the best World Series ever, where the Cubs take it all. Wow!

It’s November, what’s coming next? Day light savings time ends, winter preparation is in high gear with leaf clean-up and snow blower maintenance, football starts its second half, the Bruins & Celtics get into full swing, and we all get ready for the feast at Thanksgiving……. and if you’re a leader in a Scout unit? You have some November items to tackle too:

  • Did you recruit lots of new Cub Scouts and leaders this fall? Many of you did! Have you got all these new families registered and involved? Are the boys in active dens? Have you oriented the parents? Have you helped your new leaders get trained? If you had a poor recruitment or if one den is a bit small have you contacted your district membership chair and asked for help doing a redo? We have a chance to grow as a Council this year; I’d love to be able to tell folks out in the community that Scouting is back. Let us know how we can help you be successful.
  • Are you on track to get your unit rechartered by Thanksgiving? You need to log in, correct the roster, collect fees, meet with the chartered organization to update them and get signatures, get leaders youth protection trained, and get it submitted to the Council office. It’s not rocket science, but it does take time. Let your Commissioner know if you need help.
  • Have you set a meeting with your Unit Commissioner and Chartered Organization Representative to go over your 2016 Journey to Excellence worksheet? How do you compare to other Scout units across the nation? Will you be a bronze, silver or gold achiever? Get it done, turn it in, get the patch and tell your parents how well you really do. This will also help you set some goals for the coming year.
  • Are you ready to close out your popcorn account with the Council office? We had a great sale (looks like we sold over half a million!) but we do owe the popcorn company a large sum of money that we can’t pay till you settle up. So clear your books so we can clear ours.
  • Have you bought your Scout holiday presents? (Ok, this is a commercial) We have the Scout winter mugs & Christmas ornaments for sale, and we can always order anything you need out of the Scout catalog (let us pay for shipping).

So I hope you get to all the things that need doing as we head into winter. I wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving. And thanks for all that you do to prepare the next generation to be the best that they can be.

Jeff

P.S. Don’t forget to vote!