MOUNT VERNON — The Boy Scouts of America has announced that the local Muskingum Valley Council has achieved the ‘Gold’ level Journey to Excellence award for delivery of exceptional Scouting programs in 2017. This marks the third consecutive year the local Scouting organization has received the highest-level recognition from the Boy Scouts of America.

Based on 18 performance indicators which are tracked throughout the year, the award recognizes the efforts of hundreds of local volunteers and parents who are dedicated to improving the lives of youth in our community.

“A solid Scouting program is a great asset for parents as they try to raise their children in the best way possible,” said Charlotte Ashcraft, parent of a scout and active volunteer. “A strong Scouting program teaches confidence, character, citizenship and leadership. In short, Scouting prepares youth for successful lives.”

Scout Executive Ed Mulholland expressed gratitude to the community for its continued support of Scouting programs.

“All of our supporters can take pride in their role in this achievement! Parents, cubmasters, scoutmasters, committee members, commissioners, venture leaders, activity chairmen, trainers, camp staff, donors, fundraisers, and so many more… all played a part in this success story,” he said.

With this award, the Muskingum Valley Council is setting the standard for quality, cost-effective, positive youth development. Cub Scouting is for boys and girls from kindergarten to fifth grade. Boy Scouting is for boys age 11-18. Venturing and Exploring are for boys and girls age 14-21.

Donors, or parents looking for a positive activity for their children, may contact the Muskingum Valley Council at 740-453-0571.



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