Mohawk District Serves all of Yates and Seneca Counties and the eastern halves of Ontario and Wayne Counties.
This district includes the towns of Newark, Sodus, Clifton Springs, Gorham, Rushville, Penn Yan, Dresden, Dundee, Phelps, Geneva, Lyons, Wolcott, North Rose, Red Creek, Clyde, Savannah, Waterloo, Seneca Falls, Romulus, and Ovid.
The Mohawk Key 3 are shown on the right, other contacts:
OA Contact information: Mike Donovan and Connor Clancy, Chapter Chief. All OA members are invited to the chapter meeting held each month in connection with the district Roundtable the first Wednesday of the month at Waterloo HS. All Scout Troops that have not signed up for an Order of the Arrow election date should contact Jennifer Clancy or Mike Donovan to do so as soon as possible. Tschipey Achtu Lodge web page
STEM Coordinator: Vacant
Advancement Chair: Ira Goldman 203-434-3680
Eagle Advisors: Fred Schule (Geneva), Bob Hutteman (Newark)
Please Log onto the Charter System now if you have not yet! If you need your charter information resent, please let Distrcit executive Will Gales aware.
Saturday, December 5th will be the Mohawk District 2020 Charter Renewal Day! This will be taking place at Zion Lutheran Church. Appointments will be from 8am – 12pm. Please plan on spending approximately 10-15 minutes processing your charter. Any unit who cannot make an appointment on Charter Renewal Day must make arrangements with their commissioner and the District Executive to have an appointment before December 5th. Please wear a mask, there will also be a sign-in sheet in the front door as well. For appointments at charter day there can be at most three units (one person per unit) at a timeslot. If you arrive early and it isn’t quite your scheduled time, please wait in your vehicle until it’s your time to turn it in. Please choose your appointment times by 11/15/20 using the link below.
Here’s the link to schedule your appointment for Charter day. Please choose a time, if no one from the unit can be there that day, please schedule a time with District Commissioner Valerie Bost, or District Executive Will Gales before Charter Day. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfbr9B787SV3Ccwk3Yz2QGoC51n-ybkr1Ahavg5NKGluHJ5vQ/viewform?usp=sf_link
Power of 3 Recruitment
We know kids are motivated by prizes, but the real benefit of your family’s engagement in inviting at least 3 new families to participate in Scouting is to teach your kids the benefit reaching out and welcoming friends to try something new. They learn communication skills, persistence and goal setting. If EVERYONE in our council participates in the Power of 3 Campaign, not only will we have a record recruitment year, we will also be helping to ensure the future of our units in spite of a once in a once in a century pandemic by following our motto and Being Prepared!
Please check the link below for the October and November prize slate, and more infoirmation on how to enter. Prizes will be drawn every friday at 2:00pm over the senecawaterways FB page live stream that will send many pizes to our fellow recruiters with a chance to win a drone for the month of October and a Nintendo Switch for November. The Grand prize for the entire Power of 3 campign is one Playstation 5 that will be given out later in the campaign! Please check the link for more information on how to win!
On November 4th at 7:00pm we will be having a Virtual Round-table. As it stands we do not have a sure location for our next Round-table due to limits of 50 people max socially distant gatherings, and Waterloo High School not letting outside organizations in which is entirely understandable. In the mean-time Round-tables will be virtual.
Youth Protection Training Required for 2021 Registration Renewal
The Youth Protection Training course was changed earlier in 2021 and all Scout Leaders and Merit Badge Counselors will need to have current YPT before they can renew their BSA registration and unit recharter for 2021. This course is available online, by arrangement with the Mohawk District Training Chair J. Joslyn and now thanks to Chuck Arnold, a live zoom course every Saturday morning through Thanksgiving, register for this course at: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0sce-hqzsuGtMNur_8aF8JOexWL7fM4aqD
S.A.F.E Return to Scouting Checklist
As always, the safety of our Scouts, volunteers, employees and communities is our top priority. A S.A.F.E. checklist has been provided that outlines several minimum guiding protocols that adult leaders/ volunteers must consider while working with local and state health departments, local councils, chartered organizations and Scouting families on when and how to resume meetings, service projects, camping and all other official Scouting activities. If it is not practical to meet these minimal protocols, do not restart in-person activities.
You can the checklist on the right hand column under resources after clicking the link below.
Seneca Waterways Camps open for Family and Unit Camping
In New York State Phase 4 Our Camps including Babcock Hovey in Mohawk District on Seneca Lake look forward to hosting your outing – and our team of staff, rangers and volunteers look forward to your stay. By using our Online Camp Reservation Portal you can reserve one of our many camp facilities.
Congratulations to Silver Beaver David Haag
At the Seneca Waterways Council virtual Annual Meeting on June 22, Dave Haag was recognized as one of the seven people in the council to receive the Silver Beaver, the highest award that the council can bestow on a Scouter. He has participated in Scouting at many levels and is currently a Cub leader in Pack 5 in Geneva.
National Registration Fee Increases
There are new national BSA Registration fees that are effective August 1, read about the increases here For youth who need new member ID’s within BSA, there will be a $25 registration fee in addition to the annual fees.
Units that have been “Active” during the pandemic
I want to thank all the unit leaders that have been able to do virtual meetings, activities, online merit badge classes, cub classes and/or continuing advancements during these difficult times. Your leadership is greatly appreciated by the scouts and their families for keeping hope alive. Below is a list of units in Mohawk that have kept scouting going, if I missed your unit please email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for all you do, stay safe, stay healthy, and keep on scouting!
List of Active Units
Pack 1, Pack 78, Troop 4, Troop 88, Crew 138,
Pack 5, Pack 81, Troop 25, Troop 111,
Pack 25, Pack 88, Troop 44, Troop 115,
Pack 44, Pack 117, Troop 46, Troop 122,
Pack 46, Pack 122, Troop 59, Troop 138,
Pack 69, Pack 869, Troop 68, Troop 444,
Pack 74, Troop 1, Troop 74, Troop 725
“Be a Scout Pin” and Online Applications
As most of you know all units have the ability to accept online applications through My.scouting, under “Be a Scout Pin”. The more updated information that is applied on the unit pin, the more likely a youth signs up with your unit. All units have the ability to turn their online application pin on, if the unit leaders do not turn it on, it will stay “inactive” as default. If anyone needs help updating their contact info, or turning their pin to “active”, click here or contact District Executive Will Gales at William.email@example.com. With the current predicaments that we are in as a society and organization with COVID 19, it is apparent to have online applications active for all units, so they have every avenue available for them to sign up in our program!
Congratulations to the Mohawk District Class of 2019 Eagle Scouts-
If there are any recruitment based questions on how to go forward with one, please contact District Executive Will Gales at William.firstname.lastname@example.org. Here are some things to always keep in mind when recruiting…
Great ways to promote your unit and increase membership
- Power of 3! (each scout recruiting 3 new scouts into the program)*
- Personal Invitations (personally contacting and inviting families to join your unit)*
- Being in constant contact with the school district, and asking if flyers can be sent home with students
- Turning Be a scout pin to “active” to accept online applications
- Checking “Be a Scout Leads” after accepting online applications
- Recruiting using social media (community FB pages)
- Creating Flyers to promote the units recruitment event (DE Will Gales can assist with creating flyers)
- Appearance and recruitment at Community Festivals
- Recruiter Patch Promo
- Bring a Buddy Cards
- Uniform Days @ School
- Open House Tables
- Middle School Promos
Questions? Ask your District Executive, Unit Commissioner, and District Commissioner, we are here to help!