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Boy Scout Troop 289
(Clarksville, Tennessee)
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April 2020 Scout Shorts

Every Youth Deserves a Trained Leader


As many of our Scout families are finding themselves at home in the evenings with some extra time, this is a great opportunity to go in and update our Training records.  If you have not yet taken the online training for your specific volunteer position, then this would be a great opportunity.  Additionally, many of our Youth Protection certifications are nearing expiration or have already expired.  If you fall into this category, then renewing that training now is a great idea!  If you are unsure of your status with any of this, please reach out to your Unit Leader or District Training Chair, and they will be able to help you.  We would like to clean up all of our current training records now and get everything complete that we can before the Fall, so that we can really concentrate on the incoming new leaders then. 

All District Training Chairs should be planning to attend the Virtual Council Training Meeting on April 28th at 6:30 PM. 

Wood Badge is coming!  If you have not yet signed up, go ahead and register today.  You don’t want to miss this opportunity.  Wood Badge is the premier adult leadership training program within the Boy Scouts of America.  Local experts agree that Wood Badge is one of the top experiences that an adult can have in the BSA – don’t miss this!  Register here: 


Council Events Refund Policy

This policy is applicable to all activities where the Middle Tennessee Council collects a fee or a deposit. Example events include: Summer Camp at Boxwell, Cub Scout Day Camps, Council Camporees and Cub Family Camp at Boxwell. Our council refund policy states, “If an activity is cancelled or postponed by our council or a district and the participant cannot attend on the alternate date, the full fee will be refunded.” 

Click here for more information


Scouting at Home

Scouting can take place anywhere – even in the comfort of your home!

Here you will find a resource hub for parents and leaders to help support Scouting at home, with stay-at-home educational activities for any Scout rank, tips for continuing to work on advancements and kid-friendly content that connects Scouting with their daily lives. We will continue to add new content and resources to this hub regularly.


Our goal is to make it easier to deliver the Scouting program by making plans more accessible to Leaders and those who can help Leaders like our parents.



2020 Memorial Day Flag Placement

May 23, 2020

The Memorial Day Flag Placement is scheduled to take place at local National Cemeteries across the mid-state on May 23rd.  This is truly one of the most moving experiences in which a Scout can participate, along with their family, so please make plans to take part. Our U.S. soldiers that have given their lives so that we may enjoy our freedoms must be remembered, and the Middle Tennessee Council is proud to help make that happen each year. We will place a U.S. flag on the grave of every marker across the cemeteries, and recognize the sacrifice each of these men and women made for our country. For more information and to register, please click here.


Centennial Spring Camporees

The Middle Tennessee Council has decided to cancel the 100-year anniversary camp out at Boxwell Reservation that was scheduled for May 1-3. We want to thank all our volunteers who helped plan the event and for the hard work they put into all three of these unique Camporees. All refunds for these camp outs (Camp Arrowhead, Narrows of the Harpeth, Boxwell Reservation and any Staff Members) are available by contacting Crystal Mayfield at If you would like to transfer your funds to your summer camp balance, please let us know. Again, thank you so much for all that you do in our Scouting communities and for our youth. Stay safe and healthy in these times of uncertainty.



100 Years Celebration - Monthly Themes

You may be asking how can my unit participate in the 100th Anniversary celebration of the Middle Tennessee Council? A special program has been developed to allow unit programing to focus on the 12 points of the Scout Law.

Units are encouraged to set aside time to focus on each point of the Scout Law. This can be done in the Dens, Packs, Patrols, Troops, Crews, or Ships. The Scouts decide how they will accomplish each point, and the unit will recognize them with the patch of the point they complete. This can be completed in any order; we just want every Scout to earn all 12 points of the Scout Law Patch Set. Scouts can complete specific requirements for each patch anytime between January 2020 and May 2021 and earn all 12! This program is determined by the leadership in the unit and can be awarded at any time.




Campership deadline is TODAY (April 15th)! For more information at

We BELIEVE in CAMP in the Middle Tennessee Council! Money shouldn't be an issue to send your Scout to camp. We all understand that camp is a big commitment. If you need some help financially, we can help. Every Scout should be able to go to Camp. Our Summer Camp programs and Scouting shape our youth and give them everlasting memories! See you at Camp!


100 Years Celebration Merchandise

Welcome to the 100th anniversary of the Middle Tennessee Council, BSA!  It is an exciting time in our Council and there are fun items and collectibles to be had!  There are special products – everything from coins, caps, and carabiners, to patches, pennants, neckerchiefs, polo shirts, fleece vests, and so much more!  New items are being added all the time!  Click here to see all of the very popular items. 

Shop early for best selection!





2020 Scouts BSA Summer Camp

Summer Camp at Boxwell Reservation is Still A GO. If your Scout Troop hasn’t made a commitment to come to camp or if you want to come to camp for two weeks to get ahead in Scouting, please let us know. Go to and check out our Provisional Scout Program.

This year we are going to offer to our Scouts at Camp a new ATV Program, Advance Sailing Program, Muzzleloader Shooting Experience and Advance Fishing Program. We look forward to seeing you all at Camp this year to celebrate 100 years of the Middle Tennessee Council.



Family Scouting at Cubworld

Gotta Catch ‘um all at Family Scouting at Cubworld -- this year we are excited to offer Cubbie-mon Training Camp. Look for our fliers in the mail. We will offer eight separate sessions for you, your pack and family to attend. We will provide a great program, advancements, meals, a tent, cot, and plenty of FUN! Sign up for your session at Registration is filling up fast. The cap is 150 Scouts per session. Sign up before May 4th and save some money!


2020 Day Camp

Coming this summer, we have 19 awesome “Super Heroes” themed Day and Twilight Camps gearing up in a location near you! Nearly 250 Scouts have already signed up, and we are still more than six weeks out! Join them by registering today!


The week long Day Camp is designed to give Cub Scouts an opportunity to meet new friends, play sports and games, enjoy the outdoors, and make arts and crafts.  Not to mention, they will also get to shoot bows and arrows, bb guns, and learn more about the Scouting program!  All while having fun and celebrating the 100th anniversary of Scouting in the Middle Tennessee Council!


Parents and leaders, be sure to sign up as a volunteer to help run these wonderful camps. We can always use your help and support! There is no fee to register as an adult!


There have been some recent changes to help you register your Scout. The youth registration fee will remain only $90.00 for the week and the deposit has been lowered to $25! In addition, if you wish to register using a paper application instead of using the online portal, we have added that for your convenience. We have also updated our day camp operations and refund policy procedures to better assist you as we move forward through these unprecedented times.


All updated information is centrally located on the day camp page. Register you and your Scout online or via the new paper day camp application now at:


Thank you for all you do, and we’ll see you at camp this summer!



Summer Camp Staff


The 2020 Summer Camp Staff is almost full, but we still need some positions filled.

Looking for Lifeguards, STEM Instructors, Shooting Sports Help and Archery Instructors Come join our Team and fill out the application today


Beaver Day and Round TUIT At Boxwell

Camp is knocking at the door and we need your help to get camp ready for Summer Camp 2020. Come on out to Camp on May 16th from 9am till 3pm and help us get camp ready. Bring your gloves, dirty clothing, boots, and your strength as we have a lot of things to get ready for Camp. Thank you for your hard work in getting camp ready this year.


Scouting Saturday Back Yard Bash

May 2, 2020

Join us in a new Virtual Campout on May 2, 2020 from 10am until dark on the Middle Tennessee Council Facebook page. We will be hosting programs for all of Scouts, CUBs, Scouts BSA, Venturing, STEM, and Ships. Invite your friends to watch the fun on Facebook. More to come but stay up-to-date at our Facebook pages: Middle Tennessee Council and Boxwell Reservation. See you at HOME!


2021 National Jamboree

July 21-30, 2021

Every four years, Middle Tennessee Council puts together Jamboree Contingent Troops to attend the National Jamboree. Each contingent is comprised of 32 to 36 youth and 4 to 8 adult leaders. Next year's contingents will consist of youth from male Troops, female Troops, and Venturing crews. Space is limited! Sign up now.

New this Jamboree, a Troop can secure a patrol of 8 youth and 2 adults. These patrols will join other patrols to form a contingent troop. If your Troop is interested in sending 8 youth together, this will ensure they are together with their friends.

By clicking here you can find out more information and on how to register. Please contact our National Jamboree Staff Advisor, Vance Lackey, at or 615-383-9724 if you have additional questions.



Cumberland Merit Badge University Eagle Scout Scholarship

This scholarship was established with proceeds from the Cumberland Merit Badge University held annually by the Middle Tennessee Council, Boy Scouts of America. The scholarship will be awarded to a deserving high school graduate who is an Eagle Scout and enrolled full-time. First consideration for students will be given to Scouts from the Walton Trail District, then Middle Tennessee Council, then Scouts from across the nation. The scholarship may be renewed for a maximum of 8 semesters provided the student maintains a 3.00 GPA. 

To apply for the scholarship clicking hereTo learn more about admissions follow clicking here and/or email to




Religious Emblems for Scouts

The Religious Emblems Committee of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting wants you to know that your Scout can work on and earn the Religious Emblem of their faith. For information, contact Bill Schlueter, Chairman, Religious Emblems Committee. or 615-972-3791



Staff News

The Middle Tennessee Council is proud to introduce:

Andrew Combs as the Hermitage District Executive serving Eastern Davidson & West Wilson Counties. Andrew is a native of Kansas City, Missouri and will be living in greater Nashville area.  Andrew is looking forward to being involved in the community and helping families become a part of the Scouting program.  He was a staff member at Camp Joy in the Greater St. Louis Area Council for 2 years serving as a counselor and aquatics staff member.  He then went on to become a staff member at Philmont Scout Ranch, where he served for 4 summers as a Ranger and Assistant Camp Director.  Andrew is a Lindenwood University graduate and is an Eagle Scout who enjoys play music, hiking, and the general outdoors.  He is also a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow.  Persons wishing more information may contact Andrew Combs at (618) 420-7114 or 


Taylor Honea as the Black Fox District Executive serving Warren, White, DeKalb, & Van Buren counties, Taylor is a native of Tullahoma, Tennessee and she currently lives in Cookeville.  The character development and self-sufficiency skills that the youth learn through the Scouting program is something that Taylor is looking forward developing and growing to helping give back to the area.  She is a graduate of Tennessee Tech University, where she majored in marketing and communications.  She is passionate about making a difference through Scouting and is looking forward to working with the great volunteers in the Black Fox District.  Persons wishing more information may contact Taylor at (931) 409-4032 or 


Jacob Moseley as the Cherokee District Executive serving Goodlettsville, Hendersonville, Inglewood and Madison.  Jacob is a native of Rogers, Arkansas, located in the northwest corner of the state, but is now living in Davidson County.  Jacob is looking forward to being involved in the community and helping families become a part of the Scouting program.  He is an Eagle Scout from Troop 116 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where he also earned 7 palms.  Jacob earned his bachelor’s degree from Freed-Hardeman University.  Jacob enjoys hiking, the outdoors, and spending time with his Golden Retriever Franklin.  He is also a Vigil member of the Order of the Arrow. Persons wishing more information may contact Jacob at (479) 903-0997 or


Andrew Weisbrot as the Warioto District Executive serving Sumner & Robertson counties.  Andrew is a native of Hobe Sound, Florida and is currently living in the greater Nashville area.  Andrew is looking forward to being involved in the community and helping families become a part of the Scouting program.  He has attended Philmont Scout Ranch and numerous other Scouts BSA Summer Camps during his time as a Scout.  Andrew is a University of Florida graduate and is an Eagle Scout who enjoys sports, hiking, and spending time with family and friends. Persons wishing more information may contact Andrew Weisbrot at (772) 285-9160 or


Zach Ross as the Director of Development. Zach is a native of Knoxville and graduate of the University of Tennessee. He will be moving back to Tennessee and living in the greater Nashville area with his wife, Katie and their three children, Paisley, Sutton and Hatley Kate. Zach and his family are very excited to serve Scouting in middle Tennessee and be part of this great community.  Zach began working for the Boy Scouts of America in 2014 with the Great Smoky Mountain Council in Knoxville. He served as the Cumberland District Executive and then went on to be the Echota District Executive serving north Knoxville. Most recently, Zach has been serving has the Assistant Scout Executive in the Pine Burr Area Council in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. In this role, Zach oversaw the field operations for Scouting in seventeen south Mississippi counties. Persons wishing more information may contact Zach Ross at (865) 405-0267 or



Philmont 2021

The Middle Tennessee Council has been awarded slots for Philmont 2021 contingent. If your troop or crew has an interest in attending Philmont and would like to join the council contingent, contact Ron Turpin at or 615-516-9751. Don't miss out on the great adventure!