Every Youth Deserves a Trained Leader


If you needed a surgeon, would you want that person to be trained?  If you needed a plumber, would you want that person to be trained?  If you sent your child to Cub Scouts, would you want that leader to be trained?  Of course, you would!

As a Council, only 56% of our Direct Contact leaders are considered trained.  Direct Contact leaders are our top leaders; Scoutmasters, Cubmasters, Crew and Post Advisors, and Den Leaders.  If you are in one of these positions and you are NOT fully trained, please set the example.  After Youth Protection Training, which is mandatory, you will need to follow up with your position specific training and then if you are a Scoutmaster, be sure to take the introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills weekend training.  All Position Specific trainings are available online (my.scouting.org) and are broken into small chunks that can be taken when you have a few minutes to spare.  We are also currently setting up Spring classroom trainings in every District where you have the opportunity to experience the same training, but in a personal setting where you can ask questions and share ideas.

The Middle Tennessee Council offers several training classes as well. Please click here to view the availability.

Any way you cut it, every youth deserves a trained leader.  Spread the word!


University of Scouting

March 21, 2020

The University of Scouting (UoS) is Middle Tennessee Council’s premier one-day core and supplemental training opportunity. UoS goes beyond Leader Specific and even Advanced Training to prepare Scout Leaders with the knowledge and skills on specific topics that help them excel in their efforts to deliver the promise of Scouting. In addition, there are several training opportunities for youth as well! The UoS goal is to provide information that is practical, and immediately useful on topics that are not readily available at the local unit level.

Click here for more information and registration.


Powder Horn

Powderhorn is an action packed, hands on, six-day course that helps Scouts and Scouters learn how to implement high adventure activities into their troop, crew or ship.  This year’s course spans two, three-day weekends:

  • Weekend #1 is April 17-19, 2020 and will be held at Latimer Reservation in Spencer, TN
  • Weekend # 2 is May 15-17, 2020 and will be held at Boxwell Reservation in Lebanon, TN

Click here for more information and registration


Climbing and Rappelling

April 17-19, 2020


Take your unit climbing!  Middle TN council has a training program for that. 


Rock climbing is a quickly growing sport, even seeing it as a new addition in the 2020 summer Olympics in Tokyo.  Many of your Scouts likely have been indoor climbing at one of the many local climbing gyms in our area.  Most of them though likely have not had the opportunity to rappel off a 160' cliff. 


The Middle TN Council Cope and Climbing Committee is re-launching its unit level training program for climbing and rappelling. 


Click here for more information and registration



Let’s go camping for free! Simply selling cards helps the Scout earn their way to camp and provides discounts to many local vendors. This is a fantastic way to help fund most of your Scout camping needs, in that you can help pay for those events by selling CAMP CARDS!  There are six regional cards available this year, so everyone across the Council can benefit from one of these cards.  The sale will officially begin on February 24, 2020 but you can register your unit for the sale now by clicking HERE.  Also feel free to contact our Camp Card Advisor, Vance Lackey, at vlackey@mtcbsa.org or 615-383-9724.


100 Years Area Spring Camporees

April 3-5, 2020                             Camporee – Camp Arrowhead

April 17-19, 2020                         Camporee – Narrows of the Harpeth

May 1-3, 2020                              Camporee – Camp Boxwell

The MTC will host three geographically located Camporees supported by local District leadership to celebrate the 100th Anniversary. Each Camporee will have a traveling 100th Anniversary memorabilia display, and Scouts and Scouters will have the opportunity to use a branding iron and silkscreen on T-shirts. Click here for more information on these camporees and to see all three camporee registration links. All Camporees cost $20 per person.



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.




Wednesday, March 4, 2020

The Middle Tennessee Council is preparing for the Annual Nashville Patron Luncheon to be held on Wednesday, March 4, at the Music City Center in Nashville.  This event marks the kickoff to the 2020 Friends of Scouting Campaign where over 50% is raised towards the $3,164,000 goal.  This year, the Middle Tennessee Council is proud and honored to have U.S. Ambassador and Distinguished Eagle Scout, William F. Hagerty, IV, give the keynote address to over 900 Scouting supporters.  The Council will also recognize the 4 Scouts of the Year and showcase Scouting that is thriving throughout Middle Tennessee.

If you would like to attend the Nashville Patron Luncheon or sponsor a table at the event, please contact Kevin McMurrian, Director of Finance at (615) 516-9065 or kmcmurrian@mtcbsa.org.


Launch at Latimer

April 3-5, 2020

Theme/activities:  NOVA award activities, shooting sports, fishing and games.
Cost:      $25 per Scout (no fee for parents or siblings)
Camping is in the camporee field as a pack and each pack supplies their own food except as follows:

  • We will offer tent city to participants that do not want to pack/bring their own tent. Cost is $20 per tent.
  • We are also offering meal tickets that will be sold at the cost of $20 per person. Meal ticket covers Saturday meals and Sunday breakfast. (Limited Quantity Available)

Click here to register.  Registration is limited to the first 225 Cub Scouts that register. (Family members are not included in that number, but must also be registered).

For more information contact:
Raymond Straughan at Raymond_straughan@yahoo.com 
Ron Turpin at rturpin@mtcbsa.org



Eagle and Volunteer Recognition Reception

April 26, 2020

Once again, Middle Tennessee Council is proud to recognize our 2019 Class of Eagle Scouts at our annual Eagle Scout and Volunteer Recognition Celebration.  On April 26, 2020 at Allen Arena of Lipscomb University, we will honor those Scouts that earned the rank of Eagle Scout during the 2019 calendar year.  Scouts should wear their field uniform (also known as a Class A uniform) or a suit and tie.  For all others, business casual appropriate attire.  For questions, please contact our Eagle registrar, Leah Jordan, at ljordan@mtcbsa.org or by calling the Scout Service Center at 615-383-9724. 

Click on the links below to register for the event.


2020 Scouts BSA Summer Camp

Boxwell Summer Camp 2020 is almost here. We are filling up fast, with over 165 units already signed up to go to Summer Camp. If you troop hasn’t found a home for Summer Camp, please contact Crystal Mayfield at Crystal.Mayfield@scouting.org and reserve your spot today.

At camp this year we are excited to offer an Advanced Sailing Course, Advanced Fishing Program, Muzzleloading Shooting, a Shooting Sports Competition, and the exciting ATV Program. Boxwell Reservation is growing for the future, and we have started construction on our two shower houses at Stahlman and Craig.  They will be completed before camp begins. The Camping Program is an essential part of Scouting and we hope to see all your Scouts attend Boxwell Summer Camp.  For more information about Summer Camp 2020, please visit our website at www.mtcbsa.org/camping


Family Scouting at Cubworld

We are excited to bring back our new program at Cubworld at Boxwell Reservation. This unique and fun opportunity of summer camp allows you to bring your whole family and Pack to camp. We offer 8 separate sessions for you and your Pack to choose from. All you need to do is bring your gear and a great attitude.  We will provide a fun and exciting program including BB guns, Bows and Arrows, Sling Shot, Canoes, Pirate Ships, a Fort , food, tents and cot. February Round Tables in your district will Kick off the Cub Camping Season for 2020, so please be on the lookout in your district. This year at Cubworld our theme will be CUBBIE-MON Training Camp. Come out at and catch them all as we have FUN at CAMP! For dates, registration and more information, please go to our website at www.mtcbsa.org/camping


2020 Day Camp

The Middle Tennessee Council, and the local district in your community, are excited to offer you a Day Camp in your area. We are offering day camps for scouts who will be entering the first through fifth grades in the fall of 2020. Camp will offer various types of activities which may include archery, arts and crafts, shooting BBs, field sports, nature, and other fun and unique Cub Scout things. This year, come suit up and become a Super hero as this year’s theme is “SUPER HEROES”. We look forward to seeing you at a Day camp in your community. For dates, locations, registrations and more information, please visit the website at www.mtcbsa.org/camping


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.  This year’s contingents will consist of youth from male Troops, female Troops, and Venturing crews. Space is limited! Sign up now.

New this year, 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 vlackey@mtcbsa.org or 615-383-9724 if you have additional questions.




Take pride in Boxwell Reservation! Over the years, Boxwell Reservation has begun to show its age and we need help in making camp look good. There are a lot of projects at a camp this size, and we need help from our volunteers. The Volunteer Service Crew meets every 3rd Saturday of the month from 9 AM-3 PM at the Maintenance Area at Camp. Lunch is provided. Work one Saturday and receive a Service Crew hat; work three Saturdays and earn your special, limited edition Round TUIT. We look forward to seeing Boxwell Reservation grow and be the CAMP everyone wants to be at. For more information, please contact Larry Green at  lgreen519@aol.com. Thank you.


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. Schlueterbill@hotmail.com or 615-972-3791



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 rturpin@mtcbsa.org or 615-516-9751. Don't miss out on the great adventure!



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