Muskingum Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America
734 Moorehead Ave
Zanesville, OH 43701

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The Muskingum Valley Council is the administrative body of the Boy Scouts America in the Southeast Ohio and Northwest West Virginia area. The council administers the Scouting program through 3 districts, providing volunteer support, training, program opportunities, and administrative services such as membership and advancement records, new unit development, and unit fundraising opportunities in the form of the annual popcorn sale. Cub Scout Packs, Scouts BSA Troops and Venture Crews make up the membership of the council.

A 501(c)(3) non-profit orginization, the council operations are completely funded by the Friends of Scouting annual giving campaign, corporate sponsorships, the popcorn sale and activity revenue. Funding is used for program delivery in the form of camp operations, the Council Service Center, professional and support staff, and the many Scouting events held throughout the council each year. 

The Muskingum Valley Council is chartered through the Boy Scouts of America annually. Thanks to the generosity and support of the people and businesses of Southeast Ohio, the council has a fiscally sound operation that proves the council to be good stewards of its roots that began in 1919 and strong providers for the future of the Scouting movement in our area.

The council Board of Directors is headed by the council president and is made up of annually elected volunteer community leaders. The board establishes the council program and carries out the resolutions, policies, and activities of the council. Jared Smith, the Scout Executive, manages the council operations through a staff of 3 professionals and 5 support staff. The Muskingum Valley Scout Shop provides Scouting uniforms, gear, and merchandise to support unit programs.

Muskingum Valley Scout Reservation is the camp property operated by the council. Each year, over 500 youth will participate in summer camp programs and more will enjoy the camp in various seasonal events and unit outings.

Often when people refer to the “Council” they aren’t quite sure who exactly they may be referring to. The “Council” is not merely the Board of Directors, the professional staff, or the council-level volunteers that give leadership to its many program’ in actuality, the “Council” includes every registered youth, leader, and volunteer. With a long history of delivering the promise of the values of the Scout Oath and Law, we can all be justly proud to call ourselves members of the Muskingum Valley Council.

Normal Scout Shop Hours

Monday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Friday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday Closed

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On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.


A Scout is: