William Henry Harrison District

Dan Beard Council

William Henry Harrison District serves the western half of Hamilton County. Hamilton Ave. serves as the eastern border with the county line serving as the other three borders.

We serve the communities of Addyston, Anderson Ferry, Bridgetown, Cheviot, College Hill, Covedale, Delhi Township, Dent, Groesbeck, Harrison, Mack, Monfort Heights, Saylor Park, Western Hills, Westwood, and White Oak on the west side of Hamilton County.

Events & Updates

Email is a key to our communication with you, and we are attempting to transition to a different method of distribution. To make sure you are on the new distribution list go to the "Subscribe" link under the "Mail List" option above. You may receive duplicate emails from the Yahoo group and the new distribution list as we make this transition.

Keep up with the Meshekinnoquah Chapter of Order of the Arrow by making sure that you are on the Yahoo Group list. To get on the list contact Jay Goyert.

National Council is updating three of the traditional programs over the next three years. Each year one program will have updates to its program. Please visit the National Council website to keep up to date on the changes to each of the following programs: Venturing, Cub Scouts, and Boy Scouts.
(Updates Page)

For updates on what will be happening at upcoming Roundtables, watch your email inbox for the William Henry Harrison District Email Blast.

We have a new District Chairman. We welcome Mike Mattingly to our district. Mike is an Eagle Scout and Vigil member of the OA and we look forward to sharing the scouting experience.

Merit Badge Challenge registration is closed. The dates for the different locations are as follows:
Fairfield High School: February 14, & February 28, 2015 (Snow date 3/14)
Sycamore High School: February 7, February 21, & February 28, 2015 (Snow date 3/21)
Bethel High School: February 28, March 7, & March 21, 2015 (Snow date 3/28)
Dixie Heights High School: February 28, March 21, 2015
More information can be found at the Merit Badge Challenge webpage.
(Merit Badge Challenge Website)

Coming up in Feburary is the Good Scout Award Luncheon. It will be Feburary 25 at the Duke Energy Convention Center.

District Recognition Dinner is March 12 at the Scout Achievement Center. Start to think about who you might want to recognize to pass along. You can download and submit the award applications by following the link below.
(Award Applications)

District Pinewood Derby will be March 14 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 4610 North Bend Road. More information to come.

The 2015 Sports Breakfast will be April 15. The Keynote speaker wil be Phil Castelini, COO for the Cincinnati Reds and Rocky Boiman will be the emcee.

The Voice of the Scout surveys are being delivered into email inboxes of parents, Scouts & Venturers over 14, volunteers and chartered organizations. Surveys will stay open for three weeks, and then information will be referenced for making key decisions to drive Scouting forward, as guided by the people that matter most - our members. It will be a continuous program, in that we will launch these surveys twice per year, with no household receiving more than one survey every six months.

BeAScout.org is a website with a Google map application that helps potential Scouts and their parents locate Scouting units in their area. Unit leaders, Committee Chairs, and Charter Reps have an important role to play in connecting potential Scouts with their units. Unit leaders are able to update their unit's Google"pin" (the bubble you see on Google maps) through MyScouting.org. Unit leaders can add their unit meeting time and location, unit website, and a contact name, email address, and phone number. If this information is updated, the website enables interested parents to email questions to unit leaders. Full instructions can be found in the April and May Newsletter.

Does your unit have a Religious Emblem Program? Every unit should and if yours does, and you believe it is successful, let us know about it. Some of our units could use some guidance in getting theirs off the ground or simply improving the one they have. I’d like to pass along some tips from the more successful programs in our district. Regardless of church affiliation, there is a medal that each Scout can earn and what they learn while doing it can have a lasting effect on themselves and their participation in Scouting. Contact Mark Murray if you would like to share what your unit has done.

Journey to Excellence has several different objectives with specific requirements for Packs, Troops, Crews, Team, and, yes, even District and Council. One of the requirements is to participate in service projects. In order to get credit for the service projects, you need to log your JTE Service hours online. To help, here are step by step instructions for logging your hours online.

  1. Go to the Service Hour website.
  2. If a new user, click the New User link, and register a new username and password. To register, you will need your Unit ID, which you can find here.
  3. Find the bullet that says "Report a service project" and enter in the required data: category of project, date, number of youth and adults, cumulative number of hours for all participants, any partner organizations, and a brief description of the project.
  4. For an Eagle Scout service project, there is a separate link and form.
  5. Please report every project your unit has participated in this year.

If you need more information, please get in touch with your District Executive.

Do you know someone willing to help our district? We have some open positions we’d like to fill so that we provide the needed outreach to our units and put more of the focus on our Scouts and our programs. We especially need unit commissioners and assistance district commissioners. Give names and contact information of an individual you believe would be willing to help to David Evans.

Scoutmasters and Cubmasters, David Evans is asking for the dates of all Court of Honors and Blue and Golds so they can put them on their calendars. They would like to come by and see how things are going.

Last updated February 6, 2015