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Unit in Action - Natchez Trace District, Troop 137

Earlier in May of this year, Jack Jones, Life Scout from Troop 137 in Franklin, saved another boy at Pace High School. The students were about to switch classes. A group of boys were flicking a water lid back and forth. The lid went into the boy’s throat and was lodged blocking his airway. The boy began to struggle for air and the students called for the teacher’s help when it was clear that he was not able to breathe. Jack jumped into action and administered the Heimlich maneuver. After multiple attempts, he was able to get the cap to move slightly which opened the airway. He then ensured the positioning of the body was stable until the paramedics arrived. The boy was rushed to Vanderbilt where they performed surgery to remove the cap. The Vanderbilt Medical team shared that if Jack had not stepped in then the boy would have died. Well done, Jack Jones, the Middle Tennessee Council is extremely proud of you. 

Safe Scouting Reminders

Life Jackets / Personal Flotation Devices

A common misconception in the world of water is that life jackets and other types of personal flotation devices (PFDs) are only necessary for nonswimmers. But in both swimming and boating, U.S. Coast Guard–approved life jackets and PFDs can be the difference between having a fun time in and on the water and having it be your last time in the water.


Scouts BSA groups use the Safe Swim Defense, the best practices for all swimming activities. This includes the following principle for use of life jackets when swimming iclear water over 12 feet deep, turbid water—when a swimmer treading water cannot see their feet—over 8 feet deep, or flowing water.


Safe Swim Defense standards apply at all BSA swim activities, including: backyard, hotel, apartment, and public pools; established waterfront swim areas such as beaches at state parks and Army Corps of Engineers lakes; andall temporary swimming areas such as a lake, river, or ocean.

Safe Swim Defense also applies whenever participants enter water over knee deep or when submersion is likely, e.g., when fording a stream, seining for bait, or constructing a bridge as a pioneering project.


Scouts BSA groups also follow Safety Afloat guidelines for all boating activities. These guidelines require life jackets be worn by everyone in boating activities including rowing, canoeing, sailing, boardsailing, motorboating, waterskiing, rafting, tubing, and kayaking. Type III life jackets are recommended for general recreational use. For vessels over 20 feet in length, life jackets are not required to be worn when below deck or on deck when the qualified supervisor aboard the vessel determines that it is prudent to abide by less-restrictive state and federal regulations; these might apply, for example, when a cruising vessel with safety rails is at anchor. However, all participants who are not classified as swimmers must wear a life jacket when on deck and the ship is underway.

The Proper-Fitting Life Jacket

A life jacket is fitted correctly when it does not rise above your ears in the water or rise above your shoulders on land. If either occurs, adjust the straps or exchange the life jacket for one of the proper sizes.


Health and Safety

Incident Reporting with the Boy Scouts of America

IMPORTANT - If an incident has occurred:

  1. Take care of the injured/find a safe place.
  2. Preserve and document the evidence/take photos if appropriate.
  3. Complete an incident report and notify your local council.

Always visit the Middle Tennessee Council Health and Safety page for instructions:

We are Hiring Summer Camp Staff 

Boxwell Reservation


Join our camp family! Great Summer Job for all Youth and adult at Boxwell Reservation. Everyday is packed with fun filled activities where you get to nurture youth to the best people their can be. DON'T WAIT contact our camp director NOW at or 615.294.0865

Citizenship in Society merit badge


Please click here to read Middle Tennessee Council requirements and resources.


The Citizenship in Society merit badge encourages Scouts to explore important topics around diversity, equity, inclusion and ethical leadership and learn why these qualities are important in society and in Scouting. Beginning July 1, 2022, the Citizenship in Society merit badge will be required for any youth seeking to achieve the prestigious Eagle Scout rank.


The new merit badge complements existing merit badges, such as the American Cultures, Citizenship in the Community, Disability Awareness and American Heritage merit badges, which require Scouts to learn and grow their understanding of diverse perspectives and spur positive action.


Please click here to read BSA National statement.


Please click here to read Bryan on Scouting article.


Memorial Flag Placement Day

At Nashville National Cemetery, more than 1,200 people came out including businesses and we placed flags on all 36,000 grave markers in under an hour! The News coverage and Media presence were great, and our youth gave some honorable interviews. Many hands make light work! The Middle Tennessee Council is so glad to partake in these events honoring the men & women that gave their lives to protect our freedom. We cannot wait till next year and do it bigger than this year!

Click HERE to view the event pictures

National Youth Leadership Training

Course 2: July 17-22, 2022


NYLT is an exciting, action-packed program designed to provide youth members of the Boy Scouts of America with leadership skills and experiences that they can use in their home unit and in other situations demanding quality leadership. This training integrates the best of modern leadership theory with Scouting through activities, presentations, challenges, while engaged in a unified approach to leadership. Using a wide range of activities events, games, and adventure, participants put into action the leadership skills they are learning.


Family Scouting at CubWorld

Boxwell Reservation

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Family Scouting at Cubworld is such a unique opportunity for our Cub families to enjoy camp. What you need to bring: clothing, water bottles, and toiletries as we provide the rest for you. We provide a cot, tent, food and a quality fun program with an exciting campfire at the end. This year’s theme is GAME ON! It’s a retro video game theme for camp as you and your family will be able see Donkey Kong, Link, Mario and Luigi, Pac man and more. We will be playing those retro games on the big screens in the dining hall. Cub Scouts will be able to earn 4 activity pins, play some fun games, shoot bbs, archery, sling shot, ride in a boat, go canoeing, fishing and more. We also have a Fort, Native American Village, Castle and two Pirate Ships on the lake. We are super excited to see you and your family here at Boxwell Reservation for our Family Scouting program.

Click HERE for more information and Registration!

Scouts BSA Summer Camp

Boxwell Reservation


This year's Scouts BSA Summer Camp theme will have that 80’s feel of loud colors, extreme fashion, sky high hair, forever defining music and lot of fun. The staff has created a plan for you and your Scouts to have a radical time at camp this year. If you haven’t signed up to go to camp, please contact the camping department at

Don’t forget if you want to go to camp for two weeks, you can, and if your Scout Troop is going some where else or at a time you cannot go that’s ok! You can come as a provisional Scout and we will take care of the leadership for you.

Click HERE for More information!

MTC Social Media Channel

IF you don’t want to miss out on any announcements or recaps from activities going on across the Council, DON’T FORGET to subscribe to the Council YouTube Channel! Follow our Facebook and Instagram.

REMEMBER to keep up with our MTC TV episodes as we feature different units and events. We are always looking for any positive stories in the community that you may want to highlight in your Pack or Troop. If you want to share your story, please contact our Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Victoria Leuang at

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2022 MTC Sporting Clays Fun Shoot 

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The MTC Sporting Clays Fun Shoot will be held on Saturday, August 20 at the Nashville Gun Club. There is room for adult and youth shooters!!! If you are interested in shooting at this premier event, please contact Kevin McMurrian at (615) 516-9065 or

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2022 Brown & Brown MTC Boy Scout Fall Golf Classic 

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The 2022 Brown & Brown MTC Boy Scout Fall Golf Classic will be held on Monday, September 26 at the Governor’s Club (9681 Concord Rd., Brentwood, TN 37027).

Morning and afternoon shotgun starts are available as well as sponsorship opportunities. For more information- please click on the link below or contact Kevin McMurrian, Director of Finance, at or (615) 516-9065. All proceeds support the Middle Tennessee Council Scouting programs.

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Sign Up for the 2022 Popcorn Sale

Click HERE to sign up

We will be holding 2 popcorn kickoff/orientations on Saturday, July 9 and Saturday, July 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon via Zoom or in person.


Please click on the button below to get signed up for one or both of these kickoffs if you haven’t already.

If your unit is selling popcorn this year and you haven’t registered the unit on Trails End yet, please do so at the link below.


New Boxwell Gateway Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

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The Middle Tennessee Council, Boy Scouts of America will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony

for the new 100th Anniversary Veterans Gateway at Boxwell Reservation, 1260 Creighton Lane, Lebanon, TN on Thursday, June 23 at 4:30 p.m. We are proud to honor Boxwell Scouts, Leaders and staff who served or continue to serve our country while unveiling the beautiful new Gateway.

The forecast is calling for hot weather so please dress accordingly. Parking will be just beyond the Gateway in the Fehrmann field. All are welcome but we would appreciate you letting us know that you plan to attend. Click the button below to register your intention to attend.

If you have any questions or need additional information please contact Linda Carter, Assoc. Director of Development, at or 615-463-6335.

Yes, I/We plan to be there!

Scout shop Message

“Important update from the Scout Shop! Printed copies of the Den Leader guides have been discontinued. These are now in eBook form online. Our shop was able to get a stash of the Wolf, Bear, Webelos and Cub Scout Leader printed guides! The Tiger Guide is no longer available. These are $8.99 - $9.99 each. If you need a copy, come get them while supplies last!

Also, our new Harry Potter themed Cub Scout shirt has arrived! We have youth sizes and adult sizes! $14.99 - $18.99 each. You can purchase online or come in to see us!

Climbing and Rappelling Training

October 7-9, 2022


The Middle TN Council Cope and Climbing Committee provides a unit level training program for climbing and rappelling. The program requires two weekends to complete. At the end of the first weekend you will qualify to receive your Climbing Instructor Level I trained card (valid 1 year). Then coming to a second session and helping provide instruction, and exhibiting proficiency in the taught skills, will qualify you to receive your Climbing Instructor Level II card (valid 3 years).

Each session starts on Friday evening @6pm and concludes on Sunday evening around 6pm. Locations include Boxwell Scout Reservation and on Sunday a natural rock area about 2 hrs. from Boxwell. 

Click HERE register to participate

Latimer High Adventure Weekend

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Latimer High Adventure weekend, October 28-30, 2022, is the opportunity to take your Scouting experiences to the next level. You sign up like you do for Merit Badge Dayz, but the program is different from a traditional Scout Merit Badge Dayz. These adventure treks are a two-day themed focused adventure at Latimer Scout Reservation but are not designed to earn a merit badge. Instead, these treks all about having fun, making memories, and getting to experience the great outdoors with other Scouts.

We have treks for biking, conservation, climbing, hiking, and shooting. You will spend the weekend on the plateau and experience all that Tennessee has to offer. The treks are limited, so sign up early. To participate in these treks, A youth must be 14 years of age OR 13 years of age and completed the 8th grade by date of participation.


Please visit our website. Click Here, for more information and registration.



2023 National Jamboree

July 19-28, 2023

Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia


Save the date! Join us for the 2023 National Jamboree on July 19 – 28, 2023 for a Scouting Adventure of a Lifetime!

Many of you have waited years for the opportunity to attend a Jamboree, and we are excited to offer a local contingent that will help you reach this Scouting milestone. We hope that you will consider joining us as we plan and take part in a memorable Scouting adventure!

The cost to attend the National Jamboree is approximately $2,200 per person (more details to come). This includes food for 9 days, travel to and from the Summit in West Virginia, and Middle Tennessee Council Merch. Save your spot and Register to Attend Click HERE!!

Also, we are holding an MTC 2023 National Jamboree Orientation via ZOOM on Thursday, July 14 at 6 p.m.

Join Zoom Meeting 

Meeting ID: 898 6269 1549

Passcode: 814259


Community Events

Nashville Soccer Club - June 19, July 30 and September 10 - Click HERE to purchase tickets

Nashville Sounds - July 16Click HERE to purchase tickets

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3414 Hillsboro Pike

Nashville, TN 37215


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