Heart of New England Council
|Heart of New England Council|
|Owner||Boy Scouts of America|
The Heart of New England Council is a Boy Scouts of America council serving Cub Scout packs, Scouts BSA troops, and Venturing crews in central Massachusetts with administrative support, program resources, activities, events, and camping properties.
The Heart of New England Council was formed in 2018 from the merger of Nashua Valley Council and Mohegan Council.
The Nashua Valley Council was formed in 1965 from the merger of the Wachusett Council and the Fitchburg Area Council. On May 30, 2018, the Nashua Valley Council annual meeting approved a proposal to merge with Mohegan Council. The Mohegan Council annual meeting approved this proposal on May 31, 2018.
The council is divided into the following districts:
- Massasoit District, serving the Northeastern quarter of the council (Acton, Ashby, Ayer, Berlin, Bolton, Boxborough, Clinton, Fitchburg, Groton, Harvard, Lancaster, Littleton, Lunenburg, Pepperell, Shirley, and Townsend).
- Wachusett District, serving the Northwestern quarter of the council (Ashburnham, Athol, Barre, Gardner, Hardwick, Hubbardston, Leominster, Orange, Petersham, Phillipston, Princeton, Royalston, Sterling, Templeton, Westminster, and Winchendon).
- Quinsigamond District, one of the districts servicing the Southern half of the council (Auburn, Boylston, Holden, Leicester, Oakham, Paxton, Rutland, Shrewsbury, West Boylston, and Worcester).
- Mill Town District, the other district servicing the southern half of the council (Brookfield, Charlton, Douglas, Dudley, East Brookfield, Grafton, Millbury, New Braintree, Northbridge, North Brookfield, Oxford, Spencer, Southbridge, Sturbridge, Sutton, Upton, Ware, Warren, Webster, West Brookfield).
The council maintains three camp properties. Camp Wanocksett, in Dublin, New Hampshire, operates a summer week-long Boy Scout residential camp, Camp Split Rock, in Ashburnham, operates a week-long day camp for Cub Scouts, and Treasure Valley Scout Reservation, in Rutland, Massachusetts, which operates both a weeklong Scout Resident Camp, as well as both a Cub Scout Day Camp and a Webelos Resident Camp. All three camps are available to all Scouting units for year-round camping and programs.
Main field of Camp Wanocksett, from the Administration building porch
|Location||Dublin, New Hampshire|
Camp Wanocksett is a 250-acre (1.0 km2) Boy Scouts of America camp located in Dublin, New Hampshire, about two miles (3 km) east of Monadnock State Park. It is used by the Nashua Valley Council, which is based in north-central Massachusetts, and the Order of the Arrow Grand Monadnock Lodge. Located in the forest, Camp Wanocksett borders Thorndike Pond. The camp was started in 1924 on land that had previously been a farm. Its name is derived from a combination of three mountains in the area; Watatic, Monadnock, and Wachusett.
|Lodge Chief||Cameron Ganong|
|Lodge Adviser||Andrew Collins|
|Staff Adviser||Todd Lamison|
The Catamount Lodge is an Order of the Arrow lodge serving central Massachusetts, roughly the same area as The Heart of New England Council. The lodge is run by its executive board, including five elected positions such as the chief, vice chiefs, secretary, and treasurer. The board is also made of several appointed chairmen, including publications, inductions, conversions, dance team, and ceremonies chairman. The board meets once a month at the Council Office in Lancaster, Massachusetts. The lodge manages and conducts several events throughout the course of a year, including a Spring Fellowship Weekend, Fall Fellowship Weekend, Winter Fellowship Weekend, and a Lodge Banquet. The lodge has over 400 members, 80% of which are active in events.
Catamount Lodge was formed in 2019 by the merger of the Grand Monadnock Lodge and Pachachaug Lodge.