NEW Cannon District Executive

We would like to welcome our newest member of the Mayflower Council family, Nick Keyes.  Nick has just accepted the position of Cannon District Executive.

“I am an Eagle Scout from Auburn, MA and a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow. I am very excited to be joining the Mayflower Council staff as the Cannon District Executive.  I will currently be working part time until I graduate from Assumption College in the spring, when I will be full time as the District Executive. In my free time, I enjoy reading, writing, and spending time in the outdoors.”

Nick can be on Monday’s and Friday’s at 508-872-6551 x 1010 or via email:

Springtime Recruitment

It’s Springtime In The Mayflower Council!

And that means Spring Recruitment season is in full swing! We hope you are busy planning and organizing your recruitment nights for this Spring! This year, all scout units should consider adding extra attention to the recruitment of Tigers and Webelos.  These two age groups will provide more members for our packs and troops.  While recruiting scouts in yoru spring recruitment, consider this:  As of June 1st, current kindergarteners can participate in all of your packs summer activities.

On another note, if any Webelos II’s need assistance finding a troop to cross over into, contact your DE and they will be more than willing to assist you!

Anytime Training: Scouting U eLearning Launch

Boy Scout leaders can now get trained anywhere at any time.

With the launch of Scouting U’s eLearning content for Boy Scout leaders, Scouters now can get trained on their own schedule — anywhere, any time.
The courses are conveniently organized by role — Scoutmaster, assistant Scoutmaster, Varsity coach, assistant Varsity coach, leader of 11-year-old Scouts, troop/team committee chairman, troop/team committee member and merit badge counselor — meaning you’ll know exactly which training courses you need to be “Trained.”

Modules range from five to 15 minutes in length. They’re designed to be completed at your own pace — all at once or one at a time.

The modules are grouped into three learning plans:

Complete before the first meeting
Complete within the first 30 days in your volunteer role
Complete to become “position trained”
The modules stay put once you’re done, so you can return to review any section at any time.

Ready to get started? Log in to and click on “BSA Learn Center.”

Click Here to Read More

Bronze Pelican Honorees

KTC Scouters Rod Pfannensteil and Joshua Paulin will be honored with the Bronze Pelican Award for service to Catholic Scouting from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester. All are invited to come support these and Scouters from other councils as they receive their religious emblem from Bishop McManus at the annual Catholic Scouting Adult Awards Dinner to be held on Friday, June 2, 2017 in St. Joseph’s Parish Center (68 Central St., Auburn, MA).  The evening begins with a social at 5:30 PM with dinner at 6 PM with the award ceremony to follow.

Tickets must be purchased in advance through May 25, 2017, and can be purchased at  Proceeds from ticket sales goes to support the work of the Diocese of Worcester Catholic Committee on Scouting.

For more information on the Bronze Pelican Award, click here.

Tour and Activity Plan Update

On April 1, 2017, the National Council, BSA announced that Tour and Activity Plans ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED to conduct a Scouting related activity. Please read the FAQ below for more information.

Tour and Activity Plan Terminated FAQ

A cross-functional team has completed an evaluation of the BSA’s Tour and Activity Plan, resulting in a recommendation to terminate the plan effective April 1, 2017. We recognize that those who were using the tool may wish to know why so the following FAQs have been developed.

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Q. What does this mean for me, my unit, my council, and the Scouting family?

  • Reduces complexity, cutting back on processes and paperwork for unit leaders.
  • Increases consistency with the Commitment to Safety, the Guide to Safe Scouting, Risk Assessment Strategy, as well as Camp Standards planning tools.
  • Changes the conversation, engaging everyone in risk-based planning vs. process.
  • Eliminates processing, freeing staff to focus on membership and removing administrative burden.

Q. What is the new process?

A.   There is no required process, although Scouters are reminded to conduct the Scouting program consistent with BSA rules, regulations, and policies. Flexible risk assessment tools are summarized in the Guide to Safe Scouting, and detailed in the Enterprise Risk Management Guidebook.


Q. Will there be a replacement for the Tour and Activity Plan?

A. No.


Q. Will units have to file any trip forms of any kind? Is there any REQUIRED notification to council for trips?

A. No, however the BSA program includes several planning tools (Checklists, The Sweet 16 of BSA Safety, Flying Plan) that are designed not for “filing,” but to prompt discussions/conversations about risks.


Q. Why are you terminating the plan?

A.    In addition to the above reasons, the BSA has adopted a flexible risk assessment strategy for your use. This is summarized in the Guide to Safe Scouting, and detailed in the Enterprise Risk Management Guidebook. Knowing and running the program as designed includes numerous safety features.


Q. Does this include Exploring?

A.   Yes, the manual process Exploring has used for Outing permits in the past is also discontinued.


Q. This is the first I’m hearing of this, why?

A. The termination of the plan is effective on April 1, 2017.


Q. Will the entire activity plan idea go away?

A. No, having a plan is part of “Be Prepared.” Planning is integral into the program literature.


Q. What will this mean for considering safety on these outings?

A. The Scouting program, as contained in our handbooks and literature, integrates many safety features. However, no policy or procedure will replace the review and vigilance of trusted adults and leaders at the point of program execution. Source: Commitment to Safety


Q. Is the change simply, “We don’t have to fill out a Tour and Activity Plan anymore?” All the other steps are the same?

A. The program hasn’t changed. For example, permission from parents is still needed to take youth on a trip, as would be program requirements for annual health and medical records for all participants. The Cub Scouts camping program is still limited to council-approved locations, and so on.


Q. Has all literature been updated to reflect this change?

A. Key documents are either updated or in the process of being updated. Other literature will be updated in the normal revision cycle, so it may take several years to complete. If you find something to be updated, feel free to let us know with the “Got Questions” link to the left.


Insurance Questions:

Based on initial feedback, many questions have arisen on insurance. The elimination of the tour and activity plan was not driven by insurance, or the many myths/misconceptions including “ … you have to file a Tour and Activity Plan, and/or be in a field uniform to have insurance … ” surrounding insurance. The following insurance related FAQs and sources are offered.


Q. Will the liability insurance policy still provide coverage if a tour and activity plan is no longer required?

A. Yes. Registered volunteers are provided primary general liability insurance coverage for official Scouting activities except when using an automobile or watercraft. A volunteer’s (whether registered or not) automobile liability insurance is primary with the local council automobile policy providing excess automobile coverage. Non-registered volunteers are provided excess general liability and automobile liability insurance coverage for official Scouting activities. Link. There is not a requirement to fill out a form for coverage.


Q. What is an official Scouting activity?

A.  An official Scouting activity is defined in the insurance policy as consistent with the values, Charter and Bylaws, Rules and Regulations, the operations manuals, and applicable literature of the Boy Scouts of America. Link.