Colonial Virginia Council will hold a weekend format NYLT October 22-24, 2021 and November 19-21, 2021 at Pipsico Scout Reservation, Spring Grove, VA. Attendance at both weekends is mandatory. Contact e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
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MEI STUKES: SCOUTMASTER/ COURSE DIRECTOR
Mei Christine Stukes served over 16 years as a Girl Scout Troop Leader and Council Facilitator. She joined Boy Scouts in 2014 as an Assistant Cubmaster when her sons joined. She has been an Advisor of Venture Crew #1151 in Hampton for over 4 years. She currently is an Assistant Scoutmaster and Order of the Arrow Unit Advisor for Troop 242 , Committee chairman of Girl Troop #199, Founding member of the Rotary Club of the Friendship Knot 7730, Committee member in Ship 1610, Associate Advisor of Crew 824, Monitor Merrimac District Membership Chair, Order of the Arrow Wahunsenakah Lodge Communications/Media team, Nova and Supernova Counselor, Merit Badge Counselor, CVC Wood Badge Association Treasurer/Membership Chair, TWC WBA Quartermaster, BSA Certified Angler Instructor, NRA certified Range Safety Officer and the CVC Venturing Officers Association Advisor of Programs.
Outside of Scouting, she has served 7 years in the Hampton Citizens’ Unity Commission as tasked by the Mayor of Hampton and City Council and is on her 2nd term as President of the Jones Magnet Middle School PTSA. Mei is employed at the Virginia Air and Space Science Center as the Scout Programs Coordinator where she is in charge of overnight camp-ins and National badge programs for both BSA and GSUSA for hundreds of kids of all ages.
Mei earned her Wood Badge beads in 2016 from course S7-595-16 and is a proud Buffalo. She became the Kodiak Challenge Course Director in 2019. Mei was honored to be the Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop Guides for the Fall 2019 Tidewater NYLT Course, the back up Course Director/ASM of Programs for CVC 2020 NYLT Course and staffing the Heart of Virginia NYLT 2021 Summer Course. She recently staffed as a Troop Guide on the TWC Wood Badge S7-596-21.
Mei is a recipient of the District award of merit, Council Venturing Leadership Award, United Methodist Church Cross & Flame award, P.R.A.Y. Religious emblem mentor pin, GSUSA Lifetime member, GSCCC National Delegate 2014, GSUSA 15 year service pin, GSUSA Appreciation Award, GSUSA Volunteer of Excellence Award, Den Leader Award, Commissions Award of Excellence in Unit Service, Commissioner's Arrowhead, William D. Boyce Award, Scouters Training Award and BSA Unit Leader Award of Merit.
Heath richardson: Back up course director/asm of program
Heath began his time in Scouting as a boy in Southern New Jersey in what is now the Garden State Council. He was a member of Troop 58 in Pittsgrove Township, NJ. His favorite Scout memories include hiking through the Washington Crossing State Park, whitewater rafting in the Lehigh Valley, and spending 30 minutes talking to guest speaker and form Phillies world series pitcher Tug McGraw while he waited for a Silver Beaver awards dinner flag detail. Most importantly, he remembers all the great guys he worked with at Troop 58 during his stints as Patrol Leader and Senior Patrol Leader. After high school, he served on the 1991 summer camp staff at Camp Roosevelt in South Jersey where he taught a slew of nature merit badges to countless Scouts, all while keeping a graduation photo of a nice girl from North Carolina on top of his rickety furniture in his A-frame tent. Heath went on from being a Scout camp staffer to earning a degree in History from UNC-Wilmington and later enlisting in the US Navy. He then married the nice girl from the picture and subsequently earned a commission as a naval surface warfare officer. A few years later, he and the nice girl had three sons. The oldest son joined Scouting in 2010 as a Cub. Fast forward, and the same guy is an Eagle Scout, while the other two remain involved in Scouting. Through all that, Heath was able to retire from the Navy and get a government job breaking stuff. He has served as a Den Leader, an ASM, and Scoutmaster. He was a Wood Badge Buffalo in 2016 along with Mrs. Stukes, and served afterward as Eagle Patrol Troop Guide for the CVC Wood Badge course in 2018. He is also an Order of the Arrow Brotherhood member. He is the founder of the Venture Crew 1776 and now serves as one of its Associate Advisors. He is also an Assistant AOL Den Leader with Pack 103 in Williamsburg, and serves as First Colony District Unit Commissioner for Troops 20, 300 & 1607. Until last month, Heath could not yet spell "NYLT," but now, he's trained and ready to help our youth in putting on a great course! Here's to CVC NYLT 2021 and to all the great memories that will be made and the skills we'll all learn!
Caden jacobsen: Senior patrol leader
Hello, my name is Caden Jackson, I am a Life Scout from Troop 54 in Yorktown. I have been a part of Scouting since Cub Scouts, going through all of Cub Scouts and earning my arrow of light, and now working on my Eagle rank. I am a military kid, so I have moved around the country and experienced many different Packs and Troops, along with different environments to learn in and different challenges to learn from. I also enjoy High Adventure a lot and will be completing my Grand Slam this summer after finishing the Philmont High Adventure trek. It has been 3 years since I first graduated NYLT in the summer of 2018, and since I have been on staff as a Troop Guide and as the ASPL of Troop Guides. Some of my other hobbies include JROTC at my school and baseball, which I play for my school varsity team and club team. With the course approaching, I couldn't be more excited to start this journey and I am looking forward to everything that may come.