Our Council

Welcome to the Heart of New England

New England is characterized by close-knit communities, a pioneering spirit, and both the values of independence and fellowship. The cities and towns of Central Massachusetts, carved out of the frontier by the earliest pioneers, shaped during the birth of the Republic, tempered through industrial innovation, and now, evolving to meet the challenges of the 21st century, epitomize the spirit of New England.

These same characteristics find easy complements in Scouting. New England’s near four hundred year-old history of town meetings and direct democracy are echoed in Scouting’s aim to help young people become active, responsible, and participating citizens. Our long tradition of close neighborhoods and community involvement reflect a Scout’s responsibility to help other people at all times. The work ethic and innovation that drove the growth of our mill towns during the Industrial Revolution – and today drives a boom in entrepreneurism, technology, and healthcare – is the evolution of the values we’ve inherited that seek creative solutions to common challenges, and is mirrored in the Cub Scout Motto – Do Your Best.

Located at the crossroads of most major arteries, our Council is the heart of the region. Drawing on our shared history, tradition, and the values that make New England strong, our new Council formed through the merger of Mohegan and Nashua Valley Councils, will give all the youth of our communities the opportunity to realize the Promise of Scouting and inspire their hearts to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Service Centers

It is the policy of the Council to follow the discretion of the Worcester Public Schools and Nashoba Regional School District regarding weather related closures. The respective Scout Shop and Service Center will be closed or delayed when they are. Service Centers and Scout Shops are closed most holidays.

Worcester

19 Harvard Street
Worcester, MA 01609
P: 508-752-3769 – F: 508-752-3047

Business & Scout Shop Hours
Mon/Fri – 8:30AM – 4:30PM
Tue/Wed/Thurs – 8:30AM-6:00PM
Sat – 9:00AM – 1:00PM
Sun – Closed

Worcester Scout Shop

The Worcester Scout Shop is owned and operated by the Heart of New England Council. The Shop offers full uniform outfitting, badges and awards, and carries a limited selection of camping supplies, novelties, and gifts. 

Contact : P: 508-752-3769

Lancaster

1980 Lunenburg Road
Lancaster, MA 01523
P: 978-534-3532

Business Hours:
Mon – Fri 9:00AM – 4:30PM
Scout Shop Hours:
Mon-Fri – 9:30AM – 6:00PM
Sat – 10:00AM – 2:00PM

Located in the lower level of the Lancaster Service Center, the Scout Shop at Lancaster is owned and operated by the Boy Scouts of America Supply Group. The Scout Shop stocks uniform parts, Scouting literature, awards and outdoor equipment. 

Contact : P: 978-840-8108 F: 978-840-8118

Districts

The Heart of New England Council serves 62 communities in Central Massachusetts. The Council has four districts, each representing the unique cultures, and traditions of their area. Led by volunteers and supported by a full-time District Executive, District Committees fuel the Scouting adventure. 

Massasoit

Roundtable : First Monday of the month, 7-8:30PM at Lancaster Service Center, 1980 Lunenburg Rd. Lancaster, MA 01523.

District Committee

PositionNamee-Mail
District ChairPatrick Diamond
District CommissionerBob Gunnells
Activities ChairKathy Bourassa
Advancement ChairSandy Clyde
Membership ChairVacant
Training ChairVacant
Finance ChairVacant

Mill Town

Roundtable : Second Wednesday of the month, 7-8:30PM at Heritage School, 34 Oxford Road, Charlton, MA 01507.

District Committee

PositionNamee-Mail
District ChairBrian AndersBrian.Anders@nationalgrid.com
District CommissionerBrian Beck63beckman@gmail.com
Membership ChairLouis Carminelouis.carmine@outlook.com
Family FOS ChairScott Despresscottdespres@verizon.net
Program ChairAndy McCrillisscoutermccrillis@gmail.com
Advancement ChairScott Zajkowskiscott.zajkowski@charter.net
Activities ChairErik Coldwellmilltownactivitieschair@gmail.com
STEM/NOVA ChairDavid Harelsondavid.harelson@woodmeister.com
Camping ChairKen Simpsonkdsimpson@harringtonhospital.org
Training ChairMark Benoitmarkbenoit14@gmail.com

Quinsigamond

Roundtable : First Monday of the month, 7-8:30PM at 1070 Pleasant Street, Worcester, MA 01602.

District Committee

PositionNamee-Mail
District ChairDavid Miles
District CommissionerMike GillmanMike.Gillman@townisp.com
Asst. District CommissionerLinda Jostiljosti@townisp.com
Asst. District CommissionerScott Suttinger
Membership ChairJohn Atlasscoutmastertroop9@gmail.com
Activity ChairKirk Leigherkirk.leigher@umassmemorial.org
Advancement ChairLori Renzonimisslori01583@gmail.com
Training ChairGlenn Sullivangsullivan@davidclark.com
Camping ChairJay Eager jeager37@yahoo.com

Wachusett

Roundtable : First Monday of the month, 7-8:30PM at Lancaster Service Center, 1980 Lunenburg Rd. Lancaster, MA 01523.

District Committee

PositionNameEmail
District ChairKevin Fuller
District CommissionerDale Wheeler
Activities ChairRick Pace
Membership ChairEric Olson
Advancement ChairCory Dupuis
Training ChairRodney Fagan
Finance ChairJim Mason

Council Staff

Full, Part-Time, and Volunteer Employees of the Heart of New England Council, Inc. – Boy Scouts of America
NamePositione-Mail
Todd LamisonScout Executive / Executive Directortodd.lamison@scouting.org
Nick ThorntonAssistant Scout Executivenick.thornton@scouting.org
Jeffrey HarrisBusiness Managerjeff.harris@scouting.org
Kelly StickneyAdministrative Assistantkelly.stickney@scouting.org
Jacob UnionMill Town / Quinsigamond District Executivejacob.union@scouting.org
William AnnandMassasoit / Wachusett District Executivewilliam.annand@scouting.org
Peter BollMarketing Specialistpeter.boll@scouting.org
Pamela ThomasAccounting Specialistpam.thomas@scouting.org
Carolyn TobinAccounting Specialistcarolyn.tobin@scouting.org
Scott RosengrenRegistrar / Lancaster Office Managerscott.rosengren@scouting.org
David HardiesRegistrar / Worcester Office Managerdavid.hardies@scouting.org
Madie BoudreauReceptionist / Registrationsmadie.boudreau@scouting.org
Debbie McMillenWorcester Scout Shopdebbie.mcmillen@scouting.org
Lori SullivanWorcester Scout Shop
Michael GuertinWorcester Scout Shop michael.guertin@tvsrbsa.org
Kay DrumhellerOffice Volunteer
Matthew McLaughlinTVSR Camp Rangermatt.mclaughlin@scouting.org
John MayoCW Camp Rangerranger@campwanocksett.org
Andrew StanleyCSR Camp Rangerranger@campsplitrock.org
Patrick GradyTVSR Reservation Directorpatrick.grady@tvsrbsa.org
Ryan MercierCSAC Directorryan.mercier@tvsrbsa.org
Daniel MeganCW Reservation Directordirector@campwanocksett.org

Executive Committee

Officers of the Heart of New England Council, Inc. – Boy Scouts of America

NameCurrent Position
Rochelle RayPresident
Frank ArdingerCouncil Commissioner
Todd LamisonSecretary / Executive Director
Tim DalyTreasurer
Chris BakerVP Administration
Aaron LangloisVP Camp & Outdoor Program
Jim GanleyVP Communication & Technology
John O’MalleyVP District Operations
Rajiv DayalVP Finance
Jim AdamsVP Fund Development
Louise TaylorVP Membership
Sean WalkerVP Program
John MirickLegal Counsel

Be a Scout

Scouting is a family-based, year-round program positively affecting every area of a young person’s life. Scouting provides challenge, adventure and lessons that last a lifetime. It is fun with a purpose – reinforcing values taught at home to help young people fulfill their potential. The program encourages participants to achieve a deeper appreciation for others, including peers, parents and other adults. Early in the Scouting experience, Scouts learn the value of serving others.

Get started by locating your closest pack or troop and learn more about Scouting at BeAScout.org.

Volunteer

Ask any of our over 2,000 volunteers and they’ll tell you, volunteering with Scouting is as rewarding to them as it is meaningful to the kids. Watching kids grow is one thing — leading them through the process is a whole new experience altogether.

Interested in volunteering? Find a unit near you and get in touch!

Charter a Unit

Is your organization looking for a way to provide wholesome, educational activities for youth in your community? Learn how your school, community or religious organization can benefit from starting a Scouting unit.

Contact the Service Center near you to get started today!