2019 Duke Merit Badge College and STEM University

posted Oct 10, 2019, 6:57 PM by Tanner Lovelace   [ updated Oct 10, 2019, 7:02 PM ]

Many of you have been wondering where is the registration for this year’s merit badge college at Duke University.  Well, wonder no longer, here it is.  This year’s event has been more challenging than normal, not the least because this year Duke changed their policies this past August concerning outside events that involve minors and didn’t inform long-time groups that have used their facilities.  We didn’t find out until we went to publish the event and then found out we needed to get approval at the Dean or Provost level.  The past week and a half we have been frantically trying to jump through those hoops so that we would be able to provide you with an event this year.  I am happy to announce that we have finally succeeded.  However, there are several things to note about this year.

  1. Duke requires a new permission slip from all parents/guardians this year.  When you register you will be given a link to this form.  Please make sure to print and fill out this form at home and have your scout bring it with them to the event.  This will allow your scout to participate in this event without problems.
  2. Any adults that are volunteering will need to provide their email address and then go through Duke’s form of Youth Protection Training.  While we have done this in the past, it is more important this year as Duke will conduct a background check of all volunteers that could take 3-10 days to complete, and since we are strongly asking every troop that attends to provide a volunteer we will need everyone to sign up as soon as possible so the background check can complete in time.

With that said, you can register for this year’s event starting at midnight tonight at the following URL:

Note that like last year, we have one class for Cub Scouts.  This will be the Nova STEM Award, Fearful Symmetry.  This class will only last a half day.  Please note that this class is ONLY for Cub Scouts and all other classes are only for Scouts BSA.  If you have a Cub Scout, please only register for this one class, not any other classes.

I look forward to welcoming you to this year’s Duke Merit Badge College and STEM University on Saturday, October 26 at 8am.

Tanner Lovelace

Chancellor, Duke MBC/STEM University

Eagle Scout Service Project Proposal Review

posted May 1, 2019, 9:27 AM by Matt Nash

The Mawat District Advancement Committee confirms that the Eagle Scout Service Project Proposal must be approved by the organization benefiting from the effort, your unit leader and unit committee, and the district before you start. You must use the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook, No. 512-927 when gaining approval for an Eagle project proposal. 

The Mawat District review of the Eagle Scout Service Project Proposal is the last step in the approval chain for a proposed project prior to initiation of actual physical work on the project. All other approvals,  by the beneficiary, scoutmaster and troop committee should have been secured prior to district review.

To schedule a district review of your project proposal please contact

Mawat District reviews of Eagle Scout service project proposals are regularly scheduled for every third Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM at The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, 3902 Berini Drive, Durham, NC, (the same day/time that Eagle Scout Boards of Reviews are conducted). This ensures we meet the updated BSA Youth Protection Guidelines of having 2 YPT trained leaders present for a meeting with a scout.

If due to time constraints a Scout needs for an off-schedule review, please contact the advancement team at and an alternative time/date for the review will be sought. But be aware that if your request for district approval is too close to your 18th birthday, it may not be approved in time to allow you to finish planning and executing the project so plan accordingly.

NOTE: Emails to the advancement team email address automatically is sent to multiple registered adult volunteers on the advancement team. A member of the team will get back to you as soon as possible.

2019 Spring Camporee

posted Feb 21, 2019, 9:27 PM by Todd Taft   [ updated Feb 21, 2019, 9:29 PM ]

Knights of the Roundtable 
April 26-28, 2019 
Mawat, Shakori, and Awahili Districts 
Camp Campbell, Virginia 

Events have been chosen by youth staff. They range from the Knights Who Say “Ni!” Land Navigation Course, battering ram to the bring out yer dead! first aid relay, three headed giant race, bridge of death, lake jousting, and a canoe tug of war, amongst others. 

For more information, or to register, visit the district camping page.

2019 Mawat District Pinewood Derby

posted Jan 10, 2019, 10:29 PM by Cathy Millward   [ updated Jan 10, 2019, 10:44 PM ]

Date: February 2nd, 2019   

  • Registration begins at 9:00; please arrive 45 minutes prior to race time to register and certify your scout's car  
  • Tigers & Lions Race Together: 10:00 am (awards immediately following race)  
  • Wolves, Bears and Webelos: 11:00 am (awards immediately following race)  
  • Family Racers: Family races will begin once all scout races are complete  

NEW Location: Sky Zone  
Address: 1720 Guess Rd #90, Durham, NC 27705  

  • Girls will be in the appropriate den level with the rest of the scouts  
  • Other than the addition of Lions, there are no other rule changes from last year  

Anyone interested in helping with registration, please reach out to  
Todd Taft at  

The Scout Shop also has cool new items for Pinewood Derby cars, including neon and glow-in-the-dark decals, and paint and light kits.

District Pinewood Derby Information

posted Dec 3, 2017, 7:23 PM by Todd Taft   [ updated Dec 3, 2017, 7:28 PM ]


  • ADULT VOLUNTEERS to assist the youth volunteers and the registrants with the registration process and at PIT ROW.

All Scoutmasters: Do any of your Scouts need Service Hours?
SERVICE HOURS: SEVERAL VOLUNTEER Boy Scouts and Crew Members are needed to assist the MC, the judges, registration, awards, and monitoring and placement of the cars on the race tables.

All Cubmasters: Please ensure that each of your Scouts, Parents, and Leaders receive a copy of these Derby Rules, Derby Procedures, and the Car Diagram/Specifications. 

Volunteering at this event is recognized by Journey to Excellence. The Committee will provide a letter of service upon request.


Judging categories for the District Derby are: FASTEST CAR, MOST BEAUTIFUL CAR, and MOST ORIGINAL CAR. Most BEAUTIFUL CAR will be judged on CRAFTSMANSHIP / WORKMANSHIP. Most ORIGINAL CAR will be judged on UNIQUE DESIGN. An ORIGINAL car does not have to look like a car! It can be anything you can imagine!

EACH ENTRANT may enter only ONE CATEGORY in the District Pinewood Derby. Any car which does not meet the District Pinewood Derby Rules and car specifications will not be allowed to compete.


Up to three (3) Tiger Cubs from each Pack will be able to enter the Fastest Car category. Eight (8) Tiger Cubs from each Pack are invited to enter their cars in the Most Beautiful category AND eight (8) Tiger Cubs in the Most Original category.

The Cubmaster must certify their Tigers racing in the Fastest Car category.

No more than three (3) Wolf, Bear, and/or Webelos scouts from each Pack may be entered in the FASTEST CAR category; up to eight (8) Wolf, Bear, Webelos entries per Pack for the Most Beautiful; and up to eight (8) Wolf, Bear, Webelos entries per Pack in Most Original.
The Cubmaster must certify ALL Wolf, Bear, and Webelos participants
 in the Fastest Car, Most Beautiful, and Most Original Category.

From each Pack a total of FASTEST CAR RACERS:
3 Tigers may enter 1 car each in the FASTEST CAR category AND
3 Cubs Scouts may enter 1 car each in the FASTEST CAR category AND
2 Family Racers may enter 1 car each in the FASTEST CAR category.

From each Pack a total of MOST BEAUTIFUL:
8 Tiger Cubs may enter 1 car each in the Most Beautiful Category AND
8 Cub Scouts may enter 1 car each in the Most Beautiful Category.

From each Pack a total of MOST ORIGINAL:
8 Tiger Cubs may enter 1 car each in the Most Original Category AND
8 Cub Scouts may enter 1 car each in the Most Original Category.

Family Racers:
Each Pack may certify for competition two (2) Family Racers to compete ONLY in the FASTEST CAR category in the District Pinewood Derby. These participants will compete in a separate special Family Race. These participants may  be anyone associated with the pack, example: a Lion Cub, sibling, den chief, leader, parent, etc.

The District Pinewood Derby is
Saturday, February 3, 2018
inside Northgate Mall

Registration will begin at 9:00am and end at 10:30am.

Judging for Most Beautiful and Most Original for Tigers will start at 10:30am.

Judging for Most Beautiful and Most Original for Wolf, Bear, and Webelos will start at 11:00am.


  • FIRST RACE: Tiger Fastest Car Races to begin at 11:00am. Tiger awards will follow the race.
  • SECOND RACE: Wolf, Bear, and/or Webelos Fastest Car racing to begin at 12:00pm. Awards will follow.
  • THIRD RACE: Family Entries for Fastest Car will race, once all other entrants have completed racing.

REMEMBER: A completed and signed Certification and Registration form will be needed for each participating Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scout, and the two Family Racers as designated by each Pack.

Each participant and adult helper must sign the center part of the form. The Cubmaster Certification must be completed and signed by the Cubmaster. Both parts of this form must be completed in order to register a car at the District Pinewood Derby.

Please emphasize to your Pack families that while the main purpose of the Pinewood Derby competition is FUN for the boys and their families, it is also a rule-driven event to ensure that everything is fair. Please remember that the Pinewood Derby is NOT an adult engineering competition. Use the best equipment you can to determine weight and size. Make sure that the wheels and axles are official BSA parts and that the proper lubrication (graphite only, no oil) is used. Make sure that the paperwork is completed on each car before it comes to the District Pinewood Derby.

Click these links to view and download these important documents:

Mawat District Pinewood Derby Committee
November 2017

Fall STEM Nova Training

posted Aug 14, 2017, 4:46 PM by Tanner Lovelace

If you would like to learn more about the BSA STEM Nova Awards or get trained as a Nova Counselor or Supernova Mentor, there will be STEM training on the afternoon of Saturday, September 9 Aldersgate United Methodist Church (1320 Umstead Road, Durham, NC 27712).  Signup can be done at and the class brochure is located at  For more information you can email the District STEM/Nova Chair Tanner Lovelace at

Community Service Opportunities Website -

posted May 9, 2017, 9:09 AM by Anthony Campione is a website where the volunteer needs of organizations may be posted and volunteers may search for places to serve in the community.

JustServe provides opportunities to relieve suffering, care for the poor and needy, and enhance the quality of life in the community. 

JustServe is not for proselytizing or publicity—it is simply a service to help link community volunteer needs with volunteers.

Neither The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints nor its website discriminates based on race, gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation to screen projects for posting or volunteers who may sign up to serve.

JustServe Community Service Guidelines:

  1. The best service opportunities are collaborative—working side by side with others in faith-based, nonprofit, community, and government organizations.

  2. Community service opportunities should enhance the quality of life in the community and assist the poor and needy.

  3. JustServe projects should not have a political or advocacy focus, be for-profit oriented, or directly involve volunteers in fund-raising or other prohibited activities.

Please visit the website to explore opportunities and also for a complete list of prohibited activities.

Mawat and Shakori Districts Joint Camporee, April 28-30, 2017

posted Mar 16, 2017, 11:37 AM by Matt Nash   [ updated Mar 16, 2017, 11:38 AM ]

Camp Campbell, Virginia.  

Hosted by Eluwak and Saponi Chapters Of the Order of the Arrow. 

Leaders guide is now available for download on the Mawat District Website, under the "Camping" Tab (  ).  

TO REGISTER: Go to the Occoneechee calendar and navigate to the date, matey!

STEM Training March 25

posted Mar 8, 2017, 9:10 AM by Tanner Lovelace   [ updated Mar 8, 2017, 9:10 AM ]

If you would like to learn more about the BSA STEM Nova Awards or get trained as a Nova Counselor or Supernova Mentor, there will be STEM training on the morning of Saturday, March 25 at the Westminster Presbyterian Church.  Signup can be done at

For more information you can email the District STEM/Nova Chair Tanner Lovelace at

CANCELLED!!! Scout Cooking Contest - 11/March/2017 10am-2pm

posted Feb 22, 2017, 1:18 PM by Tanner Lovelace   [ updated Mar 7, 2017, 11:31 AM by Matt Nash ]

Unfortunately, due to the low number of pre-registrants, this event has been cancelled.

We hope to hold this event at another time in the future.

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