Friday, March 25, 2016

Overnight Summer Camp for Cubs

Overnight Summer Camp for Cubs

Camp Lewis hosts a Cub Scout overnight camp designed to introduce Cubs and their parents to summertime camping. Cubs come with a parent/guardian for 3 days and 2 nights. Older Cubs and their parents have the option of camping 6 days and 5 nights.

Click here for more details and to register.
Discount available for early birds prior to April 20.

2016 2-night Sessions
Session 1: 7/7 - 7/9
Session 2: 7/10 - 7/12
Session 3: 7/14 - 7/16
Session 4: 7/17 - 7/19
Session 5: 7/21 - 7/23
Session 6: 7/24 - 7/26
2016 5-night Sessions
Session 1: 7/7 - 7/12
Session 2: 7/14 - 7/19
Session 3: 7/21 - 7/26

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Cub Scout Day Camp in July and August

Welcome to Camp Yaw Paw!

Your son will have a blast learning Cub skills, nature, boating, swimming, fishing, hiking, and a variety of sports. And of course they'll be shooting BBs and archery with our certified staff.  All activities will be themed around "Super Heroes."

Week 1: July 11 - July 16
Week 2: July 18- July 22
Week 3: July 25 - July 29
Week 4: August 1- August 5
Week 5: August 8- August 12
Week 6: August 15 - August 19

Discount available if you sign up for multiple weeks.
Discount available for early birds prior to April 15.
Bus transportation is Provided!
Special: Bus to camp from Hoboken for Week 3 only

Click here for more details, to register, and to see the camp's promotional video.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Stephen Colbert's Letter to an Eagle Scout

Scouting Magazine posted this unusual bit of advice to a brand new Eagle Scout: "Don't forget to occasionally be awesome."

Pack 183 Pinewood Derby in the News

Click here to see the Bergen Record posting for the Pinewood Derby run by Wood-Ridge Cub Scout Pack 183.

Pictured are winners Joseph, Henry, Tyler, and Anthony.

The Record posted 14 photos, including one with all the unit leaders gathered around a brand new Toyota. But this one is clearly the best of the bunch:

(Photos by Richard Formicola)

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

February Window Display Contest - Winners

During Scout week in February, several Scout troops and Cub packs displayed their trophies and souvenirs for all to admire. The best displays were:

Rutherford Pack 168
Park Ridge Pack 345
Maywood Pack 1199
Rutherford Troop 166

Here's some history:
At the first World Jamboree in 1920, Lord Baden-Powell presented the “Scout Cup” to Scotland for having the best display. We honor that tradition, as we celebrate the anniversary of Scouting, by conducting the annual Three Rivers District Window Display Contest.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Marble Roller Coaster in Hoboken (Mar 19)

Marble Roller Coaster
Statewide Challenge

March 19 at 12:30-2:00 PM

Hoboken Public Library Pop-Up Branch
124 Grand Street
Hoboken, NJ  07030

New Jersey Makers Day

Roller Coaster Statewide Challenge
From 12:30-2:00 PM come take part in a special Marble Roller Coaster building project and let's see how big we can build it! For ages 6 and up.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Recruit this Second Grader!

Isiah Britt of Gainesville Virginia wanted to help the students of Flint Michigan by sending them water. When told by the Eisenhower school that outside clean water was already being supplied, he asked what else he might do. The answer: "Kids are afraid to wash their hands. We can use hand sanitizer."

So Isiah and his mom set up a "GoFundMe" page that raised close to $1,000. He contacted Purell and told them he would pay for a shipment to Flint. Purell responded by donating lots of cases to Flint.

An article about Isiah in the Washington Post:

Isiah's "GoFundMe" campaign (over $14,000 as of this writing):

Saturday, March 5, 2016

TRD Pinewood Derby (Apr 2)

Local Pinewood Winners Can Compete at the District Level!
One winner from each den should go to Secaucus on April 2
Saturday April 2, 2016
Secaucus Recreation Center
1200 Koelle Blvd in Secaucus, NJ

No advance registration -- just show up with your car and register at the door.
  • Tiger and Bear registration begins at 10:00 AM
  • Wolf and Webelos and Arrow of Light registration begins at 11:30 AM
Click here for more details:
Important: Click here for event rules:

Friday, March 4, 2016

TRD M*A*S*H Camporee (Mar 11-13)

Three Rivers District Presents
The 2016 M*A*S*H Camporee

March 11-13, 2016
Camp Lewis
$10 per person
Click here for details and registration:

The blockbuster M*A*S*H TV series is the inspiration for this one-of-a-kind camporee. The TV series was about a "Mobile Army Surgical Hospital" during the Korean War, so expect a lot of first-aid related competition stations.

One episode in Season 5 was titled "Bug Out," and Scouts will have the opportunity to reenact it. In the TV episode, the North Korean forces are on the march, and the 4077th must bug out and move the entire camp, but a soldier who has just had serious spinal surgery cannot be moved. A few doctors stay behind as the rest of the camp tries to set up a new base.

Some details about the Saturday events:
1 - Five first aid related stops requiring knowledge of slings, head bandages, stretchers, and CPR.
2 - Triage course where Scouts must decide which victims should be treated first.
3 - Surgery operations where body parts will be donated to save victims.
4 - Signaling using Morse code with wig wag flags (Sorry, no cell phones allowed).
5 - BUG OUT! Backpacks on for a long march to a new site including crossing a mine field!

Ken Hesse 201-288-4113

Thursday, March 3, 2016

District Awards Dinner Deadline

DEADLINE MARCH 8: Nominations for the District Award of Merit must be submitted during or prior to the March 8 Roundtable meeting.

The District Awards Dinner will take place on April 17:

In addition to the District Award of Merit, there will also be "Service to Scouting" awards presented to a deserving member of your troop or pack -- someone who always volunteers or always performs over and above.

Click here to download a copy of the application.
E-mail to
Click here to download a copy of the application.
E-mail to

Prepared for Life Dinner: $212,188

Robert Gates was the keynote speaker at the NNJC's second annual Prepared for Life fund-raiser dinner. His credentials as a former Director of the CIA and former Secretary of Defense drew a nice crowd of 558 Scouters and guests to hear Gates pass on some humorous anecdotes and some serious talk about the Scouting organization that he now heads as President of BSA National.

Membership: Gates was happy to pass on the good news that overall membership is starting to climb for the first time in decades, and praised Northern NJ Council for its efforts especially with Scoutreach, which Gates said was one of his own main areas of interest. He also praised NNJC for the 397 boys who earned Eagle Scout in 2015.

Best anecdote: While at the CIA, Gates took a weekend off to join his son's Boy Scout troop on a father/son camping trip to the Chesapeake Bay area. He noted that the wilderness experience was marred a bit by two large black trucks with satellite links that was part of their entourage. Also the entire encampment was ringed by security guards armed with Uzi machine guns. The Sunday program was for Scouts to learn how to shoot skeet, and Gates told how concerned his security detail was while he was surrounded by a bunch of 12- and 13-year olds all armed with shotguns.

"Nobody asked me to help" Gates explained the lapse in time between leaving government service and once again becoming active in the Scouting program, saying simply, "Nobody asked me to help." He called that a lesson learned and then addressed the people present by asking them to help. He asked them to devote their resources, talents, and energy to attract more youth and to deliver better programs.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Scouts Will Tour the Five Boros (May 1)

You are invited to join the 2016 TD Five Boro Bike Tour Scout Team

Click here for a Boy Scout Team Request For Application:

Join Team Boy Scouts of America, Greater New York Councils at the 2016 TD Five Boro Bike Tour - a 40-mile, car-free, bicycle ride experience spanning all five boroughs - AND help support the more than 46,000 youth we serve throughout New York City!
Team Boy Scouts of America, Greater New York Councils Members Receive:
  • Free registration and guaranteed entrance to the 2016 TD Five Boro Bike Tour
  • Team Boy Scouts of America, Greater New York Councils duffel bag stuffed with goodies Custom 2016 Boy Scouts of America, Greater New York Councils Team cycling jersey
  • A CrowdRise page so that your friends and family can easily make donations Fundraising tips delivered to your email
  • Complimentary light breakfast before the ride
  • Early start on Ride Day
  • Complimentary lunch at the Finish Festival

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

List of Events in March 2016

Three Rivers Events During March 2016

Mar 3 - TRD District Committee Meeting
Mar 8 - TRD Roundtable for Scout and Cub leaders
  Also: Meeting of the TRD Venturing Officers Association
  Also: High Exposures Adventure Club info session
  Also: Deadline for District Award of Merit nominations
Mar 8 - OA Chapter Meeting for Three Rivers
Mar 11-13 - TRD M*A*S*H Camporee
Mar 15 - TRD Assistant District Commissioners

Training Sessions During March 2016

Mar 8 - Youth Protection Training by Ramapo Valley
Mar 12 - NNJC Merit Badge Counselor Training
Mar 16 - Outdoor Skills for Female Leaders
Mar 26 - Cub Leader-Specific Training

Other Council-Recommended Events During March 2016

Mar 2 - Prepared for Life FOS Dinner
Mar 18 - Last day for NNJC Campership applications
Mar 19 - OA Trade-o-Ree
Mar 29 - Venturing Officers Association