Thursday, December 7, 2017

Empire Scout Shop Closure

Empire Scout Shop Closure

In its wisdom, the Boy Scout National Supply Group decided that it was time to close the Empire Scout Shop in New York City with no replacement.

The flyer on the left gives the link for the ScoutStuff online catalog plus the other Scout Shops that are still open, including the one in Oakland inside the Northern NJ Council Service Center.

However, there is a Plan-B for Scoutmasters and Cubmasters who formerly purchased advancement badges and awards from the Empire shop. The Greater New York Councils are willing to accept orders by e-mail and hold the items for pick-up in their Empire State Building office. Click here for details.

The Scout Shop closure will be a disappointment to all the Scout tourists who come to New York City from around the country and from foreign countries.

Not sorry to see the Scout Shop close will be all the people who dropped in prior to Halloween looking for a cool costume to wear at a party. These folks were all dismissed unceremoniously with the stern lecture, "IT'S NOT A COSTUME! IT'S A UNIFORM!"

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Registration Fees - Save this Chart

Effective December 1, 2017
(Repost - First posted in September 2017)

Click here for a chart showing how much to charge a new Scout or Cub (or adult) recruit when he signs up.

The fee for a full 12 months is $42 (plus an optional $12 for Boys' Life = $54). The chart shows how to pro-rate the fee, so you should charge less for a Scout who signs up in the middle of the year.

Example: Most Three Rivers District units recharter in January, which means that your fiscal year starts in February and ends in January. Thus anyone you recruit in January or February pays the full amount. A March recruit pays for 11 months, April pays for 10, etc. When you recruit in September, charge for 5 months: Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan.

Note how the chart is titled "Registration and Insurance." That's because of the high insurance rates in New Jersey. Other Scout councils in other states likely charge just $33 (= $2.75 per month), but NNJC had to impose a $9 surcharge to cover our high premiums.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Minnesota Scout with 137 Merit Badges

Minnesota Scout with 137 Merit Badges

Gabe Anderson from Rosemount Minnesota made it happen.


Click here to see the posting on the Northern Star Council website.

"When I first joined, I read an article about another Scout who earned every merit badge. I said, 'I want to do that.'"

Gabe started with Fingerprinting and ended with Farm Mechanics. He reached Eagle Scout just prior to his 14th birthday, and spent time at all four Scout high adventure bases. Question for Gabe: "What do you do in your spare time?"


Monday, November 27, 2017

Welcoming Girls into the Scout Program - Part 2

Welcoming Girls into the Scout Program - Part 2

Answers to lots of questions from the field.


Scouting Magazine asked Scouters from around the country to submit questions, and then invited BSA Chief Executive Michael Surbaugh to reply. The magazine selected 22 representative questions and then taped Surbaugh as he was interviewed by Senior Editor Bryan Wendell. Click here to view the entire video, about a half hour long.

Below are the 22 questions with some Three Rivers editorial comments.


1. How was the decision made?
Surbaugh recommended listening to a recording of the session where it happened: https://livestream.com/bsa/nationalcouncil
Apparently there were Scouters who started out opposed but changed position after they heard the discussion.

2. Was decision driven by revenue and/or membership?
"Yes" for membership. The goal is to get as many people into the Scouting program as possible, because "We change lives and thus change America."

3. Was decision about lining pockets of BSA executives?
"No" to lining pockets, since "I'm not paid by number." But "Yes" to revenue, which affects any organization's long-term health. Scouts will be around for a long time, but lack of revenue will cause to program to be diminished and less diverse

4. Will all-boy Cub Scout packs be allowed?
"Yes" to continue all-boy packs, girls are not mandatory. Education professionals are mixed about the value of co-ed, with some thinking single-gender is good and some thinking co-ed is good. Surbaugh said, "Give it a chance."

5. What will the organization be called?
No plan to change the name. "BSA" has a very strong identity and affinity. Venture girls seem to be happy to be affiliated with BSA as an umbrella organization.

6. Will all-boy language and imagery in handbooks change?
Handbooks will change, with plans for Cub handbooks for girls in time for the launch. Boy Scout changes will be harder and may take a year and a half to work things out. BUT... Requirements for girls must be the same so there won't be an "Eagle Scout Lite" badge.

7. Was the Girl Scouts of the USA approached?
"Yes" for conversations with the Girl Scouts. Surbaugh characterized Girl Scouts as targeted to girls, versus Boy Scouts targeted to families. He said, "Parents need options." He said, "Our target is not the Girl Scouts but rather families with children in no program."

8. How will packs find enough volunteers for single-gender dens?
Surbaugh's experience as a council Scout exec was that small packs with small dens have problems getting adults to volunteer. "If we can get more families involved with sons and daughters, we're more likely to get adult participation."

9. Can packs have the option to make dens co-ed?
Surbaugh did not give a straight "yes" or "no," but he implied that a very small den might start out that way and then split into single-gender as the den gets bigger.

10. Will Cub Scouting become fully "co-ed" in a few years?
"No" to co-ed. Surbaugh liked the current approach, calling it "The best of both worlds."

11. Will there be a uniform styled and/or cut for women and girls?
Surbaugh said, "We've never had good reactions from women leaders. We'll rejoice if we can get it right." He gave the case for boys and girls wearing the same dark blue uniform, and told about suggestions to let girls wear powder blue. He said, "It will be fun to figure it out."

12. Will dens and packs be required to register girls?
"No" for required. He said, "This is about creating access for families."

13. When in 2018 can packs start welcoming girls?
Saurbaugh said that lots of packs were ready to start immediately. He urged patience, saying, "Wait till we're ready to ensure a really good program."

14. How will the program for older girls, debuting in 2019, work?
It's a work in progress assigned to various task forces. They may draw on experience from family camping and from a previous partnership between Scouts and the Campfire Girls.

15. Will there be a pilot of the older-girl program?
Surbaugh turned down offers from packs to run pilot programs right off the bat. He dislikes the term "pilot," because it "sounds like an experiment," which it is not. He asked for patience.

16. How will the adult-leader requirements change?
No changes are needed. The existing Youth Protection guidelines are OK as is. He said, "We've done it for years."

17. What about sleeping arrangements and restrooms at camp?
Most councils already have good facilities thanks to family camping. For the other councils, he predicted that they will be under pressure to upgrade.

18. What about inappropriate situations at camp?
Surbaugh was not worried and said, "We have smart leaders."

19. Will the BSA help girls feel included and not "second-class citizens"?
Surbaugh said that the survey was clear not to let this happen. He said, "Scouters are nice people."

20. Once young women can start working toward Eagle in 2019, will they use a different set of requirements?
He said, "Eagle is Eagle." The required merit badges for citizenship, fitness, etc. must be identical. As for the non-Eagle merit badges, Surbaugh pointed out that each boy chooses his own, and he expects girls to also choose their own.

21. What will happen to Venturing?
Don't expect any difference to the program, but Surbaugh predicted an increase in Venturing membership.

22. The change is happening. How can we encourage other Scouters to embrace it?
Surbaugh said he got pushback from Scouters who said, "You're going to ruin Scouting." His advice was to have doubters view the live stream discussion: https://livestream.com/bsa/nationalcouncil

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

List of Events in November 2017


Three Rivers Events During November 2017

Nov 2 - TRD District Committee Meeting
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2185065&OrgKey=944
Nov 7 - TRD Unit Commissioners Meeting
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2202390&OrgKey=944
Nov 14 - TRD Roundtable/Requisite Fireside Chat
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2185055&OrgKey=944
Nov 15 - Troop 302 First Aid Rally
  https://nnjbsa.doubleknot.com/openrosters/DocDownload.aspx?id=177155
Nov 18 - TRD Merit Badge Fair 2017
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2216664&OrgKey=944
Nov 21 - TRD Assistant District Commissioner Meeting
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2206081&OrgKey=944

Training Sessions During November 2017

Nov 3-5 - Outdoor Skills Weekend
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2214950&OrgKey=2104
Nov 4 - Merit Badge Counselor Training
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2234008&OrgKey=2104
Nov 11 - Den Chief Training
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2161189&OrgKey=2104

Other Council-Approved Events in November 2017

Nov 3-4 Lenapehoking IX Fall Fellowship Weekend
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2244111&OrgKey=1921
Nov 11 Friends of Camp Turrell 6th Annual Awards Beefsteak
 Info: FriendsOfCampTurrell@gmail.com
 Tickets: donna.bielauskas@scouting.org 201-677-1000 ext.10
 Tickets: Jack Desch - 973-632-2755

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Welcoming Girls into the Scout Program

Welcoming Girls into the Scout Program

BSA National just announced the change with Cub packs going first, Boy Scout troops later.



Click here to see the official announcement from BSA National.

Click here for a good explanation from Scouting Magazine: "Here's what it means for your pack or troop"

For Cub packs, BSA National gave guidelines with various options. Each local Cub pack will decide for itself which option to work with starting in September 2018.

For Boy Scout troops, BSA National gave very few details. They will make an announcement in 2018 about options for 2019.


Monday, October 9, 2017

Star, Life, Eagle: Positions of Responsibility

Star, Life, Eagle: Positions of Responsibility

Every Scout needs to serve in a position of responsibility in order to advance past First Class. Some are elected, some are selected, and some are assigned.


Click here for an article in Scouting Magazine that goes into detail and lists all the positions that count. Note that Assistant Patrol Leader doesn't count, while Troop Bugler kind-of counts.

The article also talks about positions of responsibility in Venture crews and Sea Scout ships. One Scoutmaster wrote in to say that he created his own position of "Junior Popcorn Kernel." Sorry, that doesn't count, but another Scoutmaster suggested a creative work-around.


Sunday, October 8, 2017

New Merit Badge: Exploration

New Merit Badge: Exploration

First learn about other explorers, then do some exploring on your own. See Requirements #7 and #8, below.

 Click here for an article in Scouting Magazine online.

 7. Prepare for an Expedition. With your parent's permission and counselor's approval, prepare for an actual expedition to an area you have not previously explored; the place may be nearby or far away. Do the following:

a.    Make your preparations under the supervision of a trained expedition leader, expedition planner, or other qualified adult experienced in exploration (such as a school science teacher, museum representative, or qualified instructor).
b.    Use the steps listed in requirement 6 to guide your preparations. List the items of equipment and supplies you will need. Discuss with your counselor why you chose each item and how it will be of value on the expedition. Determine who should go on the expedition.
c.    Conduct a pre-expedition check, covering the steps in requirement 6, and share the results with your counselor. With your counselor, walk through the Sweet Sixteen of BSA Safety for your expedition. Ensure that all foreseeable hazards for your expedition are adequately addressed.

8. Go on an Expedition. Complete the following:

a.    With your parent's permission and under the supervision of your merit badge counselor or a counselor-approved qualified person, use the planning steps you learned in requirement 6 and the preparations you completed in requirement 7 to personally undertake an actual expedition to an area you have not previously explored.
b.    Discuss with your counselor what is outdoor ethics and its role in exploration and enjoying the outdoors responsibly.
c.    After you return, compile a report on the results of your expedition and how you accomplished your objective(s). Include a statement of the objectives, note your findings and observations, include photos, note any discoveries, report any problems or adverse events, and have a conclusion (whether you reached your objective or not). The post-expedition report must be at least one page and no more than three; one page can be photos, graphs, or figures.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

List of Events in October 2017


Three Rivers Events During October 2017

Oct 3 - TRD Unit Commissioners Meeting
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2202389&OrgKey=944
Oct 5 - TRD District Committee Meeting
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2185064&OrgKey=944
Oct 10 - TRD Roundtable
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2185053&OrgKey=944
Oct 14 - TRD Gold Rush for Cubs
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2126496&OrgKey=944
Oct 17 - TRD Assistant District Commissioner Meeting
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2206079&OrgKey=944

Training Sessions During October 2017

Oct 4 - Catholic Youth Protection Training: Protecting God's Children
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2161187&OrgKey=2104
Oct 7 - Merit Badge Counselor Training
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2206071&OrgKey=944
Oct 14 - Scoutmaster Specific Training
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2161185&OrgKey=2104
Oct 19 - Cub Leaders Workshop
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2161819&OrgKey=2104
Oct 23 - NNJC Outdoor Skills Weekend - Pre Indoor Session
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2214951&OrgKey=2104

Other Council-Approved Events in October 2017

Oct 6 - Shotgun Shooting Event
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2154924&OrgKey=453
Oct 7-8 - NNJC Cub Family Weekend
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2059313&OrgKey=453

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Florida Sea Base after Hurricane Irma

Scout Florida Sea Base after Hurricane Irma


It survived in good enough shape to serve as the command center for out-of-state firefighters.



You can read the story in a NY Times article by Alan Blinder: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/17/us/irma-fema-rescue-florida-keys.html

The article starts with, "Boy Scouts usually fill the bunk beds here. They show up in the Keys for programs built around what this region is rightly famous for: salty air, sunny skies and pristine turquoise waters. But late on Monday night, the firefighters invaded the closed Scout camp."







Monday, September 18, 2017

Getting Serious about Youth Protection

Getting Serious about Youth Protection Training

BSA National and Northern NJ Council recently issued guidelines -- actually warnings -- about the importance of Youth Protection Training.

What changed is that new adults may now register with the Scouts directly using a new online system. The guidelines want to be sure that those new adults all get Youth Protection certification.

Click here to see the actual text. The most important takeaways are:

• When a new adult registers with your troop or pack, you must verify that he received Youth Protection Training by getting a copy of his certificate. His Adult Application Form MUST be accompanied by a YPT certificate. Otherwise he won't be added to your roster.

• When your unit recharters in January, the database record of every adult on your roster MUST have current Youth Protection certification. Otherwise he will be dropped from your roster. (Not mentioned in the guidelines is the major problem caused when a "key-3" adult is not current: Scoutmaster/Cubmaster, Chartered Org Rep, Committee Chair.)

• When a unit recharters in January, it's common to attach an extra Adult Application Form or two to the rechartering papers. As above, each new adult form MUST be accompanied by a Youth Protection certificate.

• Any time an adult will spend 72 hours or more on an outing; for example, 3 or more days at Scout summer camp, that adult MUST have current Youth Protection certification. This rule also applies to the parent of a Scout. (The guidelines recommend but don't insist on YPT training for the adults who will spend less than 72 hours.)

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Confusion for Den Leaders

This is a followup to an earlier posting labeled "Really Good News for Den Leaders!" Click here to see that posting.


This was good: In January 2017, BSA National decided to simplify lots of Cub badge requirements.
Not so good: In September 2017, handbooks being sold in the Scout shops were not revised. They still talk about the older, harder requirement sets.

The band-aid solution: Each copy of each handbook needs a separate insert called an "addendum."

If you did not receive an "addendum" when you bought your handbook, you can download and print a copy for insertion:

Click here for the Tiger Addendum.
Click here for the Wolf Addendum.
Click here for the Bear Addendum.
Click here for the Webelos+Arrow of Light Addendum.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Registration Fees - Save this Chart

Effective December 1, 2017

Click here for a chart showing how much to charge a new Scout or Cub (or adult) recruit when he signs up.

The fee for a full 12 months is $42 (plus an optional $12 for Boys' Life = $54). The chart shows how to pro-rate the fee, so you should charge less for a Scout who signs up in the middle of the year.

Example: Most Three Rivers District units recharter in January, which means that your fiscal year starts in February and ends in January. Thus anyone you recruit in January or February pays the full amount. A March recruit pays for 11 months, April pays for 10, etc. When you recruit in September, charge for 5 months: Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan.

Note how the chart is titled "Registration and Insurance." That's because of the high insurance rates in New Jersey. Other Scout councils in other states likely charge just $33 (= $2.75 per month), but NNJC had to impose a $9 surcharge to cover our high premiums.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Death of Three Scouts in Texas

Death of Three Scouts in Texas

Their sailboat ran into an overhead power line. Two died immediately, one later. 

"Two Texas Boy Scouts, aged 16 and 18, were killed and another was hospitalized after their sailboat collided with an overhead power line, likely sending a jolt of electricity through the boat, Texas officials said on Sunday." Click here to see the NY Times article of August 6 by Jon Herskovit. The third Scout was taken to a hospital in Shreveport, LA, but died later.

The Scouts were camped on private land near Lake O' The Pines in East Texas and took a catamaran onto the lake. They were just off shore when their boat struck the power line, so help arrived almost immediately. Rob Walker, general manager of Upshur Rural Electric Cooperative, said in a statement that the company is working to determine what happened.There was a candlelight vigil on Sunday night.

Monday, August 7, 2017

2017 Popcorn Sale: Dates

2017 Popcorn Sale: Dates

Aug 1 or Aug 10: Required popcorn training: Register
Aug 12: Show-n-Sell #1 orders due
Aug 24-26: Show-n-Sell #1 pickup
Sep  9: Show-n-Sell #2 orders due
Sep 21-23: Show-n-Sell #2 pickup
Oct 28: Show-n-Sell returns due
Oct 28: Take-order orders due
Nov 9-11: Take-order pickup
Nov 11: Prize orders due
Dec  2: Absolute last date for prize orders
Dec 17: $1,000 sellers invited to view Star Wars VIII
Jan 6: Top 100 sellers party.
Link for popcorn orders and prize orders: scouting.trails-end.com

Two Ways to Sell Popcorn

Show-n-Sell:
•    Estimate what you think you can sell this way.
•    Place an order online, either or both Aug 12 and/or Sep 9.
•    Pick up that order (without paying for it) on Aug 24-26 and/or Sep 21-23.
•    Spend the next month selling at a table you've set up, door-to-door, or at parents' workplaces.
•    Turn in money and leftover product on Oct 28.

Take Order:
•    Sale starts on Aug 10
•    Scouts go door-to-door with an order form and ask people to support the Boy Scouts by buying popcorn. They pay for it on the spot but get no popcorn yet. The Scout takes the money and writes pertinent information on his order form.
•    On Oct 28 the unit popcorn coordinator uses the online system to enter all the orders.
•    On Nov 9 or 10 or 11 you drive to a warehouse and pick up all the popcorn that was ordered and then distribute it to the customers. 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

America's First Eagle Scout - Baden-Powell Was There

America's First Eagle Scout - Baden-Powell Was There

Arthur Eldred was America's very first Eagle Scout, passing his Eagle Board of Review on January 31, 1912. The Boy Scouts of America was founded on February 8, 1910, so clearly Eldred was a speed demon.

What's really cool is that Lord Robert Baden-Powell sat in on the Board, as did Ernest Thompson Seton and Daniel Carter Beard, three of the giants of early Scouting history. Baden-Powell happened to be in America at the time on an inspection visit, and so he was invited to participate in Eldred's Board.

Although lots of details about this very first Eagle Board were already known and published, some new details about dates recently came to light, which prompted Scouting Magazine to revisit the event. By the way, in addition to an Eagle badge, Eldred also received a Bronze Honor Medal for saving a boy from drowning.

Now Easier for New Eagle Scouts to Earn Palms

Now Easier for New Eagle Scouts to Earn Palms

Note: This change applies only to Scouts who pass their Eagle boards on or after August 1, 2017.

The change: When the new Eagle receives his badge at his Eagle Court of Honor, he may also receive one or more eagle Palms at the same time. 

For example, assume that your over-achiever attends his Eagle Board of Review with 41 merit badges on his sash; that is, 20 more than the 21 needed for Eagle. At his Court of Honor, he will receive an Eagle badge + silver palm + bronze palm!

Any palms due to merit badges earned after his Board will have to wait for three months, which is in line with the portion of the palm requirements that have not changed, BUT...

But the additional 3-month post-Board palms have also gotten easier to earn. No palm Board of Review is required, and the "be active for 3 months" requirement has also gotten easier. Here's a link to a Scouting Magazine article with lots of details.

By the way, a related article talks about the non-intuitive silver palm is better than a gold palm. Just be happy that, as in the Olympics, a gold Journey to Excellence award is better than a silver.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

List of Events in June 2017


Three Rivers Events During June 2017

Jun 1 - TRD District Committee Meeting
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=1971407&OrgKey=944
Jun 6 - TRD Unit Commissioners Meeting
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2092261&OrgKey=944
Jun 10-11 - NNJC Cub Family Weekend (hosted by TRD)
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2059312&OrgKey=453
Jun 13 - TRD Program Launch and BBQ (instead of a Roundtable)
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=1971501&OrgKey=944
Jun 17 - TRD Fishing Derby
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=1971502&OrgKey=944
Jun 20 - TRD Assistant District Commissioner Meeting
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=1971477&OrgKey=944

Training Sessions During June 2017

Jun 10 - TRD Merit Badge Counselor Orientation
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=1982317&OrgKey=944

Other Council-Approved Events in June 2017

Jun 2-4 OA Induction Weekend at Turrell
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2082889&OrgKey=1921
Jun 5 - Cub Night at Paintbrush Studio
  http://www.paintbrushstudio.com/painting-class/cubs-night/
Jun 6 - Each unit should update www.BeAScout.org pin information.
  Enable online registrations/payments directly to National
Jun 8 - Scout/Venturer Night at Paintbrush Studio
  http://www.paintbrushstudio.com/painting-class/boys-scoutsventure-night-7-9-pm-40/
Jun 9-11 - OA 2017 Section NE-5 Conclave
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2113535&OrgKey=1921
Jun 9-11 - Camp Turrell X-Treme Sports Weekend
  http://nnjbsa.doubleknot.com/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2078880&OrgKey=955&Signon=N
Jun 15 - Deadline for early NNJC unit popcorn sign-up and drone prize
  https://scouting.trails-end.com/tools/recruit/signup?council=c693c740-f21c-11e5-a5eb-0632e198f0a5&campaign=9d1cb394-0d8d-11e7-a5e5-12a0d168e510

Friday, May 5, 2017

List of Events in May 2017


Three Rivers Events During May 2017

May 2 - TRD Roundtable
May 2 - TRD Unit Commissioners Meeting
May 4 - TRD District Committee Meeting
May 16 - TRD Assistant District Commissioner Meeting

Training Sessions During May 2017

May 5-7 - Eve Takes to the Woods Outdoor Session
May 27 - COPE Course at Camp Lewis

Other Council-Approved Events in May 2017

May 5-7 - OA Induction Weekend #1 at No-Be
May 6-7 - NNJC Family Weekend at Lewis #1
May 6 - Friends of Camp Turrell Comedy Night in Pompton Lakes
  Larry Burke - lpb51@msn.com or 201-704-5006
May 8 - Council Recognition Dinner
May 20-21 - NNJC Family Weekend at Lewis #2


Friday, April 7, 2017

Beaver Day at Turrell (Apr 22)

Beaver Day at Camp Turrell 

Saturday April 22

Volunteer workers are needed to get Camp Turrell ready for Scout summer camp when it starts up again in July.

Meet up with Ranger Bruce Bobrowski.
Breakfast at 8;00 AM
Work starts at 9:00 AM 


Please contact Bruce now to let him know you are coming and to tell him what kind of skills you can offer: 845-754-7111.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Improvements at NNJC Camp Properties

Improvements at NNJC Camp Properties

At a recent meeting of the Three Rivers District Committee, District Director Steve Leonardi passed on the following information:
  • No-Be: There will be a new Trading Post financed by funds raised by the Sand Pond Society. They are in the process of getting building permits. The building will also serve as a training facility and will have flush toilets. The target is to have it operational in time for summer camp. The location will be between the dining hall and the current Trading Post.
  • Yaw-Paw: Steve called this announcement "electrifying." He said that the camp had suffered in the past various "challenges" with its electrical lines, which have now all been "yanked out" and replaced with new electrical lines. Also a large number of possibly dangerous dead trees have been cut down.
  • Turrell: The first run of a zip line may be in place in time for summer camp. Steve said that it had been under design for several years, and they are in the process of getting some special kind of telephone poles. Steve said that the line will start in the vicinity of the dam, run down the gorge, and end up somewhere around the climbing area.
  • Turrell: Steve said that the Order of the Arrow lodge had received a service grant from the National Council and used that money plus a matching grant from the Friends of Turrell to rebuild the Chapel. Benches will be installed shortly and will be "sold" to benefactors for $400 each.

Eagle Scout Helping During London Terror Attack

Eagle Scout praised for bravery, service after London terror attack

Tobias Elwood tried to resuscitate a policeman

This note from a local Den Leader:  I had the sad task this week of reporting on the terror attack in London but I was struck by one man's courage in the midst of the chaos: Tobias Ellwood, a member of Parliament. You will have seen his picture in the news reports. He stands out - dressed in a business suit - his forehead smeared with blood - kneeling beside a police officer who had been stabbed multiple times - trying to save his life. Mr Ellwood ran towards the danger as everyone else fled - not knowing what he would encounter - knowing only that he wanted to help, that he could help. He is an army veteran - and he is an Eagle Scout.

More details are available on this Scouting Magazine posting, which explains how an American-born Eagle Scout is currently a member of the British Parliament:
http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2017/03/24/tobias-ellwood-absolute-hero-in-london-terror-attack-is-an-eagle-scout/

Saturday, April 1, 2017

List of Events in April 2017


Three Rivers Events During April 2017

Apr 1 - North East Region Museum Scouter of the Year Dinner
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2053540&OrgKey=944
Apr 4 - TRD Assistant District Unit Commissioners Meeting
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2092259&OrgKey=944
Apr 6 - TRD District Committee Meeting
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=1971405&OrgKey=944
Apr 8 - TRD STEM Merit Badge Day at Liberty Science Center
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2090499&OrgKey=944
Apr 8 - TRD Pinewood Derby
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=1971498&OrgKey=944
Apr 11 - TRD Roundtable
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=1956431&OrgKey=944
Apr 18 - TRD Assistant District Commissioner Meeting
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=1971440&OrgKey=944
Apr 23 - TRD Recognition Dinner
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=1971504&OrgKey=944

Training Sessions During April 2017

Apr 1 - NNJC Den Chief Training
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2041828&OrgKey=2104
Apr 1 - TRD Merit Badge Counselor Training
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=1982316&OrgKey=944
Apr 2 - CCOS Emblems Coordinator Training
  Rich Donovan - donovari@rcan.org
Apr 8 - District Committee Workshop
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2090606&OrgKey=2104
Apr 12 - Outdoor Skills Training - Indoor Pre-Meeting (see Apr 21-23)
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2077682&OrgKey=2104
Apr 15 - NNJC Merit Badge Counselor Training
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2065154&OrgKey=2104
Apr 19 - Eve Takes to the Woods Indoor Session #4
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2014634&OrgKey=2104
Apr 21-23 - Outdoor Skills Training Weekend
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2077676&OrgKey=2104

Other Council-Approved Events in April 2017

Apr 1-2 - Liberty Science Center Mystery Overnight (Co-Ed)
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2045914&OrgKey=453
Apr 21 - Beaver Day at Camp Turrell
  RSVP to Ranger Bruce by phone: 845-754-7111
Apr 22 - Scout Night with the Red Bulls
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/openrosters/DocDownload.aspx?id=171890
Apr 26 - NNJC Prepared for Life Dinner with Mike Piazza
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2063388&OrgKey=453
Apr 28-30 - NNJC Weboree 2017
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=1969172&OrgKey=453

Friday, March 24, 2017

STEM at Liberty Science Center (Apr 8)

STEM at Liberty Science Center

Three merit badges offered (you can earn two)
  • Chemistry
  • Electricity
  • Fingerprinting 
Click here for details and to register.

April 8, 9:30AM - 4:30 PM
Liberty Science Center
222 Jersey City Blvd, Jersey City, NJ  07305

Session 1 starts at 10:00 AM with Electricity or Fingerprinting
Session 2 starts at 1:30 PM with Chemistry or Fingerprinting
Make your selection when registering.
$34 per Scout, $19 per adult

Bring:
  • Workbook showing that you completed the prerequisite requirements 
  • Blue cards signed by your Scoutmaster
  • Lunch
Prerequisites for Chemistry: 1,5,6
Prerequisites for Electricity: 1,2,8,9,10
Prerequisites for Fingerprinting: 1,2
[All merit badge requirements can be found at http://usscouts.org/meritbadges.asp]

Friday, March 17, 2017

District Recognition Dinner (Apr 23)

District Recognition Dinner & District Award of Merit Presentation


Sunday, April 23, 2017
2:00 - 6:00 PM
Paramus Elks Lodge
200 Rt. 17 North, Paramus, NJ
(behind Raymour & Flanagan)
Click here to register.

More:

This dinner is a great opportunity for troops and packs to formally recognize an outstanding leader or parent who always steps up when needed. On the registration page, scroll down to see the "Service to Scouting" award and click on the "Nomination Form" link.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Scout Week Storefront Window Display (Feb 5-11)

Scout Week Storefront Window Display Competition

A tradition that goes way, way back

The Scout troop in this photo actually camped for a week in an Abercrombie & Fitch window. Luckily, that was not a requirement for this year's competition.



Click on the unit name to see their display



Scouting for Food - Report Results (Mar 11)

Council-Wide Scouting for Food

How to report your results 

All Three Rivers District Scout troops and Cub packs were urged to join in the Council-wide food drive, set for March 11.

Reporting results was easy for those units that dropped parcels off at one of the central collection points -- someone was there count your donations for you.

A Plan-B exists for units who ran a drive on a different day, or who delivered their donations to a local food pantry instead of a central collection point: Click here to report your results.

Don't Forget!


Please also go online and record your service hours in BSA National's Journey to Excellence website.

District Klondike Derby Winners (Feb 4)

District Klondike Derby

February 4, 2017
Alpine Scout Camp
441 route 9W
Alpine, NJ 07670

 
Top 3 Boy Scout Patrols
Troop 334
Troop 25 Cobras
Troop 25 Arrows
Click here for a full list of standings.

Top 3 Webelos Dens
Pack 229
Pack 95 Honey
Pack 331
Click here for a full list of standings.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

List of Events in March 2017


Three Rivers Events During March 2017

Mar 2 - TRD Committee Meeting
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=1971404&OrgKey=944

Mar 11 - TRD Scouting for Food Service Project
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/event/1
Mar 14 - TRD Roundtable
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=1956430&OrgKey=944
Mar 21 - TRD Assistant District Commissioner Meeting
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=1971439&OrgKey=944

Training Sessions During March 2017

Mar 15 - Eve Takes to the Woods Indoor Session #3
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2014633&OrgKey=2104
Mar 18 - TRD Den Chief Training
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2021163&OrgKey=2104
Mar 18 - Cub Den Leader Training
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2064968&OrgKey=2104
Mar 18 - LTD Scoutmaster/Assistant Training
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2064970&OrgKey=2104
Mar 21 - NNJC Merit Badge Counselor Training
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2065069&OrgKey=2104
Mar 25 - TRD BALOO Training for Cub outdoor skills
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2021162&OrgKey=2104
Mar 25 - Scoutmaster/Assistant Training
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2041829&OrgKey=2104

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Website for New Scoutmasters and ASMs


New Scoutmasters and ASMs

BSA National created a website that brand new Scoutmasters and Assistants will find useful:
    http://troopleader.org/

It's a one-page portal that has links to 16 different resources. A recent article in Scouting Magazine checked it out and selected 7 they thought were most useful:

1. Troop meeting agendas (A paper planning sheet plus videos from actual troop meetings.)

2. Program features (48 ideas for troop meetings, many accompanied by videos.)

3. Program resources YES!!! (Making meetings fun with lots of ideas for cool games and challenges. Plus some other stuff.)

4. Planning tips (Encourage the junior leaders to work out plans for the year and for each month.)

5. Training advice (List of sessions available for adults and another list for youths.)

6. Outings ideas (Links to the four Scout high adventure camps, plus lots of advice and guidance.)

7. General troop information (This site covers a lot of the tips and advice that you will also get from one of  our local live Scoutmaster/Assistant training sessions.)