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Three Rivers Information Page (Posted Apr 4, 2014)
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Training for Scoutmasters and Assistants (Apr 27)
District Webelos World Conservation Weekend (Apr 26-27)
Earth Day in Liberty State Park (Apr 26)
Council Annual Recognition Dinner (May 12)
Weboree Registration Now Open (Jun 6-8)
The Council's COPE Course is Open (Apr 12 onward)
Beaver Days at NNJC Camp Properties
Two Summer Camp Offerings for Star and Life Scouts
Training for Boy Scout Junior Leaders (Aug 17-23)
Adult Scouters May Join the Order of the Arrow
An Awesome Eagle Project in Sterling Forest
April Fool's Joke from the Trail Conference
Scout Beach Jam in Wildwood (May 16-18)
A Death - Marilyn Bookspan
A Death - George Violick Sr.

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 Training for Scoutmasters and Assistants (Apr 27)

Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader-Specific Training

Click here for a flyer with an e-mail style registration form:

Click here for online registration:

WHO – Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, Webelos leaders preparing to move on to a Boy Scout Troop, Troop Committee Members, or any adult who wants to learn about operating a Scout Troop!

WHAT – An information-packed course led by hands-on experienced Scouters. Learn both Conceptual and Practical pointers so you can help your scouts create a dynamic, exciting and varied scouting program for the Troop! This course is required in order to be a fully-trained leader, and for the Journey to Excellence award.

WHEN – 8:00am to 5:00pm Sunday April 27 (bring your lunch).

WHY – To learn how to have fun by doing the job correctly.

WHERE – The Montvale Community Center, One Memorial Drive, Montvale NJ (right off Grand Avenue which is easily reached via the GSP or Rte 17).

COST – The $20 fee includes coffee, tea, soft drinks, and snacks, but bring your own lunch.
Copies of handouts are available at extra cost, either on paper or contained in a thumb drive..

QUESTIONS? – contact Ken Dutcher at 201-573-9112

Please register in advance, either on-line or by e-mailing page 2 of the flyer to Ken Dutcher.

Ask Ken to pre-order a $15 handbook, then pay for it in cash at the door. Contact him at least 5 days in advance.


 District Webelos World Conservation Weekend (Apr 26-27)

District Webelos World Conservation Weekend


Webelos are invited to spend the day working on various badges while learning about conservation and "leave no trace." The day ends with a traditional Scout-style campfire.

April 26-27
Camp Lewis, Rockaway New Jersey
Registration: Sat 8:00-9:00 AM
Events start at: Sat 9:00 AM
Closing campfire: Sat after sunset
$10 per person

Webelos can pass many of the requirements for these badges:
• Outdoorsman
• Forester
• Naturalist
• World Conservation Award
• Leave no Trace Award

Bring your own tents, gear, and food.

Ken Hesse, 201-288-4113

Henry Hahn


 Earth Day in Liberty State Park (Apr 26)

Earth Day in Liberty State Park



The Hudson County Improvement Authority's (HCIA) runs an Earth Day event every year. It starts at 10:00 AM with a 5k run/walk and then shifts to a kind of street fair with lots of family-friendly activities.
• Inflatable rides
• Arts and crafts
• Kite-flying
• Show by Field Station: Dinosaurs
• Music by the Fuzzy Lemons
• New Jersey Hall of Fame's Mobile Museum
• Nature Walk


 Council Annual Recognition Dinner (May 12)

Council Annual Recognition Dinner

Registration and flyer:

These Scouters will be honored with the prestigious Silver Beaver Award:
• Sal Bellomo
• John Brain
• Robin Caiazzo
• Lillian D'Agostaro
• Janice DiGiaimo
• Hector Jimenez, Jr.
• Scott Michel
• Dennis Ng
• Thomas Szybist

May 12 (Monday)
Mayfair Farms
Eagle Rock Avenue
West Orange NJ
Reception: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:15 PM

 Weboree Registration Now Open (Jun 6-8)

Weboree Registration Now Open

25th Anniversary Weboree
June 6-8, 2014
Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco
Blairstown, NJ
$20 per person (2 nights in tents)
$30 per person (1 night in a cabin)

Weboree is a weekend of fun and activities for 4th grade Webelos Scouts and their parent/guardian. They have one – and only one – opportunity to participate in this great event. They will experience some typical Boy Scout camp activities. We’ll keep them busy all weekend!


 The Council's COPE Course is Open (Apr 12 onward)

The Council's COPE Course is Open

COPE is a great way to develop teamwork and leadership in your Scout troop or Venture crew. The name "Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience" sums it up, as does their slogan, "The experience of a lifetime."


Register for the April 12 session (there are lots of others):

The course consists of a series of puzzles to solve in scenario form, such as (made-up example) "Your patrol has to cross this fast moving stream without getting wet and also carrying an injured member." The team is challenged to come up with a workable solution and then challenged to implement it. Expect these seven benefits to your Scouts:
• Teamwork
• Communication
• Leadership
• Problem Solving
• Decision Making
• Self Esteem
• Trust

Be sure to download and look at the flyer. Watch for a photo of a Scout walking the tight-rope cable on the "high course" some 30 feet above the ground.

Linda Mycek

 Beaver Days at NNJC Camp Properties

Beaver Days at NNJC Camp Properties (Apr, May, Jun)

Beaver days are when adult and older youth volunteers bring their enthusiasm and tools to the Council's camp properties. Mostly they get the camps ready for the summer programs, but there's lots of other chores as well.

Camp Lewis
  April 26
  May 10
  June 14
  9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Frank DeBellis, 201-935-0833

Camp Turrell
  April 12
  May 10
  June 14
  Breakfast at 8:30 AM
  Start projects at 9:00 AM


 Two Summer Camp Offerings for Star and Life Scouts

Two Summer Camp Offerings for Star and Life Scouts

From our Northern NJ Council (Aug 3-9)
Project Soaring Eagle
is offered at Camp Turrell to give your older scouts an opportunity to continue working on merit badges while at camp in order to encourage them on their "Trail to Eagle". Scouts will be put into an Eagle provisional patrol that will work together as a team for the whole week. (scroll to the bottom of the page)

From the next-door Patriots' Path Council (four different weeks July 6, 13, 20, 27)
Trail to Eagle Camp is a week-long resident camp at Winnebago Scout Reservation (close to Camp Lewis). In addition to merit badges, they also offer advice on Eagle projects and how to fill out the project paperwork. There are group discussions and outside speakers. Each week is limited to 24 Star or Life Scouts who will be at least 13 years old by July 1.


 Training for Boy Scout Junior Leaders (Aug 17-23)

Training for Boy Scout Junior Leaders

National Youth Leadership Training
Camp Turrell
Aug 17-23
$325 ($350 after June 30)

It's exciting and fun!
It's awesome and incredible!
It's co-ed!
It's NYLT !!!!

It's one of the best youth leadership training opportunities in the Northeast Region!

Let them be leaders!
Give your youth a chance at making a difference:
• Teach them how to lead
• Show them how to lead
• Let them lead!!!!!!!

YOU can make a difference...
Let THEM make a difference...
To be eligible, Scouts must
• Be 14 by Aug 1 2014 and have completed 8th grade
• Be no older than 18 by Aug 1 2014
• Be at least First Class or a Venturer by Aug 1 2014

Register early because:
• Course closes when registration reaches capacity
• Course has SOLD OUT quickly in past years

Rosa Urena,



Note to Scoutmasters from a prior session:
Is your Boy Scout troop lead by a well-seasoned group of senior boys? The Patrol Method is the backbone of Boy Scouting, and boys need a whole lot of coaching and support to do the job well and to have a high quality experience in being a leader. NYLT will help the boys be more effective and comfortable in their leadership roles.

The course will give them a great boost in confidence and make your job as Scoutmaster that much easier. The edge that Scouts will receive by attending the week-long course will firmly prepare the boys to assume the bulk of the responsibility for ensuring that meetings and outings are filled with learning experiences and exercises that are well planned, and include lots of fun and enjoyment for Scouts of all ages.

Attending the course is just the beginning. After completing the course, your Junior Leaders will continue to apply what they have learned at NYLT, as they develop their own personal style of leadership and expand upon their abilities to lead by example in front of their own peers in your troop environment.

 Adult Scouters May Join the Order of the Arrow

Adult Scouters May Join the Order of the Arrow

In a recent e-mail, Lodge Advisor Warren Dressler outlined how adult Scouters may become members of the Order of the Arrow (OA) in a process very different from that for youth. Details can be found in this PDF document:

In that document, you will see that the process starts with a nomination submitted by the Scouter's Troop or Pack committee, then a review by a selection committee, and then an invitation to participate in an ordeal weekend. Warren wanted to prevent the kind of confusion that might result in a Scouter simply signing up for an ordeal weekend without first being invited.

 An Awesome Eagle Project in Sterling Forest

An Awesome Eagle Project in Sterling Forest State Park

Take a look at the photo of 14-year old Eagle Scout candidate Zach Kunow posing in the middle of a 60-foot long truss bridge he planned, organized, and supervised for his Eagle project. Scroll down to page 6 of the spring issue of the "Trail Walker" newsletter:

Zach is the SPL of Troop 21 in Suffern, NY. The wooden bridge is now part of the Long Swamp Trail Loop in Sterling Forest State Park. It's 60 feet long, 40 inches wide, and has hand rails 5 feet above the platform. "It's composed of a 40-foot span meeting a 20-foot span over a gabion filled with rocks."

The "Trail Walker" is the quarterly newsletter of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference:

 April Fool's Joke from the Trail Conference

April Fool's Joke from the Trail Conference

Click here if you can use a laugh from the New York - New Jersey Trail Conference:

Our favorite: A new hiker's guidebook called "Mall Walks in New York & New Jersey"

 Scout Beach Jam in Wildwood (May 16-18)

Scout Beach Jam in Wildwood

A huge amusement park in Wildwood invites Scouts and Cubs to take over the place for the weekend.

The park is owned by Morey's Piers, and it contains some really spectacular rides, including three roller coasters.

Bring your tents and camp on the beach in the space adjacent to one of the piers. The weekends are always well attended, so the result is a huge tent city, with sites on a first-come-first-served basis. The fee includes admission to all the rides, breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings, and a picnic supper Saturday night. In case the rides are not enough, they also have a dolphin watching tour, a swap tent, a beach bonfire, a hayride, and a tram tour of the boardwalk.

 A Death - Marilyn Bookspan

A Death - Marilyn Bookspan

This e-mail was broadcast by Leslie Sonkin on Mar 29

Marilyn Bookspan, beloved wife of Neil Bookspan, mother of Alan and Steve Bookspan, peacefully  passed away last night close to her home in South Carolina.

The funeral will be at Gutterman Musicant funeral home  in Hackensack at 1:00 on Monday 3/31.

The family will sit shiva Tuesday through Saturday at the home of Alan and Allison Bookspan at 10 Towpath Lane, Stanhope, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Levine &. Dickson Hospice House, 8919 Park Rd- Suite 1000, Charlotte, NC   28210 or the American Cancer Society.

Please keep Neil and his family in your thoughts.

Feel free to forward to others I have inadvertently left off.

Leslie Sonkin

 A Death - George Violick Sr.

A Death - George Violick, Sr.

George Violick Jr. works with Ken Dutcher on the District Advancement Committee. He said, "My father got pneumonia last week. He passed away today."


Barrett Funeral Home
148 Dean Drive,
Tenafly, New Jersey

Visitation: Sunday April 6, 2014 4-8 PM

Funeral Mass Monday April 7, 2014 11 AM at Sacred Heart RC Church, Haworth

Interment: George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus

In lieu of flowers: Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KA 66675







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