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Three Rivers Information Page (Posted Sep 27, 2014)
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Three Rivers District Calendar for September 2014
Three Rivers District Events for 2014-15
Council ScoutFest Camporee (Oct 10-12)
Sell Popcorn!
Training for Den Chiefs (Nov 22)
Good Attendance at all Scout Summer Camps
Pinewood Derby for Packs Without Their Own Track - Plan-B
A Death - Bernard DeMarinis
A Death - Daris Cappelluti

 Three Rivers District Calendar for September 2014

Three Rivers District On-Line Calendar

The Three Rivers District on-line calendar may be found at:

Events in late August 2014

Apr 14 - Council Fall Round-Up Training in West Orange
Apr 19 - Council Fall Round-Up Training in Paramus
Aug 20 - Popcorn Seminar in West Orange
Aug 21-23 - Popcorn Show-n-Sell pickup #1

Three Rivers events in September 2014

Sep 4 - Three Rivers District Committee meeting
Sep 9 - Three Rivers District Roundtable for Scout and Cub leaders
Sep 18 - Three Rivers District Commissioners meeting

Some other events in September:

Sep 7 - Popcorn orders due for Show-n-Sell #2
Sep 15 - ScoutFest registration deadline
Sep 19-21 - Order of the Arrow Induction Weekend at No-Be-Bo-Sco
Sep 19-21 - Orienting Skills Workshop at West Point
Sep 20 - Popcorn Show-n-Sell pickup #2
Sep 26-28 - Floodwood Fall Adventure Weekend
Sep 26-28 - Paterson Diocese CCOS Retreat
Sep 28 - Scout Day with New York Jets vs. Detroit Lions

 Three Rivers District Events for 2014-15

Three Rivers District Events for 2014-15

Unit Leaders,

Please be sure to take advantage of these terrific district-run or council-run events when you plan your unit's program calendar for 2014-15.

Click here for a summary flyer:

Access the Three Rivers District online calendar for details about each event:

What you will find on the summary flyer:

Oct 10-12, 2014
    ScoutFest for Cubs, Scouts, Venturers
Nov 19, 2014
    Troop 2's First Aid Rally for Scouts
Nov 22, 2014
    Merit Badge Fair for Scouts
Nov 22, 2014
    Den Chief Training
Dec 29,2014
    HFW Bowl-a-Thon for Cubs, Scouts
Jan 17, 2015
    Tiger Tumble for Tiger Cubs
Jan 24, 2015
    Klondike Derby for Scouts, Webelos
Feb 8-15, 2015
    Window display contest for all units: Cubs, Scouts, Venturers, Explorers
Mar 14, 2015
    Pinewood Derby for Cubs
Mar 20-22, 2015
    M.A.S.H. Camporee for Scouts, Webelos
Mar or Apr 2015 Date to be determined
    Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Day
Apr 24-25, 2015
    Weboree for 1st Year Webelos
May 3, 2015
    Rocket Launch for Cubs
Jun 6-7, 2015
    World Conservation Weekend for Scouts, Webelos
Jun 20, 2015
    Fishing Derby for Cubs, Scouts

 Council ScoutFest Camporee (Oct 10-12)

Council ScoutFest Camporee (Oct 10-12)

Northern NJ Council has invited all Scouts, Cubs, Venturers, and Explorers to its upcoming ScoutFest camporee. The Three Rivers District will be there to run some of its stations.

Registration is being done by unit, with a weekend cost of $40 per person ($30 before Sep 15)

You can also purchase a day pass for $30 ($20 before Sep 15).

Cubs and parent/guardians will be allowed to camp for the weekend, but it will be limited to the first 600 people who register.

ScoutFest will take place at Camp Alpine off Route 9W in Alpine NJ. Note that there are two Camp Alpines, so use these directions to make sure you drive to the correct one.

Meals are not included in any package, but food will be available for purchase in the concession area.

There will be many events and stations. Here is a sampling taken from the flyer:
• Climbing tower
• disAbilities Awareness Challenge
• Rock Band
• The Great Scout Cook-Off
• Spike the Gun
• Ultimate Frisbee
• Pinewood Derby
• Leave No Trace
• Search & Rescue
• CSI Demonstrations
• STEM Activities
• Laser Light Show


 Sell Popcorn!

Sell Popcorn!

To all unit leaders,

Selling popcorn is a great way to raise some money for your unit, while at the same time raising additional money that our Council can put to good use, such as improving our campgrounds.

The way it works is that you take the money received and split it up. About one third goes to the Council, one third goes to the wholesaler (Trail's End) and you keep the last third for yourself.

The sale has already started, but there's still time to get on board (see dates below).

There are three ways to sell, with many units doing all three:

1. "Show-n-Sell" is where you already have the popcorn on-hand. Sell it door-to-door or at a train station or in a mall. There is no risk, since the Council will take back any leftovers.

2. "Take Order" is where you take money from a customer, put his or her name onto an order form, and deliver the goods in mid-November.

3. "Online Sales" is where you contact friends and relatives and ask them to support Scouting by buying popcorn. The items will be delivered to them by UPS or similar, but they have to pay for the delivery charge.


1. If you plan to do "Show-n-Sell"
Sep 14 - Go online and order the estimated quantities you think you can sell.
Sep 27 - Drive to the announced location to pick it up
Nov 2 - Return any leftovers to the Council at the announced location.

2. If you plan to do "Take Order"
First unit meeting - Hand out an order form to each family. If needed, download a copy from here:
Late October - Collect the forms and the money received from customers.
Nov 2 - Go online and enter totals from the order forms.
Nov 15 - Drive to the announced location to pick it up. Then deliver to customers.

3. If you plan on having Cubs and Scouts use the "Online Sales" system, separate instructions will be provided.

 Training for Den Chiefs (Nov 22)

Training for Den Chiefs

Nov 22 (Saturday) 8:30 AM - Noon
St. John the Evangelist Church
29 N. Washington Avenue
Bergenfield, NJ
$20 (includes light breakfast and snack)

A Den Chief is a Boy Scout who attends Cub den meetings, gives assistance, and adds to the fun. More important, he's the cool guy that the Cubs all want to be like when they graduate into the Scout troop.

This training is an opportunity for the Scout to learn the basics of the Den Chief leadership position, and to develop leadership and organizational skills.

Adults from the Cub pack should also attend, so they will learn how to best advise and utilize their Den Chiefs.

Contact: Dennis Ng

 Good Attendance at all Scout Summer Camps

Good Attendance at all Scout Summer Camps

All 5 Northern NJ Scout camps showed a healthy increase in attendance compared with 2013, with the Cub Camp at Yaw Paw doing the best.

Whatever camp promotions we did in the Three Rivers District seemed to have worked well, since we sent 85 more Boy Scouts and 34 more Cubs. The biggest beneficiaries were Camp Turrell, which hosted 57 more Scouts from TRD, and Camp Yaw Paw with 56 more Cubs. The only downer was Camp Lewis, which saw 22 fewer Cubs from TRD but did pretty well even without us.

 Pinewood Derby for Packs Without Their Own Track - Plan-B

Pinewood Derby for Packs Without Their Own Track - Plan-B

Cub Packs without a track that want to run a Pinewood Derby are invited to contact our Three Rivers District "Traveling Team" with an e-mail to Leslie Sonkin at You can find more details in the December 30, 2013 district newsletter. When that article was published, the fee was $75 "to pay for gas and other incidentals."

But -- If for some reason you need a Plan-B, try contacting Craig Gazzano at RaceMasters: See below for extracts from a recent mailing that Craig sent out. He charges $250, but reduced to $225 if you can schedule two packs running a back-to-back "double header." The fee for a Raingutter Regatta is $225.


Greetings race fans.  The RaceMasters calendar (for bookings from January to March 2015) will open on September 15th for double headers (two packs racing back to back in the same facility) and Oct 1st for solo races. Double header packs save $25 per race each for reduced set up and transportation.

To help with scheduling a double header, feel free to contact me NOW for a list of existing RaceMasters clients in your area.  Of course, new packs are always welcomed so feel free to reach out to other non RaceMasters clients in your area and your pack will get an additional $25 discount on a double header the first year.


Please be aware that some packs run their derby in November or December.  This works well for those that want to beat the scheduling rush or are not tied to a District Final as is with Patriot’s Path Council.

Best Regards,
Craig Gazzano

 A Death - Bernard DeMarinis

A Death - Bernard DeMarinis
[Leslie Sonkin provided this information]

Bernard DeMarinis, 59, of Bergenfield passed away on August 18, 2014.

Beloved husband of Mary DeMarinis (nee Morano). Loving father of Chris and Vicky DeMarinis. Dear brother of Dennis and Priscilla DeMarinis. Loving uncle of Denny, Christian, Jimmy and Brea and great uncle of Isabella. He was a Marketing Specialist for Allegiance Retail Services in Iselin, NJ. He was longtime member of the Bergenfield Lions Club.

Bernie was an active leader with Boy Scout Troop 139 and a member of the Order of the Arrow where he received Vigil and the Founder's Award. He worked on the staff for the yearly Weboree at Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco and was a proud supporter of Camp Lewis. Bernie was also a leader of Venture Crew 139.

Visiting on Wednesday and Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at Riewerts Memorial Home, 187 So. Washington Ave., Bergenfield.

All will gather at the funeral home on Friday at 9 AM for the Funeral Mass at St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church, Bergenfield at 10 AM followed by a private cremation.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the DeMarinis family at this sad time.

 A Death - Daris Cappelluti

A Death - Daris Cappelluti

Daris L. Cappelluti (nee Duffy), 80, of Jersey City died peacefully surrounded by her family on Saturday 8/23/14. She was born in Suffern, NY and lived her whole life in Jersey City. Daris was a graduate of Dickinson High School in Jersey City and attended Felician College. She worked in the Fraud prevention dept. at UPS in Secaucus, NJ for 15 Yrs., retiring in1988 to care for her 7 grandchildren. She was a member of AARP in Jersey City.

Daris is survived by her husband Louis (Ret.Capt.JCFD); 2 daughters: Lenore Cappelluti & her husband Jack Neis, Lorraine Laurie & her husband James (Capt.JCFD), her son Phillip & his wife Felicia; 7 grandchildren & 3 Great-grandchildren.

Funeral from the Fallon Funeral Home, 157 Bowers St., JCNJ on Saturday, 8/30/14. Funeral Mass: at Immaculate Conception RC Church in Secaucus, NJ at 11 AM. Cremation is Private. Visitation Hours on Friday only from 4-9PM.

In lieu of flowers, kindly make donations to Boy Scouts of America Troop #466, 203 New York Ave. Jersey City, NJ 07307, ATT: Richard Peters.

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