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Three Rivers Information Page (Posted May 27, 2014)
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Three Rivers District Roundtable and Barbecue (Jun 10)
Three Rivers District Calendar for June 2014
Northern NJ Council Program Launch (Jun 2)
Weboree Registration Still Open (Jun 6-8)
Joel Lieberman Promoted to District Director
Dates Announced for 2014 Popcorn Sale (Starts Jun 15)
Top Popcorn Units to be Feted (Jun 19)
Minutes from the Three Rivers District Committee Meeting (May 1)
Units Urged to Launch Spring Recruitment
Week of Summer Camp for Webelos - Parents not Required
Floodwood Mountain Turns 50 (Aug 1-2)
Remembering Former NNJC Scout Exec Trip McMillan (May 31)
Scouts Rescue NBC Journalist Ann Curry (Apr 5)
Camp Turrell Merit Badge Sign-ups Posted
BSA National Names Robert Gates as President
One Last Service Project Proposed for Rock Hill (Jun 14)
Wilderness First Aid Required for High Adventure Outings
Recognizing Catholic Eagle Scouts
Photos of Silver Beaver Awards Posted
Camping on the NJ Jackals Baseball Field (May, June, July)
An Opportunity to Honor Veterans (Jun 7)
Scouts Wanted for an Audubon Society Service Project (Jun 7)
Paddle Day with Ramsey Outdoor (May 31)
Where to Buy Spoof (and Real) Patches
Diggerland to Open on June 14

  If you would like more information  email us.

 Three Rivers District Roundtable and Barbecue (Jun 10)

Three Rivers District Roundtable and Barbecue
June 10 at 7:30 PM

Click here for a flyer and driving directions:

WHO: All registered Three Rivers District Leaders (RSVP please)

WHAT: Cub Scout & Boy Scout Roundtable along with a barbecue and fellowship

WHERE: American Legion
    33 West Passaic Street
    Rochelle Park, NJ  07662

WHEN: June 10, 2014 (2nd Tuesday) 7:30PM

FEE: $5.00 (cash preferred) or make checks out to Northern NJ Council, BSA
    Memo: Three Rivers Roundtable

Bob Hastings

 Three Rivers District Calendar for June 2014

Three Rivers District Calendar for June 2014

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

Events in late May 2014

May 30 - Scout Day with NJ Jackals
May 30-Jun 1 - Order of the Arrow Induction Weekend at Lewis
May 31 - Ramsey Outdoor Paddle Day (test-drive a new canoe or kayak)
May 31 - Memorial service for Trip McMillan
    [not posted]

Events in June 2014

Jun 5 - Three Rivers District Committee Meeting
Jun 10 - Three Rivers District Roundtable and Barbecue (7:30 PM)
Jun 14 - Three Rivers District Fishing Derby

The same June calendar page also has these training sessions:

Jun 12 - Merit Badge Counselor training by Ramapo Valley District
Jun 17 - Cub Leader-Specific training by Ramapo Valley District

Some other events in June:

Jun 2 - Council Program Launch
Jun 6-8 - Council Weboree
Jun 6-8 - Work weekend at Floodwood Mountain
    [not posted]
Jun 7 - Service for Scouts to honor Veterans
    [not posted]

Jun 14 - Beaver Day at Camp Lewis
Jun 14 - Beaver Day at Camp Turrell
Jun 14 - One last service project at Rock Hill
    [not posted]
Jun 15 - Popcorn 2014 sale sign-up deadline
Jun 19 - Buffet dinner for "champion" popcorn sellers
Jun 20 - Scout Day with NJ Jackals
Jun 20-22 - Work weekend at Floodwood Mountain
    [not posted]


 Northern NJ Council Program Launch (Jun 2)

Northern NJ Council 2014-15 Program Launch & Popcorn Kick-Off
A useful printed event calendar for 2014-15 will be available

June 2
6:00-9:00 PM
Mayfair Farms
481 Eagle Rock Avenue
West Orange, NJ
No charge, "But please let us know you are attending"

Fun, food, and information about:
• Activities
• Advancement
• Camping
• Fundraising
• High adventure
• Risk management
• Training
• Offers from various vendors

 Weboree Registration Still Open (Jun 6-8)

Weboree Registration Still Open (Jun 6-8)

Although online registration was supposed to close on May 16, event organizers Eric Dlugosz and Alan Bookspan decided to keep it open for last-minute sign-ups

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!

 Joel Lieberman Promoted to District Director

Joel Lieberman Promoted to District Director

Joel Lieberman was promoted on May 1 to become the District Director for NNJC's Lenape Trail District. Three Rivers was informed by Steve Leonardi during the May 1 District Committee Meeting. He said, "Joel officially started today, but there will be a transition period of a month, because he's a real resource for us in this district." Steve added that there will be some "shuffling" to ensure that we always have three execs in Three Rivers, but had no additional information.


 Dates Announced for 2014 Popcorn Sale (Starts Jun 15)

Dates Announced for 2014 Popcorn Sale (Starts Jun 15)

Jun 15 Sign-up deadline
Aug 6 Popcorn Seminar in Elmwood Park*
Aug 12 Popcorn Seminar—Location TBD*
Aug 21 Popcorn Seminar in OLPH Church in Oakland*
Aug 10 Show-n-Sell 1 orders due
Aug 23 Show-n-Sell 1 pick up
Aug 23 Take-order sale begins
Sep 14 Show-n-Sell 2 orders due
Sep 27 Show-n-Sell 2 pick up
Nov 1 Show-n-Sell 1 returns
Nov 2 Take-order forms due
Nov 15 Take-order pick up, payment due
Nov 15 Prize orders due
Nov 30 Last day for prizes

*Locations are subject to change. Kernels please register to be on our mailing list

 Top Popcorn Units to be Feted (Jun 19)

Top Popcorn Units to be Feted

Congratualations were sent to each of the district's top 20 selling units along with an invitation to a buffet dinner.

The June 19 dinner will be combined with a seminar with topics that should help these units become even more productive:
• Goal setting
• Blitz days
• How to use Show-n-Deliver
• Advice from the really top units (sales of $20,000 or more)

There will also be door prizes and a grand prize.

RSVPs by June 10 go to Debbie Meggit at the Council office

 Minutes from the Three Rivers District Committee Meeting (May 1)

Minutes from the Three Rivers District Committee Meeting of May 1

Discussions about district membership, finance, progress towards the Journey to Excellence award, summer camp signups and promotion, training sessions, advancement issues, district-sponsored and council-sponsored events.

 Units Urged to Launch Spring Recruitment

Units Urged to Launch Spring Recruitment
District Director Steve Leonardi broadcast this note on May 16

To the EXCITEMENT of Scouting!!

As Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Committee Chair, or Crew Advisor, it is up to you to keep on the front burner the opportunity for families to get involved in Scouting………..

In fact, this is the only time that we can ask Kindergarten boys to get involved as they will become Tigers in June.

If for some reason, your Cub Pack has not scheduled a simple orientation or family joining night yet, let’s get together with your Unit Commissioner or professional staff and get it on the calendar.


Boy Scout Troop??
• Have you included spring recruitment as part of your year-round plan?

• Have you planned a Troop Meeting night to focus on "bring a friend" ?
• Maybe you will be pitching in on the upcoming Irish Festival and in the meantime staff a Scouting information table.
• Maybe you have scheduled a weekend of "front-yard" camping to get some visibility in your town?

THE KEY IS>>>>>THE ALL IMPORTANT MESSAGE>>>>>> It’s Spring (yahooooo!!!) and this is the second most critical time to offer Scouting to our area families.

Congratulations to all those who have distributed flyers and are having a presence at town celebrations!!


 Week of Summer Camp for Webelos - Parents not Required

Week of Summer Camp for Webelos - Parents not Required

Camp Lewis is pleased to offer a structured Webelos Provisional camping program this year. Limited to just 20 Scouts, this program offers Scouts the privilege of attending Camp Lewis without either a parent or their unit! Designed to be the ultimate Cub Camping experience, it is a great program for those interested in attending Boy Scout Camp at either No-Be-Bo-Sco or Turrell in 2015!

Overseen by seasoned Cubmaster Frank DeBellis, Scouts are able to enjoy unique opportunities and Belt Loops not available to any other Scouts while at camp. Visit to learn more and register, space is limited!

 Floodwood Mountain Turns 50 (Aug 1-2)

Floodwood Mountain Turns 50 (Aug 1-2)
Extracted from the Floodwood Phantom Newsletter for Spring 2014

Our celebration will begin with a reception and dinner at the Red Fox Restaurant in Saranac Lake. We will be gathering at camp on Saturday August 2. After lunch, a variety of activities, hikes, and tours will be available followed by a beefsteak dinner, DVD show, and the always popular campfire. Dorm rooms at Paul Smith's College will be available for rent. If you are interested in a Friday golf outing contact Mike Wirth at

The following staff and FMR friends are planning to attend: Alex Ackerman, Dan & Tom Betancourt, John Cebak, Rob Coonce, John Courtney, Mike & Samantha Cowan, Rob Dente, Walter Diekroger, Aaron Dorf, John & Steve Dundorf, Adam Frank, Bud Hall, Gary Johnson, Bill Kempey Sr. & Jr., Keith and Scott Kolkebeck, Garrett Kroner, Jim Link, Tom Lohman, Dirk Marschhausen, Tony Martignetti, Ray & Pete Meyer, Brent & Scott McKim, Paul Moore, Steve Newton, Ron Pearsall, David Pool, Rick Saul, Ron Shock Sr., Dan Shoop, Dave Stuhr, Craig Swenson, Dave Taggart, Keith Talbert, Joe & Clarke Williams, Dennis Wirth, and Mike Wirth Sr. & Jr.

You will receive a letter in June with the Registration Form and more details. Check the list above and gather with them and other staff friends for a super celebration weekend at Floodwood. To RSVP or for more info contact:
Jim Link -
Tony Martignetti -
Joe Williams -
Mike Wirth -

 Remembering Former NNJC Scout Exec Trip McMillan (May 31)

Remembering Former NNJC Scout Exec Trip McMillan

Click here for the lengthy obit that was published in the Charlotte Observer on May 1, 2014 for Bruce G. "Trip" McMillan

This note from Brian McMillan:

This morning we will be putting to rest my father's earthy body next to his parents. It's been strange being in Charlotte for all of this. My parents' church, pastors, and small group have been great. Their neighbors and others that have had the chance to meet them have also been so caring. But 2 years of living here can't compare to the 60 years of living in the Northeast. I know if the funeral was there, the viewing would have needed several services and the line would have gone on for blocks!

With that being said, I'm glad that Trip had pre-planned (of course he did) a memorial service to be held on Long Island so his BSA family, various church families, and of course actual family can reflect and remember his life. I hope you can make it out to celebrate my wonderful dad.

May 31st at 11am.
CenterPoint Church
98 Jerusalem Ave.
Massapequa NY, 11758

I'll look into hotels when I get back and set up a group rate for anyone who might be interested. Thanks again for everyone's kind words, prayers and support. Trip's big personality and influence has left a huge hole in many of our lives.

 Scouts Rescue NBC Journalist Ann Curry (Apr 5)

Scouts Rescue NBC Journalist Ann Curry

Click on this link to read how Boy Scout Troop/Crew 368 from Berkeley Heights splinted Ann Curry's broken ankle and improvised a stretcher to carry her down a steep hiking trail to a waiting car at the trailhead.



By the way, if you are not familiar with the Harriman/Bear Mountain park system, you should be. It's a fairly easy commute from the Three Rivers District area, and the park has dozens of hiking trails ranging from Tiger Cub level all the way up to training-for-Philmont level (which is what Troop/Crew 368 was doing).

 Camp Turrell Merit Badge Sign-ups Posted

Camp Turrell Merit Badge Sign-ups Posted

Scouts planning to attend Camp Turrell should not waste any time signing up for merit badge sessions using this link posted on May 12:

Many merit badges have prerequisites that you should get done before you get there. You can still attend the merit badge sessions even if you didn't do the prerequisites in advance, but you'll return home with a "partial" instead of a full "completion". The prerequisites can be found in the Leader's Guide:

 BSA National Names Robert Gates as President

BSA National Names Robert Gates as President

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) National Council today elected Dr. Robert M. Gates, former secretary of defense and former director of central intelligence, as the organization’s national president. In this volunteer role, Dr. Gates will lead the National Executive Board, which guides the Boy Scouts of America as it serves 2.5 million youth members, for two one-year terms. He is the 35th president of the BSA, following telecom pioneer and co-owner of the Seattle Mariners Wayne Perry.



Gates is an Eagle Scout whose Scout biography can be found in Alvin Townley's book about famous Eagles, "Legacy of Honor". He is often cited as one of the best Secretarys of Defense in the post-World War II era, and had the unusual distinction of serving during both the Republican administration of George W. Bush and the Democratic administration of Barack Obama. Townley quotes Gates as saying, "The NYLT course at Philmont was the only management course I ever had, and in some ways I never felt like I needed another one."




 One Last Service Project Proposed for Rock Hill (Jun 14)

Scouts: One Last Service Project for Rock Hill

Rock Hill was one of the camp properties inherited in 1999 by the Northern NJ Council when it was formed by the consolidation of four smaller Scout councils. Many Scouters in the former Hudson-Liberty Council objected strongly when Rock Hill was deemed to be "excess" and was sold to a developer. After that sale fell through, the state of Pennsylvania agreed to purchase the property and let it revert back to nature as part of the Pennsylvania woodlands.

If you would like to meet some of the Scouters who loved Rock Hill, just drive out to Lords Valley Pennsylvania on June 14, where Mike Conlon has scheduled one last service project. See Mike's notes below for details. You can contact him at:


Mike Conlon sent this note on May 14
Let me provide a little background context. Shortly after the state of PA put out a press release regarding their purchase of Rock Hill Scout Reservation, a discussion broke out in a Facebook group of RHSR alumni, particularly regarding the state's plan to return the camp to natural forest. An idea was hatched amongst the discussion participants to volunteer to demolish the camp infrastructure. I reached out to the PA Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources to volunteer the services of camp alumni. I received an e-mail reply from PA DCNR and had a follow-up phone call yesterday.


Mike Conlon sent this note on May 16
I spoke with Tim, the Assistant District Forester today. They like our idea very much and are looking forward to working with us. Here's the situation. The property is currently open to public use. He stated that no vehicles are permitted, but did not elaborate on other current restrictions. PA DCNR has $60,000 budgeted for demolition of the camp infrastructrue. It MUST be spent by June 30.

Tim and I propose we put together a work crew over one or more weekends in June and we will demolish what structures we can- likely latrines, shelters, etc... Stuff we can demo with hand tools. We would break down the structures and leave the debris piled up and a contractor would come haul away. We would probably be able to camp on site... I envision that we could make a whole work weekend of this, kind of like the old fashioned Beaver weekends (but with less kitchen availability).


Mike Conlon sent this note on May 24
I spent the morning up at Rock Hill Scout with PA DCNR staff. We walked around the camp and posed some questions about how to go about things. Unsurprisingly, the camp is in VERY bad shape, it's been heavily vandalized and damaged. We can bring vehicles in. The state will unlock the camp for us on Friday June 13 afternoon and will lock it back up again on Sunday June 15. They have asked that we carpool as much as possible, so that we keep the vehicles to a minimum. The camp road is overgrown and has not been maintained, however, it is passable, especially with trucks and/or SUVs. We are in need of a qualified medical person to join us.

I have PA DCNR volunteer paperwork to complete on our behalf. Completion of these forms will cover us all as volunteer employees of the state of PA. We will be covered under workman's compensation for injuries. In order to do so, I need to list all participants on the form, so the sooner you confirm your attendance, the better.

Here's the basic rundown- We have somewhat free rein to do the work we believe we can accomplish. I walked through with Jim Miller and Ernie Iannaccone and looked over the camp. With our small(ish) group of people and hand tools, we believe we can knock down the old staff lean-to area and some of the latrines.

Re Work: The PA DCNR has a limited supply of hand tools. If you have tools that would be useful, please bring them. Examples of tools would be sledge hammers, chain saws, pick axes, axes, mauls, etc... You will need to supply your own safety equipment- Gloves, Goggles, etc.. Boots and gloves are STRONGLY recommended, there is broken glass in and around all buildings as well as broken metal, walls, nails, etc...

Re Camping- We may camp onsite (again, the facilities are in very bad shape) tent camping will be the order of the day, for those who are interested. We can camp on the athletic field or in nearby Elliot campsite (Elliot has a shelter, you'll recall, although it's rundown). There are still tent platforms scattered throughout the camp, that may be usable for tent pitching.

We are permitted to have cook stoves and controlled small fires. If you are interested in camping, be aware there is no real camp infrastructure- there is NO WATER onsite- you'll need to bring your own. You will need to bring your own food, cooking and camping gear. We will have to carry out ALL TRASH. Likewise, you'll want to bring toilet paper and sanitary/cleaning materials as appropriate.

I think this covers just about everything. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.


Mike Conlon sent this note on May 25
One final clarification- for the PA state volunteer paperwork, I need to submit everyone's name and DOB in advance. Anyone who is planning on coming needs to confirm with me, so I can provide their info to the state. This paperwork allows us to do the work, and covers us, for insurance and workman's compensation in the event of injury. Essentially we are designated as employees of the state of PA for the project. Unpaid, and volunteer, but employees for workers comp, etc.

 Wilderness First Aid Required for High Adventure Outings

Wilderness First Aid Required for High Adventure Outings

When you use to fill out a Tour/Activity plan for any of the high adventure options, one page will ask who in your group is certified for Wilderness First Aid. Here's the official requirement: "The BSA requires at least one person (two preferred) per unit to be WFA-certified for certain high-adventure camp and backcounty experiences."

Although the Scouts assisted in work on the curriculum, they don't offer the training, but instead rely on third parties to run the courses, such as National Red Cross or the Solo Schools. The course is intense and requires a full weekend of hands-on training. Plan on spending about $250. You'll be amazed at how much good stuff you'll learn that's over and above what's in the First Aid merit badge pamphlet.

 Recognizing Catholic Eagle Scouts

Recognizing Catholic Eagle Scouts

Eagle Scout Recognition Certificates are available from the Newark Catholic Committee on Scouting for youth of the Catholic Faith. Go to the Catholic Committee on Scouting’s website to order the recognition certificate.

 Photos of Silver Beaver Awards Posted

Photos of Silver Beaver Awards Posted

Here is a link to Kevin Dolce’s pictures from the May 12 Silver Beaver Award ceremony:

 Camping on the NJ Jackals Baseball Field (May, June, July)

Camping on the NJ Jackals Baseball Field

Scouts can watch the Jackals and then spend the night camped in the outfield on either of three Fridays:
  May 30 - Saint Paul
  June 20 - Three Rivers
  July 11 - Lincoln
Games start at 7:05 PM
$28 for bleacher seats
$30 for box seats

Grab your camping gear and f1ashllghts!
Included in the package:
• Post-game campout on the field
• Dinner voucher durlng the game
• Our legendary breakfast on Saturday morning
• Jackals Camp Out Patch



This note from NNJC District Director Eric Chamberin
The Jackals are a professional baseball team located on the campus of Montclair State University and are known for their family friendly environment as well as their spectacular firework show on Saturdays.

As part of the event, Scouts will attend a thrilling baseball game featuring potential future MLB stars, have dinner at the game, and then, after the game is over, we are invited to camp out in the outfield with our families and friends. To complete the experience, the Jackals supply everyone that slept over a catered breakfast in the morning to enjoy!

 An Opportunity to Honor Veterans (Jun 7)

An Opportunity to Honor Veterans (Jun 7)
This note was broadcast by Three Rivers Venture President David Tarantino on May 9

Dear Scout Leader:

I would like to personally extend an invitation to you and your unit to attend the annual S.E.R.V.E.S. ceremony. S.E.R.V.E.S. stands for Scouts Ever Remembering Veteran’s Extraordinary Service. The purpose of this event is to raise awareness among Scouts of the personal sacrifices made by America’s Veterans while on active duty. It is extremely encouraging to the veteran’s to see how many Scouts come to these ceremonies to thank them for their service. If any of your Scouts are interested in volunteering at the ceremony to earn service hours towards their rank advancement please contact me. Also we will be doing a unit colors ceremony where we encourage you to bring your unit flag and be ready to report in. While reporting in feel free to say a welcome to the Veterans. I highly encourage you and your unit to attend as all those present always walk away with a new found appreciation of our veterans. I look forward to your response.

The event will be held on Saturday June 7th 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the AM-VETS Dept. of NJ Memorial Carillon. The address for the carillon is 2 DeKorte Plaza Lyndhurst, NJ.

Please RSVP by May 24th to 201-396-2340 or Or check us out online at I hope to hear from you!

Yours in Scouting
David N. Tarantino



The "Carillon" at the Meadowlands is an elaborate bell tower -- actually a musical instrument. Click here to hear a sample song:

 Scouts Wanted for an Audubon Society Service Project (Jun 7)

Scouts Wanted for an Audubon Society Service Project

Saturday, June 7
9:00 AM - Noon
Hawk Rise Sanctuary
Range Road
Linden, NJ
No charge

Help New Jersey Audubon catalog and remove invasive plants and revive the forest with new native plants.  Before you plant, learn about why we are keeping the deer out, research in the forest and how you can be more involved in forest stewardship.  Tools, gloves and water provided. Dress for the weather and wear boots or heavy shoes.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Kelly Wenzel
Project Coordinator-Urban Education

 Paddle Day with Ramsey Outdoor (May 31)

Paddle Day with Ramsey Outdoor (May 31)

Join us for one of our favorite annual events at Ramapo Reservation in Mahwah, NJ.

*Interested in buying a boat? Here's your chance to try all of the latest models of canoes and kayaks from the leading manufacturers. Take the opportunity to get as much information as you need from our knowledgeable staff.

Saturday, May 31st
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
No charge

For more information, call 800-699-5874 or 201-327-8141

 Where to Buy Spoof (and Real) Patches

Where to Buy Spoof (and Real) Patches

Try surfing around, where you'll find:

• Interpreter strips for Brooklynese, Computerese, Spanglish, and even English
• Merit badges for Blister Building, Brain Surgery, Bungee Jumping, and Blogging
• Cartoon emblems for all the standard Wood Badge patrols
• Patrol emblems for the Goth Patrol, the Holy Cows, the Old Farts, and the Old Goats
• Square knots with dollar signs for big buck fund-raisers
• Position patch for Knot Master. Also a Webmaster embroidered with a black spider

 Diggerland to Open on June 14

Diggerland to Open on June 14

Diggerland is a brand new one-of-a-kind theme park where kids get to drive, ride, and operate real construction equipment.

100 Pinedge Drive
West Berlin, NJ 08091

Diggerland USA covers 14 acres and features over 23 attractions. Most of the rides are comprised of modified JCB heavy construction equipment. The rides have been engineered to allow parents and children the ability to safely operate the machines by themselves or together.

There are four Diggerland locations in England, but this is the only one in America. They are Scout-friendly and host parties, offering a nice discount for groups of 20 or more.

Only days left!




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