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Three Rivers Information Page (Posted Oct 17, 2014)
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New Rechartering Rules Phone-a-Thon (Oct 28)
Changes to the Rechartering Schedule
Popcorn Dates During November 2014
Popcorn 'Fill-It-Up' Prize
Keeping the Online Advancement Database Current
Three Rivers District Calendar for Oct+Nov 2014
Three Rivers District Events for All of 2014-15
Minutes of the October TRD Committee Meeting (Oct 2)
ScoutFest Follow-up (Oct 10-12)
Major Changes in 2015 to Webelos and Arrow of Light Requirements
Friends of Camp Turrell Beefsteak (Nov 14)
A Recent 'Voice of the Scout' Survey
The NJ Aviation Hall of Fame Presents a Salute to Veterans (Nov 9)
Breakneck Ridge for a Genuinely Challenging Day Hike
Learn about Bullying from a Free Online Webinar
Troop Line Offers Web-Based Scout Management Software

 New Rechartering Rules Phone-a-Thon (Oct 28)

New Rechartering Rules Phone-a-Thon
Volunteers are needed for this important phone-a-thon!

The rules governing unit rechartering for 2015 have been totally revised by BSA National, and we must ensure that all units are informed in advance.

Volunteers should come to the Council Service Center in Oakland with cell phones fully charged: Tuesday October 28 7:00-9:00 PM.

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THE NEW RULE:

All packs, troops, and crews must be re-chartered by the 15th of the month that their charter expires. There is no more 2-month grace period.

WHAT THIS MEANS:

If they have not turned in their paperwork on time, they will no longer be registered with the BSA and they will no longer be allowed to hold meetings or activities or even register for summer camp. Whether or not they can register advancement is unclear. What this really means is THEY ARE NOT COVERED BY INSURANCE.

WHAT WE WILL DO:

We will call (not e-mail, not text) every Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Advisor, Committee Chairman to tell them this new rule.

WHAT ELSE:

We will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 7:00 PM at the Council office. Please bring your cell phone so we don’t have to worry about not getting an outside line. Dress is casual. Bring your own beverages. Maybe I’ll bring donuts (sorry, I don’t do requests).

Please e-mail Barry to let him know you will be there. Your assistance in this effort is anticipated and appreciated.

Barry Goldman
District Commissioner
Three Rivers District
BarryDistComm@gmail.com


 Changes to the Rechartering Schedule

Changes to the Rechartering Schedule

The Northern NJ Council wants to impose more uniformity on the process of annual unit rechartering. As a result, all units in the Ramapo Valley District have been asked to submit paperwork by December 15, Three Rivers by January 15, and Lenape Trail by February 15.

Presumably, when there is a unit that currently works on a different schedule, instead of rechartering for the usual 12 months, they will be asked this one time to submit paperwork for a different number of months.


 Popcorn Dates During November 2014

Popcorn Dates During November 2014

Nov 1 - Popcorn Show-n-Sell Returns
Nov 2 - Popcorn Take-Order Data Entry
Nov 15 - Popcorn Take-Order Pickup
Nov 15 - Popcorn Prize Order Data Entry
Nov 15 - Popcorn Payments Due
Nov 30 - Last Day for Prize Order Data Entry


 Popcorn 'Fill-It-Up' Prize

Popcorn "Fill-It-Up" Prize

Each popcorn Take-Order form has space to record 30 sales. If a Scout can fill up the entire sheet with 30 names, Dick's Sporting Goods has agreed to give a gift card or an "item of the week." Scan the sheet and e-mail it to Debbie Meggett: Debbie.Meggett@scouting.org


 Keeping the Online Advancement Database Current

Keeping the Online Advancement Database Current

Unit Leaders and Advancement Chairs: It is very important to keep the online advancement database current! This means going online as soon as possible after each award ceremony and after each Board of Review. Do it while the awards are still fresh in your mind and while the paperwork is easily available.
 
https://scoutnet.scouting.org/iadv/UI/home/default.aspx

For Cub Scouts, be sure to provide dates for
• Bobcat, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, and especially (!) Arrow of Light badges.
• Webelos activity badges
• Also nice to record: Wolf and Bear arrow points
• Also nice to record: A bunch of other awards, such as Whittling Chip and Conservation
• Also nice to record: Belt loops and academic/sports pins

For Boy Scouts, be sure to provide accurate (!) dates for
• Each Board of Review rank advancement for Tenderfoot through Life
• Each merit badge earned
• Also nice to record: A bunch of other awards, such as Totin' Chip or Conservation or Leave No Trace

Why it's important -- Especially for an Eagle Scout candidate

Step 1. The Life Scout must fill in all the blanks on an Eagle Application Form, which asks for
• Date of each rank advancement
• Date of each of 13 Eagle-required merit badges
• Date of each of 8 other merit badges

Step 2. The Eagle Application Form is submitted to the Northern NJ Council for review by the Council's Eagle Coordinator.

Step 3. The Eagle Coordinator accesses the online advancement database. Everything stops if he does not find an exact match for these three:
• Date of each rank advancement
• Date of each of 13 Eagle-required merit badges
• Date of each of 8 other merit badges

A note from District Advancement Committee member Fred Creswick:

That square knot is a major accomplishment for a young man, just as earning Bobcat or Tenderfoot. Recognize your boys by recording their achievements via online advancement reporting at https://scoutnet.scouting.org/iadv/UI/home/default.aspx. It’s your responsibility.

Assign a member of your unit committee to update advancement monthly and require them to report at your unit committee meeting. Earning advancement is a big thing for a young man, taking time to ensure their accomplishment is properly reported is just as important. It's more than just pins and badges.


 Three Rivers District Calendar for Oct+Nov 2014

Scouts: Three Rivers District Calendar for Oct+Nov 2014

Training Sessions During the 2nd Half of October 2014
Oct 17-19 - Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/event/1581032
Oct 17-19 - Outdoor Webelos Leader Skills
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/event/1581033
Oct 18 - Den Leader Training for Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/event/1606625
Oct 25 - NNJC/PPC College of Commissioner Science in Parsippany
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/event/1560130

Three Rivers Events During November 2014
Nov 6 - Three Rivers District Committee Meeting
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/event/1592623
Nov 11 - Three Rivers District Roundtable
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/event/1592636
Nov 19 - Troop 302 First Aid Rally
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/event/1569376
Nov 20 - TRD Assistant Commissioners Meeting
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/event/1606609
Nov 22 - Three Rivers Merit Badge Fair
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/event/1565219

Training Sessions During November 2014
Nov 2 - Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Training
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/event/1617346
Nov 15 - Merit Badge Counselor Training
  [not posted on the website]
  Council Service Center in Oakland
  7:00 PM
  Frank Miller: Frank.Miller@scouting.org
Nov 22 - Den Chief Training
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/event/1582018

Other Events During October and November 2014
Oct 31-Nov 2 - Catholic Retreat Weekend for Newark Archdiocese
  www.NewarkOYM.com/Annual-Retreat-Weekend
Nov 9 - Salute to Veterans and 9/11 Memorial Dedication
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/event/1617674
  Sponsored by the NJ Aviation Hall of Fame
  400 Fred Wehran Drive
  Teterboro Airport
  Contact: Ken Hesse, CubmasterPack17@aol.com
Nov 14 - Friends of Camp Turrell Beefsteak Dinner
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/event/1617403
  VFW Hall
  260 Wanaque Ave
  Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442
  $55 per person
  Contact: Larry Tosi, FriendsOfCampTurrell@gmail.com
Nov 15 - Scout Day at Rutgers Football
  http://www.nnjbsa.org/openrosters/DocDownload.aspx?id=142996

 


 Three Rivers District Events for All of 2014-15

Three Rivers District Events for all of 2014-15
This article was reprinted from the TRD newsletter of 08/31/2014

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:
/openrosters/DocDownload.aspx?id=142891

Access the Three Rivers District online calendar for details about each event:
/openrosters/Calendar.asp?orgkey=944


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


 Minutes of the October TRD Committee Meeting (Oct 2)

Minutes of the October TRD Committee Meeting

Minutes of the October 2 Three Rivers District Committee meeting can be found at:
  /openrosters/DocDownload.aspx?id=142788


 ScoutFest Follow-up (Oct 10-12)

ScoutFest Follow-up

Organizers of the October ScoutFest reported over 2,400 participants, either as campers or as Saturday only day-pass attendees. There were 40 stations that Scouts and Cubs could go to, set up in various spots around the huge area covered by Camp Alpine. How could any Cub resist heading for the "Zombie Run" or "The Tomahawk Throw." The rain that came Saturday morning gradually tapered off and ended around noon.

Although the event was a huge success, many campers arriving Friday evening and Friday night got confused trying to find their sites. Camp Alpine itself has very few identifying signs posted, and the ScoutFest organizers had neither site guides nor its own supplementary signs to help them along. The logistics of Sunday departure were greatly eased when the Camp Alpine Rangers volunteered to use their flatbed trucks to carry gear from campsites to the assembly area.


 Major Changes in 2015 to Webelos and Arrow of Light Requirements

Major Changes in 2015 to Webelos and Arrow of Light Requirements

BSA National posted an overview of changes planned for Webelos and Arrow of Light Requirements in 2015:
 
http://www.scouting.org/filestore/advancement_news/2014_Aug-Sept.pdf

The timing is such that your current Bear den will see an entirely new Webelos program in September 2015, while current Webelos-1 dens can go either old or new next September.

The 20 activity badges now available will be replaced by an extended set of "Adventures." Earning a Webelos badge calls for passing four "core" adventures: "Cast Iron Chef," "First Responder," "Stronger, Faster, Higher," and "Webelos Walkabout." Earning the Arrow of Light adds three more core adventures: "Building a Better World," "Camper," and "Scouting Adventure."

Expect the Scout Shop to carry new editions of the Webelos handbook in early 2015 along with a new Webelos Den Leader Guidebook.


 Friends of Camp Turrell Beefsteak (Nov 14)

Friends of Camp Turrell Beefsteak

When: November 14, 2014 7:00 PM
Cost: $ 55 per person
Where: The VFW Hall
  260 Wanaque Avenue (on left behind stores)
  Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442
  973-256-9634
Why: To raise funds for camperships and projects at Camp Turrell

Special Program:
Honoring Beltran Lopez
  with the George J. "GJ" Fedor Service Award
&
Honoring Al "Uncle Al" Renker
  with the Fredrick J. Bauer Leadership Award
&
Honoring Jason Green
  with the Trip McMillan Staff Award

Contact: Larry Tosi @ 973-945-7504 or 201-703-5001
or mail to 125 Beechwood Dr, Wayne, NJ 07470
or E-mail: FriendsOfCampTurrell@gmail.com


 A Recent 'Voice of the Scout' Survey

A Recent "Voice of the Scout" Survey

A recent survey was broadcast to Scout volunteers asking for feedback about their experiences. Most questions were posed as gradations of agree/disagree. Here is a sampling:

• How likely are you to recommend volunteering in the Scouting program to other friends or acquaintances?
• I have the tools and resources to be an effective volunteer.
• I feel the council today is very responsive to Scout volunteers' needs.
• My district/council is doing everything it can to deliver quality programs to our Scouts.
• If there was one thing that I would suggest to improve my Scouting experience, it would be...

Earlier this year, another Voice of the Scout survey went out to families, where the two most important questions were, "Are we delivering a quality Scouting experience?" and "Would you recommend Scouting to others?"


 The NJ Aviation Hall of Fame Presents a Salute to Veterans (Nov 9)

The NJ Aviation Hall of Fame Presents a Salute to Veterans
Dedication of 9-11 Memorial

This Regional Ceremony is Open to All
Sunday November 9, 2014
11:00-11:30 AM
400 Fred Wehran Drive, Teterboro Airport

Flyer: /openrosters/DocDownload.aspx?id=142818

The brief ceremony will be held at the museum parking lot on Fred Wehran Drive. Park in the Dassault Falcon lot with shuttle to Museum. Limited handicap parking available If inclement weather: ceremony held inside Dassault Falcon.

Guests are invited to a free tour of the museum, which will re-open to the public at noon.

Contact: Ken Hesse
cubmasterpack17@aol.com


 Breakneck Ridge for a Genuinely Challenging Day Hike

Breakneck Ridge for a Genuinely Challenging Day Hike

"Despite its relatively short length, this is generally considered to be the most strenuous hike in the East Hudson Highlands," is how the New York New Jersey Trail Conference begins its description of this day hike:
 
http://www.nynjtc.org/hike/breakneck-ridge-trail

The trailhead is about 10 miles north of Bear Mountain State Park, but on the other (east) side of the Hudson River. The description continues, "It involves steep climbs over rock ledges that can be very slippery when wet. You'll need to use both your hands and your feet in many places along the way." On the other hand, "The views up and down the river from this point are spectacular."


 Learn about Bullying from a Free Online Webinar

Learn about Bullying from a Free Online Webinar

An article in a previous TRD newsletter told about a bullying prevention program provided by the Hazelden Corporation (part of the Betty Ford Foundation). They claim that its "Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) has been proven to reduce bullying in schools by over 50%." They offer their services to schools as well as after-school organizations like the Scouts.

Hazelden has recently made an overview of its program available as a free online Webinar (see link below). The software will ask you to first download and install the free Cisco Webinar interface application.

The seminar begins with a definition of bullying, since "It's easier to prevent when everyone uses the same definition," and then gives some statistics found by a survey of schoolchildren. Their good-new-bad-news finding was that nearly 80% of the kids are never involved. Of the remainder, 7% admitted to bullying others, and 16% said they had been bullied. The bad news is that the 16% translates into 3 million kids having been bullied for one year or longer.

The Webinar is a little over an hour long, with half consisting of an overview briefing by the experts and the other half a Q-and-A session by other Webinar participants. After the experts' introductory lectures comes the core message: "10 Practical Strategies for Effective Bullying Prevention." Several of of the strategies call for the use of handouts, posters, and guidebooks, all of which can be obtained from Hazelden.

www.Hazelden.org
1-800-328-9000

The Webinar:
https://hazelden-events.webex.com/hazelden-events/lsr.php?RCID=de34159707290770a45bd391b3a72953


 Troop Line Offers Web-Based Scout Management Software

Troop Line Offers Web-Based Scout Management Software

Some unit leaders received an advertisement from the Troop Line company offering their services. Their pitch: "No need to download or license any software - 100% web-based. The Troop Line allows you to manage your troop from many different devices. You'll have access from a computer, tablet or even a phone. It doesn't matter whether it's a Mac, Windows, Android, iPhone or iPad." Plan to pay about $50 per year.

If you like, Troop Line can allow Scouts to access their own records, saying, "Teaching the boys to be responsible is part of scouting. Why would you not want them to have the ability to help manage their own path toward Eagle?"

http://www.thetroopline.com/


 

      

   

 

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