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Three Rivers Events During April 2015
Apr 2 - Three Rivers District Committee Meeting
Apr 14 - Three Rivers District Roundtable
Apr 15 - Summer Camp Early Bird discount deadline
Apr 16 - TRD Assistant Commissioners Meeting
Apr 19 - TRD District Award of Merit Banquet
Apr 24-26 - NNJC Weboree for 1st Year Webelos
Training Sessions During April 2015
Apr 10-12 - OWLS IOLS Combined Weekend for Leaders
Apr 11 - Commissioner Basic Training
Apr 11 - District Committee Workshop
Apr 14 - Classroom TRD Youth Protection Training
Apr 18 - COPE Course Now Open - First Weekend
Apr 23 - Merit Badge Counselor Training
Apr 24-26 - Leave no Trace Trainer Weekend
Other Council Events in April
Apr 11 - District Committee Workshop
Apr 18 - Beaver Day at Camp Turrell
Apr 21 - Sports Dinner with Eli Manning
Mark Wrightington: Scouter of the Year (Mar 26)
Mark Wrightington was presented a plaque naming him District Scouter of the Year for 2014. The selection was made by the Northeast Region Scout Museum at its annual banquet, and the plaque was presented by Tom Molnar and Leslie Sonkin. Although the museum is not officially part of the Three Rivers District, it is very closely affiliated because of a large overlap in membership and support.
Tom and Leslie began with a "roast," pointing out a couple of Mark's eccentricities and declaring that they must be caused by "something in the Palisades Park water." Mark took it all in good humor and even one-upped Tom and Leslie with a self-deprecating story of his own.
Tom told how Mark started at the pack level as a Tiger Den Leader then Wolf, then Bear, then Webelos, then Cubmaster, "... and usually all at the same time." Leslie and Tom listed contributions Mark made at the district level, such as the Tiger Tumble ("one of the best events"), the Bowl-a-Thon, the Gold Rush, and the Pirate Quest. Tom added, "When Mark is in charge of an event, you can be sure that his event is always a success, because he puts his heart into it."
As for Mark's current Three Rivers title, Tom insisted that it is "District Activities Chair" and Leslie insisted that it is "Vice-Chair for Program." In addition to tonight's Scouter of the Year Award, Mark has also received a District Award of Merit and a Silver Beaver.
Big Discount for Summer Camp Early Birds (Apr 15)
Northern NJ Council offers a big discount for any youth summer camp fee paid prior to April 15.
Cub day camp at Yaw Paw - 5-days (Mon-Fri) $445 discounted to $395 (save $50)
Cub resident camp at Lewis – 3 days 2 nights $225 discounted to $205 (save $20)
Cub resident camp at Lewis – 6 days 5 nights $450 discounted to $410 (save $40)
Boy Scout camp at No-Be-Bo-Sco – 6 days 5 nights $445 discounted to $395 (save $50)
Boy Scout camp at Turrell – 6 days 5 nights $445 discounted to $395 (save $50)
High Adventure treks at Floodwood – 7 days 6 nights $470 discounted to $445 (save $25)
See this fancy "flipbook" for additional details:
Bus from Hudson County to Yaw Paw Day Camp (Weeks 2 and 3)
Cubs in Hudson County will be able to ride a bus to Camp Yaw Paw for day camp. The camp is open for five weeks, of which two will have bus service:
Camp week 2 - July 13-17
Bus stops in Union City then in Weehawken then to camp.
Camp week 3 - July 20-24
Bus stops in Hoboken then in Weehawken then to camp.
Details about the times and exact locations will be announced later.
Good news: The council will also provide an aide to ride with the Cubs.
Information: Linda Mycek
Camperships for Scouts in North Hudson
The Paulsen Trust announced that they are ready to receive applications from families in north Hudson County that can use help in paying for a week of summer overnight camp. In the past, Paulsen has been quite generous, but their deadline is April 30, 2015, so act quickly.
Who is eligible: Here are the restrictions as they appear on the form: "The camperships are available to children 16 years of age and younger, who reside in one of the following zip code locations: 07030, 07047, 07086, 07087, 07093, 07094, 07307." As noted above, families should apply for one week only, and for an overnight camp only.
If your family is eligible, contact Norman Kasser immediately and ask him to mail you a copy of the application form:
Instructions for Cubs: Fill out the Paulsen form, using this information for "Camp you wish to attend":
Camp Lewis – (937) 664-1041
39 Upper Hibernia Road
Rockaway Township, NJ 07866
"Cost for one week" is either $225 or $450
$225 for 3 days 2 nights
$450 for 6 days 5 nights
As quickly as possible, mail the completed form directly to the Grove Reformed Church at the address given.
DO NOT use the Council's online registration process. This is because it ends by asking you to pay the camp fee in advance. That's not how it works with camperships! Instead phone Linda Vennik at the Council office and ask her to manually register your son with the camp, explaining that you have applied for a Paulsen Campership and that payment will come later.
Instructions for Scouts: Fill out the Paulsen form, using this either/or information for "Camp you wish to attend":
Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco (908) 362-6088
11 Sand Pond Road
Blairstown, NJ 07825
"Cost of one week" is $445
Camp Turrell (845) 754-7111
144 Galligan Road
Cuddebackville, NY 12729
"Cost of one week" is $445
Tell the Scoutmaster now that you have applied for a Paulsen Campership. Contact the Scoutmaster again just as soon as you receive an "award letter" from Paulsen telling how much they will pay. Hopefully they will pay 100%. If not, you'll have to write a check for the difference – the Scoutmaster will tell you how to make out the check.
At the end of the summer: Paulsen will contact the Camp Director to verify that your son actually attended, then will mail the award directly to the camp. Thus they say, "It is imperative that the information on the camp and the cost are completed. We send payment to the camp and need a complete address. The cost will identify how much remains to make available for other children."
Boy Scouts May Attend Summer Camp without a Troop
A Boy Scout may register at Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco as a "provisional" and will be assigned to an ad-hoc troop made up of others like himself. The camp will provide a Scoutmaster. The fee for the week is $520 discounted to $445 if paid before April 15.
A provisional troop will be available at No-Be for all 6 camp weeks. It's possible that Camp Turrell will also offer provisional troops, but you'll have to contact the Camp Director to verify:
Usually it's older Scouts who come to camp as provisionals, but No-Be also offers the program to brand new Webelos cross-overs anxious to reach Tenderfoot. They can spend the Aug 2-8 week at camp and will be assigned to the No-Be "T-Troop," where "T" stands for "Tenderfoot. Same fee as above.
District Committee Workshop (Apr 11)
Click here for a flyer:
WHO – All Leaders involved with all District Functions
WHAT – An introductory session that highlights the values, aims, history, funding, and methods of Scouting. A Basic overview of District and Council Operations and the roles we play in the Big Picture. Each leader will receive credit for District Operations course
WHEN – Sign-in 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM on Saturday, April 11th, 2015
WHY – It addresses how these aims and methods are reached in an appropriate style within the Council Operations. All District volunteers take this session at the same time, so they understand that they are all striving for the same results with the youth they serve.
WHERE – Midland School, 300 Rochelle Ave, Rochelle Park, NJ 07662
COST - $10 includes handouts. Payment is made by mail or at the door. Please make checks payable to Northern NJ Council, Acct. #917.
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED
Registrations are due 48 hours prior to workshop.
You may register by mail, fax, phone or e-mail.
• Mail to: Northern NJ Council, 25 Ramapo Valley Road, Oakland, NJ 07436.
• Fax: 201-677-1555
• Phone: Joel Lieberman 201-677-1000 x30
• E-Mail: Joel.Lieberman@scouting.org
Three Rivers District Recognition Dinner (Apr 19)
Main attraction: Presentation of the Prestigious District Award of Merit! (Recipients to be announced)
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Paramus Elks Lodge
200 Rt. 17 North (behind Raymour & Flanagan)
$40 per ticket
Mark Wrightington 201-334-2714
There's more! This is a chance to recognize a special leader or volunteer in your unit who always raises his or her hand when help is needed.
He or she will be presented with a certificate called "Service to Local Unit Award". Click here to see a sample certificate:
Click here for an application form
Eli Manning - Keynote Speaker at NNJC Dinner (Apr 21)
You may already have free admission!
This will be the inaugural "Prepared for Life" FOS (Friends of Scouting) fund-raising dinner intended to showcase Scouting in northern New Jersey.
Lexus Club within the MetLife Stadium
April 21 (Tuesday)
Reception at 6:30 PM
Dinner at 7:00 PM
Two-time Super Bowl Champion New York Giant Quarterback Eli Manning will keynote the dinner and will be recognized with the Sports Good Scout Award.
This is different: No ticket to purchase, just register and show up. During the dinner, they will expect you to make a pledge for a suggested $300. BUT: If you've already donated $300 or more to the most recent Family FOS campaign, you've already done your bit and can just sit back and enjoy the evening. Register here:
Additional information: Rick Garland at Richard.Garland@scouting.org
Weboree for First-Year Webelos (Apr 24-26)
The Twenty-Sixth Annual Weboree
$20 per person for a tent site ($32 for a cabin)
Registration deadline is April 10
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 unique event! Webelos experience some typical Boy Scout camp activities. We promise to keep your Scouts busy all weekend!
The registration page also has an information packet and an FAQ section for frequently asked questions.
Boy Scouts are invited to come and work as staff, especially Den Chiefs.
Leave No Trace Trainer Weekend (Apr 24-26)
Scoutmasters should consider sending one or two older Scouts to this training weekend at Camp Lewis. The fee is $95. The boys will come home eligible to become the troop's "Leave No Trace Trainer," which will meet their Eagle Scout leadership requirement.
The Boy Scout organiztion has recently become very serious about instilling the Leave No Trace ethic. There's a Second Class requirement to "discuss" the 7 principles, and a First Class requirement to "demonstrate" them during camping trips. Let your new trainers lead those discussions and guide those demonstrations.
When a camping trip has ended and you genuinely hope to leave no trace, the two toughest principles to meet will be waste disposal and the "campfire impact" of your fire ring. The other five have to do with advance planning, using durable surfaces, leaving what you find, respecting wildlife, and being considerate of other visitors in your area.
Registration and details:
Camp Turrell X-Treme Sports Weekend (May 15-17)
Come out and have an X-treme time!
Open to Webelos, Scouts, and Venturers
$35 ($50 after April 24)
Climbing and rappelling
All shooting sports
Family Camp Weekend at Lewis (Jun 13-14)
Each family brings its own tent and other gear (a suggested checklist is available) and is assigned to one of the Camp Lewis tent sites.
The usual summer camp stations will be open: Archery, BB guns, leather craft, games, field sports, water rockets, and fishing. Bring your handbook, since there may be some possibilities for advancement. Most of the weekend staff will be volunteers from the Three Rivers District.
In addition to meals, there will be a Saturday campfire and s'mores.
See this fancy "flipbook" for additional details:
Note: The flipbook also tells of a second family camp weekend during the weekend of May 16-17, which it targeted to famliles served by the Ramapo Valley and Lenape Trail Districts.
Our Own High Adventure Camp in the Adirondacks
Here's a well kept secret: NNJC has its own highly-rated camp for high adventure. Floodwood Mountain Scout Reservation is open for five weeks, starting from the week of July 12 through the week of August 9.
The week-long canoe or backpacking treks are outstanding events for older Scouts (minimum age 13). The typical crew consists of 11 youth and adults plus an experienced wilderness guide called the "voyageur." After the trek, return to camp for waterskiing, rock climbing, and rappelling.
The early-bird fee is $445 per person ($470 after April 15).
Click here for a cool video:
Click here to register:
Here's an offer from Camp Director Scott McKim: "If you would like a camp promotion group to visit your Scout unit and share with you what they can expect at Floodwood, we'd be happy to do that. Contact Scott at:
Three Beaver Days at Camp Turrell (Apr, May, Jun)
Join Us to Get Camp Ready For The Summer!
Come one, come all... We need your help!
Meet at the Shop
Casual Breakfast at the shop at 8:30 AM
Beaver Day projects start at 9:00 AM
There is a job for everyone!
Bring your tools, bring your skills, bring your muscle!
Hearty Lunch Served to all
Open to adults, youth (16 and up), and units
RSVP with your numbers to CampTurrell@yahoo.com
or call 845-701-5520
Results from the District Pinewood Derby (Mar 14)
The results of all races can be found posted on the TRD website:
Left blue menu: Forms Library | District Forms
Scroll down to:
TRD - Standings from District Competitions
Note that Oradell Pack 136 fielded two 1st place winners plus a 2nd place Tiger and a 3rd place Bear!
Fastest Tiger: BrianO of River Edge Pack 229
Fastest Wolf: NikoA of Oradell Pack 136
Fastest Bear: CharlieC of Paramus Pack 245
Fastest Webelos-1: AntoniA of Oradell Pack 136
Fastest Webelos-2: DylanK of Rutherford Pack 168
Is Your Unit on the Web?
Is Your Unit on the Web? More precisely, when a family moves into town and searches for a local troop or pack to join, will they be able to find you?
Try it yourself by doing what National and local councils tell families to do:
Select an age range and enter your ZIP code. A Google map will come up studded with "pins," one for each known unit in a 10 mile radius. If your unit does not have a pin, contact Anthony Chirdo at the council office. If you have a pin but don't like the detailed information displayed, the Scoutmaster/Cubmaster or Committee Chair may alter it by accessing the management page using his/her account with www.MyScouting.org. Scroll down to "Unit Tools | BeAScout".
Four Percent Reach Eagle - Or Is It Actually Six Percent?
Our local Scout shops have copies of a really good book titled, "Four Percent: The Story of Uncommon Youth in a Century of American Life." More recently, Ryan Larson of the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) recently polled as many Eagle Scouts as he could find in what he called "The Four Percent Project."
Here's an interesting question: "Why 4%? What's the math that says that only 4% of Boy Scouts who join will reach Eagle?"
Clearly we’re not using the math that most people would expect; that is, "Grand total of all Eagle Scouts since 1912" divided by "Grand total of all boys who registered as Scouts since 1912". This formula would result in about 2% (1912 was when the Eagle Scout award was first offered).
The actual math used is to take the number of new Eagle Scouts in a given year and divide by the total number of registered Scouts in that same year (actually the total of Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and male under-18 Venturers). You do that for 2001, 2002, 2003, etc.
Ever since the late 1990s the percentage for each year has hovered around 4%, and so that became the common wisdom. But around 2006 the percentage started creeping up, only no one noticed until Mike LoVecchio of BSA National decided to do some research for Scouting Magazine. Mike found that each year it got higher and higher until the most recent 2014 number with Eagles at 6.01%. Thus we should all be quoting 6%, not 4%. Click here to see an article with Mike's numbers:
The Order of the Arrow Will Honor Participating Units
The Order of the Arrow has a special award it gives to troops and crews that make the OA an integral part of their program. There are 5 requirements for earning the "OA Unit of Excellence Award," in the categories of leadership, participation, elections, planning, and Brotherhood conversion. A unit may receive a flag ribbon for each year it qualifies.
The OA is also willing to honor individual unit leaders responsible for implementing the program, as well as the Scout designated as the OA Troop/Team Representative.
If you have a question, comment, or suggestion, please e-mail: District Director Steve Leonardi