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Joe Mertens - Our Newest Three Rivers District Exec
A warm welcome to Joe, who started working for TRD in August. He would have started earlier, but first he had to wrap up his summer job as Camp Director for the Council's Cub resident camp at Lewis.
Joe is an Eagle Scout, Vigil Honor member, and a Wood Badger. Prior to becoming a DE, Joe worked during the school year in Ridgewood teaching 3rd through 5th grades, and then during summers at Camp Lewis and Yaw Paw. His current responsibility as DE: Membership!
Three Rivers District On-Line Calendar
The Three Rivers District on-line calendar may be found at:
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
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)
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
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. The Scout who sent the e-mail will receive credit for each sale.
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 you need forms, contact Anthony Chirdo at the Council office.
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, have each boy do the following:
• Left blue menu: Popcorn Sale | Logging into the Trails-End System Instructions,
• This will open a PDF file that tells the boy how to create his own account.
• He may now contact friends and relatives via a canned e-mail message asking them to buy, The button to press is labeled "Spread the Word."
Sell Popcorn! New Flavors for 2014
Three new flavors of popcorn:
• Chocolatey Caramel Crunch ($25)
• White Cheddar Cheese ($15)
• Jalapeno Cheddar ($25)
Same as last year:
• Chocolate Lovers Collection ($50)
• Sweet & Savory ($40)
• Cheese Lovers ($30)
• White Chocolatey Pretzels ($22)
• 18-pack Kettle Corn ($22)
• 18-pack Unbelievable Butter ($18)
• 18-pack Butter Light ($18)
• Small Caramel Corn ($10)
• Popping Corn ($10)
These got dropped:
• Sour Cream & Onion
• Bacon Ranch
• Cheddar Cheese Corn
Training for Den Chiefs
Nov 22 (Saturday) 8:30 AM - Noon
St. John the Evangelist Church
29 N. Washington Avenue
$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
All 5 Northern NJ Scout camps showed a healthy increase in attendance compared with 2013, with the Boy Scout camp at Turrell doing the best. Increases were:
Yaw Paw: +90
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 showed a nice increase anyway.
One Last Service Project at Rock Hill
A bunch of enthusiastic and nostalgic Scouters drove to Pennsylvania last June for a final farewell to Rock Hill Scout Reservation, the site where most Hudson County Scouts attended summer camp through 1999.
The property was purchased last year by the state of Pennsylvania with the intention of letting it go back to nature. This last service project was intended to help that process along by dismantling and carting away as many man-made structures as possible. The project was organized by Mike Conlon of Harrison Troop 305 and was done in concert with workers from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
About 20 Scouters participated. Mike said, "We knocked down all the rifle range and the shack next to the range, the shed behind the AD building, all 7 lean-tos, cabin 5, the Scoutcraft shelter, the Wayne Shelter, and the boathouse." Mike added, "[Former camp director] Marcel Cinquina came by to socialize."
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 as part of the Pennsylvania woodlands.
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 LSonkin248@aol.com. You can find more details in the December 30, 2013 district newsletter.
But -- If for some reason you need a Plan-B, try contacting RaceMasters at email@example.com or 973-800-0696. They also offer a Raingutter Regatta. In a recent offering they said, "We also provide derbies for fundraising events. It’s a fun evening for adults of Elks Clubs, Knights of Columbus Councils, etc. Girl Scout, Brownie, and Daisy Troops are now embracing derbies as well, and the girls love the time with their dads."
Maker Faire - The Greatest Show and Tell on Earth
The Maker Faire is where do-it-yourselfers and tinkerers pick up whatever clever things they've been working on and show them off to the world.
New York Hall of Science
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens
47-01 111th Street
Corona, NY 11638
Here's an extract from their website:
Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.
Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these "makers" come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.
Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. It’s a venue for makers to show examples of their work and interact with others about it. Many makers say they have no other place to share what they do. DIY (Do-It-Yourself) is often invisible in our communities, taking place in shops, garages and on kitchen tables. It’s typically out of the spotlight of traditional art or science or craft events. Maker Faire makes visible these projects and ideas that we don’t encounter every day.
A Place to Buy Trophies, Plaques, and More
New Dimension has a huge catalog of items, including many that can be used as awards and recognitions, all personalized.
You can also check out their mugs, tote bags, name badges, flags, banners, and lots more.
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 - Bob Dawson
Robert Dawson, 67, passed away on Tuesday, July 8. He was born in Atlantic City and spent 24 years as the Director of Science in the Bayonne school system. During his time there he helped initiate a number of programs that he was very proud of, including a partnership with NASA, participation in the Waksman Student Scholars Program, and organizing the Hudson County Science Fair.
He was heavily involved in Scouting, having been both the Cub Scout Pack 35 Leader as well as Boy Scout Troop 35 Scoutmaster at St. Henry's Church. He volunteered with scouting for over 25 years and his work with the Boy Scouts of America was recognized with the distinguished Silver Beaver Award.
He was the President of the Bayonne Free Public Library and Cultural Center Board of Trustees and frequently volunteered at St. Henry's Church. Bob had also been the fourth president of Kappa Delta Psi fraternity at Jersey City State and enjoyed participating in alumni events.
Robert was predeceased by his wife, Ellen, on May 12, 2014. He was the beloved father of John and Eileen Dawson. Robert is survived by his cousins Ted Dawson and his husband Bart Boehlert, Peter Dawson and his wife Chris, Victor Dawson, Marguerite and Ray Rocher, Mary Ellen Turner, and Pat DeLuca. He is also survived by his brother-in-law Kevin O'Connell and his wife Linda along with their four children, Patrick, Liam, Terence, and Caitlin and their eight children.
Visitation will be Wednesday, July 16 at Sweeney Funeral Home in Bayonne from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 7:00 to 9:00 pm. The funeral mass will be held on Thursday July 17 at 10:45 am at St. Henry's Church in Bayonne followed by entombment at Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, North Arlington, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Henry's Boy Scout Troop 35 care of St. Henry's Church.
A Death - Hank Peters
Henry D. Peters, 82, a lifelong resident of Jersey City, N.J., passed away on Tuesday, June 17, 2014. Visitation will be at McLaughlin Funeral Home, 625 Pavonia Ave., Jersey City, N.J., on Friday, June 20, 2014, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. There will be no visiting on Saturday and Sunday. Relatives and friends are invited to assemble at the funeral home on Monday, June 23, 2014, at 9 a.m. prior to the Mass of Christian Burial which will be celebrated at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Jersey City, at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery, Lyndhurst NJ.
Affectionately known as "Hank" or "Harry," Mr. Peters proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Hank earned a bachelor of science degree from Seton Hall University. He worked for Dunn & Bradstreet and later retired from Cleveland Cotton Products as a salesman. He enjoyed playing softball and participating in several bowling leagues. He was an avid N.Y. Yankees and N.Y. Giants fan!
Hank loved working with children. He coached Little League baseball at Washington Park and worked with St. Paul of the Cross School in many fundraising efforts.
Hank became very active with the Boy Scouts of America in his role as committee chairman for Troop 466 at St. Paul of the Cross, Jersey City. He also worked for the Boy Scouts on district and council levels and with the Catholic Committee on Scouting. Hank earned the prestigious St. George Award, Archbishop's Award and District Award of Merit, Bronze Pelican, the Silver Beaver, and Vale La Pena! Award.
He was predeceased by his wife of 44 years, Rosemarie (nee Lombardo); his parents, Henry and Marguerite (Cassidy), and his eldest brother, William. Hank and his wife, Rosemarie, were most proud of their three sons, all of whom are Eagle Scouts and graduates of St. Peter's Prep and Manhattanville College.
Left to cherish his memory are his three sons, David and wife, Christine; Richard and wife, Barbara, and Daniel and wife, Kim. Hank is also survived by his brothers, Robert and Jerome, as well as his six beautiful grandchildren, Brett, Briel, Gwen, Stephanie, Ella, and Juliana.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory to the Boy Scouts of America would be greatly appreciated.
A Death - Daris Cappelluti
Lou Cappelluti is the Scoutmaster of Jersey City Troop 466
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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