“Scouting taught me to navigate my youth with confidence and has given me the confidence to navigate the World!” James B., Scout
Our special events are a celebration and investment of a time-honored movement that prepares young people to make ethical and moral choices over a lifetime and promotes a culture where every person is respected and valued.
Three Rivers Golf Outing
September 19, 2023
White Beeches Golf and Country Club, Haworth, NJ
The district focused event supports 70 towns and cities across Hudson and Bergen counties where young men and women participate in our Scout programs at all levels and interest. The 80 Scout troops, 70 Cub Scout packs and 20 Venture crews consist of over 4,500 youth and 2,000 adult volunteers who come together for fun, hands-on learning and achievements with friends and family.
Champion Golf Classic
October 16, 2023
Crystal Springs Resort
137 Wheatsworth Road, Hamburg, nj
Champions Golf Classic is our annual fun and competitive way to support all Scouts. This full day event includes a round of golf, brunch, giveaways, cigars, open bar cocktail reception, awards and auction.
Sporting Clays Tournament
October 6, 2023
Orvis Sandanona Shooting Grounds, Millbrook, NY
Sporting Clays is our premier annual shooting event that brings
supporters together to enjoy an outdoor experience with friends
and business professionals. Orvis Sandanona Shooting Grounds is
the oldest premier shooting club in the country that combines a
rich history with a modern shooting ground. This all-inclusive
event is the perfect outing regardless of your shooting experience.
November 3, 2023
Orvis Sandanona Shooting Grounds, Millbrook, NY
The Autumn Adventure Pheasant Hunt is an exclusive event, held
on the Orvis Sandanona premier shooting grounds. The outing is
limited to twenty-six participants who receive a VIP experience.
The event supports the Scouts’ appreciation for outdoor activities.
Prepared. For Life.
November 8, 2023
The Newark Musuem of Art
In 2023, Prepared. For Life. bridges generations with Scouting. Rejoice in stories about adventures from outstanding Boomers to Zoomers. Our shared values connect us across the years as we strive to make our world a better place. Prepared. For Life. Generations will re-energize you and reaffirm your support for our amazing program.
The mission-driven event will acknowledge community trail blazers who are dedicated to serving all youth, and we will recognize outstanding Scouts who embodied the values relevant to tomorrow’s changing world.
Why we host the fundraising event? The Northern New Jersey Council strives to provide youth with the opportunity to build strong relationships, develop social skills and a strong moral compass, and a desire to set goals for themselves. The event brings together more than 250 business professionals, industry leaders, volunteers and Scouts and their families who are committed to helping all youth realize their potential.
Jeh Charles Johnson
Jeh Johnson is a partner in the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP and the former Secretary of Homeland Security (2013-2017), General Counsel of the Department of Defense (2009-2012), General Counsel of the Department of the Air Force (1998-2001), and an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York (1989-1991). In addition to practicing law, Johnson is on the board of directors of Lockheed Martin, U.S. Steel, MetLife, the Council on Foreign Relations, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York City, and is a trustee of Columbia University. Johnson is frequent commentator on national and homeland security matters on NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN, FOX, CNBC, NPR, Bloomberg TV and other news networks, and has written op-eds in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Hill, Lawfare, and elsewhere. As of March 2022, Johnson also hosts a classic R&B radio show on FM public radio station WBGO, 88.3FM, based in Newark, NJ.
Service Award Honoree
Chief Compliance Officer
Schindler Elevator Corporation
Dan Cannon has been a volunteer for Northern New Jersey Council, Boy Scouts of America since 2014. Currently, he serves as the founding Scoutmaster of Troop 19, and Scoutmaster Emeritus of Troop 17, of St. of Lima, in Short Hills and Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 99 in South Orange. Dan has also been the Lieutenant Governor and Governor of the Lenape Trail District Klondike Derby.
Dan Cannon’s service has benefitted the community through many volunteer initiatives, as well as through his outreach to St. Rose of Lima, Millburn Township, American Legion Post and many other organizations that have been impressed by the thousands of volunteer hours from our scouts. Dan has successfully pushed the philosophy of a “scout-led” organization, inspiring many Scouts and their parents to take leadership roles throughout all the aspects of scouts’ lives.
In recognition for his service to Scouting, Dan has received several Scouting awards, including Scouter’s Training Award, Lenape Trail District Scoutmaster of the Year Award, Unit Leader Award of Merit, Scoutmaster Key, The St. George Emblem and William D. Boyce New-Unit Organizer Award. He was honored by the Military Order of World Wars with the Patrick Henry Medallion, recognized by the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Millburn Township, and acknowledged on the floor of the U.S. Congress – all for pioneering the BSA female Scouting movement, mentoring of dozens of Scouts to the rank of Eagle, and his continued contributions to the community.
His son, Ryan, earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 2018 and his daughter, Katelyn, became a member of the inaugural class of female Eagle Scouts in 2021.
Program Strategy Team
The Rockefeller Foundation
Francis has served as an Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 146 since 2012, helping across a number of areas since becoming an adult leader. He has been a leader at summer camp, helped to organize and lead venture patrol high adventure trips, and more recently worked with older Scouts as they advance towards the rank of Eagle. Francis has spent many years in Scouting and believes it is important to give back to Hoboken’s Scouting community, which has provided him with so many opportunities over the years.
Francis Howitt started his Scouting journey at age 13 with Hoboken Troop 146. Francis reached Eagle Scout in 2010 and for many years held the Troop 146 record as the youngest at age 16 and 2 months. He would have been even quicker, but his Eagle Scout service project for St. Francis was delayed by other ongoing construction.
Francis’ impressive Scout resume includes: 32 merit badges (Gold palm and Bronze palm); Patrol Leader of the winning “Magical Leprechaun” Patrol; 21 Scout awards including SPL for summer camp Honor Unit and Troop 146 “Speedy Gonzales Award;” four summers at Camp Turrell as a camper; one summer at Camp Turrell on staff; one summer high adventure in the Grand Canyon; one summer high adventure at Rocky Mountain High Adventure Base; 30 camping trips; 42 service projects; 48 other Scout events.
Community Investor Award
Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs
Natalie Brathwaite is Vice President, Government Relations and Public Affairs with Fidelity Investments, one of the world’s largest providers of financial services. In this role, she is responsible for Fidelity’s regional government relations, and civic efforts for New Jersey and surrounding states, and leads the firm’s advocacy and engagement efforts on a wide range of legislative and regulatory policy matters that could impact Fidelity’s ability to serve its clients, customers, and the firm.
Prior to joining Fidelity in 2017, Ms. Brathwaite spent over a decade working in the public sector. Her past roles in both the nonprofit and government sectors (US and Canda) included work in external affairs, community engagement, and public policy analysis.
Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Ms. Brathwaite received a Bachelor of Arts degree and Master’s degree in education from the University of Toronto.
Currently residing in Jersey City, Ms. Brathwaite is active in her community and proudly serves on the boards of the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce, the Hudson County Community College Foundation, New Jersey City University Foundation, and the Boys and Girls Club of Hudson County.
TV News Anchor
Part time Podcast, The Tape Room
June 22, 2023
Building Connections is the largest annual gathering of the real
estate and construction community in northern New Jersey. This
event offers opportunities to network, socialize and support
Scouts interested in career development. The majority of the
attendees are general contractors, subcontractors, developers,
architects, designers, engineers and a multitude of industry
Healthcare and STEM Awards Dinner
May 17, 2023
The Tides Estates, Haledon, NJ
The Healthcare and STEM Awards Dinner is Northern New Jersey
Council, Boy Scouts of America’s annual event that has
recognized leaders in the medicine and life sciences for more than
30 years. The event brings together more than 250 business,
professional, industry leaders, volunteers and friends of Scouts
who are committed to healthcare and STEM and who come
together at the annual event to network and share ideas. The
proceeds from the event support STEM programs which are
weaved into all program levels, and foster an interest in Science,
Technology, Engineering and Math.
2023 Distinguished Honoree
Gary D. St. Hilaire, Good Scout Award Honoree, President & Chief Executive Officer
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
2023 Healthcare Honorees
Dr. Jeffrey Boscamp, President & Dean, MD, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine
Dr. Donald Chervenak, MD, FACOG, Founder of Florham Park OB/GYN, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center – RWJBarnabas Health
Dr. Michael D. Delisi, MD, FAAFP DABFM CAQ (G)
Retired Chairman and Program Director,
Family Medicine, St. Joseph’s Health
Associate Clinical Professor, Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine
Dr. Bruno Molino, MD, FACS, Chief of Trauma/Acute Care Surgery, Jersey City Medical Center – RWJBarnabas Health
2023 STEM Honoree
Dr. David Halsey, MD, Chief Clinical Officer, TurningPoint Healthcare Solutions