Ockanickon Scout Reservation is buzzing with activity!
It’s hard to believe but just 8 months ago, Hurricane Sandy moved ashore and came through New Jersey and hit OSR with all its fury. Trees were pushed over, buildings were hit and power poles were snapped. Over $750,000 of damages occurred in that one night just in our camp.
Since that time, thousands of hours were committed by volunteers and staff to help in the clean-up and rebuilding efforts. Those efforts, by so many Scouts, Scouters and people who care, have paid off.
Since the hurricane, OSR has hosted the following events:
Pennsbury District Klondike Derby (140+ participants)
Lenape District Klondike Derby (340+ participants)
Tohpendel District Klondike Derby (240+ participants)
OA Banquet (100+ participants)
NYLT (60+ participants)
Cub Scout Camping Weekend (350+ participants)
National Camp School (150+ participants)
OA Weekend (120+ participants)
Section 5B Order of the Arrow Conclave (300+ participants)
Between these events and winter cabin usage, we estimate over 2000 Scouts and Scouters made use of the facility while the recovery was still taking place.
None of this would have happened, had it not been for the tireless efforts of our volunteers and staff. Thank you! Without your efforts we would not have been able to accomplish all we did.
I also need to take a moment and thank two key volunteers that have recently stepped down from their positions, Gail Hill and Fred Schea. Gail has served as the Council Commissioner from 2008 through 2013. Gail has tirelessly worked to build and strengthen the Commissioner staff. Fred has served as the Council President from 2011 through 2013.
Both of these volunteers need to be commended for their commitment to the Scouting program as they led the Council through very difficult and trying times.
See you down the trail.
Yours in Scouting, Magne Magne Gundersen Scout Executive/CEO
Your Pack, Troop, Crew and Post are on a Journey to Excellence, and Bucks County Council is here to help you however we can!
"Scouting's Journey to Excellence" is the BSA's performance recognition program designed to encourage and reward success and measure the performance of not only our units, but also our districts and Council.
Now is a great time for each of our units to pull out the 2013 scorecards and review where you stand in regards to JTE. Are you on track to achieve your goals and be a Gold Level Unit?
What Journey to Excellence Brings to Your Unit:
· A framework for planning the year.
· A method for evaluating your unit.
· Guidance in areas where you might do better.
· Specific guidelines and standards of what is considered good performance.
· Early warning of potential problem areas.
· Recognition for good Scouting.
· Benchmarking to get ideas and tips from other good units.
Need help with your review? Let your commissioner know. There is still time left in the year to make significant improvements in Your JTE score. Don’t miss out on being a Gold Level unit because you did not plan well.
Let us help you! Michael Michael Goodwin Council Commissioner
There have been several questions raised recently concerning our members wearing their uniforms while participating in events supporting political and social issues. The following is an official statement on Scouting and social and political causes. We distribute a similar statement annually. In support of our responsibilities in keeping our volunteers and staff informed regarding this particular policy, please share this as appropriate.
As you are aware, the newly approved Boy Scouts of America membership standards resolution restates what has always been the BSA’s policy, that “the Boy Scouts of America does not have an agenda on the matter of sexual orientation, and resolving this complex issue is not the role of the organization, nor may any member use Scouting to promote or advance any social or political position or agenda.”
However, Scouting is not to be used to advance pro- or anti-gay agendas at events, such as parades or other such political or social advocacy functions. It has always been the BSA’s policy that no person—youth or adult—may use Scouting to promote sexual orientation or any other political or social agenda.
Such behavior or action is inconsistent with the BSA’s values and virtues. There must be no doubt that the BSA is not advocating any content or subject matter of advocacy or acceptance for or against homosexual behavior. Registered members who violate the rules and regulations of the Boy Scouts of America by engaging in such must be dealt with appropriately by the local council. The National Council will engage with local councils as they determine the appropriate actions when these policies are violated.
The BSA’s rules and regulations specify that the official uniforms are intended for use in connection with Scouting activities as defined by the National Executive Board. Their use may be approved by the local council for council events or activities under conditions consistent with the rules and regulations of the Boy Scouts of America.
It has long been the BSA’s position and interpretation of its rules that uniformed unit members and leaders may participate in flag ceremonies at events and may lead the Pledge of Allegiance; however, they should retire after the ceremony and not remain on the speakers’ platform, participate in the event, or remain in a conspicuous location where viewers could construe their presence as an endorsement or symbol of support. In addition, photos or video with Scouts in uniform or BSA marks and logos are not allowed in campaign materials of any kind. The purpose of this is to ensure that there is not a perception that the BSA, the Council, or even the uniformed members favor one candidate (or platform) over another.
This interpretation of BSA rules and regulations and our bylaws is consistent with past practices, and nothing set forth in the resolution (which is not in effect until Jan. 1, 2014) changes that interpretation, nor was it the intent of the resolution to do so.
The following is the membership standard for youth members of the Boy Scouts of America, effective Jan. 1, 2014:
Youth membership in the Boy Scouts of America is open to all youth who meet the specific membership requirements to join the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Sea Scout, and Venturing programs. Membership in any program of the Boy Scouts of America requires the youth member to (a) subscribe to and abide by the values expressed in the Scout Oath and Scout Law, (b) subscribe to and abide by the precepts of the Declaration of Religious Principle (duty to God), and (c) demonstrate behavior that exemplifies the highest level of good conduct and respect for others and is consistent at all times with the values expressed in the Scout Oath and Scout Law. No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.
The BADGE OF HONOR fall recruitment campaign is a concerted recruiting effort by the Council and district Membership committees, taking place in September and October in all school systems – private, public, and parochial. One evening is designated for all parents to gather at a BADGE OF HONOR location to align themselves and their son(s) with the Boy Scouts of America through an existing or new pack or troop.
WHY “BADGE OF HONOR”?
BADGE OF HONOR means membership, and for all Scouting leaders, membership is registration in the Boy Scouts of America – giving young people an opportunity to participate in a program that has been tried and proved. It is reaching out to families who have eligible boys and inviting them to join. It’s organizing new groups, dens, and/or patrols and recruiting qualified leadership. GOOD membership is a sign of a healthy pack or troop and a quality pack or troop program.
Remember, adding boys means a better Tiger Cub, Cub Scout, and/or Boy Scout program for all, more families involved, more exciting things to do, and more friendships made. Adding families means more people involved in your chartered organization, and more leaders. Adding leaders means more hands to help and more personal satisfaction.
Flyer requests forms have been sent to the Cubmaster of each of the Cub Scout Packs in the Council. Be sure your pack’s request has been submitted.
For Membership notes from our VP of membership Scott Harp, Click here!
High adventure like you've never seen. Whitewater, climbing, zip lines, mountain biking, and much, much more. (Not to mention all of the things you've grown to love about the jamboree: patch trading, SCUBA, stadium shows, Technology Quest ... who could ask for more?)
History created by you. This will be the first jamboree at its new permanent home - The Summit, in beautiful West Virginia - and you'll be there for the grand opening.
July 15 - July 24, 2013. It's going to be big. It's going to be wild.
The address for your contingent members to receive mail at the jamboree is below:
Curious about what the popcorn sale can do for your unit?
We can help!
Representatives of the Council’s POPCORN TEAM are willing to come to you and your committee to discuss the popcorn sale. We will answer your questions and give you suggestions on how to improve your sale.
We can share specifics about the upcoming sale and let you begin the planning process to allow you to be as successful with the upcoming sale as possible.
There has been a lot of discussion on the approval process introduced last year for the Tour and Activity Plans. This process replaced the Local Tour Permit and Tour Plan requirements and became effective on May 24, 2012.
Why should I complete a tour and activity plan?
The tour and activity plan is a planning tool for best practices to be prepared for safe and fun adventure. Completing the plan may not address all possible challenges, but it can help ensure that appropriate planning has been conducted, that qualified and trained leadership is in place, and that the right equipment is available for the adventure.
In addition, the plan helps to organize safe and appropriate transportation to and from an event, and defines driver qualifications and minimum limits of insurance coverage for drivers and vehicles used to transport participants.
Please complete and submit this plan at least 21 days in advance to ensure your Council support staff has enough time to review the plan and assist as necessary.
When do I need to complete a tour and activity plan?
Times when a tour and activity plan must be submitted for Council review include the following:
Trips of 500 miles or more; or
Trips outside of Council borders or
Trips to any national high-adventure base, national Scout jamboree, National Order of the Arrow Conference, the Summit Bechtel Reserve, or a regionally sponsored event; or
When conducting any of the following activities outside of Council or district events:
- Aquatics activities (swimming, boating, floating, scuba, etc.) - Climbing and rappelling - Orientation flights (process flying plan) - Shooting sports - Any activities involving motorized vehicles as part of the program
What, if any, transition period is available?
You should be using the updated tour and activity plan; all other paper versions are obsolete.
Other frequently asked questions and answers about the new process are located at
The BSA has put Scouting on the map! The BSA has its own joining Web page with information on Scouting, plus an actual Google map application that will help potential Scouts and their parents find packs, troops, and crews in their local communities.
This program was launched in 2010, and is helping all units be more visible as families move into their areas and look for a new Pack, Troop, or Crew.
Information for Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, Committee Chairs and COR's may be found here. These are the unit leaders who will have the role of updating the unit’s electronic push pin and managing leads from interested families.
Where can you find BeAScout? Log into www.myscouting.org (you should already have a username and password). On the left toolbar, click BeAScout. This will open your dashboard for your unit. Instructions will be found there as well, but simply put you will need to do the following simple updates to insure that your unit 'pin' is accurate:
Unit Leader Tasks:
1. Update the Pin. All registered units will appear as an electronic push pins on the Google map. Unit leaders will want to make sure that their unit information is correct on the pins. To do that, if you have the role mentioned above, log into MyScouting, select BeAScout, then Unit Pin Management. Change the "Fields Displayed on Google Pin" from Council Information to Contact Person. Then add primary and alternate unit contacts and any other unit information you want. If you don't update your pin, then only Council information will show on the Google bubble.
2. Manage the Leads. Once you've completed Step 1, your primary and alternate contacts will be notified when a lead is interested in your unit. They must follow up with these leads. To do this, from MyScouting > BeAScout, go to Unit Lead Management. Select your unit to view the leads for that unit.
NATIONAL CATHOLIC COMMITTEE ON SCOUTING CONFERENCE FOR REGION 3
NCCS Region 3 Pennsylvania and New Jersey invites all Roman and Eastern Rite Catholic Boy Scouters, diocesan scouting committee members, all persons involved in Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Catholic youth ministry and Religious Emblems to the annual Region 3 conference. The conference will be held on September 8th and September 9th, 2013 at the Park Inn Harrisburg West in Mechanicsburg, PA. Information will be available and discussions will be held on religious emblems, membership, diocesan committee training and other scouting subjects. For more information, conference schedule, and hotel information please contact:
Messengers of Peace Initiative Recognizes Peace-Related Service Projects
Today, Scouts in dozens of countries are working for peace by solving conflicts in their schools, building links between divided communities, teaching their peers about health and wellness, and repairing environmental damage. Now, when you join them, you and your Scouts can earn international recognition and a special patch.
Created by the World Scout Committee, the Messengers of Peace initiative recognizes Scout units worldwide that undertake projects that contribute to world peace. To participate, all you have to do is submit your peace-related projects (especially qualifying Eagle Scout and William T. Hornaday Award projects) through the Journey to Excellence website (www.scouting.org/Awards/JourneyToExcellence). When you do so—and check the Messengers of Peace box on the submission page—the Scouts and Scouters who participated will be eligible to wear a special Messengers of Peace ring patch around the World Crest on their uniforms.
All Messengers of Peace projects are automatically cataloged on a map at the Messengers of Peace website (http://scoutmessengers.com). You can visit the site to learn what Scouts around the world are doing.
“Since the earliest days of Scouting, Scouts have worked to make the world a better place,” said Scout Executive (Insert Scout Executive Name). “This new initiative is a great way to recognize the efforts of our Scouts not just to visualize world peace but to help bring it about.”
What kind of projects qualify? In terms of the MOP initiative, peace encompasses three dimensions:
1. The personal dimension: harmony, justice, and equality
2. The community dimension: peace as opposed to hostility or violent conflict
3. Relationships between humankind and its environment: security, social and economic welfare, and relationship with the environment
Any project that has a significant impact on the community in any one of the three dimensions above qualifies as a Messengers of Peace project.
To learn more about Messengers of Peace, contact your district executive, visit the BSA’s Messengers of Peace website at www.scouting.org/messengersofpeace or visit the websites listed above.
Cub Scout Day Camp is truly the best week of a Cub Scout's summer! Day Camp is a week long day time camp adventure where cubs and parents experience a bigger part of scouting. So don't let your son miss out on all the fun and excitement that Day Camp has to offer.
Join your local Cub Scout Day Camp staff for outdoor adventure and Cub Scout FUN at the 2013 Wild Wild West Day Camp! It’s a week of outdoor fun and programs not regularly found in den or pack activities, including: archery, hiking and outdoor skills, as well as crafts, games, and advancement.
CUB SCOUT DAY CAMP REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
Registration is still open and you can register now. The fee for one week of Cub Scout Day Camp has been set at $170.
Join us July 15 to 19 for a week of fun, excitement and the outdoors at Pavilion #2, in Peace Valley County Park in New Britain Township
Join us July 29 to August 2 for a week of fun, excitement and the outdoors at Pavilion #6, in Core Creek County Park in Middletown Township
For additional information and to register, go to the Council website at:
We need your assistance so that the Scout Shop may provide better service to our customers, your families.
We have many parents coming into the Scout Shop asking what they need for their uniforms. While we do know what they need for a full uniform, we have no idea what the individual Packs and Troops will provide to them and the parents usually don’t either. Nor do we have any idea if there are optional items that your particular Pack or Troop requires.
In an attempt to help, I have created a form for you to complete and return to the Scout Shop. We will keep this form in a binder behind the counter so that when we have families that aren’t sure of what they need, we will be able to refer to it.
It would be greatly appreciated if this form were returned to the Scout Shop as soon as possible. Some of you have returned them in previous years but I would like to have updated ones.
Have you been working as a Unit leader and now want a new challenge? Are you interested in helping other Units put on a successful scouting program? The Unit Commissioner position is for you. We are always looking for new commissioners to add to our staff. We could also use help on our round table staff. Your input on how to improve Round Table will be much appreciated. If you are interested in a District position please contact Tony Vega at [email protected]
ADVANCEMENT CHAIRMAN’S NOTE
Note for Life Scouts - Please feel free to contact me as you start to work on gathering information for your Eagle Project
Training is essential to the growth and quality of our Units. Please take note of the upcoming district and Council training dates. Without trained leaders it is difficult to continue to deliver a quality program to the youth of the Council. Each unit should have several trained leaders. Going into a new scouting year it is imperative new leaders are trained. Both position specific and general trainings are being offered in the fall take advantage of these opportunities for they will not always occur at your convenience. If training pertains to you or someone in your unit, make sure they attend so we can continue to excel at providing a quality program to our youth.
If you have questions or would like to schedule a training day for your unit feel free to contact:
Russell Soerens Tohpendel District Training Chair 215-872-7206
Tohpendel District’s 2013 popcorn sale is about to kick off! Last year, Pack 79 sold a whopping $4,667 worth of popcorn and the pack raised over $1,400 to strengthen their program! We are looking for units to step up and challenge their crown this fall! Selling Trails’ End popcorn is a great, easy way to raise money for your pack or troop and all units in Upper Bucks County are encouraged to at least attempt a sale. If you are interested in selling popcorn or need materials, please contact A.J. Esposito at [email protected], or 215-384-4984. Let’s raise some money this fall!!!
Philadelphia Eagles telecaster Merrill Reese speaks at the Newtown Community Breakfast for Scouting
Newtown Breakfast – June 20th
Over two dozen businesspeople from around the Newtown area turned out to support Scouting programs in Bucks County. Held at the Temperance House, on South State Street, the event raised $7,000 for the Bucks County Council, BSA.
ScoutReach Program Aides Needed The Bucks County Council is seeking to hire part-time Program Aides to operate Cub Scout activities as part of our ScoutReach program, operated in conjunction with the United Way of Bucks County. Locations served are in Morrisville, Langhorne, Feasterville, Levittown, Bristol, and Bensalem. Please contact either Rob Scafidi at [email protected], Joel Perkins at [email protected], or Dana Kuhns at [email protected] for details. After-school groups meet every other week from September through June, and summer day camp programs operate in many locations from June through August.
In response to your requests for program planning information, Lenape District is publishing their District Event Calendar ahead of the Council Calendar. Please plan your Unit calendars to include all programs for your appropriate program.
2014 will not include a District Camporee due to the Council Jamboree in May 2014.
The district will have all the leaders guides and Sign-ups available 2 months ahead of time for all events in 2013-2014. Please plan on committing early to your units attendance.
2013-2014 Calendars of Events
August 8, 2013 Popcorn Training and District Kickoff
October 4-6, 2013 Webelos Weekend (Cub Scouts)
November 4, 2013 Indoor Rally (Boy Scouts & Venturers)
December 14, 2013 Friends of Scouting Kickoff Breakfast (ALL)
January 25, 2014 Klondike Derby @ Camp Ockanickon (Boy Scouts)
March 10, 2014 Swim-o-ree (Boy Scouts)
March 22, 2014 Gold Rush (Cub Scouts)
April 5, 2014 Pinewood Derby (Cub Scouts)
May 16-18, 2014 BucksJam (ALL)
Commissioners' Meetings Third Wednesday of every month at the Council Service Center 7:30PM. Uniforms encouraged.
For more information email John Ponzuric, District Commissioner, [email protected].
District Committee Meetings First Thursday of the month at the Council Service Center 7:15PM
For more information email [email protected]
Our District has two new units: Venture Crew 154 of Levittown and Boy Scout Troop 17 of Bensalem. Wilkinson Memorial United Methodist Church and Troop 180 of Croydon hosted an open house on June 4th in an attempt to start a Cub Scout Pack. Ship 2012 at the Pennsylvania Yacht Club also held a recruiting event on June 5th. For more information on the Sea Scout Ship, go to http://www.ship2012.scoutlander.com
Many of our packs, troops, and crews participated in Memorial Day events, a flag retirement ceremony at American Legion Post 834 and cub camping all while our troops are gearing up for Boy Scout Summer Camp!
Pennsbury was represented by our commissioner staff on June 22nd for the training held at Ockanickon. The Cub Scout Roundtable Staff is now fully trained to receive their Roundtable Commissioner Key. Brian O'Sullivan, Jamie Gottshall, and Jim Rugarber completed Commissioner Basic Training which also covered Roundtable Commissioner Training. Along with myself, District Committee Workshop participants were Mark Weiss, Charlie Palilonis, and Cheryl Hamm.
The commissioners will be meeting in August for an informal get together. For more information on Commissioner service for the Pennsbury District, please contact me.
Yours in Scouting,
Let's thank Pennsbury Programs Chair Bruce Bintliff for another great year!
Our MC extraordinare, Gordon Cumberland!
Cheryl Hallowell receiving the Buck Award!
Pennsbury Silver Beaver Recipients
Congratulations to our very own Bruce Bintliff and Mark Wassum in receiving this prestigious award!
Upcoming District Events:
Oct 25-27 2013: Fall Camporee at Ockanickon Scout Reservation. Jan 17-19 2014: Klondike Derby at Ockanickon Scout Reservation
It's never to early to get a head start on Fall recruitment. If you need materials, resources, or help, please contact the Pennsbury District Membership Team at [email protected] We're here to help you!
There are still a few straggler units that have not turned in their orange FOS bags or have not had presentations yet. If you fall into this category, please contact Gordon Cumberland immediately at 215-584-7326.