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RECHARTERING IN 7 SIMPLE STEPS !

STEP 1 - Pick-up Your Charter Renewal Packet

  • Pick-up your Charter Renewal Packet at one of the Following Locations on NOVEMBER 5:
    • ​Dan Beard District - Council Service and Training Center, Moosic
    • Two Mountains District - St. Nicholas R.C. Church, Wilkes Barre - 6:00 - 8:00 pm
  • If you can't pick up your charter on Nov 5, make arrangements to have your Unit Commissioner pick it up, or you can pick it up the Council Service and Training Center as soon as possible after Nov 5
  • Extra copies of the basic charter renewal packets are available at the following links:

STEP 2 - Make an Appointment to Review & Turn in Your Charter

  • Contact your District Executive to schedule an appointment to review & turn-in your charter on one of the following dates:
    • Saturday, November 22nd and December 6th from 9am – 12pm at the Council Service Center
    • Tuesday, December 2nd and December 9th from 5pm – 7pm at the Council Service Center
    • Thursday, December 4th and December 11th from 5pm – 7pm at the Council Service Center

STEP 3 - Schedule & Hold a Unit Rechartering Team Meeting

  • Set a date to meet that is convenient for your re-charter team after receiving the Charter Renewal packet.
  • Suggested attendance: Your Unit Commissioner, Charter Renewal Chairman, Unit Leader, Unit Committee Chair, Treasurer, and other interested adults.
  • Consider inviting youth leaders of older youth programs (e.g., Senior Patrol Leader or Crew President).
  • Obtain current unit rosters from unit leadership and compare to the unit roster that has been provided.
  • Write unit roster changes in pencil, not ink, so that mistakes can be erased.
  • Extra youth and adult applications are in your kit. If you need more, contact your District Executive or visit the Council Service and Training Center in Moosic
  • Have telephone access to be able to call your families for status on their registration.
  • If you need assistance, your Unit Commissioner has resources to help with your charter renewal.

STEP 4 - Complete All Necessary Paperwork & Collect (new) Applications & Fees

  • Complete all forms in charter renewal packet
  • Collect & make sure all new member applications all complete, including the appropriate signatures.Extra youth and adult applications are in your kit. If you need more, contact your District Executive or visit the Council Service and Training Center.
  • Fee information is also listed in the packet

STEP 5 - Revise the Charter

  • Follow the steps in the Recharteering Packet to complete the re-charter process.
  • You can save a lot of time and help insure your charter is accurate by updating your charter ONLINE via the Internet at http:/www.scoutnet.scouting.org/UCRS/ui/home/default.aspx.
  • Internet Rechartering allows you to renew your unit's charter online and perform the following actions:
    • Select members from your existing charter roster
    • Promote members from another unit
    • Add new members
    • Update member information
    • Print a summary of costs associated with the new charter.
    • Connect to a printer and print the final copy of the charter report for signature

  • Or revise the charter manually via the steps outlined in the Packet

STEP 6 - Gather Final Documents & Signatures

  • Review and make sure that all Charter Renewal Checklist items are complete on the Charter Worksheet in the Packet
  • Collect all items listed on Worksheet

STEP 7 - Bring All Completed Forms & Payment to Scheduled Appointment at the Scout Service and Training Center (Step 2, above)

  • Completed charter paperwork and payments are due in to the Scout Service and Training Center on or before DECEMBER 15th.
  • Remember, each unit needs to meet with their unit commissioner to conduct the unit membership inventory and charter renewal meeting prior to the final appointment.
  • Remember that All paperwork needs to be signed by the Executive Officer and Unit Leader.
  • Bring requirement payment. It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that, if paying by check, the amount not be filled in on the check until the appointment in case of any errors discovered during the final review.

CubCast - January 2013

January 2013 - Working With Core Values/Monthly Themes and Your District Roundtable

As a den leader or pack committee member, are you confused by many different monthly Core Values and themes? Look for help at your roundtable, but what’s a roundtable? Well, be confused no more as Assistant Council Commissioner Cheri Pepka of the Chief Seattle Council explains implementing the Core Values and monthly themes fun and the joys of participating in roundtable.

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All CubCast Episodes

ScoutCast - January 2013

January 2013 - How to Handle Bullying in the Troop

Welcome to the new ScoutCast for Scout leaders and parents! This series of monthly podcasts is designed to bring you topics that you might not feel comfortable talking about at roundtable meetings (but should). Perhaps these episodes will give you talking points for your meeting.

So please join hosts J.D. Owen, editor-in-chief of Boys’ Life and Scouting magazines; Paula Murphey, senior editor of Boys’ Life; and our very special guest for this first Scoutcast, New York Times best-selling author of 26 books, including The Wonder of Boys and Leadership and the Sexes, Michael Gurian as they discuss the best ways to handle bullying in your troop.

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All ScoutCast Episodes

On-Line Rechartering

It's Rechartering Time. You can save a lot of time and help ensure your charter is accurate by submitting your charter ONLINE. Once complete, you'll print our your signature page which you will submit to the Scout Service Center with the appropriate signatures.

Internet Rechartering allows you to renew your unit's charter online and perform the following actions:

  • Select members from your existing charter roster
  • Promote members from another unit
  • Add new members
  • Update member information
  • Print a summary of costs associated with the new charter.

Before beginning Internet Rechartering, collect all member information, including new member forms with the appropriate signatures. To complete the process, you must be connected to a printer to print the final report for signature.

To enter the Internet Rechartering site, CLICK HERE! You must use Internet Explorer to use the online system.

Important Documents and Resources

Financial Assistance Request

United Way of Lackawanna & Wayne Counties
United Way of Wyoming Valley
& Northeastern Pennsylvania Council, BSA

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The United Way of Lackawanna & Wayne Counties, the Susquehanna County United Way and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Council have collaborated to help serve low income youth and their families from Lackawanna, Wayne and Susquehanna Counties. These Scouts are faced with a special financial challenge.

The Scoutmaster, Cubmaster or Venturing Crew Advisor of the packs, troops and crews based in these counties are in the best position to have knowledge of Scouts and families in the Unit who are most in need of assistance. By working through the Scoutmaster, Cubmaster or Crew Advisor, this will help identify any needs more accurately and readily. This practice is not meant however to exclude parents or other leaders from directly applying for financial assistance, as long as requirements are met.

These United Ways have targeted specific needs-based funds to be utilized in Lackawanna, Wayne, and Susquehanna Counties to serve youth and families in need. These funds may be requested to supplement a variety of Scouting related purposes which may include, but are not limited to: registration fees, uniforms, insignia, badges, handbooks, activities, special trips, educational programs, and other related Scouting expenses. The NEPA Council will subsidize 70% of these expenses, and the Scout’s family or Unit will need to cover 30% of these costs. Should your son need a Campership to attend an NEPA council operated summer camp, requests are to be made separately using a Campership Request Form. This form is available at the Scout Service and Training Center or can be found on the council website at www.nepabsa.org. Campership requests are due by May 1 and will typically cover up to 50% of the fees.

United Way funds are limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Requests for needs-based assistance will be honored only when the Scout and his parent fill out either the form on the back of this sheet and/or the Campership Request Form (which can be requested separately). In both cases, documentation of public assistance must be attached. If the United Way funding is exhausted for that particular year, the Council will continue to honor needs-based requests as funds are made available.

Submit completed applications (DOWNLOAD) directly to the Scout Office at: 1 Bob Mellow Drive, Moosic, PA 18507 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Camp Acahela
Camping Opportunities in
Northeastern Pennsylvania
GPSR
 

Get Excited, Get Ready, Get Psyched for Summer Camp!!

 

Boy Scout Summer Camp

 

A proud tradition of adventure and excitement in the outdoors has been Goose Pond's from the first campers in 1920 to the Scouts who walked through the gates just last year.

At Goose Pond, you will find something for everyone, from the
newest Tenderfoot to the most intense Eagle. From Pathways to merit badges to the C.O.P.E. course and Voyager program for the elite outdoorsmen, there's an exciting adventure ready for you.

CLICK HERE for more information about Boy Scout Camping at GPSR

Cub Scout Summer Camp Opportunities

 
Come out to camp this summer and spend some quality time with your biggest fan, your son! Summer camps are the biggest and best part of the Scouting program!  Take a look at all the fun we have in store for you this summer...
 
Cub Scout Camping and outdoor activities fulfill a Cub Scout’s dream of fun, excitement and adventure.  Our Nationally Accredited camps are staffed with certified directors and skilled leaders.  This is an ideal opportunity to experience quality time with family and friends in the outdoors.  Financial assistance is also available.  Try one, two, or a combination of all three super Cub Camp experiences this summer!!!  CLICK ON A LINK, below, for more information on one of these camping opportunities.

 

 

 

Venturing Camp Opportunities

 
Goose Pond Scout Reservation and Camp Acahela offer Venturing Camp opportunities.
 
It is with great pleasure that the Northeastern Pennsylvania Council, BSA presents you with the 2014 Goose Pond Scout Reservation Venturing Camp (GPSR-VC) Leaders Guide. This is the Third annual Venturing Week at GPSR, a Nationally Accredited Venturing Camp. The Northeastern Pennsylvania Council is dedicating a week of summer camp for those of us that wear "green."
Sign-ups for this program are made by contacting John Sepcoski @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email.
 
Youth can attend this Venture Camp as provisional's. The staff at GPSR and additional Venture Crew leaders will be on staff that week. Both male and female leadership have been secured. So even if you as a leader are not available to attend, the youth still can.

 

Year Round Camping Opportunities

Goose Pond Scout Reservation and Camp Acahela offer multiple year-round camping opportunities.
 
Special programs may be offered at the camps including 
Project C.O.P.Eat Goose Pond and
ACAHELA ROCKS! - rock climbing at Camp Acahela.
 
For more information including open site and cabin information visit our weekend camping section.
 
To make your weekend camping reservation, contact the Scout Service and Training Center at 570-207-0227 with your completed weekend camping application.

 

 
Get ready for a "Tropical Island Adventure” at Camp Acahela this summer!  There are two exciting Cub Scout overnight camping opportunities to choose from running 5 different weeks starting June 28.
 
Week-Long
A 6-Day 5-Night stay designed for those Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts who are prepared to camp overnight!  Boys will stay with their friends in large canvas wall tents on raised platforms. Fee is only $320 (if paid in full by May 15).
 
3-Day Adventure
If six days is too long, how about trying 3-Day Adventure Camp?  It begins on Sunday and everyone leaves on Tuesday after the closing. Fee is only $215 (if paid in full by May 15).
 
 

Cub Scout Day Camp

 
Get ready for a week of action-packed fun at our great Day Camps being held two different weeks at two different locations - with one near you. 
 
Day Camp is a daytime or evening outdoor program conducted over 5 days.  Cub Scouts will be challenged by lots of activities that may include: nature, hiking, sports, fishing, games, archery, swimming,
and much more! Fee is only $95 (if paid in full by May 15).
 

Locations and dates:

⇒ Moscow / North Pocono - July 6-10, 2015

⇒ Plains Municipal Park - August 3-7, 2015

 
 

Cub Scout Parent and Pal Weekend Camp

Parent and Pal Family Weekend Camp is designed for spending one-on-one quality time with your son.  It is the perfect 24-hour program for new or experienced campers. All you have to do pretty much is show up - we take it from there.  Fees are only $50 per participant.
 
Moms and Dads, legal guardians, or adult relatives can attend with their Scout.  The adventure begins Saturday morning and ends Sunday morning after breakfast.  Four weekends to choose from:
 
  • June 13-14, 2015 at Goose Pond Scout Reservation

  • June 20-21, 2015 at Goose Pond Scout Reservation

  • August 3-7, 2015 at Camp Acahela - Family Weekend

 

Your generosity is an investment in "HONOR" Scouting is something that works its way deep into the minds and hearts of the young men and women it touches. Ask any old salt who claims to have been a Scout to repeat the Scout Oath and, despite the fact that he has probably forgotten much, he will recite "On my honor..." without hesitation. Isn't a program that can have that much impact on a life worth your support? Even if you can't be an active leader, your financial support can insure that the good work Scouting does continues here in Northeastern Pennsylvania with a number of programs tailored to match your ability to give.

Friends of ScoutingFriends of Scouting

Northeastern Pennsylvania Council is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing strong character, good citizenship, and promoting physical fitness in the youth of this region. Your financial gift of any size ensures that Scouting's 90 year tradition of serving youth will continue here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. We depend on families, leadership, and community organizations that benefit from Scouting to help out with direct contributions.

Endowment Fund

Heritage Society To insure the future of our council and our ability to continue serving the youth of our area, our council has created a special Endowment Fund. The money in the Endowment Fund is carefully invested by a corporate trustee, under guidelines given to it by the Council Executive Board. The purpose of an endowment fund is to never spend the principal of the fund. Instead, interest earned by the fund each year is transferred into the operating fund to help finance the council's programs.

The endowment fund needs to grow each year. The National Boy Scout Council believes that ultimately 25% of a council's operating budget will need to come from this kind of income. Everyone can help build our endowment fund in any of the following ways.

  • The Tribute Fund - A wonderful way to recognize or memorialize others, while helping insure youth are touched by Scouting's values.
  • James E. West Fellowship - The James E. West Fellowship Award is bestowed on all individuals who donate at least $1,000 to the Endowment Fund.
  • Scouting Heritage Society - The Heritage Society recognizes individuals who leave a contribution in their will, make an outright donation, or some other investment vehicle to benefit the Northeastern Pennsylvania Council Endowment Fund.
  • The 1910 Society - To qualify for this prestigious recognition, an individual, company, or organization must donate $25,000 or more to the Council Endowment Fund.
  • The Founders Circle - In order to qualify for the Founders Circle an individual must make a minimum contribution of $100,000 to the local council endowment fund of the donor's choice.
  • Estate Planning - The Boy Scouts of America conducts estate planning seminars through out the United States. We have included an on-line version of this seminar here at our website. This presentation is for information only. Please do not do anything before speaking to a qualified estate planner.

The Boy Scouts of America has several online tools available to help unit leaders and other Scouters with Training, Advancement, Rechartering and other aspects of their Scouting Responsibilities.

MyScouting

Your MyScouting account gives you access to Scouting resources specific to your role in Scouting. These resources are intended to help you perform your Scouting duties most effectively.

Create an account to*:

  • take Youth Protection and other BSA training
  • access unit, district, and council tools
  • register for events
  • keep in touch with members and alumni

*Some of these tools require a Member ID.


Internet Advancement Tool

Units can use Internet Advancement to record their youth member advancements online. You will find this new method to be easy, convenient, and accurate because you enter the information, and it will save you the effort of hand writing advancements onto a three-part carbon form. Use Internet Advancement for adding ranks, merit badges and awards. and to update information on existing advancements (except the Eagle Scout rank).

Things you will need

  1. Unit ID # - If you do not have this, use the link on the right "Forgot Your Unit ID Number" and you can send an email to get your number.
  2. Advancement Records - To enter in once you get into the system.
  3. Printer Access - So that you can print your Advancement Update Summary.
  4. System Requirements - Explorer 5.5 or higher, 56K or faster Internet connection

Internet Rechartering

Internet Rechartering allows you to renew your unit's charter online and perform the following actions:

  • Select members from your existing charter roster
  • Promote members from another unit
  • Add new members
  • Update member information
  • Print a summary of costs associated with the new charter.

Before beginning Internet Rechartering, collect all member information, including new member forms with the appropriate signatures. To complete the process, you must be connected to a printer to print the final report for signature.

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The Summit Bechtel Family Scout Reserve

The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve is located in the New River Gorge region of West Virginia. The Bechtel Summit is the Boy Scouts of America's fourth high-adventure base and will be the new home of Scouting's National Jamboree.

 

Scout Service and Training Center

If you need help with your Scout unit, or just a new uniform, the staff of the Scout Service and Training Center is here to help you make Scouting successful in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

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