Council News

Scouts & Former Scouts Can Earn Cash in Essay Contest

The Boy Scouts of America, the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence form a terrific trio.

So it’s no surprise, really, that the nonprofit Bill of Rights Institute holds an essay contest each year that’s just for Scouts. Well, and former Scouts.

Current and former Scouts, age 14 to 19, can write a short essay (800 words or fewer) for a chance to win $1,000 for themselves and $500 for their Scout unit.

The next three years promise to be exciting for Scouting as all three of our traditional programs will be updated based on several years of volunteer-led research and development!

Venturing is first up in 2014 with a totally new program and recognition approach focusing on progressive development in adventure, leadership, and service to others and personal growth.

Then in 2015, Cub Scouting will be updated with a new Adventure-based advancement system, activities that are more active and more aligned with the Aims/Mission, Tiger Cub becomes simply - Tiger, with a  new image, and the earning of the Webelos badge no longer being required for the Arrow of Light.

And then in 2016, additions and revisions will be rolled-out to the Boy Scout requirements, including making Scout a rank.

To keep everyone up to date with all of the upcoming changes, the BSA has created a special Program Updates page in

CLICK HERE for more Information.

2014 Silver Beaver Award Recipients

On November 7, 2014, The Northeastern Pennsylvania Council, BSA, honored three outstanding Scouters with the Silver Beaver Award.  This very distinguished and restricted national award is presented annually by the Council for noteworthy service of exceptional character to youth.

(from left to right, above):

Rick A. Stritzinger
Two Mountains District Commissioner

Dr. Donald S. Kretchmer
​Troop 155 & Crew 163 Trucksville, PA

Michael J. Lolli
​Troop 16 & Crew 1600, Scranton

Silver Beaver


Your best recruiting and retention tool is an adult volunteer already in your unit. He/she just doesn’t know it yet.

Don’t delay in filling the newly created Unit Membership Chairman position. This Scouter is a member of your unit’s committee whose sole focus is membership growth and retention. Think of it like the district or council membership chairmen who are responsible for growth at those levels of Scouting.

What do they do? And what resources are available to take the stress off whoever takes on this daunting but vital job?

CLICK on the READ MORE, below, to find out more about this newly created position - what the responsibilities are of the individual in this position and what resources are available to assist units in Membership recruiting and retention.