Financial Assistance Request
United Way of Lackawanna & Wayne Counties
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.
Camping Opportunities in
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 outdoorsman, there's an exciting adventure for you.
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 2015 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."
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
Both Goose Pond and Camp Acahela offer multiple year-round camping opportunities.
Special programs may be offered at the camps including:
Project C.O.P.E. at 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.
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).
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).
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:
⇒ Covington Park, Moscow, PA - July 6-10, 2015
⇒ Plains Municipal Park - August 3-7, 2015
This is the perfect 24-hour family camping program for new or experienced campers. All you have to do pretty much is show up - we take it from there.
Fees are only $40 per participant (if paid by May 15th).
Moms and/or Dads, legal guardians, and/or adult relatives can attend with their Scout. The adventure begins Saturday morning and ends Sunday morning after breakfast.
There are four weekends to choose from:
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.
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*:
*Some of these tools require a Member ID.
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
Internet Rechartering allows you to renew your unit's charter online and perform the following actions:
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.
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.
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.
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 official Northeastern Pennsylvania Council Facebook page|
|The official Northeastern Pennsylvania Council Facebook page|
|The official Northeastern Pennsylvania Council Venturing Officer's Association Facebook page|
|The official Boy Scout of America Facebook page. Accept no substitutes.|
|Follow what's going on with Boys' Life on Facebook|
From time to time, area vendors will offer opportunities for you to support Scouting with things you may buy or use everyday. Below are some current offers from area vendors who want to help support Scouting in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
DB - Popcorn Kickoff
DB - Membership Kickoff
08/28/2015 - 08/30/2015
Wood Badge Weekend #1
09/01/2015 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
DB - Cub Scout/Boy Scout Roundtable
09/02/2015 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
DB - District Commissioners/District Committee