Dan Beard District

Mark Barbernitz

Please welcome Mark Barbernitz as our new Scout Executive of the Northeast Pennsylvania Council effective September 19.

Mark began his Scouting career as an Exploring executive in the Great Trail Council in Akron, Ohio, then as a district and senior district executive. He moved on to become a field director for the Heart of Ohio Council in Ashland, Ohio, and later as assistant Scout executive with the Pennsylvania Dutch Council in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He was then selected to serve as Scout executive of the Mason-Dixon Council in Hagerstown, Maryland.

Mark is a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow and a lifelong Scout who enjoys camping, skiing, boating, and cooking.

Mark and his wife Marty have three grown children: Kristen, Kara, and Mark.

Mark may be contacted at:
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Please join in with all of our Scouting family in congratulating Mark as he joins in partnership with the volunteers and staff of the Northeast Pennsylvania Council to deliver quality Scouting experiences to the young people of the communities they serve.

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Council is pleased to announce that for the SECOND YEAR in a row the council has achieved JTE GOLD status!

The Council received high marks in the following criteria:

  1. Fiscal Management
  2. Endowment Growth
  3. Youth Retention - 80.4% of our youth members stayed in Scouting
  4. Cub Scout Advancement
  5. Cub Scout Camping
  6. Boy Scout Camping
  7. Community Service
  8. District Committee Operations
  9. Trained Unit Leadership

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Council was also recognized as being a Friends of Scouting year end Achiever for:

  1. Having an increase in Friends of Scouting in 2015 compared to 2014.
  2. A Balanced Operating Budget
  3. A Board approved Fund Development Plan for 2016

Most noteworthy, we were one of the highest scoring councils in the nation for our increase in camp attendance.

Congratulations!

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 scouting.org.

CLICK HERE for more Information.

New PA State Law - Act #153

Click on the Read more link, below, to read an Open Letter from our Scout Executive to all Scouters in the NEPA Council regarding the new PA state law.

Click on the links below for more information on Cub Scout & Webelos STEM/Nova Program.

BSA Cub Scout Nova & Supernova Awards Website

BSA Webelos Supernova Award Website

Cub Scout Nova Guidebook guidebooks may be purchased in the Council Scout Shop
or ordered online via Scoutstuff.org.

STEM/Nova Tracking Forms

Click on the links below to download a tracking form for a Nova or Supernova award.

Science Everywhere

Down & Dirty

Nova WILD!

Out of This World

Tech Talk

Swing!

1-2-3 Go!

Dr. Luis W. Alvarez Supernova Award

Dr. Charles H. Townes Supernova Award

Other Resources

Den Leaders looking for some program ideas around science for their Cub Scouts' advancement trail may find some helpful resources in this document:

Cub Scout Science Ideas

Upcoming Events

Oct
1

10/01/2016 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Oct
3

10/03/2016

Oct
5

10/05/2016 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Oct
5

10/05/2016 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Oct
12

10/12/2016 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm