Cub Scouts are boys that are 7-10 years old or are in Grades 1-5. Cub Scouts typically meet once a week and are in dens with boys their own age. For over 80 years, Cub Scouts have been having the time of their lives making new friends and learning new things in an environment designed to help them succeed. With the help of an adult leader, boys will build their own pinewood derby® car, learn how to roast the perfect marshmallow, visit new places and learn about their community. You son will LOVE being a Cub Scout and you will LOVE seeing his confidence and self esteem build.
Boy Scouts are boys that are 11-17 years old. Boys can join Boy Scouts without having gone through the Cub Scout program. Boy Scout Troops are broken in to patrols and is a mentoring program where older boys teach skills to the younger boys. Boy Scouts prove themselves in an environment that challenges their courage and tests their nerve. After they've been given the proper guidance from those with experience and know-how, they take their own lead, going places they've never gone, seeing things they've never seen, and diving into the rugged world of outdoor adventure, relying on teamwork and character to accomplish what everyone else thinks is impossible.
Girls in Boy Scouts? Yes! Venturing is a coed program for teens and young adults ages 14–20 (or 13 and have completed the eighth grade) who enjoy high adventure, exploring far-off places and hanging out with their closest friends. Venture Crews create their own activities and plan outings with the guidance of adult leadership. Some favorite activities include rock climbing, whitewater rafting. backpacking and teambuilding activities.
So whether your son is 7 or 17, or a male or female youth aged 14 through 20, click below and learn how to become part of one of the oldest and largest organizations teaching self confidence and leadership as well as making life-long friends. Registrations begin in September, typically coinciding with the school year and are usually sponsored by a school, church, club or association
OA Unit Elections & Visitations for 2016 are now being scheduled! All units (even if they have no Scouts eligible this year) are requested to download and complete the form below and return to the NEPA Scout Service & Training Center at least two weeks prior to their earliest requested election date.
Camping Opportunities in
Get Excited, Get Ready, Get Psyched for 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 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 570-207-1227 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 $335 (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 $225 (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:
⇒ Camp Acahela, Blakeslee - July 5-8, 2016
⇒ Moscow/North Pocono - July 11-15, 2016
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 $45 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 three weekends to choose from:
Dan Beard, one of the founding fathers of Scouting, has left a remnant of his past in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The Dan Beard Outdoor School for Boys was located on the premises of what is now the Woodloch Pines Resort. It has been donated by the Kiesendahl Family to the Northeastern Pennsylvania Council, Boy Scouts of America to be erected at Goose Pond Scout Reservation. The school’s Headquarters cabin has been dismantled and is now in storage in Scranton.
We need help to raise enough dollars to re-assemble “Uncle Dan’s” cabin and have it become part of Boy Scout living history at Goose Pond. There is a strict deadline for re-assembly of the cabin, to ensure the stability of the original American Chestnut logs. If any of the logs deteriorate, there are no available replacement logs available in the United States. Today, the locally harvested logs are considered rare and extremely valuable.
Immortalize your son, his troop, your favorite Scout leader, Eagle Scout, service project, yourself, your family, or a family member. You can also place a paver “In Memory Of” someone special by purchasing one of the two differently sized pavers that will provide a walkway at the entrance to Dan Beard’s Cabin.
For almost 100 years, Scouting programs have instilled in youth the values found in the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Today, these values are just as relevant in helping youth grow to their full potential as they were in 1910. Scouting helps youth develop academic skills, self-confidence, ethics, leadership skills, and citizenship skills that influence their adult lives.
The Boy Scouts of America provides youth with programs and activities that allow them to
While various activities and youth groups teach basic skills and promote teamwork, Scouting goes beyond that and encourages youth to achieve a deeper appreciation for service to others in their community.
Scouting provides youth with a sense that they are important as individuals. It is communicated to them that those in the Scouting family care about what happens to them, regardless of whether a game is won or lost.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, Scouting promotes activities that lead to personal responsibility and high self-esteem. As a result, when hard decisions have to be made, peer pressure can be resisted and the right choices can be made.