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Donnie Stephens

Congratulations to Donnie Stephens from our NEPA Council who was elected as the 2015 National Vice Chief of the Order of the Arrow! Donnie, who is an Eagle Scout, is currently an Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 232, sponsored by Gate Heaven Church in Dallas, PA and a member of Crew 163, sponsored by Shavertown United Methodist Church.

Donnie is a Vigil Honor member and Founder's Award recipient from NEPA's Lowwapaneu OA Lodge where he served as Lodge Vice Chief and 2014 Conclave Chairman. He has also served as Section Chief and Section Vice Chief for OA Section NE-5B.

He is also a recipient of a James E. West Fellowship and the Venturing Leadership Award. He is currently studying economics at the College of the Holy Cross.

Best of luck to Donnie in his new position!

Eagle Scout Advancement Tools

Resources that our council has made available for Life Scouts on their "Trail to Eagle" are available at the link below.

 

What Is Cub Scouts?

In 1930 the Boy Scouts of America launched a home- and neighborhood-centered program for boys 9 to 11 years of age. A key element of the program is an emphasis on caring, nurturing relationships between boys and their parents, adult leaders, and friends. Currently, Cub Scouting is the largest of the BSA's three membership divisions. (The others are Boy Scouting and Venturing.)

Membership

Cub Scouting has program components for boys in the first through fifth grades (or ages 7, 8, 9, or 10). Members join a Cub Scout pack and are assigned to a den, usually a neighborhood group of six to eight boys. First-grade boys (Tiger Cubs) meet twice a month, while Wolf Cub Scouts (second graders), Bear Cub Scouts (third graders), and Webelos (fourth and fifth graders) meet weekly.

Once a month, all of the dens and family members gather for a pack meeting under the direction of a Cubmaster and pack committee. The committee includes parents of boys in the pack and members of the chartered organization.

The Purposes of Cub Scouting

Cub Scouting has nine purposes, to:

  • Positively influence character development and encourage spiritual growth
  • Help boys develop habits and attitudes of good citizenship
  • Encourage good sportsmanship and pride in growing strong in mind and body
  • Improve understanding within the family
  • Strengthen boys' ability to get along with other boys and respect other people
  • Foster a sense of personal achievement by helping boys develop new interests and skills
  • Show how to be helpful and do one's best
  • Provide fun and exciting new things to do
  • Prepare boys to become Boy Scouts

The Cub Scout Promise

I, (name), promise to do my best
To do my duty to God and my country,
To help other people, and
To obey the Law of the Pack.
The Cub Scout Motto
Do Your Best.

The Law of the Pack

The Cub Scout follows Akela.
The Cub Scout helps the pack go.
The pack helps the Cub Scout grow.
The Cub Scout gives goodwill.

Cub Scout Colors

The Cub Scout colors are blue and gold. The blue stands for truth and spirituality, steadfast loyalty, and the sky above. The gold stands for warm sunlight, good cheer, and happiness. Together, they symbolize what Cub Scouting is all about.

CLICK HERE to find a Cub Pack near you!

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We wish to thank these Companies, Foundations and Authorities for their generous contributions to the Dan Beard Cabin Project.

Woodloch Lackawanna Heritage Valley

The Ross Family Foundation Fast Signs

Cabin Doctor Corcoran Printing

Parry Express Winloa Auto & Equipment

Pennstar North Penn Bank

Hemmler & Camayd Architects H.K. Jones & Son

Grand Rental Station Simplex Homes

Paupack Fuel Oil The Dime Bank

 

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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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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Click on the links below for more information on the Boy Scout STEM/Nova Program

BSA Boy Scout Nova & Supernova Awards Website

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

STEM/Nova Award Tracking Forms

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

Shoot! tracking form

Start Your Engines! tracking form

Whoosh! tracking form

Designed to Crunch tracking form

Dr. Bernard Harris Supernova Award tracking form

Thomas Edison Supernova Award tracking form

Boy Scout STEM/Nova & Supernova Related Awards

Below is a tiered list of merit badges related to the Boy Scout Nova & Supernova Awards. Tier 1 includes merit badges that are STEM related in their entirety, whereas Tier 2 includes merit badges that have only a few STEM related requirements.

Tier 1 Merit Badges

Animal Science Astronomy Bird Study Chemistry
Chess Computers Drafting Electricity
Electronics Energy Engineering Environmental Science
Forestry Geocaching Geology Insect Study
Inventing Mammal Study Medicine Model Design & Building
Nature Nuclear Science Oceanography Personal Management
Photography Plant Science Reptile & Amphibian Study  
Robotics Soil & Water Conservation Space Exploration  
Surveying Veterinary Medicine Weather  

Tier 2 Merit Badges*

American Business Archeology Architecture Aviation
Backpacking Canoeing Collections Communication
Composite Materials Dentistry Entrepreneurship Farm Mechanics
Finger Printing Fire Safety Fish & Wildlife Management Genealogy
Golf Horsemanship Law Pioneering
Public Health Radio Railroading Salesmanship
Scuba Diving Welding Whitewater  

*Click Here for specific STEM/Nova requirements for Tier 2 Merit Badges 

Other Resources

NESA STEM SCHOLARSHIP

NEW SCHOLARSHIP Promotes Science and Math Education -
As the economy struggles and college costs rise, scholarships are becoming more important than ever. So the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) is proud to announce that it has permanently funded a new annual Eagle Scout scholarship.

The NESA STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Scholarship will be awarded annually to an Eagle Scout who intends to major and pursue a career in one of those fields. Applicants must submit the Eagle Scout Academic Scholarships application (available from www.NESA.org/scholarships.html). The application must include a signed statement—one the applicant has written—that details his education and career goals in a STEM-related field, as well as a signed reference letter from a high school teacher in that field. The first NESA STEM Scholarship was awarded on June 1, 2012, at the Boy Scouts of America’s National Annual Meeting.

The new scholarship aligns with the BSA’s renewed emphasis on promoting science and technology, fields where American students seriously lag their counterparts around the world. (Three-fourths of America’s fastest growing occupations require significant math and science preparation, yet less than 15 percent of high school graduates are prepared to pursue scientific or technical training in college, according to one study.) 

BLASTCAR™

The new Blastcar™ racing activity is a merit-badge-driven activity intended for Boy Scouts. Scouts can use their knowledge to experience the engineering design process through sketching an idea for their racer, laying out a design, constructing the car, conducting trial tests, modifying their design, and adding finishing details. Scouts design their racers for optimum performance on the course(s) they’ve engineered as a team.

Kit contains a pine wood block measuring 10" x 2 1/4" x 1 7/8", four racing slick wheels, axle screws, eyelets, axle key, and instruction guide. The position for the CO2 cartridge is pre-drilled into each block.

Activity can be used toward requirements for Model Design & Building, Woodworking, and Wood Carving merit badges.  Blastcar kits are available in the local Scout Shops or online at www.scoutstuff.org

For Blastcar guidelines and instructions, please go to this link:

http://www.scoutstuff.org/media/content/docs/pdfs/5239_Blastcar_GuideFNL.pdf 

PBS NOVA ONLINE PROGRAMS

Attached is a list of PBS Nova Online Programs that apply to Shoot!, Start Your Engines! and Designed to Crunch.  You can click on the title to take you to the web page.

The Camp Headquarters Cabin and Dan Beards Outdoor School
Lackawaxen Township, Pike County, PA

Wildlands and Dan BeardPreserving this cabin, this piece of history has significant meaning not only to the early beginnings of the Boy Scouts of American, but to Daniel Carter Beard and his association with the Northeastern Pennsylvania region. His original summer home, Wildlands, burned down in 1961. The other buildings of the Dan Beard Outdoor School for Boys no longer exist or have been moved. That makes this Kiva style log cabin the last remaining part of Beard's Outdoor School. Relocating and keeping the cabin in the NEPA region is important to preserving not only this history but it is also a tribute to a beloved founder of the BSA, Dan Beard himself.

In 1887, Daniel Carter Beard and his brother James first purchased property on Lake Teedyuskung in Lackawaxen Twp, Pike County, PA. The property was eventually deeded in full to Dan Beard. He built a log cabin in 1887 known as Wildlands as a summer home. In 1916 The Dan Beard Outdoor School for Boys was incorporated and the summer camp program began to take shape.

Dan Beard met Abner McPheters at an outdoor conference and designs for an additional log cabin on his property in Lackawaxen Twp, were formulated. Abner McPheters was a outdoor guide, lumber operations manager, and cabin builder from Maine. A deal was struck and McPheters came from Maine with five loggers (two are known at this time as Little Joe and Elmer) to construct the Kiva style cabin in 1926. The cabin was built on the East side of Welcome Lake Road which is now owned by Woodloch Pines. The purpose of building a Kiva style cabin is that it is well suited to be used as a large assembly room. This Camp Headquarters cabin was designed for that purpose. It is a 28' x 30' rectangular log building with walls reaching to the steeply pitched roof. Joists were placed during the construction (see photo) on the top of wall girders in a N-S orientation to accommodate a hanging room known as the Orioles Nest, which was placed at right angles in a East West direction.

This nest was constructed to float on the rafters so as not to take away from the rooms spacious appearance. The floor of the second level is locked into place by a king post that runs from the roof’s ridgepole to the second floor joist and held in place by wooden pegs. It was effective in reducing vibration and springing of the floor. Stairs were built on the NW side of the room leading to the Orioles Nest. The loft is surrounded with a “U” shaped balcony referred to as a “Romeo and Juliet” balcony.

An extension with a lean-to style roof is located on the east side of the cabin and contains 4 small rooms to be used as bedrooms and offices. The desire was to maintain focus on the cabins’ use as an assembly room. A porch extends from the NW side and continues to the South side of the cabin. A stone fireplace with a puncheon mantel was constructed on the east side of the assembly room. To build it, they first constructed a open face wooden box to be used as a form for laying the stones. Once the stones were laid and chimney finished, a fire was set burning the wooden form from the fireplace.

The front door of the cabin was referred to as a “Fort Pitt” door. It was constructed by using small tree trunks with one side flattened (puncheons.) Each puncheon was attached together to make 2 panels. A frame was constructed and the panels attached to each side. These panel seams were offset and covered on the insides sealing the seams to reduce air seepage. The outside panel overlapped the frame to complete the seal when the door was closed. One of the Maine Loggers, Little Joe, forged the metal hinges in Hawley at a blacksmith shop and hand carved the latches and handles for the door.

 

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