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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.

Congratulations to

Bryan Fisk

NEPA Council Vice President
of Operations & Strategic Planning

who was awarded the

Silver Antelope Award 

by the Northeast Region,
at the 2015 BSA Annual Meeting

For more about this award and Bryan,
click on the Read more: link, below.

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.

 

This will become the Dan Beard's Cabin Media Gallery Page.

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What Is Boy Scouts?

Lord Robert Baden-Powell began Scouting in Great Britain in 1907 and was immediately successful in attracting boys and adult leaders to its adventurous and fun outdoor program. In addition to teaching boys outdoor skills and teamwork, boys learned responsibility, character, and the need to do good for others. Several years later, in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America was incorporated to provide a program for community organizations that offers effective character, citizenship and personnel fitness training for youth. Over 100 years later, Scouting is one of the largest youth organizations in the world.

Membership

The Boy Scout program is for boys ages 11-17. Members join a Boy Scout Troop and are assigned to a patrol, usually a neighborhood group of six to eight boys, similar to a Cub Scout Den. Troops and their patrols meet weekly, practicing skills, playing games, and learning to plan and manage for themselves as the boys help organize outings, such as hikes, campouts, and outdoor trips, and other activities.

The role of the Scoutmaster and his staff of adult leaders is to coach the boys in developing leadership skills, thinking through problems and tasks, and learning how to work and play together as a team. The Troop Committee includes parents of boys in the Troop and members of the chartered organization.

The Purposes of Boy Scouting

Specifically, the BSA endeavors to help boys develop into American citizens who:

  • Are physically, mentally and emotionally fit
  • Have high degree of self-reliance as evidenced in such qualities as initiative, courage and resourcefulness
  • Have personal values based on religious concepts
  • Have the desire and skills to help others
  • Understand the principle of the American social, economic and governmental systems
  • Are knowledgeable about and take pride in their American heritage and understand our nation's role in the world
  • Have a keen respect for the basic rights of all people
  • Are prepared to participate in and give leadership to American society.

Personal Growth

As Boy Scouts plan their activities and progress toward their goals, they experience personal growth. The Good Turn concept is a major part of the personal growth method of Boy Scouting. Boys grow as they participate in community service projects and do Good Turns for others. Probably no device is as successful in developing a basis for personal growth as the daily Good Turn. The religious emblems program also is a large part of the personal growth method. Frequent personal conferences with his Scoutmaster help each Boy Scout to determine his growth toward Scouting's aims.

The Boy Scout Oath

On my honor, I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country,
And to obey the Scout Law,
To help other people at all times
To keep myself physically strong,
Mentally awake, and morally straight

The Boy Scout Motto

Be Prepared

The Scout Law

A Scout is:
Trustworthy
Loyal
Helpful
Friendly
Courteous
Kind
Obedient
Cheerful
Thrifty
Brave
Clean
and Reverent

Scouting Memories

Long after a young man matures and grows into adulthood, the imprint of Scouting and what he learned and experienced in the program will stay with him. There are tons of stories about how Eagle Scouts frequently can be found in positions of leadership in their communities, churches, companies, and even in military service. But the fact of the matter is that even if a boy only gets as far as Tenderfoot, years later he will more than likely remember the Scout oath and the words "On my honor...", remember the name of the summer camp he went to, and the names of his patrol mates - even when he can't remember the date of his own wedding anniversary. Scouting soaks into the very core of the people who get involved in it because it gives meaning to Honor, Friendship, Trust, Faith, and all the other things that form us and sustain us as individuals. So even when a man stands hunched over his cane and his knurled fingers have to be willed to form the Scout sign, it's no surprise that many will say with a choked voice of pride packed with memories, "I remember...". And we're all better for it.

CLICK HERE to find a Scout Troop near you!

The merit badge counselor is a key player in the Boy Scout advancement program.

Information on how to become a merit badge counselor is available by clicking on the link below

On-Line Rechartering

It's Rechartering Time. You can save a lot of time and help ensure your charter is accurate by submitting your charter ONLINE. Once complete, you'll print our your signature page which you will submit to the Scout Service Center with the appropriate signatures.

Internet Rechartering allows you to renew your unit's charter online and perform the following actions:

  • Select members from your existing charter roster
  • Promote members from another unit
  • Add new members
  • Update member information
  • Print a summary of costs associated with the new charter.

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.

To enter the Internet Rechartering site, CLICK HERE! You must use Internet Explorer to use the online system.

Important Documents and Resources

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 tracking form

Tech Talk tracking form

Swing! tracking form

1-2-3 Go tracking form

Dr. Luis W. Alvarez Supernova Award tracking form

Dr. Charles H. Townes Supernova Award tracking form

Cub Scout & Webelos STEM/Nova Related Awards

Below is a list of tiered requirements for Cub Scout belt loops / pins, and Webelos activity badges.
Tier 1 includes badges, belt loops, and pins that are STEM related in their entirety, whereas Tier 2 includes badges, belt loops, and pins that may have only a few STEM-related requirements.

Cub Scout Academic and Sports Belt Loops and Pins (Tier 1)

Astronomy Computers Fishing Geology Horseback Riding
Mathematics Photography Science Weather Wildlife Conservation

Cub Scout Academic and Sports Belt Loops and Pins (Tier 2)

Archery Baseball BB Gun Shooting Bowling Collecting
Golf Family Travel Hiking Map & Compass  

Webelos Activity Pins (Tier 1)

Communicator Engineer Forester
Geologist Naturalist Scientist

Webelos Activity Pins (Tier 2)

Family Member Outdoorsman Scholar Traveler

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

Venturing in Northeastern Pennsylvania

What Is Venturing?

Venturing is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth, adult leaders, and organizations in their communities. Local community organizations establish a Venturing crew by matching their people and program resources to the interests of young people in the community. The result is a program of exciting and meaningful activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, to grow, to develop leadership skills, and to become good citizens.

Venturing crews can specialize in a variety of avocation or hobby interests. Venturing programs are developed around six experience areas of emphasis: Citizenship; Leadership; Fitness; Social; Outdoor; Service.

Membership

Venturing is a youth development program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years of age.

Venturing's purpose is to provide positive experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults.

The Purposes of Venturing

Young adults involved in Venturing will:

  • Learn to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling the values in the Venturing Oath and Code
  • Experience a program that is fun and full of challenge and adventure
  • Become a skilled training and program resource for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and other groups
  • Acquire skills in the areas of high adventure, sports, arts and hobbies, youth ministries, or Sea Scouting
  • Experience positive leadership from adult and youth leaders and be given opportunities to take on leadership roles
  • Have a chance to learn and grow in a supportive, caring, and fun environment.

Personal Growth

The methods of Venturing have been carefully chosen to meet the needs of young adults and help them grow into adulthood with confidence and fully developed interpersonal skills that can help them throughout their lifetime. These methods are:

  • Voluntary association between youth and adults. Because Venturing is voluntary, youth are receptive to new ideas, experiences, and relationships. For the youth members, these relationships provide a connection to new ways of thinking and acting, and a new identity as a responsible young adult.
  • Ethical decision-making. By asking young people to be responsible for themselves, for a program of positive activities and experiences, and for other people, Venturing provides numerous opportunities for making decisions and ethical choices. With the influence of positive adult role models and structured activities, youth learn to make effective and ethical decisions.
  • Group activities. Venturing activities are interdependent group experiences in which success is dependent on the cooperation of all youth and adults.
  • Recognition of achievement. Recognition might come through the achievement of one of the many awards available to youth members, but peers and adults also achieve it through the acknowledgement of a young person's competence and abilities.
  • Democratic process. Venturing crews provide exposure to democratic ideas and skills that are needed throughout life.
  • Curiosity, exploration, and adventure. New experiences and Venturing activities provide an excellent opportunity for acquiring new skills and participating in action-oriented activities.

The Venturing Oath

As a Venturer,
I promise to do my duty to God
and help strengthen America,
to help others, and to seek truth, fairness,
and adventure in our world.

The Venturing Code

As a Venturer, I believe that America's strength lies in our trust in God and in the courage, strength, and traditions of our people. I will, therefore, be faithful in my religious duties and will maintain a personal sense of honor in my own life. I will treasure my American heritage and will do all I can to preserve and enrich it. I will recognize the dignity and worth of all humanity and will use fair play and goodwill in my daily life.; I will acquire the Venturing attitude that seeks truth in all things and adventure on the frontiers of our changing world.

The Outdoor Code

As an American, I will do my best to -

  • Be clean in my outdoor manners.
    I will treat the outdoors as a heritage.
    I will take care of it for myself and others
    I will keep my trash and garbage out of lakes, streams, fields, woods, and roadways.
  • Be careful with fire.
    I will prevent wildfire.
    I will build my fires only where they are appropriate.
    When I have finished using a fire, I will make sure it is cold out.
    I will leave a clean fire ring, or remove all evidence of my fire.
  • Be considerate in the outdoors.
    I will treat public and private property with respect.
    I will use low-impact methods of hiking and camping.

and

  • Be conservation minded
    I will learn how to practice good conservation of soil, waters, forests, minerals, grasslands, wildlife, and energy.
    I will urge others to do the same.

CLICK HERE to find a Venturing Crew near you!

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