Two Mountains District

"As one of America’s largest youth-serving organizations, the Boy Scouts of America continues to work to bring the benefits of our programs to as many children, families and communities as possible.

“While we offer a number of programs that serve all youth, Cub Scouting and Boy Scouting are specifically designed to meet the needs of boys. For more than 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America, along with schools, youth sports and other youth organizations, have ultimately deferred to the information on an individual’s birth certificate to determine eligibility for our single-gender programs. However, that approach is no longer sufficient as communities and state laws are interpreting gender identity differently, and these laws vary widely from state to state.

“Starting today, we will accept and register youth in the Cub and Boy Scout programs based on the gender identity indicated on the application. Our organization’s local councils will help find units that can provide for the best interest of the child.

“The BSA is committed to identifying program options that will help us truly serve the whole family, and this is an area that we will continue to thoughtfully evaluate to bring the benefits of Scouting to the greatest number of youth possible – all while remaining true to our core values, outlined in the Scout Oath and Law.”

Those wanting additional information should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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.

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.

The NEPA Council is in need of a part-time, 20-hour per week,Scout Shop Sales Associate with additional clerical responsibilities.

For more information CLICK on the Read more link, below.

WANTED: SUMMER CAMP STAFF
Consider spending the summer at Camp Acahela or Goose Pond in 2017 as a member of our great staff. Or, maybe you know someone who would make an ideal staff member, let us know! Camp staff applications for 2017 are available by clicking on the link, below, to download (fill-able version) or at the Service Center. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details on having the summer of a lifetime.

 

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!

Start Your Engines!

Whoosh!

Designed to Crunch

Dr. Bernard Harris Supernova Award

Thomas Edison Supernova Award

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.

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

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