Two Mountains District

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.

2016 Nominations

Now Open Until

October 7

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Council is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Silver Beaver Award, the highest volunteer recognition award presented by a local Boy Scout Council.

The Silver Beaver Award was introduced in 1931 and is a council‐level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. Recipients of this award are registered Scouters who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council.

You can download the nomination form below and return the completed form to the Council Service Center by close of business October 7th.

To prevent embarrassment, the candidate should not be notified of this nomination.

The 2016 Silver Beaver Awards will be presented at the 2016 Volunteer Recognition Dinner on November 11th.

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:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 570-207-1227, x227

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.

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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