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Journey to Excellence

The 18 Journey To Excellence evaluation criteria are grouped in 5 categories: Finances; Membership; Program; Unit Service; and Leadership and Governance. The Northeastern Pennsylvania Council’s status in each of the 18 criteria is discussed below.

Current as of March 31, 2013

1. Fiscal Management +0.04 JTE silver
 

This criteria evaluates the overall financial health of the Council’s operating fund by comparing operating assets to annual operating expenses. We greatly reduced this negative amount by $131,000 in 2012 to negative $16,000 attaining a Bronze JTE status due to the improvement. Our long-range plan is to achieve a positive operating asset position by the end of 2013. We are on track to acheive this through the first quarter of the year.

 

2. Fundraising +19.05% JTE silver
 

This criteria evaluates the Council’s generation of operating income through its Friends Of Scouting campaign, Special Events, Project Sales and Foundation support. The current year’s fundraising performance is evaluated against the prior year. We are currently ahead of the fundraising amount in March 2012 primarily due to the excellent results of this year's Distringuished Citizens Dinner.

 

3. Endowment 0.28% No Score
 

This criteria evaluates the Council’s ability to increase restricted assets in its endowment fund as compared to the operating expenses of the council. To achieve Bronze Status, we would need to receive about $6,000 in new endowment gifts.

 

4. Market Share (Density) 6.71% JTE silver
 

This is the percentage of all registered youth members compared to all of the youth within the council’s defined geographic territory that could be members. We are currently 2.62% ahead of prior year.

 

5. Membership Growth +0.33% JTE silver
 

This is the percentage increase or decrease in the number of traditional youth members (Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers and Explorers) in the council as compared to prior year. The NEPA Council, like most councils in the northeastern United States, has experienced membership declines for many years. We believe we could end this trend in 2013 with a slight increase in membership. Our current traditional membership is 3,011 (10 more than March 2012).

 

6. Youth Retention 72.68% JTE Silver
 

This is the percentage of registered youth members that remain as members one year later. We are 1.31% ahead of prior year’s 71.37% in March.

 

7. Cub Scout Advancement 34.9% JTE Gold
 

This is the percentage of Cub Scouts who have advanced one rank. We achieved the gold benchmark for the second consecutive year in 2012 and expect to do so again in 2013.

 

8. Boy Scout Advancement 16.04% JTE Gold
 

This is the percentage of Boy Scouts who have advanced one rank. We expect to end the year at 48% to 50% as compared to 45.3 in 2012. We are currently 4.09% points better than March 2012. The gold benchmark has been increased to 50% in 2013.

 

9. Cub Scout Camping No Data No Score
 

This is the percentage of Cub Scouts registered on June 30th who attend Day Camp, Family Camp or Resident Camp. JTE program scores will be posted after summer camp season.

 

10. Boy Scout Camping No Data No Score
 

This is the percentage of Boy Scouts registered on June 30th who attend long-term summer camp, high adventure base or jamboree. Scores will be posted after summer camp season

 

11. Community Service 7.57 hours No Score
 

This is the number of community service hours logged into the JTE website divided by the number of registered youth members. We expect to end the year at 7+ hours per member which we accomplished in 2012 and is above the gold standard.

 

12. Youth Serving Executives 0 Change No Score
 

This criteria measures the number of Youth Serving Executives as compared to the Total Available Youth within the council’s geographic territory.

 

13. Commissioner Service 3.27 units per commissioner JTE Gold
 

This criteria measures the number of units per registered District Commissioners in the council.

 

14. Unit Visitations 18.37% JTE Gold
  This is the percentage of units that have received at least 6 visits from unit commissioners in the year. It is prorated throughout the year so 2 visits are required in March.
15. Voice of the Scout   JTE Gold
 

We have an 85.83% email saturation rate. Spring surveys will soon be sent out.  We were recognized as one of the 18 “Elite”councils by the BSA in their analysis of the spring 2012 VOS results and expect to remain in this category in 2013.

 

16. Council Leadership 0 items No Score
 

We anticipate completing all three items required for Gold level.

 

17. District Leadership 32.5 members JTE Silver
 

The size of our District Committees  is well above the gold standard of 33 and among the leading councils in the nation. Registration issues in the first quarter have temporarily reduced the committee sizes but this will be resolved before the second quarter report.

 

18. Unit Leadership 49.45% JTE Gold
 

This criteria measures the percentage of direct contact leaders (e.g. Cubmasters, Den Leaders, Scoutmasters, etc.) who are trained for their position in scouting. We improved 5.25% above prior year as of March and anticipate ending the year above 50% compared to 47.06% in 2012.

 

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.

RECHARTERING IN 7 SIMPLE STEPS !

STEP 1 - Pick-up Your Charter Renewal Packet

  • Pick-up your Charter Renewal Packet at one of the Following Locations on NOVEMBER 5:
    • ​Dan Beard District - Council Service and Training Center, Moosic
    • Two Mountains District - St. Nicholas R.C. Church, Wilkes Barre - 6:00 - 8:00 pm
  • If you can't pick up your charter on Nov 5, make arrangements to have your Unit Commissioner pick it up, or you can pick it up the Council Service and Training Center as soon as possible after Nov 5
  • Extra copies of the basic charter renewal packets are available at the following links:

STEP 2 - Make an Appointment to Review & Turn in Your Charter

  • Contact your District Executive to schedule an appointment to review & turn-in your charter on one of the following dates:
    • Saturday, November 22nd and December 6th from 9am – 12pm at the Council Service Center
    • Tuesday, December 2nd and December 9th from 5pm – 7pm at the Council Service Center
    • Thursday, December 4th and December 11th from 5pm – 7pm at the Council Service Center

STEP 3 - Schedule & Hold a Unit Rechartering Team Meeting

  • Set a date to meet that is convenient for your re-charter team after receiving the Charter Renewal packet.
  • Suggested attendance: Your Unit Commissioner, Charter Renewal Chairman, Unit Leader, Unit Committee Chair, Treasurer, and other interested adults.
  • Consider inviting youth leaders of older youth programs (e.g., Senior Patrol Leader or Crew President).
  • Obtain current unit rosters from unit leadership and compare to the unit roster that has been provided.
  • Write unit roster changes in pencil, not ink, so that mistakes can be erased.
  • Extra youth and adult applications are in your kit. If you need more, contact your District Executive or visit the Council Service and Training Center in Moosic
  • Have telephone access to be able to call your families for status on their registration.
  • If you need assistance, your Unit Commissioner has resources to help with your charter renewal.

STEP 4 - Complete All Necessary Paperwork & Collect (new) Applications & Fees

  • Complete all forms in charter renewal packet
  • Collect & make sure all new member applications all complete, including the appropriate signatures.Extra youth and adult applications are in your kit. If you need more, contact your District Executive or visit the Council Service and Training Center.
  • Fee information is also listed in the packet

STEP 5 - Revise the Charter

  • Follow the steps in the Recharteering Packet to complete the re-charter process.
  • You can save a lot of time and help insure your charter is accurate by updating your charter ONLINE via the Internet at http:/www.scoutnet.scouting.org/UCRS/ui/home/default.aspx.
  • 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.
    • Connect to a printer and print the final copy of the charter report for signature

  • Or revise the charter manually via the steps outlined in the Packet

STEP 6 - Gather Final Documents & Signatures

  • Review and make sure that all Charter Renewal Checklist items are complete on the Charter Worksheet in the Packet
  • Collect all items listed on Worksheet

STEP 7 - Bring All Completed Forms & Payment to Scheduled Appointment at the Scout Service and Training Center (Step 2, above)

  • Completed charter paperwork and payments are due in to the Scout Service and Training Center on or before DECEMBER 15th.
  • Remember, each unit needs to meet with their unit commissioner to conduct the unit membership inventory and charter renewal meeting prior to the final appointment.
  • Remember that All paperwork needs to be signed by the Executive Officer and Unit Leader.
  • Bring requirement payment. It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that, if paying by check, the amount not be filled in on the check until the appointment in case of any errors discovered during the final review.

All members of Lowwapaneu Lodge, family members and friends are invited to attend the Annual Holiday Banquet.  This year's activity of cheerful fellowship will be on Sunday, December 28 at the Al Mia Amore Restaurant (formerly The After Five), 280 Main St, Dickson City.  The afternoon's festivities begin with a gathering at 1:00 pm, followed by dinner at 1:30 pm.

Highlights of this year’s banquet include: recognition of the new Ordeal, Brotherhood, and Vigil members; special guests; entertainment; lodge plans for the upcoming year; fellowship; James West and Founder’s Award presentations... and more.

Cost: $25. per person if paid by Dec 20th.  $30 after Dec 20th. LAST DAY for reservations is Dec 23!

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!

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

 

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Your best recruiting and retention tool is an adult volunteer already in your unit. He/she just doesn’t know it yet.

Don’t delay in filling the newly created Unit Membership Chairman position. This Scouter is a member of your unit’s committee whose sole focus is membership growth and retention. Think of it like the district or council membership chairmen who are responsible for growth at those levels of Scouting.

What do they do? And what resources are available to take the stress off whoever takes on this daunting but vital job?

CLICK on the READ MORE, below, to find out more about this newly created position - what the responsibilities are of the individual in this position and what resources are available to assist units in Membership recruiting and retention.

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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