Training Update:

Are you a new Cub leader?  Please register for an upcoming Cub leader specific training convenient for you! Get all of the important and useful tips and information needed to be a great leader for your pack.

Make your Cub Scout Leader job EASIER and MORE FUN!  An enthusiastic, trained leader can make the difference between a Den or Pack that is struggling, and one that is ready to take on the world.  Find out how to use the “Cub Scout Adventure Leader Guides” and other resources available.  After all, your Cub Scouts deserve it, and so do YOU!

Who Should Attend?

  • Den Leaders (Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos) and Assistants
  • Cubmasters and Assistants
  • Committee Chairs and Members
  • Interested Cub Scout Parents

What Will I Learn?

GENERAL SESSION

  • Quick overview of Cub Scouting
  • Leader teamwork to make the Pack GO

SPLIT SESSIONS BY POSITION

  • Your position description and responsibilities
  • Parts of your specific meeting
  • Preparation and planning with the Cub Scout Adventure materials
  • Themes for FUN and learning
  • Your role in Cub Scout Advancement
  • Getting families involved
  • Resources
  • Working relationships with local Boy Scout Troops
  • FUN! FUN! FUN!

Register for upcoming Cub leader trainings here: https://scoutingevent.com/358-14080

Are you a new Boy Scout Leader??

To become trained as a Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster, the following courses are required:

  • Youth Protection Training
  • Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Position Specific Training
  • Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills Training

To become trained as a Committee Member, the following courses are required:

  • Youth Protection Training
  • Troop Committee Challenge Training

Please see below for the upcoming training opportunities.  Want an opportunity during the day?  Check out the Boy Scout Summer Camp tab.  You do not need to be registered for camp to attend.
Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training:

  • March 10, 2018 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at Cedar Knolls
  • May 19, 2018 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at Pluckemin Presbyterian Church
  • September 15, 2018 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at Cedar Knolls
  • November 3, 2018 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at Pluckemin Presbyterian Church
  • March 9, 2019 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at Cedar Knolls
  • May 18, 2019 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at Pluckemin Presbyterian Church
  • September 14, 2019 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at Cedar Knolls
  • November 2, 2019 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at Pluckemin Presbyterian Church

Register for upcoming Boy Scout leader trainings here: https://scoutingevent.com/358-SMSpecfics


Revenue Development- Friends of Scouting- The Friends of Scouting campaign help make possible the many programs our council and district provide to our Scouts and leaders. Thank you to the units that have scheduled their FOS dates.  We need to schedule the remaining units in Fishawack so please contact Steve Minett, Fishawack FOS chair, [email protected], or development executive Maria Yosco, (973) 765-9322, X 224, or [email protected].   FOS presentations should happen no later than March.

Program-Klondike Derby- The Fishawack Klondike Derby is coming up fast, scheduled for Saturday, February 3, at Camp Somers, Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation.  Boy Scouts will test their winter outdoor skills. Webelos will be invited to attend mid-day to observe troops in action and participate is some fun activities. Online registration is open at www.ppcbsa.org. Last day to register is January 26.

Click on districts/Fishawack/Fishawack district calendar.

Information on upcoming district events, including Cub Scout events, may be found on this website.

Unit Service- Charters- Thank you to all packs, troops, and crews that have submitted your 2018 recharters on time. 2017 charters expired on December 31.  If your unit has not yet submitted its charter to the council for review and delivery, please do so asap. It is crucial for units to complete on time rechartering to maintain insurance coverage for all Scouting activities. All questions on rechartering should be directed to Marc Maratea, unit service executive, at (973) 765-9322 X240, [email protected]

EXPLORING CAREERS IN LAW

Young men and women, ages 14-20, who are interested in the legal profession are invited to join Law Explorer Post 22.

Come to our first meeting of the year on February 3, 2018, from 10:00 am – 11:45 am, at 1 Saddle Road in Cedar Knolls.

Future meetings will each focus on specific areas of the legal profession.  Meetings will be held monthly on Saturday mornings from 10:00 am to noon.  Register for this event & join Explorer Post 22 at https://tinyurl.com/LawPost.  For more information, contact Linda Mainenti Walsh, Esq., [email protected] or Andrew Jacobs, Esq., [email protected], or Al Thomas, [email protected]. 

Family Scouting Program/Early Adopters:

Starting in September 2018, girls will be able to join Cub Scouts, and all packs will have the option to add all-girl dens.  The formal start of girls being able to join Cub Scouts is September, however, there has been so much interest in starting sooner that the BSA has initiated an “EARLY ADOPTER” program.  This program will allow girls to join Cub Scouts as early as January 15, 2018, and is available ONLY to qualified Packs in Councils that opt into the “EARLY ADOPTER” program. These new dens will give girls every opportunity to earn their rank by June 30.

PLEASE click on this link http://ppbsa.doubleknot.com/event/family-scouting-link/2286454 for additional information on Family Scouting and the Early Adopter pack application. 

Workshops on Family Scouting Early Adopters will be held on Jan. 20, and Feb. 17.

To register for a workshop on Family Scouting Early Adopters, including Cub Scout Leader Specific Training, go to https://scoutingevent.com/358-FSWS.

Cub Scout dens will be single gender.  This way the boys and girls can learn and grow at the pace that is unique for their development.  Packs can be all-boy packs, all-girl packs or family packs with any combination of all-boy dens and all-girl dens.

For more information, contact Al Thomas, (973) 765-9322 X 229, [email protected]

Upcoming important dates:

Fishawack Finest and District Award of Merit Dinner

Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Social hour starts at 6:00 pm – come when you like.
Dinner and annual meeting start at 7:00 pm
at the Hanover Manor, 16 Eagle Rock Avenue in East Hanover

The only criteria for receiving the Fishawack’s Finest is the gratitude and affection of other leaders in the unit.
District Award of Merit, Fishawack’s Finest and Community Service Award will be presented.
District & council members at large and chartering organization representatives will vote to accept 2018’s slate of district members.

Cash bar available
Business casual attire recommended

Name your unit’s Fishawack’s Finest honoree through the Fishawack calendar at www.ppcbsa.org (select January 23, 2018) by January 16.

Please arrange for your honoree and friends from your unit to attend.

Online registration for the dinner will be open November 30 to January 23 through the Fishawack calendar at www.ppcbsa.org. $39.00 per person.  ($45.00 for late registration after January 10).

For more information, contact Tom O’Leary, [email protected], 973-432-2992.

Klondike-Saturday, February 3, MASR, Camp Somers

Registration open through January 26 at http://ppbsa.doubleknot.com/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2253320&OrgKey=904

Webelos First Aid Rally Event-Saturday, February 10, MASR, Camp Somers

Registration closes February 2 at 11;59 PM,  https://ppcbsa.org/2017/10/01/webelos-first-aid-rally/

Roundtable- Wednesday, February 7.  Council Service Center, 7:30 PM.