Raritan Valley District
Welcome to the Raritan Valley District Website, serving the communities of: Bound Brook, Bradley Gardens, Branchburg, Bridgewater, Dunellen, Edison, Finderne, Flagtown, Franklin, Franklin Park, Green Brook, Griggstown, Highland Park, Hillsborough, Lamington, Manville, Martinsville, Metuchen, Middlesex, New Brunswick, Neshanic, Neshanic Station, North Branch, Piscataway, Plainfield, Pluckemin, Princeton, Raritan, Somerset, Somerville, South Bound Brook, South Branch, and South Plainfield.
Raritan Valley Event Registrations and News:
- Roundtable Information & Upcoming Events
- Cub Scout News!
- Health & Safety
- Community Service
- Training News
- Eagle Project Requests
- Raritan Valley Photo Links
7:30 p.m. Joint Session/Announcements
Council Key 3
Cub Scout Topics:
Fall Camping Feedback
Fall Recruiting Strategies
Popcorn Sales – Lessons Learned
Winter Overnight ideas
Family Scouting experiences
General Q&A discussion
Boy Scouts Topics
RECRUIT MORE YOUTH ON HALLOWEEN WITH THESE CANDY CARDS!
Just when you thought you could wrap up recruiting for the Fall, there’s one more way you could gain some more youth in your pack or troop. Think about attaching a “Join Cub Scout” card on each piece of candy you hand out on Halloween. Or attach the joining card to the candy you hand out at the local Trunk or Treat.
Click the PDFs at our membership resources website for an editable template. You can print the cards as is or edit them with your specific pack or troop information.
The council service center has them available for download at the council website: https://ppcbsa.org/membership/currentmembers/resources/
You may also place an order for your cards by emailing your membership executive, Javier Juarez or Al Thomas. You must submit your order at least one week in advance. Be sure to share with all your parents and leaders. This is a really fun way of letting people know about your local Scouting program. Candy is not included.
Raritan Valley District Calendar 2018 – Click Link to Access
Viewing the online Guide
ONLINE RESOURCES RELATED TO SAFE SCOUTING
BSA Guide to Safe Scouting (a must read for all adult leaders to learn what activities are permitted or not permitted, as well as to learn safe operating procedures for a number of activities) at http://www.scouting.org/
In the continuing effort to protect participants in Scout activity, the BSA National Health and Safety Committee has developed 16 points that embody good judgment and common sense for all activities. Go to http://www.scouting.org/
The national BSA Scouting Safety website can be found at http://www.scouting.org/
BSA Safety Thoughts @ http://www.scouting.org/
BSA On-line training modules (Safe Swim Defense, Safety Afloat, Climbing Safely, Hazardous Weather, Trek Safely, etc.) can be completed online at http://www.myscouting.org
On-line health, safety and risk management on scouting official site at http://www.scouting.org/
Scouting Safety Begins with Leadership BSA video (an informative video highlighting the hazards of driving, swimming and boating, hiking, and climbing) at http://www.scouting.org/
BSA Health and Safety Training Course Syllabus can be found at http://www.scouting.org/
“Managing Risk” from Chapter 6 of the Boy Scout Fieldbook can be found available online at http://www.scouting.org/
GUIDELINES FOR MANAGING FOOD ALLERGIES
Millions of children and adults in the United States have been diagnosed with specific food allergies that can be life-threatening. Initial food allergy reactions can occur at any time, even in previously undiagnosed individuals. The Health and Safety team has become aware of these risks and has developed food allergy prevention guidelines that can be useful in helping people with food allergies be prepared at all types of Scouting events.
The guidelines include information for Scouts and their families, adult leaders, and camps to plan ahead for many types of events and trips. Although the document is not intended to be all-inclusive, it does identify many common experiences and is meant to begin a dialogue regarding food allergy prevention.
The guidelines for managing food allergies can be found at:
The document also links to several reputable websites that will educate and inform you about food allergy prevention.
IT CAN WAIT!
Never text and drive and do everything you can to convince your driving-age Scouts to do the same.Take the pledge at http://www.itcanwait.com not to text and drive and put that promise into action by:
- Store your phone in the glove box or trunk.
- Use “X” or #X as a signal that you’re driving. By ending a text conversation with the letter ―X‖ or tweeting with #X, you’ve just told your friends and family that it’s time to stop messaging and start driving. Train them to know that signal.
- Give your phone to someone else. If you’re driving with others, let them keep you focused on the road.
- Put your phone on Do Not Disturb and face down in the passenger seat so you won’t see the screen.
- Draw X’s on your thumbs as a visual reminder to stop typing and start driving.
- Let technology help keep you honest. Use an app that blocks texting while driving and let others know you’re on the road.
Fall Community Service Opportunities:
We have some wonderful Community Service Opportunities this fall for your Pack/Troop. Please share the information below with your Scouts. If you are interested in any of the opportunities or have any questions, please email me.
Yours in Scouting,
Raritan Valley Community Service Chair
The Hugs for Brady Foundation: Saturday, October 20- Rowland Park, Cranbury, NJ
Hugs for Brady is looking for help with their Halloween Family & Fun Festival. The Hugs for Brady foundation is dedicated to helping children with childhood cancers. Please go to the following link for more information:
All Scouts must have a Parent/Guardian accompany them the entire time. Here are the areas they are looking for help with:
11:30 a.m.- 6 p.m. ( you can pick a time slot that works with your schedule)
Dressing up in character costume and escorting costumed characters ( 5 volunteers)
Blowing up balloons and passing out balloons ( 6 volunteers)
Helping at the pumpkin painting station ( 2 volunteers)
Helping at the card making station ( 2 volunteers)
Older Scouts are needed for the following items:
10 a.m. Helping Vendors set up ( 4 volunteers)
11:30 am- 6 p.m. Parking/Directions/Greeter ( 6 volunteers)
Information Table ( 2 volunteers)
6 p.m. Helping Vendors/staff break down ( 4 volunteers)
Clean Up ( 4 volunteers)
Operation Shoebox NJ
Besides the opportunities below, you can also help Operation Shoebox NJ by donating items. If your Pack or Troop is interested in collecting items, you can bring them to the October Roundtable on 10/17 or November Roundtable on 11/14.
Oct. 6 & 7 Shopping Spree-Shoprite, Flemington 9:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m.
( 9:30 am- 12 :30pm or 11:30 am-2 pm or 1:30 pm-3:30 pm)
Nov. 10 Packing event 11a.m.-3 p.m. Y, Hillsborough
Dec. 3 Christmas Packing 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Manville
Personal Care Items: travel size is always good.
Sunscreen (travel size) Bug Repellent ( non aerosol) such as wipes or lotion type
Lip balm Deodorant
Eye drops wipes
Disposable razors mouth wash ( travel size)
Dental floss q tips and first aid items ( travel size)
Shampoo( travel size) hand sanitizer ( travel size)
Powder/foot powder( travel size) tooth brushes ( single or 2 pack)
Toothpaste ( travel size) Bar soap ( no Irish spring)
Powder drink mixes ( crystal light, on the go, kool aid singles)
Cereal ( small 1 oz boxes) Coffee singles
Hot Chocolate Instant Oatmeal
Beef Jerky/slim jims Dried Fruit
Hard candy/mints ( tic tacs) Cookies/Crackers ( snack size packages)
Snack Food- pretzels, chips, snack size packages)
Microwave popcorn Gum
PLEASE MAKE SURE TO REGISTER FOR ALL TRAININGS
For trainings see the Council Calendar
STEM Events at The Microsoft Store, Bridgewater Commons Mall: Register thru calendar link
All workshops will be from 4:00 -5:30 p.m.
9/10 Monday- Game Design with Minecraft coding
9/18 Tuesday- cinematography/movie making
9/24 Monday – photography
10/8 Monday- Game Design with Minecraft coding
10/16 Tuesday- cinematography/movie making
10/22 Monday – photography
11/5 Monday- Game Design with Minecraft coding
11/13 Tuesday- cinematography/movie making
(we will break for holiday)
12/3 Monday – photography
(we will break for holiday)
The following is a listing of requested Eagle Projects
POSSIBLE SCOUT PROJECTS FOR SOMERSET COUNTY PARK COMMISSION
Geoffrey D. Soriano, Interim Secretary-Director, Somerset County Park Commission
P.O. Box 5327, North Branch, New Jersey 08876
Environmental Education Center (Bernards Township)
The EEC currently has 5 Scout projects in progress with two projects that were recently completed. Possible additional project at the EEC include the following:
-Build and install a Kiosk at Fisherman’s Parking to post information
-Create an outdoor classroom near Lily Pad Pond
-Rebuild the Lily Pad Pond dock
-Build and install a dock for Esox Pond
Lord Sterling Stable (Bernards Township)
We started to build a sensory trail for the therapeutic riders at the Stable, but what was completed and under construction was totally destroyed by Super Storm Sandy. We haven’t done anything with the project since.
We have identified a new location to build a trail – but funding is our first major hurdle. If multiple Scouts were to each take a phase, I think it would be a great, financially feasible project. However, the second hurdle is that the new trail will be located just to the north of one of our pastures, and this pasture is on the list to hopefully get new fencing.
Once the fencing is done then this will become an active project for us and hopefully one that multiple Scouts would like to undertake.
Colonial Park (Franklin Township)
At Colonial Park, we have 18 majestic Northern Red Oak trees (NJ State tree) growing along the north west section of Colonial Drive behind the tennis center. The trees would greatly benefit from the installation of mulch rings to protect the tree trunk and root flare from mechanical damage from mowers. A tree tender task force with one staff member from Horticulture Department, one staff member from Colonial Park Maintenance Department could coordinate
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The Professional Team
Art Lobdell, Field Director
(973) 765-9322 x228
Javier Juarez, Membership Executive
Charlean Mahon, Unit Service Executive
Will Adams, Program Executive
Ryan Page, Development Executive
Cub Scout and Boy Scout Roundtables are held at 7:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month at the Somerville Middle School: 51 West Cliff Street, Somerville, NJ 08876. Alternate locations will be added when needed.
October 17 (Council Key-3 Visit)
Many Thanks to All Our Scouts & Volunteers!