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
Cub Scout Breakout: Blue & Gold Planning
Boy Scouts Breakout
Attend our December Roundtable for ideas
on Blue & Gold Planning!
Raritan Valley District Calendar 2018 – Click Link to Access
Winter Activity Safety
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.
Toys for Tots – Final Collection Date!
You can still drop off unwrapped toys at the Council Service Center in Cedar Knolls and Mountainside Scout Shop until Tuesday, December 11th!
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
Elsie Kohl, 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.
Many Thanks to All Our Scouts & Volunteers!