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
Camp Hall of Fame and Beefsteak Dinner Registration
Alumni, Family, and Friends reunite with us
July 21, 2018 at 6:00 PM
Camp Somers Dinning Hall at Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation
As we recognize three individuals who have made a lifetime commitment to our camps!
- Chris Szymczak – Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation
- Bob Morris – Sabattis Adventure Camp
- George Van Dyke – Winnebago Scout Reservation
Following the presentation we will have a Beefsteak Dinner to support sending kids to camp through the Warren Wheeler Adventureship Fund.
Cost per person is $50
Yo Ho Ho and a Bucket of Fun
Pirates of the Carabiner was the theme for the recently held Raritan Valley District Cub Family Camporee. The event was held June 8-10th at Camp Akelaland (Minsi Trails BSA Council) in Pennsylvania. Over 470 scouts, siblings and parents from 15 packs gathered for a weekend of fun. Scouts and their families participated in BB shooting, archery, sling shots, ropes and knot tying, swashbuckling pirate skills, a fishing derby, canoeing, gaga ball and pirate crafts. 23 Boy Scouts from 7 troops across the RV District served as staff support, helping make this a truly memorable weekend.
The weekend included a campfire show put on by “Captain Jack Sparrow” and his first mate. During the show the cub scouts learned how to talk like a pirate and a scout from each pack was taught pirate swordsmanship. In the end, all the scouts were made honorary pirates.
Thanks to all the volunteers who planned, supported and led stations for the weekend: Jake Hardin, Brent Cheshire, George Bicking, Carmine DeSan, Chris Lakatos, Kristen Lakatos, Brandon Griswold, Gene Schafer, Harry Buttito, Ryan Maziel, Frank Zatika, Victor Haddad, and Larry Prezioso. Thanks to our EMT team, led by Mike Richards for the support and advice in helping make this a safer event. An extra special thanks to Dave Dey and Troop 41 for coordinating and feeding the staff.
Raritan Valley District Calendar 2018 – Click Link to Access
Do Not Touch This Plant!
Giant hogweed can grow to 14 feet or more
What to do if you come in contact with giant hogweed:
How do you identify giant hogweed?
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.
I hope you are enjoying your summer. I wanted to let you know of a wonderful opportunity for Community Service working with Operation Shoebox located in Hillsborough. Operation Shoebox is in desperate need of both Child and Adult Volunteers. If you’re not familiar with Operation Shoebox here is a little background information:
Founded in February, 2005, Operation Shoebox NJ is an all-volunteer grass roots organization dedicated to collecting donated supplies and shipping care packages to U.S. troops based in Iraq, Afghanistan and other Middle East countries. We are committed to sending packages overseas as long as there is a need. Several times each year, volunteers gather to sort donated supplies and pack them in boxes that are shipped overseas. We rely on your compassion and patriotism to maintain our supply line, and applaud your continuing support and generosity; we thank those individuals, families, civic groups, small businesses and corporations that continue to ensure the success of our packing events. This web site helps you to support our mission by providing up to date information on items needed and events where your help is needed as well as our calendar showing all Shoebox activities. It also provides links to our supporter’s sites, as well as information on how to contact us or register for an event.
Operation Shoebox NJ has shipped more than 73,000 total packages to U.S. military personnel serving in Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan and other posts in the Middle East.
There are several ways that our Packs & Troops can help.
– At the District Roundtables, I will have a Donation jar and I will be collecting items. If your Pack or Troop collects items or monetary donations at your meetings you can bring them to the Roundtable and I will deliver them to Operation Shoebox. See the items needed below.
-Operation Shoebox has packing events and shopping sprees that you can attend.
Please see attached below with upcoming dates.
-If you know of any active Military Personal you can send me the information so that Operation Shoebox will add them to the list of package recipients.
-Cards and Notes can also be made to be included in the packages sent to the Troops
Please remember that all of these volunteer hours will count towards our SERV Awards. For more info on SERV, please go to :
For more information on Operation Shoebox:
Please share this information with your Pack or Troop. Let me know if you are interested in volunteering for Operation Shoebox at either their July packing event or an upcoming Shopping Spree. If you have any questions please let me know. I’m hoping that our District can really help Operation Shoebox and its founder, Rod Hirsch an Eagle Scout ( 1969).
Yours In Scouting,
Linda Cummings, Raritan Valley Community Service Chair
908-963-6310 cell phone/908-904-4498 home phone
Operation Shoebox Dates:
TD Bank Ball Park, E Main St & Cole Dr., Bridgewater, NJ 08807 United States
- 4th Sat. Stop & Shop of Flemington, 334 State Route 31 Flemington, NJ 08822
5th Sun. Stop & Shop of Flemington, 334 State Route 31 Flemington, NJ 08822
11th Sat. Shop Rite of North Brunswick, 400 Renaissance Blvd. North Brunswick, NJ 08902
- 12th Sun. Shop Rite of North Brunswick, 400 Renaissance Blvd. North Brunswick, NJ 08902
- 8th Sat. Shop Rite of Hillsborough, Route 206 & Amwell Rd. Hillsborough, NJ 08844
- 9th Sun. Shop Rite of Hillsborough, Route 206 & Amwell Rd. Hillsborough, NJ 08844
- 15th Sat. Stop & Shop of Somerset, 940 Easton Ave. Somerset, NJ 08873
- 6th Sat. Stop & Shop of Flemington, 334 State Route 31 Flemington, NJ 08822
- 7th Sun. Stop & Shop of Flemington, 334 State Route 31 Flemington, NJ 08822
- 13th Sat. Shop Rite of Bernardsville, 93 Morristown Rd. Bernardsville, NJ 07924
- 27th Sat. Acme of Warren, 177 Washington Valley Rd. Warren, NJ 07059
- 28th Sun. Acme of Warren, 177 Washington Valley Rd. Warren, NJ 07059
10th Sat. Shop Rite of Somerset, 435 Elizabeth Ave., Somerset, NJ 08873
- 22nd Sat. Shop Rite of Branchburg , 3166 Route 22 Branchburg, NJ 08876
- 29th Sat. Shop Rite of Branchburg, 3166 Route 22 Branchburg, NJ 08876
SHOPPING SPREES ARE SUCCSESSFUL BECAUSE OF YOU, OPERATION SHOEBOX, NJ VOLUNTEERS!!!! Times are from
- 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
- 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM
- 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Items to Donate:
Microwave popcorn – individual bags
PLEASE MAKE SURE TO REGISTER FOR ALL TRAININGS
For trainings see the Council Calendar
The following is a listing of requested Eagle Projects
Contact: Audrey Hertzberg, CTRS, Life Enrichment Director, ABINGDON CARE & REHABILITATION CENTER
303 Rock Avenue, Green Brook, NJ 08812 732-968-5500 Ext. 45216
- A 4 x 6 foot table that is wheelchair height (36”) so that we could build a slot car race track on it. I have a Hobby Shop near me and identified the track that I want, but I need an appropriate space to build it on.
- Recreate a gardening area on our back patio. In addition to disassembling the current raised garden beds, where the wood is rotting, I want to have it raked out and have wheelchair height garden boxes built along the patio area, which would be more functional.
Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage, 71 Somerset Street, Somerville, NJ 08876 908-725-1015
Contact: Hillary Murtha, Ph.D e-mail: [email protected]
The curator, who recently left, designed a Colonial garden space behind the 1751 Old Dutch Parsonage historic site; unfortunately, it was a very ambitious project that never reached its potential. The space is now seriously overgrown with weeds, and a handful of saplings are springing up, too. Would need to have someone dig out the saplings before they mature further. Eventually the entire space needs to be cleared, but I think this would require repeated efforts. I’d love to hear if there is a scout troop, or more than one scout troop, interested in taking the project on (that is, just clearing the space, not actually planting or maintaining the garden). Besides the garden area, there is a very small graveyard on the site (only about 6′ square, at a guess) that also needs clearing. I can provide an educational element to any scout project by explaining the features of colonial gardens, and why this one is designed to look the way it does (minus wild undergrowth!)
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I hope you are enjoying your summer. I wanted to let you know of a wonderful opportunity for Community Service working with Operation Shoebox located in Hillsborough. Operation Shoebox is in desperate need of both Child and Adult Volunteers. Please our...read more
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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.
Many Thanks to All Our Scouts & Volunteers!