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, Raritan, Somerset, Somerville, South Bound Brook, South Branch, and South Plainfield.
- Roundtable Information & Upcoming Events
- Awards Recognition Breakfast & Nomination Information
- Cub Scout News
- Health & Safety
- Community Service
- Training News
- Alumni News
- Raritan Valley Photo Links
Due to the COVID-19 we have suspended
all in person meetings until further notice
We are exploring online meeting options when possible
We are currently working on a Virtual Roundtable
March 21st District Recognition Breakfast – Rescheduled for June 27th
March 28th Pinewood Derby TENTATIVELY rescheduled to Saturday May 30, 2020
We will continue to update our website with information, email communications and post updates on our Facebook page
Raritan Valley District Awards Breakfast
Congratulations to our Raritan Valley winners of the Community Service Award for 2019
Pack 96 310 hours/ 6.20 hours per Scout
Troop 12 1345 hours
Troop 41 30.78 hours per Scout
For 2019 Raritan Valley has achieved Silver for Community Service. We had a record high of 47 Units reporting their service . Each year we need to increase service hours by 2% or reach a goal of 8.0 hour per Scout to achieve Gold. In 2018 we had 18,289 hours/5.99 hours per scout and 44 units reporting. For 2019 we had 17,255 hours/5.85 hours per Scout.
I know that we can achieve Gold for 2020. Don’t forget to log your service hours. If you need help logging hours or your Unit ID please reach out to me.
Thank you to all that donated to our first winter clothing drive at this year’s Klondike. We collected 543 items that were donated to SHIP-Somerville & the VA Hospital-Lyons. They were very appreciative and couldn’t believe how many items we donated. Special thanks to Dave Robbins for adding this collection & promoting it so well.
SHIP Food drive: March Roundtable
SHIP is looking for the following items: individual cups of applesauce/fruit, pull top cans of meat & meals and Cup of soup. If your unit can collect these items over the next couple weeks, please bring the items to the March Roundtable. I will wait outside at the beginning of the meeting to collect the items at my car so you can just pull up to the entrance to drop off .
Blood Drive with RWJ-Somerset
On Tuesday, May 12 from 4-8 pm we will be co- hosting a Blood drive. We will need Scouts to help with directing people and helping with refreshments. As we get closer I will send out a sign up link so Scouts can pick a time to help. If you are interested in donating and can’t make 5/12, you can still donate and have it count towards our district.
Community Service Chairperson/ ASPL-Community Service:
As a council we are looking to have each unit to have someone be a Community Service Chairperson or an ASPL-Community service. This person would be responsible for organizing service events as well as reporting the hours. Please let me know if you have a Chairperson or ASPL so I can communicate with them when service opportunities arise. If you have someone interested but they would like more information, please have them reach out to me.
A great way to show appreciation to your Scouts who perform service. There are three levels ( bronze, silver and Gold)available. The pins are available at the Scout shop.
Scouting for Food:
SFF can occur at any time during the year. We are out of bags but you can still do a collection by distributing flyers and then collecting the bags. If you need help to find a place to donate the food please reach out to me. We can make a huge difference in people’s lives. Here’s an example of units working together and how much food they donated. Troop 309- 211 bags, Troop 125- 131 bags, Troop 124-100 bags, Troop 207-110 bags, Pack 224-126 bags, Pack 207-218 bags & Pack 324 -224 bags, for a grand total of 1,120 bags
Pictures & Projects
If you take pictures during service events please email them to me so we can post them on Facebook and at various events during the year. If you have a project that you’ve done and like to share how it went please contact me. Let’s inspire each other with our Good Turns.
Yours In Scouting,
Linda Cummings, Raritan Valley Community Service Chairperson
[email protected] 908-904-4498 home 908-963-6310 cell
Operation Shoebox NJ
If you can make any of the shopping sprees please email me so I can notify Operation Shoebox. Generally they only need 4-6 people per shift.
Shifts are 9:30AM to 12:00PM 11:30AM to 2:00PM 1:30PM to 3:30PM
7 Sat Flemington Stop n Shop 334 State Route 31 08822
8 Sun Flemington Stop n Shop 334 State Route 31 08822
28 Sat Flemington Stop n Shop 334 State Route 31 08822
29 Sun Flemington Stop n Shop 334 State Route 31 08822
4 Sat Piscataway Stop n Shop 581 Stelton Rd 08854
5 Sun Piscataway Stop n Shop 581 Stelton Rd 08854
11 Sat Somerville Shop Rite 1 South Davenport St 08876
25 Sat Branchburg Shop Rite 3166 Route 22 08876
26 Sun Branchburg Shop Rite 3166 Route 22 08876
SHIP- Samirtan Homeless Intervention Program Somerville, NJ
Please reach out to Mr. O’Leary if you are interested in one of the service ideas listed below.
Service (1): Food: Collect individual portion pop-up & pull-top cans of meats, meals,
etc. (for drop-in clients) OR Collect cans of Beef-a-Roni, beans, etc. for
the soup kitchen ((2) #10 size or 18 small per meal) OR Make a casserole
with your troop. Nothing fancy – mac n’ cheese, franks and beans, sliced
ham is fine or whatever your specialty. SHIP requests that we supply (2)
1/2 tray sizes of the same meal as opposed to one full (turkey sized) aluminum tray size.
Service (2): Hygiene: Make up individual small hygiene bags (3-day supply) with a
toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, bar soap, deodorant, etc.
Service (3): Decorations: Make placemats, table decorations, and seasonal decorations:
SHIP’s Holiday Meals – Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and Easter
Service (4): Clothing: Collect winter gloves, new socks & underwear (adult men’s
sizes) OR run adult coat drive. (While SHIP does not have the facilities for
large scale sorting of used clothing, winter coats are much needed this
time of year, especially adult men’s sizes.)
Service (5): Participate in SHIP’s holiday meals, Help serve meals & other duties (held
on Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas).
Service (6): Run a Holiday Toy Drive
Service (7): Assist with SHIP’s Annual Night of Celebration (set up and other chores)
each year, date TBD.
Service (8): Help with Client’s Christmas party in December – will be a children only
party with face painting, games, toys, treats (make cookies, cupcakes,
other Christmas treats), etc. for approx. 200 children on a Saturday.
Service (9): Help with mobile soup kitchen (must be 16 ½ years old.)
Service (10): Help with summer picnics (typically June & July).
Service (11): Make sandwiches (60) in brown bags, labeled appropriately: Ham &
Cheese (HC), Bologna (B) Tuna (TF) Turkey (TF) American Cheese (C)
Peanut Butter & Jelly (PJ). Also include: one piece of fruit, juice box,
snack (chips, cookies etc.) and napkin per bag. NO MUSTARD or
Contact: Tom O’Leary, Director Number: 908-725-3025
Address: 87 East High Street, Somerville, NJ
Email Contact @: [email protected]
PLEASE MAKE SURE TO REGISTER FOR ALL TRAININGS
For trainings see the Council Calendar
November TBD 2020 – Philmont Alumni Brunch
• Guest Speaker
• Recognition of the 2020 Philmont Leadership
• Presentation of the David Setzer Philmont Alumnus Award
Attendees: All Alumni, Family & Friends. Dress: Casual. Fee: TBD
Cub Scout and Scouts BSA 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.
June 1 – Tradeshow of Scouting