Award of Merit
Three outstanding Northern Light District volunteers received the District Award of Merit and the Annual Recognition Dinner. The highest award a district can bestow upon an individual, the award recognizes a dedicated Scouters contributions both to the youth in Scouting, as well as, other community contributions. Presented the award were:
Mike Chaisson Scoutmaster Troop 91 Newton
Bob Fabrizio Committee Chair
Pack 27 Haverhill
Neal Hunter Advancement Chair Northern Light
Venturing Leadership Awards 2011
Jun 19th, Lone Tree Scout Reservation: The 2011 Venturing Leadership Awards were presented at a special ceremony held in conjunction with the 2011 Powderhorn Course. All three recipients had connections to the Northern Light District, and each epitomized the spirit of Venturing.
Crew 47 Peabody (and ASM Troop 18 Plaistow)
Crew 345, Kingston
Crew 121, Hampstead
Upcoming Highlights In The
Northern Light District
2011 Popcorn Kickoff: Aug 4th, 7PM All Saints Parish, Haverhill
Learn how the 2011 2-Month Popcorn Sale will fund a 12 month fun-filled Scouting year. Information on how you can sell Scouting, so your youth and families can do more Scouting
Trails End Popcorn Information
2011 Membership Forum:
Aug 15th, 7PM First Presbyterian Church, Haverhill
The life blood of any Scouting unit is new energetic members and leaders. Information will be shared on the resources, tips and assistance at your disposal so more families will join Scouting this fall. Learn about the three important phases, each critical. Publicizing and getting the message out about your pack, troop or crew. "Selling" your program to the new families, and going one step further and recruiting the next generation of unit leadership. Finally, and as important, keeping the new families involved.
Joining Night Information Resources
July 21 Eagle Board of Review and Life to Eagle
7PM Market St Baptist Church, Amesbury
Aug 3 Northern Light District (NLD) Committee
7PM Newburyport 5 Bank, Amesbury
Aug 18 Eagle Board of Review and Life to Eagle
7PM Market St Baptist Church, Amesbury
Aug 29 NLD Commissioners Meeting,
7PM Atkinson Community Center
Sep 12 NLD Round Table, Haverhill Presbyterian
7PM Gathering 7:30 Opening
Northern Light District Investors Help Build a Strong Scouting Foundation
The Scouting unit is where the program impacts the youth you serve. To be successful the Scouting pack, troop or crew must be built upon a strong foundation, and the foundation is the Yankee Clipper Council and the direct extension to this area the Northern Light District. The resources to build that foundation are all voluntarily contributed as all registration fees go directly to the National Office, and the Council does not nor cannot charge any additional fees. As part of the almost two million dollar budget, the Executive Board asked Northern Light to raise $50,000 from District Leadership, Families and Communities.
- As of the end of June Northern Light had raised $30,000
- District committee and commissioners pledged over $10,000
- Community organizations pledged campaign pledged $7,000
- 34 of the 75 units participated pledging $13,000.
A heartfelt thank you to each and everyone that invested in Scouting. This year:
- $100 Pledges received the "Brave" patch
A special mug for $250 T
- The Inaugural Clipper Print for $500.
Units who had an average of $12.50 (called the Base Goal) per member by April 30th--Receive free cloth badges of rank for one year
As an extra bonus, units averaging $18.75 (called the stretch goal) in addition to the rank badges, have their choice of:
- Free merit badges
- Pinewood derby cars
- Custom unit numbers or
- New unit flag.
Units attaining the Base Goal
Troop 33 Hampstead
Troop 86 No. Andover
Units Reaching Both Base and Stretch Goals
Pack 7 Amesbury Pack 15 Rowley
Pack 113 Groveland
Troop 4 Amesbury Troop 5 Haverhill
Troop 41 Merrimac Troop 51 Methuen
Troop 82 No. Andover Troop 87 Groveland
Troop 87 No. Andover Troop 451 Newburyport
Northern Light Youth First in Region to Complete Powderhorn--(maybe in the BSA)
Jun 19th marked two significant firsts for the Yankee Clipper Council and the Northern Light District as Powderhorn 2011 Course awarded Silver medals signifying completion of the 6 day outdoor resources course. Originally designed around the Venturing Ranger Award, this course evolved and is focused on the outdoor activities that appeal to older youth both in Boy Scouts and in Venturing. Any adult or youth over 14 can attend. It's not just for Venturing, anymore.
This was the first time Yankee Clipper had participated as a council in holding a course, this time in collaboration with the Daniel Webster Council. The second "first" was youth being able to attend this course. 2011 was the first time BSA approved youth to be participants in a program that was first conducted in 2000. Since this course was the first in the Northeast Region in 2011, the Northern Light Youth were the first to complete in the region. A crack investigative team is looking into whether other courses completed prior to Jun 19th and if so, did youth participate. So until proven otherwise, we will assert-first in BSA. Six youth completed, four from Northern Light and two from Daniel Webster Council. In addition to the youth, four Venturing Leaders received the medal from Course Director Jim Whitney, of Crew 121 Hampstead.
Alexander Ing Crew 345, Kingston Ja-Nora Longshore Crew 121, Hampstead
Annie Taylor Crew 345, Kingston Katie Whitney, Crew 121, Hampstead
Steve Cunningham Vent. Commissioner Greg Korzeb Crew 51 Methuen
Chuck Longshore Crew 121 Harry Taylor Crew 345 Kingston
Northern Light Scouters Earn Wood Badge Beads...Next: Use these Skills to improve Scouting in their Communities
Eleven dedicated Scouters have earned the coveted Wood Badge Beads this year. After completing the practical two weekend course, each contributed by completing their "ticket." That is five specific accomplishments focused on improving the Scouting program in an already outstanding unit or district.
Congratulations to these Graduates of Course NE-I-267
Bruce Adams-Groveland Mike Chaisson-Newton Bryan Comeau-Atkinson
Hardave Dhaliwall-Plaistow Guy Klose No. Andover Charlie Knowlton-Amesbury
Robbie MacDonald-No Andover Cindy Quinn-Ipswich Wayne Shields-Plaistow
Bill Sergeant-West Newbury
Congratulations to Jeanine Cunningham for beads from NE-I-268 in Mohegan Council
If you would like to take this Leadership Course or would like more information, check out Wood Badge at Wood Badge 2011.
Unit Leader Award of Merit
The backbone and lynch pin of success in a Scouting Unit is dedicated and excellent leaders. The source of identifying those outstanding leaders (Scout Masters, Cub Masters, and Crew Advisors) are the units themselves. Northern Light District is proud to recognize these outstanding unit leaders who not only met the demanding criteria spelledout for their troop, pack or crew, but received the nomination for their unit committees, and in the case of Scoutmasters or Crew Advisors, a letter of endorsement was included by the Senior Patrol Leader or Crew President respectively.
Congratulations to these leaders who have made a difference in Scouting, and have been recognized with the Unit Leader Award of Merit
Gary Burack Pack 14 Merrimac Denis Bryer Pack 63 Haverhill
Mike Chaisson Troop 91 Newton Steve Oulette Pack 118 Plaistow
Chris Roy Pack 27 Haverhill Dan Shultz Troop 87 Groveland
Joe Wescott Troop 82 No. Andover Jim Whitney Crew 121 Hampstead
Councils, districts and units have been challenged with a Journey to Excellence by the Boy Scouts of America. Replacing the Centennial Quality Unit Program, the Journey to Excellence sets levels of achievement for units to use as goals. Unlike in the past where a unit set the goals, the Journey has bronze, silver, and gold levels of performance with the various criteria adapted to fit councils, districts, packs, troops or crews. At the end of the year the criteria are measured and an overall assessment can be reached as to whether a unit is a Bronze, Silver, or Gold performing organization under the Journey to Excellence. In each newsletter we will highlight one of the criteria and recognize those who have attained any of the levels within that criteria. All the details as well as the "score" sheets can be found at:
Journey to Excellence Information
Measured at rechartering, retention tells a unit how many youth decided to stay for another year, because they enjoyed Scouting and found it valuable in their life. Every youth that is retained is a youth whose life is being impacted for another year. Simply put divide the number of youth on the new charter by the number at the end of the year. This is but 1 of 13 criteria.
For units: Bronze: 68% Silver: 75% Gold: 80%
Pack 12 Haverhill Pack 13 Haverhill Pack 14 Merrimac
Pack 21 Newburyport Pack 24 Haverhill Pack 26 W. Newbury
Pack 27 Haverhill Pack 37 Salisbury Pack 50 Georgetown
Pack 51 Methuen Pack 52 Methuen Pack 86 No Andover
Pack 89 No Andover Pack 91 Newton Pack 95 Atkinson
Pack 96 Methuen Pack 109 Ipswich Pack 111 E Hampstead
Pack 113 Plaistow Troop 1 Haverhill Troop 5 Haverhill
Troop 7 Amesbury Troop 13 Ipswich Troop 18 Plaistow
Troop 21 Newburyport Troop 24 Haverhill Troop 27 Haverhill
Troop 33 Hampstead Troop 44 Newbury Troop 50 Georgetown
Troop 51 Methuen Troop 51 Georgetown Troop 52 Georgetown
Troop 53 Methuen Troop 82 Methuen Troop 87 No Andover
Troop 91 Newton Troop 96 Methuen Troop 451 Newburyport
Crew 8 Groveland Crew 147 Haverhill
Pack 15 Rowley Pack 44 Newbury Pack 63 Haverhill
Pack 451 Newburyport Troop 26 Newbury
Troop 41 Merrimac Troop 60 Methuen
\Troop 87 Groveland Crew 29 Newbury
Pack 4 Amesbury Pack 7 Amesbury Pack 55 Methuen
Pack 61 Methuen Pack 90 Kingston Troop 4 Amesbury
Troop 9 Atkinson Troop 12 Haverhill Troop 86 No Andover
Crew 121 Hampstead Crew 345 Kingston
Boy Scout Membership
Membership for Journey to Excellence is measured at the end of the year, but we already have a significant number of troops who have more boys in their Troops at the end of June than at the end of December. Keeping boys in and working well with packs for crossovers produces results. As additional crossover applications are turned in and fall open houses are held more units will enter bronze or move up a level. Cub Scout packs because of crossovers and the vast majority joining in September, will be highlighted later in the year.
Journey to Excellence Levels:
Bronze: increase in one youth
Remember these numbers represent the youth your unit kept in Scouting or new ones that were encouraged to join. This impacts the lives of young people!.
1 Haverhill 27 Haverhill 41 Merrimac 51 Georgetown 51 Methuen
93 Kingston 451 Newburyport
9 Atkinson 44 Newbury
5 Haverhill 33 Hampstead
Cub Scout Advancement
Since most Cub Scouts advance in Spring, will highlight the Cub Scout now and Boy Scout at the end of the year. These are based upon advancements submitted or logged in internet advancement. Units have until the end of year to reach level.
Gold: 90% Silver: 75% Bronze: 55%
Gold Level: 4 Amesbury 21 Newburyport 33 Hampstead 44 Newbury
50 Georgetown 51 Methuen 63 Haverhill 89 North Andover
90 Kingston 91 Newton 95 Atkinson 109 Ipswich
111 E. Hampstead 451 Newburyport
Silver Level: 7 Amesbury 13 Haverhill 61 Methuen 118 Groveland
Bronze Level: 12 Haverhill 14 Merrimac 15 Rowley
Congratulations to each of these Packs.
Packs can improve their level until the end of the year, so if you think your advancement information is incorrect, check with your designated advancement person and they can log on to Internet Advancement and update any boys who have advanced, but are not current. You can also submit advancement reports, but for real time the internet advancement is the best option. See your commissioner for any assistance in Internet Advancement or contact Craig from the Northern Light District.
Internet Advancement Link