February 2015

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In This Issue:
Camp Cards
Friends of Scouting
Merit Badge College
Cub Scout Program Changes
Den Chiefs
Summer Camp
Unit News
Dates to Remember:
Quick Links
Conestoga District Leadership


District Chair

Robert (Bob) Booth




District Commissioner

Dave Zimmerman



Senior District Executive

Matthew Fernandes




Senior Quality Unit Executive

BettyAnn Atkinson





District Committee:


Advancement Chairman

(& Eagle Project Approval)

Paul Dallatore  


Eagle Board of Review

Robert Wetzel



Training Chairman

Jim Foster 


Membership Chairman

Barry Walsh


Family Friends of Scouting Chairman

Mark Crater 



District Camp Card "Coach"

Linda Graeff 


Scouting for Food Chairman

Frank Dewan 


District Dinner Chairman

Judy Neiman


District Camping Chair

Richard Blank


Day Camp Director

John Thomas 


District Camporee Chairman

Jim Fitzgerald 


District Cookoree Chariman

Michael DiStefano 


Order of the Arrow Adviser

Jamie Flick


 Roundtable Commissioners:

Cub Scout:
Ed Vogel

Boy Scout: 

Angela Margavitch



Unit Commissioners:

 Michael DiStefano 

P54, T54


Jim Foster 

P37, P503, T375


Jim Fitzgerald 

P44, P355, P485, T43, T44


 Joel Jeffries

P92, C32 


Josh Nay

C32, T355, C355


John Seng

P375, T32


Barry Walsh

P240, T503


Dave Zimmerman

P111, P339, T2


District Chairman's Minute

Hello Conestoga District,


This month, there are two dates I have to remember, Saint Valentine's day and my brides birthday. But February also means Scout Sunday, Blue & Gold banquets, and the Valley Forge Pilgrimage and Encampment. Every unit should find a way to celebrate Scout Sunday, even if your charter organization is not a Church... a Scout is Reverent.

The annual banquet is a way for units to celebrate Scouting's birthday and more importantly, to recognize Scouts for their achievements, and leaders for their service.

And, since 1913, Scouts have been gathering at Valley Forge to commemorate the bravery and sacrifice of the troops who spent the winter and spring of 1777-78 training to become a professional army.      


If your unit hasn't turned in your re-charter and Journey to Excellence paperwork, please contact Matt or BettyAnn or Dave or myself as soon as possible. There is NO grace period after your charter expires.

And never stop recruiting! New Scouts can join your Pack, Troop, or Crew all year round, there is no problem adding Scouts to your roster after the re-charter is completed.


Most units have already scheduled their Friends of Scouting presentation, and we will be reaching out to the few that aren't scheduled yet. Every unit is required to host a presentation for the parents of that unit's Scouts. Come to Roundtable to find out more about this year's program.

Troops should have their Order of the Arrow elections scheduled by their youth O.A. representative.


Our next Roundtable meeting will be on February 10, at Drexel Hill United Methodist Church. Please invite any new leaders or parents so they can learn more about what's going on, it would be great to have every Pack, Troop, and Crew represented.


Here are some upcoming highlights for the Conestoga District calendar:

Feb 10 - Conestoga District Roundtable meeting and OA, at Drexel Hill UMC

Feb 13-15 - Valley Forge Pilgrimage & Encampment, at Valley Forge National Park

Mar 14 - Conestoga District First Aid meet, at Allstate Training Center in Tinicum

Mar 27-29 - Conestoga District Spring camporee, at Camp Hart  


In January, our district had one Eagle Scout Board of Review. Please join me in congratulating Conestoga District's newest Eagle Scout, Andrew Le of Troop 757. Congrats to our newest Eagle and his family.


Yours in Scouting,

Bob Booth


Tuesday, February 10th  


Drexel Hill United Methodist Church

600 Burmont Rd, Drexel Hill, PA


Joint Session 7:30-8:00 pm 

Program announcements and a guest speaker from the Camden Riversharks.


Program Breakout 8:00-9:00pm

Program-specific discussions and presentations relevant to you.

 - Cub Scout

 - Boy Scout

 - Venturing

 - Order of the Arrow


All Scout leaders and interested adults are welcome to attend Roundtable.  Every Unit should have at least one leader attend. 


Yours in Scouting, 


Dave Zimmerman

District Commissioner

Camp Cards

Greetings Fellow Scouters.


The Camp Card sale has officially begun.  Thank you to those who attended the Kick-Off.  If you were unable to attend, you can pick up your card order at the following location which is an official collection point and the one closest to us:

Panera Bread

Springfield Square-North

1022 Baltimore Pike, Springfield, PA



Representatives from the district will be there every Wednesday to collect your Strive for 25 entries (along with the $$) and to hand out more cards as needed.


If you have not ordered cards yet and are interested in doing so, please contact myself, BettyAnn Atkinson or Matthew Fernandes.


Thanks for giving your scouts the opportunity to earn their way to camp!



Linda Graeff


Friends of Scouting

The 2014-2015 Conestoga FOS is underway!  Our goal of $25k is already at 15%!  We have 80% of our units scheduled for an FOS presentation.  Way to go Conestoga!

The theme for this year's FOS Campaign is "Lighting the Way."  You can find details about the program at the council web site here:


The Conestoga District FOS chairman for 2014-2015 is Mark Crater.  You can reach Mark at

m.crater2@gmail.com or see him at Roundtable



Merit Badge College


Cradle of Liberty's second annual Merit Badge College where a scout can earn up to four Merit Badges is scheduled for Saturdays April 11 and May 2, 2015 at Valley Forge Military Academy. The cost is $26 and includes lunch both days. 

Merit Badge College is quickly reaching capacity. We had over 400 scouts sign up last week. There are only 500 slots available and registration will be closing when we hit that number. So don't delay if you have been procrastinating. 

 For additional information or a flyer contact Steve Perrone at Sperrone@ppciga.org  


Cub Scout Program Updates

Exciting changes are coming to the Cub Scouting program that will make it simpler to execute for unit leaders and more fun for boys! 

The changes were outlined in webcasts conducted on January 17. Those webcasts were recorded and are available for your use below. A "History of Cub Scouting" video was shown during the webcasts and is also available at the link below.



Calling all Troops! 


Looking to see who is the best of the best in Conestoga District.


Leaders bring your troops to the 2015  Conestoga District Camporee. 

The Camporee is going to be even bigger this year.

We have eleven events for the youth and six events for the adults.

There will be twenty-one trophy's to be awarded.

So don't miss the fun 

Please register early to get to site that your troop would like to have.

Register by clicking here! 


Don't forget to bring your Webelos out for the day

Webelos crossover recognition will be at opening ceremonies  


Camporee Rules


Please come round table to get anymore info if needed or

contact Jim Fitzgerald at jetriderfitz66@yahoo.com 

Den Chiefs
Did you know that the Packs in our district with Den Chiefs have an over 80% crossover rate to the Troops who provide the Den Chiefs while the Packs without Den Chiefs cross very few Scouts over to Troops at all?  We need to fix this!

Cub Leaders:
Does your Pack have a Den Chief?  At least 1 for each den?

Boy Scout Leaders:
Does your Troop send Den Chiefs to Packs? More than one Pack?

Boy Scouts need leadership experience and Cub Scouts need youth leaders. We have 19 Packs in Conestoga and not even half have Den Chiefs, let's fix that! 

If you need help contacting a Pack or Troop, please let BettyAnn Atkinson know.

What is a Den Chief?  Qualifications & Responsibilities


Den Chief Online Training

Summer Camp
It's cold outside now but Summer is coming!

Registration is open for all Summer Camp options, sign up now!

Register for camp! 
We have exciting activities for Cubs at Musser and Day Camp, and for Boy Scouts and Venturers at Resica Falls!

Single Day Cub Activity Dates:

  • Bait and Bulls-Eye is May 2
  • Cub Carnival is June 13
  • Cub Scout Fall Fest is October 17, 18, 24 and 25 

Registration is live at www.colbsa.org/musserevents and flyers will follow shortly.


Unit News
What has your unit been up to?  Anything you want to share with the rest of the district?

Send article submissions and photos to BettyAnn Atkinson by the first Wednesday of each month to be included.