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Scouting Volunteers & Families:


I hope everyone is enjoying the new year and this weather. I would like to share a few key dates with you as you spend some time with your family, pack, troop or crew.Please share with your fellow leaders and families to make sure they don't miss out on any of these upcoming events!


2015 Camp Card Kickoff
It is not too late to still get in on Camp Cards this year!
Thursday, January 29th 6:30-9:00 p.m.
1485 Valley Forge Road, Wayne, PA

For all Unit Camp Cards coordinators

This kickoff program will include all information on the 2015 Camp Card sale including Cards to start with, a timeline, ideas, strategies and tips of how to best work with your Scouts to increase your sale and the funds you can use in your Pack, Troop or Crew program.

New for 2015:
ACME Markets
Adventure Aquarium
Camden Riversharks
Rita's Italian Ice
As always, the Camp Card sale features: 
No up-front cost to units
Minimal risk to units
50% commission for units ($2.50/card)
More than $50 value in discounts on each card
Enables units to ensure all Scouts have the opportunity to attend camp
Set timeline to secure all funding needed for your Scouting year
Unlimited volunteer & professional support throughout the sale

Minquas Safety Minute
January is a time to be cautious there are many hazards that come with the cold weather besides just ice and snow. One of the hazards to lookout for is carbon monoxide poisoning. Here are some tips to help you and your family.


  • Install battery-operated CO detectors on every level of your home.
  • Don't use a generator, charcoal grill, camp stove or other gasoline or charcoal-burning device inside the home, basement or garage or outside the home near a window.
  • Don't burn anything in an unvented stove or fireplace.
  • Don't let a vehicle idle inside a garage attached to a house, even if the garage door is left open.
  • Don't heat a house with a gas oven.
  • Have your heating system, water heater and any other gas, oil or coal-burning appliance inspected and serviced by a qualified technician every year.
  • Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning:
  • Dull headache
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Confusion
  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of consciousness

  •  If you believe you or anyone else have been exposed to carbon monoxide you should get to fresh air right away and then seek medical care. If you are leaving a building open any windows if you can. 

    District Camporee 2015

    The Minquas District Camporee will be held in May. It will go from May 1st to the 3rd.
    The Camporee will be held at Hibernia County Park, Chester County.
    There will be more information within the coming week! It is never too early to start planning for your units to attend this great event.


    Order of the Arrow information from this month


    Sebastian Weinmann, Troop 404, a three term Minquas Chapter Chief and first year political science student at the George Washington University in Washington, DC has been awarded the Thomas J.  Richards Outstanding Service Award by Unami Lodge One, Order of the Arrow in recognition of his unselfish service and an exemplary performance as an Arrowman. The presentation was made at the Annual Unami Lodge Dinner on January 4, 2015. At the dinner Sebastian was also recognized for having been elevated to the Vigil Honor in 2014, as were J. Michael Penzone, R.G.,  Troop 225, and Prof. Thomas Epp, Troop 272.