The Continental Gazette  

The Official Newsletter of The Continental District 
March // 2015
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Roundtable News
Date: March 12, 2015  
Location: New Hanover Lutheran Church
Time: 7:30 PM

What's on the schedule? 
- Cub Scouts- New Den Plans 
- Boy Scouts- Hiking 
- OA Chapter Meeting 

Training Updates

Have you added your Member ID number to your myscouting account??? 

Check out all leader specific & other trainings by downloading this document.
Council Website:
National Website:

Program Updates:

Need online training?
Head on over to 

District Executives Corner
Exciting news on the personal front I got engaged to my girlfirend Alli and she said yes! 

Yours in Scouting,
Twitter @aBienz    
Commissioner's Corner
Help Wanted!!!! Seeking Unit Commissioners! Be sure to reach out to Gregg or Alex if you have questions about what it means to be a Unit Commissioner! 
We are holding a District Commissioner Meeting, Friday March 20th at 7:00pm at the Pied Piper in Bally. Share in some fellowship and have quick meeting too. Hope to see some new faces! 
Contact the Continental District Commissioner, Gregg Kitner

Friends of Continental District,

Hopefully we are getting closer to warmer weather! In the meantime, this picture will help us think warm thoughts. With this second issue of the NEW and IMPROVED Continental Gazette I want in introduce a NEW section for our newsletter: The Community Calendar section! This is a space where we can share what our units have coming up in the near future. Submissions for this section can be sent to Alex either via email at or via phone 484-654-9225. All submissions should include the Who, What, When, and Where as well as a contact person.
This is your newsletter, so any ideas that you have for articles or things you would like to see in the newsletter please let us know! Or if you have an article please send it and any pictures to Alex by the last Wednesday of the month! 

Your Continental Key 3,

Ernie Scardecchio    
Gregg Kintner 
   District Chairman                  District Commissioner 

Alex Bienz
District Executive
2015 Membership Campaign 

Something Big is Getting Ready to Launch... 


A coordinated fall recruitment plan is in the works that is being designed to: 

  • Simplify the sign-up process for families and leaders,
  • Develop and implement a balanced approach to membership and marketing,
  • Provide consistency in programming across the council, and
  • Build excitement in healthy units to drive retention.

Why is this something we need to do? 

  • Youth membership has been declining for years and was down 8% last year.
  • The leadership of our council and its districts recognizes the need to better support our units, specifically as it relates to providing training and planning resources so volunteers have all the necessary tools to provide high-quality programs.
  • Youth and families need Scouting now more than ever and this plan represents an opportunity we can all get behind to ensure that we're getting the word out about joining our great programs.

What's in it for our unit?

  • Council-wide marketing efforts to reinforce local promotions.
  • Large council financial investment.
  • Campaign Blast-Off slated for April with seminars for calendar, budget and promotion planning.
  • Personal meetings with Cub Scout pack leadership to listen to your needs and develop a plan.
  • Simplified sign-up event with less work for the unit.
  • Turn-key den, pack, troop, and crew meeting plans based around a rocket theme that will incorporate new program updates and STEM.
  • Camp events supporting the recruitment theme and providing excitement and program.
More program = More FUN!


Stay tuned at roundtables and over the next several months for more details!


Boy Scouting: Rocketman Build an Adventure!
Boy Scouting: Rocketman Build an Adventure!



Continental Calendar! 
What is going on in our District 

Working on a service project? Going on a unique trip??? Share that right here! Contact Alex at  In the subject write "Continental Calendar" and be sure to include all the details and a good contact for the event! 
Hopefully this can be a regular feature article in the Gazette! 
District "Office" Hours 

A method to better serve you! 
I am excited to announce that I will be holding office hours weekly at the Giant in Gilbersville. This is a link to a map with the location. I am planning to be there on Tuesday's from 4:00pm to 6:45pm. These "Office" hours will begin on March 10th! As always, I am available to schedule appointments for other times. 

To see if the office hours are canceled due to weather or illness make sure to LIKE our Continental District Facebook Page for the latest info! 


2015 District Pinewood Derby
Race day is fast approaching so keep in mind that District Pinewood Derby is coming soon!  As all the Cub Packs are holding their Pinewood Derbies, please keep in mind that the Top 5 racers from each Pack will be able to race at the District Pinewood.  If your pack would like, you may provide an alternate if a Scout is unable to attend.  If you have any questions, please email District Commissioner Gregg Kintner at  

Please ensure the follow information gets to your 

Date: April 18th, 2015
Time:  Registration will be open from 8 AM - 9:30 AM.  Racing begins promptly at 9:30 AM.
Location:  Pack 244, New Goshenhoppen UCC, 1070 Church Road, East Greenville, PA 18041(click link for map)
Rules:  Class A Uniforms are required.  For a list of the complete rules, download them here.

A concession will be open with food available for purchase.


81st  Annual District Dinner
Join us to celebrate our 81st Annual District Dinner and to honor leaders in our district!  The dinner will take place on April 25, 2015 at 6:00 PM at St. Andrews in New Berlinville, PA.  This event is always open to all volunteers and their guests, ranging from leaders, to committee members, to your Institutional Head.  The cost is $20.00 per person and early bird has been extended to April 10th. 2015, after which it will be increased to $25.00. Please consider bringing an item for our silent auction, which goes to the district's James E. West Award, honoring a Scouter in Continental District.  If you have a leader that you would like to honor at the District Dinner, please see the article directly below.

To register for this event click on this link 
District Dinner Registration!

For any questions about the Dinner contact Tim Clancy 
District Awards
With the District Dinner fast approaching, it's the time of year to honor leaders that have provided outstanding service to Scouting in the past year.  Here is a breakdown of the awards and how to nominate an individual:


Unit Scouter Award - Each unit may select one adult volunteer that has provided outstanding service to the unit this past year.  This can include those directly involved with program (Cubmasters, Den Leaders, Scoutmasters, ASMs, etc.), as well as those involved on the committee.  Please click here to fill out the form to nominate someone from your unit.  Those nominated will receive the award the night of the District Dinner, so please ensure that they sign-up, as well as to have leaders and Scouts from your unit there.  


District Award of Merit - This award is the district equivalent of the "Silver Beaver" which is awarded on a council level.  Volunteers who have given their time and outstanding work to the district may be nominated for this award, whether it be unit service, or as part of the District Committee.  You may download the form by clicking here and either mail it into council or email it to Alex Bienz at
You may also submit individual awards to be presented at the District Dinner.  All awards, include Unit Scouter & District Award of Merit must be turned in, or emailed to District Executive Alex by April 3rd, 2015.  For any questions, please email your DE at or your District Commissioner Gregg at


Camp Cards!

Your unit can still sign up to sell Camp Cards for 2015!  Making $2.50 per card, your Scout can earn his way to camp this year.  Check out for more information.
This years camp card also features an added bonus one free online coupon for shopping, dining, and golf. These are local to Continental District! Each card as a unique code that allows the purchaser to access the more values!!! How much could you save with one of these coupons??? 
Ready to sign up? Contact your District Executive Alex Bienz at and he will deliver you cards!  
Summer Camp for Cub & Boy Scouts 
Now that the snow is starting to fall, it really is time to plan for Summer Camp!  Cub Adventures at Musser Scout Reservation is now offering both Resident (overnight) and Day Camp Programs for the Cub Scouts of Continental District.  Check out for complete details!  

Packs can still sign-up for a Camp Promotion presentation. Contact Alex Bienz @ to schedule a presentation!  

Is your Troop still looking at Summer Camps?  Resica Falls Scout Reservation is located on 4,200 acres of beautiful land in the Pocono Mountains.  Check out to find out more about one of the best summer camps on the East Coast!

Boy Scout Troops - If you could please let us know where you'll be going this summer that would be great!  Please fill out this quick form to let us know your destination for 2014.
Planning Ahead    
District Pinewood - April 18th, 2015
District Dinner - April 25th, 2015
Cub Scout Bait & Bull's Eye @ Musser - May 2nd, 2015
Spring Recruitment Night - May 15th, 2015
Cub Scout Carnival - June 13th, 2015
APEX Weekend - June 14-15th, 2015
Webelos Woods- Sept. 26-27th, 2015