May 2015

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In This Issue:
District Dinner
Camp Cards
Friends of Scouting
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




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 Dinner


Join us in congratulating

Dave Zimmerman and Jim Fitzgerald  

as our District Award of Merit recipients!!!  




Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 6:30pm
First Presbyterian Church
365 Summit Road, Springfield, PA 19064

Join Us!
All Scouters and Parents
(Cub Scout/Boy Scout/Venturing/District Leaders)
Good food, door prizes & fellowship!

We will honor our District and Community Leaders with a multitude of awards, including the District Award of Merit, Spark Plug Awards, Adult Recognition Awards and the Annual Jack Edmonson Award along with recognizing our 2014 Eagle Scouts, new units and Top Conestoga units in membership, popcorn, camp cards, and many other categories.  


District Update


For the past five years, Conestoga District has been fortunate to be professionally served by both a District Executive "DE" as well as a Quality Unit Executive "QUE".  The unique position of a QUE was made possible, for a defined period of time, by multiple partners and grants.  By the nature of the funding for this program, it was ended effective May 1, 2015.  Conestoga District thanks BettyAnn Atkinson for her service in this position during that time. 


Service to all units continues to be a function of the district executive, the commissioners, and the district committee.  All unit leaders and families are welcome to reach out to our District Executive, Matthew Fernandes, our District Commissioner, Dave Zimmerman, or the respective Unit Commissioner for any assistance or guidance they may need.




Tuesday, May 12th  


Drexel Hill United Methodist Church

600 Burmont Rd, Drexel Hill, PA


Joint Session 7:30-8:00 pm 

Program announcements


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 ended.  That being said if you want to keep selling please let me or Matthew Fernandes know ASAP.


Full payments are past due and commission will drop shortly so please let us know when you plan to turn in payment before the commission structure changes!!!



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



Linda Graeff 


Friends of Scouting


The 2014-2015 Conestoga FOS is in the home stretch!  Our goal is already at 70+%!  


If you made a gift $150 or above, then you and your immediate family are invited to attend, free of charge, the special "Lighting the Way" recognition event on the evening of Friday, June 19, 2015 at Musser Scout Reservation.


Activities will include:


Night Run/Walk

Swimming in the pool

BB gun range

Archery range



Click here to register for the event 


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.


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  Matthew Fernandes 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 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 Matthew Fernandes by the first Wednesday of each month to be included.