October 2015 Issue 
Key 3 Contact Information:

Ryan Martin

Sherry Sutton 
Rudy Tellmann

Upcoming District Events
Washington District Roundtable
October 14th
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Ardsley Community Center
How to do your Units On-Line Rechartering
October 15th
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Willow Grove Giant (Community Center Large Conference Room)
Recharter Help Day #1
October 22nd
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Abington Presbyterian Church
Popcorn Rebalance Day
October 24th
Units will be contacted by our District Popcorn Chair, Jeanne Mesko
Washington District Cub Scout Leader Position Specific Training
November 7th
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saint Catherine of Sienna, Horsham, PA
*Details to come 
Popcorn Pickup Day
November 7th
Units will be contacted by our District Popcorn Chair, Jeanne Mesko
Recharter Help Day #2
November 14th
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Willow Grove Giant
(meet in the Community Center Large Conference Room)
District Pinewood Derby - Save the Date!

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016 at the Willow Grove Mall

Upcoming Community Events
10/17/15: Cheltenham Harvest Festival

10/24/15: Roslyn Valley Car Show

Washington District Committee
The Washington District Committee is here to serve you, if you have a question about a specific topic contact the corresponding chair. For example if you have a questions about training, contact the Washington District Training Chair.

For a complete list of the Washington District Committee Members here to serve you, click here!
Dear Washington District Scouters

Welcome to the first issue of the 2015-2016 Washington District Newsletter. The Washington District Newsletter is your source for the latest news, events, and announcements effecting the Packs, Troops and Crews in Washington District. We hope that you find this monthly publication informative and fun. This is your newsletter, so please share any information or topics you would like covered in the Newsletter that you need to know to make your Units 2015-2016 Scouting Year a great one!

Thank you for all that you do for the Scouts and families in your Pack, Troop, Crew, or Ship. We are here to serve you and help make your Unit successful, so let us know how we can help you! It is a pleasure to serve each and every one of you, thank you for the opportunity to do so and we look forward to a great year for Washington District.


Sherry Sutton, District Chair
Rudy Tellmann, District Commissioner
Ryan Martin, District Executive

Washington District Scouts Doing Great Things!
Please share with your Scouting Family stories of the incredible things your Scouts, Unit Leaders, and Scout Parents are doing, both big and small in our community.

We will feature a story each month about the things Washington District Adult Volunteers and Scouts are doing to improve our community. If your unit has something it wants to share, please email our Communications Chair, Becky Devlin at radevlin331@msn.com.

This Weeks Story: 

The Cubs who participated in the Washington District Day Camp at Bryn Athyn this summer participated in two service projects, reaching both families in need in our local area and the brave men and women who serve in our United States military by collecting over 1,000 items for a local food pantry and bringing in personal care items to be donated to the USO as part of an Eagle Project for the Day Camp's SPL Tyler Forr. 
Why your Unit Needs to Attend Roundtable?
Roundtable is your Units opportunity to learn about the latest news and events affecting your Unit. Roundtable is where you can learn from your fellow Washington District Unit Leaders how to recruit new leaders, find new program ideas to take to your Units, and most importantly you learn how other Unit Leaders are facing the challenges we all face as we strive to provide the best possible Scouting program to our youth members.

Each month features a opening session highlighting the timely information you need to know to make your Unit successful. This is followed by a Boy Scout Leader Breakout session and Cub Scout Leader Breakout session, covering information pertaining to each individual level of Scouting.

October Roundtable Topics

General Session:
  • Handout of Re-Chartering Packets, and review of How-to-do Online Rechartering
  • Scouts with Special Needs: How can you help the Scouts in your Unit that may need extra support and the resources available to help those youth
Cub Scout Breakout:
  • How to help your Scouts earn their Arrow of Light
  • How to meet requirements for elective adventure, safely and smartly
  • How to help recruit new youth into your Pack
  • District Novmeber 1st Fall Festival event information and resources
Boy Scout Breakout:
  • Importance of private full disclosure for each scout's issues
  • Behavioral Issues and Coping Methods
Fall Recruitment: Rocket into Scouting
On Rocket into Scouting Night, September 30th a total of 132 new Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers joined the Washington District Scouting family. Thank you to all the Unit Leaders and Parents who represented your Pack, Troop or Crew and did such a tremendous job welcoming all the new families that joined Scouting that night!

Units are continuing to recruit new youth either through other Open Houses, word of mouth, or having a Scout table at their local community event. Also, as a service to help recruit the next generation of Scouts the District will be hosting a Cub Scout Halloween Party, where all Current Cub Scouts can invite a friend to join Cub Scouts at the Party. The date is Nov. 1st from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm; more details to be announced at the October Roundtable!

Be sure to encourage your new Scout families to register to attend the rocket launch at the Horsham Air Guard Station on Saturday, October 24th.  Registration is limited to a total of 500 people, so register early! 
(click to register for launch) . Youth will also be able to launch their rockets at the council Fall Fest, which is free to youth who have registered since April 30th, 2015. Registration is online through colbsa.org

PA Child Abuse Law Clearances
As you all have heard all registered leaders and certain non-registered leaders are required to complete their State Child Abuse Clearance, State Police Background Check, FBI Fingerprinting (if you have not lived in PA for the last 10 years), and your Disclosure Statement (if you have lived in PA for the last 10 or more years). Please use this link to view the complete list of who does and does not have to complete their Clearances.  If you are not sure which non-registered adults require clearances, contact Ryan Martin (see below).

Thank you for your cooperation in completing your clearances to ensure the safety of all of the youth in our local Scouting Programs. We encourage each individual to upload your clearances here, if you have trouble or do not know how to upload your clearances please contact Ryan Martin at 484-654-9217 or at ryan.martin@scouting.org.

*Please note if you are a Merit Badge Counselor, you are a member of the District Staff and must submit your Clearances by November 15th as the District Re-Charter must be submitted that week.
It's everyone's favorite time of the year! That's right is time for each Unit to complete their On-Line Re-Charter. Contrary to popular belief re-chartering is not a painful and fear inducing endeavor. As long as you are prepared, and we are all familiar with that concept re-chartering isn't difficult at all.

To prepare the individual or individuals who will be completing your Units 2016 Charter, we will hosting several opportunities to learn how-to-do a Units Online Re-Charter and two District wide Re-Charter Help-Days where members of the District Staff will assist you in completing your Unit's Charter. We need each Unit to have a representative at the October Roundtable as we will be handing out the Re-Charter Packets that each Unit must have to be able to complete their Charter, and we will be reviewing the steps each unit needs to follow to complete their Charter on time.
Save the Date: 2016 Washington District Day Camp
The Washington District 2016 Day Camp is July 18-22, so mark your calendars! You will not find a better Camp at a better price then the Washington Day Camp. This year's theme will center around the Olympics.

Pack Leaders, you should have been contacted by Robert Raggi the District Camp Promotions Chair, to schedule your Pack's 2016 Day Camp promotion date in November or December. This is a great opportunity to get your current and new Cub Scouts excited about Day Camp!

Upcoming Training Opportunities
  • SM/ASM Specific: Oct. 24
  • Wilderness First Aid/CPR: Nov. 7-8
  • Cub Leader Specific Trainings: Nov. 7th, Saint Catherine of Sienna, Horsham, PA 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • University of Scouting: Dec. 5th, Valley Forge Military Academy
  • Venturing Training Day: Dec. 26
  • Venturing/Sea Scout Leader Specific and Introduction to Leadership Skills for Ships and Crews; December 29th at Firestone

Unless otherwise indicated, registration is through colbsa.org (event registration) 

Scouting for Food
Scouts do a good turn daily! Scouting for Food is just around the corner, last year many of our Units help collect hundreds of bags of food which were delivered to the local food banks in our Community.

Bags will be available sometime in October for pick up by units.  The advertised distribution and collection dates are November 14th and 21st.  We realize that some units have their own distribution and collection schedule.  Washington District Scouting for Food Chair Laura Petetti will be contacting Unit Leaders to find out how many bags your unit needs, and which local food bank your collected food will be going to. Thank you for participating in such a great opportunity to help your neighbors in need!
Friends of Scouting
A big THANK YOU to all of the Washington District Family Friends of Scouting presenters, units that supported our campaign and most of all, the generous contributors that made the 2015 Friends of Scouting campaign a huge success.

Through the family campaign, we have raised over $56,000 to support the programs and facilities of Cradle of Liberty Council. Your investment helps ensure the continued growth and delivery of quality scouting programs for the youth of our area. This year we were able to achieve a 23% increase in contributions over last year, with a family participation rate of 40 percent. Your generous support "lights the way" and helps all of our youth to Be Prepared - For Life.
Thank you for reading the October edition of the Washington District Newsletter, we hope you found it informative and helpful. The Newsletter will be sent out the first Friday of each month, so please be sure to check your email at that time each month.

If anyone in your Unit is not receiving the District Newsletter, please let Ryan Martin know and he will add those individuals to the distribution list for the District Newsletter.

Washington District Key 3
Ryan Martin, District Executive | 484-654-9217 | ryan.martin@scouting.org | http://www.colbsa.org 

1485 Valley Forge Road
Wayne, PA 19087