November 2015 Issue 
Key 3 Contact Information:

Ryan Martin

Sherry Sutton
Rudy Tellmann

Upcoming District Events
Washington District Roundtable
November 11th
7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
Roychester Community House:
2002 Parkview Avenue Abington, PA 19001

*Please note this is a change in location for November only, all other Roundtables are at Ardsley Community Center
Recharter Help Day #2
November 14th
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Willow Grove Giant
(meet in the Community Center Large Conference Room)
District Iditerad
January 29-31, 2016
Camp Hart

Troops, Crews and Webelos Dens are encouraged to participate.  Contact event chair, Jim Swan to register.
District Pinewood Derby - Save the Date!

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016 at the Willow Grove Mall
Washington District Dinner

Save the Date!!
Sunday, April 24, 2016

Upcoming Community Events
November 13 - Hayride and Bonfire, Curtis Arboretum, Cheltenham (6-9pm)

November 22 - Hatboro Holiday Parade (2-4pm)

November 28 - A Soldier's Christmas, Graeme Park, Horsham, 11am-4pm

December 5 - Ardsley Tree Lighting Event 6pm Ardsley Community Center  or for information

December 5 - Roslyn Holiday Event/Tree Lighting - Roslyn Clock 1-4 pm

December 9 - Menorah Lighting at Jenkintown Town Square 6:30 pm

December 13 - 4th Annual Freezer 5k and Family Fun Walk 9:45 am (Simmons Elementary, Horsham)

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 November 2015 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!
Congratulations to the Washington District's newest Eagle Scouts, Samuel Rucket, RanWei Hu and Noah Berkowitz!

RanWei Hu has been in Scouting for seven years and is a member of Troop 201. He is a senior at Abington High School and was recently named a finalist for the National Merit Scholarship Program. Wei Wei is a member of his high school swim team and plays violin for the Abington Chamber Orchestra.

Sam Rucket is a member of Troop 7 in Elkins Park. He is a senior at Cheltenham High School. For his Eagle project Sam replaced the old porch on a shed at High School Park and installed bird and bat houses in the park.

Noah Berkowitz has been in Scouting for a number of years, starting as a Cub Scout. He is a sophomore at Abington Senior  High School and is a member of the  men's tennis team. For his Eagle project Noah conducted a summer food drive throughout his neighborhood and also had donation boxes at a number of local commissioner and state representative offices. Noah has two older brothers who are also Eagle Scouts.

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.

November Roundtable

What's Happening this Month?

Thank you to all those who have served in our Armed Forces for your service. Please come out to Roundtable to be recognized, whether you have served for 30 days or 30 years, have served, or are currently serving.
We are having a toiletry drive for homeless Veterans, and your donation of a single user tube of toothpaste, bar of soap, shampoo, toilet paper, toothbrush, loose change, or folding dollars will be greatly appreciated. Let us not forget those that have given so much and yet ask for very little.
We have a jammed packed evening with little time...but time well spent.
There will be a challenge, worth a $5.00 Dunkin Doughnuts Gift Card, so two volunteers will be needed.
Besides all this, an "AWESOME" opportunity to gather in fellowship with one another.
See you there.... 

General Session:
*Please note there will be no Breakout Sessions this month
  • Service projects that Benefit and Honor Veterans
  • Journey to Excellence: Why is it important? And How do you do it?
  • Guest Speaker "coping with children with behavioral issues."
  • Brief message from Scout Shop
Fall Recruitment: Rocket into Scouting
We have welcomed more than 150 new youth into our Scouting program in the Washington District this fall.  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 provide Bring-a-Friend Invitations, that your Pack, Troop or Crew can use to welcome prospective new youth and their families to an upcoming Unit Meeting or Event. Contact District Executive Ryan Martin with the date of your event, and the number of invitations you would like.  Recruiter patches are being provided to Scouts who recruit a friend(s) to join Scouting.

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

*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, you can...
  1. Attend the second and final District wide Re-Charter Help-Day on November 14th, where members of the District Staff will assist you in completing your Unit's Charter, or
  2. Contact District Commissioner Rudy Tellmann to schedule a personal Re-Charter Help session for the person completing your Unit's Charter

Please note, each Unit is encouraged to submit their 2016 Charter on or before November 30th to ensure your Unit's Charter does not lapse. Journey to Excellence submissions need to be included with each Unit Charter. 

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
  • University of Scouting: Dec. 5th, Valley Forge Military Academy
  • Venturing Training Day: Dec. 29
  • Venturing/Sea Scout Leader Specific and Introduction to Leadership Skills for Ships and Crews; December 29th at Firestone

Unless otherwise indicated, registration is through (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.

Additional Scouting for Food Bags will be available sometime at the November Roundtable.  The advertised distribution and collection dates are November 14th for distribution and 21st for collection. We realize that some units have their own distribution and collection schedule. 

Units are asked to report the amount of food items collected and the food pantry that is the beneficiary of your unit's food collection. 

Please contact Washington District Scouting for Food Chair Laura Petetti with any Scouting for Food related questions and to report on your collection at the end of the drive. Thank you for participating in such a great opportunity to help your neighbors in need!
We Want You! For Commissioner Service
WE WANT YOU for Commissioner Service.  In fact, we NEED YOU. You've been a great Scouting Leader; how about becoming a COMMISSIONER?

Service to Packs, Troops, Crews, Ship and District Roundtable has never been more important. Join our District Commissioner Corps TODAY!
Please contact Washington District Commissioner  RUDY TELLMANN  267-240-6940 - or
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 | | 

1485 Valley Forge Road
Wayne, PA 19087