December 2015 Issue 
Upcoming District Events
Washington District Roundtable
December 9th
7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
Ardsley Community Center:
2828 Spear Avenue, Ardsley, PA 19038
Recharter Turn In and Help Session
December 8th
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Willow Grove Giant
(meet in the Community Center Large Conference Room)
District Iditerad
January 29-31, 2016
Camp Hart

District Pinewood Derby - Save the Date!

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

All packs should have received a registration packet and race regulations.  If you have not received same, contact PWD Chair, Lester Blum at  Early registration discount ends February 13, 2016.  Deadline for entries is March 13, 2016.
Washington District Dinner

Save the Date!!
Sunday, April 24, 2016

Units should start to give thought to who they would like to recognize as their Unit Honored Scouter and Silent Strength Award nominees.

Upcoming Community Events
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)

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 session and turn in on December 8th, 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, the recommended date for each Unit to turn its 2016 Charter was November 30th. If your Unit has not completed its 2016 Charter please do so ASAP, and contact Rudy Tellmann or Ryan Martin if you need assistance to ensure your Unit's Charter does not lapse. Journey to Excellence submissions need to be included with each Unit Charter. 

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 all registered adult leaders must upload their Clearances before or with their Units Recharter application.
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!
Key 3 Contact Information:

Ryan Martin 

Sherry Sutton
Rudy Tellmann

Dear Washington District Scouters

Welcome to the December 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!
Thank you to all the Packs, Troops and Crews in Washington District who collected food items for those in our local community who are food insecure.  Units are still reporting in their totals, but to date units in who have reported in have collected more than 20,000 items that went to local food banks, helping those in need in our Communities!

If your Unit collected food and did not report how much food your Unit collected please email Washington District Scouting for Food Chair Laura Petetti 
Special recognition goes out to Boy Scout Bobby Jones of Troop 3, Hatboro, who marched in the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade helping to raise even more food for families in need and to Troops 72 ( collected 4,200 items) and Crew 116 (collected 3,556 items).
Carey Stephen Boyd, Jr.,  T321
  • Eagle Project - Converted and repurposed two rooms in the building at St. Huberts Catholic High School for Girls into a classroom and multi-media room.
  • Achievements - Achieved the President's award (twice); earned principals award to attend Roman Catholic High School and currently is ranked in the top 5% of his class. Earned the Parvuli Dei and Ad Altare Dei award as a boy scout.
  • Life Purpose - serving others whether that be through the military, missionary work, police or fire service. He would like to attend one of the U.S. military academies.
 George Louis Balot, T3
  • Eagle Project - Cleaned up of Pioneer Woods Park in Upper Moreland.
  • Achievements - Participant in "People to People" Student Ambassador Program and the German American Partnership Program. Attended NYLT training, Upper Moreland High School Marching Unit, cross country and soccer teams, swimming and diving team, soccer referee.
  • Life Purpose - to attend the United States Coast Guard Academy and pursue a degree in mechanical engineering.
Joseph DeMarco,  T201
  • Eagle Project - Built picnic tables Kalmar Nyclel Shipyard Picnic Grove for visiting school groups for both outdoor educational classes as well as a lunch-time eating area.
  • Accomplishments - Varsity Football Team, rock climbing instructor, Kalmar Nyckel volunteer teaching elementary students about the Pilgrims that landed in Delaware, high grade achiever at West Chester B. Reed Henderson High School.
  • Life Purpose- - to attend the United States Coast Guard Academy and pursue a degree in mechanical engineering.
Josiah David McKay,  Troop 354
  • Collected food and personal care items for the Whosoever Gospel Mission. The Eagle project supplemented their food pantry as well as supply personal care items.
Brendon O'Connor,  Troop 72
  • Cleaned over grown brush from an area that was marked as a cemetery for soldiers that fought at the Battle of Crooked Billet. Placed chain fencing to mark the area and placed a marker to honor the soldiers.
James Pierce Currie, Troop 48
  • Created a digital map of the Ardsley Wildlife Sanctuary where visitors can utilize their smartphone to navigate through the sanctuary.

Above Eagle Scouts Carey Boyd, George Balot and Joseph Demarco. Below Eagle Scouts Josiah McKay, Brendan O'Connor and James Currie
Why your Unit Needs to Attend Roundtable?
Roundtable is your Unit's 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.

December Roundtable

What's Happening this Month?

It is that time of the month again, and our last Roundtable for the year.
Come on out and enjoy "Movie NIght" with several presenters that will make
our fellowship and learning time together Merry.
A light snack will be provided, however if you can contribute more snack
items to share that will be greatly appreciated.

New for the coming year will be the "Information Station" message board.
If you have information that needs to get to the District Leaders, there will be 
pens and note cards available, and you can pin your message on the board.
So will you be naughty and be absent? Or nice and attend? See you there.

*Please note there will be no Breakout Sessions this month. For Units that need assistance with their Re-Charter Application or have their Charter ready to turn in, District Executive Ryan Martin will be available all night to help with Rechartering.  
Washington District Iditerod
Come join in on the fun for the day or the weekend!!!  The planning team has included several new activities at stations this year.

The Washington District Iditerod is January 29th - 31st, at Camp Hart 1125 Camp Road, Pennsburg, PA 18073. Troops, Crews, and Webelo Scouts do not want to miss out on this great event and are encouraged to participate.  Contact event chair, Jim Swan to get a registration packet if you have not received one.  Early registration discount ends January 11, 2016.

If your Unit has not yet registered please contact event Chairs Jim Swan Jim Swan ( and Ed Trauffer ( this week.  Also the event chairs have reserved the Red Fox, Yellow Bear and Dick Smith sites for Troop reservations. Please contact Ed Trauffer to reserve one of these preferred sites. Please give a tentative sled count and to Ed Trauffer  to register for one of the three designated sites.  All are still available. at  Once they are gone, each troop camping for the weekend will be responsible for reserving a cabin and/or campsite with COL at Camp Hart.
Give the Gift of Camp: 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. Registration is now open online, and all Cub Scouts registered by December 31 will be entered in a drawing for a free week at our Day Camp.
Upcoming Training Opportunities
  • 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) 

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