February 2016 Issue 
Upcoming District Events
Washington District Roundtable
February 10th
7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
Ardsley Community Center:
2828 Spear Avenue, Ardsley, PA 19038
SM/ASM Leader Specific Training
March 5, 2016
Bryn Athyn Scout Cabin
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 lesterblum@aol.com.  Early registration discount ends February 13, 2016.  Deadline for entries is March 13, 2016.
District Annual Meeting

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016 
at the North Penn VFW.

All Chartered Orgnaization Representatives, District Members at Large and Council Members at Large who reside within the Washington District are invited to attend and vote.
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.

Other Events
Hatboro Troop 3 Ham & Turkey Supper 
 March 12  4PM till 7PM (Take outs available until 7PM) 
Adults $15.00 
Children (4-12) $6.00
For tickets contact Lea at 215-442-0961   OR      Rudy  at 267-240-6940
 Journey to Excellence Conference
Saturday April 9th at Bucks County Community College.  For information contact Rudy Tellmann. 
Upcoming Training Opportunities
  • Trainer's Edge February 6th at council offices or May 7th at Nelson Training Center
  • Roundtable Training:February 23rd at Willow Grove Giant 7PM till 9PM. Guest Presenter David Lyons, Garden State Council.  Open to ALL Adult Leaders
  • SM/ASM Leader Specific March 5, 2016 at Bryn Athyn Scout Cabin.
  • Sea Scout Adult Leader Basic Feb 12-14 at Pine Hill Scout Reservation. 
  • VenturingLeader Specific and Crew Committee Challenge April 23 at Musser Scout Reservation
  • Wood Badge April 29-May 1 and June 4-6 at Musser
  • Also see theBSA Today Newsletter for the numerous range training opportunities that are available from our council shooting sports committee.
OA News
The OA has its monthly chapter meeting on Wednesday, February 10th at the same time and place as the District Roundtable meeting. We will be working on unit elections and planning an event for our March meeting. All OA members are encouraged to attend to learn more about the Order. If you have any questions please contact Chapter Chief, Matthias Hausman (washington@unamilodge.org), for more information.

Camp Cards
WD Camp Card Chair Julie Hurst will be contacting unit leaders in the next couple of weeks regarding the 2016 Camp Card Sale.  This is an opportunity for Scouts to earn money toward camp.  There is no return fee this year!
Washington District Nominating Committee
The Washington District Nominating Committee is accepting nominations through March 22, 2016 for the District Committee.  Contact information for the committee members is as follows:

Mark Kenney (Chair) kenney@mkenneylaw.com

David Clark dave.clark@cutsomulatrasonic.

Henry Geyer hfgeyer@comcast.net

Tom Hecker info@heckerward10.com

Susan Schied slschied@verizon.net

David Sirken  dhsirken@ix.netcom.com

Sherry Sutton charlaynesutton@comcast.net
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!
2017 National Jamboree
Attending the BSA National Jamboree is a wonderful opportunity for Boy Scouts and Venturers.  The Cradle of Liberty Council is sending one COL Venture Crew and a number of COL Troops to the 2017 Jamboree. 

Information about the Jamboree and a link to register are found on the council website (colbas.org).  Spots for Venturers are very limited!

John Metzger of Hatboro Troop 81 has been selected as a 2017 Scoutmaster for Scouts in the Washington District, and Barb Dieterly, Pennypack Crew 007, has been selected as an Associate Advisor for the COL Crew.

John Metzger: jdmthree@verizon.net

Barb Dieterly: beachbuminbrig@verizon.net
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 hatcon1@verizon.net
Key 3 Contact Information:

Ryan Martin 

Sherry Sutton 
Rudy Tellmann

Congratulations to the 2016 Iditarod Winners!
Congratulation to the following who finished first in their race bracket!

Webelos/AOL:  Pack 17 
Troops:  Troop 201 
Venturing: Ship 201  
A big thank you to Mr. Swan and Mr. Trauffer for the many hours they gave to put the event together! Thank you also to all the Packs, Troops and Crews who participated in this year's Iditarod running a station and/or having a sled in the race.  Thank you to:

Crew 39 -   Axe yard 
Crew 116 - Fire building 
Crew 380 - First Aid 
Troop 1 - Slingshot 
Troop 72 - Signaling 
Troop 81 - Map and Compass 
Troop 97 - Knots 
Troop 208 - Horizontal Everest 
Troop 304 - Lashings 
OA - Sled inspections

Thank you also to Mr. Pat Bradley, Mr. Joe Heath, Mr. Bob Dieterly and Mr. Jeff Dieterly for staffing the shooting range. Finally, thank you to the adults from Troop 81 for another wonderful dinner! Looking forward to 2017! 

February Roundtable

What's Happening this Month?

As we are now at the 6 month mark for this year's Rountables, this month will be an open forum.
One of the topics that will be discussed is the plan going forward with the remainder of the year.
We also want to hear your voice. Please come and bring any ideas you think should be incorporated
into the program, or what you feel is lacking. I look forward to seeing you all.

Cub Scout Breakout Session: AOL

That is all for now. Carp diem!!!

Yours in Scouting,
Peter Lavelle
Scoutmaster Troop 116
Washington District Roundtable Commissioner
Get Your Unit Honoree Nominations In!
Units are reminded to turn in their nominations for Unit Honored Scouter and Unit Silent Strength Awards so that these individuals may be recognized at the annual district dinner.  Here is a link to the nomination forms:   https://www.colbsa.org/news/news-11.html.

District Award of Merit Nominations are also being accepted for those who have given service at the district level. 

Submissions are due by April  1, 2016
Washington District Scouts Doing Great Things!
Troop 72 Scouts were served as the color guard for Abington's Annual  Martin Luther King Memorial Service at the Abington Senior High.
Abington Scout Day in Government April 6th
This event is open to only 25 Cub Scouts/Boy Scouts in grades 4-6 who are Abington residents.  This is an excused absence from Abington public schools for the portion of the day the Scouts participate in the program.  Scouts must be dropped off at the township building that morning by a parent or guardian.  Township personnel will return the Scouts to their Abington  School (Private school students must make their own arrangements for school absence).  Since registration is limited to 25 Scouts, we ask that Scouts who have previously participated in this program do not register again so that others may have an opportunity.

All registrations are being handled by Becky Devlin.  Please contact her at radevlin331@msn.com to register.  Registrations will be on a first come first served basis

Use of Internet Advancement to Become Mandatory June 2016!
From The Council Advancement Chair's Letter to Units:

The Cradle of Liberty Council Advancement Committee has determined that beginning June 1, 2016; it will be council policy to require the use of Internet Advancement for all units to report their Scouts' advancement. 

You can contact your district executive to obtain the unit ID used in Internet Advancement or contact Dianne Campman at 484-654-9214 or email.
Yours in Scouting,
Arland Hotchkiss
Council Advancement & Recognition Committee

The Washington District Committee will be offering training on how to use Internet Advancement in the coming months. Look for an announcement.

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.  There will be a prize this year for the Cub Scout pack that has the highest percentage of their Scouts attend our district's day camp.
Scouts in Action
We would love to get the word out about what your scouts are doing. Holiday events, cool camping trips, baking competitions, doing a good turn daily. Let us know at at ScoutsInAction@yahoo.com so we can post it.
A Scout is Brave
Does your unit have a Scout who may qualify for a brave act?

National awards for lifesaving and meritorious action are made only for outstanding and unusual acts that demonstrate unusual heroism, skill, or bravery and reflect Scouting ideals, based on the following criteria:
  1. Honor Medal With Crossed Palms. Has demonstrated unusual heroism and extraordinary skill or resourcefulness in saving or attempting to save life at extreme risk to self.
  2. Honor Medal. Has demonstrated unusual heroism and skill or resourcefulness in saving or attempting to save life at considerable risk to self.
  3. Medal of Merit. Has performed an act of service of a rare or exceptional character that reflects an uncommon degree of concern for the well-being of others.
  4. National Certificate of Merit. Has performed a significant act of service that is deserving of special national recognition. Note: If the action is deserving of merit but does not qualify for a national award, the Scout may be eligible for the Local Council Certificate of Merit, No. 33732.
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. 

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

1485 Valley Forge Road
Wayne, PA 19087