March  2016 Issue 
Upcoming District Events
Washington District Roundtable
March 9th
7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
Roychester Community House:
Parkview & Harding Avenue, Abington, PA19001
District Pinewood Derby
Sunday, April 3rd, 2016
at the Willow Grove Mall.

Contact PWD Chair, Lester Blum at  Deadline for entries is March 13, 2016.
Annual District Business Meeting

April 6th, 2016, 7:30 pm.
at the North Penn VFW.
Abington Scout Day in Government 
April 6th
All slots are filled! 
Washington District Dinner
Sunday, April 24, 2016 5pm

Back by popular demand, Streetside BBQ!

Please join us for an evening our Scouting fellowship and celebration!

Registration will be available  through the council website events section starting March 12th. 
Washington District Nominating Committee and Annual Business Meeting
The Washington District Nominating Committee is accepting nominations through 5 p.m. March 23, 2016 for the District Committee.  Nominations can be submitted via email to our District Executive, Ryan Martin at

Contact information for the committee members is as follows:

Mark Kenney (Chair)

David Clark dave.clark@cutsomulatrasonic.

David Sirken

Upcoming Community Events
There are a number of upcoming spring community events/recruiting opportunities (too many to list here).  The district membership team will be contacting unit leaders directly to provide information.
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

Do you have a leader that needs the required training for Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster? Training is this Saturday March 5th from 8:30-12:30. Register at Email Mark Kenney if you have any questions at 

  • SM/ASM Leader Specific
    March 5, 2016 at Bryn Athyn Scout Cabin.
  • Venturing Leader 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 the BSA Today Newsletter for the numerous range training opportunities that are available from our council shooting sports committee.

The Council's Training Schedule for 2016 can be found here:

Council Training Schedule Link  

Unless otherwise indicated, registration is through (event registration). Online training available at
Get Your Unit Honored Scouter and Silent Strength 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:

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
Check Out or District Facebook Page!
Here's the link!

Please check it out and "Like" our page.
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 so we can post it.
2017 National Jamboree
Information about the Jamboree and a link to register are found on the council website (  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.

John Metzger:

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 to all those who assisted the Washington District Commissioner Staff in completing your Units 2016 Charter.

If you are not the Charter person for your Unit be sure to thank that person, and your Unit Commissioner. If it were not for their hard work on your Units Charter, there would be no Unit. 
PA Child Abuse Law Clearances
Reminder! 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
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

Thank you for reading the March 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. Please share this monthly newsletter with the other leaders and families in your Unit, so they too can stay up to date on all things Washington District.

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 our newest Eagle Scouts!
Timothy Ferry from Troop 201 earned the rank of Eagle. Timothy lead of group of volunteers to help clean up invasive plants, cut back dead trees and repair parts of a fence in Roslyn Park. Congratulations Timothy on earning the rank of Eagle.
William McAndrews, III, Troop 208, Tyler Forr, Troop 354, Brian White, Troop 321
Jacob Wysocki, Troop 48
Benjamin Conroy, Troop 97, Liam Casey, Troop 33

March Roundtable
The District Roundtable location is returning to the Roychester Community House
, 1819 Harding Avenue, Abington.   7:15 pm

There are some details that are coming out at this Round Table for EVERY TYPE OF UNIT.
Be the first to learn what is coming up at Council Level.
If you cannot make the meeting send a parent representative.  We need to get the information back to your units in the best way we can by YOU.
From our Cub Scout RT Commissioner:
New upcoming events for you and your cubs would enjoy, local, cheep and free. 

Philadelphia Mineral Treasures And Fossil Fair
2016  SHOW
LuLu Temple: 5140 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
Saturday    April 2, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday      April 3, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sponsored by the Philadelphia Mineralogical Society 
and the Delaware Valley Paleontological Society
Admission - Adults $5.00 - Kids under 12,  $1.00.   Uniformed Scouts Free.
Fossils, Minerals, Gems, and Jewelry for sale.
Fossil and Mineral Exhibits and Demonstrations.
Here is a little website for you to check out.

And another: 
Lego Fan Festival

Get in contact with a troop to find out where and when they are camping.  This is an opportunity that you can not miss. 
More info to share.
Yours in Scouting!!!
Janice Shurtleff
Cub Round Table Commissioner

Washington District Camp Card Kickoff
It's the time of year again for the annual Cradle of Liberty Council Camp Card Sale. The Camp Card Sale, is a Unit Fundraising opportunity offered by the Council to help raise the "Funds to pay for the Fun!" 

This year's Camp Card Sale is scheduled to start March 16th at 7:00 pm with the Washington District Camp Card Kickoff at Roychester Community House in Abington, so please save the date. The Kickoff is where Units will receive their first order of Camp Cards and learn about best practices for raising the most money for your Unit. For Units who are interested in participating again in this year's Camp Card Sale, or Units that are new to the Camp Card sale and would like to learn more please contact Ryan Martin at or 484-654-9217.

For those  who are unfamiliar with the Camp Card sale, they are plastic coupon cards that cost $5 to the consumer and have over $50 in savings at the participating vendors (use this link for a complete list of participating vendors) whose coupons are on each Camp Card. For each camp card sold the selling Unit keeps 50% commission on each Camp Card or $2.50, the other 50% goes towards paying for the cost of printing the Camp Cards and maintaining Council Camps. Units can use the money they raise through the Camp Card Sale to help offset the cost of camp for their families or any of the other fun things your Scouting families do.  There will not be a return fee for unsold cards in 2016, but units will be asked to be judicious in the number they order, realizing that they can always request more. We will once again have someone at the Willow Grove Giant on Tuesday evenings throughout the sale to provide additional cards and to collect sales proceeds.
Complete information about the 2016 Camp Card Sale can be found at For Units who would like to request their initial Camp Card order, which you will receive at the Washington District Camp Card kickoff please use this link.
Have you Registered for 2016 Washington District Day Camp?
The Washington District 2016 Day Camp
is July 18-22, so mark your calendars!  Day Camp!! Registration is now open online.  This year's theme will center around the Olympics.

There will be a $100 Scoutshop gift card to the unit that has the greatest percentage increase in Scouts attending the Washington District Day Camp!

Check out our video of the fun our Scouts have!  

Washington District Family Friends of Scouting
Thanks to the tremendous support of our early contributors, Washington District has raised over $20,000 toward our $52,000 goal for the Family Friends of Scouting Campaign. 

Why should I support Friends of Scouting?

The answers to this question is very simple. The Friends of Scouting Campaign is the lifeblood of Scouting's fundraising efforts to allow our council (that is all of us!) to continue to provide Scouting to our youth.

Friends of Scouting is the annual fundraising campaign to raise the operating funds necessary to provide a quality Scouting program in our council and it is the largest source of income for the council. Every year there is a need for financial support to continue existing programs, develop new programs,  provide quality outdoor programs to our youth, improve upon and maintain our  council camp properties at both Musser and Resica Falls Scout Reservations, expand Scouting programs, provide training, and a professional staff.  Special events and fundraisers pay only a portion of the cost.Scouting is the guiding light that leads to responsibility and success in life for more than 15,000 Scouts with diverse backgrounds in the Cradle of Liberty Council.

This campaign gives Scouting  families the opportunity to contribute at a level of their own choosing according to their interest and ability to give.  Only through your support can we keep the Scouting light burning brightly into the future. Why should you support Scouting? Because your gift to the Family Friends of Scouting campaign really does keep the light burning. Help us guide the youth of this generation as they grow to become the leaders of the next.

It costs our council $150 to fund one Scout for one year in our program. 
Please visit for more information about the campaign. If your unit hasn't already, you should consider appointing a unit Friends of Scouting coordinator and schedule your 2016 family presentation. Your unit Friends of Scouting coordinator may contact Ed Trauffer, Washington District Friends of Scouting Chair at or 215 353 6386.
From our OA Chapter
Among the leadership positions that count toward BSA advancement is Order of the Arrow Troop Representative

The Order of the Arrow representative serves as a communication link between the troop and the local Order of the Arrow lodge. By enhancing the image of the Order as a service arm to the troop, he promotes the Order, encourages Scouts to take part in all sorts of camping opportunities, and helps pave the way for older Scouts to become involved in high-adventure programs. The OA troop representative assists with leadership skills training. He reports to the assistant senior patrol leader.
If your unit has an OA Representative, he needs to attend the OA meetings held in conjunction with the district Roundtable meetings. We would respectfully suggest that if you have identified an OA Rep. and he is not attending the monthly meetings he cannot possibly be representing either the OA or your unit. Please encourage your OA representative to attend the monthly OA meetings and report back to you and your unit. Please remind him that the meetings have moved back to the Roychester Community Center. Next meeting: This coming Wednesday, March 9, 2016.
Matthias Hausman, Chapter Chief
Del Hausman, Chapter Adviser
2016 Cub Scout Resident Camp and Boy Scout Summer Camp
Online registration for Cub Scout Resident Camp at Musser Scout Reservation and Boy Scout Summer Camp at Ressica Falls is now live.

Register for Cub Resident Camp: Here

Register for Boy Scout Summer Camping: Here 
Every Scout Deserves a Trained Leader
Important Venturing Training Update
Venturing Leader Position Specific Training is now available online at
This will allow new Crew leaders to become trained quicker. However, it is still important that new Crew leaders take part in an in person training as there is no substitute for learning face to face from experienced Crew leaders in our area.

For questions about this training or any other training, contact Washington District Training Chair Mark Kenney at
Thank you for reading the March 2016 edition of the Washington District Newsletter, we hope you found it informative and helpful. The Newsletter is 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.


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Wayne, PA 19087

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