September 20, 2013 
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Reading Public Museum Exhibit
Kittatinny Lodge 5
Reading Public Museum Cub Scout Program
Cub Scout Adventure Days
Protecting God's Children Youth Protection Training
District Committee Training
Commissioner Basic Training
Fall Membership
New MyScouting Tools
2013 Popcorn Sale
Council Scout Shops
Voice of the Scout
2013 Scouting for Food
Soaring Away from Substances
2013 Friends of Scouting
Council Calendar of Events
Appalachian District Calendar
Black Rock District Calendar
Cacoosing District Calendar
Frontier District Calendar
Service Centers/Scout Shop Hours
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Reading Public Museum Exhibit
October 5, 2013 through January 12, 2014
Kittatinny Lodge 5

Reading Public Museum - Cub Scout Programs

The Reading Public Museum will be offering a Special Activity Day just for Cub Scouts on October 14th, 12:00pm - 4:00pm. 

An Adventure Sleepover where boys will have the opportunity to earn badges is being offered on November 8, 2013.

Please contact Lauren Kehres at 610-371-5850 ext. 230 for additional information or click here to download the Reading Public Museum Fall 2013 Cub Scout Programs brochure.
Cub Scout Adventure Day
October 19 and October 26, 2013
All Cub Scouts and adult partners are invited to the Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation on Saturday, October 19 or Saturday, October 26 for a fun day of BB shooting, archery, fishing, games and other outdoor activities.  Lunch is provided.  Cub Adventure Day is a rain or shine event.  Register TODAY!
Protecting God's Children Youth Protection Training
The Hawk Mountain Council Catholic Committee on Scouting is sponsoring Protecting God's Children - Youth Protection Training on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at the Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation, 9:00 am to Noon.  Register by clicking here.
District Committee Training Workshop

There will be a District Committee Training Workshop on October 6, 2013 at Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation. For additional information and to reserve your spot click here

Commissioner Basic Training
Mark your calendar - Sunday, October 20, 2013 null(1:00pm - 5:00pm) for Hawk Mountain Council's Basic Training Session for Unit Commissioners. This training is for "New" Unit Commissioners and Unit Commissioners who have not completed Basic Training.  This training will also allow you to attend the next Commissioner College in the Spring of 2014. Get additional information and a registration form here.
Fall Membership

Your council and district membership committee volunteers have been working hard with the District Executives to prepare for our Fall Membership Drive.  This month, thousands of elementary aged kids have had or will have the opportunity to join our wonderful organization.  It is not to late for Unit leaders to  communicate with District Executives to schedule Cub Scout Talks and Sign Up nights in September or early October.  We have FREE Cub Scout promotional materials at the Council Service Center to help you spread the word in your communities.  Call your District Executive to pick up posters, yard signs, or business cards.   


We are continuing to recruit and offer the kindergarten age, Lion Cub program.  Jerry Beaver, Pack 652 and Bill Tarapchak, Pack 597 both endorse the program and say, "Having parents help in the Lion Cub program makes it easier the following year to recruit Tiger leaders."  Debbie Smith and her committee have been working hard to make the program even better than last year.  BSA Registration Fees for Lions are the same as all other Cub Scouts.   


Don't forget the big kids, we can always recruit Boy Scouts, Venturers, and Explorers to attend a meeting or go on an outing.


Please contact your District Executive if you have questions about membership opportunities.

The New MyScouting Tools

Recently a second version of the new MyScouting Tools was released to Key 3 unit and district volunteers.


This release moves toward our vision of volunteer empowerment. The new tools provide more intuitive functionality and improved navigation. It's made easy and transparent so that volunteers can focus more on Scouting.


To become familiar with and learn more about the new tools, select a link below to download instructions.


  • Dashboard view of Trained Leaders and Youth Protection Training status and counts
  • Add adult training information-not just YPT-for members in their organization structure
  • View members' training history and YPT status
  • Print training certificate(s)
  • Print Youth Protection Aging Report (lists those who have not taken YPT, those whose YPT has expired, and those whose YPT will expire in 30, 60, and 90 days)
  • Assign members to functional roles in sub-organizations
  • View unit roster details
  • Edit/update certain member profile information
  • Print membership cards for each registered position
  • Print Youth Member Age Report
  • Create sub-organizations in their unit
  • Maintain unit's organizational details (social media information)
  • Update additional profile information (education, employer, civic and professional associations)
  • View personal training history
  • Print training certificate(s)
  • Print membership card(s)

Supported browsers are:

  • Best experienced with Google Chrome 14+
  • Firefox 21+ also supported
  • Safari and IE may experience some formatting and performance issues that will be addressed in the next release.

Please Note:  Non-Key 3 members will have access only to the My Dashboard tool.

2013 Popcorn Sale
We hope your Scouts have been busy selling popcorn.  We have heard reports from some units that the Take Order sales are going very well and some Scouts are on their second or third order forms!


We have also heard the Show & Sell events have been very successful.  Several units have contacted us for more popcorn.  We have a limited amount of popcorn available for units that need to replenish their stock.  As we fill these requests, our supply is diminishing.  If you believe you have over ordered for your Show & Sell and will need to return popcorn to us, please let us know as soon as possible so we can help units that need more popcorn.  Please email or call us to let us know what you would like to return.  DO NOT RETURN the popcorn until you have contacted us and made arrangements for the return.  This does not affect your ability to return any unopened cases October 16 - 18.  We will still be accepting returns those days.  The opportunity to return popcorn early is an attempt to help units that would like more popcorn for their Show & Sell days.


popcorn between pack to troop or unit to unit.  By returning the product to us, we can redistribute and make the necessary corrections to your invoice.  This way your unit invoice will reflect the correct total due council as well as any additional commission your unit has earned.  

Please contact Donna Welsh at or 610-926-3406 to return popcorn or get additional product.

Council Scout Shops 


Our Scout Shops carry uniforms and supplies, awards and recognition, camping supplies, clothing and scout merchandise. Orders can be emailed to or faxed for pick up or shipping to 610-926-4965.(Shipping and Handling fees will apply) Please allow 2 business days for orders to be filled. Our courteous and helpful staff will contact you when your request is ready for pick-up.

Remember........A completed Advancement Report is required for all advancement items.  

Guiding the Future with Feedback
((( Voice of the Scout )))
The Microphone is ON!  If you see an email survey from the Boy Scouts of America in your inbox, in less time it takes to boil water you'll help us guide Scouting for years to come.  Please take the survey.
2013 Scouting for Food Project
Saturday - November 9, 2013, 9:00am - 1:00pm 
Click here for more information and to complete a unit sign-up form.
Soaring Away From Substances

Council on Chemical Abuse (COCA) is a Berks County based organization whose prevention specialist are dedicated to provide youth with the resources necessary to make healthy choices.  COCA is excited to partner with Hawk Mountain Council and provide services to your Pack or Troop.  Click HERE for a brochure on "A Scout's Survival Guide to Healthy Choices". 
2013 Friends of Scouting
 "Your Investment in Character" 

Click here to learn how your investment helps the Hawk Mountain Council and it's youth.
Council Calendar of Events
September 2013
24      Camping Committee, BFSC, 7:00pm
25      Council Advancement Committee, BFSC, 7:00pm
27-29  Wood Badge N6-528-13 #1, HMSR

October 2013
04   Ventur-een Weekend, HMSR, Friday, 6:00pm through Sunday, 11:00am
06   District Committee Training, HMSR, 12:00(noon)
11-13  Wood Badge N6-528-13 #2, HMSR
12   OA Vigil Weekend, HMSR, Saturday and Sunday only
12   Camp Maintenance Committee Meeting, HMSR, 8:00am
12   BALOO Training, Troop 575 Pavilion, Longswamp UCC, 8:30am
14   Fall Golf Tournament, Moselem Springs Golf Club
18   Show and Sell Popcorn Returns, BFSC, 9:00am-5:00pm
19   Cub Scout Adventure Day, HMSR
19   Protecting Gods Children, Youth Protection Training Session, HMSR, 9:00am
20   Commissioner Basic Training, Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce, 1:00pm-5:00pm
22   Joint Committee Meeting, HMSR, 7:00pm
26   Cub Scout Adventure Day, HMSR
29   Popcorn Prize Forms and Take Order Forms Due to Council Service Center, 9:00am-4:00pm

HMSR-Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation

BFSC-Beaver Family Service Center

Appalachian District

District Chair -- Chuck Denis    Commissioner -- Tony Calvaresi    District Director -- Jeff Lewis 

October 2013
08   Roundtable Meeting, St. John's Gernant's UCC Memorial Church, 7:30pm
08   Commissioner Staff Meeting, St. John's Gernant's UCC Memorial Church, 6:15pm
Black Rock District

District Chairman --Jerry Beaver   District Commissioner -- James Briel 

District Director -- David Muldowney  District Executive - Adrienne Wrona  

October 2013
02   Commissioner Staff Meeting, Holy Family School, Frackville, 7:00pm
03   District Commissioner Meeting, Jerusalem Lutheran Church, Schuylkill Haven, 7:00pm
09   Black Rock District Roundtable, Schuylkill Tech Center-North Campus, 7:00pm
Cacoosing District
District Chair -- Brad Small      District Commissioner -- Paul Crow     District Director -- Sally Trump
October 2013
02   District Committee Meeting, Greater Reading Chamber- Wyomissing Training Center, 7:00pm
08   District Commissioner Staff Meeting, Greater Reading Chamber- Wyomissing Training Center, 7:00pm 
10   District Roundtable, St John's Lutheran Church, Sinking Spring, 7:00pm
Frontier District 

District Chairman-- Bill Tarapchak   District Commissioner-- Matthew Hensinger   District Director-- Bryan White

September 2013 
28   Frontier District Boy Scout Leader Specific Training, Oley Valley High School, 8:30am 
28   Frontier District Cub Scout Leader Specific Training, Oley Valley High School, 8:30am  

October 2013
02   Frontier District Committee Meeting, Friedens Ev. Lutheran Church, 6:30pm 
02   Frontier District Commissioner Staff Meeting, Friedens Ev. Lutheran Church, 6:15pm
04   Dutch Oven Camporee, HMSR, 6:30pm through 9:00am October 6
11   Frontier District Roundtable,Friedens Ev. Lutheran Church, 7:30pm
12   BALOO Training, Troop 575 Pavilion, Longswamp UCC, 8:30am
Service Centers/Scout Shops

Hawk Mountain Council, the Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation Satellite Service Center and both Scout Shops will be closed on dates listed below in observance of noted Holiday.

November 11 - Veteran's Day

November 28 & 29 -Thanksgiving Holiday

December 24-26 - Christmas Holiday

December 30 & 31 - Annual Inventory  


To accommodate Staff Development Training, modified hours for the Council Service Center and Scout Shop are 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm on the following dates:   

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Thursday, November 14, 2013 

Thursday, December 12, 2013  

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