October 4, 2013 
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In This Issue
Soaring Away from Substances
Kittatinny Lodge 5
District Committee Training
Cub Scout Adventure Days
Commissioner Basic Training
Protecting God's Children Youth Protection Training
Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training
New MyScouting Tools
Spirit of Scouting Breakfast
2013 Popcorn Sale
Norman Rockwell: Boy Scouts
Voice of the Scout
2013 Scouting for Food
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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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 printable brochure on "A Scout's Survival Guide to Healthy Choices".  You may also contact Matt Null or Paige Carroll at 610-376-8669 for addiitonal information
Kittatinny Lodge 5

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

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation

Saturday, October 12, 2013  
8:30am - 3:30pm 
Longswamp United Church of Christ 
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 activiti
es.  Lunch is provided.  

Cub Adventure Day is a rain or shine event. 
Register TODAY!
Commissioner Basic Training
Mark your calendar - Sunday, October 20, 2013 null (1:00pm - 5:00pm) for Hawk Mountain Council's Basic Training 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.
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.
Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training 
Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training will be held on November 16, 2013 at Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation.  Click here to register.
The New MyScouting Tools

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


Become familiar with and learn more about the "New MyScouting Tools" by clicking here.

Spirit of Scouting Breakfast

This is a great networking event and an opportunity to learn more about Scouting in our area.  It is also a wonderful opportunity to thank a long time leader of our community.


Please join us on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 7:30-9:00am, Inn at Reading Hotel, Wyomissing, PA.  Visit our website for more information and to register.

2013 Popcorn Sale Dates to Remember

Oct 18    Deadline for Popcorn Returns 
Oct 29    Take Orders Due
Oct 29    CAMP MASTER Prize Forms Due
Oct 29    CAMP MASTERS High Achievers Prize
               Form due  
Oct 29    Hawk Mountain Council Special Incentives Form due
Nov 14    Popcorn Pickup at Fleetwood Fixtures (Berks) or Fanelli
               Warehousing (Pottsville), 3:00pm to 7:00pm
Nov 27    Final Payments due to Council

Click here for additional information and downloadable forms.   
Norman Rockwell:  Boy Scouts
October 5, 2013 - January 12, 2014

For more information on the Reading Public Museum Norman Rockwell: Boy Scout  exhibition click here.

To watch the 30-second TV spot for this exhibition, click here. (YouTube)


Guiding the Future with Feedback
((( Voice of the Scout )))
Parents, Scouts & Venturers over 14, volunteers and chartered organizations will begin seeing surveys delivered into their email inbox for Voice of the Scout. The surveys have been designed to be very brief but will give needed insight into the variety of experiences at the unit and district within our council. Please take this survey as you will help us guide Scouting for years to come.
2013 Scouting for Food Project
Saturday - November 9, 2013, 9:00am - 1:00pm  

Fellow Scouters:

"To Help Other People at all Times"; "Do a Good Turn Daily"; "A Scout is... Trustworthy, Helpful, and Thifty" - These words and the many others found in Scouting describe how important it is for each Scout and the Scouting program as a whole to serve our communities and to make America a better place for those in need.

Since 1985, the Scouting for Food program has been an organized effort to do just that, help serve our neighbors in need. The methods have remained relatively constant- bags are hung on doors on the First Saturday of November and then picked up full of food on the following Saturday and returned to various depots throughout our service area. Literally, millions of pounds of food have been collected by Scouts to help feed those in need.

This year, as more and more Americans are in need of assistance, we as Boy Scouts have a duty and obligation to work even harder in fulfilling this need. We have many great suggestions to support your efforts, and you will find these on the enclosed flyer "Scouting for Food- Best Practices 2013". Also included in this packet are the patch order form and details on where to obtain bags and where they can be returned.

With over 100,000 people in Berks and Schuylkill Counties qualifying for food assistance, with 12% of these populations living in poverty- which represents nearly 22,000 children, we ask you to join us in working hard and raising this year's collection levels to an all time high! Please join us in supporting this campaign, and by collecting more food than ever before.

Yours in Scouting,


Bob Rippley, AWI

Scouting for Food Chairman


Brian Beddow

Scouting for Food Advisor

  Important Information:
Scouting for Food Flyer
Scouting for Food Bag Distribution and Collection Locations
Scouting for Food Collection Totals
Scouting for Food Patch Order Form
Scouting for Food Best Practices 

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
October 2013
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 #1, 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 #2, 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  

Scout Reach Specialist -- Francisca Rodriguez    Scout Reach Program Aides - Brittany Lee and  Jessica Battiato 

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
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
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   

October 2013 
09   Frontier District Commissioner Staff Meeting, Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church, 6:15pm
09   Frontier District Committee Meeting, Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church, 6:30pm
09   Frontier District Roundtable,Friedens Evangelical 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 12:00pm - 5:00pm on the following dates:   


Thursday, November 14, 2013 

Thursday, December 12, 2013  

   Save    5%

Shop at the Hawk Mountain Council or Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation Scout Shop and SAVE!  Bring this coupon with you and get a 5% discount on Official Uniform clothing items (includes belts and socks).  
Offer VALID - thru December 2013