October 20, 2013 
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In This Issue
Catholic Committee on Scouting
High Adventure
Kittatinny Lodge 5
Norman Rockwell Exhibition
Soaring Away from Substances
2013 Friends of Scoutng
Cub Scout Adventure Days
2013 Scouting for Food
Spirit of Scouting Breakfast
Reading Holiday Parade
2014 Camp Cards
Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation
Hello from Gilwell Field
2013 Ventur-een
New MyScouting Tools
2013 Popcorn Sale
Notice - Modified Council Hours
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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Next Protecting God's Children is tentatively set for Saturday, January 18, 2014 with a SNOW DATE of Saturday January 25. Put this on your calendar for any leaders needing to fulfill Protecting God's Children raining for re-chartering in March. 

  • High Adventure
  • Summer Camp
  • Rock Climbing
  • Shooting Sports
  • Zip Lining
are just a few activities the  Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve has to offer.  For additional information go to http://www.summitblog.org/
Kittatinny Lodge 5

Norman Rockwell: Boy Scout Exhibition
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)



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
2013 Friends of Scouting
 "Your Investment in Character"  

Click here to learn how your investment helps the Hawk Mountain Council and it's youth.
Cub Scout Adventure Day
October 26, 2013
The opportunity still exist for all Cub Scouts and adult partners to join us at Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation on 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!
2013 Scouting for Food
Hawk Mountain Council 
27th Annual Scouting for Food Drive
In Honor of a Revered Fallen Warrior
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jarrett M. Yoder, 26, was killed in action on April 9, 2013 while serving as an Apache Helicopter copilot in Nangarhar Province in Afghanistan. Thank you for paying the ultimate sacrifice and thank you to all of the service men and women who put their lives on the line every day. Never forget who protects our freedoms.

Saturday - November 9, 2013, 9:00am - 1:00pm  

Important Information:
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.

Reading Holiday Parade

On November 23, Scouts from all over the Council will have the opportunity to march in the 2013 Reading Holiday Parade in Downtown Reading.  To show the strength of Scouting in the Hawk Mountain Council, we would like to have all units march in the same section of the parade - a continuous sea of local packs, troops, and crews.  We will be unified in our mission and in our presence.  Bring your unit flag so we can show off each unit as well.  Let's show our community that Scouting is alive and well in the Hawk Mountain Council!


To reserve your place or for more information contact Jeff Lewis at 484-248-0233 or jeff.lewis@scouting.org.

2014 Camp Cards
The Hawk Mountain Council is excited to introduce the 2014 Camp Card Program.  We have partnered with ENTERTAINMENT to provide you with a card that will be a great value for customers.


The front of the card will have two snap-off cards with one time use.  One of these snap-off cards will be Walmart.  On the back of the card you will be directed to a custom BSA website where you will be able to browse through thousands of high-value offers.  Customers will be able to self-select up to 10 offers in categories and locations they choose.


The Camp Cards will sell for $5 each and units will make $2 on each card that is sold.  This is a profit of 40%.  The Hawk Mountain will be paying for all of the expenses to have the cards produced.


The cards will be available by mid-January of 2014 and the sale will conclude mid-April.


Selling Benefits:

  • Valued at $50-100+ in Savings
  • Save anywhere throughout North America
  • Self-select the offers relevant to you
  • Up to 10 printed discounts; unlimited online savings

Help your Scouts earn their way to camp by participating in the 2014 Camp Card Sale.  Look for more details in future Scoutwires and on our website at www.hmc-bsa.org.  

Greetings from Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation


Program expansion and area improvement has already begun at the Reservation.  The picture above is the new view from the fire circle.  During this fall season, the view is spectacular.  If you have a free moment, feel free to stop by the Reservation and take a short walk to the fire circle and enjoy the view.  Reary Shower House expansion has already begun as well.  The expansion will feature single-person entry from both bathroom and shower. 


The Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation Summer Staff Job Fair is fast approaching.  This year's fair will take place January 4, 2014 at the Miller Conference Center at the Reservation, will begin at 9 am, and will tentatively end at 4 pm.  There are two new positions being added to the staff, photographer/media director and Evening Reservation Commissioner.  Lunch will be provided.  You may R.S.V.P. at 570.754.7552.  Dress is casual.


So if you are looking to enter the outdoor recreation job market, working at HMSR is a great way to gain experience and build your resume.  Here you will serve in a rewarding position where you can be a positive force in the development of future leaders while having "fun with a purpose," be sure to fill out a staff application and submit it to Hawk Mountain Council or bring it with you to the job fair.  Applications are available at the Council Service Center and on the HMC website.  Feel free to contact David Muldowney at 570.754.7552 or email at david.muldowney@scouting.org if you have any questions.

Hello from Gilwell Field

Wood Badge Course N6-528-13 has just finished up and the Wood Badgers have departed Gilwell.  This year's course was a great success and all attending have rededicated themselves to the Scouting movement.  Beginning with Day 1 where participants were greeted in the Reservation parking lot to their departure on Day 6 from the Reservation parking lot, participants enjoyed team-building activities, very informative presentations, a little bit of rain, Scouting fellowship, and great food.  From the participants to the staff, thank you all for making the course such a rewarding and very educational experience.  I look forward to seeing everyone on the trail in years to come.


Please allow me to take this opportunity to congratulate Eric Silva for being selected as the next course director for Wood Badge Course N6-528-15.  I am sure he will be a great course director and as Scoutmaster of Troop 1, will ensure the delivery of a great program.


Until we meet again, be safe in your travels and good hunting.


Yours in Scouting,


David Muldowney

Scoutmaster, Troop 1


2013 Ventur-een

The Hawk Mountain Council Venturing Officers Association (VOA) is proud to announce a successfully spooktacular Haunted Ventu-een.  This event took place October 4-6 at Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation.The weekend was spent camping in tents, enjoying the company of other Venturers, and having a blast with pumpkin themed activities.  This included 1,700 chances to shoot pistols at pumpkins, catapulting pumpkins across the lawn, throwing tomahawks at pumpkins, and you guessed it, chucking pumpkins off the climbing tower.  Of course we also climbed the outdoor tower, bouldered on the horizontal wall, and ate delicious food throughout the weekend.  Congrats to Crew 721 for their no-bake pumpkin cheesecake dessert that won our dessert competition.


Thank you all for attending.  We can't wait to see everyone April 4-6 for Phenomenon 2014, which is co-hosted with the Area 6 VOA. Get your game face on for this event because we're anticipating 350 Venturers to play "Game Traveler" - play games through the ages and be the hero in your own adventure.

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.

2013 Popcorn Sale Dates to Remember
Oct 29    Take Orders Due 
Oct 29    CAMP MASTER Prize Forms Due
Oct 29    HMC 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.
NOTICE:  Beaver Family Service Center and Scout Shop 
will be closed on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 (9:00am - 11:30am) for staff development training.


Council Calendar of Events
October 2013
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

November 2013
09   Camp Maintenance Committee, HMSR, 8:00am
09   Scouting for Food 
11   Veterans Day, Hawk Mountain Council Offices and Scout Shops  Closed
14   Popcorn Pick-up, Fanelli Warehousing (Schuylkill), Fleetwood Fixtures (Berks). 3:00-7:00pm
19   Council Training Committee, BFSC, 7:00pm
19   Spirit of Scoutng Breakfast, Inn at Reading, 7:00am
23   Reading Holiday Parade
26   Council Camping Committee, BFSC, 7:00pm
27   Council Advancement Committee, BFSC, 7:00pm
27   Final Popcorn Payments due to Council Service Center
28   Thanksgiving Holiday, Hawk Mountain Council Offices and Scout Shops Closed
29   Thanksgiving Holiday, Hawk Mountain Council Offices and Scout Shops Closed

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 

November 2013
02   Cub Scout Leader Specific Training, Epiphany Lutheran Church, Temple, 8:00am
12   Roundtable Meeting, St. John's Gernant's UCC Memorial Church, 7:30pm
12   Commissioner Staff Meeting, St. John's Gernant's UCC Memorial Church, 6:15pm

Download a form or look up and register on-line for upcoming training at http://www.hmc-bsa.org/Appalachian/Calendar/

Cub Scout Leader Specific Training - Registration Form
Black Rock District

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

District Director -- David Muldowney  District Executive - Adrienne Wrona  

November 2013 
06   District Commissioner Staff Meeting, Holy Family School, 7:00pm  
07   District Committee Meeting, Jerusalem Lutheran Church, 7:30pm
13   Black Rock District Roundtable, Schuylkill Tech Center-North Campus, 7:00pm
16   Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training, HMSR, 9:00am-4:00pm
Download a form or look up and register on-line for upcoming training at http://www.hmc-bsa.org/BlackRock/Calendar/
Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training 
Fall Recruitment


Calling all units! Just because Back to School or Meet the Teacher Night's are over, doesn't mean that unit recruitment is! Fall is a great time for recruiting new Scouts. Set up a table at a local community day, hang fliers in markets and post offices, hand out unit fliers with candy during a Halloween parade or on Trick-or-Treat night, invite a friend to Cub Adventure Day! The options are endless! Think outside the box and provide every child with the opportunity to be a Scout!

Cacoosing District
District Chair -- Brad Small   District Commissioner -- Paul Crow   District Director -- Sally Trump
November 2013
02   Cub Scout Leader Specific Training
02   Boy Scout Leader Specific Training
06   District Committee Meeting, Greater Reading Chamber - Wyomissing Training Center, 7:00pm
District Commissioner Staff Meeting, Greater Reading Chamber- Wyomissing Training Center, 7:00pm 
14   District Roundtable, St John's Lutheran Church, Sinking Spring, 7:00pm
Download a form or look up and register on-line for upcoming training at http://www.hmc-bsa.org/Cacoosing/Calendar/
Cub Scout Leader Specific Training Registration Form
Boy Scout Leader Specific Training Registration Form
Frontier District 

District Chairman-- Bill Tarapchak   District Commissioner-- Matthew Hensinger   

November 2013 
13   Frontier District Commissioner Staff Meeting, Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church, 6:15pm
13   Frontier District Committee Meeting, Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church, 6:30pm
13   Frontier District Roundtable,Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church, 7:30pm
13   Den Chief Training, Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church, 6:30pm
13   Cub Scout Leader Specific Training, Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church, 6:30pm

Cub Scout Roundtable Themes
   December     Lion Program - Holiday Craft
   January         Regattas and Derby's - Craft
   February       Before Meeting Activities
   March           Adult Leader Training and Fundraising
   April             Interfaith Service Programs

Look up and register on-line for upcoming training at http://www.hmc-bsa.org/Frontier/Calendar
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:   


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Thursday, November 14, 2013 

Thursday, December 12, 2013  

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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).  
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