The NEPA Council is pleased to offer an exciting new Scouting program called “Lion” for Kindergarten-aged boys as part of the BSA National Pilot Program. This program does not change any of the current ranks and organization of other Scouting programs. It’s unique as it reaches out to a slightly younger group of boys. The Lion program has the same mission as the rest of the Scouting program, but is simple, extremely flexible and a great way to introduce families to Scouting. A Lion learns by doing things himself while having fun. As he learns and grows, the relationship with their adult partner grows as well. We hope to have the early enthusiasm caused by this, stay with the boy through the rest of his Scouting experience. At the conclusion of their kindergarten year, the Lion will transition to Tiger Scout and continue on their journey through Cub Scouting.
Note that not all Cub Packs in NEPA will be participating in the Lion National Pilot Program. In order for packs to participate in the program, packs must have applied and have been accepted by the NEPA Council Membership Committee.
The Northeastern Pennsylvania Council is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Silver Beaver Award, the highest volunteer recognition award presented by a local Boy Scout Council.
The Silver Beaver Award was introduced in 1931 and is a council‐level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. Recipients of this award are registered Scouters who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council.
You can download the nomination form below and return the completed form to the Council Service Center by close of business October 7th.
To prevent embarrassment, the candidate should not be notified of this nomination.
The 2016 Silver Beaver Awards will be presented at the 2016 Volunteer Recognition Dinner on November 11th.
Please welcome Mark Barbernitz as our new Scout Executive of the Northeast Pennsylvania Council effective September 19.
Mark began his Scouting career as an Exploring executive in the Great Trail Council in Akron, Ohio, then as a district and senior district executive. He moved on to become a field director for the Heart of Ohio Council in Ashland, Ohio, and later as assistant Scout executive with the Pennsylvania Dutch Council in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He was then selected to serve as Scout executive of the Mason-Dixon Council in Hagerstown, Maryland.
Mark is a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow and a lifelong Scout who enjoys camping, skiing, boating, and cooking.
Mark and his wife Marty have three grown children: Kristen, Kara, and Mark.
Mark may be contacted at:
Please join in with all of our Scouting family in congratulating Mark as he joins in partnership with the volunteers and staff of the Northeast Pennsylvania Council to deliver quality Scouting experiences to the young people of the communities they serve.
This weekend of fun and adventure is open to all WEBELOS SCOUTS, their parent(s)/guardian(s), and WEBELOS Den Leaders / Den Chiefs. New Scouts (4th and 5th graders) are encouraged to attend.
During the weekend Webelos Scouts may earn up to three STEM related WEBELOS ADVENTURE PINS and be introduced to the BSA NOVA and SUPERNOVA awards.
The weekend will include CAMPING - bring a tent, and COOKING - bring food to cook; plus Saturday night CAMP FIRE with skits and songs, and Sunday morning SCOUT'S OWN SERVICE.
The National Eagle Scout Association wants to make college more affordable for more than 100 worthy Eagle Scouts across the country.
The window for 2017 Eagle Scout scholarships opened Aug. 1, 2016, and will close on Oct. 31, 2016.
In the 2015-2016 window, the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) awarded $640,000 in scholarships to 140 Eagle Scouts.
For the 2016-2017 window, NESA's goal is to increase the number of recipients to 150. That includes scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $50,000.
Despite some online rumors about these scholarships, NESA doesn’t have the funds to offer money to each of the more than 5,000 applicants. Less than 3 percent of those who apply will receive scholarships.
In the past, NESA scholarships were available only to Scouts attending four-year universities. Now Scouts attending vocational trade schools and other approved programs may apply.
Keep reading for the more information about the the 2017 NESA scholarships.
09/28/2016 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
TM - Boy Scout Roundtable
09/28/2016 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
OA - LEC Meeting
6:00 pm 09/30/2016 - 11:00 am 10/02/2016
Webelos STEM Weekend
10/01/2016 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Den Chief Training
10/05/2016 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
DB - District Commissioners
10/05/2016 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
TM - Cub Scout Roundtable
10/05/2016 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
DB - District Committee Meeting
Silver Beaver Nominations Due
10/08/2016 - 10/10/2016
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