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posted Jan 1, 2016, 6:10 AM by Thomas Smith
Monmouth Council E-Trail News
>Ski Shawnee

Need a fun, adventurous and healthy outdoor activity to do with your scouts or cubs this winter? Think Shawnee Mountain Ski Area one-day trips; only 15 scouts/adults needed to qualify for affordable group rates! We offer HUGE discounts (up to 40% off retail rates) on lift tickets, rental equipment and lesson packages as well as snow tubing; add a lunch voucher to complete the package. Click here for more information on one-day trips to Shawnee Mountain.




>Holiday Closing

Monmouth Council will close at 1pm on December 31st in observance of New Year's. We will reopen January 4th. We wish you and your family a happy and safe new year. Thank you for the generosity of your time to ensure the success of our Scouting program for youth in Monmouth and Middlesex counties.

> Friends of Scouting

We are ready to kickoff the 2016 Friends of Scouting Campaign. To schedule your unit Friends of Scouting Presentation, please contact your district executive: Battleground:Kathleen.Picciano@scouting.orgMiddlesex:dan.garrihy@scouting.orgThunderbird:chris.quakenbush@scouting.orgTwin

Kickoff schedule for 2016:

Battleground: January 16th at 8:30 am at Knights of Columbus in Freehold. Please see flyer for additional information.

Middlesex: January 16th at 9 am at the Presbyterian Church of Jamesburg. Flyer. Please use this link to register now.

Thunderbird: January 23rd at 9 am at Ciao Bella. Please seeflyer for additional information.

Twin Lights: January 9th at :8:30 am at Port Monmouth VFW.Flyer. Please use this link to register now.

> New Thunderbird District Executive

Welcome aboard Thunderbird District Executive Rachel Kutner. Rachel joins our staff on Monday, January 4th. She is taking over the position that was previously held by Chris Quakenbush. Rachel has a background in the nonprofit sector and has gotten a jumpstart on her new position by attending the District Committee Training held on December 21st. As a lifelong resident of Monmouth County, Rachel is looking forward to working with our volunteers and youth to grow the Scouting program. If you are at the Council, be sure to stop in and say hello!

> New Middlesex District Executive

Welcome aboard Middlesex District Executive, Anthony Cullen. Anthony will assume this position on Monday, January 4th. He is taking over the position that was previously held by Dan Garrihy. Anthony is an Eagle Scout and resides in Hazlet with his wife, Anne, and their two children. Anthony has served Twin Lights as a commissioner for the last few years. Most recently, Anthony has been the District Commissioner for Twin Lights. He and his son are members of Pack 137.  If you are at the Council, be sure to stop in and say hello!

>Wood Badge Dine In Save the Date

Attn Woodbadgers! Save the Date for the annual Wood Badge Dine-In Celebrating Baden-Powell’s Birthday.

Date: Sunday, February 28, 2016

Location: Lawrence Lodge, Quail Hill Scout Reservation

4:30 Gathering; 5:00 Dinner, Live Auction to follow

Bring your Wood Badge Course Mug, table totem and your critter

Cost $ 25.00 On-line registration will be available soon.Cutoff date for registration: February 19, 2015

Donations for the auction are needed and appreciated. If you have anything to donate please contact Tom Bogart, 732

>Now Hiring


District Executive Position

Entry-level management position to provide youth programs to community based organizations in a portion of Middlesex County. Bachelor’s degree required flexible hours including nights and weekends. Applicants can expect starting salary in mid 30K, medical and retirement benefits provided. Send resumes to Monmouth Council, Boy Scouts of America via email to or fax 732-536-2850.



>Now Hiring Spanish Speaking Program Specialist


Would you like to help bringing scouting to more individuals? Would you like to work as a Group Leader/Recreational Aide with boys 6-10 years old? Can you speak Spanish Fluently. Are you available to work a combination of afternoons, evenings and weekends. If so, we have an opening for a Program Specialist. For more information, please read the position description. Send resumes to Monmouth Council, Boy Scouts of America via email or fax 732-536-2850.



>Summer Camp Staff Interviews
Forestburg Summer Camp And Quail Hill Summer Camp Staff interviews will be conducted on February 7th at the Monmouth Council Service Center in Morganville, New Jersey. If you have any Scouts that you feel would be a good member of the 2016 staff, please encourage them to apply and join us on staff for a true learning experience. Your recommendations will ensure a top quality 2016 staff. Applications should be filled out prior to arrival. Please call Margie and set an interview time. 732-536-2347


>Charter Renewal

The deadline for charter submission has passed!

If you are having problems or have questions please contact your District Executive or Commissioner.

REMINDER: Make sure to sign and turn in the second page, not the "summary" page which will print first.  

What do I do about Scouts turning 18? If you are receiving a warning or error message when trying to renew your charter with youth approaching 18 or who are already 18, please contact your district executive immediately.  Please make sure to note what the specific wording of the "error or warning" message that you are receiving on the screen or send a screen shot.



> Upcoming Scouting Sponsored Activities
  • 2016 Klondike Derby Dates: Twin Lights, Jan. 23, Quail Hill (to register go to; Middlesex, Jan 30, Thompson Park, Monroe (to register please use this link);Battleground, Feb. 6, Quail Hill;  Thunderbird, Feb. 27, Allaire State Park. (Go to your District page of the Council Website for details)

  • 2016 Winterburg Dates: Battleground - January 8th thru 10th; Thunderbird - January 15th thru 17th; Twin Lights - February 12th thru 14th.

  • Harlem Globetrotters - Scout Nights Tuesday, March 15th, Wednesday, March 16th, and Thursday, March 16th at 7pm at the Collins Arena - Brookdale Community College. Please see the flyer for additional information.  

> Outside Organization Sponsored Activities

Philadelphia Zoo Scout Programs: Night Flight Programs are available Friday and Saturday nights from October through June in the Historical Treehouse. Scout Badge Overnights are available year-round. For more information go (flyer)


> Calling All Troop/Crew Leaders

National Jamboree: July 19-28, 2017 - Monmouth Council needs leaders to supervise our Jamboree contingent. Applications are now being taken for the positions of Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, and Crew adviser. For a list of qualifications, additional information, and an adult leader application, please visit the Monmouth Council Jamboree website.



> Training News

All Adult leaders must be trained in their current positions to remain on the unit Charter for 2015. Visit the Training Page of the website for the a list of all upcoming training sessions and to register for a session.

  • Trainer's Edge - February 6th at Monmouth Council 

Units in need of training should contact Chris Quakenbush to arrange for training at the unit.

We will be offering Cub Leader training classes quarterly that will rotate locations in each of our four districts.

> Gifting Stock


If you are considering a charitable contribution this year, it is in your best interest to seek out the most effective manner in which your money can work for you. Gifting appreciated stock is one of the most effective means of tax savings available — courtesy of today’s U.S. tax laws.

The Benefits of Gifting Appreciated Stock

1. The satisfaction of knowing your money is invested in a cause important to you.

2. Capital gains taxes on the stock are avoided.

3. You will be eligible to receive an income tax charitable deduction for the full fair market value of the stock at the time of the gift.

To qualify for these special tax advantages, the security must have been held for at least one year. A gift of stock in certificate form should be postmarked by December 31 or your financial advisor can arrange for a year-end gift of stock from your account.

Your gift of appreciated stock is fully deductible up to 30% of your adjusted gross income. For example, if your adjusted gross income is $100,000, up to $30,000 of long-term appreciated stock and other capital gain property may generally be deducted, although high-income donors may be subject to a partial phase-out of itemized deductions. Any excess can generally be carried forward and deducted over as many as five subsequent years.


>Investors Bank Care 2 Share Program

Are you an Investor’s Bank Customer?  If you are presently a customer of Investor’s Bank or if you plan to move your accounts to Investor’s Bank in the future, you can be of great support to Monmouth Council, Boy Scouts of America.  If we can identify 75 families that presently use Investor’s Bank for their banking, the accounts will be designated for an “Affinity” program by Investor’s Bank.This means that each year, the Council will receive a check based on a percentage of the collective assets of those accounts.  The customer’s account will not be affected in any way.  This is a charitable program that Investor’s offer to non-profits. For more information, please return this form to Will Montanaro.



>Amazon Smiles

On behalf of our Fund Development Committee, we would like to announce a great new way for you to support the Monmouth Council!  As we enter the holiday season, many of you may do some shopping online.  If you shop on Amazon, go instead and choose Monmouth Council as your charity of choice, or use the link below to go directly there:


This will bring you to all the great sales items you would see on the "normal" Amazon site, but a portion of what you spend will be added to a check that is sent quarterly to the Council.  You get to support the Council, and not a single cent more is coming out of your pocket!  Its a win-win!



> Matching Gifts


Matching Gifts if you have made your donation please contact your employer and fill out the necessary paperwork to make sure your "Matching Gift" is credited to your Unit! November is an improtant month for many companies to process matching gifts. Thank you for your continued support.

> Support Scouting

There are numerous ways that you can make a donation to support scouting. A few ways to support scouting are listed below and additional ways are listed on our Donate Now page.

Walkway Bricks: Honor your Scout with an inscribed brick or block on our Tribute & Memorial Walkway which surrounds the Scout statue in front of the Scout Service Center. $100 for a 4"x8" block, $300 for 8"x8" block. See flyerfor details, or call 732-536-2347.


Friends of Scouting

  • Volunteer Involvement Program Make sure to follow your company rules/requirements for logging and approving volunteer hours. Remember any time you spend helping your unit, whether it is driving for a trip, or event spending the week at summer camp counts as "volunteer hours."
> Holiday Shopping at the Scout Shop

Super Saturday Stuff the Stockings Sale at the Scout Shop in Morganville on December 19th.During this one day sale you will receive 15% of your entire purchase! Come on out to get stocking stuffers and scouting essentials for your Scout! Additional information available on this flyer.

> Join the BSA Mail Crew

Looking for something to do with your spare time, a place to go to once a week and help a local charity. Join the BSA Mail Crew.

What is the BSA Mail Crew? It is a group of individuals who volunteer once a week (Thursdays or Fridays 9:00am to 12:00noon) to help the Boy Scouts of America assemble mailings.

Benefits: The knowledge and satisfaction of helping a local charity, free coffee & bagels and opportunities to attend some local Scouting activities as the guest of the council.

Where: At the Scout Resource Center, located at 705 Ginesi Drive, Morganville, N.J. (Exit off of Route 18) if interested please contact Will Montanaro at 732-851-8228.


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