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Monmouth Council E-Trail News - May 15, 2015

posted Jun 6, 2015, 10:47 AM by Thomas Smith

Monmouth Council E-Trail News - May 15, 2015

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COUNCIL PHONE NUMBERS: Need to speak to a district or scout executive? Use the contact information below to reach your executive directly!


Monmouth Council Contact List
Michael MahonScout Executive732-851-8219
Stephen SmithAssistant Scout Executive732-851-8222
Chris QuakenbushSenior Thunderbird District Executive732-851-8233
Kathleen PiccianoSenior Battleground District Executive732-851-8230
Stephanie BillingsTwin Lights District Executive732-851-8234
Dan GarrihyMiddlesex District Executive732-851-8235


Please continue to contact all other staff members at 732-536-2347.


Scouting Trail: Catch up on all of the news at Monmouth Council with our recent Scouting Trail! See Scouts in action with full stories on activities our units have completed. Read the Scouting Trail here.


Camp Cards are available!!!

What are Camp Cards:  The Camp Card sale is offered through the Monmouth Council and provides a no-risk opportunity for Scouts to earn their way to camp. Camp cards sell for $5 each and feature a variety coupons for local merchants. For each card sold, scouts earn $2.50 for the use towards camp. Please see these flyers for additional information: Information and Order Form


Last Call for Philmont 2016:  Philmont is the ultimate high adventure camp. Monmouth Council will send 100 Monmouth Council Scouts and Scouters to Philmont on June 26, 2016.  We have a few spots remaining. Please see website for more information:


SUMMER CAMP NEWSThere is still time to sign-up for Summer Camp 2015!  Get your pick of weeks and camp sites by registering early. Register now to receive the early bird discount!  Click here for the Quail Hill flyer.

  • Summer Camp Open House - Get all the updated information on the 2015 Summer Camp Season. Quail Hill Scout Reservation.  flyer
  • Summer Camp Promotions - Now is the time to schedule your summer camp promotion, contact 
  • Summer Jobs -  Positions available at:  Quail Hill are: CIT's. Contact Robin McBride at;  Forestburg are:  Program area staff, assistant ranger, and office receptionist. Counselors must be 15 or older, CIT's 14, program and area directors 17 and over.Please ontact Chris Quakenbush at
  • Pre-Summer Camp Swim Test - To help cut down check-in times for summercamp we will be offering pre-summercamp swim tests. Our pre-summercamp swim tests will be held on Saturday June 13, 2015 from 9am until 12pm and Sunday June 14, 2015 from 9am until 12pm both days at Quail Hill Scout Reservation. Sign ups must be done in advance and as a unit. We cannot accept walkins or individuals for testing. Your entire unit is not required, stragglers can be done during your Troop check-in. Please register for your swim test with Margie Ramirez at 732-536-2347.


  • Schedule your Friends of Scouting presentation today contact:  Battleground:;  Middlesex:;  Thunderbird:;  Twin
  • 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."
  • 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! 

Monmouth Council Golf Outing: Please join us for the 32nd annual Monmouth Council Golf Outing July 27, 2015 at Trump National Golf Course; Colts Neck. For more information please see the golf outing brochure. To register online please click here.


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:to assist at Family Camp at Quail Hill.  The stations are open from 10 - 4 pm for the cub scouts with an hour lunch break on Saturday June 13th.  If you can volunteer for the entire time (5 hours), we will give you lunch and dinner.  FREE Camping Friday (6/12) and Saturday (6/13) night to any patrols or troops that can assist.  Set up on Friday night requires all hands on deck.  If you can lend a hand, we would greatly appreciate it.  Clean up on Sunday mid-morning would be beneficial too.   Please email Wendy Weiss at if you can assist at least 2 weeks prior to the event.  We would truly appreciate the assistance.


UPCOMING SCOUTING SPONSORED ACTIVITIES AND EVENTSClick here for a one-page flyer of Monmouth Council Spring Events.

  • May to July: Microsoft STEM Programs for Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts at the Microsoft Store in the Freehold Raceway Mall. Click here for the flyer/schedule and please register through this link on the Middlesex District Page of the Website.

  • District Dinners:  Thunderbird, June 1, Wanamassa Fireman's Field, Ocean; Twin Lights, June 1st , VFW Port Monmouth; Battleground, June 4, Council Service Center.  (Go to your District page of the Council website for details)

  • Good Scout Receptions:  Middlesex:  Early June honoring Gerald G. Case; Twin Lights:  June 17th at Salt Creek Grille honoring Jon Schwartz & Tom Santoro; in memory of Jim Schwartz. (flyer);  Battleground:  June 25th at the American Hotel honoring Gerry Norkus (flyer)

  • Webelos Woods: May 16-17th at Quail Hill. Webelos Woods is designed to give First- and Second-year Webelos and Bear Scouts an in-depth preview of Boy Scouting. Webelos Woods reinforces Boy Scout values, skills and FUN! Registration formRoster Form.

  • Gathering of Eagles Dinner for Class of 2014:  Friday, May 15th at Sheraton Eatontown Hotel honoring the Class of 2014.  Please come out and help Monmouth Council celebrate the newest class of Eagles, and the Alumni of previous years of Eagles.  Please see attached forms:  Registration;  Mentor Request;  Troop Ad Request;  Parent Ad Request;  Business Ad Request. If you would like to volunteer to be a mentor, please register here.

  • Annual Council Recognition Dinner:  June 3rd at Pacific Concord Hotel, 6 Industrial Way East, Eatontown, 07724.  Come join us at 6-6:30 p.m. Annual Meeting, 6:30-7 p.m. Cocktails, 7 p.m. Dinner.  Here's the link for the 2015 Annual Council Recognition Dinner, now live on doubleknot.

  • VenturePalooza - June 5-7 at Quail Hill. Calling all scouts and venturers age 12 and up! Join us for a funnfilled weekend at VenturePalooza. Lots of fun activities! Learn about Venturing! For more information clickhere.

  • Monmouth Council Cub Family Camp - June 13-14 at Quail Hill. Come out for a fun filled day of camping with your family at our Council Camp. Come as a family or a pack! Additional information

  • Aqua Camporee - June 19-21 at Quail Hill. Come join us for the 35th annual Aqua Camporee / Neptune’s Challenge XXXV. We have an exciting line up of stations and everyone is sure to get wet and have a blast. All Boy Scout and Webelos patrols are invited. Please see flyer for additional details. Leaders Manual

  • Lakewood Blue Claws Scout Nights! - June 7th, July 25th, August 8th and August 17th - Attend as a Troop/Pack/Patrol/Den/ or Family! flyer

  • 32nd Annual Monmouth Council Golf Classic - July 27th at Trump National Golf Club.(Flyer)

 Upcoming Events/Activities Sponsored by Outside Organizations:

  • NJNG Ocean Fun Days: May 16th at Island Beach State Park and May 17th at NJ Sea Grant Consortium, Sandy Hook.This free event includes crafts, seining lessons, tours and much more. flyer
  • 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 to  (flyer)

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 "Hot Sheet" that lists all upcoming training sessions and to download registration information flyers.  

  • National Youth Leader Training - Registration ends June 15th - This a week long leadership training program for boy leaders developed by the Boy Scouts of America and offered by the Scout Council.  The week long conference is designed to train the Scout and Venturer in team building and leadership in an outdoor experience.flyer
  • Units in need of training should contact Stephanie Billings at to arrange for trainings at the unit.

ADVANCEMENT NEWS: Visit the website for information.

VENTURING: Calling All Teens!  Boys and girls ages 14-20 can become Venturers - No previous Scouting experience is required, just a desire to make friends and have fun!  To find out more about Venturing

Join the New Magic Venturing Crew! Open to boys and girls age 14 (or 13 and graduating 8th grade in June) to 20 who want to learn the art of magic and illusion. Crew meets fourth Wednesday of each month at the King of Kings Church, Middletown, NJ. Current Scouts can dual register and you do not have to be in Scouting to join this program, For more information contact Don at

Sea Scout Ship 5 is looking for more crew members!  If you love sailing, boating and learning about our coastal waterways contact Skipper Gayle Hovarth at  or visit

TeenCert Community Emergency Response Team is looking for members interested in disaster preparation training, first aid, search and rescue and other emergency operations. Contact Steve Levine at 732-446-8345 or

ORDER OF THE ARROWVisit the website for more information.  

  • Summer Pow Wow on May 29-31, Forestburg
  • NE-5A Conclave on June 12-14, Camp Turrell

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. Seeflyer for details, or call 732-536-2347.

To contact the Monmouth Council Service Center call 732-536-2347 or visit