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posted Feb 15, 2016, 10:31 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.




> 2016 Huddy Honoree

The Joshua Huddy steering committee and Gala Chair, Phil Scaduto are proud to announce the selection of our 2016 Huddy Honoree. The committee considered many well qualified and well deserved candidates, but one stood out to the group as being most deserving. The 2016 Honoree and Huddy recipient will be Richard M. Maser, President and CEO of Maser Consulting P.A. For additional information, please read the press release.

The event is tentatively scheduled for Saturday November 5, 2016 at the Navesink Country Club. For more information please contact Will Montanaro - Director of Development, Monmouth Council at 732 851-8228 or via email.

> Middlesex STEM/Nova Adventure Loop Bash

April 9, 2016





Adventures: For Tigers, Wolves, Bears, Webelos and Arrow of Light





> New Jersey Scout Museum

Did you know that our Council building is home to the New Jersey Scout Museum? The museum is open weekly on wednesday nights 6-8pm. Individuals and groups are welcome to visit the museum. For more information, please visit the museum website or call 732-862-1282for additional information.


Scout Museum will host an open house on Saturday, March 12th 4 - 7pm. The museum will feature exhibits on the history of the Order of the Arrow as well as the evolution of the Girl Scout Councils and camps in New Jersey. This will be the museum's final open house at Monmouth Council before it moves in June 2016 to its new location.

> Award Nominations

Each year the Monmouth Council recognizes those individual that have provided distinguished contributions over a significant period of time to the service of the youth within the geography of the council.  The nomination forms for those awards are on the council website and include the Silver Beaver Award, Venturing Leadership Award, Spurgeon Award, and the Young American Award.  All council level nominations are due on April 1, 2016, and the awards will be presented at the MCBSA Annual Dinner on June 8, 2016.  Should you have any questions please contact the Chairman of the Awards and Recognitions Committee, Charles A. Spitz, AIA, NCARB.

> Camp/Explorer Card Sale

Camp/Explorer Card Sale is underway. This popular fundraiser enables scouts and explorers to sell coupon cards to friends and family. The price per card is $5 and includes coupons to merchants such as Shoprite, Modell's, T.G.I Friday's and many more. This fundraising campaign can be used to help scouts pay for camp and scout activities. This program is available from February 1st to June 30, 2016. Scouts and Explorers can earn up to $2.50 for each card they sell to be used for scouting/exploring activities. Unit leaders can pick up cards from Marjorie at the Monmouth Council Service Center. Don’t miss out!

> Friends of Scouting

We have kicked of the 2016 Friends of Scouting Campaign. To schedule your unit Friends of Scouting Presentation, please contact your district executive:





Please consider making a donation to the Friends of Scouting Campaign. Funds raised from this benefit our Scouts in the form of programs, camp improvements and scholarships.

> Scout Sunday at St. James Church

St. James Church in Red Bank is hosting Scout Sunday on February 21, 2016. All scouts and scout families are invited to attend. For more information please see the flyer.

>Wood Badge Dine In

Attention 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 is available here. 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 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.



>Seeking Summer Camp Staff
Forestburg Summer Camp And Quail Hill Summer Camp Staff are looking for additional staff members. 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.  Please email Chris Quakenbush for additional information.


> Upcoming Scouting Sponsored Activities
  • 2016 Klondike Derby Dates: Twin Lights, rescheduled for February 27, Quail Hill (to register go to;   Thunderbird, Feb. 27, Allaire State Park. (Go to your District page on the Council Website for details)

  • 2016 Winterburg Dates: 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.  

  • Webelos Woods - May 14-15 at Quail Hill Scout Reservation. Open to all Arrow of Light scouts, Webelos, Bears and their adults. This event starts at 7:30am. Come for the day or the weekend.

  • Family Camp - June 18-19 at Quail Hill Scout Reservation. This event is open to all Cub scouts and their families. Look for additional information soon.

  • Water Carnival - July 16 at 10am - 3pm at Quail Hill Scout Reservation. This is a fun filled day of water event at Quail Hill. The event is open to all Cub scouts, friends and family.

  • Monmouth Council 33rd Annual Golf Outing - July 25th at Trump National Golf Club. Flyer

  • Fishing Derby - October 1 at 9am - 1pm at Quail Hill Scout Reservation. Catch a big one...a small one...or just have fun! Prizes for the smallest, largest and most fish caught!

  • Great Pumpkin Chuckin Camporee - October 14-16 at Quail Hill Scout Reservation. This event is for Boy Scouts and Venturers. Keep an eye out for more information.

  • Cubtoberfest 2015 - October 29-30 at Quail Hill Scout Reservation. Open to all Cub Scout families and friends. Come for the day 10am - 4:30pm or plan to stay overnight.

> Calling All Troop/Crew Leaders

National Jamboree: July 19-28, 2017 - Summit Bechtel Reserve, West Virginia

Scouting’s flagship event is one-of-a-kind. It’s a gathering of approximately 45,000 Scouts, leaders, and staff that showcases everything that is great about the BSA and its members. Over the course of 10 summer days, once every four years, the Boy Scouts of America comes together. The result is the national Scout jamboree.

Register your Scout to participate today. Space is limited!

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.



> Volunteer Recognition Dinner

We would like to thank and recognize all of the volunteers in each district.

Battleground: Thursday, June 2 - Monmouth Council

Middlesex: Sunday, March 13  – 5:00 PM VFW Post 4699 575 Jernee Mill Road, Sayreville, NJ 08872

Thunderbird: Monday, June 6 - Wannamassa Fireman's Field

Twin Lights: April 29th, Location TBD



> Good Scout Reception

Western Monmouth: Honoring Sam Landy, May 19th at TBD ; Middlesex: TBD ;Southern Monmouth: Honoring Cathi Oliver and TBD, at Spring Lake Manor date tbd; Eastern Monmouth: Honoring Dee Rudko and Fred Rast on March 22 at Branches in Oceanport



> 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 
  • Scoutmaster Specific Training - March 5th
  • Cub Scout Boot Camp - March 13th at Monmouth Council Service Center
  • IOLS - April 8-10 st Quail Hill
  • BB & Archery - April 2 at Quail Hill
  • Wilderness and Remote First Aid - April 2-3 at Quail Hill
  • IOLS - April 8-10 at Quail Hill
  • BB & Archery - May 1 at Quail Hill
  • BALOO - May 7 at Quail Hill
  • OWLS -  May 7 at Quail Hill
  • NYLT - June 26- July 2 at Quail Hill

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.

> Woodbadge 2016

Monmouth Council is pleased to offer Woodbadge in 2016 to adult members.


Why should you take Wood Badge?

Every scout deserves the BEST trained leaders.  We want you to be the best.  The youth we serve deserve the best!  Here is what RECENT GRADUATES have said Wood Badge did for them.  Hopefully it will apply to you, as well:

  • You will gain a better understanding of Scouting’s programs.  You will know where to turn for help, for program, for resources and for ideas.
  • You will gain a MUCH better understanding of leadership and some useful tools for the challenges you face as Scout leader.   You will better understand what makes up leadership and how to built ‘high performance teams’ made up of Scouts and of adult leaders.
  • Wood Badge is VERY immediate, hands on and practical– you will be able to put it to use immediately– not only in your Scouting unit, but in your life.
  • You will be able to more effective set achievable goals in your Scouting position that will make you a better and more effective volunteer.
  • You will have fun and make new friends for life.
  • Because you’ll be better informed and better in control, you will be able to enjoy your Scouting job much, much more.

The course will be conducted over the weekends of September 17-19 and November 5-7. Attendance both weekends is required. For more information please visit our Woodbadge website. Registration is now available for the course.

> 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."
> 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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