Jim Milham, Scout Executive
Face-to-face meetings may be on hold, but Scouting continues, and great ideas for units can be found here at the “Virtual Scouting” Hub.
Activities for All Scouts
Cyber Chip: As Scouts do more and more activities online, the Cyber Chip moves to the top of the “must do” list. The Cyber Chip activities include developmentally appropriate online safety lessons and activities.
Emergency Preparedness Award: Activities are broken out for each Cub rank and each Scouting program, including Venturers, Sea Scouts, and adults! (That means adults can earn this, too!)
BSA Crime Prevention Award: Although the site explaining this award has not been updated for awhile, the award is still available to Scouts of all levels!
Cub Scout Resources
2020 Super Cub “Around the House” Passport
Hawk Mountain Council is pleased to announce a variant of the Super Cub Summer Passport, the 2020 Super Cub “Around the House” Passport. All participants will receive a special patch once they complete and turn in the passport.
We encourage you to begin working on the Passport as soon as you can! Many of the activities referenced can be found here on this page, talking to other members of your Pack, or by doing some online searches!
30-Day Challenge calendars for each Cub rank:
- 30 Day Lion Challenge
- 30 Day Tiger Challenge
- 30 Day Wolf Challenge
- 30 Day Bear Challenge
- 30 Day Webelos Challenge
Live Animal Cams
- Penguin Point Cam Presented by Xfinity (Philadelphia Zoo)
- Cheetah Cam (Pittsburg Zoo & PPG Aquarium)
- Gorilla Habitat Cam (Houston Zoo)
- Giraffe Feeding Platform (Houston Zoo)
- Rhino Yard Cam (Houston Zoo)
- Elephant Yard Cam (Houston Zoo)
- Panda Cam (San Diego Zoo)
- Polar Bear Cam (San Diego Zoo)
- Burrowing Owl Cam (San Diego Zoo)
- Sea Lion Camera (Georgia Aquarium)
- Sea Otter Camera (Georgia Aquarium)
- Beluga Whale Webcam (Georgia Aquarium)
- PA Farm Country Bald Eagles (PA Game Commission)
Cub Scouting Activity Videos
- “Lava Lamp” – way to teach about different liquid densities with household materials
- Cup Gliders
- “Never Ending” Fountain
- Foam Plate Gliders
- Harmonica – “Air of the Wolf” Achievement
- Balloon Rocket – “Air of the Wolf” Achievement
- Armpit Fudge
- Cub Scout Knots (many different ones, 40 minute video!)
- Quick video to teach Cub Scouts the Scout Oath
- “Akela’s Corner” – ~10 minute video that covers a few different aspects
(NOTE: These videos were not created by Hawk Mountain Council, BSA or Boy Scouts of America)
Cub Scout Activities you can do from home
- Balloon Rocket Race
- Float Your Boat
- Marshmallow Catapults
- Marshmallow Engineering
- Milk Carton Bird Feeder
- Spider Headbands
- Tic Tac Toe
Scouts BSA Resources
Requirements for all merit badges can be accessed on Scouting.org!
- Genealogy Merit Badge
- Music Merit Badge
- Salesmanship Merit Badge
- Reading Merit Badge
12 Merit Badges you can start from home (Online Videos):
- Digital Technology
- Family Life
- Movie Making
- Indian Lore
(NOTE: These videos were not created by Hawk Mountain Council, BSA or Boy Scouts of America)
Trail to 1st Class
Click the ranks below to access videos and instruction to help new Scouts learn and prepare for the challenges ahead over the coming weeks. We would like to thank Del-Ma-Va Council for allowing our Scouts to use this resource that they have created!
(NOTE: These videos were not created by Hawk Mountain Council, BSA)
Adult Resources and Training
Put down the streaming remote! Pick up your laptop or tablet…My.Scouting is always open! Adult Scouting volunteers and leaders can always find training modules online, including Youth Protection Training, position-specific modules, hazardous weather refreshers, safety afloat, and more!
Are you fully trained in your position? No? take this time to be fully trained.
You are fully trained? Then take this time to be cross trained!
Video Conferencing Information:
Video Conferencing is a great way to stay connected with your units! This Bryan on Scouting article has links to Webex, Zoom, and Google. It offers an example of a Troop to the east of us that is up and running with remote meetings using Webex.
This website is a great resource for Scouting Leaders! This website is not a Hawk Mountain Council Website.
100th Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote.
This year, we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting the women of this country the right to vote. The Berks Women’s History Alliance in partnership with Berks History Center has a framework to provide resources, exhibits and educational events/programs to celebrate 100 years of women having the right to vote.
The Alliance plans to host a culminating celebratory event on August 26, 2020 at the Doubletree (Reading) with Honorable Kathy Boockvar, Secretary of the Commonwealth of PA.
Here are some links to resources:
UPDATED INFORMATION – PLEASE FULLY READ!
April 7 @ 1 PM
Dear Scouting Families and Volunteers,
First and foremost, we wish you, your family, and your Scouting community well during this unprecedented time. The health and safety of our communities are of the utmost importance, and we encourage you to be safe and stay well.
As discussed in past communications, the Hawk Mountain Council Leadership Team continues to monitor the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) at the local, state and federal levels. The Pennsylvania Department of Education has extended the closure of schools until April 6 and many school districts are extending that closure through the Easter Holiday and Spring Break. Gov. Wolf has ordered all non-essential stores in Pennsylvania to remain closed and has only allowed life-sustaining business to remain open.
Status of Council Events
All in-person Council and District events, activities, and meetings will be postponed or canceled between Friday, March 27 and Thursday, April 30, 2020. The Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation will remain closed for that time period, too.
Additionally, the Hawk Mountain Council strongly suggests that individual Scout units follow this policy. The final decision on continued unit activities is the responsibility of the unit committee in consultation with their chartered organization and, in some cases, their meeting facilities, until the CDC or local authorities provide new guidance.
Lastly, the Beaver Family Service Center and Scout Shop will be closed to the public until Governor Wolf allows non-essential businesses to re-open. We will continue to monitor this situation and hope we can resume business after April 30.
All District and Council committee meetings will continue using conference call or web meeting services to maintain Scouting’s work during this time frame. Council and District committee meetings will not take place in person.
The Council is committed to continuing business operations remotely so we can fulfill our mission. If you have a time-sensitive issue, please contact your local District Executive or call our general number at 610-926-3406. You will need to leave a message, but we will “Do Our Best” to answer all questions in a timely manner. A full list of contacts is available at the Council Directory.
At this time, Unit Charters due on March 31, 2020, have been extended to May 15, 2020 to receive the youth membership fee assistance. We will work closely with National BSA to ensure unit leadership will continue to have access to their My.Scouting and Scoutbook accounts during this time. We encourage units who have not submitted their re-chartering information to schedule a phone or video conference with your District Executive. You can find contact information at the Council Directory.
During these difficult times, we want to ensure that all Scouts have the proper time to complete their rank advancements especially the rank of Eagle Scout. Please take the time to read the following Q&A to answer all your questions as relates to merit badges and rank advancements. BSA has given the Scout Executive the ability to grant extensions due to Covid-19.BSA Rank Advancement Q & A for Covid-19
There is also a good article regarding Advancement during Covid-19 at Bryan on Scouting Article
Currently, all summer camp programs will continue as planned for the 2020 Summer Camping season. We encourage units to continue to make regular payments for summer camp, but we understand your concern as you work with your Scout parents. Due to Covid-19, we will waive all late fees as long as all fees are paid within two weeks of your summer camp experience.
If we are forced to close summer camp due to Covid-19, units will receive a full refund.
Whenever possible, we will work to reschedule events for a later date. If you are registered for an event that is postponed, your registration will automatically be transferred to the new date. If you are unable to attend the rescheduled event, you may request a refund. For camp reservations (such as cabin or site rentals) that are canceled, full credit for a future camp reservation or a full refund will be provided upon request.
We are aware that this crisis presents many challenges to you, your family and our community. As we navigate these difficult waters together, please remember how important our Scout Oath, Scout Law and our motto – Be Prepared! We will get through this together, so please do your part to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Yours in Scouting,
Jim Milham, Jr.
BSA Policies to Prevent the Spread of Illness
The Boy Scouts of America continue to have policies and procedures in place that help protect participants from contracting an illness at significant Scouting events. These include the Annual Health and Medical Record and the Pre-Event Medical Screening Checklist.
Everyday Preventive Measures
Even with those essential policies in place, we all must take these daily preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases:
- Stay home when you feel sick.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and wash your hands before and after doing so.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve/elbow, not your hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Do not share personal items such as cups, water bottles, eating utensils, etc.
- Avoid shaking hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty. Go to Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives
If you have a fever, cough, or other symptoms associated with COVID-19, or if you believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19, you should isolate and not attend any Scouting events. People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.
- BSA – Communicable Disease Prevention Safety Moment
- BSA – Local Council Membership Guidelines Regarding Communicable Diseases
- BSA – Prevention of Communicable Diseases in Scouting: Recommendations for Unit and Council Event Leaders
As we all adapt to the COVID-19 situation, we will continue to evaluate timelines and work with units that initially signed up to participate in the spring sale. Any questions regarding the spring sale can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
This year we will be selling Country Meats for our 2020 Spring Sale! Below you will find information about how your Scouts can fund there own way to camp one meat stick at a time! Sell to Friends, Family, Neighbors at $1.00 a stick!
Links & Forms:
SALE QUESTIONS & INFORMATION
Q. Where is product pickup?
A. If you order 5 cases or more at a time, we will ship directly to your preferred location! No pickup at Council needed. Orders of 4 cases or less will need to be picked up at the Council office.
Q. Can I return left over product?
A. Yes. FULL cases only, same flavor only. 1 case maximum. Return dates: June 1st – June 3rd at Council office.
Q. What if we sell out and want more product?
A. Yes. Call Brian or Josh at 610-926-3406 to order product.
Q. Where can we sell?
A. Anywhere. Door to door. Set up your own show-n-sell at local stores. Have mom or dad set a box up in the breakroom at work. Sell an entire case to the outdoor club you belong to. Be creative!
Q. How long does the sale last?
A. Commit to the sale by March 31, 2020 Sale window is Monday, April 20 – Friday, May 29, 2020
Q. How much does a case cost, how many sticks are in a case, and how much do we make?
A. Case Cost = $115.50 154 Sticks in each case Sell each stick for $1.00 Make $38.50 per case sold
Q. When and How do we pay for the product?
A. Your unit pays for the product between June 1st and June 3rd at the Council office.
If you have any questions or to Sign-up please contact Josh Potts by Email Joshua.Potts@Scouting.org
The Silver Beaver Award is the Council level distinguished service award. It is awarded to volunteers who implement the Scouting program and perform community service through hard work, self-sacrifice, dedication and many years of service. The 2020 Hawk Mountain Council Silver Beaver Award recipients are:
Jim Kohler – Frontier District
Walt Sheehan – Cacoosing District
Ed Stock – Council Executive Board
Terry Troutman – Black Rock District
A dinner and award ceremony will be held on June 14, 2020, beginning at 3:00 pm at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1741 Papermill Road, Reading. This will be held in conjunction with our Gathering of Eagles Event.
The dinner cost is $60.00 per person. Make checks payable to the Hawk Mountain Council, BSA and return to the Council Office, 5027 Pottsville Pike Road, Reading, PA 19605, fax to 610-926-4965, or email to Cole Mitchell at Cole.Mitchell@scouting.org. RSVPs by June 5, 2020.
2021 National Scout Jamboree – July 21 – 30, 2021
Scouting’s flagship event is one-of-a-kind! It’s a gathering of approximately 35,000 Scouts, leaders, and staff that showcases everything that is great about the BSA and its members. Held every four years, the Jamboree is an amazing opportunity for participants, volunteers, and visitors to experience the best of Scouting, all in one place. Features include; one of the longest zip line courses in North America, a world-class skate park, ATV offerings, treetop canopy tours, rock climbing, patch trading, stadium shows, and much more!
What is Scouts BSA
Scouts BSA is the traditional Scouting experience for youth in the fifth grade through high school. Service, community engagement and leadership development become increasingly important parts of the program as youth lead their own activities and work their way toward earning Scouting’s highest rank, Eagle Scout.
Join Scouts BSA
Scouts BSA has a lot to offer, but don’t let the number of merit badges scare you away. With exposure to a uniquely hands-on learning experience and the opportunity to earn merit badges reflecting each Scout’s budding interests, youth unlock a world of discovery around them and forge a path for the future.
The Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation is a 700-acre tract of land dedicated to offering Scouts the chance to experience the beauty of the outdoors. We serve over 2,000 Boy Scouts each summer. We are proud to be involved with the Forest Stewardship Program through the state of Pennsylvania.
Camping is the great outdoor adventure of Scouting. The most crucial element of camping is that each Scout should have the opportunity that the Boy Scout Handbook promises.
Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation offers long-term camping (6 nights) to Boy Scouts from the Hawk Mountain Council as well as other visiting Councils. Our Camp operates 7 weeks during the summer with 20 Campsites available to Troops. The Scouts sleep in platform tents on canvas cots. We offer a variety of programs, merit badges and, of course, a well-stocked Scout Shop.