Monthly Archives: September 2016


Jamboree-on-the-Internet (JOTI for short) is an annual international Scouting event sponsored by the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM). Each year, during the third weekend in October, Scouts from around the world gather online to learn about other cultures and the activities that other Scouts participate in. They communicate with each other using Internet-enabled devices such as computers, laptops, tablets, and mobile phones. Last year, JOTI had nearly 16 thousand Scouts and leaders from over 140 countries registered in the worldwide JOTI database!

Scouts of any age can do this—Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers. Scouts can participate at home with the help of an adult, or in a Scout group at a council event. JOTI enables Scouts to “meet” other Scouts from around the world through the Internet and share more information than just “Hi, I’m Sean.” The exchanges can include conversations about different countries’ activities, how rank advancement is done (it’s not the same around the world!), favorite hobbies, and what sorts of hikes and campouts you have. Some exchanges lead to long-lasting friendships. JOTI participation fulfills requirements for Tiger and Arrow of Light adventures, the Citizenship in the World merit badge, and the International Spirit Award.

JOTI begins on Saturday, October 15, 2016, at 00:00 hours local time (midnight Friday night), and ends on Sunday, October 16, 2016, at 24:00 hours local time (midnight Sunday).


Jamboree-on-the-Air (“JOTA” for short) is the largest Scouting event in the world! It’s held annually the third full weekend in October. JOTA uses amateur radio to link Scouts and ham radio operators around the world, around the nation, and in your own community. JOTA requires no travel other than to a nearby amateur radio operator’s “ham shack.”

Scouts of any age can participate—Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers. Once at the ham radio station, the communication typically involves talking on a microphone and listening on the station speakers. However, many forms of specialized communication may also be taking place, such as video communication, digital communication (much like sending a message on your smartphone but transmitted by radio), or communication through a satellite relay or an earth-based relay (called a repeater). The exchanges include such information as name, location (called QTH in ham speak), Scout rank, age, and hobbies. The stations you’ll be communicating with can be across town, across the country, or even on the other side of the planet! In 2015, nearly 1 million Scouts and almost 20 thousand amateur radio operators participated in the 2015 JOTA, from more than 17 thousand stations in over 150 countries.

Jamboree-on-the-Air is held the third weekend in October. There are no official hours, so you have the whole weekend to make JOTA contacts. The event officially starts Friday evening during the JOTA Jump Start and runs through Sunday evening.

How Can I Participate as a Scout?
Contact our council and see what may already be planned in your area. You can also contact a local ham radio operator or a local amateur radio club. You can find a searchable database of clubs at . This website is operated by the American Radio Relay League, the national association for amateur radio, which cooperates closely with the BSA for the annual JOTA.

How Can I Participate as a Ham Radio Operator?
Contact our council and see what may already be planned in your area and how you can help. If nothing is currently planned, or if current plans aren’t reaching your area, you can work with the council or a local unit (pack, troop, crew) to set up a JOTA station or arrange for visits to your ham shack. You can also participate just by making QSOs with the many JOTA stations that will be on the air. A good resource to find a local Scout unit is the Be-A-Scout website at .


The B-Involved Scholarship has been established in memory of Bob Beaman, a beloved Scouter who served the Madison community and mentored youth in numerous ways throughout his life.  It is open to high school seniors and students in college or technical schools.  For full eligibility and application, click here.

Training Opportunities

Whether it is for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, or Venturers, we have it all.  There is no better time than the present to look at upcoming training opportunities.  Whether it is for your position, an upcoming position, or supplemental training opportunities, the training team’s new website has it all!  Check us out along with dates at



October 7 – October 9, 2016

                     Winnebago Scout Reservation                Rockaway, NJ

           Register via

Bring the whole family


Enjoy a weekend in the great outdoors surrounded by beautiful fall foliage. Have fun with Camping, Scout Skills, Field Games, Archery, BB, Crafts, Cider Making, (Bring you own jugs to take home the goodness), and more!

$20 a person to attend No Saturday Dinner

$25 a person to attend with Saturday Dinner

$7 for siblings 3 yrs to 5 yrs No Saturday Dinner

$12 for siblings 3 yrs to 5 yrs with Saturday Dinner

No charge siblings under 3 yrs

$6 Saturday Breakfast, $6 Sunday Breakfast per person

Mandatory leaders meeting to help you plan the camp out

Wednesday, September 28, 7:00 PM at the council office

1 Saddle Road, Cedar Knolls

Questions? Contact Marc Maratea;

Attention: Boy Scouts, leaders and Venturers. New items are available at your Cedar Knolls and Mountainside stores!

Program Features for Troops, Teams and Crews: A Guide to Program Planning Volume 3
Item: 616353
Price: $14.99

Guide to troop program planning features 12 months of program helps.
Subjects in this third volume include Caving, Cooking, Duty to God, Emergency Preparedness, Ethics, Financial Management, Multi Media, Nature & Environment, Project COPE, Project Planning, Shotgun Shooting and Skateboarding.


Native American Interpreter Strip
Item: 617558
Price: $2.49

A badge available to Boy Scouts who have satisfied the Native American interpreter strip language requirements.


Boy Scouts® Three-Ring Binder
Item: 629257
Price: $8.99

Sturdy, paper-board three-ring binder.
Front features mountain and adventure activity images and “New perspective on fun” phrase. Spine reads “I live for adventure” and the back features a rock climber rappelling down the outside of the binder with muddy boot prints and the Scout Oath printed along the bottom. Includes BSA® logo beneath oath.


Attention: Eagle Scouts, leaders and parents. New items at your Scout Shops in Cedar Knolls and Mountainside are now available!

Eagle Scout® Grandparent Pin
Item: 634664
Price: $6.99

To be worn with pride by the grandparents of an Eagle Scout, oval pin features full-color background with “Eagle Scout Grandparent” lettering. Pin measures ¾” high, with military clutch back.


Eagle Scout® Magnet
Item: 635432
Price: $7.99

Made of the highest-quality magnet available, this thin material contours beautifully to vehicles’ curves and its special cut creates the appearance of it being a decal.
Weather- and fade-resistant, this round car magnet includes an eagle image along with “I’m Proud to be an Eagle Scout” lettering. Measures 4.8″ diameter.


Eagle Scout® Confetti
Item: 629254
Price: $2.99

Confetti pieces feature a variety of iconic Eagle Scout images:
• Silver-foil “EAGLE SCOUT” in script font
• Foil red-white-and-blue stars
• Printed paper image of the Eagle Scout medal
• Printed paper image of the Eagle Scout oval logo
• Silver-foil eagle head


NESA Scholarships


The National Eagle Scout Association offers two types of Eagle Scout scholarships:

Academic Scholarships

Academic scholarships are based on school and Scouting participation, academic performance, and financial need. Applicants must score a minimum 1800 SAT (if taken before January, 2016), 1290 (if taken after March, 2016), or 28 ACT to apply. These include a varying number of NESA scholarships, and a varying number of Mabel and Lawrence S. Cooke scholarships. The Mabel and Lawrence S. Cooke scholarships are awarded annually and include four $25,000 scholarships (payable at $6,250 per year) and one $48,000 scholarship (up to $12,000 payable for four years), plus a varying number of others.

NESA offers an additional academic scholarship called the $50,000 NESA STEM scholarship (up to $12,500 payable for four years) to an applicant who plans to major in a science, technology, engineering, or math field.

NESA academic scholarship applicants must be Eagle Scouts applying during their senior year of high school. Exception: Scouts whose Eagle Scout boards of review are held after October 31 of their senior year may apply during the next scholarship cycle in the following year even though they may be in college by this time. Winners may receive a scholarship one time only.

Scholarship committees are formed each year in each of the four BSA regions (Northeast, Southern, Central, and Western) to recommend recipients of these scholarships, with the final determination made by the national NESA Scholarship Committee.

Merit Scholarships

The second type of NESA scholarships are the merit scholarships. Merit scholarships are based on school and Scouting participation, and community service. These awards cover the $2,000 and $4,000 Bailey scholarships, the $2,500 Robert and Rebecca Palmer scholarships, and the $5,000 Hall/McElwain merit scholarships. Each BSA region reviews applications and awards a varying number of these scholarships to local Scouts.

NESA merit scholarship applicants must be Eagle Scouts graduating high school or undergraduate college students no farther than completion of the junior year. Recipients may receive the scholarship one time only.

Over 5,000 NESA scholarship applications are received annually, and fewer than 200 are awarded, so the competition is stiff. Plans are being formulated to greatly increase the amount of funds available to award NESA Eagle Scout scholarships throughout future years.

For more info, please visit: 

Check out what’s happening at Union County Parks!

From a Harvest Festival to Haunted Hayrides to Touch A Truck, it’s all happening in Union County Parks this fall.  For more details, go to:

Come visit Union County’s first and only public archery range.  Group lessons and private lessons available.  For more details, go to:

Haunted Hayrides in the Deserted Village, Watchung Reservation Friday & Saturday-October 21& 22- 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm Sunday, October 23-6:30 pm – 9:30 pm Rain date- Saturday, October 29

Imagine visiting a whole village of haunted houses and meeting the ghosts of people who actually lived and died there. That is what you will experience at the Haunted Hayrides conducted in the Deserted Village of Feltville. The total program experience lasts about one hour. The program is intended for adults and children age 6 and older. Tickets are sold for rides at specific times as noted on your ticket.

Advanced ticket sales begin September 12th

In-County: $8.00 per family of six (6)

Out-of-County: $16.00 per family of six (6)

>  Please contact the Parks & Recreation Reservation Desk for more information 908-527-4900 (Elizabeth) or 908-654-9805 (Westfield)


Ever wonder what Scouts around the world are doing? Ever wanted to chat with a Scout from another country, or hear what’s going on somewhere outside the BSA? Here’s your chance! Just go to and listen in — This online radio station is now in its 11th year, and going strong.