Monthly Archives: July 2018

Popcorn Update!

We have begun our Popcorn Kickoffs for the 2018 sale. Over 40 units participated in our Micheal Beck training on June 14. The following trainings are being offered for the remainder of the summer. New this year we are requiring two leaders (the kernel and one other adult volunteer) to be trained in order for a unit to receive 3% more commission for preparing their unit for 2018.


Remaining Popcorn Kickoff:

7/25 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Cedar Knolls

7/28 10:00 am – 11:30 am Cedar Knolls

8/7  7:00 pm-8:30 pm Scotch Plains

8/9 7:00 pm-8:30 pm Chatham

8/13 7:00 pm-8:30 pm Somerville

8/14 7:00 pm-8:30 pm Sparta

8/16 10:00 am-11:30 am Cedar Knolls

8/22 7:00 pm- 8:30 pm Cedar Knolls

8/25 10:00 am- 11:30 am Cedar Knolls


Show and Sell Orders are Due 7/26/2018- Pickup will be 8/11!

Have Some Down Time This Summer? Update Your BeAScout Pin!

It’s so important to have an up to date BeAScout pin for your unit.  Why? Well, we run media ads, promotions, and direct interested families to this centralized website. New families want to know the latest and greatest about your unit.


It’s also important to check to see what genders your pack is serving.  Once you turn in your Family Scouting Designation Form, units accepting girls get directions on how to apply that on their pin.


We all need to make sure the contact information is correct, meeting time is current, and links go to current web pages.


Finally, be sure there is an active volunteer checking for new leads/ interested families.


To learn how to update your pin,


For assistance please contact your Unit Service Executive, Marc Maratea at 973.900.0919 or or Charlean Mahon at 973.524.4459 or

Membership Event Updates

Membership Road Shows – Our Membership Road Shows will prepare each pack to succeed in fall recruitment.  There are two remaining road shows this summer (August 18 in Somerset and August 20 in Succasunna).  Road shows will cover topics of Best Recruitment Practices, Lions Program, Family Scouting, New Member Coordinator, BeaScout and Online Applications.  Register at

Has Your Pack Declared? – Each pack must submit a “2018-2019 Cub Scout Unit Designation Form” declaring if you will accept all-girl dens or remain an all-boy pack.  We need this info in order to direct families to packs that will accept them.  The form must be signed by your chartered organization executive officer, chartered organization representative, Cubmaster and committee chair.  If you have questions about adding all-girl dens, contact Membership Executive Al Thomas,  Each pack has the option of staying all-boy or adding all-girl dens.  If needed, we may start new packs that are all-girl.


Family Scouting Joining Events – Come for evenings of shooting sports or STEM activities.  Free for children who are not yet Cub Scouts.  Current Cub Scouts pay $5 (or come for free if bringing a friend who is not yet in Scouting).  See attached flyer and register at

Is Your Post Recruiting for Exploring at Your Local National Night Out?

You may not be thinking about recruitment, but there’s a great opportunity if your community is hosting a national night out this summer on Tuesday, August 7th.


Sponsor a table, host an activity, spread the word with the community about why Exploring is such a cool program!


For free Exploring resources and recruitment materials, reach out to our membership executives, Al Thomas,, 973-919-0389 or Javier Juarez at 973-765-9322 x257,



National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

Security Career Opportunity – Seeking Star Scouts and Above

Learn a trade in a local community business.  Maffey’s Security Group based in Elizabeth and serving the region is seeking well qualified individuals to start as interns to advance into career positions.  Currently two Eagle Scouts are apprenticing.  Contact Andy Maffey for details today at  908-351-1172.