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3: Good Friday
3-5: Durland & Read Closed
6: South Roundtables
6: North Roundtables
10-12: National Youth Leader Training
11: BALOO Training
14: Cinematography Merit Badge
14: Scoutmaster & Assistant Scoutmaster Training #2 of 2
17-19: National Youth Leader Training #2 of 2
19: JCOS Committee
23: Bowloree Reception
23: Training Comm
25-26: Boy Scout Leader Outdoor Skills Training
25-26: Webelos Leader Outdoor Training
28: OA Executive Comm
29: Council Executive Comm
1-3: District Boy Scout Spring Events
1-3: Leave No Trace Training
4: South Roundtables
6: North Roundtables
11: Council Annual Meeting & Recognition Dinner
13: Catholic Scouting Committee
14: Training Comm
15-17: OA Weekend at Read
18: District Operations
20-22: BSA National Annual Meeting
23-25: Read & Durland Closed
25: Memorial Day
26: OA Executive Committee
27: Popcorn and Program Extravaganza
28: Popcorn and Program Extravaganza
Algonquin District
11: Pinewood Derby
22: District Annual Meeting
16-17: Akela Cuboree
20: District Meeting
Manitoga District
11: Pinewood Derby
21: District Annual Meeting
19: District Meeting
Mohican District
18: Pinewood Derby Runoff
22: District Annual Meeting
20: District Meeting
Muscoot District
21: District Annual Meeting
12: Court of Honor
19: District Meeting
See Council Calendar for further events

Trail to Eagle
Sat March 21th – Mandatory Parent & Scout meeting
Fri – Sun May 29th – 31st - Scout weekend at Durland
Thu-Sun Aug 20th - 23rd - Scout weekend at Durland

The Westchester-Putnam Council, Boy Scouts of America is proud to sponsor the 2015 Trail to Eagle Course. This specialty course will provide an opportunity for Scouts to earn 5 merit badges over a 5 month period; taught by adult volunteer professionals. To qualify for this program a Scout must:
• Be 14 years or older, attained the rank of Star Scout
• Attended Summer Camp in 2013 or 2014
• Have the attitude, respect and spirit of an Eagle Scout candidate
• Have Scout Master approval

Additional topics to assist the scout on his Trail to Eagle will be covered during the sessions: What is an Eagle Scout?
Planning Merit Badges along the Trail to Eagle
What is a good Service Project?
How to plan a Service Project
There will also be additional activities for team building and outdoor challenges.

All aspects of this course will follow the Merit Badge process (no short cuts), and is approved by the WPC Council Advancement Committee. This course provides a structured environment for success. Each scout will be assigned a MB counselor in which they will have contact with throughout the entire duration.
The Merit Badges being offered are effort intensive and will include activities that occur at home in-between sessions. Transportation will be provided to and from off-site TTE Merit Badge activities.
This course will be limited to 30 scouts to ensure a low ratio of Scout to Merit Badge Counselor sessions. The cost for the course is $300 which includes materials, food, camping fees and a Trail to Eagle item. Enrollment confirms availability for all three sessions

TTE Merit Badges: everyone takes Public Speaking
Select 4 MBs from: Citizenship Community; Citizenship Nation; Citizenship World; Family Life; Communications; Personal Management; Personal Fitness; Cooking (Cooking Merit Badge is limited to first 6 Scouts who sign up)
Public Speaking
A $100 non-refundable deposit must accompany your registration form to reserve your place. In addition, a $100 payment is due by March 1st and the $100 balance is due by the Parent meeting. If you have any questions, please contact the Council Service Center at 914-773-1135.

Deadline for TTE Application is March 1, 2015

Trail to Eagle Registration Form


Online Registration and Payment

Engineering Merit Badge
At the 2015 Engineering EXPO
March 22, 2015

Sunday March 22, 2015 is the date for the 12th Annual Engineering EXPO. It is a venue where middle and high school Students and Scouts can go to meet with people from Engineering & Science Colleges and Universities, as well as Engineering firms, Government Agencies, Technical Societies and Businesses working in Engineering, Technology and the Sciences. The EXPO is sponsored by the Foundation for Engineering Education, Inc.(FEE).

The EXPO will be held, again this year, at White Plains High School.

For most of the past 12 years, Westchester-Putnam Council and Hudson Valley Council have teamed up to offer Scouts the opportunity to earn the Engineering Merit Badge. This is not a Merit Badge give-away, Scouts will be required to pre-register and complete a number of Engineering Merit Badge requirements at home and bring their work to the Counselors at the EXPO. Some work can be completed at the EXPO. Scouts must prepare their work in the workbook and bring their completed workbook to the EXPO.

  • Walk-ins will not be accepted, NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Pre-registration is REQUIRED and will be via email ONLY (see below).
  • All Pre-registered Scouts will receive a packet of information and a Merit Badge workbook via return email, as well as a registration number. This is the only way to get to sit with a Counselor.
  • Pre-registered Scouts will sit with a Counselor on a first registered first served basis, based on the lowest registration number first.
  • Each session with a Counselor takes at least 30 to 40 minutes.
  • Scouts are expected to obtain the Engineering Merit Badge pamphlet and prepare their answers to the requirements from what they read in the pamphlet.
  • Scouts are asked to please come to the EXPO in their Class A uniform.
  • The Hawthorne Scout Shop should have Engineering Merit Badge pamphlets available.
  • Please see the registration information below. Parents/guardians of scouts in Westchester-Putnam Council will need to PRE-REGISTER them with Mr. George Peborde, P.E. (via email at gpebordehttp://www.wpcbsa.org/Img/atemail.gifverizon.net). Parents/guardians of Scouts outside of Westchester-Putnam Council should contact Mr. Lawrence O’Connor, P.E.,L.S. (via email at ljopelshttp://www.wpcbsa.org/Img/atemail.gifgmail.com).

All Pre-Registered Scouts will receive a packet of information and a Merit Badge workbook via return email.
Scouts need to start as soon as possible so that they will have all of the pre-requisites completed before the EXPO. Again, the EXPO is Sunday MARCH 22nd.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
Visit us on the Web and see the event flyer at http://www.beanengineer.org

Parents/guardians of Scouts in Westchester and Putnam interested in completing this Merit Badge MUST contact:
Mr. George Peborde, P.E. via email at gpebordehttp://www.wpcbsa.org/Img/atemail.gifverizon.net.
Provide the following information:

  1. Name
  2. Troop No.
  3. Town or City
  4. District
  5. Rank & Age

GET THE UPDATED MERIT BADGE PAMPHLET FROM YOUR SCOUT SHOP. Most, if not all of the answers to the requirements that you need to do in advance are answered in the pamphlet.
You must follow these recommendations for each of the requirements in order to complete the badge:

  1. This needs to be done at home.
  2. This is best as a written answer prepared in advance.
  3. This can be done in advance. However, at EXPO, you'll be able to meet with different kinds of Engineers and get some helpful additional information.
  4. This can be done in advance. At EXPO, you can obtain additional information. This is one of the main benefits of attending. There will be many Engineers to talk with.
  5. This must be done in advance.
  6. This must be done in advance.
  7. This is best done in advance, with additional information obtained at EXPO.
  8. This is best done in advance, with additional information obtained at EXPO.
  9. It is best to do some research on requirements for different colleges on the web (with parents approval) before coming to EXPO.

COME TO THE ENGINEERING EXPO AT WHITE PLAINS HIGH SCHOOL 550 North Street, White Plains, NY 10605 (Westchester County) on MARCH 22nd.
We have offered this Merit Badge at previous year’s EXPO’s, however Scouts came un-prepared and many only earned a partial. We are working to provide a quality experience for the Scouts with a reasonable amount of stress for the Counselors. SCOUTS MUST COME PREPARED WITH THE RECOMMENDED WORK DONE IN ADVANCE.

Cinematograhy MB
The Danbury Mall
(7 Backus Avenue, Danbury, CT)
When: Tuesday April 14, 2015
Time: 6-8pm
Cost: $20

Max 15 scouts

Cinematograhy Merit Badge Flyer


The maximum number of registrations for this event have been submitted.

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Powder Horn
High Adventure Resource Management Course
June 25 – 28, 2015  •  Durland Scout Reservation  •  Putnam Valley, NY

Who attends Powder Horn?  YOU!  Why?  To bring high adventure to your unit!

Westchester-Putnam Council’s groundbreaking 2015 Powder Horn course will be chock-full of fun,
fellowship and adventure. Participation in this course will involve a hands-on, intense, early-morning to late-night schedule ensuring that leaders will leave with a list of ideas to create a more exciting and robust program, along with the contacts and resources needed to implement them.

What is Powder Horn?
Powder Horn is a resource course designed to expose Scouting’s adult leaders and youth leaders to the exhilarating, high-adventure program possibilities for their unit while providing the resources necessary to operate a successful outdoor program. In plain English… participants will be spending the long weekend learning about, and actually participating in, high adventure activities and how they can be taken back to the unit.

Course Activities
Powder Horn is organized around the BSA’s High Adventure elements. Programs for the weekend will be selected from the following exciting activities:

Astronomy ~ Climbing & Rappelling Backpacking ~ Geocaching ~ Orienteering
Equestrian Shooting Sports with Pistols, Rifles, Shotguns, & Black Powder
SCUBA ~ Slack lining ~ COPE ~ Mountain Biking ~ Expedition Planning
Trail Cooking ~ Outdoor Living History ~ Fly Fishing & Fly Tying
Leave No Trace ~ Nature & Edible Plants ~ Rope Crossing ~ Archery
Bouldering & Ice Climbing ~ Small Boat Sailing & Paddleboarding

While active participation is highly encouraged, participants may choose just to observe and learn any activity they are not comfortable doing.
Participant Qualifications

  • The 2015 Powder Horn course is open to any registered Adult or Youth (14 & up) in the BSA. Youth should be program planners and must be recommended by their unit leader.
  • All participants must be trained for their position


  • Venturing Youth Protection
  • Youth Protection - general
  • Hazardous Weather
  • Safety Afloat
  • Safe Swim Defense
  • Climb on Safely
  • Participants must meet the physical requirements of the BSA Annual Health and Medical Record in a backcountry environment (Parts A, B & C). Physician review must be dated after 6/28/14.
  • Participants must be prepared to camp overnight using their own gear.

Are you ready to join us for this amazing, hands-on training experience?


  • The course fee is $200 and covers all meals, program materials, liability insurance and course swag. Registration is on a first-come basis and is expected to fill rapidly.
  • You must be available for the course from check-in on Thursday, June 25th at 6pm until completion on Sunday, June 28th at 4pm.
  • To include as many units as possible, there will be a two adults per unit limit with remaining adults from the same unit being placed on a waitlist.
  • We will reserve space for 8 youth leaders with one per unit being accepted. Youth leaders will submit a tentative registration and then be emailed a recommendation form to be filled out by their unit leader and a questionnaire to be completed by the youth. Registration will be confirmed upon review and approval of all necessary Youth Registration Forms.


For questions contact:
Robert Hoffmann
Powder Horn 2015 Course Director

Powder Horn Flyer

Online Registration and Payment

23rd World Scout Jamboree
Tuesday, July 28, to Saturday, August 8, 2015
Kirara-hama, Japan

Be a part of the BSA contingent to the 2015 World Scout Jamboree!

Adult Leader Applications Due By 2/15/2014

In 2015, more than 30,000 Scouts and leaders from 161 countries around the world will converge on Kirara-hama, Yamaguchi, Japan, for the 23rd World Scout Jamboree.

The event will provide opportunities to raise awareness about global issues, explore the environment, participate in community service, make friends from around the world, and deepen understanding of developments in science and technology. The world jamboree is a unique opportunity for participants to experience an exciting program of activities, including: Global Development Village, City of Science, Crossroads of Culture, and the Peace Program.

Participants will live and learn with fellow Scouts from around the world. They will be housed in tents along with the BSA contingent but will soon venture out to mingle with tens of thousands of people for two weeks of activities and adventure. That's right, a world fellowship exercise on an enormous scale!

World Jamboree Flyer
World Jamboree Leader Application


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