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Scouter Gone Home: Jim Eppinger
As you may have heard, Wednesday night we lost a great Scouter and friend, Jim Eppinger.

Jim came from a true Scouting family, his father Julius (aka Jim) was a council board member and Silver Beaver.  Jim himself made Eagle and held many leadership positions in Scouting including Cubmaster, Unit Commissioner, Assistant District Commissioner, District Commissioner, Jamboree Committee and Council Board member for many years. Jim was a main stay of the Jewish Committee on Scouting as well  He was awarded the Silver Beaver for his service to the council. In addition, Jim served on the Regional Board for a number of years.

The Scouting tradition was part of the Eppinger family always, with Ginny being an long time Cub leader and trainer and active on council committees; she was one of the first women to ever be awarded the Silver Beaver.  David, who is an active Muscoot district leader has also been a council board member for many years and is an Eagle Scout and Silver Beaver recipient as well.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday February 3rd at 10am at Temple Beth Elohim.
31 Mount Ebo Road North, Brewster NY 10509

The family will be sitting Shiva on Tuesday night from 7pm to 9pm at David Eppinger's house in Carmel NY 
6 Glenvue Drive North, Carmel NY 10512

Donations may be made in Jim's memory to the Westchester-Putnam Council to help support the Scoutreach program in our council.

Silver Beaver Award
Nominations are due at council By 5 p.m., March 1

The Silver Beaver Award was introduced in 1931 and is a council‐level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. Recipients of this award are registered Scouters who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council. To prevent embarrassment, the candidate should not be notified of this nomination.

The Silver Beaver Award is the highest honor a local council can bestow upon a registered adult leader. The award is intended to acknowledge noteworthy service of exceptional character to youth by registered Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity and Venturing leaders within the territory under the jurisdiction of the local Council.

The Silver Beaver Award is given to individuals who, through hard work, self sacrifice, dedication and many years of service, have evidenced exceptional service to the BSA, service of exceptional character to non-Scouting youth, and service or standing within their community.

The Silver Beaver Award consists of a certificate and a silver beaver pendant suspended from a blue and white ribbon worn around the neck. Recipients may wear the corresponding square knot, with a white strand over a blue strand, on the BSA uniform.

Silver Beaver Award Requirements:

  • Must have made significant service to the youth in the area serviced by the council – both in and out of Scouting and can include other youth organizations, church, schools, etc.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age and currently registered as a volunteer (Cub Scouter, Scouter, Varsity Scouter, and Venturing leaders).
  • Nominations MUST be made on the official Silver Beaver Nomination Form below in order to be considered.
  • Nominations may not be made posthumously.

The Silver Beaver Nomination form requires as much information as possible to be obtained on the nominee's Scouting activity and volunteer efforts in the community.  It is critical that ALL sections of the nomination form be completed.  Remember, the selection committee considering the nominee may or may not know the person and must judge them on how well you document their contributions to the community and the Scouting program.
When making a nomination, be sure to get all pertinent information from spouses, committee chairs and officials of organizations outside of Scouting outlining specific contributions the nominee made. Simple dates of service is not sufficient. Copying a nomination form and having multiple persons sign it will result in those additional forms being discarded. Nominations are kept for 3 years before they must be resubmitted.

Nominations are due to the Council Service Center no later than 5 p.m. March 1
By mail:           41 Saw Mill River Road  Hawthorne, N.Y. 10532
By email:         MPost@wpcbsa.org
By fax:             (914) 773-1411
Nominations will ONLY be accepted on the fillable form below.


Silver Beaver Nomination Form

Ineligible Volunteer Files and Scouting's Youth Protection Program

Message to the WPC Scouting Community

Message to the WPC Scouting Community

Youth Protection Reporting Procedures for Volunteers
BSA Youth Protection Policies
There are two types of Youth Protection–related reporting procedures all volunteers must follow:

  • When you witness or suspect any child has been abused or neglected—See "Mandatory Report of Child Abuse" below.
  • When you witness a violation of the BSA's Youth Protection policies—See "Reporting Violations of BSA Youth Protection Policies" below.

Mandatory Report of Child Abuse
All persons involved in Scouting shall report to local authorities any good-faith suspicion or belief that any child is or has been physically or sexually abused, physically or emotionally neglected, exposed to any form of violence or threat, exposed to any form of sexual exploitation, including the possession, manufacture, or distribution of child pornography, online solicitation, enticement, or showing of obscene material. You may not abdicate this reporting responsibility to any other person.

Steps to Reporting Child Abuse

  1. Ensure the child is in a safe environment.
  2. In cases of child abuse or medical emergencies, call 911 immediately. In addition, if the suspected abuse is in the Scout's home or family, you are required to contact the NYS Office of Children and Family Services at 800-342-3720.
  3. Notify the Scout executive or his designee. (See contact names/numbers below.)

Reporting Violations of BSA Youth Protection Policies
If you think any of the BSA's Youth Protection policies, including those described within Scouting's Barriers to Abuse have been violated, you must notify your local council Scout executive or his designee so appropriate action can be taken for the safety of our Scouts.

Youth Protection can be achieved only through the shared involvement of everyone in Scouting. Remember—Youth Protection Begins With YOU.®
For more information about the BSA's Youth Protection policies, visit http://www.scouting.org/YouthProtection.aspx.

Youth Protection Reporting Procedures with Contact Information

Clarifying Unit Tax Exempt Status
In response to questions we often receive, the following information is provided to clarify the tax exempt status of BSA packs, troops, and crews.

Unit Fiscal Policies and Procedures


Log Your Service Hours for Journey to Excellence
In order to earn Journey to Excellence, your unit must log the hours of each service project you do. It is simple to do and crucial to your unit earning Journey to Excellence. This program has replaced Good Turn for America. See flyer for details, and start logging your hours now!

Log your service hours here

Service Hours Instructions


Online Training!
All training courses for Cub Scout Leaders are now available online at: http://www.scouting.org/volunteer/training

Courses include:
1. “Cub Scout Leader Position-Specific Training”
2. “Youth Protection,”
3. “Fast Start,” and
4. “This Is Scouting”

The courses have been updated to support the new Cub Scout Delivery Method rolled out earlier this year. Now, den leaders and assistants, Cubmasters and assistants, pack trainers, and pack committee chairs and members can now learn the how-to’s for suc-cessfully conducting an engaging den and pack program and can become confident in the role each plays.

Online training is also available by clicking the link: www.scouting.org. When entering www.MyScouting.org, click on the E-Learning link under the Training header located on the left-side menu. Then click on the Cub Scouts tab and voila!... all leader training is at your convenience.
If you do not have a MyScouting account, there are simple instructions on the landing page that will help you create one.

In addition to the opportunity for online training, all four Cub Scout leader courses are supported by a printed syllabus, some with a DVD, to assist council and district training teams in conducting instructor-led experiences. The catalog number for this resource is 34875.
For questions or concerns regarding MyScouting accounts, send an email to the National Service Desk at: MyScouting@scouting.org. All issues will be addressed as soon as possible in order to get users online and fully trained!



Religious Awards
A key point of the Scout Law is that a Scout is reverent. The Boy Scouts of America and PRAY have an extensive program for our Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts to earn religious recognitions in every faith. Please click here to visit PRAY and have access to all of the most current information or contact Maryellen at 914-773-1135 ext 234 or mgalinski to learn how to earn the religious award of your faith.



Read All About Camp Read
“For Joys We’ll Ne’er Forget”, relates the story of the Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation from its opening day in 1920 to the present. For most part, “For Joys….” was written by staff who were in camp. Chapters features two legendary Camp Rangers, the launching of Camp Waubeeka, the impact of Read on professional Scouting, profiles of outstanding camp leaders, the story of the Oder of the Arrow in camp, history of the Camp Read Association, and much more.

Travel through time as this nearly one hundred year old camp grew from its beginnings on 33 acres and 20 campers on Long Pond, in Mahopac, New York to a 1000 acre scout reservation in the Adirondack Mountains. Today the Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation is made up of three camps, one traditional scout camp, one patrol cooking camp, and a High Adventure Base.
“For Joys We’ll Ne’er Forget” was commissioned by the Camp Read Association to preserve the history of this very special place. If you were ever a camper or staff member at a Scout camp, you’ll find yourself right at home in the pages of this book. It is a story worth telling and one worth reading…………..!

To Order: www.CampRead-ForJoys.com

Also available in the Read Scout Reservation trading posts.

All proceeds from “For Joys We’ll Ne’er Forget” will go to the betterment of the Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation, Westchester-Putnam Council, Boy Scout of America.



Webelos to Boy Scouts Transition Progress
The passage by 5th grade Webelos from the Cub Scout Pack to the Boy Scout Troop should be smooth, with no time lost in between. By the time Webelos Scouts are ready to crossover, they and their families should be familiar and comfortable with the youth and adult leaders of the Troop, their role in the Troop, and upcoming activities, bringing a feeling of excitement about beginning this new adventure. The Webelos Scout’s graduation ceremony should clearly signify his transition to a new level of Scouting, and could include the presentation of his Arrow of Light Award, a Boy Scout Handbook, and a Troop neckerchief.

A Webelos Scout who has earned the Arrow of Light Award has now completed all the requirements for the Scout badge and may join a Boy Scout Troop. The key factor to improved Webelos transition is the ongoing working relationship of the leaders of a Cub Scout Pack and a Boy Scout troop.

Responsibilities for the transition process:
Responsibilities of the Pack

  • Develop a working relationship with the leadership of one or more Boy Scout Troops in the area to work on some combined activities and events in the fall and early winter. These can include a fall camping trip, a community event, or possibly an early winter Boy Scout summer camp information night attended by both the Webelos Scout and his parent.
  • Work with Troop leaders to secure Den Chiefs.
  • Work with Troop leaders to plan visits to troop meetings.
  • Invite the Scoutmaster and Troop youth leaders to special Pack activities.
  • Plan a meaningful crossover ceremony at the Pack’s Blue and Gold Banquet. Include Troop leaders to be present to accept Webelos Scout as they graduate to Boy Scouting.
  • Webelos leaders should be strongly encouraged to move into the Troop with the boys, either as assistant Scoutmasters or troop committee members.

Responsibilities of the Troop

  • Select Scouts to serve as Den Chiefs for each Webelos Scout den and Cub Scout den.
  • Serve as a resource for overnight activities. The troop can be of service to provide equipment, leadership and logistics for Webelos parent-son campouts.
  • Conduct an orientation in the Bear Cub Scout dens to explain the changing role as boys become Webelos Scouts and then again as they become Boy Scouts. Explain how being a Webelos Scout will help prepare them for Boy Scouting.
  • Webelos den/Scout troop campouts should show Webelos Scouts and their parents what to expect when they move into the troop. The troop should cook and camp by patrol, and use skills that the Webelos Scouts can participate in.
  • Arrange for Webelos dens to visit a troop meeting. This should be planned several weeks in advance.
  • Provide each Webelos Scout a copy of the troop’s activities for the upcoming year.
  • Work with Webelos den leaders to encourage them to plan to move into the troop with their Webelos Scouts and to serve either as committee members or assistant Scoutmasters.
  • Conduct a Scoutmaster conference under the guidance of the Scoutmaster or the assistant designated by the Scoutmaster.
  • Work with the Cubmaster in planning a meaningful crossover ceremony at the pack’s Blue and Gold Banquet. Arrange for each Webelos Scout to receive a troop neckerchief and/or Scout Handbook along with his Arrow of light Award.

Responsibilities of the Webelos Parent

  • Be engaged in your Webelos Scout’s progress on earning the Arrow of Light. Realize that some of the requirements involved becoming oriented and prepared to join a Scout troop.
  • Become familiar with the objectives and the methods of the Boy Scouting program.
  • Learn how Scouting builds values and how the 12 traits that make up the Scout Law read like every parent’s wish list for their children.
  • Learn how Scouting sets expectations of cooperation, respect and goodwill, all success factors in helping build lifelong personal and family values by reinforcing ethical standards.
  • Attend a visit with your son to a Boy Scout troop meeting and meet the leadership of the troop.
  • Attend the Webelos Scout parents’ orientation and camp promotion night with your Webelos Scout to learn about the Boy Scout troop, 2008 spring plans, activities, and its summer camp plans so your son will be able to participate.
  • Be willing to participate as a Scout parent on the troop committee or to support its programs and activities as needed.



Weekend Camping
At The Durland Scout Reservation & Read Scout Reservation

Reservations are being accepted for short term (weekend) camping at both the Durland and Read Scout Reservations. Cabins and a variety of tent sites are available at Durland, as are the Farmhouse and Handicraft Lodge at Read. Tent site fees are $40 for a weekend. The weekend cabin fees at Durland are $225 for a building with a capacity of 40 people, and $190 for a structure with a capacity of 30 people. The cabins all have electricity, running hot and cold water at the kitchen sink, refrigerator and electric stoves. A $75 damage deposit is required to rent a building. Due to the popularity of the cabins and tent sites, no phone reservations can be accepted. All fees and paperwork must be received at the Council Service Center to complete your reservation. Forms are available below.

Available Cabins in the Next Four Months
 Weekend Number of Available Cabins

May 1-3, 2015



May 8-10, 2015



May 15-17, 2015



May 29-31, 2015



June 5-7, 2015



June 12-14, 2015



June 19-21, 2015


Weekend programs available for all units at Durland include orienteering, hiking our 16 miles of marked trails and, conditions permitting, snow shoeing and ice fishing. During warmer weather, Scout units with adults currently trained in Safety Afloat can use the canoes and kayaks. Both lakes on the reservation have excellent populations of largemouth bass.

Short Term Camping Application
View Current Reservations
Durland Scout Reservation Facilities
Read Scout Reservation Facilities


Important Information About Planning A Unit Event!
When a unit needs to use the facilities or property of another entity there is usually a written contract that spells out the duties and responsibilities of each party, along with a request for an insurance certificate. When the unit is planning an event, they should ask the other party for a copy of their contract or facility use agreement before negotiations begin. This should be forwarded to the Council office for review and signature. Unit representatives should not sign the contract. Upon approval, the signed contract will be sent back to the unit with the appropriate insurance certificate, if applicable. This is not something we are able to provide on a walk-in basis; your unit should plan ahead by at least two weeks time to have this process completed. Thank you for your understanding.


Make Sure Your Volunteers Are Registered!
When training entries are being made in the Westchester-Putnam Council’s records and in Scoutnet, the BSA national database, it is being discovered that there are many persons who are not registered in Scouting. While the training provides excellent preparation for adult leaders, the training cannot be recorded or acknowledged if you are not registered.

Additionally, when a volunteer is not registered they are not receiving the full benefits of service from the Westchester-Putnam Council. These benefits include, the Pathfinder and important communications on upcoming Council/District activities as well as notice for training opportunities. It is important that each adult who is working with young people be registered in Scouting and that their appropriate registration be the role that they primarily serve.

Please help us insure that all adults are registered. The quality delivery of Scouting is enhanced when this step is taken.



God and Country Awards for Protestant Youth
Programs of Religious Activities with Youth (PRAY) is a not-for-profit organization whose national board of directors includes representatives from Protestant and independent Christian churches and the national youth agencies including the Boy Scouts of America. PRAY is best known for the God and Country religious awards program. This program helps young people to develop a deeper relationship with God and to understand how God is active in their lives and in the world around them. It is a Christian education resource that uses Bible lessons paired with service projects to help young people not only to grow in Christian faith but to also express their faith by reaching out in love and in service to others. PRAY encourages families, youth agencies, and protestant congregations to use the God and Country series to foster spiritual growth in children, youth and families.

The God and Country series of programs and awards are available to youth whether or not they are involved in a Scouting program. 

The series is comprised of:
God and Me (grades 1-3) God and Family (grades 4-5) God and Church (grades 6-8) and God and Life (Grades 9-12) The God and Country program is recognized by over 20 different Protestant denominations and independent Christian churches.

Starting the Program is Easy!
• Order the appropriate program booklet based on your grade.
• Meet with the pastor of a church and show the pastor the God and Country booklet and then together choose a counselor.
• Present your work to the pastor for final approval. Order the recognition items by sending the application form to PRAY
• Plan a special ceremony in church to receive your award.

There are resources for promotion at the Unit level including brochures and a power point presentation. For further information about the God and Country program and additional resources please contact PRAY by calling 1-800-933-PRAY or by email at praypraypub.org.



Conservation Resource Guide
Conservation is a basic part of the BSA mission. Scouting embraces Leave No Trace, requires conservation-related activities for rank advancement, and encourages conservation service projects to the community. The new Conservation Resource Guide identifies Westchester-Putnam agencies engaged in nature and conservation activities. Organized by District, the Guide is intended to enable ‘one-stop’ access for any Westchester-Putnam Scouts and Scouters seeking sites for troop conservation projects, nature-related advancements, or outdoor activities (including William Hornaday Award, Leave No Trace Award, Boy Scout Rank Advancement Nature Requirements, and Eagle Service Projects).


Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Westchester-Putnam Council Webelos and Cub Scout dens are encouraged to contact Mike Rogers, Environmental Educator at the Rockefeller State Park Preserve, on Routes 117 and 9 in Tarrytown, to arrange visits to fulfill various Cub and Webelos rank requirements. He can be contacted at 914-631-1470, x14, or mark.rogersoprhp.state.ny.us. 

Mr. Rogers suggests that Boy Scouts who need to participate in approved Second Class, Star, Life and Eagle service projects should also contact him.


Unit Rechartering Now Available Online
Your unit can recharter on-line now. Please contact the council service center for your password.

On-line Rechartering


National Jewish Committee on Scouting Scholarship Awards
Chester M. Vernon Memorial Eagle Scout Scholarship Program. The recipient of the Chester M. Vernon Memorial Eagle Scout Scholarship will receive a $1,000 scholarship per year for four years. Applicants must demonstrate financial need.

Florence and Marvin Arkans Eagle Scout Scholarship Program. The recipient of this scholarship will receive a one-time $1,000 scholarship. Applicants must demonstrate financial need.

Frank L. Weil Memorial Eagle Scout Scholarship Program. The recipient of the Frank L. Weil Memorial Eagle Scout Scholarship will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Two second-place scholarship awards will be given in the amount of $500 each.

Gideon Elad Scholarship Program. The recipient of this scholarship will receive a one-time $1,000 scholarship.

Eligibility Requirements

Vernon, Arkans, and Weil Scholarships
The eligible applicant must:

  • Be a registered, active member of a Boy Scout troop, Varsity Scout team or Venturing crew.
  • Have received the Eagle Scout Award.
  • Be an active member of a synagogue and must have received the Ner Tamid or Etz Chaim religious emblem.
  • Have demonstrated practical citizenship in his synagogue, school, Scouting unit, and community.
  • Be enrolled in an accredited high school and in his final year at the time of selection.
  • Submit at least four letters of recommendation with the nomination application. One letter is required from leaders of each of the following groups: religious institution, school, community, and Scouting unit.

Gideon Elad Scholarship
The eligible applicant must:

  • Be an active member of a Boy Scout troop or Varsity Scout team.
  • Have received the Eagle Scout Award.
  • Be an active member of a synagogue and have received the Ner Tamid or Etz Chaim religious emblem.
  • Have demonstrated practical citizenship in his synagogue, school, Scouting unit, and community.
  • Be enrolled in an accredited public high school and in his final year at the time of selection.
  • Submit at least four letters of recommendation with the nomination application. One letter is required from leaders of each of the following groups: religious institution, school, community, and Scouting unit.

The National Jewish Committee on Scouting (NJCS) will award a national scholarship to the Eagle Scout who best meets the qualifications outlined in the nomination application. Applications are available at the Council Service Center.

Attention All Eagle Scout Candidates
Members of the Westchester-Putnam Council Executive Board would like to have representatives at as many Eagle ceremonies as possible. Therefore, please send an appropriate invitation to members of the Westchester-Putnam Council Executive Board to the attention of Marian Post @ Westchester-Putnam Council, B.S.A., 41 Saw Mill River Road, Hawthorne, NY 10532. Invitations/information received will be communicated to Executive Board members, and RSVP’s will be made if they plan to attend. Congratulations on the achievement of Scouting’s highest rank and best wishes for a wonderful ceremony and Eagle Scout presentation.



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