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Council Service Center Summertime Hours!

Beginning Friday, June 27th through Friday, August 29th, the Council Service Center will CLOSE on Friday afternoons at 3:00 p.m. Please note that the Hawthorne Scout Shop will be open for their normal business hours.

Help Wanted: Hawthorne Scout Shop

The Hawthorne Scout Shop is currently looking for part time sales help.

Retail experience preferred, Scouting background helpful but not required.

Flexible hours are required. If interested inquire at the Scout Shop. 914-773-1216, ask for Ellen.

Reading, Writing and Mathematics Pin and Belt Loop Session
On Saturday October 26, ten Cub Scouts attended the reading, writing and mathematics pin and belt loop session at Sylvan Learning Center in White Plains. Here the Scouts wrote their own poems and learned how to use an abacus. The Scouts along with the staff at Sylvan Learning had a great time. We look forward to working with Sylvan Learning Center again.



National Registration Fee to Increase
Effective January 1, 2014

At a meeting of senior Scouting professionals in Washington D.C. last week, it was announced that the National registration fee will be increased to $24 annually starting January 1, 2014.  This fee impacts all units in Westchester-Putnam rechartering effective January 1, 2014 and will impact any units collecting a year and four months of fees for Scouts who join in September. 

Some facts you should know about the National Registration Fee increase:

  • The current annual registration fee is $15 through December 31, 2013.
  • The new fee is $24 and will be effective January 1, 2014.
  • This change does not affect the accident and sickness insurance premium of $2.
  • The prorated Registration Fee for new Scouts that join from September 2013 through December 31, 2013 is $5.
  • The 16 month Registration fee for new Scouts is $29 plus $2 insurance premium for a total of $31.
  • The Westchester-Putnam Council passes 100% of the registration fee on to the National Council.

We wanted to share this news with you so that you can plan accordingly and we will continue to provide you with further details if or when they become available.

Westchester-Putnam Council National Jamboree Patches Available

Full Set: $50

Center Patch: $15

Order Here

Baseball Pin and Loop
On Saturday July 27, 2013, the Westchester Putnam  and Hudson Valley Council partnered with the Rockland Boulders to earn their baseball pin and belt loop. They got a chance to interact with the players, while learning different techniques on the field. Thank you to the Rockland Boulders for hosting this event!

Nature Merit Badge
In the month of June, the Rockefeller State Park Preserve hosted the Nature merit badge, which consisted of 20 Scouts! They hiked he trails, made cast moldings and learned about different animals in the woods. Although it was hot, the Scouts did a great job and they all earned their merit badge!



National Council Updates Membership Policy -- WPC Statement
Westchester-Putnam Scouts Encouraged by National Council Progress

Hawthorne, NY – May 23, 2013
The Westchester-Putnam Council has and always will welcome young people who sincerely want to be a part of the Scouting program. We are encouraged that the national delegates have voted to remove the restriction on youth membership based on sexual orientation. Our families and leadership fully support this change which puts kids first.

We believe that this national policy change is a great first step towards having a national membership policy that truly reflects the great diversity already represented in Scouting. We will continue to advance the dialogue toward this end.

Scouting and Political Causes
Date: June 6, 2013
To: Scout Executives, Area Directors, and Regional Directors cc: Office of the Chief Scout Executive
From: Gary Butler, Assistant Chief Scout Executive, Operations
Subject: Scouting and Social/Political Causes

There have been several questions raised recently concerning our members wearing their uniforms while participating in events supporting political and social issues. The following is an official statement on Scouting and social and political causes. We distribute a similar statement annually. In support of your responsibilities in keeping your volunteers and staff informed regarding this particular policy, please share this as appropriate.

As you are aware, the newly approved Boy Scouts of America membership standards resolution restates what has always been the BSA's policy, that "the Boy Scouts of America does not have an agenda on the matter of sexual orientation, and resolving this complex issue is not the role of the organization, nor may any member use Scouting to promote or advance any social or political position or agenda." However, Scouting is not to be used to advance pro- or anti-gay agendas at events, such as parades or other such political or social advocacy functions. It has always been the BSA's policy that no person—youth or adult—may use Scouting to promote sexual orientation or any other political or social agenda.

Such behavior or action is inconsistent with the BSA's values and virtues. There must be no doubt that the BSA is not advocating any content or subject matter of advocacy or acceptance for or against homosexual behavior. Registered members who violate the rules and regulations of the Boy Scouts of America by engaging in such must be dealt with appropriately by the local council. The National Council will engage with local councils as they determine the appropriate actions when these policies are violated.

The BSA's rules and regulations specify that the official uniforms are intended for use in connection with Scouting activities as defined by the National Executive Board. Their use may be approved by the local council for council events or activities under conditions consistent with the rules and regulations of the Boy Scouts of America.

It has long been the BSA's position and interpretation of its rules that uniformed unit members and leaders may participate in flag ceremonies at events and may lead the Pledge of Allegiance; however, they should retire after the ceremony and not remain on the speakers' platform, participate in the event, or remain in a conspicuous location where viewers could construe their presence as an endorsement or symbol of support. In addition, photos or video with Scouts in uniform or BSA marks and logos are not allowed in campaign materials of any kind. The purpose of this is to ensure that there is not a perception that the BSA, the council, or even the uniformed members favor one candidate (or platform) over another.

This interpretation of BSA rules and regulations and our bylaws is consistent with past practices, and nothing set forth in the resolution (which is not in effect until Jan. 1, 2014) changes that interpretation, nor was it the intent of the resolution to do so.

Personal Management Merit Badge
On May 22, 2013, Webster Bank held a Personal Merit Badge Session for 17 Scouts of the Westchester-Putnam Council. Here the Scouts came prepared to discuss their several weeks of budgeting, stocks, money management and career opportunities within the Business Field. A couple of our Scouts completed the Merit Badge, but some still have several weeks of budgeting to complete, before they can fully earn their Merit Badge. We wish them the best of luck as they continue to work hard in earning this Eagle required badge!

2013 Camp Card Program
How the Camp Card Sale Works:

  • The New Camp Card is designed to help youth fund their way to 2013 Camp programs.
  • This is a Risk Free Unit Sales project where all Scouts can earn their way to Camp, Jamboree, Philmont, other activities, Uniforms and Camping Equipment, or simply to support unit program.
  • Each Camp Card will sell for only $5.00 to the general public and will have multiple food, service and entertainment discounts for the customer to use throughout the year.
  • The participating unit will keep 50% commission of the sales for each Camp Card sold!
  • With the $10 Dick's Sporting Goods and $5.00 C-Town Food Stores discounts, the Camp Card more than PAYS FOR ITSELF!
  • Commissions from the sales are encouraged to be applied toward directly sending youth to Summer Camp, but they may be used as the unit committee sees fit.

Complete Camp Card Program Details and Forms


Online Registration Closed 6/16/2013

 Philmont 2014
The Westchester-Putnam Council is putting together a contingent for interested leaders and Scouts who want to hike at the Philmont Scout Ranch in July 2014

Trail Dates are July 13 - 25, 2014

2 Adults and 10 Scouts will fill this contingent on a first-come-first served basis, so long as they meet the following criteria by July 2013:

  • Leaders who will be Wood Badge trained with Summit Trekking experience will be given preference
  • Scouts who will be 14 years of age OR have completed the 8th grade and be at least 13 years of age by June 28,2014. Summit Trekking experience, NYLT training and First Class rank will be given preference as well

Cost with airfare, travel accommodations, preparations and camp fees, will be approximately $2,000 per person for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Philmont is the BSA premier High Adventure™ base, which challenges Scouts with more than 214 square miles of rugged New Mexico wilderness.

Program features combine the best of the Old West - horseback riding, burro packing, gold panning, chuckwagon dinners, and interpretive history - with exciting challenges for today - rock climbing, burro racing, mountain biking, and rifle shooting - in an unbeatable recipe for fast-moving outdoor fun.

To sign up or if you have any questions regarding the contingent, please contact Assistant Scout Executive Deric Wertz at dwertz. This contingent will be organized by May 1st so that it can be fully prepared for this memorable Scouting high adventure experience!

Philmont Flyer

Westchester-Putnam Council Jewish Committee on Scouting Receive Chai Awards
Members of the Westchester-Putnam Council's Jewish Committee on Scouting (WPCJCoS) attended the 26th Annual Northeast Regional Jewish Committee on Scouting (NERJCoS) Conference on March 10th, 2013 at InfoAge (Camp Evans) in Wall, NJ.

One of the highlights of the day was the presentation of the NERJCoS Chai Awards. This is an award unique to the NERJCoS and is only presented at the NERJCoS Conference. For the Bronze Chai award, the nominee must have served at least two years on the local Jewish Committee on Scouting or on the Region or National Committees. Work should be of an outstanding and exemplary nature. All volunteers and professional BSA personnel who have done exemplary work toward the betterment of Scouting within the Jewish Community over a two-year period are eligible. The Gold (after two years after the Bronze) and Silver (after an additional two years) Chai Awards are also presented.

Local members of the WPCJCoS were honored with awards at the conference. Jay Singer and Steve Lieb were awarded the Bronze Chai award. David Eppinger and Dave D'Lugin were awarded the Gold Chai award. Jim Eppinger was awarded the Silver Chai award.

From left to right:
Dave D’Lugin, Jay Singer, David Eppinger, Jim Eppinger and Ethel Shuart

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

Jan 2-4, 2015



Apr 17-19, 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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