2014-02 February News Letter HTML

Service Area 1 News

February 2014


Family Friends of Scouting season is nearly upon us.  We will be working with each unit to share how Scouting is supported beyond the unit and ask them to support these efforts.  We would like a date on your unit calendar that one of our presenters can come in to share the story.  Please e-mail your presentation date and who the best contact for Friends of Scouting in your unit is to Jake and Laura so we can be sure to be ready for your presentation. 

Contact: Jake Kraus, jacob.kraus@scouting.org, Laura, laura.wilkins@scouting.org

Date: by January 15th


The 2014 Cub Winter wonderland will be held at Trax Farms Sunday February 23rd from 9:00am to 3:00pm, the day will include lots of fun including snow sports (weather pending) crafts, games and lunch. Pre-registration is a must, walk-ins cannot be accommodated.   You can register your Pack online at the link below.  If you would like more information or would like to volunteer for this event please contact Jacque.

Contact: Jacque Schultz, jacarama@gmail.com

Date: Sunday, February 23rd 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Trax Farm, Library, PA

Cost: $10 per youth, $5 per adult

Register: via Paper or online at http://lhc-bsa.doubleknot.com/event/area-1-cub-winter-wonderland-2014/1477310

UNIT CAMP coordinator

Service Area 1 is currently looking for a registered leader within each Pack, Troop and Crew to be the champion for Summer Camping FUN in your unit. 

Camp Coordinator Responsibilities

  1. Promote Camp with in the Pack, Troop or Crew.
  2. Obtain all information for summer camp through your District Outdoor Program chair or Scout office
  3. Schedule and organize your pack’s summer camp promotion presentation for all families.
  4. Plan and schedule your pack’s summer camp dates.
  5. Organize unit leadership for summer camp.
  6. Assure health forms, payments, and camp rosters are turned in to the Council Scout office on time.

Contact: Jacque Schultz (Cub Scouts), jacarama@gmail.com, or Jake Kraus (Cub Scouts or Boy Scouts), jacob.kraus@scouting.org

2014 Pack Spring Recruitment Training

There will be Spring Recruitment Training for all Packs before roundtable in March from 6-6:45pm.  Please have someone from your Pack attend this training.  Come prepared to have FUN and see how Spring Recruitment can help your Pack GROW!  If you have any questions please contact Keith Boivin (keithboivin@me.com) or Alahna Bell (alahna.bell@scouting.org).

LHC is excited to announce the 2014 Camp Card!

The Camp Card Sale is designed to help Scouts earn their way to Summer Camp, Day Camp, The Summit, Sea Base, or to add funds to their personal account. The Camp Card is a coupon card that entitles the user to several discounts at local businesses.

Units participating in this program earn 50% commission ($2.50) for each $5.00 Camp Card that is sold.

The remainder of the funds will benefit the camping programs of the Laurel Highlands Council, BSA and pay for the production costs of the cards.

Register online NOW to secure your cards!

Completely Risk-Free, any cards not sold can be returned to the council offices by April 25th. After the 25th, cards will not be returned.  Go to: https://lhc-bsa.doubleknot.com/form/formjump.asp?bidx=0&surveyID=37050&OrgKey=2268 to register.

Sell Scouting, Not Just Discount Cards!

Families should understand that they are not just selling discount cards, but selling Scouting – a summer camp experience that will reinforce Scouting’s aims of character development, citizenship training and personal fitness in youth. Be sure to emphasize that each card sold helps a Scout go to camp. The greatest likelihood for a successful camp card sale is having everyone know they are supporting Scouting. Scouts can sell the card to friends, family, and people in their communities who may want to take advantage of the discounts and help Scouts earn their way to camp!

Cards Pay For Themselves!

A customer can purchase a Camp Card for only $5, but they’ll receive far more in value! If a customer regularly visits any of the stores listed on the cards and uses all of the discounts, they will be receiving all of their money back – plus they will be helping Scouts go to summer camp!

Contact Jake Kraus or Alahna Bell if you have questions or would like to arrange to pick-up camp cards.


Instead of 1 of each trek offered, we are now only offering a ‘The Marksman’ Crew (shooting sports) and ‘The Summit Experience’ Crew (get to try everything).

Each crew is 5 youth and 2 adults. Two of the youth Marksman Crew spots have been reserved. The other 12 spots remain available.

There will be a postcard mailer going out to our older Boy Scouts and Venturers in the next week or so.



This year’s Spring Camporee is a COPE-A-REE at Heritage Reservation! Project C.O.P.E. is an acronym for Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience, a program in the Boy Scouts of America. It consists of different challenges for groups of scouts that involve teamwork and problem solving, or for individual scouts that test agility and individual skills. The underlying purpose is to develop leadership.

Activities at the COPE-A-REE will include: Initiative Games, Low COPE Challenge Elements, High COPE Course Elements, the Climbing/Rappelling Tower and MORE!  The event will also include lunch and dinner for all participants as well as an evening campfire.

Contact: Mike Fuson, mfuson@excaliburdata.com or (412)680-8795

Date: Friday, May 2nd through Sunday, May 4th 2014

Location: Heritage Reservation, Farmington PA

Cost: TBA

Register: Online, see final registration packet for details



We are going to need a lot of trained staff to help offer an awesome COPE-A-REE and you can be one of those trained staff!  If you’re into “hanging around” with Scouts and Scouters and willing to help out, attend the COPE/Climbing/Rappelling Training at Camp Guyasuta to be certified in all of those cool activities.

Contact: Mike Fuson, mfuson@excaliburdata.com or (412)680-8795

Date: Friday, April 25th at 6pm through Sunday, April 27th at 3pm 2014

Location: Camp Guyasuta, Sharpsburg

Cost: $35

Register: Online, http://lhc-bsa.doubleknot.com/event/1421937



Training is important for leaders and parents no matter if it’s your first time as a leader or a veteran scouter.  Training enhances the unit program and membership retention just to name a few. To make things a little easier the training committee has put together several options for you to get trained. Don’t forget if you can’t make one of the dates below check other district calendars for dates (training has no borders). The last option is to training online at myscouting.org but its preferred if you attend one of the courses listed below.  The Training Committee is hard at work putting together a top notch program and we are looking forward to meeting you!  For more information on training or if you would like to staff a training please contact Dennis McCarthy dennis.mccarthy88@gmail.com Please remember to check the Area 1 website for changes or to register.

Wolf & Bear Den Leader                               Stay Tuned to the website for details!

Scoutmaster Training                     Indoor February 15th / Outdoor April 11-13


The University of Scouting training will be held Saturday, March 15th, 2014 at the Indiana University of PA.  The event will cost $30 per person for the early registration time frame.  A huge variety of training will be available for every leader.  Watch http://www.lhc-bsa.org/Program/Training/UofS for details as they are finalized.


Greetings Brothers!  Monongahela South Chapter of Allohak Menewi is still looking for enthusiastic youth to lead our chapter for the 2013-2014 term, and to continue to help shape and guide our lodge. Adult members, we need your help too.  We are also looking for advisers to mentor the youth chairmen for our various committees.

For more info please contact Jim Gallagher (Gettemagelensit Witschindin) 412-531-1316 jpgallagher77@gmail.com

Remember the OA Troop Representative is a valid leadership Position for Rank Advancement Position!

Klondike derby wrap-up

Did you miss the Klondike Derby?  If so, you really missed out on a great event.  Over 200 Boy Scouts and Webelos with over 100 Leaders came out to Camp Twin Echo on a perfect Winter day for a challenging and fun event in the snow.  With everything from a sled race to first aid to tomahawk throwing, everyone had a blast.  Please give a big THANKS! to Bill Strausser from Pack 562 for all of his hard work in assembling an excellent team to host an awesome event.  Thanks also to Kings Restaurant for donating the meal and Dean Honda and Burgman Chiropractic for providing money to support the Golden Nugget Auction.  Hope to see you all next year at the Klondike!


What is Roundtable? Roundtable is a form of supplemental training held monthly on a district basis. Roundtable provides ALL Scout Leaders an opportunity to share ideas and activities with leaders from other units. It is a source of continuing information. Leaders and parents can find out about the latest news, what is happening in the Scouting community as well as the opportunities available for you and your youth in the area. Anyone can attend! So, what are you waiting for? Join us for an evening of fellowship and fun, meet other Scout parents and leaders, and get exciting ideas to make your meetings fun, and learn about the wonderful opportunity you are giving your son through Scouting. Check the website often upcoming roundtable topics.

 Roundtable North

2nd Thursday 7:00PM, Baldwin Community UMC 

  Info: Dave Blaushild dib23@verizion.net

 Roundtable South

 2nd Tuesday 7:00PM, Church of the Latter Day Saints Monongahela


 Info Steve Ader steve.ader@gmail.com


Commissioner Staff:

Asst. Area Commissioner Conestoga:     John Neuhaus   (412)344-6743 jneuhaus3@verizon.net

Asst. Area Commissioner Mon Valley: Kent McLaughlin (412)576-0978 kentscouts@yahoo.com

Asst. Area Commissioner Steel City: Kim Krapp (412)854-3646 thekrapps@verizon.net

Service Area Commissioner: Don Land (412)496-2907 don.linda@verizon.net

Unit Service Executive: Laura Wilkins (412)926-4646 laura.wilkins@scouting.org


Vice-Chair of Membership: Keith Boivin (412)292-3263 keithboivin@me.com

Senior Membership Executive: Alahna Bell (724)309-3552 alahna.bell@scouting.org


Vice-Chair of Program: Rich Krapp (412)854-3646 thekrapps@verizon.net

Service Area Chairman: Frank Martin (412)228-5450 f_martin_iv@industrial-tool-supply.com

Field Director: Jake Kraus (412)945-0301 jacob.kraus@scouting.org         



Thank you to all of our volunteer unit leaders and Service Area volunteers for your success in providing a high-quality program for all of our Scouting youth!

Future roundtable topics