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					FEBRUARY 2009                                     Page 1                    Smoke Signals




                                       WESTMORELAND FAYETTE COUNCIL
                                              Boy Scouts of America
                                              2 Garden Center Drive
                                             Greensburg, PA 15601
                                                 www.wfbsa.org
     FEBRUARY 2009                          Email: wfbsa@bsamail.org             VOLUME #14 ISSUE #2




                   2009 Volunteer Recognition Dinner
                               “100th Anniversary of Scouting,
                       Honoring Seton and Beard, Scouting Pioneers”

When:    Thursday, April 2, 2009
Where:   Stratigo’s Banquet Centre, North Huntingdon, PA
Who:     All adult volunteers and their guests
Cost:    $25.00 per person
Time:    7:00 p.m.
                                Deadline for reservations: March 20, 2009

                     Don’t miss this Celebration of our Volunteers!
The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the Silver Beaver Awards, Wood
Badge Bead presentations, Veterans Awards and many other awards.

We will present a Special Award to the District that has the most attendance at the Volunteer
Recognition Dinner.

Menu: Choice of Stuffed Chicken Breast or Top Sirloin of Beef au Jus, Crisp Garden
Salad, Parsley Potatoes, Whole Green Beans Almandine, Oven Fresh Bread and Sweet
Butter , Dreamsicle Cake and Coffee ,Tea or Iced Tea.


Questions?
Please call your District’s Dinner Chairperson:

Braddock Trail: Toni Berger—724-455-7488
Bushy Run: Marilyn Martinelli- 412-751-9383
Laurel Hills: Renee Kemerer—724-423-1604
Old Trails: Elaine Kessler—724-439-8557




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  (Continued from page 1)
                                     “100th Anniversary of Scouting Recognition Dinner”


                  2009 VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION DINNER REGISTRATION FORM

          Name                                   Choice (Beef or Chicken)
  ______________________                         _______________________

  ______________________                         _______________________

  ______________________                         _______________________

  ______________________                         _______________________

                                            Attach separate sheet if necessary

  _______ #Tickets @ $25.00 per person = $_____________ enclosed

  Unit#                       Mail Tickets to:


  Phone:

  Please return to:         Westmoreland Fayette Council
                            2 Garden Center Drive
                            Greensburg, PA 15601

                              DEADLINE FOR RESERVATIONS: MARCH 20,2009


                                    Directions to Stratigo’s Banquet Centre
                                           131 Colonial Manor Road
                                         North Huntingdon, PA 15642
                                        www.stratigosbanquet.com
                                                  724-864-5600

  From Pennsylvania Turnpike Irwin Exit and Greensburg

  Exit 67 (old exit 7) - Irwin Interchange
  Take ramp Route 30 West towards Pittsburgh
  Continue West on Route 30 approximately 4.4 miles (9 traffic lights)
  After passing Norwin Towne Square on your left, you will go through a blinking yellow light.
  Get in the left lane. Turn left at next regular light on Colonial Manor Road (Sunoco Station on the
  left). After turning left on Colonial Manor Road look up to your left. The Banquet Centre is just one-
  tenth of a mile from Route 30.
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               Congratulations!
          Tyler Funk of Pack 270 has been chosen as a win-
          ner of the 2008 Trail’s End Best Popcorn Pix Con-
          test. Tyler will be receiving a Nintendo DS-Lite di-
          rect from Trail’s End Popcorn Company. Scouts en-
tered over 1,400 photos via BestPopcornPix.com and his photo
was considered one of the best by a panel of popcorn experts!




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                  2 Garden Center Drive
                  Greensburg, PA 15601




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                                       Camping Programs 2009
In this issue of the Smoke Signals you’ll find information regarding the Boy Scout Camping and Cub Scout
Camping programs for 2009.

The Boy Scout Camping Smoke Signals has been mailed. It contains all the latest information on the Boy
Scout Camping program at Camp Conestoga.

Camp promotion at the unit level is important! We ask every unit to conduct a Camp promotions meeting
soon. Your District Camping Chairman and your District Executive can assist you.

Council Camping Committee: Mike Blasko Chairman- Phone 724-547-8373

District Camping Chairs:

Braddock Trail- Ben Piper- 724-547-3616
Bushy Run- Jo Dougherty- 724-327-5912
Laurel Hills- Jim Gettins-724-834-3205
Old Trails- Bill Carney- 724-437-5152




                                Camp Promotion and Incentives for 2009

Camp Promotion-Goal to Increase Number of Youth attending Camp

       1. Incentive for Council Troops for 2009
             a. If troop enrollment on Sunday of their week at Camp exceeds their total of 2008 they will
                 receive a credit for their Unit account of $5.00 per Scout.
             b. Example: Troop 123 had 15 at Camp in 2008. This year they have 16. They would re-
                 ceive $80.00 credit to their Unit Account.

       2. Family Discount
                      a. Fee for second Boy Scout or more attending Camp Conestoga is $225 per Scout.
                      b. The discount also applies to Cub Scout if there is older brother who is going to Boy
                        Scout Camp.

       3.     Family Discount for Cub Scouts attending Camp Buck Run
                      c. Fee for second Cub Scout or more attending Wolf, Bear or Webelos Camps at
                         Camp Buck Run is 15% less.
                      d. The discount also applies to Cub Scout if there is older brother who is going to Boy
                         Scout Camp.
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                                  Eberly Scout Reservation
                                    Summer 2009 Fees
Camp Conestoga
            • In Council Troops:
               $265.00 per Scout per week if paid in full by May 8, 2009.
               $285.00 per Scout per week if paid in full after May 8, 2009.
            • Out of Council Troops
               $285.00 per Scout per week if paid in full by May 8, 2009
               $305.00 per Scout per week if paid in full after May 8, 2009
            • Reservation Fee- All Scouts
                  o $50.00 per Scout due to the Council Service Center by March 13, 2009
                  o The troop will receive the discounted fee to be paid in full by May 8, 2009 for only
                     the number of Scouts that the Troop has paid for $50 by this date. Exception will
                     be Webelos Scout moving to the troop. They will receive the discounted price until
                     May 9th

              •   Eagle Camp: $225.00
              •   Second Week at Camp: $225.00
              •   Provisional Camp $265.00
              •   Troop Cooking in the Camp Site: $205.00 (by prior arrangements)
              •   Family Discount: Fee for second Boy Scout or more attending camp from same family is
                  $225 per Scout.

Camp Buck Run
            •     Wolf and Bear Camps---$ 155.00
            •     Webelos Camp-----------$200.00
            •     Cub Family Camp------ $225.00
            •     Family Discount: Fee for second Cub Scout or more is 15%less. ( For Wolf, Bear and We-
                  belos Camps only)

Parent/ Son Camps
              • $75.00 per couple(parent/ son)

Webelos Weekends
            o $40.00 per Webelos Scout
            o With 5 Webelos 2 leaders attend free.
            o With 10 Webelos 4 leaders attend free.
            o Additional leader fees are $40.00.
Deposits
            o For Camp Buck Run: $50.00 deposit due upon registration. Balance of Fees due by May 8,
               2009.
            o For Parent Son Camps -$75.00 deposit due upon registration will be considered your fee
               paid in full.
            o For Webelos Weekends- $40.00 fee is due upon registration.
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                                    ATTENTION CUB SCOUT LEADERS!
                        Please be aware of the following changes to the Cub Resident Camping Program.

                        The Camp Edition of the Smoke Signals has been mailed out to all Cub Scout families.
                        Registration will be through the Westmoreland Fayette Council office by Pack. Unit
                        registration packets will be available.

                         The Council Camping Committee adopted a new Resident Camp Schedule for 2009 at
                         Camp Buck Run. The schedule for camp is printed below. Registration for Buck Run
                         Cub Resident Camp in 2009 has been changed to begin on February 13, 2009. The
deadline for registration will be April 13, 2009. Final fees are due May 8, 2009.

Each pack should appoint a member of the Pack Committee to be the Pack Cub Camping Coordinator. That
person is responsible to promote the Cub Resident Camp program at Camp Buck Run and the Parent/ Son,
Webelos Weekend program at Pack meetings during January, February and March. That person is responsible
for handling the Pack’s registration for the Camps according to the Council’s deadlines.

Cub Camp Sign-up night will be held at District Roundtables in March. Please promote camp to all Cub
Scouts in your units. And begin talking about camp as soon as possible to allow the families’ time to have
fundraisers to pay for their scout’s camp fees.

Be aware that campership assistance is available for Cub Resident Camp and should be pursued for any scout
that may qualify. Units that are having trouble finding adults to accompany their dens may come to camp with
as few as one adult and will be placed with other units in similar situations or given staff support. Adult leaders
within a unit may also switch in and out as needed during a camping session to accommodate busy work
schedules.

Camp information is available at the council office and will be available online. For any unit desiring help to
promote camp, there are camp promotion teams available, within each district, to come to your monthly pack
meetings. Contact your district executive or the Westmoreland Fayette Council office at 724-837-1630 for
more information and scheduling.

                                  Cub Resident Camp Dates for 2009
                                              Camp Buck Run
Webelos Camp- Session #1 June 21-25, 2009, minimum of 25 Campers needed.
Family Camp- June 26-28, 2009
Webelos Camp-Session #2 July 5-9, 2009, Minimum of 25 Campers needed.
Bear Camp – July 12-14, 2009, Minimum of 25 Campers needed.
Wolf Camp- July 17-19, 2009, minimum of 25 campers needed.


Camp Buck Run Fees
    • Wolf and Bear Camps---$155.00
    • Webelos Camp-----------$200.00
    • Cub Family Camp------ $225.00
    • Family Discount: Fee for second Cub Scout or more is 15%less.
        ( For Wolf, Bear and Webelos Camps only)
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                                    Parent Son and Webelos Weekends
                                              Schedule for 2009
                                          Held at Camp Conestoga

Webelos I and II Weekend: July 18-19, 2009
Parent Son Weekend: July 25-26, 2009
Parent Son Weekend: August 1-2, 2009


Parent/ Son Camps Fees
      • $ 75.00 per couple (parent/ son)

          Webelos Weekends Fees
          o $ 40.00 per Webelos Scout
          o With 5 Webelos 2 leaders attend free.
          o With 10 Webelos 4 leaders attend free.
          o Additional leader fees are $40.
          o
          Deposits
          o For Camp Buck Run: $50.00 deposit due upon registration. Balance of Fees due by May 8, 2009.
          o For Parent Son Camps -$ 75.00 deposit due upon registration will be considered your fee paid in
             full.
          o For Webelos Weekends- $ 40.00 fee is due upon registration will be considered your fee paid in
             full.



                                      Program Director Appointments


            Jack Waite announces the appointment of Ken Hager as Program Director for the 2009 Sea-
            son at Camp Conestoga. Ken is looking forward to serving as Program Director and is work-
            ing to assemble his staff.

            Andrea Doppleheuer Buck Run Camp Director announces the appointment of Denise Cole as
            Program Director for Camp Buck Run for 2009. 2009 will be Denise’s second year as Pro-
            gram Director. The Buck Run staff is also being assembled.

            Those seeking any Camp Staff position should return a Staff Application to the Council Ser-
            vice Center as soon as possible. Camp Staff interviews will be conducted at the OA Banquet
            on February 28, 2009.
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                              Northeast Region Camping Recognition
The Northeast Region just released information about the top Councils in various Camping categories for the
2008 camping season.

The Westmoreland Fayette Council is a Class 700 Council and we have achieved the following recognition:

   •   Cub Scouts Camping in Day Camp- 29.93% - Second in the region in our classification
   •   Cub Scouts Camping in Family Camp- 16.53%- Fifth in the region in our classification
   •   Total Cub Scouts Camp- 55.4%- Third in the region in our classification
   •   Scouts Camping in council Resident Camp- 61.6%- Second in the region in our classification
   •   Total Scouts Camping in Resident and High Adventure Camps- 69.3%- Fourth in the region in our
       classification.

“We should be proud of the job we are doing providing the Camping program to our Cubs and Scouts,” said
Mike Blasko, Council Camping Chairman. “Let us strive to do an even better job in 2009.”


                                          CAMP CONESTOGA
                                       RESERVATION CHART 2009

   CAMPSITE                WEEK 1        WEEK 2       WEEK 3        WEEK 4        WEEK 5        WEEK 6
                            closed                                   closed                      closed
                           6/21-6/27     6/28-7/4     7/5-7/11     7/12-7/18      7/19-7/25     7/26-8/1
   HILL
   1.Blackhawk                150                       461         121 o/c        152 o/c       28o/c
   2.Mohawk                   213          372          183        131 o/c          416
   3.Lenape                  17 o/c    580o/c          101 o/c        180
   4.Shawnee                  625         139o/c       180 o/c        478          46 o/c         211
   5.Iroquois                 378          635          305           687          236            226
   6.Paiute                   419          208          205           405           293           457
   7.Catawba                  480          251         119 o/c        201           259           239
   VALLEY
   9.Chief West               250         49 o/c       151 o/c                                    352
   10.Dan Beard             444 o/c                     206                                      50 o/c
   11.Guyasuta                690          160          133           620           608          465
   GROVE
   12.Nemacolin               654                                     643
   13.Davey Crockett          602          682          169           311           401           190
   14.Seneca                  340                       295           345          150 o/c
   15.Kit Carson           1640 o/c                     164           303          538 o/c       299 o/c
   16.Delaware                119                                                   472
   17.Colonel Bowie         101            155        Eagle           252           304           230
   18.Bill Cody               623          4 o/c      2110 o/c
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                                         SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 2009

Our 21st Annual Scouting for Food Drive to help alleviate hunger will take place on Saturday, April 4, 2009
in Westmoreland and Fayette Counties. In 2008, 56,000 pounds of food were collected in our two county area.

 Glenn Johnson of Greensburg will serve as the chairman of our Scouting for Food Drive for 2009. The Coun-
cil Scouting for Food Steering Committee has met and has set some very ambitious goals.
        Goal for 2009- 75,000 pounds of food
        Goal for 2010-100,000 pounds of food-For the 100th Anniversary of the BSA.

Johnson stated that in order to make these goals we need every Scout unit to participate in this Good
Turn project. The Committee is developing a recognition plan to recognize units who collect over 20
pounds per registered Scout in their unit. The Scouts who participate in the Food drive for their unit
will receive this recognition. Johnson stated that the details of the recognition plan will be revealed
shortly.

“The two county food banks we help are in desperate need! We must achieve these goals” stated John-
son recently.

Scouting for Food is truly a community effort of the Boy Scouts of America teaming together with the United
Way, Churches, Service Clubs, Local Food Banks, Area Chamber of Commerce’, and the schools to collect
food for the hungry.
The Westmoreland-Fayette Council is sub-divided into 4 districts designed to serve units in the local area.
Each of the 4 districts will have a Scouting for Food committee including a District Chairperson, a Collections
Site Chairperson (for each collection site). They will be responsible for carrying out the food drive for their
districts.
The Westmoreland County Food Bank and Fayette County Community Action Agency Food Bank will be the
beneficiaries of the food drive. The Westmoreland Food Bank will enlist the support of UPS and other organi-
zations to collect food and the food will be taken to the food banks.
Scout units are asked to register to participate in the Scouting for Food Campaign. Door hangers and more
information will be provided at your District’s Roundtable. Your unit will receive an assigned territory to dis-
tribute and collect food by your District Scouting for Food Chairman.

One of our core values in Scouting is Community Service! Let us show our communities what service is
all about through Scouting for Food!!!
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Unit leaders are now able to submit local and national tour permits electronically. This
new system takes just four easy steps, and it will save the transportation and training
information, so leaders can easily recall it for future permit applications.

All registered unit leaders will have access to Tour Permits from MyScouting, accessed
on www.scouting.org. Councils will approve or return the permit applications using My-
BSA.




           What Makes a Leader?
   •   Cub Scout leaders are considered trained when
       they have completed New Leader Essentials and
       the Cub Scout Leader Specific training for their
       position.                                                    WE NEED YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS!!
   •   Scoutmasters and assistant Scoutmasters are
       considered trained when they have completed
       New Leader Essentials, Scoutmaster and Assistant       In an effort to cut costs and get important informa-
       Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training, and Intro-       tion out to volunteers in a timely manner, we are at-
       duction to Outdoor Leader Skills.                      tempting to send out a lot of our information by
   •   Troop committee members are considered                 email.
       trained when they have completed New Leader
       Essentials and the Troop Committee Challenge as        If you are already receiving our emails GREAT, if
       their Leader Specific training.                        not please forward your name, pack/troop number,
   •   Venturing crew Advisors, assistant Advisors,           position, and current email address to
       and crew committee members are considered              wfbsa@bsamail.org.
       trained when they have completed New Leader
       Essentials and Venturing Leader Specific Train-        You can also visit our new and improved website at
       ing.                                                   www.wfbsa.org for information on events and hap-
                                                              penings around the Council!
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                                  BRADDOCK TRAIL DISTRICT NEWS




            District Chairman                   District Commissioner                      District Executive
               Mike Blasko                          Marty Ridenour                         Matthew Dowling
              724-547-8373                           724-547-8446                            724-620-1717
          mmsrblas@cvzoom.net                mridevtwin@zoominternet.net             Matthew.Dowling@Scouting.org

                  CALENDAR OF EVENTS
                                                                 Would You Like More Information?
February
                                                                Braddock Trail E-Updates are sent periodically and
5        Commissioners Meeting—    Bud Murphy’s               include: Dates to Remember, district news, and events
         7:00PM
                                                                           happing within district units.
7        District Scout Show—      Southmoreland
         9:00AM                    High School                   If you have an event you would like publicized in the
11       Roundtable —              Bullskin Twp.                                 E-Update, send it to:
         7:00PM                    Elementary                              Matthew.Dowling@Scouting.org
19       District Committee        Regional Family YMCA              To receive the E-Update please email your:
         Meeting—7:00PM                                                  Name, Email Address, & Unit Number
                                                                  to Matthew at Matthew.Dowling@Scouting.org




         Meeting Cancellation Policy
       Meetings / Roundtables and District Events in
        Braddock Trail will follow the cancellation
       announcements of Connellsville Area School
                        District.                              If you have not yet done
    If Connellsville does not have school or goes home        so, please schedule the date
     early then any Braddock Trail evening events will
                        be canceled.                             for your troop or pack
     For verification you can call 724-620-1717 to hear           Friends of Scouting
      a recorded message or talk to Matthew Dowling.
              Your cooperation is appreciated!                        Presentation!
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                                     BRADDOCK TRAIL DISTRICT NEWS




                                                                        2009 District Scout Show
Search the web with www.goodsearch.com and money from
    Yahoo advertisers will go to Boy Scouts of America                 Saturday, February 7, 2009
Westmoreland Fayette Council without you spending a dime!
                                                                           Boy Scout First Aid Meet—9:00AM
Volunteers PLEASE make sure that Boy Scouts of America –
 Westmoreland Fayette Council (Greensburg, PA) is in the                  Cub Scout Pinewood Derby—9:00AM
box “Who do you GoodSearch for?” BEFORE conducting a                        Cub Scout Cake Bake—10:30AM
                        search.
                                                                         Tiger Cub Pinewood Derby—10:30AM
 Don’t think GoodSearch makes money for the council? (I                      Tiger Cub Cake Bake—9:00AM
was always curious how much we could actually make.) Take
     a look at the chart below to see our 2009 earnings!             Tiger Cub / Cub Scout Poster Contest—12:00PM
     Please use this site as your primary search engine:             Oldtimers Race (Boy Scouts Allowed) - 12:00PM
              http://www.goodsearch.com/
                                                                                    Awards—1:00PM
                                                                          Movie—Down and Derby—1:30PM
                                                                            Registration $5.00 Per Scout


                                                                        2009 District Cake Bake
                                                                       Saturday, February 7, 2009
                      2009 Braddock Trail                       It’s back and bigger than ever! Encourage your Cub Scouts
                                                                and Tiger Cubs to participate in this year’s Cake Bake. Talk
                       Friends of Scouting                               to your Cubmaster for more information!
                      is off to a great start!                  Cake Bake Rules:
                                                                ο Undecorated cakes should be brought with you to the
                      So far we have collected:                     competition. You will be given a number to place next
                       $856 from Community                          to your cake. (Do not label your cake with the Scout's
                                                                    name).
                        $1450 from District
                                                                ο Cakes must be baked by a Scout and Parent (a
                         $1385 from Family                          grandparent or other adult may substitute for a parent if
                             $3691 Total                            needed.) Adult partner must be present during the
                                                                    entire completion.
                      Many thanks to everyone                   ο Each team will have only one hour to decorate their
                                                                    cakes.
                      who has made their 2009                   ο Regular (store bought) cake mixes, decorations, and
                     pledge! At this rate we will                   icings may be used.
                     reach our goal in no time!                 ο Entire creation must be edible, including all
                                                                    decorations.
                                                                ο All cakes should have a TITLE or NAME, to be shown
                                                                    as part of the cake decoration or on a card attached to
                                                                    the cake.
                                                                ο Cakes must be on a sturdy disposable plate or tray.
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                                        BUSHY RUN DISTRICT NEWS




District Commissioner ................................. Glenn Ament........................................... 724-527-5929
                                            GlennAment@volzenvironmental.com

District Executive............................................. Kyle Bryan ........................................... 724-837-1630
                                                          kbryan@bsamail.org



                                                    CALENDAR OF EVENTS
                                                          FEBRUARY
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                BUSHY RUN DISTRICT NEWS
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                                    LAUREL HILLS DISTRICT NEWS




District Chairman ............................................... Bill Kemerer ........................................... 724-423-1604
                                                             lsmco@comcast.net
District Commissioner ....................................... Barry Hillman........................................... 724-836-0649
                                                         owl340@comcast.net

District Executive............................................. .. Tim Dingman ............................................724-837-1630
                                                            tdingman@bsamail.org




                                                CALENDAR OF EVENTS
                                                    FEBRUARY
             3         Annual District Meeting                                      Sharky’s Latrobe
                       6:30 p.m.

             6         Cub Leader Training (Part 2)                                 Community UP Church
                       6:30 p.m.                                                    New Alexandria
             8         SCOUT SUNDAY
                       Scout Swim                                                   Greensburg YMCA
            15         Scout Swim                                                   Greensburg YMCA

            19         Roundtable                                                   Trinity Lutheran Church
                       7:00 - 9:00 p.m.                                             Latrobe
            22         Scout Swim                                                   Greensburg YMCA

            24         Commissioner Meeting                                         Council Office
                       7:00 p.m.
            26         Day Camp Meeting                                             Council Office
                       6:30 p.m.
FEBRUARY 2009                                                Page 16                                         Smoke Signals

The Diocese of Greensburg has announced its up-                                      Laurel Hills District-2008
coming facilitator training dates for those adult                                   Centennial Quality District!
                                                                      The ballots have been counted and the t-shirts have been
leaders interested in conducting the Catholic reli-                   printed and distributed! It is official! Thanks to all of your
gious emblems program at their unit. Please mark                      hard work and support, the Laurel Hills District has qualified
your calendars if you would like to attend.                           for the 2008 Centennial Quality District award for the first time
                                                                      since 2004 and is poised to repeat again in 2009!
        Ad Altare Dei Counselor Training
    Saturday, June 20, 9-1pm - Armstrong Room                                     A Centennial Quality District
        Bishop Connare Center, Greensburg                                                   Highlights of 2008

        Pope Pius XII Facilitator Training                            The Laurel Hills District is one of the largest Districts in the
                                                                      Westmoreland Fayette Council with 51 units servicing 1420
     Saturday, May 9, 9-1pm - Armstrong Room                          area youth. In 2008 we achieved a 3.1% increase in total
        Bishop Connare Center, Greensburg                             membership. This was in large part due to a 7.7% increase in
                                                                      Cub scouting helping us in achieving the Centennial District
                                                                      Award.

                                                                      In our Friends of Scouting campaign we achieved our goal of
                       Family Friends of Scouting                     $22,000 bringing in $22,553-a $3500 increase from last year.

                 I would like to thank those units who have           Our 2008 Popcorn sale was our best ever with over $213,000
opened their doors to a district Friends of Scouting presentation     in total sales. That is a 26.7% increase over last year’s total of
this year. We will do our best to put forth an interesting, infor-    $169,277.
mative and brief presentation concerning the financial needs of
the council. Obviously we have not heard from many units, but         Over 100 Boy Scouts participated in our Klondike Derby held
we would like to finalize our schedule so that we may begin           this past weekend at Keystone State Park. Boys were taught
recruiting and training those individuals who will be bringing        cold-weather survival skills, wrestled through team-building
the message to your pack or troop. To schedule a presentation,        challenges, and constructed character. Several Troops elected
please contact Tim Dingman at the council office or by                to make a weekend out of it, spending both nights under the
emailing tim.dingman@scouting.org. Thank you once again               stars.
for all of your support!
                                                                      Preparations are well underway for our upcoming Day Camp.
                                                                      We will be striving to improve on last year’s success which
                      Klondike Derby                                  saw the most Cub Scouts at Day Camp in at least 10 years.
                                                                      165 participants took part in this past Day Camp-50 more than
I’d like to thank the young men of Troop 480 for putting on an        the previous year.
outstanding Klondike Derby, Jan 24th, at Keystone State Park.
Many braved single digit temperatures… only to be further             In November, Dr. Stavisky and Joe Bellissimo, retired superin-
challenged by ice and snow… before even facing any chal-              tendents from Greater Latrobe and Derry School Districts were
lenges of the six-station program. All the participating troops       honored as part of our Annual Distinguished Citizen’s Dinner.
did an outstanding job. So prepared were they, surgical preci-        The night was a great success raising over $4400 to date. We
sion was needed to separate 1st place from 12th. We’d like to         are confident that we will surpass last year’s total.
congratulate Troop 405’s Soul Patrol for coming in first place,
Troop 372’s Ventures patrol came in 2nd place and Troop 304’s
Copperheads patrol took 3rd place. Thanks again to John
Schuerman and the gang from T480 for another great program!




                                                         Congratulations!
Several leaders in the Laurel Hills District earned special distinction this month by completing the training requirements for their
leadership position. To qualify for such distinction requires a set time commitment to the program, participating in basic, as well as
ongoing, training for their registered position, as well as success through retention and growth of their program. We’d like to con-
gratulate the following folks for their outstanding leadership: Bill Hafer, Scoutmaster of Troop 457, received the Boy Scout Award
knot, Jay Anderson from Pack 464 earned the Webelos Leader Award knot, Nathan Hollis from Pack 464 earned the Cubmaster
Leadership Award knot, and Melissa Hollis from Pack 464 earned the Cub Scouter Leadership Award knot.
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                                                 OLD TRAILS DISTRICT




District Chairman................................................ David Meredith ....................................... 724-493-5774
                                                                 dxm@psu.edu

District Commissioner ........................................ Candy Scarlett......................................... 724-329-5200
                                                        skcamp@bellatlantic.net

District Executive..................................................Kristen Eagle ......................................... 724-425-0166
                                                                keagle@bsamail.org




                                                    CALENDAR OF EVENTS

                                                             FEBRUARY

         12       Build-A-Troop                                                    Menallen School
                  7:00 p.m.
         12       Roundtable                                                       Menallen School
                  7:00 PM
         19       CSM/DCM                                                          Third Presbyterian Church
                  7:00 p.m.
         19       Cub Scout Rechartering                                           Third Presbyterian Church
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                                         OLD TRAILS DISTRICT NEWS


                                  Scout Swim
                       Scout Swim will be held on
                       March 4, 11, 18, 25, and April 1
                       at the Uniontown High                                         Emails
school. Webelos at 5pm and Boy Scouts at 6pm. $1.00
a week More information next months smoke signals.          I need you email addresses. Almost all flyers are sent
                                                            electronically. If you have not been receiving newsletters
                                                            from me, please email me your address and do not be left
                                                            in the cold on all upcoming events. keagle@bsamail.org
               First Aid Meet
The First Aid Meet will be held at the Uniontown
Social Hall at 6:30pm on March 10th. The cost
is $3.00 per scout. Every Troop will need to pro-           Scout Ski Day started out cold and
vide 2 judges.                                              then became rainy and icy on the
                                                            slopes. Thanks to everyone who at-
More information next month.                                tempted to ski on ice and snow tube in
                                                            slush. We had a nice turn out.

                                                            Thank You to all who attended and Danny Grimm for
                                                            sponsoring the event.

            Youth Protection Training
March 12th at Menallen School. At least 50% of your
leaders should be trained. This is required every other
year. If you are planning to go to the Jamboree this is
necessary. The training last 1 hour. Every Unit needs to
send at least 1 leader to this training.




                     Fall Camporee

 We would like to have a Fall camporee but to date we
 have no one to host it. Can your Troop put together a
 camporee for the District? If so, Contact Bill Carney or
 Kristen and let them know. If we have no one to volun-
 teer the camporee will not take place. We are also look-
 ing for some one to put on a Klondike Derby next win-
 ter. Any one Interested???
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                            2010 National Scout Jamboree
                               July 26 – August 4, 2010
                                Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia
The 17th National Scout Jamboree will be held July 26 – August 4, 2010, at Fort A.P. Hill, near Fredericks-
burg, Virginia. The Jamboree will celebrate 100 Year of Scouting.

The 2010 National Scout Jamboree – 73 years after the first BSA National Jamboree held in 1937 in Wash-
ington, DC – will be the eighth and final Jamboree at the 76,000 acre U.S. Army Facility located between
Richmond, Virginia, and the Nations’ Capitol.

Our Council has been allocated Three troops for the Jamboree made up of 36 youth and 4 adults for each
Troop. We currently have two Troops filled. We are now accepting applications for the third troop. To be
included on the roster of the third troop a Scout must follow the procedures listed in this article including sub-
mitting a $200 deposit.

Todd Rittenhouse, Council Jamboree Chairman is happy to announce the Leadership for our three Troops.

Troop 405- Scoutmaster Rick Tuley of Export, Second Assistant Scoutmaster Kirk Aland of Latrobe .

Troop 408- Scoutmaster Dana Doppleheuer of Connellsville, First Assistant Scoutmaster Mark Kardos of Al-
verton and Second Assistant Scoutmaster Kenneth Hager and Third Assistant Scoutmaster James Hontz

Troop 146-Scoutmaster Mel Fiel of Harrison City.

                                             PARTICIPANT
                                          INFORMATION SHEET

For those youth already registered for the Jamboree your first payment is due by January 31, 2009.

Payment schedule:
By January 31, 2009                                            200.00
By March 31, 2009                                              200.00
By May 31, 2009                                                200.00
By July 31, 2009                                               200.00
By September 30, 2009                                          200.00
By October 31, 2009                                            100.00

Failure to keep current on your payments will result in forfeiture of your participation and reassignment to an
alternate.

Return PAYMENTS to:
                               National Jamboree
                               Westmoreland Fayette Council, BSA
                               2 Garden Center Drive
                               Greensburg, PA 15601

For more information contact:
                          Jack Waite, Jamboree Staff Advisor
                          Phone: 724-837-1630
                          E-mail: jwaite@bsamail.org
                                                                              More Jamboree info on Page 24
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                2009 Engineering & Technology Academy is June 15 through June
                18, 2009 this four day event will focus on nuclear power, rocketry,
                and many other special activities. This Exploring event is open to
                boys and girls between grades 8th through 12. We are limited to 40
                participants so registration is first come basis. Registration forms
                will be available early March. Call Sandy Martin at the Scout Office
                for further details.
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                        Frank and Mary Stillman of Greensburg are our Council’s Co- Chairmen for our Council’s
                        100th Anniversary Celebration.

                        The 100th Anniversary Committee has begun to meet and will be announcing a wide vari-
                        ety of both local and national programs that we will implement over the next two years.
                        The entire program will complement on-going unit, district and Council activities.

Two announcements to be made are that:
  1. The Council Recognition Dinner for 2010 will be a 100th Anniversary Celebration and will be held on
      Monday, February 8, 2010 at Stratigo’s Banquet Center. February 8th is the date that the BSA was
      founded. Watch for more Information! This will be the biggest celebration for our 100th Anniversary
      year.

    2. The Westmoreland Fayette Council will be participating in an Area 4 and Friends Camporee to be held
       in the fall of 2010. Eight Councils are participating and Thousands of Scouts are expected to attend
       from throughout Western Pennsylvania. Plans are starting to take shape. Watch for more informa-
       tion!!

The National Theme is 100 Years of Scouting: Celebrating the Adventure and Continuing the Journey.

The five areas of Focus and Scouting’s five core values are:
Leadership, Achievement, Community Service, Character and Outdoors

More to Come!


                                  100th Anniversary Plan
                             Westmoreland Fayette Council, BSA
                                   Executive Summary
Your Source
YourSource is a new online community where staff and volunteers can share ideas and resources across our council and with others,
access planning materials, and find customizable toolkit materials to implement the plan. It is a “one-stop shop” for everything re-
lated to the 100th Anniversary Celebration. YourSource is supported by both the national office and the Westmoreland Fayette Coun-
cil

Toolkits & Templates
The Westmoreland Fayette Council in partnership with the national council, will provide toolkit and template materials as turnkey
resources to promote the activities and engagement opportunities.

Council Marketing Support
The national council is providing assistance to council-wide 100th anniversary marketing efforts through Fleishman-Hillard Interna-
tional Communications.


Celebration Activities and Engagement Opportunities
Instead of a birthday blow-out, our celebration activities and engagement opportunities around the BSA’s centennial celebration are
designed to help achieve celebration outcomes in a partnership of council, district, and unit leaders.

In addition to increasing awareness, these activities focus on increasing membership, volunteerism, financial contributions, and en-
gagement — all while reinforcing Scouting’s positive impact on the communities we serve.
                                                                                                                   (Continued on page 22)
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(Continued from page 21)


BSA Alumni Connection (Aug. 2008 – Dec. 2010)
The BSA Alumni Connection is a call to reconnect alumni with Scouting friends, mentors, and local councils across the country;
rekindle enthusiasm for Scouting and the values it represents; and encourage them to re-engage with Scouting programs. With
50,000,000 living BSA alumni nationwide, this program has the potential to bring incredible value to Scouting at all levels of
our council through renewed involvement of alumni.

National Hall of Leadership. (Feb. 2009 – Feb. 2010)
The 100th Anniversary National Hall of Leadership is a one-time opportunity to recognize extraordinary individuals for the dif-
ferences they make though their leadership. Nominees must be living Scouts, Scouters, or volunteers. Inductees will be given
national recognition to commemorate their leadership and dedication to living out Scouting virtues in service to others. A new
awareness of how Scouting leadership impacts the communities we serve will result.


Generations Connection (Apr. 2009 – Dec. 2010)
The Generations Connection program inspires families to explore the value of Scouting in the family and identify it as some-
thing to be shared and passed through generations. Through a partnership with Arbor Day Foundation, BSA 100th Anniversary
trees will be designated for families and communities to plant and nurture together, for generations to come. We will also en-
courage families to make Scouting their generational legacy , to retain and grow membership throughout our council.



A Year of Celebration, A Century of Making a Difference (Sept. 2009 – Dec. 2010)
Individuals including Scouts, volunteer leadership, and Scouting alumni can earn patches by demonstrat-
ing involvement in five of Scouting’s core values — leadership, achievement, community service, charac-
ter, and the outdoors. This program will demonstrate how Scouting impacts our communities and raise
awareness of the values we teach.

Touring Experiential Lodge (Jan. - Aug. 2010)
The BSA 100th Anniversary tour will travel the country to rally people of all ages to join the BSA in “Celebrating the Adven-
ture, Continuing the Journey.” Through interactive experiences, demonstrations, activities, and more, visitors will have an excit-
ing and inspiring view of the history and future of the Boy Scouts of America.

A Pitch for Scouting (Spring – Fall 2010)
In partnership with professional baseball, “A Pitch for Scouting” will reach baseball enthusiasts across the country. From the
first pitch to the seventh inning stretch and everywhere in-between, Scouts will be on the field and involved in the game. In ad-
dition to being a lot of fun, this engagement will provide a national platform on which to promote Scouting.

Get in the Game (Aug 2009 – Dec. 2010)
Our Scouts and leaders will participate in a national, Scout-led 100th Anniversary geo-caching recruitment program. The popu-
lar outdoor treasure-hunting game will showcase how Scouts use Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers and other orien-
teering techniques. Each “treasure,” or cache, will include information about the value of Scouting and a clue about how to find
the next site. Specific programming can be customized locally.

A Shining Light Across America (Aug. 2010)
During one evening of the National Jamboree, a webcast will connect millions of Scouts in communities across the country and
around the world — bringing together the entire Scouting family for a single, nationwide opportunity to celebrate and reflect.
Local council participation at select locations will also be captured and beamed back to the Jamboree.
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                   National Hall of Leadership, 100th Anniversary of Scouting

       Our communities are better places to live, work, and play because of leadership - expressed
in extraordinary acts of service - by Scouts, Scouters, and Scouting volunteers over generations.

       “We want to gather these powerful stories and share the significant positive impact Scout-
ing leadership has on the quality of life in the communities we serve “ said Martin Barbie, Scout Ex-
ecutive. “That’s why the BSA has created the National Hall of Leadership as part of our 100th Anni-
versary Celebration.”

        The BSA 100th Anniversary National Hall of Leadership is not a hall or building in the tradi-
tional sense, like the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, but its purpose is just as significant.
The National Hall of Leadership is an opportunity for anyone to recognize outstanding leadership by
a Scout, registered leader or Scouting volunteer who made a significant difference in the life of an-
other by the extraordinary service they have given and the Scouting virtues they have modeled.

      To be nominated for the National Hall of Leadership, the nominee must be a living Scout or
Scouting volunteer who may/may not be officially registered with the BSA.

       They also must have served as an active Scout or Scouting volunteer within Scouting for at
least one year. A nominee may be young or old-there is no age limit for nominees.

      Nominations are submitted online in the form of a story that is 450 words or less, describing
why the person is deserving of this one-time honor.

      The nomination period opens on February 8, 2009, and closes on February 8, 2010, the
100th Anniversary of Scouting. The final inductees to the National Hall of Leadership will total 303-
one representing each BSA council and one selected by the National BSA Council-and will be an-
nounced at the BSA National Annual Meeting in Dallas in May 2010.

       “It truly benefits Scouting in every community when we gather and share these stories of
Scouting leadership making uncommon differences through very common acts of service.,” said
Martin Barbie. “This is a great way for Scouts, leaders, alumni, family, friends, and any other per-
son to join-in the BSA 100th Anniversary Celebration.”

       All of the stories submitted for National Hall of Leadership nominations are retained in an
online database, and will be accessible for councils to use as examples of the practical and positive
difference Scouting makes in every community.

       “In addition to honoring the service and leadership of our Scouts and Scouters, the Hall of
Leadership will provide our council a valuable online resource of testimonials to share at fundrais-
ing, recruiting, public speaking events, and other uses to help attract new volunteers and supporters
to keep council programs lively, strong and growing,” said Martin Barbie. “We want to encourage
as many people as possible to participate in submitting nominations.”

        Want to help spread the word? Contact Jack Waite to get tools to promote the National Hall
of Leadership program and encourage people to submit nominations. You can start by simply en-
couraging them to visit the Hall of Leadership section at www.Scouting.org/100years to learn more
about the nomination process. Those without access to the Internet can call 724-837-1630 to be
part of the National Hall of Leadership program.
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                                                 2010 National Scout Jamboree
                                                    July 26- August 4, 2010
                                                     Fort AP Hill, Virginia



The 17th National Scout Jamboree will be held July 26 – August 4, 2010, at Fort A.P. Hill, near Fredericks-
burg, Virginia. The Jamboree will celebrate 100 Year of Scouting.

The 2010 National Scout Jamboree – 73 years after the first BSA National Jamboree held in 1937 in Wash-
ington, DC – will be the eighth and final Jamboree at the 76,000 acre U.S. Army Facility located between
Richmond, Virginia, and the nations’ Capitol.

Cost:
$1,300 for Scouts
$1,000 for Adult Leaders

Qualifications:
Be a Scout who has completed the sixth grade or is at least 12 years of age and is a First Class Scout by July
1, 2010, but not have reached his 18th birthday by August 4, 2010.
Participate in the pre-jamboree training experience.
File a personal health and medical record prior to the pre-jamboree training.
Have been active in a troop for at least 6 months prior to July 1, 2010.
Be approved by his Scoutmaster or Varsity Scout Coach.
Be approved by the local council.

Organization:
The Jamboree is open to all who are qualified on a first come, first served basis. After our troops have been
filled, a standby list of alternates will be established. Scouts will be assigned to a Jamboree troop consisting
of 36 Scouts and 4 adult leaders. You will be a member of a patrol within the troop. The council contingent
will consist of 3 troops. We currently have 2 Troops filled. Sign-ups will be based on a first come, first
served basis with the reservation fee paid.

Application:
The 2010 National Scout Jamboree will use an online application for all Scouts, leaders and Jamboree staff
applicants desiring to attend the Jamboree. You must complete an online application. It is accessed through
www.bsajamboree.org. Applicants will need to use their BSA ID number located on their membership card to
access the application Web site. The initial application fee is $10. This fee is nonrefundable and does apply
to the registration fee.

Scouts and individuals applying to be part of a council contingent will be directed to print a confirmation and
send it to the council with a $200 deposit. The confirmation will state that their application must be accepted
by their Council and does not guarantee participation.
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                   2010 Philmont Contingent

                    We will have four crews and 48             Westmoreland Fayette Council
                  spaces confirmed at Philmont for                    Tribute Fund
                  2010. We now have an opening for            The following contributions were received recently
                  two troop crews for the 2010 con-
                  tingent. A troop may have up to
twelve people in their crew. A minimum of two
adults is required for each crew.                         IN MEMORY OF             FROM

The dates for the Contingent are: Arrival: June 13,       Robert J. Martin         Francis & Mary Stillman
2010, Departure: June 25, 2010.
Please contact Jack Waite immediately at the Coun-
cil Service Center if you wish to fill these crews and    John & Jessie            J. Alan & Laverne Mochnick
complete the form printed below.                          Mochnick


The total fee for Philmont is $620.00 per participant.
This fee does not include transportation or any
other expenses, just the fee to Philmont. We must
have a deposit of $50.00 for each participant upon
registration.




                                                         Used Car Donation
                  2010 Philmont
                 Crew Reservation                        The Westmoreland Fay-
                                                         ette Council in coopera-
 Troop _________ would like a crew for                   tion with Valero Motors
 Philmont in 2010.                                       in Delmont has a program to accept used cars as do-
                                                         nations to the Council. We will consider any vehicle
 We have ____ youth and ____ Adults for a total          in good running condition. If the Council accepts
 of ______.                                              your vehicle you will receive a letter confirming
                                                         your donation.
 Enclosed is a check for $50 deposit for each par-
 ticipant. Make checks payable to BSA.                   We have raised over $20,000 from this program to
                                                         date.
 Return to:
        Philmont 2010                                    You will need to consult your tax accountant for
        Westmoreland Fayette Council, BSA                your allowable tax deduction. If you are interested
        2 Garden Center Drive                            please contact Jack Waite at 724-837-1630 or
        Greensburg, Pa. 15601                            jwaite@bsamail.org
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             UNITED WAY DESIGNATION

  When you contribute to the United Way, please
  consider earmarking the Westmoreland-Fayette
  Council, BSA as your designated agency. Simply
  add Code Number 493 and indicate the West-
  moreland-Fayette Council, BSA on the United
  Way pledge card.
  Your donation must be $50.00 or more for the
  Council to receive the gift.
                                                                                                              at the
                                                                                                      Council Service Center
                                                                                                           for all your
                                                                                                         Scouting needs!


                                                                  DIRECTIONS TO COUNCIL
                                                                      SERVICE CENTER
                                                                     GREENSBURG, PA



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