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District Commissioner's Blog

Kathy Schnyer is a long-time Scouter in Mt Monadnock District, but is in her first year as District Commissioner, one of your Key Three. As District Commissioner, Kathy is responsible for the Unit Commissioners, Roundtable and the Roundtable Commissioners, Recharter, and all things programming, among other hats. If your Unit Commissioner can't answer the question, the Unit Commissioner goes to Kathy for answers!
Published by laurenmartin24@gmail.com on 2015-06-07
Dear Mt Monadnock Scouters,

Our final Roundtable for this school year will be Tuesday June 9th at the Peterborough LDS Church, 65 Old Bennington Road, Peterborough 03458. We hope you will join us for an informative and fun night...and don't forget to bring all your B-P Bucks!

Directions: From the Rte. 202/Rte. 136 intersection, head out Rte. 136 toward Greenfield for 2.6 miles and turn left onto Old Bennington Road. The church is 1/10 mile ahead on the right. Roundtable signs will help guide you. There will be no child care available, though your children are absolutely welcome to come along!

6:45pm- "Meet and Greet" Pick up your handouts, make your own ice cream sundae, and peruse the auction items!
7:15pm- Opening & General Announcements, including Presentation of the first John Kauer camperships.
7:30pm- Presentation from The Tender Company, makers of Ben's and Natrapel insect repellents, AfterBite, and foot care and first aid products. Please bring your questions about topics like avoiding ticks, natural vs. chemical products, applying repellents to fabric, and anything related to first aid kits. Product samples will be distributed.
8:00pm- B-P Bucks Auction and Sale! We'll start with the auction of grouped items, and then everyone can spend their remaining B-P Bucks purchasing loads of items that are available for straight sales (B-P Bucks is our only currency of the night). Our objective is that everyone will go home with something as a thank you for all that you have done for your Scouts this year! Bring all your B-P Bucks and spend them this night! Anyone new this night will still receive $25 B-P Bucks they can spend on the spot! In the fall we'll start with a new style of B-P Bucks for the new year.

Let's enjoy celebrating together the positive difference we are making in the lives of our youth!

Yours in Scouting,
Lauren Martin, Mt Monadnock District Commissioner

"The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law."

Published by laurenmartin24@gmail.com on 2015-04-30
Dear Mt Monadnock Scouters,

We are very pleased to announce that Josh Beaucher has accepted the position of Mt Monadnock District Executive, effective May 15, 2015.

Josh is an Eagle Scout from Troop 11 in Litchfield and a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a major in Archaeology. During his collegiate career, Josh led and was active in many philanthropic leadership initiatives. Throughout college and afterwards, Josh displayed a solid track record of strong customer service and he possesses a healthy competitive spirit, both of which will help serve us in Mt Monadnock District.

Josh currently lives in Nashua, but will be relocating to the Mt Monadnock District in the coming few months. When he officially begins as our DE, we will publicize Josh's work email address and phone.

Josh has the heart of a servant leader and a great passion for Scouting. We know you all join us in extending a warm and hearty welcome to Josh!

Yours in Scouting,
Rich Crowe, Mt Monadnock District Chair
Lauren Martin, Mt Monadnock District Commissioner
Tom Trafton, DWC Director of Field Services

"The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law."
Published by laurenmartin24@gmail.com on 2015-04-13
Dear Mt Monadnock Scouters,

This month's Roundtable will be tomorrow night, Tuesday April 14th at the Peterborough LDS Church, 65 Old Bennington Road, Peterborough 03458. All Roundtables from now until June will be held in Peterborough. Directions: From the Rte. 202/Rte. 136 intersection, head out Rte. 136 toward Greenfield for 2.6 miles and turn left onto Old Bennington Road. The church is just up ahead on the right. Roundtable signs will help guide you.

6:45pm- "Meet and Greet-" check your mail, pick up handouts and B-P Bucks
7:00pm- Opening & General Announcements, including University of Scouting, Council Program Kick-off and District Recognition Dinner
7:15pm- General discussion session: "When Mom and Dad Can't Pay"
7:30pm- Training- Committee Chair (for all units)
7:30pm- Youth Protection Training
7:30pm-
Cub Scout Breakout: announcements include Chuckwagon details; Changes to Cub Scouting- the New Pack Meeting Plans and monthly themes; "Backyard Fun" theme for April; Camping Ideas for pack and den; spring recruitment ideas
Boy Scout/Venturing Breakout: announcement- Camporee details; Bike Treks- logistics, planning and destinations, with Mike Miller, Troop 308 Scoutmaster; Resource and Merit Badge of the Month

Upcoming Activities:
Council Recognition Dinner- Sat. April 18th
District Recognition Dinner- Sun. April 19th
Council Program Kickoff (at Univ. Scouting)- Sat. April 25th
Chuckwagon Derby- Sat. May 2nd
Spring Camporee (Boy Scouts/Venturers)- May 8 - 10, Monadnock Humane Society, Swanzey

Upcoming Training:
University of Scouting- Sat. April 25, Bow High School
IOLS- during spring camporee May 9 - 10

Training at Roundtables:
BSA Tour Permits- What's New and Required- May 12

Please join us for an evening of new ideas, inspiration and fellowship. We all share the same goal: to make a positive difference in the lives of our youth. Come share your concerns and your successes as we help each other become the best leaders we can be.

Yours in Scouting,
Lauren Martin, Mt Monadnock District Commissioner

"The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law."

Published by laurenmartin24@gmail.com on 2015-04-02
Dear Mt Monadnock Scouters,

Those of you who attended the March Roundtable learned of the recent passing of 96 year old Ernie Hansche of Spofford. Ernie was not a Scout in his youth, but had been registered as a Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, troop committee member and unit commissioner since 1950. His obituary can be found here: Ernie Hansche obituary(external link)

Funeral arrangements have now been announced: Saturday April 11th at 1:00pm at the First Baptist Church of Keene, 105 Maple Ave. If you are able to come, please let's wear our uniforms and try to sit together in solidarity and appreciation for the numerous lives Ernie touched through Scouting.

Ernie was involved in Scouting for almost 65 years! Imagine all the youth upon whom he had a positive impact. Imagine all the adult leaders whom he guided and supported, who then had a greater positive impact on even more youth. The legacy Ernie has left cannot possibly be measured, but continues to ripple out to all the people affected by the positive leaders he helped shape.

While many of you reading this may not have known Ernie, we cannot help but feel awed by the story of this caring man. Whether or not you can attend his service, please pause for a moment to say a prayer for the repose of Ernie's soul. We have a friend in heaven who is looking down on us with a twinkle in his eyes, cheering us on as we reach out to the Scouting youth in Mt Monadnock District.

God bless you, Ernie!

Yours in Scouting,
Lauren Martin, Mt Monadnock District Commissioner
Published by laurenmartin24@gmail.com on 2015-03-16
Dear Mt Monadnock Scouters,

Our March Roundtable will be held tomorrow night, Tuesday March 17th at the Peterborough LDS Church, 65 Old Bennington Road, Peterborough 03458. Special St. Patrick's Day fun is planned- don't miss it! Unit charters will be available for unit leaders or unit commissioners to bring home, and camp cards will be available. It is still possible to pre-order camp cards by sending a quick email to ttrafton at bsamail.org. Right now we expect child care will be provided- I will confirm that so please check with me directly if that will enable you to attend.

All Roundtables from now until June will be held in Peterborough. Directions: From the Rte. 202/Rte. 136 intersection, head out Rte. 136 toward Greenfield for 2.6 miles and turn left onto Old Bennington Road. The church is just up ahead on the right. Roundtable signs will help guide you.

6:45pm- "Meet and Greet-" check your mail, pick up handouts and B-P Bucks
7:00pm- Opening & General Announcements, including Trainer's EDGE, University of Scouting and District Recognition Dinner
7:15pm- General session: Sit down vs. Active- what's the magic mix?; Hike-a-thon details
7:30pm-
Cub Scout Breakout: announcements = District Pinewood Derby & Chuckwagon preview; Changes to Cub Scouting- Program Planning; "Soaring the Skies" theme for April; STEM/science projects for den & pack
Boy Scout/Venturing Breakout: announcement- Camporee preview; Ultra Light Camping & Backpacking with Mike Asel, Troop 42 Scoutmaster; Resource and Merit Badge of the Month
7:30pm- Training- The Change for Leaders Moving From Cub Scouting to Boy Scouting

Upcoming Activities:
District Pinewood Derby- Sat. March 21, 1:00 - 4:30, Marlborough Elementary School
Wood Badge Fellowship Dinner- Sat. March 28th, Camp Carpenter
Hike-a-thon- Sat. April 11th
Council Recognition Dinner- Sat. April 18th
District Recognition Dinner- Sun. April 19th *note change of date
Council Program Kickoff (at Univ. Scouting)- Sat. April 25th
Chuckwagon Derby- Sat. May 2nd
Spring Camporee (Boy Scouts/Venturers)- May 8 - 10, Monadnock Humane Society, Swanzey

Upcoming Training:
Trainer's EDGE- Sat. March 28, Camp Carpenter
University of Scouting- Sat. April 25, Bow High School
IOLS- during spring camporee May 9 - 10

Training at Roundtables:
Leadership Transition from Cubs to Boy Scouting- March 17th
Committee Chair Training and YPT- April 14th
BSA Tour Permits- What's New and Required- May 12

Lads and lasssies, sure'n we hope to see ye tomorrow night! 'Twill be grand!
Yours in Scouting,
Lauren Martin, Mt Monadnock District Commissioner

"The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law."
Published by laurenmartin24@gmail.com on 2015-02-13
Dear Mt Monadnock Cub Scouters,

Please be aware that the Cub Scout Ice Fishing Derby tomorrow from 10 - 2 at Harrisville Pond IS STILL ON. We will have a shelter with walls to get away from the wind and a fire going all day. We will have hotdogs, chili, and hot drinks to warm you up. You can always take a break to warm up in your car, too. Come prepared with warm boots and layers, but DO COME! We will have ice fishing supplies on hand and will be happy to teach anyone needing guidance. We will also have some games to play for those not fishing.

Please pass the word on to your packs. We hope to see you there tomorrow!
Yours in Scouting,
Lauren Martin, Mt Monadnock District Commissioner
laurenmartin24 at gmail.com
Published by laurenmartin24@gmail.com on 2015-02-08
Dear Mt Monadnock Scouters,

Our next Roundtable will be this Tuesday Feb. 10th at the PETERBOROUGH LDS Church, 65 Old Bennington Road, Peterborough 03458. Council camping representatives will be answering all your questions and explaining new opportunities at Cub Scout and Boy Scout/Venturing camps. Most unit charters will also be available for unit leaders or unit commissioners to bring home. Child care will be provided.

All Roundtables from now until June will be held in Peterborough. Directions: From the Rte. 202/Rte. 136 intersection, head out Rte. 136 toward Greenfield for 2.6 miles and turn left onto Old Bennington Road. The church is just up ahead on the right. Roundtable signs will help guide you.

6:45pm- "Meet and Greet-" check your mail, pick up handouts and B-P Bucks
7:00pm- Opening & General Announcements, including Trainer's EDGE, University of Scouting and District Recognition Dinner
7:15pm- General session: "The Ask:" Getting Adults to Help the Pack or Troop; role-playing The Ask
7:30pm-
Cub Scout Breakout: Summer Camp Promo; announcements = Ice Fishing Derby & District Pinewood Derby; Changes to Cub Scouting- Advancement; "Aware & Care" theme for March
Boy Scout/Venturing Breakout: Summer Camp Promo; Ultra Light Camping & Backpacking with Mike Asel, Troop 42 Scoutmaster; Resource and Merit Badge of the Month
7:30pm- Training- 1) Cubmaster Position-Specific Training and 2) Youth Protection Training

Upcoming Activities:
  • Cub Ice Fishing Derby- Sat. Feb. 14, 10:00 - 2:00, Harrisville Pond *materials provided
  • Merit Badge College- Saturdays Feb. 21, March 7 and March 21, Mason Elementary School
  • District Pinewood Derby- Sat. March 21, 1:00 - 4:30, Marlborough Elementary School
  • Wood Badge Fellowship Dinner- Sat. March 28th, Camp Carpenter
  • Hike-a-thon- Sat. April 11th
  • Council Recognition Dinner- Sat. April 18th
  • District Recognition Dinner- Sun. April 19th *note change of date
  • Chuckwagon Derby- Sat. May 2nd
  • Spring Camporee (Boy Scouts/Venturers)- May 8 - 10, Monadnock Humane Society, Swanzey

Upcoming Training:
  • Trainer's EDGE- Sat. March 28, Camp Carpenter
  • University of Scouting- Sat. April 25, Bow High School
  • IOLS- during spring camporee May 9 - 10

Training at Roundtables:
  • Leadership Transition from Cubs to Boy Scouting- March 17th
  • Committee Chair Training and YPT- April 14th
  • BSA Tour Permits- What's New and Required- May 12

Happy 105th Birthday, BSA! Many, many thanks to all you volunteers who give so much of your time and your hearts to the youth we serve through Scouting. The positive impact we have on our youth will stay with them throughout their lives and will have a positive impact on our world!

Yours in Scouting,
Lauren Martin, Mt Monadnock District Commissioner

"The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law."
Published by laurenmartin24@gmail.com on 2015-02-04
Dear Mt Monadnock Cub Scouters,

Please invite all your pack families to join in some outdoor fun at the Cub Scout Ice Fishing Derby and Winter Fun Day- Sat. Feb. 14th from 10:00am - 2:00pm at Harrisville Pond, Harrisville, NH 03450. Flyer can be found here: Image Cub Scout Ice Fishing Derby Sat. Feb. 14, 2015

It's easy to find: From Route 101 in Dublin, turn onto Dublin Road (next to the white Fire Station). Stay on that road for 3.7 miles (it turns into Main Street when you cross into Harrisville but you will not be making any turns off this road) and the pond is in the center of town on your right. We'll have BSA fleur-de-lis signs to help direct you.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/21+Silver+Rd(external link),+Harrisville,+NH+03450/@42.9375854,-72.1030941,13z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x89e178f876b7946f:0x1f15799e43bd56bd?hl=en or plug in 21 Silver Rd., Harrisville into your GPS.

Please be prepared to climb over a tall snowbank to get to the pond! All ice fishing materials are provided and we will be happy to teach you how to ice fish. We will also have fun games to play in the snow.

Any questions?: carey.kenyonducharme at scouting.org.
Published by laurenmartin24@gmail.com on 2015-01-30
In this newsletter you will find:
1) Comments from attendees to our January 13th Roundtable
2) Summaries of the January 13th general session, Cub Scout breakout, and Boy Scout breakout
3) A preview of what’s coming for the Feb. 10th Roundtable IN PETERBOROUGH

1) Attendees at the January Roundtable commented:
• “I was glad to start learning about the changes to the Cub Scout program and was intrigued to learn that ‘Webelos 1 and Webelos 2’ is not an official distinction.”
• “Boy Scouts Roundtable was AWESOME!”
• “Jeana White from UST was very informative and showed great products.”
• “Best Roundtable- more of this type.”
• “What a great mix of presenters and info. Another home run!”

2) General Session:
We focused on wishing our departing DE Carey Kenyon-Ducharme the very best as she moves on to become the Senior DE for Massabesic District. “The Mt Monadnock Singers” delivered an off-key but heartfelt tribute to Carey by singing a song written by Elaine Giacomo to the tune of “Sweet Caroline:” “Sweet Carey’s gone (bum, bum, bum) ‘cause her numbers were so good (so good, so good, so good)…” Carey was presented with a large group card and a photo album depicting experiences she helped bring to the youth in Mt Monadnock District.
That night was also the birthday of our Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner, Brian Beihl. After presenting Brian with a crown, we sung, “Happy Birthday.” Lots of cake was enjoyed by all- a birthday cake for Brian as well as one “Congratulations” cake and one “Thank You” cake for Carey.

Cub Scout Breakout:
Leaders were looking forward to ideas for their Blue and Gold banquets, so they were initially disappointed that the discussion topic was changed to a review of the upcoming changes to the Cub Scout program. Elaine distributed an overview of the new program, which will take effect on June 1. She also sent around copies of sample leader guides and Scout books.
Lauren Martin and Elaine explained the major changes in the program, focusing on the new advancement plan and the major changes to the Webelos program. An active discussion followed, and leaders were reminded about the BSA webcast on the following Saturday. Lauren added that the Council webcast will take place on January 28. A page on our district website has been set up with an overview of what is changing and what is not changing, as well as tons of links to more detailed info: http://mtmonadnock.org/BSA/article27(external link).

With the remaining time, the group discussed the Blue and Gold Banquet, and leaders shared the different formats that they successfully used. Some units inquired about asking the Order of the Arrow dance team to perform, so OA Advisor Rich Crowe was invited into the meeting. Unfortunately, the dance team is not active at this time.
Leaders were reminded about the upcoming Ice Fishing Derby at Harrisville Pond (-- Ice Fishing Derby date has been rescheduled to Sat. February 14th).

-Elaine Giacomo, Acting Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner

Boy Scout Breakout:
Due to the celebration of Carey Kenyon Ducharm's service to Mt Monadnock District, the Big Rock topic of "Discipline: Character-Building Moments from the Front Lines" didn't happen, but I've generated some great resources for you on discipline for Cub Scout dens and Boy Scout troops. Take a few minutes and read the linked materials.
http://mtmonadnock.org/BSA/dl142(external(external link) link)
http://mtmonadnock.org/BSA/dl143(external(external link) link)

We also came across another great resource you can listen to, the National Council's CubCast and ScoutCast interviews. Great stuff! Listen to this *excellent* piece, which gives some great tips: http://www.scouting.org/filestore/scoutcast/resources/201303_1/March_ADD.mp3(external(external link) link) and check back here http://www.scouting.org/scoutcast.aspx?a=2every(external(external link) link) month to see what's new!

During the Boy Scout Roundtable breakout, our resident mad scientist, Doug Batty, rechared his cell phone with a lemon and an orange, and discussed one of the seldom-done merit badges: Chemistry. Doug offers his services as a merit badge counselor to the district, and you can get him by email at battyscouter at gmail.com.

Our District Advancement Chairman, Pete Bissell reminded Scouters that the BSA frowns on using only non-BSA materials (meritbadge.org worksheets, for instance). BSA policy says that if a Scout can properly explain the concept, and the merit badge requirements don't specify that he has to write a report, he can still fulfill the requirements. If you are requiring those reports, you may wish to examine your troop's policies.

Sean McInerney spoke about the State of New Hampshire's new Hike Safe law, which encourages hikers to purchase a Hike Safe card as "insurance" in case a rescue is necessary in the backcountry. The new law allows the state to bill negligent hikers for the cost of rescue and extraction, which can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Sean questioned Daniel Webster Council about how this applies to troops and packs given our insurance, and is awaiting an answer from Dave Roberts. See the state's information at https://www.nhfishandgame.com/HikeSafe.aspx(external(external link) link)

Our keynote of the evening was Executive Vice President Jeana White of UST Brands, maker of the Blast Match and the 30-Day Lantern among hundreds of survival and camping products. Jeana spoke about how the Ten Essentials has evolved since the concept was coined in the 1930. To demonstrate, Jeana brought dozens of products for the assembled Scouters to play with, and talked about some of the new technology for camping and backpacking. One of the hits was the folding silicone tea kettle and folding bowls. The tea kettle has a metal bottom and it's silicone can withstand temps up to 600 degrees. Jeana showed how her ferro-magnesium fire starters can be used in conjunction with one of her patented products, WetFire tinder, to start fires in an extremely wet campout (like just about every camporee). She floated small pieces of WetFire in a bowl of water, and lit it with a shower of sparks. Her products are available at retailers like LL Bean, Dick's, WalMart, REI and other outdoor specialty stores, and soon online at http://www.ustbrands.com/.(external(external link) link) UST's Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ultimate-Survival-Technologies/44194779440(external(external link) link)

-Brian Beihl, Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner

3) Preview of February 10th Roundtable at Peterborough LDS Church:
All Roundtables from February through June take place at the Peterborough LDS Church, 65 Old Bennington Road, Peterborough 03458.

General Session:
• The Ask: Getting Adults to Help the Pack or Troop
• Role-Playing “The Ask”
Cub Scout Breakout:
• Summer camp promotion and Q & A
• Changes in Cub Scouting- Advancement
• “Aware & Care” theme
• Pack resource handout of the month
Boy Scout Breakout:
• Summer camp promotion and Q & A
• Ultra Light Camping & Backpacking with Mike Asel, SM for Troop 42
• Resource and Merit Badge of the month
Training:
• Cubmaster Position-Specific Training (if your pack expects a transition in leadership this spring, take advantage of this opportunity to have your incoming CM trained.)
• Youth Protection Training

Published by laurenmartin24@gmail.com on 2015-01-08
Dear Mt Monadnock Scouters,

Our next Roundtable will be Tues. January 13th at the KEENE LDS Church, 130 Summit Ave. This is the last RT in Keene for this school year. Roundtables from February through June take place at the Peterborough LDS Church.

This is also our final RT with our departing DE, Carey. Please do your best to join our warm send-off! If you cannot attend and would like to send farewell wishes, I'll be happy to hand her any email messages you send me or cards you mail to my house (address below).

  • This month's training session is one we've designed for your benefit- an exchange of ideas and helpful tips from unit treasurers and unit advancement chairs. Share questions and successes & learn how other units manage these responsibilities! All leaders and committee members/chairs are welcome to join the discussion, as well.

  • Cub Scouters- as you know, on June 1st we transition to a new Cub Scout program. Roundtables each month from now through June will be addressing different aspects of the upcoming changes. This month begins with an overview of the new program and resources. Please do your best to send at least one representative from your pack!

Agenda:
6:45- "Meet and Greet" Collect your B-P Bucks and handouts.
7:00- Opening & general announcements
7:15- Special Recognition of Outgoing DE, Carey Kenyon-Ducharme
7:45- Training: Unit Treasurers and Unit Advancement Chairs
7:45- Breakout Sessions:
Cub Scout Leaders- details on Cub Ice Fishing Derby; New Cub Scout Program: "Program Support for Leaders" including samples of new handbooks & den leader guides, and explanation of what is changing and what remains the same for den meetings
Boy Scout Leaders- details on Klondike Derby and Merit Badge College; Ten Essentials Re-invented! Jeana White, Exc. VP Product Development, Ultimate Survival Techologies; Resource of the Month; MB of the Month

Upcoming Activities:
  • Cub Ice Fishing Derby- Sat. Jan. 24th
  • Boy Scout/Venturing Klondike Derby- Sat. Feb. 7th (with optional overnight)
  • Boy Scout Merit Badge College- Feb. 21, March 7, AND March 21
  • District Recognition Dinner- Sat. March 7th

Upcoming Training:
  • Trainer's EDGE- Sat. March 28th
  • Wood Badge Fellowship Dinner- Sat. March 28th
  • University of Scouting (incl. Council Program Kickoff)- Sat. April 25th

Yours in Scouting,
Lauren Martin, Mt Monadnock District Commissioner
24 Brian Road, Peterborough 03458 cell: 547-5584

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