February 2014 Newsletter

Help Wanted!!!

Please remember for Chesapeake District to work we need your help!!! 

Many of the decisions made at District level do effect your unit such as membership, fundraising, activities, programs.

There are many jobs that we need help with from all areas:

Committee Members, Commissioners, Advancement, Training, Activities and Program, Membership, and Finance. 

We also need help at different functions. 

This is your District and we need your help to make things work.

Please contact: Art Betz 443-554-5315 or Jim Barton 443-573-2530

Chesapeake District Award Nominations

Chesapeake District Award Nominations

Please consider nominating some of your fellow Chesapeake District Scouters for one of the following awards:

1.) District Award of Merit (2 awards can be given in 2014)

2.) District Spark Plug Award (Nominations are submitted and reviewed

3.) Unit "Unsung Hero" Award (Each unit can submit/award per unit
example one per each pack, one per each troop, one per each crew)

Electronic copies of the nomination forms can be found on the Chesapeake District webpage, which you can find at the links below. You can also pick up nomination forms at any District Roundtable. The awards will be presented at the District's Annual Recognition Dinner, which will be held in June 2014 and the locations is TBA.

The recognition dinner is a great time for your Unit's committee to say "Thank you!!" to all of those volunteers who help make scouting happen in your Unit and the District. The dinner is also an ideal time to single out that special person in your Unit with the "Unsung Hero" or District Spark Plug Awards for all their hard work for your Unit or the District. Please refer to each nomination form for the requirements for each award.

All nominations are due to Rich Gambrill or Rick Brewster by Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Please forward your nomination forms to Rick Brewster by email at rbrewster86@comcast.net or by mail to the address listed below.

Rick Brewster
10 Oakwood Rd
Baltimore, MD 21222

You may drop off your nomination forms at any of the District's Roundtable meetings, but please hand the nomination forms over to Rick Brewster or Rich Gambrill.

For more information, please call:Rich Gambrill at (410) 913-3828
Please use the forms below to submit your nominations
Nomination forms:



Please contact: Art Betz 443-554-5315 or Jim Barton 443-573-2530

Commissioner and Committee

Our Commissioner and District Committee Meetings will be held Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at Zion Church Hall, 7140 Golden Ring Rd,  Essex, MD.

Commissioner meeting will begin at 7:00pm and the Committee Meeting will begin at 8:00pm

Order of the Arrow Elections
The Chesapeake Chapter continues to meet on the second Wednesday of the month with the Roundtable.  However, the location has been changed to the Zion United Church of Christ, 7140 Golden Ring Road, Essex, MD 21221-3186.
The Chapter is getting ready for Unit Elections, the Call-out which will be held at Cox's Point State Park on Wednesday April 16th, and finally the Ordeal Weekend at Camp Saffran on May 2nd-4th .
Each Scoutmaster will be contacted to see if they have scouts who can be nominated for inclusion into the Order of the Arrow.
The Chapter will be hosting the Ordeal Weekend along with the Arrowhead Chapter.
The Chapter is in the process of starting a Lodge level ceremonies team.  If you have an interest in ceremonies please attend a meeting or contact Mr. Dick Hoerner (410) 207- 4601 and he will put you in touch with the ceremonies chair.
All of these events can not be possible without the assistance of volunteer Brothers who are interested in service.  Please attend a Chapter meeting and see what skills you can provide.
Our meeting schedule is:  February 12, March 12 and April 9.
See you there.
Merit Badge Counselor List


The Chesapeake District has converted all of the Merit Badge Counselors over to the website for easy access for all the units and to allow the list to be kept up to date. 

We will be contacting unit for logins and passwords for those that will need them. 

Please remember that this contains information the should not be public and the login and password are not to be distributed throughout a unit.  Please treat this information as you would your own.


This list can also be printed out from the website:

For login information please contact:
John McConnell john.mcconnell@jhmi.edu
Rich Gambrill rgambrill@aol.com 410-913-3828
John Heuchan johnheuch@msn.com 443-983-1161
Chesapeake District Cub Scout Pinewood Derby



2014 Chesapeake District Pinewood Derby

Saturday, March 22, 2014


Zion United Church of Christ
7140 Golden Ring Rd
Essex, MD 21221 

Registration and Cost

The 2014 Chesapeake District Pinewood Derby will be open to ALL RACERS!!!! All Cub Scouts wanting to race are welcome. Please register as soon as possible for this event. We suggest registering Scouts as soon as your Pack Pinewood Derby is completed!!!


Register Early! Registration is open!!!


University of Scouting






The University of Scouting (UOS) is a FUN FILLED EVENT designed to develop great leaders. This great event is taking place at the Carroll Community College on March 15, 2014. UOS provides over 100 different training sessions in the areas of Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing, Commissioners, District Leadership, Continued Education, and Doctoral Studies. You can take classes in one area or multiple areas. The majority of the training sessions are

about one hour. 


To find out more information or to register Click Here 

2nd Annual Boy Scout Aviation Day
2nd Annual Boy Scout Aviation Day
Martin State Airport
701 Wilson Point Rd # 5-501
Baltimore, MD


March 29, 2014  10-3PM (Check-In at 9am)

 $15 Per Scout, $5 Per Adult (Bring a Lunch)

Must Pre-Register online at : Boy Scout Day at Glenn L Martin Maryland Aviation Day

Facebook: BSA Chesapeake district/Glenn L. Martin Aviation Museum Scout Aviation Day


Open to Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts

Boy Scout Merit Badge Course’s


Space Exploration

(Only One Merit Badge Will Be Earned - Must Pre-Register)

(Pre-Rec’s and Blue Cards must be Completed and Presented the Day of Event to your Counselor)


  • Historic aircraft including antiques; warbirds; the Museum’s aircraft collection (including several Martin aircraft and a Navy “Top Gun” fighter) Open cockpits of historic fighter jets, and bombers, and an interior tour of a Martin 404 Airliner.
  • Tours of Glenn L Martin Maryland Aviation Museum
  • Hands on Merit Badge Classes relating to Aviation and Space Exploration.
  • Titan Rocket Program History
  • Guest Speakers and More
Scouting for Food

Scouting for Food

Make a Difference: Help Baltimore Area Council Feed Our Hungry!

Be sure to record your Service Hours here.

Pack and Troop 307 scouting for food results - 1,411 lbs
of food collected today, delivered to CEFM.

Scouts in Action - Watch the 2013 Public Service Announcements


Scouting For Food is one of the Boy Scouts of America’s best known national service projects and is conducted by virtually every Boy Scout council across the nation on an annual basis.

Scouting For Food was first conducted on a national level, as a National Good Turn, by the BSA in 1988 and collected more than 60 million food items in that year.

Local Impact:

In the Baltimore Area Council, Scouting For Food has had a long tradition as being the single largest service project in Central Maryland.  Under the leadership of many adult volunteers, and through their dedication, the Scouting For Food program has annually collected food items to donate to local food agencies and feeding programs including homeless shelters, food pantries, food banks and soup kitchens.  These agencies vary in size and may serve a small amount of families in a local community or thousands of families in Central Maryland.

How To Get Involved:

To find out how you or your business can help support the Scouting For Food program, either during the weeks in April or anytime throughout the year, contact the Council Chair or Advisor listed under key contacts.  We would be happy to assist in having a food drive in your organization or business!

"The Perfect Bag"

  • 2 cans of hearty soup, stew or chili - Supplies many nutrients.
  • 2 cans of tuna, chicken, salmon or luncheon meat (e.g. Spam) - Contains protein and iron. Canned salmon is a source of calcium and omega-3 fatty acids.
  • 1 can of fruit - Supplies vitamins A and C, foliate, potassium, fiber and other healthy substances.
  • 1 can of 100% pure fruit juice - Contains vitamin C and often beta carotene.
  • 1 can of vegetables - Supplies beta carotene, vitamin C, foliate, complex carbohydrates, fiber and potassium.
  • 1 can of tomato or pasta sauce - Contains lycopene, a healthy substance that is more available to your body in canned and cooked tomatoes than in fresh.
  • 1 canned meal - Offers a variety of ingredients and nutrients.
  • 1 can of beans - Contains plenty of protein, complex carbohydrates and fiber.
  • 1 can of evaporated milk - Makes an excellent source of calcium and protein.

For over 20 years, Scouts of all ages in the Baltimore Area Council have collected food items to help feed families in need.  Over 95,000 families depend on their neighbors generosity in our Scouting for Food program.

In 2013, over 371,000 pounds of food was collected and given to over 70 local food pantries, feeding programs, or food banks.  There were over 4,000 scouts and Scouters involved in the distribution and collection of the Scouting for Food bags.

Saturday, March 29-30, 2014
Bag Distribution Weekend

Saturday, April 4-5, 2014
Bag Collection Day

Key Contacts:

Council Chair - Skip Miller
Staff Advisor - Casey Snyder

Anne Arundel County:
Four Rivers District (Northern) - Kirk Platt
The Capitol District (Southern) - Cheryl Brown and Jamie McKnown

Baltimore (City):
Hopkins District (East) - John Gamber
Thurgood Marshall District (West) - Angela Griggs
Reginald F. Lewis - John Gamber

Baltimore County:
Arrowhead District (West) - Steve Halpern
Chesapeake District (Southeast) - Mary Branch
Dulaney District (Northeast) - Joe Tewey

Carroll County:
Carroll District - Jack Lusby

Harford County:
Harford District - Brian Arnett

Howard County:
National Pike District - Sori Meredith
(National Pike's SFF page)


2014 Scouting For Food Program Partners

Eagles Nest Advanced Outdoor Skills Training
Boy Scouts of America

Advanced Outdoor Skills Training
Part One:   Saturday, April 26, 2014
Location:    TBA
Part Two:   May 9-10-11, 2014
Location:    Bee Tree Preserve, Parkton, MD 


click HERE for black/white Flyer

click HERE for multi-color Flyer

DON MARTIN, Course Director
Scoutmasters, Asst. Scoutmasters, Venture Crew Advisors, 
Crew Asst. Advisors or District Outdoor Skill Trainers
Prior Outdoor Skills Weekend Training (IOLS) or equivalent experience

BSA Annual Health & Medical Record and a physical capability for backpacking.
National Youth Leadership Training

BAC NYLT 2014-1

April 25-27 and May 30-June 1, 2014

Camp Oest 
Broad Creek Memorial Scout Reservation

For additional information contact: Jeff Seymour
BAC NYLT 2014-1 Course Director
jeff.seymour@nesa.org  443-562-4744

BAC NYLT 2014-2

August 11-16, 2014 (week course)

Camp Oest 
Broad Creek Memorial Scout Reservation

For additional information contact: Chris Castillo
BAC NYLT 2014-2 Course Director

BAC NYLT 2014-3

Sept 26-28 and Oct 17-19, 2014

Camp West Mar 
Sabillasville, MD (near Thurmont, MD)

For additional information contact: Chris Joneckis
BAC NYLT 2014-3 Course Director
scoutjoneckis@comcast.net     240-444-1374