March 2015 Newsletter

CD Pinewood Derby

2015 Chesapeake District Pinewood Derby

Saturday, March 21, 2015


Zion United Church of Christ
(old Building)
7140 Golden Ring Rd
Essex, MD 21221


Registration and Cost

The 2015 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!

Race Registrations will be done online atChesapeake District Pinewood Derby Registrtaion. The registration cost is $6.00 for each Cub Scout entered. Payment on-line will be accepted and encouraged.  However, payment can be made at check-in time.

The Pack's "Race Day Cubmaster" may make substitutions for absent registered participants at no cost but the substitute must race their own car.

The on-line registrations will be accepted until March 19, 2015

Boy Scout Aviation Day

3rd Annual Boy Scout Aviation Day at Glenn L Martin Museum

Martin State Airport

701 Wilson Point Rd # 5-501, Baltimore, MD 

March 28, 2015  10-3PM (Check-In at 9am)

No Onsite Registration!

 $20 Per Scout, $7 Per Adult

*A Box Lunch is available for an Additional $8

boxed meal consists of a sandwich, a cookie, and a bag of chips.

Sandwich options: Veggie Delite®, Black Forest Ham or Cold Cut Combo

all subs come with lettuce and tomatoes (side of mayo and mustard)


Must Pre-Register online at : 

Chesapeake District Cub Scout Day Camp

June 22-26, 2015  

Chesterwood Park  


Registration will open on/about  February 1 and will be online only!!  

NO!  Registrations after April 7th except for NEW Cub Scouts

Visit for additional information  


Scouts:  $140 per scout before April 7th ($50 discount per scout/per 5 day volunteer)  

Tag-a-longs: $100 

(Tag-a-long must remain with parent and activity participation  is reserved to the Station Leaders Discretion)  

Youth Helpers:  $20   

Extra T-Shirts are $10 each and must be included on your registration form  

Cub Scouts and Tag-a-longs will receive 2 day camp shirts, Adults and Youth helpers will receive 1 day camp shirt  

 Anyone needing financial assistance should consult with their Cubmaster and submit a campership application through their Cubmaster to Jim Barton, prior to registration. Campership forms should be turned in no later than March 1st so that they can be reviewed and approved.  

All registrations must be in by April 7th. 


The Chesapeake District Annual Business Meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 8:00pm. The location is: Zion United Church of Christ, 7140 Golden Ring Road, Essex, MD 21221.

At this meeting, the slate of district officers and members-at-large put into nomination by the district nominating committee will be elected. If you would like to be considered for a District Committee job or to be nominated as a District member-at-large, or wish to nominate someone else (with their permission), please contact Patrick Swink, Chesapeake District Nominating Committee Chairman, by April 1, 2015. He can be reached via e-mail at or by phone: 410-458-1460. Voting members of the District include current officers, members-at-large, and Council members-at-large who reside in the District and Chartered Organization Representatives of Chesapeake District units. This notice is posted in the Area Scouter, in addition to a mailed notice to all voting members and posting on the District webpage.

University of Scouting
Join us for the
Baltimore Area Council
University of Scouting 2015

2015 University of Scouting Registration

Date:  Saturday, March 14, 2015
click HERE for more information about classes offered
Early Bird Registration Fee:  $30 ( 12/1/14 - 1/15/15)
Registration Fee:  $35 (includes Boxed Lunch) **must be received by 3/1/15 at 11:55pm**
Late Fee (between March 2-11) and Walk Ins:  $50 (does NOT included Lunch!)
Check In and Walk In Registrations: 7:00-7:45am
Welcome & Opening Ceremony: begins promptly at 8:0am
Carroll Community College
1601 Washington Road, Westminster MD 21157
click HERE for directions/map
Please visit our webpage for University of Scouting for FAQs, schedules and course descriptions at
or contact Chancellor Dave Treece


Recognition Picnic!!!

When: Monday, June 8th – Gathering 6:00, Dinner & Program 6:30

Where: Zion United Church of Christ, 7140 Golden Ring Road, Essex, MD

Who: All Volunteers of the Chesapeake District (That’s YOU!!!) and your family, and 2014 Eagle Scouts and Venture Silver/Summit Recipients!!

How Much: $5.00 per person, Scouters and families are welcome!!


This is a Pitch-in.  The District will supply the entrée (hamburgers, hotdogs, buns…) and the Cake!

Dutch Ovens are welcome!!  We will set up an area for them!


We are asking attendees to sign up to bring: Salad, Vegetables, Chips, etc.

Sign-ups will be taken at the time of Ticket purchase.


Please come and celebrate the accomplishments of your Pack, Troop or Crew over the past year. We want to thank you for all that you do!


Planned recognitions include:

  • Recognition of Scoutmasters, Cubmasters and Crew Advisors
  • 2014 Eagle Scouts & Venture Silver Receipiants from our District
  • Unit Unsung Hero Awards
  • District Spark Plug Awards
  • District Award of Merit

… and there are sure to be other surprises as well.


To reserve your tickets / tables call:

Ticket Chairman

Picnic Chairman


Tickets available online at: District Recognition Picnic Tickets 

Tickets will be on sale at the March 11th Roundtable.

Make checks payable to “Baltimore Area Council BSA.  

Tickets must be reserved by June 1st. Don’t delay. Order today!

Friends of Scouting


It is that time of year that we need to start working on Friends of Scouting.

All Units should verify their 2015 Friends of Scouting presentation date with Ron Tydings (410-608-4860 // at least 1 week before the scheduled date to make sure your presenter is locked in.  It would be helpful, if you could give an estimate of adult attendees, as well.


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 2015)

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 Picnic, which will be held in June 8th 2015 and at Zion United Church of Christ.

The Recognition Picnic 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 22, 2015. Please forward your nomination forms to Rick Brewster by email at 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:
Merit Badge Counselor List/STEM Nova and Super Nova Mentor 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
Rich Gambrill 410-913-3828
John Heuchan 443-983-1161
Help Wanted!!!


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

Please take this survey or send it to someone you may think is intrested.

Chesapeake District Help Survey

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

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. 

Please contact: Rich Gambrill 410-913-3828, Art Betz 443-554-6315 or Jim Barton 443-573-2530