March 2020
Welcome to NNJ Journey to Excitement! This newsletter highlights all of the great programs that happened in our council over the last month. If you want your unit, event, or program to be featured for all to see, submit photos and descriptions to Also be sure to use #nnjcgoodturn on Facebook and Instagram to share positive stories from the community!
STEM Merit Badge Fair
Over 200 Scouts gathered on Sunday, March 1 st to challenge themselves to earn STEM focused Merit Badges at the Liberty Science Center. From Astronomy to Chemistry, Scouts chose to do 1 or 2 Merit badges for the day and work on them with the guidance of LSC STEM Instructors in a fully-equipped laboratory. As an added bonus, families came along and explored the center while their scouts were busy being scientists!

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March Metal Madness!

A brave group of girls and boys from Scouts BSA Troop 19 and Troop 17 visited a Brooklyn metal shop to learn about welding safety, equipment and methods. The Scouts shared why they were interested in welding—from touching stories about a grandparent's trade, to a love of crafts, to a colorful commentary that flying sparks are just cool! In the end, the Scouts used their skills to create personalized pieces of artwork and they were all successful in earning the Welding merit badge. 
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Supporting Medical Workers

Joseph Sumner of Troop 1 North Caldwell has made 118 fabric face masks to donate to his local hospital. Joseph presses and marks the fabric, and his mom completes the sewing. When they ran out of elastic, they switched up their design and used fabric ties instead. Great job, Sumner family!
Community Clean-Up

Eagle Scouts David and Leon Wiser from Troop 309 in Wyckoff along with Venturing Scout Emma Wiser from Crew 192 in Wayne decided to do some good in the environment. Using the River Edge boat launch, they took to the river with kayaks and cleaned up three bags of garbage, 2 tires, and a barrel.
Pack 85, Hawthorne

The Bears of Pack 85 held their 1st virtual den meeting and it was a huge success! They each had the opportunity to show off their Pinewood Derby cars, and they also worked on Fur, Feathers, and Ferns! Additionally, they did a virtual tour of the San Diego Zoo. The zoo has live cameras on most of the animals and the boys loved it. They all agreed to hold weekly virtual den meetings until they are able to resume regular meetings. 

NNJC would like to say congratulations to Daniel Gerdes from Troop 17 in Short Hills for earning his Eagle Scout rank on March 18th. Daniel's Eagle Board of Review was unique because it was held via video conference. Nothing can stop our determined Scouts from achieving their goals!