September 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 communications@nnjbsa.org. Also be sure to use #nnjcgoodturn on Facebook and Instagram to share positive stories from the community!

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Today we honor a Scout that we have featured before. Joseph Sumner of Troop 1 North Caldwell made this video to show all the masks he made and 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!
This could be you!
Want to see your unit featured in our monthly newsletter? Submit photos and descriptions to communications@nnjbsa.org
WHAT HAPPENED IN SEPTEMBER
NoBe Summer Adventure Day
Over 100 scouts and leaders came out to enjoy some fun in the sun for NoBe Adventure Day. Scouts were able to participate in a range of activities from climbing, tomahawk throwing, bike riding, shooting at the range, and hiking.
Council Roundtable Series: Cub Scouts Fall Programming


This month in our Council Roundtable Series we discussed resources and best practices for Cub Scouts Fall programming. Our team provided resources for jump-starting Den/Pack meetings, Cub adventure video resources, and Scoutbook Den Leader resources.
Here is a recording of the full session on our Council Youtube Page.
RESTARTING SCOUTING SAFELY
As always, the safety of our Scouts, volunteers, employees and communities is our top
priority. The BSA has issued guidelines for getting back to normal programming. This Restarting Scouting Checklist outlines several minimum guiding protocols that adult leaders/ volunteers must consider while working with local and state health departments, local councils, chartered organizations, and Scouting families. This checklist should be used to assist with resuming meetings, service projects, camping and all other official Scouting activities.
Family, Den/Patrol, and Day Camping
Are you ready to enjoy the great outdoors? If so come join us at one of our Northern New Jersey Camps for a weekend of camping and fun!!! Whether you are an avid camper or have never slept in a tent, family camping is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. Bring your tents, food, and enjoy the weekend! Your family can just relax and enjoy being outdoors or take advantage of fishing, hiking trails, family campfires, and campfire cooking. 
 
We are now taking reservations for family, den, and patrol camping.

Family Camping: One registered scout with immediate and extended family only up to 20 people total.
Den/Patrol Camping: One registered scout with one parent/guardian up to a total number allowed per site.
POPCORN
Ye Olde Pop-Corner

Meet Sir Aquarius Bubblestein, the self-proclaimed "handsomest Knight in all the realm". He's travelled far and wide to bring us some special announcements about the popcorn sale!

Episodes will be released in the What's Poppin newsletter and on our Council Youtube Page.

#nnjcpopcorner #nnjcpopcorn2020
Kickoff Party

Pack 87 from Secaucus had their outdoor kickoff party last week. They made foam swords and had a blast! What a great way to get into the Medieval Times spirit. Congrats, Popcorn Knights of Pack 87!
All units can submit Kickoff photos to jordan.brown@scouting.org by 10/15/20 to receive commission credit, and possibly be featured in our newsletter! Photos must be from a 2020 kickoff.
STAYING CONNECTED
NNJC Special Community Service Recognition - COVID-19

Say THANK YOU to your Scouts, Scouters & Volunteers with a Limited Edition Patches Requirements: - Minimum 5 hours service for each participant. - Service hours must be recorded in “Service Hours Reporting” system. (Details on the back of this flyer) Patches may be purchased at the NNJC Service Center. (Purchase form on the back of this flyer)
NNJC Program Fee Reminder
 
Scouting has been a part of the northern New Jersey family story for over 110 years. Generations of Scouts fondly remember pinewood derbies, camporees, Scoutfest, Weboree and camping at No-Be-Bo-Sco, Turrell, Floodwood, Lewis and Yaw Paw. We are committed to future generations enjoying the same Scouting magic!
Safety in Scouting

As we promote Scouting in our community, some people may have questions about our youth protection policies and how we keep kids safe. Each question is an opportunity to shed light on the important policies and procedures we’ve put in place that make Scouting safer than ever before.

Our Safety in Scouting webpage contains a multitude of resources that address the BSA National Restructuring, Noticing Campaign, and more.
Archdiocese of Newark Scout Retreat Day
October 17th, 10am-5pm

This year our Retreat will be a Day Retreat being held outdoors at the St. John Paul II Youth Retreat Center located in Kearny NJ.

Entitled "Blessed By God", this years retreat will look to highlight some of the sessions from the Ad Altare Program.  Interactive Sessions on Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation will be offered.  

Scouts will be divided up into three groups (by units) and will rotate through the sessions.

The cost for the day is $15.00 per person and the cost of the day includes the retreat sessions, lunch, a retreat patch and closing Mass.

DEADLINE TO REGISTER A UNIT IS FRIDAY OCTOBER 9th