The District Committee Meetings will be held at the West Charlton United Presbyterian,1331 Sacandaga Rd, West Charlton, NY 12010. They will be the 1st Tues of the month at 6pm. All are welcome to attend and look forward to seeing you there!
Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 2:00 pm at the River Stone Manor in Glenville, NY.
Please come and join us in honoring our newest Silver Beavers and plan to attend the Annual Meeting and Recognition Dinner of the Twin Rivers Council, Boy Scouts of America. The evening will begin with:
- Registration and a reception for the honorees starting at 2:00 (please do not come early)
- Annual Council Meeting at 3:00
- Dinner will be served at 3:45
- Recognition program at 4:15
This is an opportunity to recognize many of our most dedicated and deserving volunteer leaders. The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the council’s highest recognition for service to others, the Silver Beaver Award. The Silver Beaver is an award given to those who implement the Scouting program and perform community service through hard work, self-sacrifice, dedication, and many years of service. This year’s honorees are:
- Clayton Andrus
- Sara Gray
- Walt Pfuntner
- Anthony Richard
- Rick Rydgren
- Greg Szczesny
Other awards to be given:
- Council Popcorn Top Seller
- Journey To Excellence District Awards
- James E. West Fellowship
- Eagle Class of 2018 Recognition
- Council Camp Awards
We hope you will be able to attend this great evening and help us celebrate the accomplishments of the Twin Rivers Council and the volunteers who make it great.
Silver Beaver Nominations Now Being Accepted
The Silver Beaver Award is the council-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. The Silver Beaver is an award given to those who implement the Scouting program and perform community service through hard work, self sacrifice, dedication, and many years of service. It is given to those who do not actively seek it.
On behalf of the Twin River Council, all registered scouters are invited to submit a Silver Beaver Nomination Form to the Twin Rivers Selection Committee. Nomination Forms are due by November 25, no exceptions.
The Silver Beaver is an award bestowed upon scouters by the National Recognition Committee based upon nominations from local council committees.
Criteria for selection include, but are not limited to, direct service at a Council level, effective leadership as a member of a council and/or district committee, which favorably impacts on the council or any of its programs. Tenure alone, while indicative of the nominee's dedication to the service of youth, is not necessarily a key factor in making the selection. Consideration should be given to the nominee's service beyond scouting. School board membership, service clubs, religious organizations, and any other distinguished service to his or her community.
In short - we are seeking an individual who has given noteworthy service of exceptional character to youth.
It is appropriate to include two to three letters of support from individuals who know the nominee best.
Awards will be presented during the Twin Rivers Council Annual Meeting and Recognition Dinner in February.
You can submit the nomination by emailing it to email@example.com, or by mailing it to the Council Service Center at 253 Washington Avenue Ext., Albany NY, 12205.
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is committed first and foremost to keeping youth safe. Part of that commitment includes continually updating our youth protection policies to help ensure we are always on the forefront of youth safety.
As you know, one of the BSA’s many barriers to abuse is a mandatory criminal background check during the adult volunteer application process. The BSA will now also perform periodic rechecks of criminal backgrounds to support the continued safety of youth in our programs.
Please complete the process listed below at your earliest availability to help us continue to provide the safest environment possible for our Scouts and leaders. Please note that these steps must be completed before your 2020 annual registration can be processed.
- Review the two separate disclosure documents linked below that are being provided to you separately for your review. They are titled “Background Check Disclosure” and “California State Law Disclosures (Non-Credit).”
- Once you have reviewed them, print the separate document titled “Additional Disclosures & Background Check Authorization.” Review the additional disclosures on that form, then complete and sign the Authorization using an ink/wet signature. Note: A print signature is required for this document. Electronic signatures will not be accepted.
- Turn in the signed “Additional Disclosures & Background Check Authorization” form promptly to your unit leader or local council service center.
If you choose to decline the background check, or if you do not complete the Additional Disclosures & Background Check Authorization form and return it to your unit leader or local council service center, your 2020 annual registration will not be processed.
We are truly grateful for your continued commitment to keeping youth safe and for helping them learn, grow, and thrive through Scouting programs.
Historical Trail Program
Love of America and dedication to our country depend upon an understanding of appreciation for the ideals, principles and traditions that have made this country strong. The Historic Trails Program of the Boy Scouts of America encourages Scout units to foster this understanding and appreciation. It does so in the context of Scouting, a program which itself helps to instill these ideals, principles, and traditions through personal fitness, self-reliance, teamwork, leadership skills, knowledge of local history and tradition, and a practical understanding of conservation.
National Recreation Trails are located throughout the country. They provide for many activities such as hiking, skiing, and horseback riding.
For a full listing of all BSA approved historical trails in the country, click here.
The Twin Rivers Council has two trails in our service area, the Saratoga National Park Trail and the Battle of Plattsburgh Trail.
Saratoga National Historical Park Trail
The Saratoga National Historical Park and the Twin Rivers Council Boy Scouts of America invite you to hike and explore the historic Saratoga Battlefield, site of the turning point of the American Revolution. Opened in 1987, the Wilkinson Trail and the accompanying Scout Annex Trail are part of the National Recreation Trails system of the National Park Service and the Historic Trails program of the Boy Scouts of America.
The historic trail you are planning to hike will traverse over some of the most significant areas in the Battlefield. Park visitors are able to follow the footsteps of the British using much of the same road system that the British Army used in 1777.
Trail Guides are available at the Visitor Center. You can also download the mobile app and/or audio files on the park's website.
The Battle of Plattsburgh
This outdoor trail in upstate New York on the scenic shore of Lake Champlain with rolling hills, and bordering the Adirondack Park, marks the turning point in the War of 1812, and the last engagement between natives of English speaking nations. The trail is over City of Plattsburgh Streets. All along the trail route are 33 Historic Trail Markers. By retracing the historic footsteps of the Battle of
Plattsburgh, it is hoped that you will have a physical and a spiritual kinship with the War of 1812 soldier.
To obtain trail guides, or to order medals and patches, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To the Volunteers of Twin Rivers Council:
For more than 100 years, Scouting has helped build future leaders by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun and adventure in the outdoors. At Boy Scouts of America, we are dedicated to developing leaders of character by preparing young men and women for life by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
Now as we continue the Scouting mission, it is important that we keep pace with an ever-changing world. While costs to the organization have increased every year, the Boy Scouts of America has worked to keep the annual membership fee as low as possible by subsidizing core costs, including liability insurance we must carry to cover all official Scouting activities. Unfortunately, it is no longer possible to subsidize at the level we have in the past, especially as the cost of insurance has increased dramatically. We kept the cost low to make Scouting available to as many young people as possible but keeping the cost artificially low for many years now magnifies the impact of changes.
To ensure we have the resources to fulfill the promise of Scouting despite increasing operating costs, the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America has made the difficult but necessary decision to increase the annual membership fee effective January 1, 2020.
These increases, coupled with local insurance and program fees, will bring the Twin Rivers Council’s annual registration fees to the following levels:
- $87 for youth members in Cub Scouts, Scouts
BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouts,
- $63 for youth members in Exploring, and
- $63 for adult members
It is important to note, that for this year only, there will be a slight reduction in these fees for the membership of Twin Rivers Council due to the fact that we are changing our charter renewal dates. We will get to work on updating all of our charter renewal documents so that units have the correct information. Please be patient as we get this done.
We are sensitive to what this increase will present a challenge for our units and their families, especially with the
timing of this announcement and much of your planning already done. But, we also know that Scouting remains one of the most valuable investments we can make to support young men and women today so they can become the leaders we will turn to tomorrow. That is why we are committed to ensuring that all youth can experience the character-building benefits of Scouting regardless of their financial situation. In addition to our existing council and unit membership assistance, the National Board has established a national Growing Future Leaders Fund, which is funded entirely through donations, to provide additional financial support to those who need it.
As a Council, we are also going to be reviewing every opportunity to ensure that we can support our parents and leaders in the best possible ways. Already for 2020 we are looking to hold our summer camp registration fees, eliminate fees for all required trainings conducted by the Council including the University of Scouting, and continue to evaluate each event and service to ensure it is delivering the best possible program.
Thank you for your continued role in empowering a generation of future leaders of character through Scouting programs.
Yours in Scouting,
Kenneth Clough Drew Chesney Mark Switzer
Council President Council Commissioner Scout Executive
Q: Why are the fees increasing now?
A: While costs increase every year, the Boy Scouts of America has worked to keep the annual membership fee as low as possible to make Scouting available to as many young people as possible by subsidizing core costs, including liability insurance we must carry to cover all official Scouting activities. As the organization’s financial situation has shifted over the past several months, it is no longer possible to subsidize at the level we have in the past, especially as the costof insurance has increased dramatically.
Q: Does this apply to youth members and volunteers?
A: Yes, the new fees apply for youth and adult members. Effective January 1, 2020, the new fees are:
- $60 for youth members in Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouts,
- $36 for youth members in Exploring, and $36 for adult members (includes cost of
background check and Scouting Magazine)
- $60 for unit charter fees
Q: Is Scouting still a good value?
A: Absolutely! While most extracurricular activities are seasonal, Scouting is a year-round program that remains one of the most valuable investments we can make to support young men and women today so they can become the leaders we will turn to tomorrow. For most of our youth members, the new registration fee amounts to $5 a month, which is an enormous value when you consider that many seasonal extracurricular activities often start at $100 for programs that last a few weeks.
Q: Does the fee increase apply to council-paid memberships?
A: No. The cost for council-paid membership, sometimes known as ScoutReach, will continue to be $24 for each youth member.
Q: What will the money be used for?
A: Every dollar of membership fees will go to cover the cost of essential services, including liability insurance for members participating in approved Scouting activities, background checks for adult leaders, program development and training resources, continuously updated youth protection and youth safety training, improved IT/digital experiences and services to our councils nationwide.
Q: Is this increase being implemented to cover the cost of the additional background checks?
A: No, the cost of background checks is not the prompting the fee increase.
Q: Why is this being announced now?
A: We recognize the timing of this fee increase creates challenges as units have already begun collecting fees for their 2020 registration renewal process, and we would not make this difficult decision if it were not absolutely necessary. Unfortunately, the cost of liability insurance we must carry to cover all Scouting activities has increased dramatically over the past several months, and the organization is no longer able to offset the cost of insurance. We are committed to supporting you through this process and are making necessary adjustments to the online
rechartering system to ensure units can carry out the recharter process.
Q: Does this increase cover financial challenges the organization is facing?
A: The increase was prompted because the cost of liability insurance we must carry to cover all Scouting activities has increased dramatically over the past several months, and the organization is no longer able to offset the cost of insurance. The national membership fee also enables us program development and training resources, continuously updated youth protection and youth safety training, improved IT/digital experiences and services to our councils nationwide.
Q: When will this increase take effect?
A: The new membership fees will take effect starting January 1, 2020 for the 2020-21 program year.
Q: Is financial assistance available?
A: We are committed to ensuring that all youth can experience the character-building benefits of Scouting regardless of their financial situation. In addition to the many existing council and unit membership assistance funds, we have established the donor-funded Growing Future Leaders Fund to provide financial support to those who need it.
Q: What measures has the national organization taken to offset the financial challenges?
A: In addition to ongoing efforts to streamline and simplify the organization, the national organization has taken a number of steps in addressing its financial challenges, including the recent elimination of more than 35 positions at the
National Service Center and ongoing consolidation of departments for the most effective utilization of resources in support of Scouting.
Q: Will the national membership fee continue to increase?
A: Although no decision about future increases have been made, the cost of operating our organization and services increases every year. Should it be necessary to increase fees in the future, the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America has agreed to evaluate the needs and make such decisions, whenever possible, at the National Annual Meeting in May or early in the summer so that they can be announced with as much lead time as possible to allow for councils and units to be able to plan accordingly.