Live Scouting’s Adventure – Mark Your Calendars

Did you “Go Big and Get Wild” in 2013? Then you’re well prepared to “Live Scouting’s Adventure” in 2017. The 2017 National Scout Jamboree dates have been set! Jamboree will be held from July 19 to July 28, 2017 at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia. Will you be there in 2017? Start preparing now! Registration for youth is expected to open in May of 2015, and you will likely have to be 1st Class or above, so get busy!

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Order of the Arrow Qualification

Scouts, as you make choices about which trips you attend, you should be aware that your time camping with the troop does affect OA election eligibility.

In order to be placed on the ballot for election to the Order of the Arrow, there are established requirements.  Specifically, after registration with a troop or team, a scout must have experienced 15 days and nights of Boy Scout camping during the two-year period prior to the election.  The 15 days and nights must include one, but no more than one, long-term camp consisting of six consecutive days and five nights of resident camping, approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America.  The balance of the camping must be overnight, weekend, or other short-term camps.

Youth must be under the age of 21, hold the BSA First Class rank or higher, and following approval by the Scoutmaster or Varsity team Coach, be elected by the youth members of their troop or team.

OA Elections are held annually in the February to May timeframe.  Following every trip our troop takes, the leader provides a report to Mrs. Norton, the Troop Advancement Chair, and she records information such as duration and location of the trip, attendees, whether it was tent or cabin camping, and whether scouts earned the Firem’n Chit or Tot’n Chip.  The Troop’s official records, as maintained by Mrs. Norton, are used by the BSA for advancement purposes, as well as for things like OA election qualification.

First Aid & CPR Training

April 13, 2013, from 9AM – 4PM

Location: Oakland First Aid Squad, 285 Ramapo Valley Rd. Oakland, NJ 07436

Space is limited to 18 seats.  Sign up by March 22, 2013 on a first come, first served basis.  Please bring a brown bag lunch

Click here to sign up


Send payment of $15 per participant, payable to “Oakland First Aid Squad” due by March 22, 2013, to: Rob Dente, 23 Loyola Place, Oakland, NJ 07436.

Contact Rob Dente at or 201-679-8217 with questions.

Troop 49 Court Of Honor & Potluck Dinner

Date: Friday, February 1, 2013 Place: Valley Middle School Cafeteria
Arrival: 6:00 pm till 6:20 pm
Pot luck Supper: 6:30 pm till 7:45 pm
Court of Honor: 7:45 pm till 9:00 pm

Register at this link

Class A Uniform is required of all Scouts. You are welcome to attend the Court of Honor Ceremony at 7:45pm whether or not you cannot attend the potluck dinner. Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles or those that would like to share in your Scout’s achievements are welcome.

Please bring your favorite family salad, side dish, bread or main course – enough to feed your family and share with others. Dishes that need to be kept heated should be brought in either a ½ tray or full tray so they may be placed in the chafing racks. So we do not have too much of one item, please let us know what you are bringing as well as the number of people attending. Troop 49 will be providing drinks and dessert.

Please note: Registered Troop 49 Scouts may attend individually. All other minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Common Oath and Law for Cubs, Boys, and Venturers

According to a recent article in Boy’s Life Magazine, the Boy Scouts of America’s Executive Board has approved a resolution to use the Scout Oath and Law in all programs, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturing.  The approved changes will begin for Venturers in 2014 and Cub Scouts in 2015.  read more