Red Jacket District Newsletter

News and information for the volunteers serving in the Red Jacket District of the Greater Niagara Frontier Council, Boy Scouts of America

December, 2012

District Director News

Happy Holiday’s Red Jacket.

For those who have not met me yet, my name is Greg Voyzey, and I am the new District Director of Red Jacket.   I am excited to be with the Red Jacket District, and I look forward to meeting everyone.  Scouting has been a passion for almost my entire life.  As an Eagle Scout, it is for certain that Scouting has made a positive impact on my life.  I look forward to working with everyone as we continue to make a positive influence in the youth we serve.

As we are celebrating the Holiday season with our families, I would just like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for another great year in Scouting.    I cannot thank you and your family enough for the time and sacrifice you invest in the Boy Scouts of America.

Yours in Scouting,

Greg Voyzey


Calendar Reminders

Red Jacket Committee Annual Business Meeting

January 14th, 2013 - 7:00 - 9:00 PM

This meeting is open to all district committee members, members at large, and any other Scouters interested in the functions of the Red Jacket district.  Core agenda includes committee reports from:  Advancement, Training, Activities, Membership, Finance, Camping, and Marketing.

Coffee and Networking starts at 6:30
Meeting starts promptly at 7:00 PM

Meeting is held in:
Msgr Beasley Center
Nativity of Our Lord  School

For more information, see the Committee Meeting Event Page >>

Calendar Reminders

Roundtables are Back!!!

Roundtables are coming back, and our first one will be held on Wednesday January 9th at 7pm.  It will be located at Hamburg High School, 4111 Legion Drive.  There will be Cub Scout and Boy Scout breakouts as well as Youth Protection and Den Leader Specifics training offered for those who need it.   If you should have any questions regarding Roundtables, please contact Andy Loeb at

For more information, see the Roundtable Event Page >>

Red Jacket District Klondike Derby

Red Jacket District Klondike will be happening on January 18th-20th at Camp Scouthaven. 

                Ice Fishing is coming to Klondike.  You can check out how we are going to Ice Fish as well as other program features and registration information at the Klondike Event Page >>

Required Reading: 2013 Red Jacket Klondike Manual> 
Bonus Reading: Poem - The Cremation of Sam McGee >

(Registration is open NOW!)

We do apologize for the delay in getting everyone the information.  If you should have any questions regarding the program, please contact either James Whitaker at 716-908-3284 or  Or Greg Voyzey at 716-512-6208 or   

We look forward to seeing everyone at Klondike, and as always, make sure to dress for the weather!

First Aid Rally / Explorer Challenge / Webelos Readyman Training

Saturday February 2, 2013

West Seneca West Middle School
395 Center Road, West Seneca
(Between Union Rd. and Seneca St.)

All participants will be broken down into 6 skill levels : Webelos - Novice - Junior - Senior - Venture - Explorer

• A natural team has 6 members, Please bring all the Scouts that are able to attend from your unit. Additional Scouts will be placed with other teams.

• Each Unit will provide it’s own first aid equipment.

• Readyman Training is designed to prepare Webelos Scouts for completion of the Readyman badge requirements & allow them to compete in the First Aid Rally. We will NOT be signing off on these requirements the day of the event.  All participants are encouraged to stay for the First Aid Rally

• There is an optional Hot Dog Lunch available for purchase or you may bring your own bag lunch, Lunch time is scheduled between the Training and the Rally.

• Download the Rally booklet >>

• Download the Registration and Information Form >>

For additional information :
Keith Lang      310-6486
Jerry Sullivan       822-9643
Greg Voyzey      512-6209

More information and REGISTRATION at the First Aid Rally Event Page >>

Leader Recognition and Awards Corner

 by Ron Krawczyk (

CONGRATULATIONS to the following Red Jacket District volunteers, recognized with the following awards:

P 514                 Dennis Sieracki                                        Unit Leader Award of Merit

P 514                 Michael Valvo                                          Den Leader Training Award

P 514                 Linda Rupp                                                Den Leader Training Award

P 514                 Robert Hasselbeck                                   Den Leader Training Award

P 514                 Patrick Keem                                             Den Leader Training Award

P 514                 Patrick Penfold                                         Den Leader Training Award

P 514                 Tony Rupp                                                  Den Leader Training Award

P 517                 Lea Harald                                                  Cubmaster Award

T 483                  Robert Zink                                                Scouter’s Training Award   



Congratulations to the following Red Jacket District Cub Packs who earned the prestigious National Summertime Award for 2012:

P 4                                   P 120                                  P 143                                    P 507

P 528                               P 578                                  P 593                                    P 1776

Tech Corner

Winter Camping 101 from the Happy Camper

A How-to video showing how to build a Pulk Sled that can be used to haul your winter camping gear and an overview of winter tents.

View the video at:


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