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

April, 2013

District News

District Executive & Director’s Minute:


Hello Scouters,

We had such a fantastic time visiting units this past March. Whether it was a Blue and Gold Ceremony, Eagle Ceremony, or just coming to a meeting, we had a great time visiting.  Please keep us in mind for future events as we do our best to attend as many as possible.   

As always, if you ever need anything to help better your Scouting experience, please do not hesitate to contact us.  We are always here to help.  

Yours in Scouting,

Greg Voyzey                                                                              Melissa Schreiber
Red Jacket District Director                                                    Red Jacket District Executive
716-512-6208                                                                          716-512-6201                                           


Calendar Reminders

Red Jacket Committee Meeting

May 13th, 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 >>


Dutch Oven Cook Off & 
District Roundtable

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

New location and new trophy!

Mark your calendar, dust off that dutch oven and clean out that troop trailer for the 2013 Dutch Oven Cook Off

The even has a new home at the

Made In America Store
900 Maple St. Elma, NY 14059

This year's dish is a favorite:  CHILI!

Award categories include:

  • Best Main Dish
  • Best Desert.
  • Grand Champion Prize!

GNFC version of the Stanley Cup - Trophy to pass on from year to year.  

For more information, contact Marty Odachowski

Finances / Fund Raising

Got Camp Cards - Extended!


Camp Card Sale Extended!

We have heard from a number of you who have all asked that we extend the date of the Camp Card sale.   For many families the extended winter weather has not allowed them to participate in door to door sales, which is a vital part of unit fundraisers including Camp Cards.  

We have heard you loud and clear and enthusiastically agree that if you need more time, please take it, as it’s our job to support you.  Units can still turn in payments early, but we will extend the “On Time” payments and reconciliation of unsold cards and payment until Friday, May 17th.  This means that you can earn the full 40% commissions on your Camp Card sales as long as you bring in the unsold cards and pay the total on or before Friday, May 17th at the Scout office. 

Please spread the word that families have more time to participate in door to door sales and earn their way to camp!

Here is more information regarding Camp Cards:

If interested in selling Camp Cards, or need more, please contact either Greg Voyzey or Melissa Schreiber. 



Camp Updates and Events:

2013 Pre-Camp Swim Test

Pre-Testing is open to all Boy Scout/Venure/Sea Scout youth and adults.  Cub Scout youth may NOT pre-test and MUST test at camp.  Participants may test at any location but must arrive at pool location at least 15 minutes before the ending time.  There is no pre-registration.

N. Tonwanda HS- Tuesday 4/9 6:30-8:30pm (405 Meadow Dr., North Tonawanda)

Hamburg HS- Tuesday 4/23 7-9pm (4111 Legion Dr. Hamburg)

Pioneer Middle School- Monday 4/29, 6-8pm (12132 Old Olean Rd, Yorkshire)

Please check for updates.

Schoellkopf Shootout

Saturday, May 4th 2013

Open to all Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Ventureres

A chance to learn safe gun handling, work towards a merit badge and of course shoot.

Age minimum is 12 for rifle and shotgun.

$10.00 per Scout / $12.00 Walkin fee


To register, check out:

 Camp Scouthaven 2013  
4th Annual Spring Cub Scout
Family Overnighter- June 8th-9th

Cost is $25.00 per person and children under five are free.

Each family must bring their own tent and reservations must be made by June 4th 2013. 

Full Details > (PDF) 

Reserve online at


2013 Boy Scout Appreciation Night & Campout

Friday May 3rd, 6:00 pm - Saturday May 4th, 8:00 am

  • Multi-option ticket packages with and without food
  • Scout parade before the game
  • Optional overnight campout on the outfield
    (best sleeping in the league)
  • Exciting Bisons baseball
  • Fireworks
  • Special game patch
  • Ticket certificate for another Bisons game

Check out the attached flyer and purchase tickets directly from the Bisons >

Please direct any questions to Burt Mirti at (716) 846-2034 or by email

Location:  Coca Cola Field


Fall 2013 Camporee


Help Needed!

To all Boy Scout Troops, we are actively seeking a Troop or Troops that might be interested in hosting the fall Camporee.  It is scheduled for October 18th- 20th 2013.  Location and theme is to be determined.  If any Troop is interested in helping, please contact Greg Voyzey.


Training Updates:

There are several training opportunities coming up in the next couple of months.  Please take advantage of these opportunities if you are still in need of training.   


  • Ø  Youth Protection Training (offered at every Roundtable).
  • Ø  Cub Scout Leader Basic Training- Saturday April 27th at GNFC Service Center, 10am-1pm.
  • Ø  Boy Scout Leader Basic Training – Saturday April 27th at GNFC Service Center, 8am-4pm.
  • Ø  Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills Training- Friday May 3rd- Sunday May 5th at                            Camp Schoellkopf.
  • Ø  Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation Training (BALOO) & Fuels Safety Orentation Saturday May 4th at Camp Schoellkopf.

If you have any questions regarding training, please contact Ron Krawczyk at  Training details can be found at

White Buffalo National Youth Leadership Training

August 10th - 17th, 2013

Schoellkopf Scout Reservation

Cost per Scout: $280

Deadline for registration is August 1st or when full. Course size will be limited to the first 48 participants.

Who May Attend?

Any registered Boy Scout or Venture Scout who has their Unit Leaders approval and meets the following requirements: 

  • Be at least 13 years of age at the time of the course. 
  • Be at least First Class rank.
  • Be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America.
  • Currently or will soon be serving as a Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Troop Guide, JASM or Instructor in your troop.

What Is NYLT?

NYLT is the prominent week-long (8 day) outdoor leadership experience geared  toward both present and future leaders within the troops, crews, and ships around Greater Niagara Frontier Council.

Participants will be engaged in hands-on training led by Western New York's finest youth staff that will cover criteria essential to leading within your unit, school, and life. Not only that, but their time here will reflect “one month in the life of your unit”, as characterized by the Official National BSA NYLT Course. All this is done within risk free, scout friendly environment. 


Course Director: Scoutmaster 

John Pankow 
Phone: (716) 320-0192 

See the White Buffalo Event Page for more information.


Spring Roundup:


With warm weather coming shortly, there cannot be a better time to start planning spring roundup.  We want to help every unit have a successful spring roundup.  We can provide the resources and tools you need to ensure this.  We will be sending around flyers to the schools to help promote each unit that is planning on doing spring and summertime activities.    Please also let us know if you need any flyers printed and made for other promotional opportunities such as church bulletins or sponsoring organization events.   Every youth deserves the opportunity to join Scouting; let’s let them know Scouting is in their neighborhood!

Fund Raising

5th Annual Popcorn Extravaganza-

Tuesday June 4th at Daemen College



It’s never too late to start thinking about this year’s popcorn sale.   This event is designed to help train our units for the 2013 popcorn sale which includes important dates to remember, updates to the sales, and best methods to help your sale.  We want to give you the best information so that you can have an awesome fundraiser! 


For more information about the event and to register, check out


Tech Corner

Birchbark Expeditions
Canoe Tripping Tips:

Traversing a Beaver Dam

While canoeing in the backcountry, you surely will end up face-to-face with a beaver dam.  Beaver dams can range from small stacks of sticks where the water passes right through, to massive two-foot high mud walls.  The trick is how do you get from one side of the dam to another without dumping the canoe?  Watch this video to see a demonstration on the recommended way to traverse a Beaver Dam. 

For more information on Birchbark Expeditions, see:


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