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

May, 2013

District Program Launch

Hold your June Unit Meeting at
the Red Jacket Program Launch

Join us for dinner, participate in Scout games and crafts, earn progress toward awards and gather all the information you need for the upcomming year in Scouting.

Wednesday June 12th, 2013
5:30-8:00 pm at the MacKinnon
Shelter in Chestnut Ridge Park

Dinner: Hot Dogs, Chips, and the fixings

Scout Games: Compete in Scout games and win awards

Scout Crafts: Learn to make Scout crafts, make a survial bracelet, bird feader, or neckerchief slide.

Program Tables:  Leaders get a Unit JTE review and gather program materials for the upcomming year. This event is designed to help unit leaders get a head start on next years program planning, to provide an outdoor activity for the first month of summer, provide a chance for your Scouts and families to gather and have fun. We hope to see you there!

Please Register to get the latest updates and news on the event!


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


Calendar Reminders

Red Jacket Committee Meeting

June 10th, 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 >>

Red Jacket Commissioner Meeting

Join other Commissioners in the Red Jacket District for a working session to identify challenged units, develop improvement plans and share experiences.  All Commissioners in the Red Jacket District are encouraged to attend and participate.

Meeting starts at 7:00 PM and runs until 9:00 PM.

Meetings are held in the Conference room at the Hamburg Administration Building

For more information, see the Commissioner Event Page>>

Dutch Oven Cook-Off

Smoke, Spices and Flavors
at the Made in America Store

Smoke and spices filled the air last night as the Red Jacket District hosted the annual GNFC Dutch-Oven Cook-off at The Made in America Store in Elma. Despite a rainy start, seven different teams came from all across Western NY, braving the rain for new competition and exciting new flavors. This year's fare was chili, with hot and sweet categories there was something for everyone. 

Cooks from Troop 57

Congratulations to the crew from Troop 57 (pictured) who took the grand prize and have the privilege of taking the Dutch Oven Trophy for the year.

Don't miss next year's event, as there will surely be another round of wonderful tastes and tough competition!



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

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.


Cub Scout Resident Camp:


The National organization is permitting newly registered tigers (will be tigers in the fall) to attend Cub Scout Resident Camp. What better first experience in scouts than to attendcamp! Sign them up as they register. They canattend camp for the regular rate of $225 or $210(sibling) right up until camp!  Call Sue at 891-4073 ext. 5209 with any questions.

Looking for work?

Camp Scouthaven still has a few summer positions available for 16 years old +.  Only 15? Join our CIT program. Spend a week with us or the whole summer. Contact Karolin at 716-353-1724 or

For more information, check out:

Boy Scout Summer Camp:

We are currently taking reservations for Eagle Week. 

August 4th-August 10th at Camp Scouthaven.

Work on and earn Eagle required merit badges as well as listen to guest speakers and participate in camp programs such as COPE, swimming, biking, and shooting sports.

To sign up today, please go to                 

Cub Scout Day Camp 2013

A Jungle Safari - The Journey Through a Continent

Come with us and...

  • visit Egypt and its rich history
  • move a huge boulder and build a pyramid
  • tour the Savannah with it’s unusual scenery and the animals that live there
  • trek the jungles of the Congo to learn about its rain forest and its importance to the world
  • climb to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro
  • dig in the Olduvie Gorge for fossil remains of “Lucy” the first humanoid
  • take part in the “Rain Forest 500”
  • much, much more!

For more information and to sign up, check out:                         


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.

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


Training and Awards


Darlene Kilhberg
Michael Pietruszka
Richard Tornow


David DiMatteo
Ron Krawczyk
Frank Pellegrine
Thom Slomka


12/31/12       Ryan MacKellar                   P 593     Den Leader Award
113/13          Frank Pellegrine                  DC         Commissioner's Arrowhead
2/7/13           Robert Michalski                 T 599      Scoutmaster's Key
2/7/13           Joe Link                               T 599     Scouter's Trainng Award
2/7/13           Dave Perkins                       T 599     Scouter's Training Award
2/13/13         Robert Hackeford                P 579     Scouter's Training Award
3/2/13           Bob Senecal                        T 59       Scouter's Training Award
3/2/13           June Dieter                          P 59       Cubmasters Key
3/20/13         Joseph McCann                  P 584     Cubmaster's Key
3/25/13         Randy Tormey                     DC         Cubmaster's Key
4/8/13           Thom Slomka                      P 230     Den Leader Award
4/8/13           Beth Krawczyk                    P 230      Den Leader Award
4/8/13           Don Brady                           P 230      Cub Scouter's Award
                                                                                Den Leader Award
4/8/13           Maureen O'Beirne               P 400      Den Leader Award
4/25/13         Stephanie Larson                P 593      Cub Scouter Award
4/25/13         Beth Lancaster                    T 972      Scouter's Training Award
4/25/13         Thom Slomka                      P 230      District Committee Scouter's Training Award
                                                                                 Scouter's Training Award for Cub Scouts
                                                                                 Cubmaster's Key

Tech Corner

Back Country Tips from
Birchbark Expeditions:

Bear Bags in a Pine Forest

One of the challenges with camping in the back country is keeping the "critters" out of your food.  Bears are only one of the "critters" you need to worry about - raccoons, chipmunks and other four-legged and hungry animals love the high in calories food we take into the back country.  Bear bags are the tried-and-true method for keeping them out of your food.  You’ve all surely learned about hanging bags over sturdy branch, using a rope to keep the bag 10 feet off the ground and at least 5 feet from the tree.  But what if the forest has no deciduous trees with sturdy branches?  Much of the back country is pines and fir trees with few if any single branches that can carry the weight of a bear bag. 

The solution is a two-rope hang – as shown in the photo to the right, using one rope strung between two trees to create a sturdy platform that other ropes can use to hang the bear bag.  Be sure to securely tie the ropes with timber-hitch knots as they will be carrying a lot of weight and a week of your food!

For more information on Birchbark Expeditions, see:


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