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

November, 2013

Calendar Reminders

Red Jacket Committee Meeting

November 12h, 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 Round Table

November 13, 2013 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

A monthly education and networking opportunity for all Scouters in the Red Jacket District - Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, Crew Advisors; Den Leaders, Assistant Scoutmasters and Committee Members are all welcome and encouraged to attend.


7:00 PM - Opening/Welcome
7:15 PM - Program

  • Cub Scout - Blue and Gold Planning
  • Boy Scout - Planning a Safe Trip
  • General - Re-charter
  • Life to Eagle
  • Training - Troop Committee Challenge + Youth Protection Training

8:30 PM - Adjorn

Bring your enthusiasm to learn and contribute to make scouting better for our youth!

For more information see the Red Jacket District Round Table Event Page >>

Meeting is held in the Hamburg High School, enter through the main entrance and follow signs.


Red Jacket Commissioner Meeting

November 27th, 2013 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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.

Meetings are held in the Library Media Center at Armor Elementary School on Abbott Road in Hamburg

For more information, see the Commissioner Event Page>>

Good Turn

Cub Scout Pack 185 Recognizes Hero Bus Driver with GoFundMe Account

Pack 185 in North Tonawanda decided to start a GoFundMe account for Darnell Barton, who has been thrust into the national spotlight for his actions in saving a young woman in distress.

The account already it has almost $800 in it.

"As far as doing a good thing, helping people out, try to preach that and they thought he was a hero, what he did was above and beyond what he had to," said Dan Klaes of Pack 185.

Barton says he will be speaking to the scouts at a future meeting. 

Watch the piece aired on WRGZ Channel 2 >>


2014 Klondike Dates

February 9-11th, 2014 at Camp Scouthaven

Mark your calendar and don't miss the fun!

More information to come soon...

Birchbark Expeditions 2014 Registrations 
Are Now Open

Looking for high adventure in our own back yard?

GNFC’s Birchbark Expeditions offers fully guided one and two week back country canoe expeditions in the serene waters of Canada’s Algonquin Provincial Park. One of the best values in high adventure camping and an excellent way to keep older scouts engaged.  To learn more, visit:

Registration for the 2014 Season is now open!

Your crew’s expedition starts with completing the Birchbark Expeditions Reservation Request Form


Tech Corner

Winter Camping Skills:

5 Tips to "Camp Comfortable"
in Winter

  1. Use Lithium Batteries - cold temperatures affect regular batteries, reducing the power that they can deliver.  Lithium batters, while more expensive, will keep your headlamp or GPS running in cold weather
  2. Ventilate that Tent - it's tempting to close all the vents on your four-season tent for the night, but unless you allow for some ventilation, you'll await either a wet or snow covered tent ceiling resulting from the moisture in your breath.
  3. Your Water Bottle Makes a Great Bedfellow - before going to bed, be sure to warm up the water in your water bottles, tighten and test the caps for leaks, then store them for the night inside your sleeping bag down by your feet.  Not only will they warm your feet, the water will stay in the liquid form.
  4. Ground too frozen for stakes?  Make yourself some deadmans with 1" diameter sticks by slipping the sticks through the stake-down loop on your tent, then burry it in the snow.  Compact the snow around the stick for a firm hold.  In extreme cases, pile rocks on the sticks for a super hold.
  5. Warm your Butane canister to keep the flame strong.  Butane or isobutane stoves a known to slow in cold weather as the fuel in the canister cools.  Start with warming the fuel canister in your coat or sleeping bag.  Once thing get going, put the canister in a small pot/bowl and  pour hot water around the canister to warm the Butane inside and keep the stove going strong.

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