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March 16, 2016
News of Key Scouting Activities, Events and Upcoming Registration Deadlines
Published monthly by:
Greater Niagara Frontier Council #380
Boy Scouts of America
2860 Genesee Street
Buffalo, New York 14225
More information at http://www.wnyscouting.org/
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This has been an exciting month for Scouting in the Greater Niagara Frontier Council. This year’s University of Scouting was a huge success, thanks to our amazing volunteers. Thank you to Jason Crosby and the rest of the committee for a fantastic program.
We also launched Cyber Chip 2.0 powered by AT&T. We are the first council in the NATION to enter into this partnership. The trail we are blazing here at GNFC will be the path forward for the Cyber Chip program, nationwide. And I am proud to say we were able to bring it to our Scouts first!
The momentum and the positive energy I saw at University of Scouting will continue throughout the rest of the Scouting year, and into the summer and fall. Like the gentlemen from AT &T said at the press conference at University of Scouting, “we have the best volunteers and we are best Council in the country!” I echo that statement.
Thank you for everything you do, day in and day out for Scouting. Remember none of this is possible without your continued commitment and dedication to Scouting.
Scout Executive/CEO of the Greater Niagara Frontier Council
Is your Unit represented?
Over the last couple of years, a new position was created called the Unit Membership Chair. This position is meant to be a liaison with the District and Council Membership and Marketing efforts. We would like every unit to identify someone to fill this role. The person would be a point of contact for information and updates as well as be invited to participate in District Membership and Marketing planning activities. Please let your District Executive know who that might be in your unit. It could be someone filling another role like Committee Chair. We would like to get them on a distribution list for the upcoming year.
It Never Ends!!!!
Recruiting new scouts is not a once a year event, it is an ongoing effort all year long. Scouts can enter the program at any time and begin earning advancements whenever they arrive. They just pick up the program wherever the Den or Patrol is in the process. You might consider a mention in your faith based institution near or around your unit. Put some Boys Life mini mags in the dentist or doctor office near your unit, with contact information on them. Please ask permission first. Mini mags are available free at the Scout Office.
Planning Planning, Planning!!
The Council membership Committee is busy planning the membership recruitment year. Stay tuned for some announcements about how your Unit can get engaged!!
Did you know that the most successful units do their recruiting boy to boy! They encourage their scouts to invite a friend or two to join them in their Adventure! The Council Service Center has free Recruiter patches to be given to scouts that recruit a friend. Some units have an ice cream social in the Fall, inviting scouts to bring their recruits! Great idea!
The merit badge schedule for Summer Camp at Camp Schoellkopf in 2016 is now available online. Now's the time to start thinking about the merit badges you would like to sign up for camp. This year we've added STEM related merit badges to a brand new Tech Center area that we are starting this year, and we have a few more required merit badges as well. You can find the merit badge schedule here: http://www.wnyscouting.org/document/2016-merit-badges/156867
For those of you who have seen the merit badge schedule, we have made a few minor changes. The changes include fixing typos in the Pre-Requisites, correcting the schedule for Small Boat Sailing, and adding pre-requisites for Ecology and Young Braves programs.
If you have any questions about the merit badge schedule, feel free to contact Sean Jones our Program Director at (716) 935-9228 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2016 Program Guide is now availablel. It has the full merit badge schedule in there as well as other information about this summer's program.
Camp Schoellkopf is also looking to fill a few more staff positions:
What are your plans for a High Adventure program this summer?
Birchbark Expeditions is a High Adventure program operated by GNFC taking crews for week-long back-country canoe tripping experiences in beautiful Canadian Algonquin Provincial Park.
The program has a few open crew slots available for this summer – check the crew availability chart to find out what is available. The program also has a few opportunities for provisional participants, allowing a scout and parent to participate without a full crew.
What are you waiting for? The “Call of the Loon” is waiting for you!
See: www.wnyscouting.org/birchbark for more details or drop us a note at Birchbark@wnyscouting.org
Experience the best of scouting in one place. From stadium shows to merit badges, patch trading to adventure sports, you’ll want to be at the Summit Bechtel reserve July 19-28 0in 2017. For the most up to date information and to sign up, visit BSAJAMBOREE.ORG
Staff and attendee registration is now open
The Council Training Committee enjoyed a busy and successful month with the help of many, many trainers. One week alone saw 43 Youth Protection Trainings completed as well as 16 District Committee Member Trainings. The remainder of the month was spent preparing for the U of S as well as training with the NYLT Staff.
A very special THANK YOU to Jason Crosby, Mark Oetinger, Eric Nagel, George Boller, Renee Bodkin, Darlene Kilhberg, Bibianne Bennett, Brandon Blatz, Liz Urbanski Farrell and Michael O’Sullivan for presenting an extremely successful U of Scouting, and Bob Germony for all of his work on the physical plant and arrangements at ECC South.
To all who have recently completed their training, especially those who trained in their positions at the University of Scouting.
To the following Trainers, for their efforts – JOB WELL DONE!
Mike Stewart, Darlene Sprague, Kendra Gaynor, AJ Block, Steve Molik, Brian Welsh, Art Aigner, Dan Berger, Dan McCarten, Thom Slomka, David Sepulveda, Connie Gildner, Donald Sonnenfeld, Ken Knox, Paul Kendzierski, Aaron Swanson, Kevin McNamara, Tony Sokolik, Greg Ash and Jim Heinrich
GNFC Training Contacts:
GNFC Training Chairman
Ron Krawczyk - (716) 435-5083
GNFC Training Staff Advisor
Bob Blatz - (716) 512-6215
GNFC Training Chairs
Red Jacket: Thom Slomka - (716) 818-3791
Onondaga: Bob Germony - (716) 440-2372
Polaris: Dave Sepulveda - (716) 425-6535
TRAINED LEADERS TRAIN FUTURE LEADERS
DARE MIGHTY THINGS
High Adventure Resource Management Course
Jason Crosby, Powder Horn 2016 Course Director
WHY POWDER HORN?
POWDER HORN is a high adventure resource management course designed to introduce Scouting’s adults and youth to the exciting program possibilities for their unit. It will help your unit safely conduct outdoor high-adventure activities of a fun and challenging nature. Powder Horn is not a personal development course or a team-building experience. Its purpose is to educate the youth and adult leaders about specific high-adventure skills, to connect them to resources to deliver those skills, and to get them excited about delivering those skills in an exciting, challenging way to youth.
Who is POWDER HORN for?
POWDER HORN is open to adults and venturing age youth (14 and older) registered with the BSA. The cost to enroll in POWDER HORN 2016 is $50. You don’t have to enroll in POWDER HORN for an activity, but some POWDER HORN activities may be limited to those enrolled. You can’t earn your POWDER HORN without being enrolled.
POWDER HORN 2016 will run as a series.
February: Skiing and Snowboarding any Friday in February - more information or register
March: Skating and Curling - March 13
April: Search and Rescue, Mountaineering, Emergency Preparation - April 2, Camp Schoellkopf - more information or register
Wilderness First Aid*
May: Leave No Trace Trainer*
June: Paddlecraft Safety*
July: Sailing with Sea Scouts
August: Backpacking, Cooking, Bushcraft, Astronomy, Canoe, Kayak, Paddleboard, Sailing, Navigation
September: Mountain Biking, Conservation, Living History
October: Geocaching, Orienteering, COPE
MORE TO COME....
*Credit will be offered for other high adventure trainings.
The program is still developing so watch for updates and many opportunities to earn your POWDER HORN.
Click here to Register
Today’s youth are spending more time than ever using digital media and devices for education, research, socializing, fun and even Scouting. While the benefits are unquestionable, they may also encounter issues their parents never had to confront before such as cyberbullying, digital reputation, online predators, trolls and inappropriate content. To help Scout Leaders, families and volunteers keep our Scouts safe while online, the Greater Niagara Frontier Council and AT&T have launched Cyber Chip 2.0, an enhanced version of the Boy Scouts of America’s Cyber Chip program that incorporates AT&T’s Digital You public cyber safety and awareness campaign’s resources to guarantee all Scouts are Prepared, even while online!
The Cyber Chip 2.0 Powered by AT&T can be earned by any youth in the Boy Scouts of America, Greater Niagara Frontier Council. All Scouts must complete the National BSA Cyber Chip for their Grade level and the below requirements. Scouts DO NOT need to complete extra rerquirements for Cyber Chip 2.0 for Rank advancement, but are encouraged to complete.
Take the pledge to be an Upstander and not a Bystander and Help create a safe, responsible, and respectful digital world!
Click on the Cyber Chip 2.0 Logo below to find out more
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Get Ready for Camp 2016
We have the new Boy Scout handbooks on the shelves now!
Featuring updated images and design, this edition offers more information than ever before, including additional information pertaining to:
• Service at all ranks
• Healthy eating habits
• Physical fitness at each rank
• Outdoor ethics
• Weather safety
• Risk assessment and mitigation
• Requirements incorporating Duty to God to show Scout Spirit
Create a banquet brimming with Scouting spirit to celebrate Cub Scouts in style! We have all your supplies for a memorable Blue & Gold Banquet:
If you have a Cricut machine, we also have cartridges to make Cub Scout designs for your banquet.
Use this link to contact Brian:
Attention Scout Units - Important Tax Information:
In order for a purchase at the Scout Shop to be considered tax exempt, it must be purchased by either:
We can no longer accept personal credit cards or personal checks for Tax Exempt purchases per New York State Tax Law.
We apologize for the inconvenience.
Because we are a National Scout Shop, please make any checks (unit or personal) payable to "BSA", rather than to the council. Our bank will not accept checks made out to the council.
Did you know the Scout Shop has gift cards? They are available in any amount and are a perfect choice when you don’t know what to get your favorite Scout or Scouter. They are redeemable at any National Scout Shop.
The First Ever Tatonka District Pinewood Derby was held this month !! It was an amazing success, with over 75 Scouts and Families in attendance! Events like this are not possible without the best volunteers, thank you to Chante Murphy and Nicole Dalton for coordinating the event! Also to The Basil Family of Dealerships for sponsoring the event, Guis Lumber & Home Center, NYGMS, Buffalo Public Schools, Mayor Byron W. Brown, Dunkin' Donuts and our District Chair Demone Smith. Look forward to seeing more video and pictures from the event! â€ª#Scoutcity2016
Awesome opportunity for all our Scouting units in the Council! The The Basil Family of Dealerships are opening up all their dealerships for our Scouts to tour and earn badges! Listed in the flyer are all the details including, date, location, time, and contact info! Each unit can call and set up their own tour dates! If you have any dates please contact Ken at Kenneth.Liszewski@scouting.org!
If you have a question, comment, or suggestion, please e-mail: Bob Blatz