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GNFC eNews - 

April 17, 2014
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
(716) 891-4073

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Table of Contents:

Message from the Scout Executive
Commissioner's Corner
Our Newest Eagles
Scout Shop Updates
The Good News

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 Message from the Scout Executive

While we all remember that April Showers bring May Flowers, I have to admit that I am anxious to see what April snow brings.  I’m betting that it will bring a lot of enthusiasm for a full summer program.  We have lots of great things planned for your Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts this summer.  All of our research shows that participation in summer time activities with the pack or troop are the most important indicators that a Scout will stay active in their pack or troop.


For Cub Scout Packs there are three things that are critical for your pack to accomplish between now and the end of summer. First of all, attend one of the summer programs: we offer Day Camp at four locations throughout the council and of course we have Scouthaven for those hearty souls who want to camp out for several nights.  My two sons are looking forward to summer camp at Scouthaven.  The second critical thing for your pack to do this summer is to earn the Summertime Pack Award.  It is an award from BSA for having at least one activity each month over the summer.  None of the activities has to be a really heavy lift, and if you are going to day camp or Scouthaven that counts for that month’s activity.  My pack does some really fun hikes at area parks.  There are lots of possibilities.  The third and final thing to do is to have a meeting with your parents to plan your fall program and select leaders for next year.  Packs that do these three things keep more youth and leaders involved in the pack and are in better shape at the beginning of the school year when fall recruitment starts.

For Boy Scout Troops it’s all about getting as many of your Scouts to camp as you can.  By now you should have a new crop of boys that have crossed over into your troop from a pack.  This is the time to make sure that they and their families feel welcome in the troop.  For some parents this can be as difficult a transition as it is for their son.  Make sure that they understand the importance of their son attending camp this summer.  Depending on when their son crossed over into the troop, they may not have gotten all of the information about camp, and they probably have the most questions about what their son needs and what they should expect.  To this day, I remember my mom’s concerns about sending me off to camp.   Fortunately my Scoutmaster, Mr. Hoffman, was able to patiently listen and answer her concerns.  In addition to our newest Scouts, it is also important to get as many of the rest of the Scouts out to camp.  Whether it is the shared experiences that happen at camp or the advancement and adventure of camp that makes the difference we know that a Scout that does not attend camp is likely to drop out of Scouting.

Our council has taken on the herculean task of training every leader.  We are doing it in stages over a four year cycle.  This last year we took on the top leader position in every unit.  Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, Venture Crew Advisors and Sea Scout Skippers were all trained.  This year the council training committee is taking on the biggest piece of the training puzzle: training all Den Leaders, Assistant Den Leaders, Assistant Cubmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, Associate Advisors and Mates.  There are about one thousand leaders in the group this year.  The training committee is offering the Boy Scout Leader Specific and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills at Schoellkopf and the Cub Scout Trainings at Scouthaven every week this summer.  Additionally there will be trainings available in each district throughout the rest of the year.  Don’t wait until the last minute to get trained.



Volunteer Recognition Dinner 2014

The Council Annual Awards Dinner will be held at the Millennium Hotel on Thursday, May 1st.  This is a  special evening to thank Adult Scouters who have been selected to receive the Silver Beaver Award, the District Award of Merit, and other special annual "of the Year" recognitions. After April 18th, there will be a late fee of $7.00The last day to register is April 24th so register today!

The Silver Beaver is for registered Scouters who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the Council. It is the highest distinguished service award a local Council of the Boy Scouts of America can award.  We are proud to announce the Silver Beaver Award Winners of 2014  Jason Crosby, Robert Holliday, Ronald Krawczyk, Joseph Lane,  James Prowse,  and Michael Simkins.

"Of The Year" Annual Awards:  The Council is able to award numerous annual awards based on volunteer service in particular fields of interest.

Scoutmaster of the Year:  Brian Ellement
Scouter of the Year:  Joel Maul
Cub Scouter of the Year: Ona Strang
Commissioner of the Year: Brad Kimbrough
Youth of the Year: Brandon B., Troop 139
Venturing Leader of the Year: Carl Skompinski
Whitney M. Young JR Service Award:  Felton Davis and AT&T
William H. Spurgeon Award:  Erie County Sheriff Department

District Award of Merit is for Scouters who render service of an outstanding nature at the district level to the Onondaga, Polaris, Red Jacket, and Buffalo Districts.  The 2014 District Award of Merit Recipients are: 

Polaris District- Daniel Dahlke, Dave Greinert, Stephen Stouter

Onondaga District- Michael Hirsch, Sean Jones, Stephen Toner, David Wind

Red Jacket District-  Patty Baumgarten, Gary House, Alan Percy, Sandy Shelvay

Buffalo District- Soyenia Gibson, Phillip Young

Register online by clicking here>Volunteer Recognition Dinner 2014

Buffalo Bandits Scout Night

We are pleased to announce that we have once again partnered with the Buffalo Bandits to host a Scout night on Saturday, April 26 at 7:30 pm at home against the Rochester Knighthawks.  Tickets will be discounted to the low price of only $12, reduced from $28.

$2 of every ticket purchased will be donated back to the Greater Niagara Frontier Council to support scouting programs. All Scouts who attend will also receive a special scout night patch. If you have any questions on the Scouting end, please contact Justin King at the Scout office at 716-512-6202 or  All tickets must be purchased online by CLICKING HERE>>. All orders are based on availability and are first come first served.

American Red Cross Shelter Exercise


Volunteers Needed

The American Red Cross is looking for volunteers to represent households that have been evacuated as a result of local flooding.  Some family members may be given scenario cards to simulate various medical conditions or functional needs.  Lunch will be provided and all will receive educational materials and items to stock their family’s emergency preparedness kit.  The exercise will be held on April 26th, with registration starting at 11:30 am.  Locations will be the First Presbyterian Church, 505 Cayuga St, Lewiston and the Amherst Senior Center, 370 John James Audubon Pkwy, Getzville.  To register please call Amanda Vallone at 878-2364 or

2014 Buffalo Bisons Boy Scout Appreciation Night & Campout


Friday May 2nd, 6:00 pm - Saturday May 3rd, 8:00 am

  • Multi-option ticket packages with and without food
  • Scout parade before the game at 6pm
  • Optional overnight campout on the outfield
    (best sleeping in the league)
  • Exciting Bisons baseball starting at 7:05 pm
  • Fireworks
  • Special game patch
  • Ticket certificate for another Bisons game in May

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


Ten Commandments Hike                                  


Saturday, May 3rd.  Visiting Baptist, Episcopal, Lutheran, Catholic, and Methodist Churches in East Aurora with a special presentation on Judaism.


Open to ALL interested: Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, AND Girl Scouts


Registration begins at 11:30 at 591 Porterville Road, East Aurora.  Formal part of the Hike will end at 3:00 p.m.  Cost is $8.00 per person.. Click here to register online by April 30th>


For Catholic participants, a Mass will be led by Bishop Richard Malone in the Chapel at the Christ the King Seminary at 4:00 p.m., preceded by a presentation about the Chapel at 3:30 p.m.  For more information call Jim  Smyczynski at 716-689-2804 or E-mail –  or call Gerald Hodgson 716-694-8364 or E-mail –



Popcorn Extravaganza

Unit leaders and popcorn kernels should save the date of June 3rd for the annual GNFC Popcorn Extravaganza to be held at Daemen College’s Wick Social Room.  Unit leaders and kernels will learn the nuts and bolts of the popcorn sale, along with tips, techniques and information about the 2014 fall sale.  Registration information will be available soon online.  Attending the extravaganza is one of the requirements for earning the bonus commission on your sale.


Prepared. For Zombies.  Don't say you didn't know, the Zombie Apocalypse is near at Veterans' Park in the Town of Niagara May 16-18. Click here to register for the adventure of your life>Zombie Apoclypse Camporee.  Park details to be added soon, because that's the way a Zombie Apocalypse goes...  T-shirt orders are due next week, registration numbers can be added before the May deadline.  More information at

Do you have what it takes to “Master the Disaster?”  If so, the Red Jacket Spring Camporee is the place for you.  Learn how to prevent environmental disasters and compete as a patrol when those disasters become a reality.   The camporee will be held on May 16th- 18th at Glenn Meadows Park in Hamburg NY.  Registration and information will be available online soon.


Shootout at Camp Schoellkopf May 3, 2014


Open to all Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers.  Learn safe gun handling, work towards a Merit Badge and Shoot.  Event runs from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Cost is $12.00 per scout/ $15.00 for walk-ins.  Click here to register online>

SUMMER CAMP 2014 – It’s never to late to sign up




Cub Scout Resident Camp – Enjoy 4 days/3 nights of activities and fun.


Camp Schoellkopf “RENAISSANCE ”


Boy Scout Resident Camp – 5 days of earning Merit Badges, swimming, scuba diving, horseback riding, COPE, sailing and so much more.



Camp Schoellkopf has added Aquatics Week with Eagle Week.

Aquatics and Eagle Week are PROVO; you can attend without your unit.



Is your unit not going to camp or going a week you can’t attend?  You can still go to camp.  Camp Schoellkopf offers Provisional Camping with an on sight Scoutmaster, register online for PROVO.  Camp Scouthaven a Cub Scout and Parent may come any week.


Any questions please contact Sue Gruber at (716)891-4073 ext 5209




Let the GNFC Camp Promotion Team help you promote camp to your unit.

Contact your district promotion chair to set up a time.


Onondaga:    Ona Strang –

Polaris:           Jim Mohr –

Red Jacket:   Chuck Wild –




There are many cabins and lean-to’s available to rent at all 3 camps.  Go online to register for a weekend.


Upcoming events at camp

June 7 – 8, 2014 – Cub Scout Family Weekend at Camp Scouthaven




 Commissioner's Corner

Roundtables, what are they and why do we need them? Over the last two years we have seen a decline in attendance at our roundtables.  I wonder if it is a time management problem or a lack of understanding about the reason we have them.

First let’s look at what a roundtable is.  As the name suggests, a roundtable is a meeting where everyone is equal and can share views without reproach. We need both new and experienced leaders to attend, ask questions of each other, and to share experiences to help each other.  You also have input as to what the discussions will be.

In other words, a roundtable is a place to strengthen both the units and the district.  We are all here to serve the youth of our units.  Shouldn’t we give them our best by having the collective wisdom of all our leaders, which crosses generations, at our disposal?  We sometimes forget we belong to a larger group in which to tap other resources.

This is also the place to meet and ask questions of your district volunteers.  Information about coming events and training opportunities will be available.  Next time you get the e-mail reminding you that roundtable is approaching, I challenge every unit to send one leader join the discussion.  By doing so you not only improve your own program, you improve everyone’s programs.  After all, isn’t it why we’re here?


Paul Kendzierski,

Council Commissioner


We think Spring is here..... Time for a Spring Tune Up!


Is your pin up to date?  Here is how to find out:  Go to, put in your zip code, pick your pin, and check the information on your site.  If it is not correct, your unit leader, committee chair or chartered partner can change the info or give you the rights to change it.  With the yard signs and some promotions we are planning, this will be one of the ways we drive new members to your unit !

Have you selected a Unit Membership Chairman?  Please be sure to send the name and contact information to your District Professional or send it with your unit number to  Don't be the last unit in your District to sign up.  We will be scheduling some 1 hour training sessions for the Unit Membership Chairs, so having their contact information will be vital to their success. Don't forget to order your recruitment flyers if you are doing a Spring Pack Recruitment.  Time to Put a Tiger in your Pack!  Contact your District Professional at the Council Office. Put an article in your local paper about something great your unit is doing.   Also Channel 4 does a segment highlighting great things kids are doing.   Why not share what your unit is doing to make kids great!  Let's get Western New York talking about Scouting!


You’re late, you’re late, for a very important date....

Are you one of the units that has not completed the re-charter process that was supposed to be done in January?   Better get the paperwork submitted, or get your leaders trained so you can continue to meet with your youth.  Time has run out.

Next Year, Be Prepared!

Change in Unit Registration Status and Membership Reporting Effective January 1, 2015.
A change in the reporting of membership data on national membership reports will begin effective January 1, 2015.  Starting then, a unit that has not re-registered by its expiration date will be considered “separated” and immediately dropped from BSA’s membership reporting. There will no longer be what we now call a lapse period for units that do not re-register on time. ON TIME is December 31, 2014, Late is January 1, 2015. 

So plan ahead, get your leaders trained, and put it in your unit calendar to get this task completed before the holidays!  You wouldn't want to deprive your scouts of a program just because the paperwork did not get done.


 Our Newest Eagles

The Greater Niagara Frontier Council is pleased to announce our newest Scouts who have reached the rank of Eagle.

Name Unit Eagle Project Hours Earned Eagle
Mark Bennett Troop 618 Lancaster Cemetery Building Painting 244 3/28/2014
David Wojtkowski Troop 444 Neighborhood House Identification 170 3/13/2014
Patrick Crowley Jr. Troop 457 Kicks for Nicks Shoe Collection 68 3/17/2014
Nathaniel Ostrowski Troop 457 Olin House Atrium 115 3/17/2014
Alexander Cambria Troop 104 Journey's End Repaint 97 3/17/2014
Justin Dibble Troop 286 Beautify Railings at Community Chdurch 92 3/13/2014
Joseph Fumerelle Troop 37 Painting Delaware Park Maintenance Garage 140 3/13/2014
Benjamin Sansone Troop 104 Canoe Rack for Tifft Nature Preserve 85 3/17/2014
Jared Juliano Troop 8113 Butterfly and Garden Rebuild 102 3/23/2014
Christopher Bean Troop 8113 Socks for Soles at the City Mission 69 3/23/2014
Jacob Diccoli Troop 325 Clean Up Gardens at the Buffalo Central Terminal 221 3/3/2014
Patrick Stroh Troop 4 Boston Town Park Nature Trail Clean Up 90 3/24/2014
Evan Hughes Troop 2 Bench Making for the Pelican Gardens 30 4/7/2014
Michael Cornacchio Troop 2 Picnic Tables for the Parks 150 4/7/2014
Jackson Banas Troop 184 Repurposing of the Botanical Gardens 35 4/3/2014


 Scout Shop Updates

The Niagara Frontier Scout Shop is now on Facebook!  Just search Niagara Frontier Scout Shop or click on the link below.  Like our page to stay updated with all the sales, events, and anything else Scout Shop related.



The 2014 Field Book is here.  This book is the Gold Standard in outdoor survival and know-how.  Endorsed by the American Hiking Society, National Parks Service, and Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, this book is essential for any scout library.  Packed with information ranging from backpacking to orienteering and gearing up to fire building this book has it all!!! Perfect binding edition is $19.99 and coil binding is $26.99.  Keep the book safe with the book cover just $9.99

3. 2. 1. Blastoff!!! Our rocketry program is here!!!  Fly high into the sky with your choice of 5 different kits starting at just $6.99.  We also carry the engines, recovery wadding, and igniters.  A great program idea for any Pack, Troop, or Crew. 

New camping gear is also here.  Check out the newest in backpacks, sleeping bags, pillows, sleeping pads, and more.  With spring camping here and summer camp around the corner gear up today.

On May 10th the Scout Shop will be holding its 3rd “Get Ready for Camp” Event.  A day dedicated to gearing you up for camp, answering any questions that you may have about camp and gear and some fun activities.  We encourage you to stop by and have some fun. 

Mother’s Day is May 11th  and the Scout Shop has great gift ideas for Mom.  Treat her to something special and something Scouting.  Our new Bling Tumbler and Key Ring have been very popular and so has our new charm bracelet.  We have a great selection of ladies hats, shirts, and other ideas too.  Receive a limited edition Mother’s Day patch with each card while supplies last. 

If you have not already, please check out the Scout Shop web page on the Greater Niagara Frontier Website.  The page now includes our upcoming promotions with dates and details as well as our phone number, fax, and hours.  Check it regularly to keep updated with everything going on in the shop including newly mentioned promotions.  You can get to it by clicking on the following link:

Brandon Rueger, Store Manager

Niagara Frontier Scout Shop

2860 Genesee Street

Buffalo, NY 14225

Phone: 716-891-1689

Fax: 716-891-1910

 The Good News

Friends and family attended a beautiful Seder on April 13, 2014, hosted by the Jewish Committee on Scouting.  Everyone enjoyed the enlightening service lead by Cantor Robert Weinrib.  The meal was delicious, and plans for next year's Seder are already being talked about.




Every Youth deserves a well-trained Leader.  Every Leader deserves a well-run training program.


Fuels Safety Orientation Training

FSO is no longer mandatory in GNFC.  The course will still be offered, but as a supplemental training. 

Wood Badge 2015 Announced - SAVE THE DATES

August 28-30, 2015 at Camp Scouthaven
September 12-14, 2015 at SSR

Why should you attend Wood Badge?  Besides delivering the FUN of Scouting, it helps you keep the FUN in Scouting by being a better Leader.  See what we mean from this article in the April 2014 Scouting magazine.  Please contact Darlene Kihlberg ( or Stu Schnettler ( for more information. 

IOLST at Summer Camp

IOLST will be offered at every session of Boy Scout Summer Camp at Schoellkopf Scout Reservation this summer.  If you’re not able to attend one of our IOLST Spring training sessions, attend during your free time at camp.  Stay tuned for more information in your Summer Camp Leader packet.


2014-2015 Training Calendar Set

The GNFC Calendar review occurred one cold blustery night in March.  (Weren’t they all cold blustery nights this Winter?).  Within one hour all Council events were scheduled.  As soon as the calendar is released, we’ll have all the training sessions open for registration.  The training sessions from now through August 2014 are currently open for registration on



Did you miss the Leave No Trace Trainer course that was offered this spring?  Are you interested in earning the new BSA Outdoor Ethics Awards or serving as a LNT Trainer in your troop? Save the dates for the next two courses:

September 20-21, 2014 at Camp Scouthaven, with a three-hour classroom session on 9/11

   April 25-26, 2015 at Camp Schoellkopf


Leave No Trace Trainer courses are 16-hour, two-day trainings taught by LNT Master Educators in the outdoors. Trainer courses are designed to help participants better understand and teach Leave No Trace skills and ethics. Open to adults and youth age 14 and up.


For more information contact GFNC Outdoor Ethics Advocate



“Fun with a Purpose”

GNFC is offering a Powderhorn (High Adventure Skills Resource Management) Course for all adult scouters and youth (age 14 and older) on August 15 – 18, 2014.  Using SSR as a base camp, Powderhorn provides the opportunity for participants to experience various high adventure activities and then promote the inclusion of these activities into their unit’s program.   Over twenty different topics will be offered in areas such as SCUBA, sailing, equestrian, stand up paddle boarding, shooting sports, COPE and geocaching, to name a few.

This is the only Powderhorn course offered in western/central NY this year and typically Powderhorn is only offered every other year in the GNFC.  Registration can be completed here >Powder Horn 2014.  This program is being extensively advertised throughout the region so registering early will guarantee individuals a slot on the roster.   The cost of $175 includes extensive program materials, recognition items, insurance, as well as meals throughout the four day course.

For more information, contact course director Fred Thornley at 982-2045 (email: or course advisor Stuart Schnettler at 512-6215 (email:  









Greater Niagara Frontier Council #380, Boy Scouts of America, 2860 Genesee Street, Buffalo, NY 14225
Service Center Hours:  Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM - Phone (716) 891-4073 - Fax (716) 891-4008
Scout Shop Hours:  Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM; Tuesday 9:00 AM to 7:30 PM;
Every Saturday 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM - Phone (716) 891-1689 - Fax (716) 891-1910