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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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Table of Contents:
If you would like more information
Spring is here and the sun is shining bright, and so is Scouting. The winter months were great for Scouting, and the spring is off to an incredible start. We had a strong winter season with two successful District Pinewood Derbies in Tatonka and Onondaga, successful District Klondike’s, and new Cub Scout packs joining our Council.
On April 30th we also had our first annual Council Scout Blitz Day. Thank you to all the volunteers and Scouts who participated in this event. I also want to extend a big thank you to our Council Vice President for Membership Darlene Sprague, who really helped spearhead the effort. Trying something new is always exciting and nerve racking at the same time, but it turned out to be a huge success. Scouting is all over our community now, and if you need membership supplies please let us know at the Council Headquarters.
With the tremendous help of our volunteers, on all levels, our Council is poised for membership growth. Our Council will also be introducing some exciting changes to the Popcorn sale, to make it more convenient and successful for our Scout units and families. We are listening to your feedback and delivering on our promises.
Our Council Camps will be back in full swing to, and we look forward to seeing all our Scout families out at Camp this summer. We still cannot believe how fast this year is going! We wish all of you a successful spring Scouting season, and look forward to seeing you out at camp this summer!
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
2016 GNFC Eagle's (Newest to Oldest)
Camp Stonehaven Beaver Day, Saturday June 11, 2016 9am to 3pm
4670 Albright Road, Lewiston, New York 14092
Beavers are hardworking and industrious, just like Scouters. Join us for a day of service to help get Camp Stonehaven ready for the fall camping season.
More information at http://www.wnyscouting.org/event/1750448
Training is a Cornerstone of Effective Scouting Programs
Being a leader in the Boy Scouts of America is a privilege, not a right. The quality of our Scouting program and the safety of our youth members require high-quality adult leaders.
If You Are a New Leader, Start Here >
Information on training is organized by Program indicated by the following icons. Training courses listed in the calendar will display one or more of these icons indicating to which program(s) the training applies.
Details on Cub Scout Leader training >
Basic Training for Cub Scout Leader Positions Explained (pdf)
Details on Boy Scout Leader training, including youth training>
Basic Training for Boy Scout Leader Positions Explained(pdf)
Details on Venturing training for adults and youth leaders >
Training is available locally from District training personnel and ONLINE using interactive training modules provided by the Boys Scouts of America.
Information for Experienced Leaders
GNFC Training Chairman
Ron Krawczyk - (716) 435-5083
GNFC Training Staff Advisor
Bob Blatz - (716) 512-6215
GNFC Training Chairs
Red Jacket: Tom Slomka - (716) 818-3791
Onondaga: Bob Germony - (716) 440-2372
Polaris: Dave Sepulveda - (716) 425-6535
February 3, 4 & 5, 2017
and February 25, 26 & 27, 2017
Leadership for Scouting - Leadership for America
Do you want to become a better leader in Scouting, and your everyday life?
Do you want to know how to better organize your Pack, Troop or Crew?
Do you want your youth to get a better experience from Scouting?
If the answer to any of these questions is YES, you are a candidate for WOOD BADGE.
Wood Badge can help you become a better Leader, understand how to better organize your unit, and help you deliver that promise of Scouting to all Scouts, be it Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, or Venturers
For more information on Wood Badge, view the the article "Why Wood Badge" in the March/April 2014 issue of Scouting Magazine.
Wood Badge Training consists of 2 phases:
You must be present at both 3 day weekends and you will have to attend small group meetings between the weekends in order to complete Phase I.
The 1st weekend begains at 7:30 am on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017 and conludes between 5:30 - 6:00 pm on Sunday, Feb. 5th. The 2nd weekend begins at 7:00 am on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 and concludes between 5:00 - 5:30 pm on Monday, Feb. 27th.
You MUST attend all dates listed above to successfully complete the course.
During the weekends you will be developing a series of goals that you would like to accomplish in your Scouting job during the application phase. Once you have accomplished your goals to your satisfaction and that of the assigned counselor the WOOD BADGE will be awarded.
What is the Cost?
The course fee will be announced in January 2016. The cost includes the cost of all meals and training materials. Full Payment is encouraged at the time of registration. However; to insure a place in the course, a minimum deposit of $75 is due with your application. Future payments payments will be determined at a later date.
Who can Attend
All registered leaders in the Scouting movement are encouraged to attend. However, you must:
1) Have completed the basic training courses for your Scouting position:
2) Have completed the outdoor skills training programs appropriate for your Scouting position:
3) Be capable of functioning safely in an outdoor environment. Successful completion of the BSA annual physical form is required for all participants.
Wood Badge is a Class 3 activity and requires medical approval.
Ready to register or look at the Application. Please click on the links below.
Wood Badge N3-380-17 Application
Wood Badge N3-380-17 Online Registration
Wood Badge N3-380-17 Campership Application (Coming Soon)
For additional infomation, please contact the Course Director via e-mail or phone at the information below.
Click here to Register
DARE MIGHTY THINGS
High Adventure Resource Management Course
Thursday June 2, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Daemen College Wick Social Room
All units must send their Popcorn Kernel and we welcome either your Committee Chair or Top Leader to the training event in order to be eligible for your bonus commissions for the Fall 2016 Popcorn Sale.
We will cover everything your unit leadership needs to know about the 2016 popcorn sale; dates, unit planning, best methods and, of course, new updates for the sale.
Light dinner will be served from 6-6:45 so please be prompt.
There is no cost for this event and we want to encourage Popcorn Kernels to bring their unit's top leader or Committee Chair to learn more about the program. Parents of top sellers and Scouts can also attend. Please let us know you are coming!
Location: Daemen College’s Wick Social Room (same place as last year).
Daemen College is on Main St. in Snyder, just west of the thruway (I-90).
Click to Register
2017 St. George Trek, July 5 - 20, 2017. The St. George Trek is the National Catholic Committee on Scouting's high adventure Catholic leadership program for older Catholic Boy Scouts & Venture Crew members at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. The program brings Catholic high school youth from around the country together with selected priests, religious and seminarians for eleven days of backpacking in the context of a vocation retreat. The Buffalo Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting will conduct a search and send one Boy Scout or Venturer (an $800 value)to the Trek. The earning of Scouting's Religious Emblems and involvement in church, school and scouting activities is given consideration. An application form must be filled out and submitted by June 30, 2016. Forms may be obtained at the GNFC or the Diocese office. For more info contact James Smyczynski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your place to shop for Scouting needs
2860 Genesee Street
Buffalo, NY 14225
Phone (716) 891-1689
Fax (716) 891-1910
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM – 7:30 PM; Saturday 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM
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We have a new line of Coleman products in store now!
Check your trailers and closets!
Troop and Pack Leaders: We have propane stoves and lanterns in the shop now.
Everyone: We have 4 person & 6 person tents, sleepings bags, and air mattresses.
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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.
If you have a question, comment, or suggestion, please e-mail: Bob Blatz