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GNFC eNews - 

February 13, 2015
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

More information at

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Table of Contents:

Message from the Scout Executive
Camp Cards
Our Newest Eagles
Scout Shop Updates

 Message from the Scout Executive

As I look out my window and think of the snow that is expected over the next few days, it is hard to think just where we are going to put it.  Two weeks ago, I was at the Klondike Derby and was glad to have the snow.  It’s always about having the right things at the right time. 

Our motto “Be Prepared” is really all about having the right things at the right time.  The right clothing for the weather, the right equipment for the activity, and most importantly the right skills and training for the outing.  I remember my first winter overnight as a Boy Scout.  My Scoutmaster, Mr. Hoffmann, made sure that all of the new Scouts had received the proper cold weather training from some of the older Scouts.  We were taught what to wear, the importance of layers, and how to pick the proper sleeping bag, everything down to the best pad to keep you from getting cold as your bag lay on the tent floor.  It was great.  After a day full of sledding, I slept well and was warm all night because I was prepared.

Today as Scouters we still face the same challenges to make sure that all of our Scouts build those great memories just like my Scoutmaster did for me.  Through training we help to make sure that every Pack, Troop, Crew, Ship, and Post is prepared to deliver the promise of an exciting program to all of our Scouts.  As a council we are in the third year of our plan to get everyone trained in their position.  Our training committee has been working tirelessly to help us achieve that goal.  By the end of this year we hope to have all committee members added to the youth facing leaders that we have trained over the last two years.  Watch for information from your district training team about training opportunities.  As you have new parents fill the different positions in your pack, troop, crew, or post help them get to the right training.  Some training is available online at   Once you have completed the training for your position you have to keep your youth protection training current to stay trained.  If you do your youth protection training through your myscouting account it will update your training record automatically if you have entered your member number in the profile of the account.

This is also the right time of the year to make sure that all of your Scouts are planning to participate in your summer camping program.  Thinking about our pack’s trip to Scouthaven next July helps me warm up on a cold February day.  By now your pack or troop should be signed up for summer camp or day camp, but many of your families (in particular the new ones) may not yet have camp in their plans.  Now is the time to get them excited about joining you.  Show them pictures or videos of last summer.  If they have never gone to camp before, they won’t know how much fun it is.  Every Scout that goes to camp is a Scout that will stay in the Pack or Troop.


The 2015 University of Scouting and Cub Scout College Program Guide is on line and the registration is open.  New this year, 

  • earn your degree in scouting,
  • merit badge kiosks, 
  • tracks to help you find related courses, 
  • over 100 courses
  • expanded midway 
  • lunch included
  • ILST and VLSC

March 7, Erie Community College North Campus.  8:30 AM
Cost is $12.00 until February 15. 
Many new programs for Venturers and Scoutsand Leaders 
Be sure to pass this information along to your unit

Click here to register>



Jewish Scouting to be Celebrated at Congregation Beth Abraham 

Come celebrate Jewish Scouting at Scout Shabbat on Friday, February 20, 2015 at Congregation Beth Abraham, 1073 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo.  Representatives from the Greater Niagara Frontier Council's Jewish Committee on Scouting will be in attendance.  Scouts should wear uniforms and bring their pack and troop flags to display.  For directions or information about CBA, please visit  For information about the GNFC Jewish Committee on Scouting, please visit 


Stars of the North - Polaris District Scouting Team Adult Recognition Dinner

You invited to attend the 2015 Polaris District “STAR” Dinner. Being presented that evening will be District Awards of Merit, Scouters Keys, Unit Awards, Special Awards, and others.  Unit leaders are asked to extend this invitation to their Chartered Organization Representative, and other adult unit Leadership.

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015, Panes Restaurant, North Tonawanda

Click here to register>


Good Turn for America 

The Greater Niagara Frontier Council and Tops Friendly Markets team up for Good Turn for America on April 18th.  This is an annual council-wide event collecting food and other items for local pantries you choose.  Again this year, we have online sign up available.  Here's how it works:

  • Click here to register and pick your unit’s time slot>.
  • Check out the chart to a find available store locations and times convenient for your unit.
  • Click Register >> and enter your name and contact information.  Next you will be asked to
    • provide your unit information
    • select the store where you would like to collect
    • select a time (applies to either store)
    • provide the name of the pantry you are supporting
      (NOTE: Each unit is responsible for packing up and delivery the items you collected immediately after your shift)


GNFC Camporall to be held in Spring 2017

A Camperall is a large scale, council-wide event with exciting program for Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Venturers, and Explorers.  This will be the first Camperall since 2010.  The planning committee is curently forming.  Your ideas and suggestions are needed, please tell us how to make this camporall a once in a lifetime experience by filling out our online SURVEY>>

 Camp Cards

2015 Camp Card Sale

The 2015 Greater Niagara Frontier Council Camp Card Sale just had its big kickoff and now is the time to sign up!  Cards are going fast so don’t delay and miss out!  The sale officially starts March 1st and will end on April 30th.

The new design features a rugged plastic card and has an internet based coupon retrieval system.  Consumer cost is $5.00 and each unit earns $2.00 per camp card sold.  There are two tear-off coupons including Children's Place and Harbor Freight.

Each card entitles the consumer to self-select 10 premium discounts and has access to hundreds of premium local discounts from which to choose.  Its access code driven –simply print a coupon or show the merchant your smartphone. 

This is a great opportunity for packs and troops to secure funding for summer camp.  Every boy deserves the chance to go to camp and there is no better way than through the 2015 Camp Card Sale.  To get cards or for more information please check with your District Executive or Jim Battaglia at 716-512-6204. 



Camp Schoellkopf:

May 2, 2015– Shootout for Webelos and Boy Scouts (Shotgun, Rifles, BB’s, Pellet, Archery, Knife & Tomahawk)

Camp Scouthaven:

March 21, 2015 – Maple Sugaring Day – All proceeds go to the campership fund.  Come out and enjoy an all you can eat Pancake Breakfast, take a hay ride to the sugar bush, watch Ranger “Digger” turn sap into syrup, and bid on a mini theme tray auction.  Don’t forget to stop in at the Trading Post to purchase a bottle of “Old Ranger” Syrup.  Click here to register online>.

June 13, 2015 – Cub Scout Family Weekend – You bring your tent and we will supply the food and fun!!!!!  Register here>


Looking for a few good Scouts!

Only a few positions are open now for Camp Schoellkopf.

Scoutcraft Director- Must be 18 years of age, willing to go to Camp School.  Must have some ability with knots, lashing, orienteering, knife and axe safety.  Enjoys working with younger Scouts.

Ecology Director- Must be 18 years of age, willing to go to Camp School.  Must have some ability with the earth sciences, plants, animals and other wildlife.  Enjoys working with younger Scouts.

Assistant Health Officer- Must be 18 years of age.  Will work under the Camp Health Officer.  Must have some ability with organizing, teaching first aid skills and emergency preparedness.  Enjoys working with younger Scouts.

COPE Director- Must be 21 years of age, willing to go to Camp School.  Cannot be afraid of heights.  Enjoys working with ropes, and younger Scouts.

Provisional Scoutmaster- Must be 21 years of age.  Must have basic Scout Leader skills.  Either have or willing to take IOLST and Scoutmaster Specifics. 

Contact Pat Covell to set up an interview (716) 512-6213


Positions available at Camp Scouthaven

Counselors in Training – Must be 15 years of age

Lifeguards- Must be 16 years of age. We will certify

Program Directors- Must be 18 years of age.

Program & Kitchen Aides- Must be 16 years of age.  

Contact Karolin King to set up an interview (716) 353-1724


Purchase a CSP for $25.00.  All proceeds go to the campership fund.


Have you signed up your unit for summer camp?  It’s not too late.  Please reserve your week at


There are cabins available to rent at all 3 camps or have your unit tent camp. Please register online.


Join Us at the  University of Scouting Membership classes

M&Ms of Scouting - Period 3  - Membership Recruitment and Marketing. This session will introduce the role and responsibilities of the Unit Membership Chairperson. This position was created in 2014 so units would have a person with responsibilities for marketing their unit in the community and managing the membership in their unit. The session will be full of ideas on promoting your unit and suggested methods for recruiting new members, youth and adult. This session is for the Cub Scout  / Troop / Venturing Unit Committee members (instructor Darlene Sprague)

Tiger Xtravaganza - Period 4 - Spring will launch a Council –wide Tiger Xtravaganza for recruiting new Tigers into your Pack. This session will outline what is planned for this HUGE Xtravaganza for getting new Tigers. Make sure your Pack is ready to participate and bring in those new Tigers!!! Target Audience is the CS Committee (instructor Darlene Sprague)

Year Round Recruitment - Period 5 - Youth recruitment does not just happen in the Fall and Spring. It should be a year round process for bring new scouts into your unit. More scouts mean more fun for the scouts. If you’re a unit that only does recruitment once a year, be sure to stop in for this session.  Target Audience is Cub Scout and Troop Committee, Cubmaster, Scoutmaster (instructor Rick Smith)

Unit Membership Chairs
If your unit has not yet recruited a Unit membership Chair, now is the time to find the right person to promote membership in your unit.  Follow the link to get more information and attend the M&M session at University of Scouting to get the training.

Make your Unit Visible in the Community
Take every opportunity to promote Scouting in the Community.   When you are out in the community make sure you take your Unit banner with you.  Let everyone know how fun Scouting can be.  Submit those photos of your Scouts in action to the local papers.  Post them on facebook, twitter, instagram or whatever your unit parent use.

Here is a winter idea - Adopt a Hydrant - get your youth to shovel out the hydrants near their homes.

Peer Recruitment
The best method for growing your unit is peer recruitment.  Ask your scouts to ask a friend.  And, there is a patch for that!!

 Our Newest Eagles
Name Unit Eagle Project Hours Earmed Eag;e
Scott Conway T457 Clarence Nature Center Trail 115 12/20/14
Jack Croft T513 GoBike Bicycle Drive 282 01/19/15
Dylan Wojtkowski T554 Infant of Prague Fence Improvement 192 01/15/15
Daniel Rudz T518 Grounds Improvements and Cemetery Restoration 172 01/29/15
Curtis Stuart T659 Mary Queen of Angels Basement 250 01/29/15
Elliott Hoth T483 Trail Markers Installation and Grapevine Removal 115 01/26/15
John Sosnowski T630 St Stephens Catholic Church Basement Carpet 178 02/02/15
Nolan Miles T630 Exterior Rehab of Town Rec Center 150 02/02/15
Jacob Maciejewski T335 Buffum House 301 02/04/15
Ian Desjardin T457 Chess Stump Table Clarence Town Park 168 02/08/15
Erik Soucy T457 Iraq/Afghanistan Memorial Dedication 134 02/08/15
Joseph Arno T440 Bat Houses for Beeman Creek Park 164 02/07/15
Alec Sass T440 St Vincent dePaul Storage 143 02/07/15

 Scout Shop Updates

World Friendship Fund

From February 1-15, we will be accepting donations to the World Friendship Fund. Please stop in and participate!

Through the World Friendship Fund, voluntary contributions of Scouts and leaders are transformed into cooperative projects that help Scouting associations in other countries to strengthen and extend their Scouting programs. The World Friendship Fund gives the youth members of the Boy Scouts of America an opportunity to help fellow Scouts who are in need of their support. It teaches Scouts that Scouting is global. Since the inception of the World Friendship Fund, American Scouts and leaders have voluntarily donated more than $11 million to these self-help activities.

The World Friendship Fund was developed during the closing days of World War II. At that time, there was a great need to rebuild Scouting in those nations that had been wracked by war and were just emerging from the shadows of totalitarianism.

Over the years, this fund has provided Scouts from around the world with Scouting literature, uniforms, summer camp equipment, computers, and other Scouting-related supplies.’s Day Sale   Feb 2-Feb 15

In-Store Americana T-Shirt Clearance.  The Americana shirts from the past two years are on sale for $5.99. Pay tribute to the US and BSA at the same time.

Camping Announcement  Feb 23-March 8

Grab all your gear for camping during any season. Sleeping bags, headlamps, literature, hats, and shirts to make your next camping trip your best one yet! We now have the camp monkey, to hold your gadgets for you in your campsite.

Crafts   Feb 23-April 5

Come in to the Scout Shop to see all of our crafts! We have wood crafts, leather crafts, and paracord crafts for all age levels. We also have science kits for kids to grow and explore!



New Council Training Chair

As I move on to another volunteer position in our council, I’d like to welcome Ron Krawczyk to the position of GNFC Council Training Chair.  Those in the Red Jacket District or attendees to IOLST already know Ron.  He’s a teacher by profession; still teaching well into his semi-retirement.  Ron recently attended the Master Trainer Conference at Sea Base where he discussed trainer selection and development, creating fun and convenient training opportunities for participants, and developing strategies for long-term improvement in our training program.  Ron is well-qualified to lead our training journey.

Thank you to our Council Training Cabinet, all our course directors and trainers, and our professional staff for your support.  We have accomplished a lot in the past couple of years to make training better.  Especially THANK YOU to all of you who have attended the many trainings I have led or been on staff in the past 20 years.  It has been my pleasure to serve you in training, and I look forward to continuing my service to you in program.  Together, we will do great things for our youth!

Yours in Scouting,

Darlene Kihlberg, VP of Program


Training for Cub Program Changes

Cub training that is affected by the new program changes will be updated by April 1.  There will be a session for new Cub Leaders and a session for those that are already trained, but need to understand the program changes.  As soon as the training is available, we will release it and it will be delivered in all scheduled sessions.  We will also deliver the update training at District Roundtables and by request.

Training Requirements for 2015

In order to meet the training requirements to recharter your Unit in 10 months, ALL adults in your unit must be Basic Trained.  All Cub Leaders, all Troop Leaders and all Venture Crew Leaders including all Unit Committee Members.  ALL adults must be current on their Youth Protection Training.

Training Calendar Changes

Every year the Council Training Cabinet gets together to review our training plan for the current year and the next year in order to get a good balance of training sessions needed and trainer availability.  As you can imagine, planning more than one year into the future usually makes it necessary to change things as the time comes closer.  The GNFC calendar has been updated to show the following training dates for 2015.

Pack and Troop Committee Challenge:  February 14, March 14, April 29, May 21, June 3, September 25, October 23, November 23

Scoutmaster Specifics:  February 14, March 29, May 10, October 3, December 12

IOLST:  March 28-29, May 8-9, October 23-24

Cub Scout Specific (all positions):  April 13 & 15, May 9, September 26, October 3, December 12

BALOO:  March 7 (University of Scouting), May 9, October 23

Chartered Organization Representative:  October 24

Cold Weather:  December 5

Training sessions for IOLST and Scoutmaster Specifics will be held at Summer Camp at SSR.

Training may also be delivered at your District Roundtable.  Check the Roundtable schedule.

Training may also be organized as needed for a specific group through your District Training Chair.

On-line training:

GNFC Training page:

University of Scouting Training Café

Please stop by the E-learning Center at the University of Scouting.  You’ll be able to get your questions answered about training and training requirements, take on-line courses, register for training, and make arrangements for personalized training for your Unit.  We’d really enjoy meeting you.

Wood Badge – All included

Wood Badge is for ALL “position trained” adults (18 and over).  It doesn’t matter what registered position you have in Scouting, what physical attributes or limitations you have, what physical fitness level you have, what level of education you have, what job position you have, etc.  Wood Badge is for ALL who are interested in impacting youth for good.  Is that YOU?  If it is (and I hope it is), please contact me with your questions.  It would be my pleasure to share with you how you can benefit from Wood Badge and how you can impact our youth for good.

Wood Badge is the ultimate leadership and team building course developed by the Boy Scouts of America. Wood Badge draws upon the most current leadership models used by corporate America, academic circles, and other successful outdoor leadership organizations. The course is built upon the time-tested training concepts of Robert Baden-Powell, Scouting’s founder. It meets the needs of ALL Scouting leaders.

Why Wood Badge?  Read and find out

Want more information?

Darlene Kihlberg, Course Director N3-380-15  All Included



New Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training

The classroom session of the training required for Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters has undergone a major facelift.  It’s now called Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training, or Scoutmaster Specifics (SMS) for short.  The course code is still the same, S24.  This course along with Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLST), course code S11, is what is needed for a Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster to earn their Trained patch.

If you’ve previously taken a version of Boy Scout Leader Specifics or Scoutmaster Specifics to earn your Trained patch, you don’t need to take the new training to continue to be considered Trained for this position.  However, it’s always a great idea to update your knowledge on the latest in Scouting.

This training is also open to Junior Assistant Scoutmasters.

The new delivery method of this course allows it to be delivered in four hours compared to the previous six-eight hour format. 

See the GNFC Training page to find our next scheduled course.

Youth Protection Training

Did you know there are 3 versions?

  • YPT1 – Youth Protection Training for the Cub Scout and Boy Scout programs (and all others not in the Venturing or Exploring programs)

  • YPT2 – Youth Protection Training for the Venturing program

  • YPT3 – Youth Protection for the Explorer Post program

Youth Protection Training is required for registered adults.  It’s a great idea for all adults (even non-registered) who attend your unit meetings or events to be Youth Protection trained.  It helps them know what the rules are and how to abide by them.  It helps you as a leader because everyone will know the rules.  And it helps everyone to be protected.

The best way to get Youth Protection training is on line at:

The most up-to-date training is there.  If that is not possible for you or if you have questions, please contact your District Training Chair.

Training Contacts – We’re here to help!

Onondaga District – Bob Germony                                 

Polaris District – Dave Sepulveda                          

Red Jacket District – Ron Krawczyk                            

Tatonka District – Jim Yuhnke                                

Specialized Training - Paul Kendzierski                     (Powder Horn, Wood Badge, NYLT,Cold Weather, OKPIK, Health and Safety, T3, University of Scouting, etc.)

Council Training Chair – Ron Krawczyk           

Council Training Staff Advisor – Jim Battaglia  



Attention All Wood Badgers -- those who have beads, or those are working "their ticket"!!  This is for YOU!! 

Wood Badge Potlatch 2015
March 14th, 2015
Come at 6:00 for fellowship and dinner at 7:00.
St. Aloysius Gonzaga Roman Catholic Church
157 Cleveland Dr. Cheektowaga, 14215

Come follow in the footsteps of our founder and enjoy fellowship, fun, and food as we take a trip “Back to Gilwell” and reminisce with fond memories of Wood Badge Courses long ago.  Potlatch is a gathering of Wood Badge holders (and those still working their tickets).  You will get to sing “the song”, see old (and new) friends, look at old course pictures, and enjoy some great food!  We will not be doing skits this time to provide for ample time for fellowship and program!

We are also looking for those who are Wood Badge holders who didn’t take the course in our council but would like to connect with fellow Wood Badgers!  We’d like to add YOU to our list and include you in the fun!  Even if you are unable to attend, we'd love to add you to our list!!  Please email:  Bob Germony at or Dave Wind at to get added to our mailing list!

To register for Potlatch click here>

Hope to see you there, Wood Badge Friends!!

Leave No Trace Trainer Course

The Greater Niagara Frontier Council in conjunction with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is sponsoring a Leave No Trace Trainer Course for Scouters and Scouts (age 14 and older).


This course consists of a Classroom session held at the Council Service Center with an overnight outpost camping experience at Camp Schoelkopf to apply the Leave No Trace principles. 


Classroom Session: April 15th, 2015, 6:00 pm to 9:00 PM

Overnight Session:  April 25-26, 2015


Click here to register>           



Leave No Trace Master Educator Course

Part 1: Friday, May 15-17 at Camp Scouthaven

Part 2: Friday, May 22-25 at Camp Cutler in the Finger Lakes Region

This course is designed for people who are actively teaching outdoor skills or providing recreation information to the public. Master Educators can train others in Leave No Trace skills as well as facilitate Leave No Trace Trainer courses and awareness workshops.

Who may participate? Any registered Scouter 18 years of age or older with an interest and passion for Outdoor Ethics. All participants should be familiar with Basic Hiking and Camping Skills.  Note: As an option, we will offer an introduction to BSA’s Tread Lightly! outdoor ethics program to all registered participants. 

Register here>



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