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GNFC eNews - 

September 16, 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

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 Message from the Scout Executive

What happened to this summer?  It doesn’t seem possible that we are already in the second week of school.  My family is already heading to our first pack meeting of the new school year tonight! 


September is an exciting time for your pack, troop, crew, or post.  For our Cub Scouts and Explorers, this is the time that we recruit most of our new members for the year.  Your district executive/director and membership committee is committed to helping you get the materials that you need.  If you missed your membership kickoff last month reach out to your district executive/director.  They can help you with all kinds of recruitment materials.


Fall is also a good time to recruit sixth graders into your Boy Scout Troop.  Many councils have had great success highlighting the adventure of Boy Scouts.  Don’t overlook several new tools that your staff member can help you with.  We have door hangers that are available and can be customized for your troop, and we can provide addresses of Scout aged youth in your community to help you target your campaign.

BeAScout is a lynchpin of the fall membership campaign.  If you are not familiar with this powerful tool, you need to be.  Just like Google maps, you can put your address or zip code in and it will display all of the packs, troops, or crews in that area.  Your unit can personalize its pin to have up to date information about sign up nights or other activities.  A parent or prospective Scout can send an email to a leader from your pack, troop, or crew that is selected by the unit.  Our experience has shown that a quick follow up to the email can make the difference between the Scout signing up or not.  The unit leader and committee chairman control the access to BeAScout from their account at  They can add other registered leaders from you unit to be contacts or to help manage the system.


If you need help with anything to help strengthen your Scouting program, please reach out to your staff member.  We are here to help you and your unit be successful.  I am pleased to announce the hiring of a new leader for the District Executives and District Directors, Jim Battaglia.  Jim was hired effective September 1st as the Field Director for the council.  He has served over sixteen years as a member of the professional staff in Syracuse, New York.  Please join me in welcoming him and his family to Western New York.


33rd Annual Scout Memorabilia Trade-O-Ree & Auction
Friday, September 19th - Trading 5:00 pm until 11:00 pm
Saturday, September 20th - Trading 9:00 am until 1:00 pm / Live Auction 1:00 pm

Presented by the Western New York Traders Association in conjunction with the Greater Niagara Frontier Council.  Admission is $1.00 per person.  Scouts under the age of "18" in full uniform are admitted for free.  All proceeds to benefit the Greater Niagara Frontier Council, including the BSA Council Museum Fund.  For more information please CLICK HERE>>.


GNFC Popcorn Bonus Incentives! 

All Scouts who fill up an order form should submit a copy to the Scout office for the Monday morning drawings for prizes.  Parents and leaders can drop off hard copies, email pdf’s to or fax to 891-4008 showing the filled up order form for credit. 

AND when the Scout has $600 or more in sales he qualifies for the $600 incentive; the Skylights Rocket which can be picked up during the fall sale immediately by showing proof of $600 in sales at the Scout office.  This prize will only be available during the fall sale and before December 15th, or while supplies last. Units that do not pick up during the sale may forfeit their prize. So please remind your families to get credit for their sales for both the Fill A Sheet and the $600 incentives.


Join Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard and the top guns of WNY for our 17th Annual Sporting Clays Classic on September 27, 2014 to support the Greater Niagara Frontier Council, BSA. The action packed day will include Trap, Skeet, and Sporting Clays with awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams. It will also include a sporting auction, lunch, and door prizes. For more information and to register online go to>17th Annual Sporting Clays Classic

Onondaga Camporee!!  Come join us on October 3rd – 5th for a unique and fun camporee experience!  The Onondaga District is hosting a Canoe/Lacrosse Camporee at Camp Scouthaven!  Scouts will get to compete as patrols and compete in a lacrosse tournament, out in the lake, in canoes!  Curious?  Check out the link for more information and register your Troop!>Onondaga District Fall Camporee


Cub Scout Halloween Fun Day

Saturday, October 11, 2014, 9am-3:30pm

Come join the fun for the whole family at Camp Scouthaven: Bobbing for body parts, Fishing, Crafts, Pumpkin Bowling, Face Painting, Hayride to the Haunted House, and much more!!!!

Cost: $10.00 per person, under 5 free (includes lunch) Hot Dog, Carrot Sticks, Chips & Apple.  For more information, see the Halloween Fund Day Event Page


Red Jacket Fall Camporee – Emergency Preparedness

How prepared is your patrol?  Come test you preparation skills at the Red Jacket Fall Camporee at Camp Schoellkopf!  With 12 different competition events for Boy Scouts and Webelos, there is something for every patrol at this action-packed event.  Check in will begin Friday October 17th, 4:30pm with check out on Sunday October 19th at 9:00am.  Register online through September 30th at>Red Jacket Fall Camporee 2014.  Add $3/person for late registration.

Boy Scouts, Venturers and Adult Leaders:  $12.00/each

Webelos and their accompanying adult: $5/each

Additional patches are available at $5/each

For more information contact Gretchen Fetzer
Melissa Schreiber
Greg Voyzey


Red Jacket District New Cub Scout Orientation!  New cub scouts – join us at Schoellkopf Scout Reservation on October 18th starting at 1:00 pm for a tour of the camp, get your questions answered, and learn all about scouting!  Please meet at the camp office.

Onondaga District New Scout Orientation:  Looking for a great first outdoor experience for your brand new Cub Scouts?  Do your new parents have a lot of questions about how this whole Cub Scout thing works?  Come and join us on October 25, 2014 for our New Scout Orientation at Reinstein Woods.  Registration is free! Click here is sign up>New Scout Orientation

Polaris New Scout Orientation is Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Gratwick Park in North Tonawanda. We welcome all new Scouts and Parents to come learn more about scouting, have a parent information meeting, and participate in fun activities. More information will be available soon or contact Steve Blass at


This Annual Retreat is for Scouts 6th Grade and up working toward the Ad Altare Dei or Pope Pius XII Religious Emblems and will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, 1023 Swann Road, Lewiston, New York 14092, on Saturday, November 22, 2014 Starting at 9:00 a.m. until closing Mass at 4:00 p.m.  Stay and enjoy the first night of the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS!

Cost: $15.00 per person includes lunch, Recognition and all program materials.   Questions???? - Call Sue Vermeulen 716-778-8887 or e-mail:   Click here to register online>Catholic Committee Scout Retreat


The Northern Woods and adventure of a week-long fully-guided

canoe expedition in Canada await your crew…


Reservations for Birchbark Expeditions 2015 season are now being accepted.  Start your adventure at







Weekend Camp Reservations are open, please register online.

Tent camping permits are $50.00 and must be purchased by September 30, 2014.  Permit is good September 2014 – May 17, 2015.  Tent camp as many times as you like at no additional fee.


Come sign up for 2015 Resident Camp. Hear what is going to be happening at camp.  Dinner will be provided.Sign up online.

            Camp Schoellkopf – September 23, 2014 at Council Service Center

            Camp Scouthaven – October 23, 2014 at Council Service Center


Camp Schoellkopf:

  • October 4, 2014 – Shootout for Webelos and Boy Scouts (Shotgun, Rifles, BB’s, Pellet, Archery, Knife & Tomahawk)
  • May 2, 2015– Shootout for Webelos and Boy Scouts (Shotgun, Rifles, BB’s, Pellet, Archery, Knife & Tomahawk)

Camp Scouthaven:

  • October 11, 2014 – Halloween Fun Day
  • January 17, 2015 – Winter Fun Day
  • March 21, 2015 – Maple Sugaring Day
  • June 13, 2015 – Cub Scout Family Weekend

 Commissioner's Corner

October marks the beginning of our rechartering process. Every unit should start preparing now.  Ensure that all your leaders have their Youth Protection Training up to date.  If you need any help please contact your Commissioner. Also review the mandatory training required for leader’s positions. Check the Council website for scheduled training to make sure everyone meets the requirements.

College Scouter Reserve - If you register your college age members as Assistant Scoutmasters remember that they have to meet the training requirements for the position. The easier solution to keeping them on your charter is to register them as a Scouter Reserve. The only training requirement for that position is Youth Protection Training.

Membership – Use open houses and word of mouth to get the message out there about Scouting.

Training – a quality program can only happen if our adult leaders are trained. The Council Training Committee is aggressively scheduling opportunities for all leaders. Check the Council website for information on courses currently being offered.

Roundtables – our Roundtable Staff is working diligently to put together informative programs for Cubs, Scouts, and Venturers. Let’s strive to have at least one unit representative attend the Roundtable each month.

Paul Kendzierski
Council Commissioner



Ready, Set, Go

Your unit should have your Fall Recruitment plans finalized and ready to execute.

  • Take full advantage of all opportunities in schools, churches, and community events to promote Scouting and recruit new Scouts. If your unit has not set a recruiting goal, let me offer one.....Recruit 15 or more new scouts before January 1st. 
  • Be sure your program leaders are ready to go with a great program. We only get one chance for a good impression.
  • Trained leaders offer the best program.

And finally, keep recruiting all year round! If you need help, or have questions please feel free to reach me.

Darlene Sprague
Council VP of Membership


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

Training Requirements for 2014

In order to meet the training requirements to recharter your Unit by December 31st, all adults in youth-facing positions must be basic trained.  Cubmaster, Assistant Cubmaster, all Den Leaders, Webelos Leaders, Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, Venture Advisor, Skipper.


ALL adults must be current on their Youth Protection Training.


Recharters will start in October and November.  Take advantage of the many training opportunities being offered by the end of this year.  


Please access the Training page to view and register for courses.

Upcoming Training 

Boy Scout Leader Specifics

October 14, 21, 28 (three-parts):  Audubon Machinery Corporation, 814 Wurlitzer Drive, North Tonawanda, NY  14120

November 1:  Council Service Center

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLST)

September 13-14:  Overnight - SSR, Cowlesville

September 30:  Classroom - Council Service Center, Cheektowaga

October 10-11:  Overnight - SSR, Cowlesville

November 4:  Classroom - Council Service Center, Cheektowaga

November 14-15:  Overnight – Stonehaven, Ransomville

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)

September 13:  SSR, Cowlesville

October 11:  SSR, Cowlesville

Chartered Organization Representative:  October 8 - Onondaga Roundtable

Leave No Trace (LNT)

September 11:  Classroom – Council Service Center, Cheektowaga

September 20-21:  Overnight – SSR, Cowlesville

Cold Weather Training:  December 6 – Queen of Heaven School, West Seneca

Fundamentals of Training (FOT):  November 8 – Council Service Center




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.

Click here for more information>Wood Badge N3-380-15


BSA Leader Materials Available on Kindle

National Supply Group Director Sam Bernstein says the BSA’s Amazon Library is just the start of the organization’s digital push.


“Digital media has changed the way kids learn, connect, socialize and play, and the BSA’s Kindle downloads are only the beginning of our digital initiative,” he says. “We’re committed to delivering the program in the format our members want and expect. E-pubs of merit badge pamphlets, leader materials and the Fieldbook give Scouts easy access to BSA resources wherever they are — training courses, committee meetings, boards of review, camping trips — the information will be right at your fingertips.”

Training Contacts – We’re here to help!

If you have any questions about training or your training records, we can help.

Onondaga District – Bob Blatz        

Polaris District – Dave Sepulveda

Red Jacket District – Ron Krawczyk     

Specialized Training - Paul Kendzierski -     

Council Training Chair – Darlene Kihlberg -        

Council Training Staff Advisor – Jim Battaglia –


Cold Weather Training Day

Open to all Scouts, Venturers, Explorers, and Adult Leaders.  December 6, 2014, Queen of Heaven School, 839 Mill St, West Seneca, NY 14224.  Registration fee is $12 ($16 after 11/14) Registration 8-8:30am - Program 8:30am to 4:30pm

TWO-DEEP leadership is required for all youth.  Lunch will be provided along with Hot Chocolate and Hot Coffee.  Indoor and Outdoor Classes.


TOPICS TO BE COVERED INCLUDE:  Clothing/Gear, Sleeping Systems, Tents/Shelters, Stoves/Nutrition, Cold-Weather First Aid, and Weather.  Register Online>Cold Weather Training 2014


Okpik has two aims - one is to train the individual to be able to enjoy the outdoors and a camping experience in cold weather (and let’s face it, it’s not always warm and dry when Scouters camp) and the second is to train the trainer. We want to train Scout leaders and experienced Scouts in the unique skills of cold weather camping so that they can take the knowledge and skills they have learned on the course and bring them back to their units. We want to see all Scout units extend their camping season to all 12 months of the year.

The OKPIK Pre Course Meeting will be held January 6, 2015-6:30pm to 9:00pm at the Council Service Center.  Click here to register>OKPIK Pre-Course Meeting.  OKPIK Weekend is January 23-25, 2015.  Please report 7pm on the 23rd at Camp Scouthaven.

The cost is $55 which included Program, Food, Training Materials, Patch and Cubes.  This course is limited to the first 35 to register.  Open to Scouts, Venturers, and All Adult Leaders.  The minimum age is 14 and First Class (with written permission from Troop/Crew Leader).  Register Online>OKPIK 2015



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