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August 17, 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

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Table of Contents:

Message from the Scout Executive
Law and Government Explorer Post
Our Newest Eagles
Scout Shop Updates

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 Message from the Scout Executive

Where did the summer go?  It seems like it was just yesterday that we were getting ready for camp and the kids were just getting out of school.  I hope that you all had a great safe summer.  My sons and I had a great time at Camp Scouthaven.  They both can’t wait to go back, although the oldest will have to visit his younger brother because he will be in Boy Scouts by next summer.

We had a great summer with lots of activity in the council.  We had Cub Scout Camp at Scouthaven, Boy Scout Camp, Adventure week and National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT – White Buffalo) at Schoellkopf, Birchbark Expeditions in Algonquin Provincial Park and Day Camp at locations around the council.  I was very pleased with the leadership of all of our programs.  David Ashley and Mike Cross at Camp Scouthaven, Ben Burke and Sean Jones at Schoellkopf, Jeff Keenan at NYLT, Dave Bliss and Alan Percy at Birchbark Expeditions, and Army Leonetti and Kristy Bishop at Day Camp.  Each of these leaders had the support of a great staff that made our summer programs a lot of fun for our Scouts.  I know from the two Webelos in my house that they were very successful.  Thanks to all of the Staff who made it possible.

As we move into the fall, now is the most critical time to get new Cub Scouts involved and to make sure that our Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Venturers, Sea Scouts and Explorers from last spring become fully re-engaged with your Troop, Pack, Crew, Ship or Post.  Since last spring you may have had some families that have fallen away from your Pack, Troop, Crew, Ship or Post.  Now is the time to reach out to them and invite them back.  Share with them what your plans are for the next year and offer to get them involved in your unit.  Sometimes the Scout will feel like he is “in trouble” because he has missed several meetings.  Usually a phone call or email can help him get back in with the group.  This is particularly important for any of your Scouts that didn’t go to camp with the Pack or Troop.  Those boys and their families can easily feel like they aren’t part of the team.  Reaching out to them helps get them back in the swing of things.

Every Pack, Troop, Crew and Ship has a pin on the site that give you a direct link to families that are interested in joining Scouting.  Your Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Crew Adviser or Committee Chair can assign any registered adult to be the person that gets inquiries from families about your unit.  You can also update the information that the families see on the website.  If you need help with this critical tool contact your unit commissioner or staff member directly.  We are getting inquiries through this system every day.  Someone from your unit should be responding within twenty-four hours. 

We are also just getting underway with our Popcorn campaign.  This is the best way to fund all of your Scouting plans over the next twelve months.  A well-executed sale by your Pack, Troop, Crew, Ship or Post can make Scouting affordable for every family.  It is not too late to take part in the take-order sale.


Orienteering Meet at Camp Schoellkopf Saturday, August 29th

The Buffalo Orienteering Club will be holding a "Score-O" orienteering meet at Camp Schoellkopf on August 29th. In this format, numerous controls are placed over a large area. Locate as many you desire in any order within the three-hour time limit. Registration and training for beginner and intermediate participants from 10:00 am to 10:45 am. Start time is 11:00 am. Prefect for Scouts working on the First Class orienteering requirement or Orienteering Merit Badge. $10 fee ($5 for club members and Scouts) includes 5-color, 1:10,000 camp map and meet entry. Visit for more information.

Camp Stonehaven Beaver Day September 12th

Beavers are hardworking and industrious, just like Scouters. Join us for a day of service to help get Camp Stonehaven ready for the camping season. Click here for more information> Camp Stonehaven Beaver Day

Leave No Trace Trainer Course

Classroom Session:  September 22, 6:00-9:00pm, GNFC Service Center

Overnight Session:  October 3-4, noon on Saturday to 1:00pm on Sunday, Camp Schoellkopf

Leave No Trace Trainer certification is a 16-hour course for Scouters and Scouts age 14 and older who are interested in learning how to apply LNT principles in an outdoor setting and teach the skills to others.

More information and online registration at

On September 26, 9 AM to 12 NOON, the Buffalo Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting will be conducting their training for new Religious Emblem Counselors.   

Current Counselors who have not renewed this training in the last 3 years are required to refresh and learn about what is new in the program and share the best practices.  This training will be held at St. Gregory the Great Parish Center on Maple Road in Amherst.  Presenters will be Howard Morgan, Emblems Chairman and Deacon Dan Golinski.

Please Note:  The Religious Emblems Manual has been updated.  Here is the link to the full document:

WNED-TV Needs our Help
Scouts have the opportunity to contribute to a valuable community resource and have fun at the same time.  WNED-TV is looking for people 16 years of age and older to come in and answer phones during their TV campaigns.  Volunteers answer phone and record pledges called in by vierers to support WNED.  For more infoamtion contact Dorothy Mesmer at 716-845-7000 ex. 304 or


Thank you to all scouts and scouters who attended Camp Schoellkopf and Scouthaven this summer! 

Save the Date: 

September 19th: Dutch Oven Cooking Challenge to benefit the Council Campership Fund.  Register at

September 24th: 2016 Camp Schoellkopf Kick Off, 6:00pm at the Council Service Center

October 20th:   2016 Camp Scouthaven Kick Off, 6:00pm at the Council Service Center


We are in the process of forming committees to plan our 2015 – 2016 Cub Scout events.  The committees plan, promote, and recruit volunteers to help run the event.

Upcoming Events:

Halloween Fun Day – October 10, 2015

Winter Fun Day – January 16, 2016

Family Weekend – June 11 – 12, 2016


If you’re interested in volunteering for one of these committees please contact Sue Gruber at (716) 512-6216.


 Law and Government Explorer Post

Law and Government Career Exploring Program

Oracle Charter School
888 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14209

TO:                  All Interested High School Students Ages 14 and Up

RE:                  New Career Exploration Program

DATE:            August 13, 2015

A new career orientation and experience program for young people interested in careers in law and government is being launched for the 2015/2016 school year at Oracle Charter School in cooperation with the Greater Niagara Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Its mission is to offer male and female high school students, ages 14 and up, increased awareness of careers in law and government through practical experiences, training and other meaningful activities.

Planned activities include the FBI, Erie County Holding Center, law enforcement canine unit, courtroom activities, computer forensics professionals, attorneys specializing in various practice areas such as sports law, personal injury, criminal law, real estate law, family law and more, plus legislators, judges and other elected officials.

Participants will have the opportunity to engage in mock negotiations, debates, panel discussions, group discussions, listen to brief lectures on interesting topics, learn about real estate acquisition including financial literacy, and take field trips to related sites such as the Erie County Holding Center, court, and other attention-grabbing places.

The program will include one approximately 2-hour meeting after school (4 p.m.-6 p.m.) on a Tuesday each month from October-May plus various field trips. 

How to Enroll:

To enroll, each student must simply complete an “Exploring Youth Application” and pay a $30 enrollment fee which covers the cost for that student for the entire school year.  Applications are now being accepted.  Financial assistance will be available upon inquiry.

Important Date:

You and your parents are invited to attend an Informational Meeting to be held on Tuesday September 22, 2015 from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. at Oracle Charter School, 888 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY, 14209, Tel (716-362-3188).

Contact Us:

For more information, feel free to contact Brian Pawloski at 716-362-3188 or, or Divitta Alexander at 716-856-1700 or


"Big Games Cub Scout Events" open to new and returning cub scouts.  Lot's of fun and big game activities! 

Angry Birds, Operation, Pick Up Sticks, Jenga, Kerplunk, Twister, Pool Noodle Olympics and much more.  Register online for these free events.

August 20th, 6-8 pm    Basset Park, Williamsville


Council Membershp Kickoff Event
All Cubmasters, Pack Membership Chairs and Pack Committee Chairs are invited..  Complimentary dinner provided at 6:00 pm.  Please come prepared with school night date, location and time.  Learn bout the 2015 Fall Recruitment Plan.  Learn how to run an onsite recruting night and the new Cub Program changes.  Click here to register for this free event> 


 Our Newest Eagles
Ian Shelly T352 Bat/Wood Duck Boxes Lancaster Heritage Trail 131 6/18/2015
Shane Bishop T173 Free Volleyball Clinic 160 6/15/2015
Connor Harrigan T630 Reading Loft 153 6/4/2015
Quinn Metlak T229 School Murals 112 6/15/2015
John Valvo T229 Nine Mile Island Cabin Makeover 168 6/15/2015
Isaac Dana T513 West Falls Conservation Project 77 6/22/2015
Aric Huber T491 School Murals 21 6/22/2015
David Mernitz T457 Fox Street Habitat Landscaping 132 6/25/2015
Jacob Morse T513 Response to Love Center Wall Demolition 110 6/24/2015
Colton Johnson T545 Hull House Restoration 275 7/1/2015
Brian Freebern T421 Bird Houses Brant Town Park 112 6/29/2015
Blake Boreanaz T457 St John's Display of Historical Items 255 6/23/2015
Mikhail Dyskin T445 Pioneer Cemetery Clean Up and Repair 160 7/9/2015
Gregory McDonald T445 Rehab Buffalo Niagara Heritage Museum 282 7/9/2015
Connor Murphy T409 Trail Enhancement 106 7/13/2015
Robert Frazer T409 West Seneca Cross Country Trail 180 7/13/2015
Jason Stopinski T92 St Marys Baseball Dugout Project 336 7/21/2015
Nicholas Eichelberger T616 Book Drive 150 7/16/2015
Justin Knauf T470 Meals on Wheels Gazebo 206 6/15/2015
Christopher Webster T509 Prospect Park Cemetery Self Guided Tour 101 7/23/2015
Caleb Beatty T457 Gift of Life Garden 131 7/27/2015
Philip Wzientek T335 Toiletries for the Needy 126 8/10/2015
Alexander Lynch T352 Church Renovation 107 8/4/2015

 Scout Shop Updates

Welcome to Scouting Uniform Promotion: August 10-October 25
Get a complete uniform for your new or old Scout, and save 10% on your entire purchase! Outfit your Scout with his uniform, and save on gear for all of his Scouting adventures. We have great camping gear, books, and more to suit your needs.  A complete uniform includes all of the following:

  • Uniform Shirt (Long or Short Sleeve)

  • Uniform Pants or Shorts

  • Uniform Cap

  • Uniform Belt

  • Neckerchief and Slide< >

  • Uniform Socks

If your pack or troop provides the neckerchief and slide, just let us know when you visit.

Everyone can take advantage of this sale. It’s for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, and Adult Leaders.

Troop Leader Guidebook Volume 1The first volume of this update, two-volume handbook has arrived in store! This book is for all Boy Scout leaders, not just the Scoutmaster. Volume 1 is aimed at new leaders, and covers the patrol method, how to conduct troop meetings, the year-end program, and more.

New TrekTek Shirts
We have new styles of TrekTek shirts in stock for youth and adults. TrekTeks are the BSA’s premium performance brand of wicking shirt. They are feather light to wear; you’ll hardly notice them on you. They are quick drying and they wick away moisture to keep you comfortable in a variety of conditions. They have mesh along the sides to allow for better fit and range of motion.

They come in Royal Blue, Heather Grey, and Red.

Build an Adventure
Come in to the Scout Shop to check out our new gear and craft kits. We have new Panthervision lighted hats, including knit beanies for this fall and winter! We have great new leather and paracord craft kits for Scouts. We have new gear and books coming in all the time. Stop by to get yours today.

New Cub Scout Materials
All of the literature is available now! It is a completely new program. Come see the changes in this exciting new Cub Scout program!

We have all the new youth and adult literature. The program started June 1, so come in today for your new books.



                                           TRAINING COMMITTEE UPDATE





The Council Training Team finished its Schoellkopf Summer Camp training of Scoutmaster Specifics and IOLST as follows: 6 leaders completed Scoutmasters specifics while 4 leaders completed IOLST.

In addition, 1 Charter Organization Representative was trained. It was a successful training summer for all those who participated.


To all of the SSR Summer Camp Staff that assisted and allowed us to present our trainings. To all of the trainers who have trained with us this past summer, with a special THANK YOU to Bob Germony for all of his tireless efforts and dedication to the training our scout leaders.


The Council’s Fall Training schedule is now being posted on the Council Website. Many of the trainings that are required can be done online. Unfortunately, some cannot. Please check the times, dates and locations of our trainings. In some instances we can train at the unit site, however that is predicated on what is requested to be trained, as well as the number of participants. Please contact your District Training Chair, whose contact information is posted on the Council’s website.


Unit re-chartering is quickly approaching. There are several reasons that prevents a unit from re-chartering. One of those reasons the lack of leader TRAINING. The Unit leaders that need to be trained by re-chartering time are ALL contact leaders (Cub and Scout Masters, Advisors and their Assistants; Den Leaders and their assistants, and ALL Committee members). Although the Charter Organization Representative is not in this list, we will train that representative upon your request.

If you have a question, comment, or suggestion, please e-mail: Paulette Voit

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