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April 24, 2015
News of Key Scouting Activities, Events and Upcoming Registration Deadlines

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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
Our Newest Eagles
Program Updates
Scout Shop Updates
The Good News

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 Message from the Scout Executive

Everybody claims that they like change, but nobody really does.  We are about to embark on the biggest change to Scouting in nearly fifty years.  On May 1st the materials to support the new Cub Scout program will be available in the Scout Shop.  A fair question to ask is “Why change?”  The Cub Scout program has had many additions over the last forty-eight years, but no thorough revision.  A national task force of Cub Scout Leaders, Boy Scout Leaders, parents and members of the National Council spent four years reviewing every aspect of the Cub Scout Program originally intending to make revisions, but eventually conducting a complete overhaul of the program.  The most immediately noticeable change to the advancement program is that the beads that were worn by Scouts working on their Tiger, Wolf and Bear ranks are being replaced by adventure belt loops that will correspond to mandatory and elective requirements for each rank.  Webelos I and II changes into Webelos and Arrow of Light separating the ranks from each other as with all other Cub Scout ranks.  The new requirements at all levels are more active getting the Cub Scouts moving more.  It also completes the transition to one Scout Oath and Law for all Scouting programs.  I am looking forward to using the new program with my two sons this next year.

April is Youth Protection Month in the BSA.  Frankly, every month is Youth Protection Month.  There is nothing that we do that is more important than protecting the safety of our Scouts.  We struggle as an organization to make sure that every adult is youth protection trained.  Our enforcement through the rechartering process pushes our numbers up to the mid 90% range.  Today it is at 94.1%.  Through the course of the year as different people’s training expires we will dip as low as the mid 80%.  Already this year 4.9% of the adults in the council have had their Youth Protection Training expire.  We are looking at what it would take to get us to a point that no one would be allowed to recharter with a Youth Protection Training that expires during the charter year.  From a practical standpoint that would mean that you would take your training every year.  Let me know what you think.  There is a good chance that we will implement that rule.

Youth Protection Training is just one part of the way that we protect our Scouts.  The other training that we recommend annually for every unit is the age appropriate videos, “It Happened to Me” for Cub Scouts, “A Time to Tell” for Boy Scouts and “Personal Safety Awareness for Venturing”.  These videos help to educate our youth on the things that they can do to better protect themselves.


Volunteer Recognition Dinner 2015 -

The Council Annual Awards Dinner will be held at the Millennium Hotel on Thursday, April 30th.  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 16th, there will be a late fee of $7.00The last day to register is April 27th 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 2015 Leona Harper, Eric Militello, Mary Beth Rueger, James Smyczynski, and Fred Thornley.

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

Volunteer of the Year:  Chanti Murphy, Tatonka District

Scoutmaster of the Year:  Scott Swagler, Polaris District
Scouter of the Year:  Roger Keeney, Polaris District
Cub Scouter of the Year: Philip Sciolino, Onondaga District
Commissioner of the Year: Andy Loeb, Red Jacket District
Youth of the Year: Christopher Michael Long Jr, Onondaga District

Venturing Leader of the Year: Karl Christopherson, Red Jacket District


Venturing Leadership Award:  Jordan Fuller & Ginny Conway


Special guests will be Zachary and Joshua Drzymala, Pack 1776, who will be awarded the Medal of Merit for their lifesavings efforts during the November snow storm.   Register online by clicking here>



NESA Reconnect Roundtable Eagle Scouts Wanted!!


"Once an Eagle Scout always an Eagle Scout". Remember the pride and accomplishment you had when you were awarded your Eagle badge.  That drive and passion are still valued and needed at the GNFC.  You're invited to come and participate in a roundtable discussion to help form the new local chapter of the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA).  Join fellow Eagle Scouts and NESA members as we bring forth ideas and suggestions for just what a NESA chapter should be doing to support Scouting in WNY.  Our goal is for NESA members to tell us their thoughts in order to frame our mission and objectives.


Here are two opportunities to join us:


Register for May 5 here

Register for May 14 here


The World Championship Cub Scout Pinewood Derby is coming to Times Square!!  Cub Scouts and Racing Champions are invited.

Raising visibility in Scouting, as you know, is an important priority.  In this spirit, our volunteers cordially invite your top Districts and Council Cub Scout Racers, as our guests, free.  The big day is Saturday, June 27th.

It’s simple.  It’s fun.  It’s impactful in a very public way.

Check it out. Your program leadership can get an overview at  Sign up for the email alerts.

  1. Free Racing to any Cub Scout at the crossroads of the world Times Square.   Free Racing in a World Championship for any of your District’s or Council’s 1st, 2nd, 3rd place winners in all Cub Scout age groups. 
  2. Free camping at Scout Camp Alpine in nearby Alpine, NJ.  Reasonable accommodations at several NYC hotels.
  3. Free photos…for your Council of your participating Cub Scouts for your post event public relations use.


Nautical Exploration Camporee

Niagara Adventure Camp
May 15-17, 2015


· $11 per person if registered by May 5

· Cabin rentals and RV sites available

· Activities include geocaching, raft-building, canoe portage, 

  nautical knots, signaling, navigation, and more!

· Midway to feature US Coast Guard, Niagara County Sheriff Marine Division, 

  US Border Patrol, Tonawanda Dive Team, historical flags

· Scouts can try the indoor climbing wall and miniature golf course

· Prizes to be awarded for the best nautical-themed Troop gateway


Leader Guide and Registration here>


2015 Buffalo Bisons Boy Scout Appreciation Night & Campout


Friday May 29th, 6:00 pm - Saturday May 30th, 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 Bison’s baseball starting at 7:05 pm
  • Special game patch
  • Ticket certificate for another Bison’s game in June

Please direct any questions to Burt Mirti at (716) 846-2034 or by email  For more information and the flyer click here>



Please Join Your Council Popcorn Team at the Annual 2015 Popcorn Extravaganza


Thursday June 4, from 6:00 to 8:30 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 2015 Popcorn Sale.  Training will cover everything your unit leadership needs to know about the 2015 popcorn sale; dates, unit planning, best methods and, of course, new updates for the sale.   A 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.

To register please click here>.






Camp Schoellkopf:

  • May 2, 2015– Shootout for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts (Shotgun, Rifles, BB’s, Pellet, Archery, Knife, & Tomahawk)
  • May 30, 2015 – Beaver Day – Come out and help the Ranger do repairs and clean up the camp. Contact Steve Slazak at 585-591-1171

Camp Scouthaven:

  • June 13, 2015 – Cub Scout Family Weekend – You bring your tent and we will supply the food and fun!!!!!  Please register online.
  • May 2, 2015 – Beaver Day – Come out and help the Rangers do repairs and clean up the camp.  Contact David (Digger) Ashley at 716-492-4429


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 experience with knots, lashing, orienteering, knife and axe safety.  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.

Contact Ben Burke to set up an interview (716)512-6214

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. 
CSP available at the Council Center.


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


April 27th – 7:00pm – 9:00pm              Sweet Home High School

June 2nd – 6:30pm – 8:30pm               William St. School

June 4th – 6:30pm – 8:30pm                William St. School


Swim tests are for units attending GNFC summer camp and Birchbark. Boy Scouts and adults only. 

Cub Scouts must test at camp.


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

The events are:          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.

 Our Newest Eagles
Thomas Morog T664 Brothers Bird Feeder 218 3/17/2015
Jourdan Pouliot T285 OP Senior Center Bathroom Restoration 190 2/19/2015
Dylan Diebel T450 Ronald McDonald Toy Drive 69 3/16/2015
Alex Brownlie T559 Restoration Maple Lawn Cemetery 247 3/16/2015
Christian Rajnisz T27 Clarence Nature Center Residing 107 3/29/2015
Michael Riedel T325 Create Garden, Paver Patio Knox Farm Park 232 2/26/2015
Joshua Sokolowski T470 Parker Playground Rehabilitation 146 3/30/2015
Jacob Matwijkow T510 Friends of the Night Soup Kitchen Gate 80 3/31/2015
Anthony Roncone T601 Church Offices Paint Over 205 4/7/2015
Joshua Collins T173 Preschool Closet at 1st Trinity Lutheran Church 328 4/6/2015
Tyler Bird T93 Beeman Creek Park Bettefly Garden Fence 117 4/1/2015
Jared Breeden T603 10 Lives Club Project 123 3/23/2015

 Program Updates

Cub Scout Updates

Updated Requirements for Cub Scout Awards
The requirements for the National Den Award, National Summertime Pack Award, Cub Scout World Conservation Award, and the Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award have been revised to reflect the new Cub Scouts program launching June 1, 2015. Scout Awards.pdf

New Cub Scouting Images Available Now!
Looking to update your presentations with new graphics? Click here for images such as: the new Tiger logo, new adventure loop and pin icons, new youth handbook covers, new leader resource covers, and more!

Purchasing Adventure Loops and Pins for Recognition
The new adventure insignia (belt loops and pins) will be available for purchase in Scout Shops as immediate recognition devices. No advancement report required. Purchase of rank badges continues to require signed advancement reports.

Day Camp Guidance – New Cub Scout Program Launch
If you’ve planned your 2015 Day Camp using the current Academics and Sports program (retiring as the new program transitions June 1), no need to change course. Work with your local scout shop to make sure the needed insignia from the current program are still available and in their inventory.

Transition in LDS Chartered Units – New Cub Scout Program
Need additional guidance on transitioning from the current to the new Cub Scout program in LDS units?  

Transition Guidelines in other Chartered Units

Need additional guidance on transitioning from the current to the new Cub Scout program in traditional units?

Click here for details on making a smooth transition: Program Transition.pdf  

Watch videos and get all the latest updates

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Experience the new Cub Program during a weeklong training session set in the inspiring landscape at Philmont Training Center.  Make it a family vacation and experience the spouse and youth family programs at PTC.

Leading The Cub Scout Adventure

During this fun filled week you will journey through the NEW Cub Scout Program from Tiger through Arrow of Light. Den leaders and Cubmasters will see and feel the excitement of being a Cub Scout as they learn about the new Cub Scout adventures and trek through samples from each of the ranks, latest and greatest in pack meeting plans, and den and pack planning tools. Attendees in service to units (professionals, commissioners, and others) will share this journey while following their own path discovering how districts and councils can support local units in the delivery of this NEW and EXCITING Adventure Program for Cub Scouts. This is a "hands on" conference giving you perspective on leading the new program from multiple roles. You won't want to miss this one!

Conference Dates:  June 21-17, July 12-18, July 26-August 1, and August 2-8.

To register, visit


Arrow of Light Award

At the GNFC February Roundtable there was a question asked if the AOL Award under the new program could be worn on the Boy Scout uniform.  We wanted to make sure everyone got the correct answer.

Yes, if earned, the AOL Rank Award can be worn on the Boy Scout uniform.

Cub Leader Training

New Cub Leader training will be released shortly.  There will be minimal changes from the previous version of the training because of the new Cub program.  The way adults lead is not changing.  And that’s the focus of these trainings.  The tools we use are still there.  The content of the tools is what has changed.  Attending Roundtable sessions and working with your Unit Commissioner can help you transition to the new Cub program.

Have more questions?

  • Review online FAQs: Adventure Program FAQs.pdf

  • Attend District Roundtables the second Wednesday of every month

  • Contact your Unit Commissioner

Boy Scout Updates

For the latest Merit Badge news, click here:


Venturing Updates About Venturing offered at Philmont Training Center

The new Venturing A-L-P-S program model builds on success from the past and provides a framework for a dynamic program of adventure, leadership, personal growth and service, grounded in a flexible program of continuous, youth-led adventure with the new recognition system providing Venturers with benchmarks of progress. If you are involved in Venturing at a unit, district, or council level, come and learn firsthand how you can take on the challenge and fun of the new program. Special guests from the national and region cabinets will help bring this adventure to life.

Conference dates: July 7-13, July 19-25, August 2-8, and August 9-15.


To tuck or not to tuck? – The question has been answered

Effective Oct. 1, 2013, the official stance on the Boy Scouts of America’s uniform policy is that shirts are to be worn tucked in, regardless of whether the wearer is a Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Venturer, or adult Scouter. All Sea Scout uniforms are designed to be tucked in except youth dress whites and youth dress blues. In the past, guidelines have simply stated the uniform wearer should be neat in appearance. Neatness includes tucking in the shirt. This update will appear in related resources, such as the uniform inspection sheets, as they are revised and printed.

 Scout Shop Updates

TrekTek Great Buys (March 23-May 31)

Through May 31st, all of the TrekTek polos and t-shirts will be on sale:

  • All Men’s TrekTek t-shirts, the Men’s & Ladies’ polos- $12.99

  • All Youth TrekTek t-shirts- $7.99

Check out these amazing deals, and gear up for summer camp.  They are synthetic quick dry wicking shirts that are great for any occasion. Because it wicks away the moisture, you’ll stay comfortable in all weather conditions.  Each has a UPF rating of 40+, which will protect you from sun damage while you Scout outdoors.  They have an antimicrobial feature, so they stay fresh throughout all your activities.  You can wear them alone or layer them with your uniform shirt. The polos are great for activity uniform occasions or for parent volunteers at unit fundraisers!

New Eagle Scout Announcement

We have fun casual apparel and gifts to reward the Eagle Scout in your life for his hard work! We have hats, and t-shirts to wear. For the gear oriented Scout, we have knives, wallets, pens, padfolios, and more.

Get Ready for Camp Event May 2nd

It’s that time again. We’ve planned a can’t-miss GET READY FOR CAMP EVENT with you in mind.

We are looking for volunteers to help run skills stations to make this event amazing. Please contact Brian Reddan at or call 891.1689 for more details.

On Saturday, May 2, your Niagara Frontier Scout Shop is hosting an especially great opportunity to gear up! It’s the perfect time for Scouts and parents to get all their camp questions answered and see the latest gear available for making the most out of camp.

This year you’ll SAVE 25% ON CAMP GEAR during the event! There’s no better time to get prepared, so get your free Summer Camp Packing List and plan to join us… the fun begins at 9:30am.  25% savings offer is available for camp gear retail purchases in-store during the day of the event only. Excludes wall tents and gift cards. Offer not valid on previous purchases or orders. May not be combined with another offer. Selection varies by location.

Mother’s Day Announcement

Say “Thanks Mom!” the BSA way. Mother’s Day is Sunday May 10th.

New this year is a “Best. Scout Mom. Ever.” T-shirt. Make sure to pick up these shirts, as well as patches, key rings, and tumblers to say thanks to your Mom for everything she does for your Scouting experience.

 The Good News

Way to Go!!!!

Cub Master Ron Jablonski from Pack 1776 reports he has Cub Scouts from both West Seneca and Orchard Park who recently held their annual “Scouting for Food” Drive. The scouts collected donations of food in their neighborhoods and from parishioners at St. John Vianney.  Pack 1776 donated food to two local food pantries that serve citizens in West Seneca and Orchard Park.  Approximately 200 bags of a variety of foods were collected.  Pack 1776 would like to thank everyone for helping them “turn a good deed”.  

The Protestant Committee on Scouting recently honored seven Scouts from the Greater Niagara Frontier Council who earned their Duty to God religious emblem during 2014. The Scouts were presented with certificates of their achievement followed by a banquet with their parents.

If you have a good news story that you would like to showcase in an upcoming eNews, please email it to



Scoutmasters Specifics, S24, a required training course for all scoutmasters and their assistants, recently underwent an extensive change. No longer is it an 8 hour training, but rather a 4 hour training. Gone also is the Power Point lecture, being replaced by a patrol-like, inter active session where the participants assume the role of Boy Scouts, who earn merit badges and advancements as our real world scouts do.

The Council Training Committee presented an IOLST (Individual Outdoor Leaders Skills Training), at Schoellkopf SR on 4/28 – 29. As this is also a required training for scoutmasters and their assistants, it was decided to present both trainings on this weekend.

Outside of some severe ice and driving conditions, this training experiment was deemed a success. Seven leaders took part in the IOLST portion from 9:00am on Saturday, through 9:00am on Sunday. Four of these leaders had previously completed Scoutmasters Specifics, and were excused. The three remaining IOLST participants, joined up with 3 additional participants, which made the Scoutmaster Specific session have a total of 6 participants.

At the completion of the second training, a total of 9 leaders earned their Trained patch. Congratulations to all those who participated in this event.

Finally, a tip of the hat to all of the Trainers who volunteered their time for this event: Ron Wagner (QM), Dave Wind, Eric Reynolds, Mike Stewart, Marty Odachowski, Dave Sepulveda, Darlene Kilhberg and Ron Krawczyk.

UPCOMING TRAINING – CPR/Wilderness 1st Aid, April 24 – 26, at Stonehaven.


Leave No Trace Master Educator Course Registration Final Call

GNFC is offering a Leave No Trace (LNT) Master Educator course on May 15-17 and 22-25.  The lead instructor is Dave O'Leary (current BSA National Outdoor Ethics Chair) who has taught two dozen Master Educator courses. The cost to register is $280 which includes food, LNT books/materials, membership in Leave No Trace and a 45% discount on additional Leave No Trace materials.  This course is open to anyone age 18 or older and is scheduled so that most people need only take one day off from work. The deadline to register is May 1, 2015. To register, contact Susan Gruber at 716-512-6216 or


National Youth Leadership Training

Registration is now available for the National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) on August 9th-14th at Camp Schoellkopf.  NYLT is the premier 6 day, 5 night outdoor leadership experience geared towards present and future leaders of Scouting.  Participants will be engaged in hands-on training led by Western New York’s finest youth staff.  The training will cover skills essential to leadership within your unit, school, and life activities.  The training activities will mimic one month of your units program.  This program is youth led under the mentorship of trained adults who provide a safe friendly Scout environment.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity for your boys as registration is limited to the first 48 participants that sign up.  For more information and to register, please go to> National Youth Leadership Training 2015


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