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March 18, 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
Scout Shop Updates

 Message from the Scout Executive

How can it already be the middle of March?  We are getting plenty of mixed signals about the arrival of spring.  Ready or not it will be here at the end of this week.  For me the passage of University of Scouting and the Lodge Banquet are sure signs that warmer weather is just around the corner.

We had a phenomenal University of Scouting at the beginning of this month.  It was well attended at Erie County Community College.  I attended a great class on using social media.  There were classes on just about every topic.  The midway this year had all kinds of information on activities and programs that you can do with your pack, troop, crew, ship, or post.  The instructors and midway presenters that I saw were all fantastic.  This all came together due to the hard work of a dedicated committee of volunteers led by Jason Crosby.  It was one of the best Universities of Scouting that I have attended.  You should make plans to get all of the leaders from your unit to this great event next year.

I also had the privilege of attending the Ho-De-No-Sau-Nee annual banquet.  For those of you who don’t know, Ho-De-No-Sau-Nee is our Order of the Arrow Lodge.  The Order of the Arrow is Scouting’s Honor Society made up of young men elected by members of their troop.  The lodge conducts countless hours of service to our council with projects ranging from support of our annual good turn to building lean-tos that we all get to use at our camps.  The Order of the Arrow is one of the great places to get to see our youth leaders in action outside of their home unit.  This year the lodge is being led by Noah Gould, a Scout from Troop 457 in Williamsville.  The youth of the lodge elected their next Lodge Chief, Alex Saad from Troop 483 in West Seneca.  Alex will assume his role at the end of May.

With the warmer weather there are a number of fun events and activities coming up over the next few months.  You can sign up and get the details at  The district recognition dinners are all in the next month and at the end of April is the Council Annual Banquet where we will recognize our recipients of the Silver Beaver.  Five very dedicated Scouters will receive the highest recognition bestowed by a local council.  I hope that you will plan to join us at the Millennium Hotel on April 30th


Membership Recruitment - Do it All Year !

Membership recruiting is a year round process, do it every chance you get.  Every unit event should be an opportunity to bring in new scouts.  Especially when out in the community, be sure to ask other youth to join your group.  Make sure you have applications on hand.  Peer to peer recruiting does work!  Just remember to ASK.

Spring Recruitment

Congratulations to Renee Bodkin of Pack 816, she has agreed to be the Council Spring Recruitment Chair!  

Get ready for some fun this spring and summer with recruitment. Here is an outline of what we have planned.

April              Boy Talks in Kindergarten classes
                     End of April - Council wide sign up at various locations
May              Newly recruited scouts are invited to attend District Spring Camporees, which will have a cub event 
May 15-17   Tiger Events and Spring Camporees
June            Newly recruited scouts are invited to attend Program Launch, which will have youth and parent events
                    Cub Family weekend at Scouthaven
July             Newly recruited scouts are invited to attend District sponsored events in the community and to Day Camp
August         Newly recruited scouts are invited to attend the Big Game Events throughout the month in the Districts
Unit Membership Chair - Does your Unit have one?

Several units have selected their Unit Membership Chair and 12 of them were trained at the University of Scouting. Be sure your unit assigns someone to this important role.  More UMC Training will be offered in April and May - dates TBD - training is less than 1 hour.  Be sure to select your chair so they can attend a training session.  More info at


Camp Cards – The 2015 Camp Card Sale is well underway and we are experiencing great successes so far.  We are getting low on cards, but still have some available for your unit to sell.  If you need more please contact Jim Battaglia at or 512-6204. Remember every dollar raised goes to support our youth going to summer camp.

Council Coordinated Meeting – We are pleased to announce that our Marketing, Membership, Commissioner Cabinet, Protestant, Jewish and Catholic Committees will be meeting monthly in a joint session.  The coordinated effort is designed to drive membership, communication, unit health, and delivering the message of scouting to all of our communities.  If you would like to attend to learn more about how you can help spread the word please contact Jim Battaglia at

Area 3 Membership Summit – We are putting together a Greater Niagara Frontier Council Contingent to attend the Area 3 Membership Summit on Saturday March 28 in Syracuse, NY.  We will be discussing how to attract young families into the program with volunteers from across the state.  We are carpooling from the CouncilService Center and would like you to attend.  Please contact for more information. 

Good Turn for America Food Collection - Greater Niagara Frontier Council and Tops Friendly Markets are teaming up for Good Turn for America on April 18th.  This is an annual event collecting food and other items for local pantries of your choosing. Support your local church or community Food Pantry! Don’t forget to register your unit for the big day on April, 18th.  A few hours of your time can help to feed many families in WNY. To view the list of stores and shifts available please CLICK HERE>> We will continue to update the list quickly and will honor requests on a first come basis.

Spring It On Supporting Camperships - The GNFC is participating in the United Way’s Spring It On 2015 Campaign, which means you can support the Boy Scouts of America, GNFC by making a contribution through the Spring It On Website.  Our specific URL is   All funds raised will directly support our ability to provide camperships to families who need help sending their Scout to GNFC camps this summer.


Please help to provide a life changing summer camp experience to a Scout!


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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 23th 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.

Scoutmaster of the Year:  Chanti Murphy, Tatonka 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

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>


2015 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>>.



Far better it is, to DARE MIGHTY THINGS...  The Scouting Community came together at the University of Scouting on March 7th.  Over 400 scouts and scouters earned their Associates Degree in Scouting participating in over 100 courses and had the opportunity to get to know each other a little better.  For those that participated, please take the time to complete the on-line evaluation by clicking here, as this is how we can improve the program and fulfill your needs for the following years. 

As always, your involvement is invaluable for our success - and we're all in this together

For those timid souls that were not at the 2015 University of Scouting, you were missed.

From the training aspect of the University of Scouting, it was very successful.   We wish to thank all of the participants who took the time away from their busy lives to spend some time with us.  To the instructors, you have our heartiest thanks and respect for your efforts.  It is because of volunteers like yourself, together with those who staffed the Training Table, that our Council and Districts are as strong as they are in training.   May we urge you to please complete the evaluation forms with honest feedback, so that we may make the necessary changes for our 2016 event.  Again, thank you!



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 – It’s not too late to attend Maple Sugaring Day!! All proceeds go to the campership fund.  Come out and enjoy an all you can eat Pancake Breakfast, hay ride to the sugar bush, watch Ranger “Digger” turn sap into syrup and participate in a mini theme tray auction.  Don’t forget to stop in at the Trading Post to purchase a bottle of “Old Ranger” Syrup.  We will accept walk-ins.
  • June 13, 2015 Cub Scout Family Weekend – You bring your tent and we will supply the food and fun!!!!!  Click here to register>


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


April 14th – 6:30pm – 9:00pm      Hamburg High School

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


 Our Newest Eagles
  Unit Eagle Project Hours Earned Eagle
Charles Guizzotti T13 Wood Duck Houses 218 02/16/15
Joel Christopherson T154 Emery Park, Install Gazebo, Repair Arbor 331 2/7/2015
Anthony Kowalski T13 Landscape Church Grounds 212 2/16/2015
Alexander Enright T352 Painting Hull House 156 2/19/2015
Steven Neumair T352 Painting Fire Poles in the Village of Depew 174 2/19/2015
Joshua Bukaty T444 St Michael's Cemetery Garden Project 105 2/24/2015
Matthew Zelazny T500 Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta Repair 189 2/13/2015
Christopher Weber T238 Lighting for Historical Society Shelter 103 12/17/2014
Jake Klocek T238 Storage Unit Boys & Girls Club of Elma 120 2/11/2015
John Evans T833 Adams Fire Hall Reface 140 2/24/2015
Quinn Schwab T238 River Valley Clean Up 88 2/28/2015
Dylan Gruber T229 Sangree Chapel Painting Project 272 2/28/2015
Douglas Blocho T290 Majors Park Reconsruction Trail 85 3/3/2015
Nathaniel Massaro T630 Veterans Park Baseball Bat Holders 114 3/9/2015

 Scout Shop Updates

Spring--Get Up. Get Out.

Come visit us and see the new gear! Chase away the gloom of winter by preparing for spring!

We have exciting new gear to prepare for your warm weather activities and trips. Outfit yourself with new headlamps, sleeping bags, and t-shirts. We also have the new Fieldbook, and a variety of outdoors books to plan your adventures.


Looking for a hands-on activity for your kids? Planning a craft night for your den? Want to earn the Leatherwork or Woodcarving merit badges?

We have crafts for all age and skill levels. Come check out the leatherwork, woodcarving, and wood crafts to assemble.

  • Leather slides, belts, knife sheathes, wallets, and more

  • Wood slides for carving

  • Paracord, accessories, and books

  • Smithsonian Kits (Volcanoes, Dinosaurs, Gold Mining, Bug Terrariums, and more)

TrekTek Great Buys (March 23-May 31)

Starting May 23rd, all of the TrekTek polos and t-shirts will go 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!

Non-Uniform Apparel

  • Come see our new collection of non-uniform apparel!

  • Check out the new synthetic Tiger tee, ladies tees, and baseball caps




January 2016 saw several positional changes in the Council Training Committee occur. Darlene Kilhberg, the Council Training Chair for the past 4 years, was named the Council Vice President for Programs.  During her tenure as Training Chair, many new and successful innovations and techniques were implemented. These techniques have become the foundation of a strong and healthy Training Committee. We, the Committee and the Council, have been fortunate to have her serve in this position and we wish her much continued success in the future in her new position.

Replacing Darlene as Council Training Chair is Ron Krawczyk. Ron currently was the Red Jacket Training Chair, a position he has held for the past 4 years. Ron, as well as Darlene, are both Nationally BSA Trained T3, Master Trainer Certified trainers. Ron will continue until September as the Red Jacket Training Chair, as this period will serve as an orientation and training for the new Red Jacket District Training Chair.

As the entire committee has had many new members added, below please find your current GNFC Training Committee members, their position and contact information:

Council Training Chair                   Ron Krawczyk, (435 – 5083)

Onondaga Training Chair              Bob Germony, (440 – 2372)

Polaris Training Chair                    Dave Sepulveda, (425 – 6535)

Red Jacket Training Chair             Thom Slomka, (818 – 3791)

Tatonka District Chair                    Jim Yunhke, (885 – 4231)

Training Staff Advisor                    Jim Battaglia (512 – 6204)

The Council Training Committee wishes to thank everyone for their support in our past training efforts, and seeks your cooperation in making 2016 another successful year in Council Training.



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


Polaris Training Chairman – Dave Sepulveda


You might have received an e-mail from me reminding you of training opportunities for the second quarter of 2015 pertinent to your 2016 re-charter. Specifically this year, your Committee Members will need to be current in their training and as the snow starts to melt we will get outdoors and away from time at home to complete on-line training. So before the March Ice Storm strikes, get your Committee Members trained.


If you did not get an e-mail from me, well then I may have the wrong e-mail. I reached out to 58 total units in the Polaris District using 59 Pack, 65 Troop, 17 Crew, and 1 Ship e-mail addresses and only got 15 total bad e-mail addresses bouncing back as not good in one fashion or another! Not bad, thank you.


If you prefer to get into your car, visit a building with lots of other Scouters trying to do what you are doing, cool, check the Training tab at '' then bring your coffee cup.


Need help with any of these, you can call me, Dave Sepulveda (716) 425-6535 or e-mail at and let's see what I can do for you.

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

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