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GNFC eNews - 

October 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
Meet Our New Council Staff!
Our Newest Eagles
Voice of the Scout, Are You Being Heard???

  If you would like more information  email us.

 Message from the Scout Executive

By now most of the Cub Scout families should be welcoming new members to their pack.  Your pack should have between ten and twenty new members every year.  Why so many?  Each year you need to have one to two new dens of Tigers and additional Cubs at the other grade levels to make sure that each of your dens has enough Scouts for all of the activities you have planned.  On average about three Scouts will drop out of every den each year.  Our strongest packs reduce that number to one or less in each den.  How do they do it?

We survey our parents of our Cub Scouts twice a year.  Some of the comments from our own Cub Scout parents are:

“I think scouting offers many opportunities but it depends on the troop you are involved with and the Cub Scout master. Our Cub Scout Master didn't do anything for 2 months: no meetings held at all. He quit recently, and things have gotten better. But if you have poor leadership, it affects everything.”

“This is our first year in scouting and we transferred packs early on because we didn't feel comfortable in the first one. I still don't feel "accepted" in this pack and feel we are left out of some critical information because we are not part of the original clique. Other families I spoke have had similar feeling their first year and had no idea what was really going on. I am willing to stick it out because i think it is good for my son in the long term.”

We also get a number of positive comments like these:

“Scouting gives to my son's something that I can't. We are so very pleased with all of his experiences and the one's I have had as well as his mother.”

“It's a great way for my son to socialize, learn new skills, and participate as a family.”

How do we generate more comments like the second two and fewer of the first two?  A deeper look into our surveys and those from other councils around the country show that training, communication and planning are among the strongest factors that will increase the number of Cub Scouts that stay with the pack after signing up. 

What is important is for all of those new Cub Scouts and their families to feel welcomed into their pack.  Make a point to help them feel like your pack is their pack too!



Discover scouting with Adult cubscout program orientation, outdoor games and activities for the kids, refreshments, snacks and tour the Boy Scout camporee.

This is a SECOND CHANCE RALLY EVENT; bring any potential new Cub Scouts or adult leaders and sign them up at the event.

When: Saturday October 25th from 10:00AM to 12:00(ish) pm during the Polaris District Fall Camporee.

Where: Gratwick Park at River Rd in N. Tonawanda NY, 14120 (Witmer Rd. and Ward Rd end at Gratwick Park)

Agenda (subject to change):

Early Bird:             Open games and activities

10:00 – 11:00:      New adults orientation / Kids’ outdoor games and activities

11:00 - 11:45:       Police K-9 demonstration

12:00PM(ish) :      Free time / Visit fire trucks and tour the camporee

Bring your favorite camp chair, coffee mug and dress for fall weather.

Cub Masters: Don't miss this is a great opportunity for district volunteers to help you deliver the cub scout program to your new parents and boys.

Please direct all questions via e-mail to Rick Smith at  Please RSVP to Rick Smith if possible. We want to assure that enough snacks and supplies are available for the event



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


Scout Night With the Buffalo Sabres

Join the Buffalo Sabres for Scout nights. The Sabres will host scouts at the following home games:

Sunday, November 2nd at 5:00 PM vs. Detroit Red Wings

Sunday, February 8th at 5:00 PM vs. NY Islanders

All tickets must be purchased online, please click the links above to buy tickets while they last.  Tickets will cost just $28.00 (Box Office Price $50.00). $3.00 of each ticket purchased goes back to the Greater Niagara Frontier Boy Scout Council.  All scout tickets include a free Sabres Scout Patch.  Families can purchase an optional Food Pack ($6.00) which includes 1 Hot Dog, 1 Pop Corn and 1 Soda.


The Buffalo District has officially changed its name!  On September 24, 2014, the Greater Niagara Frontier Council Executive Board voted to change the name of the Buffalo District to the Tatonka District.  The Tatonka District slogan is “Rolling Thunder”

The Tatonka District will be having their monthly Roundtables every second Wednesday of the month at the Los Tainos Senior Citizen Center, 333 Trenton Avenue in Buffalo.


From the clip board of the Polaris Doomsday Survivor Camp-o-ree team:

This week is Recon Week where someone will be a Veterans Park to allow ‘preparation’ for the higher level Survivor program nightly from 6 till 8:00 pm until Saturday Oct. 18th. Come out and avail yourself of an opportunity to “be prepared”. Phone Dave at (716) 425-3535 with questions.


Jewish Committee on Scouting Constructs a Sukkot

As part of the Sukkot holiday, the Jewish Committee on Scouting of the Greater Niagara Frontier Council held a celebration at council headquarters on Thursday, October 9th. Under the direction of the Jewish Committee on Scouting, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts from within the council constructed a “Sukkah”, or symbolic tabernacle, at the beginning of the week in preparation for the event. The celebration of Jewish heritage included prayer, as well as song dedicated to Israelites who escaped slavery in Egypt over two thousand years ago. The ceremony, which occurred within the Sukkah, was followed by a reception with holiday-themed refreshments. The Sukkah will remain standing for one more week and can be viewed at GNFC headquarters.


Scout Night with the Harlem Globetrotters

Come out and enjoy the evening with the Harlem Globetrotters on Friday night, February 6th, 7:00 pm at the First Niagara Center.  Scouts will enjoy special pricing and the opportunity to add on the "Magic Pass" to participate in a variety of on court experiences including shooting, ball tricks, photographs and more!   Scouts will also receive a Harlem Globetrotters patch for attending.

To sign up please CLICK HERE to view/print the registration form.  All registrations are done through the Harlem Globetrotters.  A portion of each ticket sold will come back to the Greater Niagara Frontier Council.  Please call CJ Scherrer at 602-707-7010, fax forms to 602-258-5925 or email your order request to




Weekend Camp Reservations are open, please register online.


Come sign up for 2015 Cub Scout Resident Camp. Join us to hear what's exciting for next year's summer camp and enjoy a great meal.  October 21, 2014 at Council Service Center.  Please click here to register so we may have a count.


Camp Schoellkopf:

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

Camp Scouthaven:

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

 Commissioner's Corner

Charter packets were distributed last week at the Roundtables. Every unit should be working on them now.  Make sure that your leaders have their Youth Protection Training up to date.  If you need any help please contact your Commissioner. Review the mandatory training required for leader’s positions. Check the Council website for scheduled training to make sure everyone meets the requirements.

If you register your college age members as Assistant Scoutmasters remember that they have to meet the training requirements for the position. The best 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.

Remember, your charter renewal has to be complete before the end of December. After December 31st your unit is no longer an active unit.

Thank you to all the Scout Leaders for all you do for our youth.

Paul Kendzierski, Council Commissioner

 Meet Our New Council Staff!

GNFC announces the appointment of a new Onondaga District Executive Benjamin Burke.

We are pleased to announce that Benjamin Burke has been selected to serve as the District Executive for Onondaga District. Having been involved in scouting as a youth and camp counselor at Schoellkopf, Ben thrilled to have the opportunity to grow the program for the Greater Niagara Frontier Council. Ben has been in scouting since he was a Tiger Cub through the time he completed the Eagle Scout award, having gone to Philmont and OKPIK in between. Prior to becoming a professional scouter, Ben was employed as a Teacher Aide at Mill Middle School of the Williamsville Central School District. In addition to regular employment, Ben has held the Camp Commissioner and Aquatics Director positions at Camp Schoellkopf. As a former camp counselor, he has met many of the adult leaders and volunteers who continue to encourage growth of the scouting program in Western New York. Living in the Buffalo area, he has experienced the impact of scouting on our region’s youth.

“The Boy Scouts of America has been the greatest factor in my personal growth and is an organization I am grateful to have a role in. It is truly an honor to have the privilege to work with so many dedicated volunteers and professionals in the scouting community and I am excited to meet with you to grow the program!” – Ben Burke


GNFC announces the appointment of Field Director Jim Battaglia

We are pleased to announce that Jim Battaglia has been selected to serve the Greater Niagara Frontier Council Boy Scouts of America as our new Field Director.  Jim is new to the Buffalo area and comes to us from Syracuse, NY.  In Syracuse Jim successfully served the Longhouse Council for 16 years.  Jim has a wealth of scouting knowledge covering all aspects of council operations.

Jim is an Eagle Scout as well as a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow.  He graduated from St. Bonaventure University with a degree in Mass Communications and is in the process of moving his family here to the Buffalo Area.

“My wife Tammy, our two sons and I are so very excited for this opportunity to serve this great council.  The Boy Scouts of America has been a very powerful force in my life and we are looking forward to becoming part of the Western New York Community.  To serve the youth and adults of our council is a great honor.  I look forward to helping our Council grow and to be a positive guiding force in the lives of our young people.” – Jim Battaglia


GNFC announces the promotion of the new Polaris District Director Stephen Blass.

We are pleased to announce that Stephen Blass has been selected to serve as the new District Director for the Polaris District.  Steve has been with the Greater Niagara Frontier Council for four years serving as Scoutreach District Executive, Scoutreach and Exploring District Executive, Polaris District Executive, and most recently Buffalo District Executive. Stephen worked at Camp Schoellkopf in 2013 as Business Manager and Camp Scouthaven in 2014 as the Assistant Camp Director.

Steve is an Eagle Scout as well as a Vigil Honor and Founders Award recipient member of the Order of the Arrow.  He graduated from Daemen College with a degree in Special/ General Education.  When you see Stephen please take a moment to congratulate him on his promotion.

 Our Newest Eagles

Patrick Dansereau, Troop 630, Replacement of Flagpole at Assumption Cemetery, 83 hrs.

Trevor Gross, Troop 509. Bridge at Penn-Dixie, 333 hrs.

Tyler D Ineson, Troop 57, Church Memorial Garden and Bench, 190 hrs.

Andrew Jemiolo, Troop 1776, St Luke’s Donation Center Closet Construction Project, 168 hrs.

Nicholas Jeziorowski, Troop 352, Farm Tables for the Hull House Foundation, 159 hrs.

Stephen Nowicki, Troop 659, USS Little Rock Speaker Project, 145 hrs.

Kyle Tobin, Troop 659, Villa Maria Food Pantry Improvement, 195 hrs.


There’s an App for that!

Now that you have conducted your Rally Night or Joining Event, the applications are due into the Council Office.  Filing the paperwork ensures your scouts are insured, are eligible for advancement recognition, and begin to receive their Boy’s Life magazine.  If you have not done this yet, please make every effort to get those apps in.

Second time around!

If your Rally Night or Joining Event did not bring in as many scouts as your would like, look for another opportunity to ASK again.  Think about participating at a School Open House, make the rounds at some of the youth athletic events.  Get permission to distribute scouting information to families on the sidelines.


Remember the number one reason that a youth does not join scouting is that they were never asked.  Make every effort to ASK the youth in your community to join.

Trained Leaders!

Trained leaders are so important to the delivery of a great program.  A great program keeps the scouts in Scouting.  Please be sure you take advantage of the training opportunities to get all of your unit leaders trained.


October Training News

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 31, 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

November 1:  Council Service Center

Or contact your District Training Chair to organize this training for your Unit.

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLST)

November 4:  Classroom - Council Service Center, Cheektowaga

November 14-15:  Overnight – Stonehaven, Ransomville

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)

October 11:  SSR, Cowlesville

Cold Weather TrainingDecember 6 – Queen of Heaven School, West Seneca

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


Polaris District Charter Organization Rep (COR) Training will be taking place at our November 12th Roundtable (Tonawanda High School, 600 Fletcher Street, Tonawanda, 7 PM). Your COR is the official liaison between your sponsoring organization and your Scouting program. They have rights and responsibilities within both organizations, as well as a fair amount of decision making power. They'll learn about all this and more at COR training. We prefer that all attendees pre-register online at



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.

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MyScouting Tools Updates

New! Organization Security Manager Tool

Key 3s at each organization level, including council, area, region and national, now have the ability to grant three people Key 3 access (a.k.a. Plus 3).

Key 3s have the ability to assign certain functional positions access to the Training Manager tool.  Additional roles will be added as needed and as new tools become available.  Member Manager will now contain only unit related roles applicable to sub units (i.e. Dens, Patrols, Squads, Groups, Crews) available for assignment.

Training Manager Enhancements:

New Member Training Report, located on the Search Training menu bar, lists individual member’s current, completed training records and any incomplete position-specific trainings.

New District Contact Report (available at the district level) identifies the Key 3s in each unit in the selected district, including contact information and YPT status.

New Training Summary Report (available to council, area, region and national Key 3s) provides dashboard status overview of those who are position trained and not trained, and YPT status.

MyScouting Tools Training

Commissioner Tools –

Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Monday, October 27, 2014 at 8:00 pm

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Security Manager and Training Manager -

Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Thursday, October 23, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Please join us for one of these events!


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     

Supplemental / Advanced Training - Paul Kendzierski -     

Council Training Chair – Darlene Kihlberg -        

Council Training Staff Advisor – Jim Battaglia –

 Voice of the Scout, Are You Being Heard???

On October 7th, thousands of Scouts, parents, volunteers, and chartered organizations received the fall edition of the BSA Voice of the Scout Survey.

Voice of the Scout is designed to measure the value of Scouting in our community and to help us deliver experiences that surpass the expectations of you, our members.

Please take time to participate – your participation and support makes the difference between a good Scouting experience and an exceptional one.


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