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GNFC eNews - 

January 16, 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
Meet Our Newest Staff Members
Our Newest Eagles
Scout Shop Updates

 Message from the Scout Executive

This time of the year always makes me think of summer camp.  Maybe it’s the snow or maybe it’s because we really start getting busy hiring staff and getting ready for the summer.  It’s not too early for you pack or troop to be talking about camp.  A Scout that goes to camp is a Scout that stays in his Pack or Troop for another year.  There are camperships available and Camp Cards are a great way for him to earn his way to camp.

I hope that you are planning to attend University of Scouting this year at ECC North Campus.  It is being held on March 7th.  You can sign up today at our website.  The training committee has put together a terrific range of classes.  The best part is that you get to plan your day and learn about the things that you want to know more about.  One of the big things that will be talked about there is the new Cub Scout program.   For the first time since I was a Cub Scout in the early seventies the entire Cub Scout program is being redesigned.  The most noticeable changes are the use of the Scout Oath and Law for all programs and the new advancement program.

All Charters were due by the end of December.  I am pleased to report that Onondaga District had all charters submitted on time.  Congratulations to Marianne Scime and her fantastic team of commissioners.  I know that all of the unit leaders worked hard to get them in.  Overall about 75% of all of our charters came back on time.  Some of those will still need some work to get them completed.  If you are part of the 25% that did not make the deadline, please hurry to get them in.  You are not covered by liability insurance or sickness and accident insurance without submitting your recharter.  If you need help please contact your commissioner or staff member.  If you are unsure of who they are, contact me.

I hope that each of you had a safe and happy holiday season.  Heres to making 2015 the best Scouting year yet.

Russell Etzenhouser


The Onondaga Pinewood Derby will take place at the Eastern Hills Mall on Saturday, January 24th, 9 am - 6 pm.  Last year there were almost 400 racers.  Get those cars ready and come on out and join the fun!  Click her to register>Onondaga District Pinewood Derby.   In conjunction with the Pinewood Derby, WBBZ tv will be hosting a Scouting Today Presentation in their studio.  This is a free, one hour event.  Please register with Patrick Covell, at

Red Jacket Klondike Derby, the Ultimate Cook-Off!

Camp Scouthaven, January 30th – February 1st.   Registration is $12.00, click here to register>Red Jacket District Klondike Derby 2015.  For more information contact Mike O’Sullivan, Event Coordinator at or 826-2380.

Onondaga District Klondike Derby

The Winter Klondike will be from January 30th to February 1st at Camp Schoellkopf hosted by Troop 93, Williamsville.  This year’s theme will be Super Mario Brothers so dust off your old Nintendo and get ready for an exciting event.  Most of the activities will be centered around the Mercy Flight Field.  Click here for details for the Klondike and to register

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

First Aid Rally

Registration is now open for the 25th Anniversary of the First Aid Rally on Saturday February 7th 2015.  Held at the West Seneca West Middle School, this event is for Webelos, Boy Scouts, Venturers, and Explorers that wish to test their First Aid knowledge in the First Aid Rally Competition.  Webelos Scouts may also participate in the Readyman Challenge in the morning.  To register, please click here>.    For more information, please contact Mike O’Sullivan at 716-826-2380 or

Scout Night with the Buffalo Sabres

The Sabres will host scouts Sunday, February 8th at 5:00 PM vs. NY IslandersAll tickets must be purchased online, please click the here 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.

2015 Camp Card Kick Off & Council Coordinated Roundtable (All Districts)

Please join us for the 2015 Camp Card Kick Off on February 11, 2015 at 630 PM at the South Line Fire Department, 1049 French Rd, Cheektowaga.  You can order your 2015 Camp Cards by calling your District Executive now.   Your Camp Card Order will be ready for pick up at the Council Coordinated Roundtable on February 11, 2015.  Immediately following the program we will have a Council Roundtable where all our Districts come together for a presentation on the rollout of the new Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Venture Scout program changes for 2015.  If you have any questions please contact your District Director or District Executive.

Microsoft YouthSpark Winter Camps

Free camps give students the chance to be creative with the latest technologies. Recommended for ages 8 to 13.

Join us for one of these upcoming camps:

**With the exception of our camps on Martin Luther King Day (January 19th), all camps are 2 days.  When you register online, you are registering for both days.

January 19th – Smart Game Designing (ages 11 to 13) – 10am-1pm
*Please note this is Martin Luther King Day

January 19th – Smart Game Coding (ages 8 to 10) – 2-5pm
*Please note this is Martin Luther King Day

January 27th & 28th – Smart Game Coding (ages 8 to 10) – 5-7pm

February 3rd & 4th – Smart Game Designing (ages 11 to 13) – 5-7pm

February 10th & 11th – Smart Game Designing (ages 11 to 13) – 5-7pm

February 16th & 17th – Smart Game Coding (ages 8 to 10) - 10am-12pm
*Please note February 16th is President’s Day.

February 16th & 17th – Smart Game Designing (ages 11 to 13) – 5-7pm
*Please note February 16th is President’s Day.

February 18th & 19th –  Smart Game Designing (11 to 13) - 10-12pm

February 18th & 19th  - Smart Game Coding (8 to 10) - 5-7pm

February 24th & 25th - Smart Game Coding (8 to 10) - 5-7pm

To register please visit, you will see all events listed by date.  Once you have selected the correct camp, click RSVP to register.  If you have any questions, please contact Emily Pricola, Community Development Specialist at  We hope to see you soon!

Join our Fundraising Campaign to help send Scouts to camp!

We are collecting bags of new or gently worn shoes to raise campership funds and here’s how you can help!  Have your scouts collect at least 2 bags of shoes with 25 pair per bag.  We’ll supply the bags and bands and all you have to do is deliver the shoes to the Council Service Center.  The shoes will be then be delivered to Haiti and the proceeds will be put into our campership fund for 2015.  If you have any questions, please call Leslie Drdul at 512-6201 or

Jewish Scouting to be Celebrated at CBA

Come celebrate Jewish Scouting at Scout Shabbat on Friday February 20, 2015 at Congregation Beth Abraham, 1063 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo.  Representatives from the Greater Niagara Frontier Council's Jewish Committee on Scouting will be at the service. Scouts should wear uniforms and bring their pack and troop flags to display.  For directions or information about CBA, please visit  For information about the GNFC Jewish Committee on Scouting, please visit .

University of Scouting

Life is an adventure; Don't wait for it to happen.  The 2015 University of Scouting and Cub Scout College Program Guide is on line and the registration is open.  New this year, earn your degree in scouting, merit badge kiosks, tracks to help you find related courses, and 100 courses.

March 7th, Erie Community College North Campus.  Look for all new courses and an expanded midway.  New this year – Earn Your Degree in Scouting.  Once again, lunch is being returned to the program for a charge of only $12.00 until February 10th.  There will be many new programs for Venturers and Scouts, as well as leaders.  Be sure to pass this information along to your unit.  For more details click here>  

Merit Badge Kiosk at U of S

This year, we will be offering a Merit Badge Kiosk at the University of Scouting on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at ECC North Campus.  There will be several merit badge counselors on hand for Scouts that want to work on selected merit badges via independent study before the University of Scouting.  Scouts simply bring in the completed requirements, any required documentation or exhibits necessary, a blue card signed by a unit leader, and visit the counselors who will verify their work and sign off on partial or completed blue cards.  We currently have counselors lined up for American Cultures, Genealogy, Reading, Scholarship, and Stamp Collecting.  If you are a merit badge counselor and are interested in helping out (or adding to the list above), contact Scott Moore at

Stars of the North - Polaris District Scouting Team Adult Recognition Dinner

You are cordially invited to attend the 2015 Polaris District “STAR” Dinner on Wednesday. March 25th at Panes Restaurant, North Tonawanda. Being presented that evening will be District Awards of Merit, Scouters Keys, Unit Awards, Special Awards, and others.  Unit leaders are asked to extend this invitation to their Chartered Organization Representative and other adult unit Leadership.  To register, click here>

Life-To-Eagle Courses Offered at Polaris District Roundtables

The Polaris District Advancement Committee conducts a Life-To-Eagle course each month at Roundtable. This course is recommended for all Life Scouts and parents, Eagle project coaches, Troop Advancement Chairs, and Scoutmasters. Members of other Districts are welcome to attend. The Life-to-Eagle course covers Eagle project proposals, plans and implementation, as well as completing the Eagle Scout application and other paperwork.

Polaris District Roundtable meetings are held at 7:00pm on the second Wednesday of each month at the Tonawanda High School--600 Fletcher St, Tonawanda, NY 14150. Enter the school via door #1 then follow the hallway straight to the cafeteria where we have our opening program.




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



Weekend Camp Reservations are open, please register online.




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
  • June 13, 2015 – Cub Scout Family Weekend

 Meet Our Newest Staff Members

GNFC announces the appointment of Polaris District Executive Dick Hanaburgh

We are pleased to announce that Dick Hanaburgh has been selected to serve the Greater Niagara Frontier Council Boy Scouts of America as our new District Executive for Polaris District. Dick graduated from D’Youville College with degrees in Biology (BA) and Adolescent Education (MS). He is a transplant to the Buffalo Area, becoming a full time resident while finishing his Master’s Degree.

Dick is an Eagle Scout who started his scouting career as a bobcat in St. Charles, Illinois; and completed his Eagle Scout award in the Twin Rivers Council in the Adirondacks of upstate NY. Prior to becoming a professional scouter, Dick was employed as the In-School Suspension Teacher at Enterprise Charter School, where he also served with AmeriCorps through the Service Collaborative of Western NY.

“I am very excited for this opportunity to serve the Greater Niagara Frontier Council.  The Boy Scouts of America has had a huge impact on my life and I am looking forward to becoming a part of the Western New York Scouting tradition.  I am excited to meet all of the amazing volunteers and professionals in both my district and the council, so we can work towards a bigger and brighter future for both the BSA and the youth we serve.” – Dick Hanaburgh


GNFC announces the appointment of a new Polaris District Executive Bob Blatz.

We are pleased to announce that Bob Blatz has been selected to serve as the District Executive for the Polaris District.  Bob has been involved in scouting for over 25 years as a youth and volunteer.  For the past 8 years, Bob has served on the Onondaga District Committee as a Member-at-Large, Friends of Scouting Chair, and most recently for the past two years as Training Chair.  Bob is also active with Cub Pack 22 and Troop 22, serving as the Executive Officer and Committee Chair of both.  Prior to becoming a professional scouter, Bob was employed in the Banking/Finance area working for HSBC Bank, M&T Bank, and most recently for the past 8 years as an Assistant Director at Primary Financial.  

Bob’s son Brandon is an Eagle Scout in Troop 22 in Amherst and is the ASPL of Program for the Council’s NYLT Training Couse this August.  

“I’m very excited for the opportunity to serve the council as a professional.  Scouting has been a big part of my life and my families.  I’m very excited and looking forward to serving the youth and adults of our council.” – Bob Blatz


GNFC announces the appointment of a new Tatonka District Executive Ken Liszewski.

We are pleased to announce that Ken Liszewski has been selected to serve as the District Executive for the Tatonka District. Ken was involved in scouting as a youth as a member of Pack 440 and he is excited to have the opportunity to work for such a great organization that gives back to the youth in our community.

“During my time as a cub scout I met so many friends that I am still very close with today. I have many great memories from that time, and was able to participate in many exciting activities. It is an honor to be able to give back and work for an organization that had such a positive impact on me when I was growing up.”

Ken is a recent graduate of Canisius College and is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Communication and Leadership from Canisius.  Prior to becoming a professional, Ken worked as the Executive Assistant for the Erie County Comptroller’s Office. Ken has lived in the Buffalo area his entire life, which will be an advantage in terms of helping to grow the Tatonka District.

“I am excited to get out into the Buffalo community and grow the Tatonka District. The district is very new and has so much growth potential, and I cannot wait to begin to cultivate that growth.” 

 Our Newest Eagles
Isaac Gadikian T411 Asian Honeysuckle Education and Removal 28 12/11/2014
Tyler Walter T616 Wood houses for woodpeckers 114 12/18/2014
Noah George T643 Outdoor classroom 116 11/29/2014
Ryan Gross T154 Woodlawn Cemetery Transcription 148 12/20/2014
Raymond Delucci Jr. T824 Nature Service Trail 98 12/24/2014
Alexander Cerra T85 Bat Houses for Beaver Island State Park 45 12/16/2014
Justin Becton T139 Grooming American Veterans 32 12/23/2014
Nicholas Frankiewicz T1776 Bird Houses at Milestrip Soccer Complex 271 12/27/2014
Andrew Wolney T1776 Clearing the Marsh Trail 105 12/27/2014
Brian Mahony T545 Depew Cross  Country Trail Restoration 160 12/30/2014
Christian Weatley T440 Painting the Gerber Greatbatch Geneaology Library 105 1/3/2015

 Scout Shop Updates

Looking for Part-Time Sales Associates

We need energetic and enthusiastic people who will sell Scouting merchandise. Scouting background and retail experience are preferred but not required. For an application or for more information, please contact:

Niagara Frontier Scout Shop- 716.891.1689
Brian Reddan, Store Manager

PWD Camp Champ January 17th

Things are Really Picking Up Speed at Your Niagara Frontier Scout Shop…

If you are preparing to hit the track, your council’s got your back! When it comes to Pinewood Derby® expertise, look no further than your local Scout Shop.

We’re planning a whole day just for you. Join us for our annual CHAMP CAMP on Saturday, January 17 for a full, fun-packed day of Pinewood Derby know-how.

Whether you’re a seasoned racer or competing for the first time, our trained sales associates are excited to answer any questions and showcase what’s new in the world of PWD. So drop in any time during regular store hours on Champ Camp day to:

● Learn speed secrets to shave seconds off your race time
● Try out precision tools that can fine-tune your design
● Weigh and track-test your design (at any stage of your build)

Contact the Niagara Frontier Scout Shop for event time and details. All Cub Scouts must be accompanied by an adult.

Scout Sunday February 8, 2015

This year Scout Sunday will be on the BSA’s birthday, so come in to the Scout Shop to pick up everything you need to make the day extra meaningful!  Celebrate this extra special day with your troop at your local church.

We have supplies for the day itself

  • Program covers & inserts
  • Patches & pins
  • Neckerchiefs

We also have devotional and prayer books for Scouts of all ages and different faith traditions!

Pinewood Derby Needs

All through the season

We have all your Pinewood Derby needs here at the Niagara Frontier Scout Shop.

  • Weights
  • Tools
  • Paint
  • Decals
  • Displays

We are more than happy to chat about design and building ideas at any stage of creating your best Pinewood Derby car.

We also have a variety of decorations for race day

  • Winner’s Circle tape
  • Banquet Supplies
  • Cookie Cutters

Blue & Gold

All through the season

We have all your supplies for the best Blue & Gold banquet!

  • Banquet Supplies
  • Invitations, thank yous, patches, and program covers
  • Recognition for youths and adults
  • Crossover awards, plaques, and recognition

Blue & Gold is a great time for a cake or cupcake decorating contest! We have cupcake liners, picks, and stands. We have patches to commemorate the cake decorating occasion.



Who is Ethan?       Come to the February 11th Roundtable at South Line Fire Department on French Road in Cheektowaga and find out who Ethan is and what he’s bringing in his backpack to the new Cub Scout Program.  We’ll have even more information at the Cub Scout College at the University of Scouting on March 7.


As of December 31, 2013, 35% of all adults were trained for their position in our Council.  Youth Protection training was at 88%.  As of December 31, 2014 51% of all adult leaders were trained for their positionYouth Protection training was at 96%(These numbers include adults who may not have re-chartered for 2015.)

Thank you to all our Unit Leaders, Commissioners, and Trainers for your help calling attention to required training and delivering the training so that Re-Charters could be processed successfully. 

And thank you to all who have attended a training session in 2014.  We applaud your dedication to providing our youth with the quality program they deserve.

Training Opportunities

If you had a magic wand, would you use it to make the Scouting program better and more fun for youth so they stayed in Scouting longer, so it had a larger impact on their lives? What if the same magic wand made leadership roles easier, more rewarding, and led to better retention among adult leaders? Would using that magic wand be a top priority?

Well, such a magic wand does exist—in the form of the learning programs for leaders in the Boy Scouts of America.

Common sense tells us training is important, and research shows the importance of trained leaders. A trained leader is knowledgeable and more confident in the role being performed. Trained leaders exhibit a knowledge and confidence that is picked up by people around them. Trained leaders impact the quality of programs, leader tenure, youth tenure, safety, and a whole lot more. A trained leader is better prepared to make the Scouting program all it can be!

These pages contain many of the “magic wands” and resources. Scout them out!

On-line training:

GNFC Training page:

What is Wood Badge?

Wood Badge is the ultimate leadership and team building course developed by the Boy Scouts of America. Wood Badge draws upon the most current leadership models used by corporate America, academic circles, and other successful outdoor leadership organizations. The course is built upon the time-tested training concepts of Robert Baden-Powell, Scouting’s founder. It meets the needs of ALL Scouting leaders.

Attendee Pre-requisites

1.    You must be registered with the BSA (youth older than 18 may also attend).

2.    You must have completed the basic training courses for your registered Scouting position. Check your local Council for your leadership position’s training requirements.

3.    You must complete the Annual Health and Medical Record form.

4.    Wood Badgers who have taken a course prior to 2005, may re-take the course. You must agree to write a new ticket and agree to not wear your beads until the new ticket is completed.

Why Wood Badge?  Read and find out

Want more information?

New Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training

The classroom session of the training required for Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters has undergone a major facelift.  It’s now called Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training, or Scoutmaster Specifics (SMS) for short.  The course code is still the same, S24.  This course along with Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLST), course code S11, is what is needed for a Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster to earn their Trained patch.

If you’ve previously taken a version of Boy Scout Leader Specifics or Scoutmaster Specifics to earn your Trained patch, you don’t need to take the new training to continue to be considered Trained for this position.  However, it’s always a great idea to update your knowledge on the latest in Scouting.

This training is also open to Junior Assistant Scoutmasters.

The new delivery method of this course allows it to be delivered in four hours compared to the previous six-eight hour format. 

See the GNFC Training page ( to find our next scheduled course.

Trainers’ Forum

Do you provide training at some level in our Council?  If yes, we’d like to invite you to a Trainers’ Forum on January 26, 2015 from 7:00-8:00 PM at the Council Service Center.  We’ll update you on the recent changes to training presentations, our Council Training Committee’s vision for training, and get your feedback/input.  Please join us.



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