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GNFC eNews - 

July 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


More information at http://www.wnyscouting.org/

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Table of Contents:

Message from the Scout Excecutive
Activities
Camping
Commissioner's Corner
Membership
Order of the Arrow
Our Newest Eagles
Training

  If you would like more information  email us.


 Message from the Scout Excecutive

This is the most exciting time of our Scouting year.  We have hundreds of young men at camps all around the region.  Whether it is their first ever week at camp or their tenth these Scouts are discovering the magic that happens only at camp.  The first ever High Adventure Base activities at the Summit in West Virginia kick off this summer, and this Saturday over one hundred Scouts and Scouters from our council will head to Philmont Scout Ranch for a Scouting adventure of a lifetime.

 

While all of this is going on, we have to make sure that we are ready to welcome the next group of Scouts that will be joining us as we start the new school year and our Fall Roundup Campaign. 

Each Pack, Troop, and Crew has access to a great tool to showcase your unit through the BeAScout website.  Every Committee Chairman, Cubmaster, Scoutmaster and Venture Crew Advisor has access to this tool through your MyScouting.org page.  The same place that you go to take your Youth Protection has a section called unit tools.  One of those is the BeAScout Pin.

When a parent enters their address or zip code at BeAScout.org it will display on a map all of the Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, or Venture Crews in the area.  They show up like a google pin.  When the parent clicks on the pin, it gives them information about your unit and they can send an email to a registered leader in your unit that you designate requesting more information.

 

This fall we will be piloting an exciting new program that will allow your Pack, Troop, or Crew to use a web-based electronic application for all new youth and adult members in your unit.  BSA membership dues and all approvals can be completed online.  There is no need to print any application.  The payments will be processed online at the time of registration by the National Council.  Youth applications will be sent to the unit leader’s My.Scouting account for approval of the Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, or Crew Leader.  Adult applications will be sent to the Committee Chairman’s My.Scouting account for approval and then on to the Chartered Organization Representative’s My.Scouting account for approval.  The approved applications go directly to the council registrar and are added to your unit’s charter.  Watch for more details in the next eNews and on our website, wnyscouting.org.

To get ready for this big change, make certain that your My.Scouting account is linked to your BSA registration number and that our records show the current position that you are holding in your unit.  If you haven’t checked My.Scouting out lately it has changed a lot, you can print out your member ID card right from your My.Scouting account.


 Activities

Want to get more youth in your Scouting unit?  If so, come to the Red Jacket Membership Party!

 

Date:              Tuesday August 5th

Time:             Cookout is at 5:30pm; Training is at 6:30pm

Location:      Trinity Episcopal Church, 261 E Main St. Hamburg, NY 14075

What will we be covering?

-          New Online Application

-          New Council Booster Door Hanger Campaign

-          Recruiting Resources Available

-          Cub Scout Round Up

-          Boy Scout Recruiting

-          Media Commercials Coming This Fall

-          New Cub Scout Advancement

-          Training

-          Engaging New Parents

-          Best Practices

 

There is no cost to attend, however, we do ask that you let us know you are attending by July 31st.  Please send all RSVP’s to Greg Voyzey at greg.voyzey@scouting.org or Melissa Schreiber at Melissa.schreiber@scouting.org.

We’ll see you at the party!

 

 

Buffalo Bisons Family Camp Out

Friday August 1st, 1st Pitch is at 7:05 pm

  • Multi-option ticket packages with and without food options
  • Bisons vs the Railriders
  • Post-game Fireworks

Check out the attached flyer and purchase tickets directly from the Bisons >Buffalo Bison's Family Camp Out

Scouthaven Staff and Camper reunion. August 10, 2014 from 2:00pm- 9:00pm. If you remember Scouthaven as a Boy Scout Summer Camp, Cub Scout Summer Camp, or just weekend camped this event is for you. Come take a tour of camp, visit the open program areas, have dinner, meet new and old friends, and participate in the closing campfire of the summer. The cost is $15.00 and includes a patch and dinner. Registration and more information will be coming soon. For more information contact stephen.blass@scouting.org or susan.gruber@scouting.org  

The Red Jacket District will be hosting a Council Wide Pinewood Derby at the Erie County Fair! on August 14th 2014.  Come celebrate the 175th Erie County Fair in Scouting fashion by racing your Pinewood Derby Car in front of thousands of spectators.  

Racing will be going on all day and time slots will be scheduled based on number of participants.   Think you might have a friend interested in joining Scouting?  Bring him along and he can build a pinewood derby car and race as well.   Check the website for more information on registration and information coming soon.


 

Buffalo Bills Announce Discount Kids Day Game Tickets

Scouting families can purchase discounted tickets with $5 going back to the GNFC to support local Scouting for the  August 23rd home game vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Click the link here to find more information and please use Ticketmaster code GPSC to receive the discount>


 

GNFC Announces 27th Annual SCOTY (Scouter Citizen of the Year) Golf Tournament to honor Congressman Chris Collins.  Proceeds of the event will support Greater Niagara Frontier Council operations.  The tournament will be held Monday, August 25th at Wanakah Country Club. Click here for more information SCOTY Poster 2014>. 

 

Scout Camp Out at UB

Join the UB Football Team as they take on Norfolk State at UB Stadium on September 20, 2014.  Discount tickets are available for Scouts and Scouting families. 

All are welcome to purchase a $15 ticket for anyone camping out and enjoying the activities hosted by UB, while additional tickets for the football game are only $6. 
To register and download the pdf flyer please CLICK HERE>>

 

Scout Brigade of Fort George – September 19-21, 2014

Start your Scouting year off with a bang!


Who: Cubs, Scouts, and Venturer age youth in Ontario and the USA.
Where: Historic Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
When: September 19-21, 2014


Registrations open Now! Register by August 15th
The Scout Brigade of Fort George is an annual event that has been bringing over 2,300 Cubs, Scouts, and Venturers from Scouts Canada and the Boy Scouts of America together to learn about the history of the War of 1812 by participating in a living history experience since 1984.


Your role as a Scout will be in a company of infantry in one of our regiments participating in musket re-enactment battles. Venturers can join our artillery camp.  Cubs will be learning about Life in the Fort with games, musket drills and cartridge making.


The camp is fully catered. A highlight for the camp and the town is when all participants parade into Niagara-on-the-Lake Saturday afternoon.  If your group has been before or if you have never attended, why not make this the year you give it a try and be part of the special events commemorating the War of 1812.

Visit http://www.sbfg.ca  for information and to register
or http://www.facebook.com/thesbfg for more information.


On Facebook?  So are we… “Like” the GNFC Scouting page at www.facebook.com/gnfcbsa to get useful information from our local Council. 

 

Martin's Fantasy Island
Scouts and Scout families are able to purchase low price Martin's Fantasy Island tickets all summer long.  Please take advantage of this program.   For more information please CLICK HERE>>.

Microsoft Store Summer Camp
Microsoft is holding free summer camp sessions Monday – Thursday. Junior Designers (ages 8-10) are 10am – 12pm, Designers (ages 11-13) are 1pm – 3pm. Click here to access the flyer for online registration> or go to www.Microsoftstore.com/summercamps  Sign up for one or several sessions!  Direct questions to Emeckert@microsoft.com .

 

Come to the Microsoft Store this Friday to learn computer coding!  One of their merit badge counselors, Justin, is a whiz and he’ll be teaching a class this Friday for kids ages 12+. This will be a great opportunity for some of you technical scouts. There is space for 25 scouts so register now!  Copy and paste this into your browser: 

 

https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032566408&Culture=en-US&community=0

 

 

 


 Camping

2014 -2015 WEEKEND CAMPING

 

Weekend Camp Reservations will open online August 18, 2014

2015 SUMMER CAMP KICKOFF!

 

Mark your calendars:

            Camp SchoellkopfSeptember 23, 2014 at Council Service Center

            Camp ScouthavenOctober 23, 2014 at Council Service Center

 

Watch for sign up online.

 

NEW ADDITION TO EAGLE WEEK!!! 

Camp Schoellkopf has added Aquatics Week with Eagle Week.

Aquatics and Eagle Week are PROVO; you can attend without your unit.

 

PROVISIONAL CAMPING

Is your unit not going to camp or going a week you can’t attend?  You can still go to camp.  Camp Schoellkopf offers Provisional Camping with an on sight Scoutmaster, register online for PROVO.  Camp Scouthaven a Cub Scout and Parent may come any week.

 

Any questions please contact Sue Gruber at (716)891-4073 ext 5209.

 


 Commissioner's Corner

The “new” Scouting year is right around the corner, and it’s time to start thinking about recruiting new members for our units, especially Cub Scout Packs. Here’s some tips to use when you’re planning fall recruiting:

 

School visits (classrooms, lunchrooms, recess, etc.).

Send flyers home from school to all prospective members.

Posters in schools, businesses, community organizations, etc.

Put Cub Scouting messages on marquees at schools, subdivisions, and businesses.

Set up a booth at “Meet the Teacher” nights, open houses and charter partner.

Post yard signs in every Cub Scout family’s yard.

Public address announcement at the school on the day of the rally.

Articles in local newspapers, subdivision newsletters, and chartered partner newsletters.

Have Cub Scouts wear their uniform on the day of the rally.

Plan a second event to invite prospective Cub Scouts (e.g., pack meeting invite)—use the second chance flyers.

 

Make your plans early to ensure that your pack has a great fall recruiting campaign – ask someone to join Cub Scouting today!

 

Your Commissioner Team is also available to assist you in your efforts.

 

Paul Kendzierski, Council Commissioner


 Membership

Unit Membership Chairman Training will be offered this summer (August) in each District.  Please identify to your district professional the person in your unit that will be the Unit Membership Chairman so they can receive their invitation to training.  This person will play a key role in your Fall recruitment efforts!!

Make your unit VISIBLE.
Make it know in your community that your scouts are having fun and giving back to the community!  Advertise, flaunt it, let the community know that Scouting is Vibrant!

On-line Registration - Yes, it is coming to GNFC this Fall
Details will follow, but the first step to being eligible is to have your BeAScout.org pin up to date.  Your Unit Leader, Committee Chair, or Chartered Organization partner can make the changes or delegate this responsibility to someone in your unit.

Plan Ahead
Have your Unit decide on your Fall recruitment event, and start to get the plans firmed up.  Pick the night/day, venue, volunteers to help, theme if you like, and get some plans on paper.  The Council is here to support you with materials, and resources.

Really Plan Ahead
This year charter renewal MUST be completed by December 31st.  No more grace period.  On December 31, your unit is either registered, or it is dropped. Dropped means no meetings, no advancement, no insurance.    Make sure you have all your leaders trained; make sure you have lined up a time to get the Institution Head signature (two of the items that hold things up),  Put someone in charge of checking off all your leaders and their training requirements.



 Order of the Arrow

The Lodge Summer Fellowship, "Arrowman Elementals," will be held at Camp Scouthaven August 22nd – 24th Look for an email blast and online registration soon!
 

The 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) planning has begun.  Click here to register online>NOAC 2015

If you're an Arrowman and haven't yet paid your 2014 dues, please take the time to do it now at>2014 Ho-De-No-Sau-Nee Lodge OA Dues Registration

As always, all Lodge events can be found at www.wnyscouting.org

 


 Our Newest Eagles
Name Unit Eagle Project Hours            Earned Eagle
Benjamin Lipp Troop 554 Outdoor Learning Center 345 6/18/2014
Paul Duggan Troop 335 Blankets and Care Packages for Roswell 79 6/18/2014
Carter Pearson Troop 457 Design & Build Benches Amherst Paw Park 229 6/22/2014
Andrew Lavanture Troop54 Burchfield Bike Rack and Planters 215 6/24/2014
Steven J. Para Troop 352 Welcome Kits Buffalo City Mission 257 6/26/2014
Tyler Tomasik Troop 593 Recycled Tire Obstacle Course 90 7/8/2014
Zachery Marston Troop 601 Barricade Build for Bowmansville VFD 167 7/7/2014


 Training

Coming to Summer Camp at SSR?  Come do your Basic Leader training while you’re at camp.  Boy Scout Leader Specifics is offered morning Tuesday – Thursday.  Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLST) is offered on Monday – Friday afternoons.  There are two weeks left.  For more information or to register, check out the Training page at:  http://www.wnyscouting.org/openrosters/view_homepage.aspx?orgkey=2422

Does your Pack have a Pack Trainer?  Does your Troop, Crew, or Post have someone who keeps track of adult training?  If not, we’d like to talk with you.  If you do, we’d like to talk with them.  Having someone in your Unit who tracks adult training and can help adults keep current on their training will help you ensure the program our youth deserve.  We can show you and them how to do it.  We think our youth are worth this investment.

 

Recharter seems like ages away, but it’s right around the corner.  In order for your Recharter to go through smoothly, all “direct contact youth leaders” need to be current on their Basic Training.  That’s Cubmasters, Den Leaders, Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, Leaders of 11-Year Old Boys, Crew Advisors, Associate Crew Advisors, Skippers, Mates, Explorer Scout Leaders and Assistant Explorer Scout Leaders.  There are many opportunities each month to attend the required training, as well as, online training for Cub Leaders.  Help make your Recharter go smoothly by doing your part.

 

Darlene Kihlberg     dmkihlberg@gmail.com

Dave Supulveda      sepulved@buffalo.edu

Bob Blatz                   bblatz@unit22gnfc.org

Ron Krawczyk          rongkrawczyk@gmail.com

 

 

 

National Youth Leadership Training, White Buffalo- Only 12 Spots Remain!

Don’t miss out on the opportunity for your Scouts to participate in the premier outdoor leadership experience for youth in the Council.  Participants will be engaged in hands-on training led by Western New York’s finest youth staff that will cover criteria essential to leading within your unit, school, and life. 

When:  August 10th-15th, Camp Schoellkopf

There are only 12 participant slots remaining and registration closes July 25th so sign up before it’s too late!  To register, please go to>National Youth Leadership Training 2014.

National Youth Leadership Training, White Buffalo.  Training tomorrow’s leaders to be “The Best so Far!” 

Powderhorn!

 

Interested in seeing what high adventure opportunities exist for your unit in Western New York?  If so, then it is time to sign up for Powder Horn. The next course will be held August 15 – 18 at Camp Schoellkopf and Camp Scouthaven

 

Registration is still open until July 31st.   For more information, please go to>Powder Horn 2014

 

Don’t miss out on this opportunity as we only offer Powder Horn every two years!

 

 


 

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