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GNFC eNews - 

December 15, 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
Our Newest Eagles
Scout Shop Updates

 Message from the Scout Executive

By now most everyone is aware of as the place where you can take your Youth Protection Training, safety training as well as some leadership training for Cub Scout leaders.  You may not be aware of BSA’s latest site that is a powerful tool for you in your Scouting position.  The site is where you can update your personal information and depending on your registered role in Scouting, you can have access to everything from membership cards to training records.  This powerful tool allows members of the “Unit Key Three” (Committee Chairman, Chartered Organization Representative and Unit Leader) to assign roles to other registered adults within the unit.  You can designate someone to serve as your Membership Chairperson, Training Chairperson, and Youth Protection Champion.  More roles are being added each quarter with Advancement Chairman due to be added soon.  This is all designed to help Committee Chairs and Unit Leaders spread out the responsibilities of running the Pack, Troop, or Crew with the other members of the committee.  All of this is in preparation for BSA implementing the ability to register completely online including payment and leadership approval.


Hopefully by now your unit is done with your recharter.  Every Pack, Troop, Crew, Ship, and Post expires on December 31, 2014.  If you need help please reach out to your District Director or District Executive.  We can help you complete the process.  Once you have completed the online process you still need to print out your charter, get approval signatures, and submit it with payment to the Council Service Center.  Remember that every adult leader must be current with Youth Protection Training and all Youth facing leaders must have completed their leadership training.  The new tools in allow you to check the training status of all registered leaders in your unit.  If the training record in the system is out of date, let your district training team member, unit commissioner, or staff member know and they can update the record.  The system does not automatically recognize some trainings that are no longer offered; however, we can record you as trained in the system manually provided that you met the qualifications to be considered trained at the time you took the training.  The most common example of this is Scoutmastership Fundamentals which was the Boy Scout Leader training that I took when I was an Assistant Scoutmaster.  I am trained as a Scout Leader, but I would not be considered trained automatically in the system.

January 17 Webcasts on the New Cub Scouting Program

A new Cub Scouting program is launching June 1, 2015 that will be more fun and exciting for boys, and easier to implement for unit leaders. To ensure you are ready to make the transition, a number of webcasts will be hosted on January 17 to outline the coming changes, how to prepare, and when resources will be available.

Cubmaster Webcasts

  • Saturday, January 17, at 9 a.m.
  • Saturday, January 17, at 4 p.m.

Den Leader Webcasts

  • Saturday, January 17, at 10:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, January 17, at 5:30 p.m.

Although the content will be geared to the roles listed, anyone with an interest in learning about the new Cub Scouting program is welcome to attend.  The sessions will be recorded for later viewing.  It’s easy to attend! Just navigate your Internet browser to and you are ready to view the webcast!  Help spread the word about the webcasts to ensure others are ready for the new Cub Scouting program!

As always, for more information on the new Cub Scouting program, please go to

Wishing you a Joyous Holiday and Happy New Year

The holiday season is always a very special time for our families.  The wonder that we see in our children and the joy that we share together makes this time truly special.  For Scouts it is a time to reflect on the commitment that we make every time we say the Scout Oath “to help other people”.  Cub Scout Packs and Boy Scout Troops help with food drives, toy drives, and in many other ways during this holiday season and throughout the year.  The idea of making things better for others is one important way that we as Scouts have a strong impact in our communities, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate this season of joy.


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 before December 31st.  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


The Onondaga Pinewood Derby will take place at the Eastern Hills Mall on Saturday, January 24th, between 9 am and 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


Polaris District Klondike Derby

On January17, 1912, Robert Falcon Scott reached the South Pole.  There he found the flag of Norway, placed by Roald Amundsen 5 weeks earlier.  Can you reach the Pole and Capture the Flag?  Arctic Exploration is the theme for the Polaris District Klondike Derby – Camp Stonehaven – January 30th – February 1st.   Register and download the Program Guide at


Red Jacket Klondike Derby, the Ultimate Cook-Off!

Camp Scouthaven, January 30th – February 1st.  Early bird registration is $10.00 if paid before January 9th, $12.00 registration thereafter. To register go to>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

Join the Buffalo Sabres for Scout nights. The Sabres will host scouts Sunday, February 8th at 5:00 PM vs. NY Islanders.

All 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.


University of Scouting

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 Scoutsas well as leaders.  Be sure to pass this information along to your unitFor more detials click here>  


2015 Camp Card Program!

Get ready Scouts! We have a brand new look and design for our 2015 Camp Card Program.  Huge local savings, easy to sell, and web based and a fun new plastic card design.  Same price structure as last year, but a ton of added value. Each card entitles the consumer to self-select 10 premium discounts and have access to hundreds of premium local discounts.  Look for our Camp Card Kick Off Cracker-Barrel Event February 11th, Southline Fire Dept, 1049 French Rd, Cheektowaga.  Cards will be available for pickup that evening.


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


Camp Scouthaven and Camp Schoellkopf are looking for seasonal help for Summer Resident Camp.  Staff interviews will take place January 10, 2015 at the Council Service Center.  Please call Sue Gruber at (716)512-6216 to set up an appointment for an interview.


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:

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


 Our Newest Eagles
Name Unit Eagle Project Hours Earned Eagle
Skyler Reinhardt T250 Religious Education Hallway Repairing 104 10/11/2014
Gregory Rodas T440 Landscaping at St Greg's Adoration Chapel 208 10/19/2014
Doni Roehling II T559 Chicken BBQ Platform 187 10/25/2014
Christopher Long Jr T457 Bench Building for Forest Lawn 170 10/26/2014
Evan Bennett T457 Getzville Fire Co, Service Project 94 10/26/2014
Martin Hackford T1776 Building Shelving for St Luke's Womens Room 110 10/29/2014
Nicholas Pontrello T92 Tillman Road Boardwalk Improvement 181 11/4/2014
Evan Helenbrook T601 Sacred Heart Church Grounds Update 245 11/5/2014
Edward Eardley T618 Burchfield Recycling Bin Project 254 11/6/2014
Aaron Hammer T468 Hull Family Farm House Foundation Project 158 11/11/2014
Michael Tomasulo T483 911 Memorial Garden at West Seneca East 224 11/11/2014
Eric Michnik T421 Handicapped Picnic Tables, St. Bernadettes 100 11/11/2014
Ethan Farkas T229 Boardwalk restoration and stream cleaning 216 11/12/2014
Joshua Seefried T156 Congregation Shir Shalom Playground 440 11/17/2014
Jacob Mikula T513 Eagle Scout Project 163 11/17/2014
Troy Florentino T27 Coffee Shop 85 11/19/2014
Peter York T559 Landacaping C Dee Wright Center 243 11/24/2014
Kyle Schoener T630 Food Pantry Improvements and Additions 117 11/24/2014
Jack Grant T250 Lakeside Pavilion Staining 125 11/25/2014
William Mangan T578 Game/Rec Room Refurbish 135 12/1/2014
Nicholas Wagner T229 Mt. Olivet Cemetery - Garden of Angels 242 12/2/2014
Nathaniel Orlowski T735 Cemetery Cleanup St Peters United Church 127 12/2/2014
Ryan Gross T824 Dance Studio 164 12/4/2014
Samuel Aures T400 Refurbishing Fire Ring 92 12/8/2014
Jacob McCormack T483 Eternal Flame Connector Trail 116 12/9/2014
Jack Welsh T93 Plymouth Crossroads Youth Home Planter Beds 133 12/9/2014


Get Them Registered

Please be sure you have turned in ALL of your new scout applications and any new leader applications.  Remember scouts are not covered by insurance, cannot receive advancements, and do not receive their Boy's Life until they are registered.

Unit Membership Chairs

Does your unit have a Unit Membership Chair?  This is a new position in the unit that focuses on membership and marketing your unit in the community.  Please select someone in your unit to fill this important role.  More information and resources for this person are available at
We will be contacting your unit to find out who this person might be and get some contact information, so they can be included in 2015 recruitment planning.

Keep recruiting

Just because Fall recruitment is winding down, you do not need to stop recruiting new scouts.  Remember Fall sports are ending and kids are looking for an adventure in the cold winter months.  The scout program is flexible enough to let kids join at any time. And, it is more fun with more scouts participating!


 Scout Shop Updates

Come in for the Great Holiday Thorlo Sock Sale

Buy 3, Get 1 Free; 25% off each after that

Nov 17-Jan 4

Don’t get cold feet this holiday!

  • Use the “buddy method” (get two for you and two for a buddy)
  • Help others stay warm - get some for you and a pair for a less fortunate or elderly person (check the nursing homes or church giving trees for names).
  • Great troop gift for the boys

Fall Apparel Markdowns

Dec 1- Dec 14

Up to 50% off select graphic tees, hoodies, hats, and more


Pinewood Derby Throughout the Derby Season

Come to the Scout Shop for all of your Pinewood Derby needs. We have all of the tools, weights, and graphite to make your car the best in the race. We also carry a full collection of paint, decals, and car wraps to spruce up your car.

End of Year Clearance Event!

Dec 29- Jan 25

Don’t wait or hesitate because deals like these are out the door.

Pinewood Derby Champ Camp

January 17, 2015

Join us on Saturday January 17, 2015 for an all-day drop-in event!  We will have demonstrations throughout the day of the tools and weights! We will setup a test track on which you can race your car, and race against other Scouts!

Stop in the Niagara Frontier Scout Shop

Be Prepared!!




Every Youth deserves a well-trained Leader.  Every Leader deserves a well-run training program.

Recharter and Training

Is you unit charter in jeopardy of completing on time (December 31, 2014) because someone in your unit needs the required training?

Please . . . Please . . . Please        We are here to help.

Venturing:                          Paul Kendzierski

Onondaga District:             Bob Blatz

Polaris District:                   Dave Sepulveda

Red Jacket District:            Ron Krawczyk

Tatonka District:                 Ken Liszewski

Council Training Chair:         Darlene Kihlberg

Please access the Training page to view Training courses being offered either on line or in person.

All youth facing leaders must have their Basic Leader training completed. (Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Crew Advisor, Skipper, Den Leader, and All Assistant Leader Positions) To be considered compliant, these positions must have completed their Basic Leader training and be current in Youth Protection training.

We will work with units to fix discrepancies in unit leader training records with supporting information.



GNFC will host a Leave No Trace Trainer Course for youth age 14 and older and adults in any aspect of BSA programs (cubs, boy scouts, venturing, sea scouts) on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM at the council service center and on the weekend of April 25-26, 2015 from noon on Saturday until 1:00 PM on Sunday.  The weekend portion of the course will be held at Schoellkopf Scout Reservation. The cost for this course is $35.00 and includes meals and all materials. For additional information, contact Rob Reeves at or Dave Bliss at

GNFC and Seneca Waterways Council are co-sponsoring a 5 day Leave No Trace Master Educator Course for adult scouters to be held at Camp Scouthaven on Friday evening May 15, 2015 through Sunday afternoon May 17th.  The second portion of the course will be held at Camp Cutler (Naples, NY) from Friday afternoon, May 22nd through early Monday afternoon on May 25th, 2015.  The second weekend is Memorial Day weekend and therefore most participants only need take one day off from work (Friday, May 22nd) and will be home in time for a Memorial Day evening barbeque.  The cost for the entire course (both weekends) is $280.00 and includes meals, all materials and a one year membership in Leave No Trace.  In addition, graduates of the course are eligible for a 45% discount when purchasing additional Leave No Trace materials.  The lead instructor for this course will be Dave O'Leary who serves as the BSA National Outdoor Ethics Chair.  For additional information, contact Fred Thornley, Council Outdoor Ethics Advocate at 716-655-5594 or

Online registration will be open shortly through the GNFC website.  For questions contact Susan Gruber at 512-6216 or  The deadline to register for the Trainer course is April 10, 2015 and for the Master Educator course is May 1, 2015.



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