Silver Beaver Award Nominations
Training Reminders
Red Jacket Organization
GNFC Honor Guard
Social Media and Scouting
Scouter of the Year and Spark Plug award Nominations
Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award
Shrine Circus is coming to Hamburg!
RJD Retreat - January 29th, 2011
Red Jacket District has a New Web Site
Red Jacket News - January 2011

Red Jacket District Newsletter

News and information for the volunteers serving in the Red Jacket District of the Greater Niagara Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America

January 2011

 If you would like more information, email us.

 Silver Beaver Award Nominations

Silver Beaver Award Nominations Extended!

 The Silver Beaver Award is the highest Council recognition accorded to a registered volunteer Scouter for outstanding service to youth.

If you work with a scouter that has gone above and beyond, consider nominating them for the GNFC Silver Beaver Award.  

Silver Beaver Nomination Form >

 Training Reminders

Upcoming Training Reminders

The University of Scouting 2011 is slated for Saturday, March 5th at the Erie Community College North Campus in Williamsville. 

University of Scouting Information >

Cub Leaders, Committee Members, and Chartered Organizations make a note of the upcoming Cub training offered on March 5.  BALOO training is being offered February 5.

Boy Scout Leaders, Committee Members, and Chartered Organizations will be interested in the upcoming Scout training offered on January 22 or February 12.

See the complete schedule of upcoming training session >

Our youth are best served by trained adults.  Don't you think it's worth investing a few hours to make sure we "do our best?"

 Red Jacket Organization

Red Jacket District Installs New Organization

At the January 5, 2011 Annual Meeting, the members of the Red Jacket District installed the new slate of Volunteer Committees and Commissioner organization. 

Headed by Kim Paul, District Chair the Volunteer Organization consists of Activities, Advancement, Camping, Membership, Finance, and Marketing Committees.

The Commissioner Corp is now led by Andy Loeb, District Commissioner with a new organization based on neighborhood zones.

The District is also supported by professional staff in Herb Schmidt, District Director and Christina Sees, District Executive.

Red Jacket District Organization Chart >

 GNFC Honor Guard

GNFC Honor Guard Seeking New Members

The GNFC “Honor Guard’ is seeking scouts and adult volunteers.   This is a unique opportunity to represent scouting and GNFC in various public events, showing scouting at its best. 

 Duties of the Honor Guard:

  • I will serve at least three functions per year.
  • I will wear a full Scout field uniform at every and all functions.
  • I will present myself as a fitting representative of our organization.
  • I will always be early for the event for which I am responsible.
  • I will help in any way I can at the event.
  • I will be a friend to my Scout partners.
  • I will know the importance of the commitment to the events.
  • I will meet as needed with the members of the Honor Guard Corps.

GNFC Honor Guard Letter and Application >

 Social Media and Scouting

Facebook, MySpace, Twitter - What's it all about?

If you are like many other volunteers in scouting, you may be wondering how to utilize social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace to improve communications with other volunteers and scouts.  Like any new communication medium, social media offers risks and rewards.

Fortunately, the National Office of the BSA has recently published a Guide to Social Media >

 Scouter of the Year and Spark Plug award Nominations

Nominations for Scouter of the Year and Spark Plug Awards Now Being Accepted

Do you know a scouter or scouting volunteer that has made a big difference in the content and/or quality of the program in your unit?  Nominate them for either the Scouter of the Year or a Spark Plug award!

Nomination forms are now online at:

 Scouter of the Year Nomination Form >

Spark Plug Nomination Form >

 Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award

Applications are now being accepted for the Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award

NESA granted the very first national award to an Eagle Scout from the Baltimore Area Council in 2010. The winner attended the National Annual Meeting in Dallas as a guest of NESA where he received his award from Glenn and Melinda Adams in front of 1,300 attendees at the NESA Americanism Breakfast.  A video of the presentation and review summaries of last year’s council and regional winners at

Scouts must apply to their local council by January 21, 2011. Councils will have till February 28, 2011 to submit a scanned copy of the council winner’s application and project workbook to

To nominate a project, use the following form:


 Shrine Circus is coming to Hamburg!

The world-renowned Shrine Circus is coming to Hamburg, March 17 - 20th, 2011

on the Fairgrounds
5820 South Park Ave.
Hamburg, NY 14075

Tickets are $6 each for scouts and leaders.

More information and ticket order form >

 RJD Retreat - January 29th, 2011

Red Jacket District Retreat

January 29th, 2011

Join us for this day-long opportunity to experience unique problem solving techniques and work to enhance the teamwork and skills within the District Committee and Commissioners for the Red Jacket District.  
More information >

 Red Jacket District has a New Web Site

New and Improved Web Site for the Red Jacket District

If you haven't had an opportunity yet, check out the new and improved Red Jacket District Web Site >

The site now includes:

  • District Calendar - listing all the district level events, including Committee Meetings, Klondikes, Camporees and other activities.
  • District Organization - a top level look at the organization and volunteers that make up the Red Jacket District (including charts)
  • District Library - with many reference materials and forms

But that's just the beginning - we've got plans to also add:

  • "A Good Turn" section - highlighting all the great community service and Eagle projects, making it easy for the local press to find content and information about these valuable activities.
  • "What to Do" section - articles about great activities for all age scouts within an hour drive of the District.  From hiking to the Eternal Flame to Allegheny State Park, the hope is to inspire units to get out and explore.

We're always looking for new content so to get your activity published, send pictures and a brief description including the "where, what, when and why" to