Trailer Round-up and Dutch-Oven Cook-Off - Next Week!
Got Camping Stuff? Looking for Camping Stuff?
Publicize Your Unit's Community Service Projects!
Football Legend and Eagle Scout to Speak
Do you manage a Troop, Pack or Crew Web Site?
Webelows Extreme 2011
Program Launch - June 8th
Life to Eagle Orientation/Training - May 19th
Scouting Today Presentation and Fireside Chat Series
Help Save-a-Scout
Friends of Scouting Participation
West Seneca Memorial Day Parade
Calendar Reminders
Newsletter Submissions Wanted!
Red Jacket Newsletter - May 2011

Red Jacket District Newsletter

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

May 2011

 If you would like more information, email us.

 Trailer Round-up and Dutch-Oven Cook-Off - Next Week!

Trailer Round-up and Dutch-Oven Cook-Off

Registration is now open to all GNFC Units
Hosted by the Red Jacket District

Wednesday May 18th 2011
5:00-8:00 PM Cook-off & Trailer Show
Held behind the GNFC Service Center


For more information and registration, see the
Dutch-Oven Cook-Off and Trailer Round-up Calendar Entry >

 Got Camping Stuff? Looking for Camping Stuff?

Scouting Equipment and Camping Gear Garage Sale

In conjunction with the Dutch-oven Cook-off (see above), units are encouraged to bring their used, but usable camping gear that they would like to sell or trade.  Set up a table and display those items no longer needed by your unit.

Those of you looking to better equip their scouting units or looking for affordable personal gear, this will be the place to shop!  Deals galore!

All sales are private (between the two parties) with terms negotiated at time of sale.  No weapons or other dangerous items, please.

 Publicize Your Unit's Community Service Projects!

Publicize Your Unit's Community Service Projects!

Our first "Good Turn" new articles are now posted on the RJD Good Turn Page > - your unit's projects can too!  How?  If you see or hear of a good community service project, Eagle Scout Leadership project or other worthy story worth sharing, write it up and send it to us.  We'll post it on the Red Jacket web site and help promote it to the local newspapers and other media outlets.

Here's what you need to do:

  • Take a few pictures of the project, showing the work in progress, ideally with people doing the work (painting, planting, digging...)
  • Jot down the names of the people in the picture
  • Write up a couple paragraphs about the project, covering the basics (who, what, when, where, why...)
  • Send it via email to >

We'll take it from there!

 Football Legend and Eagle Scout to Speak

You Are Invited to a Special Event

Join us to hear the profoundly uplifting story of Don Holleder; WNY native, Eagle Scout Class of '48 and Vietnam War hero.

  • Wednesday, May 11th at 10:00 am
  • Greater Niagara Frontier Council Service Center

Author Terry Tibbetts will be on hand at the Service Center to recount Holleder's story, answer questions and sign copies of his new book, "A Spartan Game."

This is the story of a young man who gave up his football dreams, and his life, to be of service to his country. A story for any young person looking for a positive role model.

Learn more online >

 Do you manage a Troop, Pack or Crew Web Site?

Do you manage a Troop, Pack or Crew Web Site?

Show your pride and help parents and volunteers find out about the other scouting activities in the Red Jacket District by adding a link from your site to the Red Jacket District pages.

Cut and past the official Red Jacket Logo to the right, add it to your web site and add a hyperlink to:

 Webelows Extreme 2011

Webelows Extreme 2011

The program will consist of one night of camping and a full day of activities on Saturday. Webelos will camp together as patrols with a Boy Scout Patrol and exercise the patrol-method of camping as much as possible.

Webelos Scouts will check-in Saturday morning. Webelos Patrols will compete in:

  • Basic First Aid techniques
  • C.O.P.E.
  • Fire lays and fire building
  • Archery & Sling Shot
  • Intro to Boy Scouting FUN!!
  • GPS & Geocaching
  • Rocket Launch!!
  • Rope Making

The patrols will be judged on Patrol Flag and Yell, Leadership, Teamwork, Skill Demonstration and Scout Spirit. On Saturday afternoon, patrols will participate in fun activities with area Troops & learn more advanced skills taught by local Boy Scouts. Scouts will break camp and depart Sunday morning.

Watch the GNFC web site and this newsletter for more information!

 Program Launch - June 8th

Program Launch - June 8th

Be sure to send at least one representitive from your unit to this important and informative annual meeting.

More details on the Program Launch >

 Life to Eagle Orientation/Training - May 19th

Next Life to Eagle Orientation/Training is May 19th

Are you a Life Scout ready to work toward your Eagle Scout rank?

If so, you must participate in at least one Life to Eagle Training session before beginning your Eagle Scout Leadership Project.

During this session you will learn:

  • Required leadership/guidance
  • Required paperwork and approvals
  • Correctly size and scope a project
  • What to do with "over supervision" from dad/mom
  • What to do when "plans change"

Details on the next Life-to-Eagle Training >

 Scouting Today Presentation and Fireside Chat Series

Scouting Today Presentation and Fireside Chat Series

In 2011, the Boy Scouts of America celebrates its 101st Anniversary.  Since 1910, more than 1,000,000 young people, in just the Buffalo metropolitan and Greater Niagara area, have benefited from the Scouting programs.  Individuals have learned positive character attributes, leadership skills and how to be a contributing citizen.  We are extending an invitation to you to join us along with others who have an interest in Scouting, or who want to find out more information and get a “Scouting Update!”

Date/Time Location Address C/S/Z
May 17 - 7:00 PM Burchfield Nature & Art Center 2001 Union Road West Seneca, NY 14224
June 22 - 7:00 PM Iroqouis Intermediate School 2111 Girdle Road Elma, NY 14059


Come and enjoy an hour of fellowship, rekindle some memories and hear updates on the impact that Scouting is having in our community today.  There are no strings, no obligations.  Just the opportunity to learn more about Scouting Today.

 Use this opportunity to share with us your thoughts about Scouting in your community.

Watch the District Calendar> for additional dates/locations

 Help Save-a-Scout

SAV-a-Scout Program Needs You!

WANTED:  all Scout leaders and adults who would like to call Cub Scout and Boy scout Families who did not re-charter and who left the program.  We will be calling these families to see if they are interested in coming back and joining another group.  If you feel you would like to help make these phone calls please contact Herb Schmidt. 512-6208.


 Friends of Scouting Participation

Friends of Scouting Participation

By now most units should have participated in a Friends of Scouting presentation.  This important effort provides much needed funding for a wide variety of Scouting programs and infrastructure that all scouts and their leaders depend on.

If you've already hosted a presentation, please make an extra appeal to your parents at the next meeting - reminding them to make a pledge and contribute thier "fare share".

For more information or assistance, contact Christina Sees at 512-6201 or

 West Seneca Memorial Day Parade

Honor Those That Have Fallen by Particpating in the West Seneca Memorial Day Parade

On Monday, May 30, 2011, the West Seneca Veterans Committee will sponsor its annual Memorial Day Parade.

Parade assembly will take place in the Southgate Plaza located at Union Road and Seneca Street at 10:00 a.m. with step-off time at 10:30 a.m. The parade route will move down Union Road to the Veterans Monument located in front of the Library next to West Seneca Town Hall.

 We sincerely look forward to having all the Troops, Packs and Crews based in West Seneca to participate in the annual Memorial Day Parade.

For more information or to register, please contact:
Patricia C. DePasquale
Asst Parade Coordinator
Phone: 558-3215

 Calendar Reminders

Next Committee and Commissioner's Meeting is June 1st 

This meeting is open to all district committee members, members at large, and any other Scouters interested in the functions of the Red Jacket district.  Break-out sessions will include:  Advancement, Training, Activities, Membership, Finance, Camping, and Marketing.

All registered Red Jacket Commissioners are also invited to discuss the challenges faced by our units and to develop strategy to help every one of our units to succeed!

Coffee and Networking starts at 6:30
Meeting starts promptly at 7:00 PM

Meeting is held in West Seneca East Senior High School

For more details, location and contact information, check the Red Jacket District Calendar >

 Newsletter Submissions Wanted!

Newsletter Submissions Wanted!

This Newsletter is edited and distributed by the Red Jacket District Marketing Committee.

If you've got news, information or an interesting story to share that would be helpful for the volunteers that serve the Red Jacket District, please send your newsletter submissions to: >