Message from the Scout Executive
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GNFC eNews March 15, 2013

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May 15, 2013
News of Key Scouting Activities, Events and Upcoming Registration Deadlines

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Greater Niagara Frontier Council #380
Boy Scouts of America
2860 Genesee Street

Buffalo, New York 14225
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 Message from the Scout Executive

Last week I sent out an e-mail inviting our Scouting family to attend one of three informational meetings regarding the membership standards of the Boy Scouts of America.  I hope that you will be able to attend one of the three meetings.  They are all at 7:00 PM as follows:

Wednesday, March 20:  ECC North in Kittinger Hall (K-Building), Room 100,  6205 Main Street, Williamsville, NY 14221

Thursday, March 21:       St Paul Lutheran Church, 453 Old Falls Blvd, North Tonawanda, NY 14120

Monday, March 25:          Hamburg High School, 4111 Legion Dr., Hamburg, NY 14075

The meeting is for adult leaders and parents of Scouts.  You will be given an opportunity to provide feedback that will be shared with the national organization.   Additionally many of you may have already received a survey through the Voice of the Scout.  Responses to that survey will also be used by BSA as it works through this issue.

You can also stay up-to-date on this issue by visiting .

For more than 100 years, Scouting’s role has been to equip children with life skills so they can make their own decisions about important issues.  Our focus is on working together to deliver the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training.

During this process, we will work to stay focused on that which unites us. Be a part of this discussion by staying engaged and continuing your role in Scouting. The kids in your community need you.


Tops Friendly Markets and Boy Scouts Team Up

Scouts can do their “Good Turn” by participating in the annual Good Turn for America food collection event which will be held on Saturday, March 23rd at most local Tops Friendly Market locations. Please register here>

The General Motors Pinewood Derby is returning to the GM Powertrain Plant in Tonawanda on April 14th, noon to 5:00 pm.  Plant tours will be available.  Included are prizes, snacks, and other goodies. Watch the website for more information.  Click here for Pre-registration>

The 2013 Greater Niagara Frontier Council Annual Volunteer Awards Dinner is on Thursday, April 18th at the Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Avenue. Join us as we honor the following Adult Scouters:

  • 2012 Silver Beavers: Mitch Banas, Mark Finkelstein, Timothy Howard, Darlene Kihlberg, Marc Muroff, James Pasek, Michael Pietruszka, David Sepulveda, and  Richard Tornow.
  • Scoutmaster of the Year: Daniel Berger; Boy Scouter of the Year, Jason Crosby; Cub Scouter of the Year, Ronald Jablonski ; Commissioner of the Year, Paul Nickerson; Youth of the Year, Stephen Pasek, Venturing Leader of the Year, Cedric Holloway
  • District Awards of Merit
    • Polaris District-Philip Wolfling, David Slish, Shawn Nickerson
    • Onondaga District-Dave Mitchell, Ken Knox, Joe Lane, Mike Rockwell
    • Red Jacket District-Thom Slomka, Dave DiMatteo, Frank Pellegrine, Ron Krawczyk
    • Buffalo District-Denice Taylor- Sumlin, Dawn Carpino
  • Whitney M. Young Jr. Award- Leona Harper
  • William H. Spurgeon III Award- Genevieve Rak, Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society

You may register online here> for the dinner!

Global Youth Service Day, April 26-28, 2013 is a day set aside for youth to make a difference in their community. Packs, Troops, Crews, and Posts can make their own projects or you can join Community Charter School Recycle Fest on April 27th.  For more information contact Andrew Prinzing at or

Buffalo Bison’s Scout Night and Campout- May 3rd

The Buffalo Bisons and the Greater Niagara Frontier Council invite your Cub Pack, Webelos, Scout Troop, Venture Crew or Explorer Post to Coca-Cola Field for the Scout parade before the game and post-game campout!  Every Scout receives a special patch and ticket certificate for an additional Bison’s game in May.  Visit for more information to print the flyer and how to purchase tickets through the Bison’s.

The Buffalo Orienteering Club will be hosting a three-course orienteering meet on Saturday, May 11th at Camp Schoellkopf. Scout groups are invited to participate at the club member rate.  Beginner instruction is available.  Perfect for Scouts working on their orienteering merit badge or any map and compass rank requirements.  Sprint course begins with a mass start at 11:00am.  Medium and long courses start from 12:00 to 1:00pm.

Retinitis Pigmentosa is an incurable eye disease. The “Foundation Fighting Blindness” is having their Second Annual Vision Walk for Western New York on May 19th in Delaware Park starting at 10 am.

The foundation is looking for Scouting Troops to volunteer to assist before the start and after the finish of the walk. Scouts could also help with setup, registration, refreshments, and other assignments. 

For more information on how your unit can help please e-mail Jeanette Dean at or Noell Rembert

GOT GAME?  The ScoutStrong Camporee is coming to Reservoir State Park in Lewiston and we want you to bring your game.  Tell us what your game is at We will also have activities centering on some of your favorite activities.  Watch for more information soon.

Cub Scout Day Camp is fast approaching.  Session 1 will be held at Lake Erie Social Club, July 8-12Session 2 will be the "Fire Fly Camp" here at the Council Service Center, July 15-19, and Session 3 will be at Camp Stonehaven, July 30-August 2.  For more information call Army Leonetti at 891-4073. 




The 3 part camp patch is available at each camp for $6.00 per part.  Come visit the camps to purchase.  Trading Posts are open on Saturday afternoons.  The full set may be purchased at the Council Service Center for $25.00.


Help send a Scout to summer camp.  The Campership CSP is available for $50.00 with all proceeds go into the Campership Fund. The CSP may be purchased at Camp or at the Council Service Center.


It’s never too late to sign up for Summer Camp.  Contact the Camping Dept. at 891-4073 ext. 5209 or go online to submit your reservation.

Boy Scouts:  Is your Troop not going to Summer Camp?  You may sign up for Provisional any week or check out Eagle Summit Week.

Cub Scouts:  Check out the monthly newsletter Camp Director Karolin posts every month at and webelos scout resident camp.

Please check on our website regarding dates and times for pre camp swim tests.


Are you looking for some fun in the summer?  Come join the Summer Camp Staff. 

Camp Scouthaven has the following open positions:  Cook, Kitchen Aides, Dining Hall Steward, Trading Post Manager and Clerk, Lifeguards (must be 16 years of age, will train), Asst. Waterfront Director, Shooting Sports Staff, Program Aides, CIT’s, Chaplain/Commissioner, Activities Director, BMX Director.

Please submit your application to:      Sue Gruber, GNFC, 2860 Genesee Street, Buffalo, NY  14225


June 8 – 9, 2013  Come join us at Camp Scouthaven for a full day fun for the whole family.  There will be activities, campfire, and meals.  Each family must bring their own tent.  Cost is $25.00 per person, 5 and under free.





GNFC Paddlecraft Safety Policy


Effective January 1, 2014

Paddlecraft Safety will become mandatory effective January 2014 and will apply to all independently run unit canoe and kayak trips.  At least one adult in the unit participating in the trip must be certified in Paddlecraft Safety.  The Safety Afloat course, by itself, will no longer be sufficient.  Exceptions will be Birchbark and any National BSA Canoe Base where a guide certified in Paddlecraft Safety is with the unit for the duration of the trip.

Please Note: The course will be offered during each session at SSR summer camp and twice outside of summer camp.  This year, in addition to the SSR camp sessions, the course will be offered on June 22nd and August 24th at Camp Scouthaven.  See the council website for more information regarding registration for either date.  The certification is currently good for three years and we encourage units to begin taking the course now.

Beginning in 2014, proof of Paddlecraft Safety certification will be required when a unit applies for a tour permit involving canoeing or kayaking.


Cub Scout Leaders!

St. Patrick’s Day is this weekend, so that must mean that it’s almost time for Spring!  Specifically, it’s time to think about Spring Recruitment!  If your Pack is interested in getting a jump on their recruitment efforts and start getting Kindergarten parents and their sons involved with their Packs please let us know as we can help with your Spring Round up efforts.  Also, we don’t want new parents and Scouts signing up in the spring and have no contact with them until October, so please let us know what three events that your Pack plans on doing to qualify for the Summer Time Pack Award by clicking here

Boy Scout Leaders!

Not getting the number of Webelos that you want?  Fifth graders are about to graduate and move onto middle school…and Boy Scouts!  Not all of them know about Boy Scouts and what fun they could have at camp this summer!  If your Troop is interested in reaching out to the parents of potential Boy Scouts and want to get them involved this summer, please let us know your Open House night and what flyers you might need.

All Unit Leaders!

Can interested parents find your unit on  Is your unit pin up to date?  It’s the easiest way to get the word about your unit.  For information and directions please follow the link below.


 Scout Shop

First and most importantly, there is a change that affects Tax Exempt Purchases at the Scout Shop.  In compliance with the New York State Tax Laws and EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY in order for a unit purchase to be considered tax exempt it must be paid for with Cash, a Unit Check, a Unit Debit Card, or Unit Gift Card.  We can no longer accept Personal Credit Cards or Personal Checks for Tax Exempt Purchases.  If anyone has any questions please see Brandon Rueger for more details.

All Nylon Uniform Items have been marked down to just $19.66 - this includes youth, adult, and ladies: pants, short sleeve and long sleeve shirts.  Sizes are limited. 

Are you “Prepared For Camping?”  With the spring camping season right around the corner now is the time gear up.  Whether you are a seasoned camper or going out for the first time let us get you ready.  From sleeping bags and pillows to compasses and chairs we have everything you need for a memorable trip.  Don’t forget that your purchases help support the future of scouting.   

If you have not already stopped in and scoped out our clearance merchandise, it is not too late to do so.  There are still plenty items marked down at unbelievable prices.  We have sleeping bags and jackets marked up to 30% off, Nike Golf Polos for $29.88 each, swim trunks for only $7.44 a pair and so much more.  Be thrifty and grab a great deal today!

If you have not already done so, please check out the updated Scout Shop web page on the Greater Niagara Frontier Website.  The page now includes our upcoming promotions with dates and details as well as our phone number, fax, and hours.  Check it regularly to keep updated with everything going on in the shop including newly mentioned promotions. 

Brandon Rueger, Store Manager
Niagara Frontier Scout Shop
2860 Genesee St
Buffalo, NY  14225
Phone: 716-891-1689
Fax: 716-891-1941




Upcoming Basic Leader Training Dates!

Cub Scout Leader Basic Training Day

Saturday, April 27, 2013, 10:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Location, GNFC Service Center, 2860 Genesee St, Buffalo, NY  14225
To register click here>


Boy Scout Leader Basic Training  

Saturday, April 27, 2013, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: GNFC Service Center, 2860 Genesee St. Buffalo, NY 14225 
Register online here>


Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills Training

Friday, May 3 - Sunday, May 5, 2013
Schoellkopf Scout Reservation, 1373 Burrough Rd, Cowlesville, NY 14307
Early Bird Fee: $25.00
After April 17, Fee: $30.00
To register click here>



Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation Training (BALOO) & Fuels Safety Orientation

Saturday, May 4, 2013
Schoellkopf Scout Reservation, 1373 Burrough Rd, Cowlesville, NY 14307
Cost: $15.00 (includes Lunch) by 3/22/13
$20.00 after 3/22/13
Register online here>



Training details can be found online at


Wood Badge in the 21st Century - N3-380-13

Leadership for Scouting - Leadership for America

Do you want to become a better leader in Scouting, and your everyday life?  Do you want to know how to better organize your Pack, Troop or Crew?  Do you want your boys to get a better experience from Scouting?  If the answer to any of these questions is YES, you are a candidate for WOOD BADGE. Wood Badge can help you become a better Leader, understand how to better organize your unit, and help you deliver that promise of Scouting to all Scouts, be it Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, or Venturers. Details and registration for Wood Badge 2013 can be found here >