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GNFC eNews April 15, 2013

GNFC eNews - 

April 15, 2013
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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 Message from the Scout Executive

  With the lingering wintry weather, it’s hard to believe that summer is just around the corner.  Summer is the most important time for each pack, troop, and crew.  What happens over the summer will determine who stays in Scouting.  Those Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts that go to a summer camp are twice as likely to stay active in their Pack or Troop next year.  Now is the time to make sure that the Scouts in your pack, troop or crew are planning to be a part of your summer time activities.  Every pack and troop should already be planning to take part in summer camp.  This summer we have several opportunities for each pack and troop to be included.  Each of the activities below has been proven to keep our Scout in Scouting.


  Day Camp is being offered in four locations throughout the council.  It is a fun filled week of Cub Scouting.   Your Cub Scout will play games, make things and have a great time enjoying Cub Scouts.


  For those who are looking for an overnight camping adventure, we also have Cub Scout camp at Camp Scouthaven with four days and three nights of fun.  Many of our Cub Scouts (and their parents) tell us this is the highlight of their Cub Scouting experiences. 


  Boy Scouts can take part in a once in a lifetime experience and share in the Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of Camp Schoellkopf.  The staff has planned special celebrations throughout the summer season to mark the event.


  For those Boy Scouts looking to get a big boost along their “Trail to Eagle”, we are offering our Eagle week August 4 – 10.  This week offers twenty-three different merit badges including thirteen that are required for the Eagle Scout rank.  So if you are interested in upping your advancement game this is the week for you.






The 2013 Greater Niagara Frontier Council Annual Volunteer Awards Dinner is on Thursday, April 18th at the Millennium Hotel. When you see the following award winners please take a moment to congratulate them.


  • 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



Buffalo Bison’s Scout Night and Campout on the field
Friday May 3rd, 6:00 pm - Saturday May 4th, 8:00 am

  • Multi-option ticket packages with and without food
  • Scout parade before the game
  • Optional overnight campout on the outfield
    (best sleeping in the league)
  • Exciting Bisons baseball
  • Fireworks
  • Special game patch
  • Ticket certificate for another Bisons game

    Click here to purchase tickets through the Bison’s ticket office>Bison's Scout Night and Campout


Falling Waters Chapter of the Order of the Arrow will be having their induction weekend on May 3-5th at Camp Stonehaven.  Click here for more information> OA - Falling Waters Chapter Service Weekend


Camp Card Fundraiser Final Payments Due Date Has Been Extended

All Units participating in the Camp Card Fundraiser must make the final payment to the Council at 2860 Genesee St, Buffalo, NY 14225 before 5 PM on Friday, May 17, 2013 in order to receive the full 40 % commission. 
For more information click here>    Camp Card Fundraiser Final Payments Due


The SCOUTStrong Camporee has landed at Fort Niagara State Park, May 17th-19th.  SCOUTStrong emphasizes proper nutrition and exercise which will enable each scout to face the challenges of life.  Activities include SkyZone, bike hike to Sea Scout Ship 1812 in Lewiston, obstacle course and more.  To register online click here>  SCOUTStrong Camporee


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


Popcorn Extravaganza Tuesday June 4, from 6:00 to 8:30 pm at Daemen College’s Wick Social Room

All units must send their Popcorn Kernel and we welcome either your Committee Chair or Top Leader to the training event in order to be eligible for your bonus commission for the Fall 2013 Popcorn Sale. Training will cover everything your unit leadership needs to know about the 2013 popcorn sale; dates, changes, updates, best methods and, of course, new updates for the sale.  Please check back for more details as we get closer to the event.  Light dinner will be served from 6-6:45 so please be prompt. To register please click here>    GNFC Popcorn Extravaganza



Martin’s Fantasy Island’s Scout Days
Discounted tickets are available for Scouting families at only $14.95 per ticket.  The Scout Days prices are good throughout the entire season and there are some additional details at the link below.  Please follow the link to purchase tickets directly through Martin’s Fantasy Island.>



From May 30th to June 4th 2013, the VA Western NY Healthcare System will host the 27th National Veterans Golden Age Games here in Buffalo.  This event is the premier senior adaptive rehabilitation program in the United States.  It is the ONLY national multi-event sports and recreational seniors’ competition program designed to improve the quality of life for all older veterans, including those with a wide range of abilities and disabilities (14 different sports and recreational activities).  Imagine the Olympics, but exclusively for SENIOR VETERANS!! 


They are looking for volunteers, 14 years and older,  for the following events: golf, horseshoes, checkers, 9-ball, air rifle, croquet, shuffleboard, table tennis, dominoes, bowling, cycling- ¼ and ½ mile, shot put, discus, javelin, swimming- freestyle 25, freestyle 50, backstroke 25, backstroke 50 and sled hockey. Other areas requiring Volunteers include meal coordination at the Buffalo Convention Center and at the event site, event check-in and crowd management at the main registration site.

For more information contact Kelly Clark-Roberts at 716-862-8672 or visit the National Golden Age Games Website:


Save the Date Schoellkopf 75th Anniversary All Council Camps Camper and Staff Reunion on August 9, 2013. Did you ever work or Camp at a Greater Niagara Frontier Council Camp? If so this reunion is for you. Come see how Camp Schoellkopf looks now and meet with past, present, and future Camp staff and campers from all the Council Camps.  More information will follow shortly.  To get involved with the planning committee contact Stephen Blass at



The 2013 University of Scouting Planning Committee would like to thank everyone who participated in this year’s event. A very special thanks and “round” of applause to our Instructors and exhibitors, without whom, this event would not be possible!
We hope you are all able to take your newly-acquired skills and knowledge back to your unit and make 2013-14 the best year ever for your youth!
The Committee is actively reviewing the feedback you so graciously provided so we can continue to improve and enhance this event.  Watch for additional information in the May GNFC E-blast.
We will soon start planning for the 2014 event. If you would like to assist with next year’s program (planning committee, instructor, or exhibitor) please e-mail us at  If you indicated on this year’s event survey that you’d be interested in joining the planning committee we’ll be contacting you later this spring or early summer.


High Adventure,
     the call of the Loon,
          the still water of Algonquin
               awaits your Boy Scout Troop or Venture Crew!

A few opening exist for crew expeditions during the week of July 20-27th and July 27-August 3rd are still available!

To learn more, visit the Birchbark Expeditions information page on the website or click here to use the Birchbark Expedition Information Request page to request an on-site presentation for your troop/crew.

Birchbark Expeditions, the Nationally Accredited BSA program hosted by the Greater Niagara Frontier Council operates one and two-week long high adventure canoe expeditions in Ontario’s Algonquin Provincial Park and nearby waters.  One of the best values in a turn-key high adventure program, a fully-guided Birchbark Expedition teaches the back country camping skills and canoeing techniques needed to explore the interior waters of Upper Canada.  With a custom itinerary that fits the needs of any crew, your Birchbark Expedition will surely be a memorable experience.




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 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. 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.

Check online for pre camp Swim Test dates and locations.



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


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

Please submit your application to:      GNFC
                                                            2860 Genesee St.
                                                            Buffalo, NY  14225



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 or rent a cabin.  Cost is $25.00 per person, 5 and under free.






GNFC Paddlecraft Safety Policy


Effective January 1, 2014:

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

Note: The course will be offered during each session at SSR summer camp and twice outside of summer camp.

This year, in addition to SSR summer camp, the course will be offered on June 22 and August 24 at Camp Scouthaven. See the council website for more information. The certification is currently good for 3 years.  We want to 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.


It is Spring! Well, almost here in the Buffalo area.....  For Packs it is time to think about a Spring Recruitment effort for Tiger Cubs, in particular.  If you are going to have some summer activities, we encourage you to do a Spring Recruitment to capture the kindergarteners that are eligible to be Tigers in June.  We have Spring flyers available.  You just need to call the Scout Office and make arrangements!!  (891-4073)

One of the best retention tools we have is Camping, please make every effort to have your scouts attend summer camp!

Another retention tool we have is Advancement - make sure you have given every opportunity for your scout to receive their rank advancement and other advancements.

Packs - It is not too late to plan a Summer of Activities to earn the Summertime Pack Award and keep the interest going.  It can be as simple as a family picnic in June, a showing in a 4th of July parade, and a rain gutter regatta in August to get them back for fun!  Give it a try.

Have you checked your BeAScout pin on the site.  Does it have up to date contact information?  Cubmaster/Scoutmaster and Committee Chairs have access on to update it.

Does your unit have someone assigned to work on membership recruitment?  If you do, we are gathering the names and contact information for reach unit.  Sent the following information  to  Darlene Sprague is the Council Membership Chair. (unit number, contact name, contact e-mail, contact phone (optional).  This way we can keep your unit in the loop about membership recruiting opportunities.

 Scout Shop

  April 2013


  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.


  The Niagara Frontier Scout Shop is proud to announce that we now stock “Made in America” clothing.  We have three different T-Shirt Designs all of which have been made in the U.S.A.  Stop in today and check to them out.


  All Nylon Uniform Shirts and Pants have been marked down to just $19.66 (Originally $39.99/per shirt and $44.99/per pair of pants.) Youth, Mens, Ladies styles available, sizes are limited.


  Save the Date!!!  On May 11th the Niagara Frontier Scout Shop will be hosting different workshops as part of our “Get Ready for Camp” Event.  We will have extended hours that day opening at 9:00am and closing at 4:00pm.  In addition, we will have different workshops that focus on getting ready for camp, Workshops include:


  -Backpack Style and Selection


  -Proper Packing


  -Take a Hike: Everything You Need to Know About Hiking


  -Rope and Knot Tying


  -And More!!!




  Mother’s Day is quickly approaching so show your appreciation for Mom by purchasing her a card from the Scout Shop.  From April 29th-May 12th receive a free limited edition Mother’s Day Patch with each card purchased. 


  If you have not already 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.  You can get to it by clicking on the following link:


  Brandon Rueger

  Store Manager

  Niagara Frontier Scout Shop

  2860 Genesee Street

  Buffalo, NY 14225

  Phone: 716-891-1689

  Fax: 716-891-1910



MyScouting Training Reports Access

Who can see the new by-unit training reports on MyScouting?

The Unit Training Detail report can be seen by the unit’s registered “key-3": the committee chair, the chartered organization representative, and the primary unit leader (Scoutmaster, Cubmaster, Coach, or Adviser.)

The Unit Training Tracking report can be seen by properly registered members of the district, council, and professional staff.

If you cannot see these reports, check with your council registrar to update your registration.

Quote of the Month

                         “Success in training the boy depends largely on the Scoutmaster’s own personal example.”

                                                                                                                            - Robert Baden-Powell

Training Recertification

There is no expiration for most BSA training courses, but keeping Scouts safe and keeping Scouting leaders up-to-date with current information and methods means some of BSA's training courses need to be retaken every couple of years.  Below is a list of the most common courses taken by unit leaders and how often they should be retaken to be valid:


  • Youth Protection - every two years (one year for jamboree)
  • Safe Swim Defense - every two years
  • BSA Lifeguard - every three years
  • Safety Afloat - every two years
  • Trainer’s EDGE - every three years for Wood Badge and NYLT Staff
  • Hazardous Weather - every two years
  • Climb On Safely - every two years
  • Trek Safely - every two years

This is not all of the BSA courses with expiration dates. There are others, but these are the most common.

There are no expiration terms for Fundamentals of Training (the basic training) and BALOO.

By the way, the Training Committee encourages you to take the most current training courses for your Scouting position even if you are considered “trained” as a result of taking an older course.  It is always better for our Scouts when their leaders stay up-to date!

Changes to IOLST Training Delivery

We are implementing a new option for delivery of IOLST based on feedback from you.  This option will be piloted at our April/May course.

Why the change?  To make it easier for our leaders to be trained while staying true to the training requirements.

  • With other commitments in our lives, it's become difficult to attend a training conducted from 6 PM Friday night through noon on Sunday.
  • There are leaders who cannot attend training on Sunday.
  • The training is more flexible.  We can conduct it over a Friday night/Saturday or Saturday night/Sunday.
  • Many leaders came to IOLST already having Fuels Safety Orientation.

New Option:

  • IOLST can now be one overnight and one very full day at camp for the outdoor experience.
  • The IOLST Patrol Meeting will now be classroom instructional training.
  • Patrol business not conducted during the classroom instructional training will be conducted by patrols prior to arriving at camp.  Typically, this can be conducted via e-mail or phone. 
  • It is mandatory to attend the classroom instructional training and the outdoor experience to complete this training.
  • Fuels Safety Orientation is no longer delivered in this course.  FSO is delivered at many other venues and can be arranged individually for your unit.

We are not done yet with our ideas to be more flexible and making training easier to attend, but those aren't ready for release. We truly do want your feedback on the changes we have made and any improvements you'd like to see.


Sincerely yours,

GNFC Training Committee Cabinet: 


Darlene Kihlberg – Council Training Chair
Bob Blatz – Onondaga District Training Chair
Ron Krawczyk- Red Jacket District Training Chair
Ellie Tornabene - Polaris District Training Chair
Stuart Schnettler – Council Training Staff Advisor


Upcoming Trainings:

Cub Scout and Boy Scout Basic Training

April 27th at GNFC Service Center on Genesee Street

Registration deadline is April 22nd – No cost for training (sponsored by Friends of Scouting)

Please register on line at: 

Cub Scout:  Cub Scout Leader Training          

Boy Scout:   Scoutmaster Specific Training        


BALOO Training

May 4th at Schoellkopf Scout Reservation in Cowlesville

Registration deadline is April 26th - $15 by April 18, $20 after

Please register on line at> Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) Training


IOLST Training

April 23rd – Classroom instruction at GNFC Service Center on Genesee Street

May 3rd - 4th at Schoellkopf Scout Reservation in Cowlesville

Registration deadline is April 23rd - $25 by April 17, $30 after

Please register on line at> Intro to Outdoor Leader Skills Training (IOLST)


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.  Sign up soon!  Registration deadline is fast approaching!!  Details and registration for Wood Badge 2013 can be found at > Wood Badge N3-380-13