|GNFC eNews April 15, 2013|
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Message from the Scout Executive
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.
Buffalo Bison’s Scout Night and Campout on the field
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
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.
Popcorn Extravaganza Tuesday June 4, from 6:00 to 8:30 pm at Daemen College’s Wick Social Room
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.
SUMMER RESIDENT CAMP
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: wnyscouting.org/camping/cub and webelos scout resident camp.
Check online for pre camp Swim Test dates and locations.
CALLING ALL BOY SCOUTS, VENTURERS (15 & older) & SCOUTERS
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
CUB SCOUT FAMILY WEEKEND 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 or rent a cabin. Cost is $25.00 per person, 5 and under free.
NEWS FROM THE AQUATICS COMMITTEE
NEW NEW NEW
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 BeAScout.org site. Does it have up to date contact information? Cubmaster/Scoutmaster and Committee Chairs have access on MyScouting.org 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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
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:
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.
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.
GNFC Training Committee Cabinet:
Darlene Kihlberg – Council Training Chair
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
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
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