Message from the Scout Executive
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GNFC eNews May 15, 2013

GNFC eNews - 

May 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

  Today is one of those glorious Western New York spring days with more than just a hint of summer weather.  We are about to enter the last month of the school year many packs and troops are preparing to go into “summer mode”.  It is important to ask what your pack, troop or crew is going to do.  I have talked a lot about the importance of getting your Scouts camping this summer.  While that is the most important thing for each individual Scout, there are a few things that each pack, troop and crew need to make sure happen over the course of the summer.


  First and foremost make certain that you are doing something each month as a pack, troop or crew.  For Cub Scout Packs you can earn the Summer Time Pack Award by doing just that.  The activities don’t have to be anything too elaborate, just fun.  Day Camp or Summer Camp will count for the activity for that month.  The other months could be a cook out at a local park or an ice cream social, anything that gets families together as a pack.  For Boy Scout Troops and Venture Crews, your monthly camp out can serve the same purpose, or you might consider having a fun day time activity for the whole family of the Scout.  It can be a great way to get the families of your Scouts more connected to the Troop or Crew.


  The second thing that you need to do is to attend the Program Launch in your district.  Each district is hosting a meeting on June 12 that will give your unit committee or Patrol Leader’s Council all the information about every aspect of programs throughout each district and the council.  Activities, Advancement, Camping and Training will be represented.  You will also be able to pick up your copy of the 2013-2014 council calendar for your unit.


  The third thing is to use the information from the program launch to plan you program for the 2013-2014 Scouting year.  Feed back that we have received from your Voice of the Scout surveys has strongly shown that parents want to know what is planned for their son’s pack or troop.  Cub Scout Packs should involve the Pack Committee and the Den Leaders.  This is the best time to finalize your den leadership for next year.  Boy Scout Troops should use their Patrol Leaders Council with guidance from the Scoutmaster to plan their program.  A well planned year is one of the best tools to attract new Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts in the fall, and Webelos into the troop next spring.


  The last thing that you need to be sure and do is to have a safe and fun summer enjoying all that Scouting has to offer.



Camp Card Fundraiser Payments Due May 17th

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 info visit> Camp Card Fundraiser Final Payments Due


The link to order visitor passes should go ‘live’ on or about Friday, May 17th.  Be sure this is shared with parents and others in your council who have been waiting:

The Jamboree catalog has been released as an online version: aware that some items are restricted to participants only.

Be sure to keep your Scouting families informed of the wealth of valuable content that’s available and constantly updated on: 

Summit webpage: (

Facebook: (,

Twitter: (,

YouTube: (


Order of the Arrow Lodge Executive Meeting will be held, June 3rd 7pm at the Council Service Center.


5th Annual Forest Lawn Flag Retirement Ceremony, June 8, 2013 from 2:00pm-5:00pm.  We are looking for Packs, Troops, Crews, and any Scouting volunteers to participate in the 5th Annual Forest Lawn Flag Retirement Ceremony.  This is a great Community Service Event. The Scouts will participate in the Flag Retirement Ceremony and help fold flags for retirement.  We are also looking for people to fold flags prior to the event so if you would be available on May 21-23 from 5:00pm-7:00pm any of those days please contact Stephen Blass at for more information.


Scout Days at Martin's Fantasy Island

Martin's Fantasy Island has announced that they will extend a special Scouting deal to families involved in Scouting throughout the entire summer, not just on Scout DAY weekends.

The special price of $14.95 per person is reserved for you by sending in the flyer to Martin's Fantasy Island.  Come on out this summer to any of the wonderful events that they host.  For more information visit> Fantasy Island Scout Days 2013 

Kickoff the 2013/2014 Scouting year at the Polaris District Program Launch! The Program Launch is the only place to get all of the information you need to conduct your unit’s annual program planning conference. Get the playbook to help create a successful calendar for your Pack, Troop, or Crew. Open to all Cubmasters, Den Leaders, Scoutmasters, Crew Advisors & all Assistants. Youth leaders are also welcome to attend. Join us on June 12th at Tonawanda High School. Come at 6 pm for the "Tailgate Party" for food, fellowship, and informational displays. "Training Camp" starts at 7 pm with presentations on camping, activities, training, advancement, membership, fundraising, and more. Click here to registration and for more details >Polaris District Program Launch

OA Spring Induction Weekend will be held June 14th-16th at Camp Schoellkopf and Camp Scouthaven.  

Holland Speedway Scout Field Trip and Special Summer Deals!!  The Holland Speedway Field Trip Program went so well in 2012 we're trying it twice in 2013!  Tickets are PRESALE ONLY and we're giving you two opportunities to come out!

Session 1 is Thursday, June 20, 2013 from 3-5 pm  >Holland Speedway Scout Field Trip Special Deals
Session 2 is Tuesday,
July 30, 2013 from 3-5 pm  >Holland Speedway Scout Field Trip Special Deals
Come out for the Scout Sleepover Event on Saturday,
August 10th  >Holland Speedway Scout Sleepver


The Taste of Buffalo and Scouting: We are looking for some Troops, Crews, and other volunteers to help out at the Boy Scout booth at the Taste of Buffalo on July 13, 2013 from 11am-9pm and July 14, 2013 from July 14, 2013 from 11am-7pmEven if you can only help out for an hour or two that would be great.  At the booth we will be having activities for youth to participate in, tell people about Scouting, and pass out information on how to get involved in Scouting. If you think you or your unit can help out please contact Stephen Blass at


Schoellkopf 75th Anniversary!  All Council Camps Camper and Staff Reunion on August 9th.  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.  There will be open program areas, dinner, a camp fire, memorabilia, and more.  The cost will be $15.00 a person and will include dinner, a patch, and great memories.  Registration will be out shortly.  For more information contact Stephen Blass at .



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.



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


June 8 – 9, 2013

Come join us at Camp Scouthaven for a full day of fun for the whole family.  There will be activities, campfire and meals.  Each family must bring their own tent or the Pack can rent a cabin.  Cost is $25.00 per person, 5 and under free.  Please sign up online.






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 22nd and August 24th at Camp Scouthaven. See the council website for more information regarding registration for either of these dates. 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.

 Day Camp

Time is running out to register for Cub Scout Day Camp!!  Cub Scout Day Camp is a great gateway to the outdoor career of a Scout.  It's a learning through fun experience emphasizing ethical decision making, teamwork, responsibilities, personal growth and an introduction to Scouting skills. 

July 8-12th        Lake Erie Club, Lackawanna

July 15-19         Firefly Week, evenings at the Council Service Center

July 22-26th      St Martin de Porres, Buffalo

July 29-Aug 2   Camp Stonehaven, Ransomville

The cost per week is $110.  For more information contact Army Leonetti at or 891-4073.  



Program Launch is coming up on June 12th !  This is your unit’s chance to get the latest happenings from the Council to help make sure that you are prepared for the fall.  You will be able to speak  to your District’s Membership Table and schedule your Recruitment Night. You will be able to find out more about the Marketing & Membership Chair position for your unit and decide who that person is going to be, so they may be prepared to attend your District’s “Recruit 2013:  Rally & Training” which will be the week of August 12th.
- Please be sure your Unit Pin is up to date (instructions will be available at Program Launch).  We are going to drive all inquires about joining a unit to, you don't want to miss out!


 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 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.


  May Promotions at the Niagara Frontier Scout Shop


  Between May 6th and June 16th all Thorlo Hiking Socks are going to be 25% off when you purchase two (2) or more.  These socks are made in the USA and feature Thor-Lon® and Coolmax® Construction to wick away moisture allowing your feet to feel cooler. 


  Starting May 6th and going until May 26th all of our sleeping bags are going to be 25% off their original price.  We have bags that range from 0 degrees all the way to our newest ultra light 50 degree line.  In addition, this is a great opportunity to come in and take a look at our new moisture wicking performance tees and our brand new camping items.


  Between May 13-26 the Scout Shop will be celebrating our Red, White, & True Event.  Our new “Made in the USA Tees and Hats” are here just in time to take you through all the patriotic holidays and beyond!  Plus, save 25%-30% on select hiking staff shields.


  If you have not done so 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>   Scout Shop


  Brandon Rueger

  Store Manager

  Niagara Frontier Scout Shop

  2860 Genesee Street

  Buffalo, NY 14225

  Phone: 716-891-1689

  Fax: 716-891-1910







Starting to think about your Unit program for next year?  Do you have trained youth and adults to support that program? Make sure you can deliver your program by planning the training required.

At Program Launch, stop by and talk with your District Training Chair - Polaris is Eleanor Tornabene, Onondaga is Bob Blatz, and Red Jacket is Ron Krawczyk.  They can answers your questions and help you plan your training program.