Messge from the Scout Executive
Order of the Arrow
Scout Shop
GNFC eNews July 15, 2013

GNFC eNews - 

July 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
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 Messge from the Scout Executive

  Camps are in full swing and our Jamboree Troops arrived at the Summit this morning.  This is always the peak of the Scouting year for our outdoor programs.  I have enjoyed seeing many of the troops and packs at camps so far this summer.  As I have written before, it is such an important time for each of our Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts – in fact it is often the difference between who will stay and Scouting and who will not.


  While it’s hard to think about it with all this summer activity going on, but it is now time to begin planning for your fall recruitment.  Each district will be hosting a recruitment kickoff the week of August 12th.  Check for the date and location for your district.  You will be able to get supporting materials and ideas for your fall campaign.  Every boy deserves the chance to be in Scouting.  We have flyers, posters and yard signs available for your pack or troop to use.


  We are very excited this year to have been able to make several improvements to both Camp Scouthaven and Schoellkopf Scout Reservation.   We have replaced ten percent of our tents at both camps, put new tables in the dining hall at Scouthaven and put a new water trampoline at Schoellkopf among other improvements at both camps.  We focused on those things that will improve our Scouts and leaders experience at camp.


  This year marks the 75th Anniversary of Schoellkopf Scout Reservation.  The staff is celebrating all summer with each week of troops attending camp.  The time capsule was opened just before the start of camp to be able to display the contents from 1938 and 1998.  Each troop is encouraged to contribute an item to be included for the rededication of the time capsule that will be sealed until the centennial celebration of the camp in 2038.  The time capsule will be rededicated at a special ceremony at the official 75th Celebration and Camp Staff Reunion on August 9th at Schoellkopf Scout Reservation.  All past camp staff of all of the past camps of the Greater Niagara Frontier Council and anyone who attended Schoellkopf is invited to this special celebration.  I hope to see you there!


  It’s now been a year since I became your Scout Executive.  I have enjoyed the opportunity to meet many of you and I always appreciate your feedback.  Don’t hesitate to contact me if there is anything that I can do for you.  I am proud to be the Scout Executive of the Greater Niagara Frontier Council.  With your help I am sure that we can keep Scouting strong in Western New York.



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 


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. Register online at >Schoellkopf 75th Anniversary- All GNFC Camper and Staff Reunion. For more information contact Stephen Blass at .


Learn to Fish for Free

The NYS DEC and Steuben Foods have teamed together to bring “Tackl’n-the-Basics” on Saturday, August 10th at Chestnut Ridge Park Pond.  Demonstrations will include casting instruction and practice, knot tying and basic tackle techniques, baiting hooks, fish identification and basic information on cleaning and cooking.  Register online at  For more information contact Michelle McCulloch at 716-435-7873.


Kids Day with the Buffalo Bills

Reserve your tickets to the Buffalo Bills Kids Day game on Friday, August 16th against the Minnesota Vikings.  Tickets for all youth and adults in Scouting are only $20, with donation of $5 being made to the Greater Niagara Frontier Council, Boy Scouts of America for every ticket sold through our organization.  For more information and to reserve your tickets please visit>Kids Day with the Buffalo Bills


Holland Speedway Event

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! Find out more information at  >Holland Speedway Scout Field Trip Special Deals


2013 SCOTY Golf Tournament- August 26, 2013 at Wanakah Country Club.  All are welcome to participate in this wonderful event honoring the 2013 Scouter Citizen of the Year Bob Holliday, Vice President/General Manager- AT&T, Upstate New York. Register online at >2013 S.C.O.T.Y. Golf Classic


The SPCA Serving Erie County is working to create a National Wildlife Federation Backyard Habitat at the Erie County SPCA.  This habitat will act as a small refuge for local wildlife as well as an educational point for guests visiting the shelter.  The area will consist of a pond habitat, butterfly garden, and viewing and informational structure.  Please contact Mary Hanchar at (585) 729-8644 or if you are interested in helping out. 



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.


TROOPS:  Join Dave and Matt at Camp Schoellkopf Wednesday evenings @ 7:00 PM, July 17th, July 24th and July 31st to get the information for Summer Camp 2014.

PACKS:  Mark your calendar for October 23, 2013 for Camp Scouthaven Summer Camp 2014 Kickoff.



Weekend reservations for September 2013 – May 2014 will open on August 19, 2013.

Reservations will not be accepted before August 19th

Tent season pass will be available also beginning August 19th.  Tent pass must be purchased by October 31, 2013; this pass is valid September 14, 2013 – May 17, 2014.


As you are sitting with your fellow leaders around the campfire, planning out your upcoming Scouting season, be sure to plan out your recruitment CAMPAIGN for the fall.  It should include more than just a night that you plan on having a few new parents stop by.  As part of your planning process, be sure to include a member of your unit participating in your District Membership Kick-off.  Red Jacket is at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church in Orchard Park on Tuesday, August 13th, 6:30 pm.  Polaris is on Wednesday August 14th and Onondaga is Thursday, August 15th, 6:30 pm, at the Council Service Center.  For more details, please contact your local District Executive or check out your District webpage for more details.  Some tricks of the trade and some details about this year’s plan will be shared at these meetings.  Please make sure that someone from your unit attends!



Please stay safe at our Council camps this summer.  Please be on the lookout for the new improvements that have been made at all three camps, including a new blob at SSR, new cots, and new tents and tables at both SSR and Scouthaven. 

If your Cubs cannot get enough of camp, Day Camp is still available.  Check out Day Camp’s link and find one that fits your family’s schedule.  >2013 Cub Scout Day Camp Brochure.pdf

Is your Boy Scout a couple merit badges short of his next rank advancement and want to go to camp for another week?  Check out the Eagle Flight Summit:>Eagle Flight Summit

Finally, are you a leader that loves camp and wish that everyone would go to camp also and love to talk about it?  The talk to your local District Executive about becoming a Camp Promoter.

 Order of the Arrow

The Order of the Arrow Lodge Summer Fellowship is 8/23-25/2013. This years theme is Arrowman (Zombie) Apocalypse!  For more information and registration for members go to >


Have you taken the Lodge's communications survey yet?  If you have, thanks.  If not, please do so at

 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.

Scrapbooking is a great way to preserve your incredible scouting moments, so the Boy Scouts of America have teamed up with the folks at Me and My Big Ideas to create a brand new line of Scrapbooking Supplies.  Stop in today and check out our new scrapbooks, stickers, as well as our “All-In One Kit”.  

Get started on your Reading and Writing Belt Loop or Reading Merit Badge with our new National Geographic Book Series: Mysteries in our National Parks.  These thrilling tales take readers across various National Parks where mysteries are waiting to be solved.  There are 4 different tales and each book is just $4.99.

July Promotions at the Niagara Frontier Scout Shop

From July 8th to the 21st select camping equipment is on clearance.  Merchandise includes: BSA Tents, Cookware, Flashlights, Pocket Knives, and More.  Save 25%-40% off the original price while you gear up for Summer Camp.

Between July 22nd and August 4th the Niagara Frontier Scout Shop will be having a Clearance Event featuring Non-Uniform Apparel.  Find incredible savings up to 80% off.  Selections vary from non-uniform apparel, literature, wood and leather kits, insignia and so much more!  Shop now while supplies last.

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:>

Your purchase helps support the future of scouting!

Brandon Rueger
Store Manager
Niagara Frontier Scout Shop
2860 Genesee Street
Buffalo, NY 14225
Phone: 716-891-1689
Fax: 716-891-1910


The GNFC training committee is focused on ensuring that a quality program is delivered to our youth, and by having trained adult leaders, this will ensure our youth are receiving the best program available to them.  By using the aims and methods of Scouting thru trained leadership, our scout’s will become leaders in our community and we will achieve our mission in the Greater Niagara Frontier Council, which is to be the best youth serving agency in Western New York, developing the leaders of tomorrow.

“Every Scout deserves a trained leader”.


Mandatory Leader Training Requirements

To support of the Greater Niagara Frontier Council 2013-2020 strategic plan, the Council Training Committee has recommended and the Council Executive Board supports the following Mandatory Training Requirements to ensure we have 100% trained leadership.

Beginning in December 2013 with the re-chartering cycle, all top youth facing leaders must have their Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Crew Advisor and Skipper Basic Leader training completed. To be considered compliant, these positions must have completed their Basic Leader training for their position, and be current in Youth Protection training. All of these courses will be offered either online or in classroom training environments numerous times between now and December 31, 2013. In 2013 as a way to help update our training records the District Training Committees along with our District Commissioners staff’s will work with units to fix any discrepancies in unit leader training records during the reminder of the 2013 calendar year.

Any Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Crew Advisor or Skipper who has not completed their Basic Leader Training, by their re-charter date, the charter will be placed on hold until they are trained, or another leader in their unit who is trained, assumes that position on the charter.

Beginning in December 2014 with the re-chartering cycle, all youth facing leaders must have their Basic Leader training completed. (Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, Crew Advisors, Skippers, Den Leaders, and All Assistant Leader Positions) To be considered compliant, these positions must have completed their Basic Leader training, and be current in Youth Protection training.

Beginning in December 2015 with the re-chartering cycle, all unit level leaders must have their Basic Leader training completed. (Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, Crew Advisors, Skippers, Den Leaders, All Assistant Leader Positions, Committee Chairs and Committee Members) To be considered compliant, these positions must have completed their Basic Leader training, and be current in Youth Protection training.

Beginning in December 2016 with the re-chartering cycle, all leaders must have their Basic Leader training completed. (Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, Crew Advisors, Skippers, Den Leaders, All Assistant Leader Positions, Committee Chairs, Committee Members, Charter Organization Representatives, District Members at Large, Council Members at Large) To be considered compliant, these positions must have completed their Basic Leader training, and be current in Youth Protection training.

If a new unit leader is recruited prior to that unit’s re-charter date, every attempt must be made to be trained in their position in order for the unit to renew its charter. Appropriate time (specific time that will be allowed is 6 months from position change) will be allowed for the leader to complete his/her training.

This is the Greater Niagara Frontier Councils next step in moving towards the vision of “every youth member deserves a trained leader”. By having a trained leader, the quality of the unit’s program will excel and benefit the Scouting experience for all involved.

Any questions, can be directed to your District Training Chairs or any member of the GNFC Training Cabinet;


Darlene Kihlberg (Council Chair) -
Bob Blatz (Onondaga) -    
Ellie Tornabene (Polaris) -   
Ron Krawczyk (Red Jacket) -
Stuart Schnettler (Advisor) –