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GNFC eNews November 14, 2013

GNFC eNews - 

November 14, 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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Buffalo, New York 14225
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 Message from the Scout Executive

It’s hard to believe it is already November.  After a very mild start to the fall, many of us got our first snowfall this past week.  Before we know it Christmas will have come and gone and we will be celebrating a new year.  This is a good time of the Scouting year to take stock of how things are going for your Pack, Troop, Crew, Ship or Post.  Do you have enough leaders?  Are you happy with how your meetings are going?  Are your Scouts advancing?  What are your plans for summer camping programs?  While it may seem as though we just got started, now is a good time to begin planning and evaluating how to move forward. 

One of the most exciting things that have come out from the National Council of BSA in a while is the first hard data from the Journey to Excellence (JTE) about what causes Scouts to stay active in their Pack or Troop.  I am always looking for ways to keep our Scouts engaged.  For years our outcome studies have shown that keeping a boy in Scouting for five or more years has a very positive impact on him for the rest of his life.  The data from JTE has contained some surprises as well as some affirmations of long held beliefs.  For Cub Scouts, the strongest factor shown to keep Cub Scouts in a pack is advancement.  For Boy Scouts, the strongest factor is attending Boy Scout Summer Camp.    

So what should we do about this? 

For Cub Scouts, make sure that all of your Cubs are advancing.  Packs that are recognizing their Cubs at each pack meeting will see attendance improve and will have a higher rate of Cubs staying active in the pack.  By now all of your new Cub Scouts should have earned their Bobcat Badge.  Make sure that you are awarding it to them at their next pack meeting.  It will keep them coming back.

For Boy Scouts, you need to make sure that all of your Scouts are planning to attend summer camp.  While your troop has probably already made plans to attend summer camp, you need to make sure that all of your Scouts are planning to attend camp with the troop.  Parent meetings for the parents of the younger Scouts can help answer the questions that the parents have about the camp that you are attending and what their son can expect.  If your troop travels a long distance for summer camp, consider sending your troop’s younger Scouts to Schoellkopf.  For some new parents the thought of sending their son all the way to the Adirondacks may keep these parents from letting him go the first year. 

Another strong factor in keeping our Scouts involved is having trained leaders at all levels.  As most of you have heard, our council is mandating training for all registered Scouters.  We are phasing it in over four years.  This year all Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, Crew Advisors and Sea Scout Skippers must be fully trained in their position.  We are very nearly there.  Our training teams have done an excellent job adding additional opportunities for leaders to get trained.  For 2014 Den Leaders (Tigers through Webelos), Assistant Den Leaders, Assistant Cubmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, Associate Crew Advisors and Sea Scout Mates will be added to the list.  This is an aggressive goal, but one that will have an immediate positive impact on keeping our Scouts active in your Pack, Troop, Crew or Ship.

I am thankful for each of you, and I hope that you have a great Thanksgiving with your family.




Congratulations to all who participated in the Red Jacket Fall Camporee. It turned out to be a great event and fun was had by all.  We would like to congratulate the winners of the toughest patrols and toughest dens.

Toughest Patrol (Overall winners, Boy Scouts)

  1. Troop 583; Patrol, Pizza Eaters
  2. Troop 509; Patrol Dragons
  3. Troop 107; Patrol Magic Dragons

Toughest Den (Overall winners, Webelos)

  1. Pack 230
  2. Pack 509 & 416
  3. Pack 410 & 507


There will be a Philmont Information and Advisors & Crew Leader Meeting on Monday, November 18, 2013 at the Council Service Center, 7 PM- 8:30 PM

Day Camp Staff Development will meet on Monday, December 9, 2013 at the Council Service Center, 7 PM- 9 PM

The First Aid Rally and Webelos Readyman Challenge will be held on Saturday, February 1st at the West Seneca West Middle School.  Registration will be available online soon.  For more information contact Michael O’Sullivan at 716- 826-2380 or

The Red Jacket District Klondike will be held on February 7th- 9th at Camp Scouthaven.  The theme of this year’s Klondike is “Who Will Survive”.  It's a brand new program that challenge patrols of all Boy Scout ranks.  Registration and event booklet will be online shortly.  Any questions, please contact Randy Tormey, Event Chairman, at or Greg Voyzey at 716-512-6208 or    

The Onondaga District Klondike will be held on February 7th-9th at SSR.  The theme will be “Pirates of the Caribbean” and is being hosted by Troop 173.  Online registration will be open soon. 

Join the INVASION!  The Polaris District Klondike will be held February 7-9, 2014, at Camp Stonehaven.  From the cold depths of outer space, a pinpoint of light appears in the night sky. The small point of light grows to a small dot and grows bigger. This is no ordinary point of light but, a space ship from the planet Krylon-X in a very, very far off Galaxy... To register for this awesome event click here>  Alien Invasion Klnodike Derby

University of Scouting

Save the date - March 1, 2014!!  ECC North Campus - 6205 Main Street, Williamsville NY 14221.  $5.00 per participant (certain courses pay additional lab fees).  Look for the course guide to be distributed at the December Roundtable.  Course registration to begin January 1, 2014. 


Bring your own lunch, or purchase from ECC cafeteria, we may even have a food truck or two show up!

New Courses – Hammock Camping, Scout Leaders and Technology, New Membership information, and much, much more!!!




Cub Scout Resident Camp – Enjoy 4 days/3 nights of activities and fun.

 Camp Schoellkopf “RENAISSANCE ”

Boy Scout Resident Camp – 5 days of earning merit badges, swimming,

scuba diving, horseback riding, COPE, sailing and so much more.

New program for 2014 – Paddleboards

Come to camp to earn the Stand Up Paddleboarding Award.


Camp Schoellkopf has added Aquatics Week with Eagle Week.  Aquatics and Eagle Week are PROVO; you can attend without your unit.

Is your unit not going to camp or going a week you can’t attend?  You can still go to camp!  Camp Schoellkopf offers Provisional Camping with an on sight Scoutmaster, register online for PROVO.  Camp Scouthaven a Cub Scout and Parent may come any week.

Registration for 2014 is now available online. Also the Camp Coordinator Guide is available.


Let the GNFC Camp Promotion Team help you promote camp to your unit.  Contact your district promotion chair to set up a time.

Onondaga:      Ona Strang –

Polaris:            Jim Mohr –

Red Jacket:     Chuck Wild –



Design a 3” round patch for Camp Schoellkopf “RENAISSANCE” or Camp Scouthaven “Knights of the Roundtable” and you could win a $50.00 gift certificate for use at the Camp Trading Post.  All entries must be in to the Council Service Center Camping Department by December 2, 2013



Camp Scouthaven and Camp Schoellkopf is looking for seasonal help for Summer Resident Camp, June 2014 – August 2014.  Staff interviews will take place January 4, 2014 at the Council Service Center.

CIT (Counselors in Training) – 15 years old

Program Aides – 16 – 17 years old

Area Directors – 18+ years old

Cooks – 18 – 21+ years old

Shooting Sports Instructors – 18+ years old

Lifeguards – 16+ years old

COPE Director - 21+ years old

COPE Instructors - 18+ years old

GNFC will train and certify all positions.  Prior experience is not required, but helpful.  Call (716)891-4073 ext 5209 to set up an interview time.  Applications are available online.


There are many cabins and lean-to’s available to rent at all 3 camps.  Go online to register for a weekend.

Upcoming events at camp

December 7, 2013 – Cold Weather Training at SSR

February 7 – 9, 2014 – District Klondike’s at all camps

February 15, 2014 – Cub Scout Winter Fun Day at Camp Scouthaven

March 22, 2014 – Maple Sugaring Day at Camp Scouthaven (All proceeds benefit the campership fund)

May 3, 2014 – Shootout at SSR

June 7 – 8, 2014 – Cub Scout Family Weekend


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.

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


 Comissioner's Corner

Tis the season for charter renewal.

Every unit should be well into the process by now.  Please ensure that all your leaders have their Youth Protection Training up to date.  If you need any help please contact your Commissioner.

Membership – Use open houses and word of mouth to get the message out there about Scouting.

Training – a quality program can only happen if our adult leaders are trained. The Council Training Committee is aggressively scheduling opportunities for all leaders. Check the Council website for information on courses currently being offered.

Roundtables – our Roundtable Staff is working diligently to put together informative programs for Cubs, Scouts, and Venturers. Let’s strive to have at least one unit representative attend the Roundtable each month.

Thanks for all you do!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Paul Kendzierski, Council Commissioner


Just a reminder to all units to be sure and turn in any applications for new members that you may have recruited.  Don't delay in doing this important task, so the youth are covered under BSA insurance and receive their Boy's Life subscription in a timely manner.

Remember - Membership recruitment is a year round process, youth can join at any time. Encourage the peer recruiting in your unit.

Start thinking about your Spring recruitment efforts!  Plan a year round program and do Spring Recruitment to get them started before next Fall!!

There is now a new unit position identified for Membership.  It is the Unit Membership Chairman.  Here are the highlights of this new position.  Each unit should look for the best person to do this important function.  If you have someone in your unit with sales experience, this would be a good choice.  Once you have made your choice, please let your District Director of District Executive know the contact information of the individual!

Unit Membership Chairman Principal Responsibilities


  • Meet with the unit leaders and committee monthly to discuss membership goals and retention.
  • Conduct at least two recruitment/Scouting promotion events per year to ensure unit growth using the peer-to-peer recruitment method.
  • Distribute membership fliers to schools and churches in the unit's area.
  • Conduct Scouting rallies and boy talks in schools, leveraging council support when needed.
  • Attend the district's membership chair training sessions which will focus on best practices.
  • Have your unit be involved in the required amount of Adopt-a-School service and community service projects needed for Scouting's Journey to Excellence score.
  • Ensure that new youth and adult applications, along with funds, are completed and turned into the council service center within a week after receipt of the applications.
  • Work with the unit committee to ensure the unit reaches Scouting's Journey to Excellence gold status in membership.
  • Update the unit's BeAScout pin and follow up with leads.
  • Have your unit participate in a fall and spring recruitment plan.
  • Work with the district transition chair to encourage youth to transition to the age-appropriate program as they grow older.
  • Have an annual customer satisfaction survey done with current Scout families.


 Order of the Arrow

Brotherhood Sunday

Have you been an Ordeal member for 10 months or more but have been unable to attend a weekend due to family or work commitments and want to convert to Brotherhood? The Lodge understands and has made available a special day for you to seal your bond in Brotherhood. Please join us on
November 24, 3:00 - 8:00 pm at Camp Stonehaven for some light service, dinner and your Brotherhood ceremony. With your conversion you will help the Lodge to attain their goal in our Journey to Excellence.  Register at  >Brotherhood Sunday 2013

Lodge Bowling

Join us at our annual Lodge bowling night on
Friday, December 13, 2013 from 7:00-9:15 pm at Thruway Lanes. Click here to register> OA - Annual Lodge Bowling 2013

 Scout Shop


November Promotions at the Niagara Frontier Scout Shop

Join us on Saturday, December 7th for the Santa’s Scout Shop Event.  From 9:30am-3:00pm we will have various holiday activities, the chance to win a 4 foot stocking filled with goodies, the opportunity to start making the Christmas List, and anyone that comes will receive a free limited edition patch.  Please contact the Niagara Frontier Scout Shop with any questions.

From November 17th to January 4th all Throlo Brand Socks are going to be 25% off each pair when you buy 4 or more pairs.  This applies to all styles of Thorlo Socks.

Just in time for the Holiday Season, the Scout Shop now has the 2013 Village Pieces and Figurines, as well as the Holiday Nutcrackers, collectable ornaments, and so much more.  Stop by today and check out the newest additions to our holiday selection.

Pinewood Derby season is right around the corner.  We have a full stock of cars available for purchase, just call us with the number you need and we will put your order together for when you want to come in.  In addition, we now carry new weights, decals and accessories to make your car faster and better than ever before.  

New for 2013 are the Derby Neck Medals.  These medals come in bronze, silver, and gold and can be worn around the neck.  You can use them for first, second, and third place winners or cars that are best in show/look the coolest or craziest. 

Attention Cub Scout Packs:  We are in the process of eliminating the Balsa Raingutter Regatta Kits and transitioning to the Catamaran Style.  These newer kits are sturdier and are designed to enhance the overall experience of a Raingutter Regatta.  We still have a supply of kits and can reach out to other stores if you need more but we anticipate these kits to be unavailable starting next spring.  If there are any questions please contact Brandon. 

Attention Boy Scout Troops!!!  All Blastcar kits, launchers, and accessories are on sale starting at 30% off their original price.  Blastcar is a like a Pinewood Derby on steroids.  You build your own cars, and create your own tracks using the racing line.  Cars are launched via CO2 canisters and travel at speeds up to 65mph up to 225ft.  Anyone interested in this really neat program should contact the Scout Shop. 

We now have the Winter/Holiday Catalogs for the 2013 season.  Stop in the shop and get yours today.

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









The Recharter process has begun.  Has your Unit completed everything on the list for a successful Recharter?

  • Is your top youth-facing Leader Basic Trained?  Have they earned the Trained patch for their position?  The top youth-facing Leader positions are:  Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Venture Advisor, Sea Scout Skipper.            
  • Are all your registered adults current on Youth Protection Training?

The Training Teams are working to provide every opportunity possible for Basic Training.

Upcoming Training

Cubmaster Training – or please contact your District Training Chair

Venture Leader Specific Training – Please contact Paul Kendzierski

Sea Scout Skipper Training – Please contact Fred Thornley

IOLST (Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills) Classroom Session November 20th> Intro to Outdoor Leader Skills Training (IOLST) Classroom Session - Dec. 2013, Outdoor Experience December 7-8th>Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills Training (IOLST) Outdoor Session - Dec. 2013 at SSR

Boy Scout Leader Specific Training November 23rd Click here to register> Boy Scout Leader Training November 2013

Cold Weather Training December 7th at SSR( see below for more information)

OKPIK – Pre-course Meeting January 7th Click here to register for pre course > OKPIK Pre Course Meeting and January 24-26th at Scouthaven (see below for registration link) Training Tools

  • If you are trained for your position, your profile will show a Trained icon next to your position title.
  • Your Unit Key 3 can access the following tools:  Training Manager, Member Manager, Organization Manager, Announcements and Calendar.  Your Unit Key 3 is the Chartered Organization Representative, the Committee Chair and the top-youth facing Leader (Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Venture Advisor, Sea Scout Skipper).
  • Training Manager:
  • YPT Training Report moved to the YPT Dashboard
  • New “Trained Leaders Report” is available.  An icon on the Trained Leaders Dashboard allows you to print the report.  The report lists those who are and who are NOT position trained.  For those NOT position trained, the report lists the training still required.

“Fully Trained”

We often fall into the trap of calling a Scouter “fully trained” when they complete “basic” training. It leads some to think that they have done all of the training they can.  Of course, no person is ever "fully trained." Even the most tenured Scouter can learn something by attending, or instructing, a course.

The Five Levels of the BSA Training Continuum discussed in the Guide to Leader Training provide a wealth of opportunities for a progression of learning for all of us to learn more about program, leadership, and other important skills. Don’t fall into the trap of using the term “fully trained!”

Training Contacts

Paul Kendzierski -

Fred Thornley

Onondaga District – Bob Blatz

Polaris District – Ellie Tornabene

Red Jacket District – Ron Krawczyk

Buffalo District – Steve Blass

Council Training Committee – Darlene Kihlberg



Do you know:

  • that “Cold Weather” camping, according to BSA standards, starts at 50-degrees?
  •  the proper types of clothing your Scouts should wear for Cold Weather camping?
  • how to transport camping gear in the snow?
  • what to teach your Scouts about food items and easy cooking methods for winter camping?
  • that it’s fun and safe to go camping in the winter?

To find the answers to the above and a lot more, sign up for Cold Weather Training and OKPIK, run by the Council’s Cold Weather Training Team.

Cold Weather Training will be held on December 7th at SSR. This course is open to all Scouts and adult leaders and is the basic primer for camping in the cold. You can register online for this course at> Cold Weather Training 2013

OKPIK is our advanced training course for Scouts 14 years of age and at least First Class, Venturers,  and all adult leaders that will show you how to take your unit out of the cabin and to enjoy true winter camping. Cold Weather Training is a prerequisite. The OKPIK pre course is January 7th at the Council Office and the weekend will be January 24-26. More information and online registration can be found at >OKPIK 2014