|GNFC eNews November 14, 2013|
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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)
Toughest Den (Overall winners, Webelos)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or Greg Voyzey at 716-512-6208 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
NEW FOR 2014 AT THE UNIVERSITY!
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!!!
SUMMER CAMP 2014
Camp Scouthaven “KNIGHTS OF THE ROUNDTABLE”
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.
NEW ADDITION TO EAGLE WEEK!!!
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 – email@example.com
Polaris: Jim Mohr – firstname.lastname@example.org
Red Jacket: Chuck Wild – email@example.com
SUMMER CAMP PATCH CONTEST
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
NEWS FROM THE AQUATICS COMMITTEE
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.
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!
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
Order of the Arrow
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: www.wnyscouting.org/scoutshop
Brandon Rueger, Store Manager
The Recharter process has begun. Has your Unit completed everything on the list for a successful Recharter?
The Training Teams are working to provide every opportunity possible for Basic Training.
Cubmaster Training – myscouting.org 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)
myscouting.org Training Tools
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!”
Paul Kendzierski - firstname.lastname@example.org
Onondaga District – Bob Blatz email@example.com
Polaris District – Ellie Tornabene firstname.lastname@example.org
Red Jacket District – Ron Krawczyk email@example.com
Buffalo District – Steve Blass firstname.lastname@example.org
Council Training Committee – Darlene Kihlberg email@example.com
FOR SOME WINTER FUN SIGN UP FOR COLD WEATHER TRAINING AND OKPIK
Do you know:
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