Monthly Archives: March 2011

Connecticut Science Center Overnight Program

My name is Damon Gibbs and I am the Youth Program Manager at the Connecticut Science Center in Downtown Hartford.  I am writing you in order to spread the word about our Super Science Challenge Overnight program. 

The theme of our program this year is Super Science Challenge.  You and your group will participate in our hands-on egg drop challenge where they will think like engineers and compete in designing a vehicle that can house an egg and cause it to survive a 100 ft. drop! Participants will use skill and creativity to design, test, and re-design their vehicles in our labs then watch as their vehicles are dropped from our 6th floor bridge.

The cost of the program is $55 per person (including chaperones).  This cost includes free exploration of our exhibit galleries, access to  view one of our films in our 3-D digital theatre, and a light snack. The morning portion of the program includes a light breakfast, access into our gift shop, and free exploration of the Science Center for the remainder of the day and a patch for completing the program. each Scout receives a patch for completing the program.

Our available dates are as follows:

Spring 2011
Saturday April 9th            Coed night-girls in attendance
Friday May 6th                 Coed night-girls in attendance

Fall 2011
Friday September 30th     Just Added! Cub scout/Boy Scout night
Saturday October 29        Coed night (Girl Scouts may be in attendance)
Friday November 4           Cub Scout night
Saturday November 5th     Coed night (Girl Scouts may be in attendance)
Friday November 11th       Cub scout/Boy scout night
Saturday November 12th  Cub scout/Boy scout night

2012 dates coming soon!

I have attached some additional information about our overnight Program to this email .

I would like to invite you to come and visit our Science Center here in Hartford and speak with each of you in regard to partnering to get your scouts involved in our Overnight Program and promoting our overnights with your program directors, pack leaders, etc. I would also like to discuss promoting our program and available dates on your council websites and program books.

Please contact me at 860-520-2117 or by email at . to arrange a meeting and discuss possibilities Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.

Damon Gibbs
Youth Program Manager
Connecticut Science Center
250 Columbus Blvd. Suite 500
Hartford, CT 06103

CSC 2011 Overnight
CSC Tips for a successful overnight 2011
Directions to the Science Center

GNYC Short Term Reservation System

Several volunteers have indicated that the online reservation system for GNYC camps was operating with errors. In specific at the time to book cabins for Camp Pouch.

As I promised, we took a look at the reservation system and found not problems with the system itself, however we have identify a condition that can lead to the impression that there is no cabins available in a camp on a particular weekend.

Our policy state that cabins or other building in camp cannot be book for less than two nights on weekends (Friday and Saturday). Once you have login in to the reservation system and you select your date of choice on a weekend you must also choose two (2) nights or the system will indicate that there is not cabins available to you.

It is not that there are no cabins available, but that there are not cabins available for one-night reservation. Please keep this on mind when making inquiries online for the weekend reservation.

To avoid this, the reservation page now indicates this in big red letters as you try to make a reservation.

Feel free to contact me if you find any other issues with the system.

Please share this note with other volunteers as needed. Thank you!


Julio Garcia  |  Assistant Director of Camping Services

Greater New York Councils

350 Fifth Avenue  |  Suite 430
New York, New York 10118
P 212.651.2877  |  F 201.784.1663

24th Annual Northeast Region JCoS Conference – April 3

Two Weeks Away!!!

The 24th Annual Northeast Region JCoS (Jewish Committee on Scouting Conference will be Sunday April 3, 2011 from 9 AM – 4:30 PM  at the East Brunswick Jewish Center, 511 Ryders Lane, East Brunswick, NJ 08816 in the Central New Jersey area. The fee is only $36 and includes all materials, a handsome patch, morning snack and a Kosher luncheon. This event is an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas with others who also want to increase Jewish participation in Scouting and we invite you and others from your committee to attend. The newsletter/update is attached, along with a registration form.   For more information, please see     

 Who Should Attend: Scouters from all over the Northeast Region associated with Dens, Packs, Troops and Crews with Jewish Scouts, all members of council JCoS committees, potential new unit sponsors and, Scout Professionals interested in increasing council membership.

• An exciting program is being planned and we welcome suggestions, volunteers, and presenters

• In addition, will have the annual CHAI Award presentation – only presented at NERJCoS Annual Conference

Don’t miss out on this once a year opportunity for great fellowship and great ideas on how to energize your JCoS program. We’ve designed a conference with appeal to Scouters, Scouting Professionals and sponsoring organizations across all age groups.

Need more information about the conference? Browse to or contact your local council JCoS.  For more info, feel free to contact me, Alan Grossman, Conference Chair at, or Bruce Streger, Program Chair, at

We hope to see you on April 3rd in East Brunswick, NJ!

Thank you for your commitment to Jewish Scouting.

Best Regards,
Alan Grossman

Chair, 2011 Northeast Region Jewish Committee on Scouting Conference

Updated Documents

Silver Beaver Application

Camporee Guide 2011

March 2011 Round Table Newsletter

Emblems Sunday at St. Patrick’ Cathedral

Boy Scout Troop help requested from the Archdiocese of New York.

Scout Color Guard and Ushers still needed for:
Emblems Sunday at St. Patrick’ Cathedral, April 10, 2011
Arrival 1pm

Boy Scouts in full uniform.

Please let me know if you will be able to help arrange Scouts for this Mass with the Bishop.

Many thanks,

Bill Kelly  |  Field Director
Greater New York Councils

350 Fifth Ave, #430
New York, NY 10118
P 212.651.2802  |  F 212.242.6218

Five Borough Bike Tour – Volunteers

The 5 Boro Bike Tour is looking for Volunteers to Help with Water Statioins and Directing Bike Traffic
The Tour is Sunday May 1.
Anyone interested can contact:
Millicent Cavanaugh
TD 5 Boro Bike Tour
Bike NY
T 212 870 2097
F 2132 870 2099

2011 Scouts in Parks Day

Just a note to remind you of the NEXT installment on “Scouts In Parks Day”.  Hosted by the GNYC Conservation Committee and held at work sites throughout the 5 boros (with potential for projects in camp if units happen to be camping  on the date.) in cooperation with City State and Federal Parks.

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BSA Tour Permit Change – Update 14 March 2011


Effective March 1, 2011, the new tour plan went into effect. Please go to
the link below to find the new tour plan form and have your FAQs answered–

You can then hit the pdf off of that link to find the form.
The old Local Tour Permit and National Tour Permit are no longer in effect.

You must use the new form if you are planning a trip outside the 5 boroughs of New York City or

To a camp other than one of Greater NY Councils (Pouch, Alpine, TMR).

 All Tour Plans are to be sent to GNYC for approval. Please allow two weeks for the processing.

Return to
Di Singh, Field Service secretary. 212- 651- 2852 for info.

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Archery Range Officer Training at Pouch

Archery Range Officer Training at Pouch. (Tell a responsible friend)
Sun. 3/ 20 /11 9:30am.
RSVP for training at 718) 351 1905 Pouch or online
To take class you need:
Current Reg. Scouter
Current Youth Protection card
     (next class TBA @ pouch or online at )
Bring Your Calendars.
     (I need dates for when you can open the range btn. Sept.-Dec & March-June)
Except to be there 3:30hrs.
arrive on time, No rain date.
15 max. so call or stop by Pouch.
James Collins

Updated – Queens Council Cub and Boy Scout Leader Training

Sunday, March 13th

The Cub Leader Specific Training session for has been relocated from Camp Pouch to:
111-10 115th Street
South Ozone Park, Queens
– on the corner of 115th St and 111th Ave

  • Training is from 8:30 AM to 4 PM
  • Also due to lack of pre-registration the SM/ASM training has been CANCELLED

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