Monthly Archives: April 2012

Passing of Lenny Vaccaro’s Mother

Lenny and Jim Vaccaro are long time and active Scouters on Staten Island.

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Longtime Great Kills resident Kathleen Vaccaro, 85, a dedicated homemaker, died Sunday at home, of cancer.

Born Kathleen Ippolito in Brooklyn, she was one of 12 children. She lived in Levittown, Pa., and Lynbrook, L.I., before settling in Great Kills with her family in 1963.

Mrs. Vaccaro loved going on vacations with her family to the Catskill Mountains and Atlantic City. She was an avid reader and also liked listening to music and dancing. And she loved to cook for her family.

She was fond of animals and had had many pet dogs and cats.

Mrs. Vaccaro was a parishioner of St. Patrick’s R.C. Church, Richmond.

Her first husband of 10 years, Nick Ercole, died in 1960. Her second husband of almost 30 years, Peter Vaccaro, died in 1992. She also was preceded in death by her daughter, Christine Ercole, in 1983.

Surviving are her sons, Steven Ercole and Leonard, Joseph, Edward and James Vaccaro; her daughter, Kathy Ercole; a sister, Trudy Scunziano; 12 grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.

The funeral will be Thursday from the Casey-McCallum-Rice South Shore Funeral Home, with a mass at 9:45 a.m. in St. Clare’s R.C. Church, both Great Kills. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Pleasant Plains.

Pouch Camp Preservation Update – Port Authority Commitment

Updates on the preservation efforts of Pouch Camp

Please read the below statement that can also be found on the GNYC website and Facebook page.

“At the April 26th meeting of The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Board of Directors, $4 million dollars was approved for a portion of the Conservation Easement on the William H. Pouch Scout Camp.

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Staten Island Membership Committee Meetings

Dates: June 19, August 21, September 18, October 16, November 20, and January 22, 2013 at 7pm.

Contact Matt Gaor at for additional details.

St. John’s Baseball – Boy Scout Weekend

St. Johns vs USF

Friday, May 4th and Saturday, May 5th, 2012

@Jack Kaiser Stadium

Tickets are $3.00

Free patch for all Scouts

For tickets, call 718-990-2142, or send in the attached order form, St Johns Baseball – Boy Scouts

Online Tour and Activity Plan to Go Live May 1

Beginning May 1, the old Tour Plan application will be removed and replaced with the new Tour and Activity Plan.

Once the new Tour and Activity Plan goes live, any tour plans that are not acted upon will cease to exist, and volunteers must resubmit their trip via the new Tour and Activity Plan application.

For more information, you can view the Tour and Activity Plan training video and the Tour and Activity Plan FAQ page.

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Building Strong Troops Conference At Philmont – 2012

Dear Scouter:

We would like to invite you to attend the 2012 Building Strong Troops Conference at the Philmont Training Center in New Mexico this summer!

We are holding two conferences this summer – either June 10 – 16 or August 12 – 18.

You play a very important role in the success of Scouting in the lives of youth, and we want you to be a part of this conference.

The Philmont Training Center (PTC) has been the National Volunteer Training Center of the Boy Scouts of America since 1950.  At PTC you will have the opportunity to meet and share ideas with Scouters from across America.  The conference faculty, selected by our regions and national committees, consists of some of the most talented and skilled men and women in Scouting.

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Volunteer Opportunities in the Greenbelt

The Greenbelt is located in the Heart of Staten Island with acres of natural areas, forests, parks and trails. We are looking for people, like you, who want to help keep the Greenbelt, natural and beautiful. There something for everyone!

Thursday, April 26, 2012: Race Prep for HRC, Assist staff with the assembly and distribution of race bags and shirts for the High Rock Challenge. Colony Hall, 460 Brielle Avenue, 3:00 pm.

Saturday, April 28, 2012: High Rock Challenge, 501 Brielle Avenue, SI NY 10314. 6:00am-3:00pm. Assist staff with race challenges, food distribution, and activities for the day.

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Staten Island Welcomes Our Heroes – May 19th, 2012

AMVETS Post 917 of SI is organizing its 3rd annual Staten Island Welcomes Our Heroes event on May 19th.  I am writing to you to ask that you help us get the word out to fellow Staten Islanders who may wish to attend and to Thank You for your support last year.

The Post hosts a weekend for 6 to 8 US wounded soldiers here on SI & at ground zero in Manhattan.  We are asking Staten Islanders to come out on May 19th when the soldiers arrive by lining Richmond Ave from  Costco to Barnes & Noble to watch and wave as the motorcade escorts the soldiers to the SI Hilton.

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Chief Scout Executive Selection Progress

The [BSA National Council (Ed.)] Chief Scout Executive Selection Committee appointed at the February 2012 board meeting met, developed a profile of skills and characteristics we are seeking in our next Chief, and reviewed biographies of candidates.

Please be advised that the following executives have been selected as semifinalists for the position of Chief Scout Executive. They are (in alphabetical order):

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2012 Tomahawk District Camporee

Red, White and Blue / Election Year

Friday Sep 28, 2012 to Sunday, Sep 30, 2012

If you have any questions please contact

Tom Scorcia, Chairman-
Susan Moncada, Secretary/Registrar-
Jon-Paul Rasinya, Member of the Committee-

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