Meeting Report – Aquehonga District Committee – 5 March 2013

As submitted to the Staten Island Advance:

Meeting at Berlin Lodge in Pouch Camp, Seaview, the Aquehonga District Committee of the Boy Scouts of America held its monthly meeting.  Aquehonga District Chair Brenda Gazinski called the meeting to order.

The new year has been very busy and the activities are continuing.  The Pinewood Derby was held at the Mall on February 10, and winners will advance to the citywide finals.  The date for that event is not yet set.  The postponed Klondike Derby had 13 patrols participating at the rescheduled event near the end of February.   Six Boy Scouts had their Eagle Boards of Review yesterday at Richmondtown.  So far over twenty scouts have passed this milestone this year, a record pace.  And, as reported in the Advance on Monday, the Staten Island detachment of Marine Corps League honored recent Eagle Scouts.  The League plans to do this several times a year.  Applications for the recognition are available from the Advancement committee and can be obtained at Monday’s Roundtable.  It was noted that Staten Island has the highest activity in the city for rank advancement and merit badge completions.

Friday, March 15, the Jewish Committee on Scouting invites Scouts and Scouters of all faiths to join them for the rescheduled Jewish Scout Shabbath services at Congregation B’nai Israel, 45 Twombly Avenue, Bay Terrace.  The service starts at 8 PM, and all are welcome at the Oneg following services.  The Catholic Committee announced that 43 Boy Scouts will receive their Catholic Emblems at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan on April 7.

The 75th Anniversary of Aquehonga Lodge will be marked with a celebration at the Staaten on March 9.  This is the last activity of the Lodge as an independent unit – all five NYC Order of the Arrow lodges are merging into a citywide unit in April to conform to National policy.  (The Order of Arrow is Scouting’s Honor Camper and Service organization.)  It was noted that there will be a kickoff event for the new Lodge on April 17.  The annual Wood Badge “Critter Dinner” will be March 10.  Scout units plan to march in the St. Patrick’s Day parade.  There will be a Scout float.  The NY Mets game at Citifield on April 7 is a special opportunity for Scouts.  Units are urged to participate in the NYC Parks day activities on April 27.

The annual Aquehonga Spring Camp-o-ree will take place May 17-19 at Pouch Camp.  The theme will be Native American Lore.  Big Apple Jambo, the first major city-wide Scouting gathering in 15 years was just confirmed for Pouch Camp October 14-18.  In addition to the Jambo, which will have many activities, including High Adventure, there will be Cub Scout Carnival.  It was also noted that there is a camping Expo for leaders this Saturday at Camp Alpine in Alpine, NJ.  It will include exhibits from all four High Adventure camps.  Leaders were reminded that there will be special opportunities at Summer Camp at Ten Miler River Scout Camps, including ATV’s, paddle boards and a one week session on Movie Production.

Training opportunities for Scout Leaders continue.  There are only a few open slots left for the SFT course starting on Thursday.  There will be BALOO & OWL training on April 20.

For information about joining Scouting or about any Scouting event or program, contact District Executive Greg Mustoe at (212) 651-2863.  Information is also available at www.beascout.org.   https://statenislandboyscouts.wordpress.com is the local Staten Island Scouting website.

The next adult meeting will be the monthly District Roundtable on Monday, March 11, at Moravian Church, New Dorp.  The next District meeting will be April 2 at Berlin Lodge, Pouch Camp.

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