Monthly Archives: December 2013

Feast your eyes on the new requirements for Cooking merit badge

Updated Cooking merit badge requirements, to take effect January 1, 2014.

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Cooking-EagleThe sound of the kitchen timer can only mean one thing: The new Cooking merit badge requirements are done.

For the new Cooking merit badge, which became Eagle-required on Jan. 1, 2014, Scouts will prepare meals using the MyPlate food guide, understand and explain food allergies, and learn about cooking food indoors.

This is important: there are two big, separate changes to Cooking merit badge as you know it. The first is that Cooking merit badge became Eagle-required beginning Jan. 1, 2014. The second is the new requirements, found below, which become mandatory for Scouts who begin the merit badge on or after Jan. 1, 2015.

The new Cooking pamphlets will be in Scout Shops by the end of January 2014. From now until Dec. 31, 2014, a Scout may use the old or new requirements — his choice. All Scouts beginning Cooking merit badge on or after Jan. 1, 2015, must use the new…

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2014 Philmont Excursion Announcement – 3 December 2013

2014 Philmont Contingent Welcome Letter

Parents & Leaders,

We at GNYC are happy to announce a new opportunity for your Scouts- a chance to join our revitalized Philmont Contingent for 2014! Each year, a select group of Scouts and Leaders are invited to join the Council Contingent excursion to Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico. This year, we’re opening up registration to all first class Boy Scouts, age 14 or older. We’re also doubling our Contingent to 20 youth and 4 adults, so there’s never been a better chance to send your Scout on this transformative journey! The journey begins with a flight to New Mexico on July 30, 2014, and ends with a return flight on August 12, 2014.

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Boy Scout Leader Specific Training / ITOLS – 2014

This training course is designed to meet the needs of Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, and interested Troop Committee Members, Parents, Webelos Den Leaders, Commissioners, and new adult leaders. Leaders will all benefit from this informative and hands-on program. The outcome and goal of the program is to help you offer the best possible program to the boys in your Troop. The training session will give you the practical skills you need to lead Scouts in the out-of-doors, and help you master basic camp skills required for Tenderfoot to First Class.

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Pouch Camp Preservation Update – Commitment from Governor Cuomo

Governor Cuomo Announces Approval of Conservation Plan for William H. Pouch Scout Camp

Vote by Greater New York Council of the Boy Scouts of America Enables State-Negotiated Conservation Plan to Protect Natural Environment on Staten Island

Albany, NY (December 5, 2013)

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the approval of a conservation plan for the William H. Pouch Scout Camp on Staten Island. New York State is providing $6 million through the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) for phases 2 and 3 of the conservation plan. These phases were approved this week by the Board of Directors of the Greater New York Councils (GNYC) of the Boy Scouts of America, which owns the property.

“Staten Island’s Pouch Camp has given generations of Boy Scouts access to the great outdoors, and we must do everything we can to keep this iconic Camp going,” Governor Cuomo said. “This week’s vote was another key step in that direction, allowing us to conserve the Camp as open space, ensuring that Boy Scouts and the public will be able to use it for years to come. I commend the Greater New York Councils for signing onto this collaborative effort to safeguard Staten Island’s natural environment for all.”

Full Announcement Here

 

 

Scout Day with Spider-Man On Broadway! 2014

Scout Leaders,

Spider-Man “Community Super Hero” Scouts/Students Days on Broadway – Saturday January 25, 2014 and Saturday May 17, 2014! Workshop from 9:00 AM to 11:15 AM – Performance at 2:00PM on Broadway!

Here’s your chance to:

  • Interact with a Scout Community of your Peers from Around the World
  • Enjoy Behind the Scenes High Profile Key Note Speaker,
  • Learn Music and Choreography from the Show,
  • Present Community Service Projects for a chance to win a backstage visit
  • Interact with Spider-Man Cast Members and Behind the Scenes Creative Team Professionals in a Question and Answer Session and
  • Attend the 2:00pm Matinee Performance of Spider-Man with an Audience of Scouts from Across the Country!

Package includes Interactive Workshop, Resource Guide and Preferred Seating to the Show! No orders taken after December 20, 2013 for January 25, 2014 or after April 9, 2014 for May 10, 2014.*Workshop location will be announced at a later date.

See attached flier for full details.

Spider-Man Flyer

Toys for Tots – 2014

The annual Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program is underway. The Staten Island Detachment, of the Marine Corps League, is looking for help from Staten Island Packs, Troops, Crews, and Posts to assist.

Scouting Units are asked to bring unwrapped toys, for boys or girls, aged 1 to 12, to the Detachment headquarters:
46 Marine Corps Boulevard (Ontario Ave.)
Staten Island NY 10301
Telephone 718-447-2306

Detachment hours are approximately Noon to 10PM, each day.

Pouch Tree Lighting – 14 December 2013

Attention, all are invited to Pouch Camp for the Annual Garden Lighting

Saturday, December 14, 2013
7pm @ Pouch Camp

Join Us For An Evening of Caroling and Festivities

All That We Ask You To Bring is an Ornament for the Christmas Tree Representing Your Unit and Holiday Cards for the Soldiers…….

If All The Boys and Girls Are Very Good This Year We Might Have a
Visit From Some Very Special Guests…..

Paul Caminiti
cell-347-277-3009
home- 718-966-4441
Cub Master Pack 150

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Shooting Sports Weekend – 2014

Greetings to all,

Yes it’s that time of the year again when Tom and I start planning for our upcoming Shooting Sports Weekends. To help us in our planning process we’re asking units that have participated in the past, as well as units that have expressed an interest in joining us in 2014, to please complete the attached “Commitment Form” and return same to both Tom and I by November 15, 2013.

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Normandy Camporee – April 2014

Scouts age 14-20, you have an opportunity to join a contingent of Scouts from the Greater New York Councils on a trip to Normandy, France, in April of 2014.

This Camporee will mark the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day invasion on the shores of Normandy.

Planning for this trip includes visiting London and Paris, as well as Normandy.

You may contact Contingent Leader Hedy DeBonet at 718-886-5549, or Bob Madsen at 212-651-3075 for more information.

Openings are still available for youth, ages 14-20, registered in GNYC. 

Normandy Camporee Flyer

Lowe’s Impact Grant for Eagle Projects – $100

Here are the procedures for applying for the Lowe’s gift cards for Eagle projects for 2013-2014.

The Lowe’s Grant process has changed.  The local Council no longer distributes the Lowe’s grant to a Scout doing an Eagle Project.  The cards are now sent directly to the Scout after he applies through GNYC.  I have been asked to be the volunteer coordinator for this project.

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