Category Archives: Advancement

BALOO & OWLS Training in a single course. Sat. Nov. 15, 2014@Pouch. Pre-registration is required.

You asked for it and now we have it. One course. One day. Two fantastic learning experiences. Any adult who has an interest in camping and learning outdoor skills can take this course. Designed for leaders who are in charge of Pack and Webelos overnight activities, this course covers the rules, guidelines, and safety considerations for “Pack Family Camping” and “Webelos Campouts”. It teaches the why and how of Cub Scout camping; planning, equipment, meal preparation, fire safety, stoves, and lanterns; first aid and sanitation; nature hikes, games, and campfire programs. Participants will receive both BALOO and OWLS certification. Local Tour Permits require that a Pack must have a BALOO-certified adult leader attend Cub Scout Campouts and overnight activities.

This is a great course for Tiger, Cub or Webelos parents who have little or no camping experience. Itis an entry level outdoor training with emphasis on outdoor activities and skills pertaining to and geared toward Cub Scout camping and outdoor experiences.


Fort Hamilton STEM Day – Only 100 Boy Scout spots left!



Scout Skills Sessions – 8 June 2014

Tomahawk and Lenape Bay District with Man-A-Hattin Chapter host


sponsored by Kintecoying Lodge 4 – Order of the Arrow 

Sunday, June 8, 2014 – Noon to 4 PM

Gateway National Recreation Area – Floyd Bennett Field

Check-in at Noon – sessions to start at 12:15 and run every 45 minutes.

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STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Events 2014

Boy Scout STEM Camp

April 14 to 18, 2014
Alpine Scout Camp, Reeves Lodge
Boy Scouts aged 12 to 18
STEM Camp 2014

Cub Scout STEM Day

March 29, 2014
Long Island Air and Space Museum
Cub Scouts
GNYC STEM Day at Cradle of Aviation 2014

Game Design Merit Badge Released

From Bryan on Scouting

Let me stop you right here. I know what you’re thinking, but, no, this is not a merit badge Scouts earn by playing video games.

Now that I’ve dispelled that common misconception, here’s the real story: Game Design merit badge — released today — teaches Scouts how to create, test, and refine a game from one of four categories.

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Rifle Shooting Merit Badge



15 Frank Road

 Stony Point, New York 10980

March 9, 2013 (9AM)

Scouts will be provided the opportunity to complete the requirements for the Rifle Shooting Merit Badge

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Reminder: Internet Advancement Mandatory

Scout Leaders,

As many of you know, Internet Advancement (IA) is now mandatory for all Units in Greater New York Councils. What does this mean for you? Lightening fast, accurate records-keeping, with the ability to update a Scout’s records on the fly. Additionally, Scout Shops in our Region have been instructed to only accept IA reports when Leaders purchase advancement items. This is a significant change, so please keep this in mind next time you visit our Scout Shops.

For full details, please view the attached letter from GNYC Advancement Committee Chairman Fran Harty. To find an IA walkthrough or log on to IA, simply visit and click on the “Advancement” tab.

Thank you!
Justin Rodstrom | Council Program Director

Cooking, Sustainability Merit Badges to Become Eagle-required

Sustainability and Cooking merit badges will join the list of Eagle-required merit badges over the next 14 months, the Boy Scouts of America’s National Executive Board announced today.

Sustainability, a new merit badge, will join Environmental Science as an Eagle Scout option after its debut at the 2013 jamboree.

Cooking, meanwhile, will become Eagle-required as of Jan. 1, 2014.

The total number of merit badges required for the Eagle Scout Award will remain at 21. In other words, instead of 12 Eagle-required badges and 9 elective badges, a Scout must earn 13 Eagle-required and 8 elective badges.

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GNYC New Website and Important Updates

Scout Leaders,

The volunteers & professional staff of GNYC have been hard at work over the past few months and have some BIG announcements for you! First off, head on over to and check out the brand new design of our Council website. As you’ll see, Activities, Camping, and Training now have their very own tabs on our homepage- allowing for an easier, more intuitive experience.

Next up, the GNYC Program Committee is pleased to announce the first annual GNYC Activities, Camping, and Training Brochures! These brochures put every upcoming event throughout GNYC at your fingertips, and help make planning your Scouting year a breeze. We encourage all of you to venture out and meet Scouters from the eight Districts that make up Greater New York Councils.

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World Conservation Award (Boy Scouting) Requirements

You can earn this award as a Boy Scout by earning the following merit badges:

The World Conservation Award is worn on the uniform shirt, centered on the right pocket as a temporary patch. It can also be worn on the back of a merit badge sash. It does not replace the World Crest on the uniform.

Many of you already have Citizen in the World, and Environmental Science merit badges. Something to think about if you haven’t completed your merit badge selections.