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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



Meeting Report – Staten Island Council – May 2013

As submitted to the Staten Island Advance:

Gathering at Bocelli’s Restaurant in Grasmere, the Staten Island Council of the Boy Scouts of America held its quarterly meeting. Council President John Caltabiano opened the meeting.

Council President Caltabiano noted that the Phase II of the preservation of Pouch Camp as part of the Greenbelt is underway, and should be finished before winter. This will substantially preserve the current nature of the Pouch Camp tract. A third phase will complete the effort.

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Marine Corps League honors 3 Eagle Scouts from Staten Island

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The Staten Island Detachment of the Marine Corps League honored three Eagle Scouts. On hand for the ceremony were Bill Reilly; Sgt. Daniel Leeflang; honorees Timothy Becker, Christopher Brown and Christopher Sorensen; Sgt. Michael Lott; Sandy Shapiro, and Sean Torres.

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – The ideals of leadership and dedication in action were honored Sunday at the Marine Corps League, Staten Island Detachment, in Sunnyside, where three Eagle Scouts received the league’s “Good Citizen Award” certificates.

(For the full story, go to SI Live.)


Plans are for the next quarterly ceremony to be held on a Sunday in June.

Copies of the Marine Corps League’s “Eagle Scout Good Citizenship Award” application will be available at this month’s district committee meeting, and copies available at the Roundtable.

‘Fast and Furious’ action at Staten Island’s Pinewood Derby – 10 Feb 2013

[From the Staten Island Advance]

PWD Finish 2013STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.  — They started as rectangular blocks of wood, but Sunday they were shaped into cars that zoomed down a track in the center court of the Staten Island Mall. It was part of an annual tradition most Boy Scouts consider a cherished memory of their youth: The Pinewood Derby.

“All they get, it’s literally a block of wood, a rectangular block of wood,” said Jerry Gross, publicity chair for the Staten Island Council of Boy Scouts. “Then, with an adult, usually a parent, they make a car.”

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‘Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?’ Air Date Confirmed

Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?Let the countdown officially begin.

Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?, the National Geographic Channel reality show I first told you about early last year, finally has a confirmed air date.

Mark your calendars for 8 p.m. Eastern (7 p.m. Central) on Monday, March 4. The six-episode series continues every Monday night until the season finale on April 8.

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Pouch Camp Preservation – Service Project

Service Project

Saturday, September 22, 2012; 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon                              Where:  The William H. Pouch Scout Camp.

The Outdoor Channel/Time Warner Cable has selected Pouch Camp as its
focus, for the third consecutive year, in recognition of  National
Public Land’s Day.
    This channel is viewed nationwide and increases
and enhances our exposure in a very positive way.

This is a great honor and will again direct the public’s attention to
scouting programs; the commitment of our youth;  the value of Pouch as
open space, and citizen involvement toward its preservation.

We need to show that we are committed, as we move forward with our goal of preservation of our beloved camp.

please RSVP to Alex Zablocki at or Kathy Vorwick at

Grassroots fundraising – as fall will soon be upon us and our member organizations will be back to their regular meeting schedules, if you would be willing to have a speaker come and give an update to your group, as well as talk a little about funding for Phases II and III, please let us know at the above email addresses.

Together, we will accomplish our goal of preserving the camp for future generations, while insuring that scouting continues on Staten Island and serves the larger metropolitan area.

Your support is crucial!

Kathy Vorwick
for the Committee

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Grassroots Public Relations

Please visit and share this link with fellow volunteers to help the Council engage in a grassroots PR effort to gain free publicity in community newspapers throughout the city. The information provided includes information on what is newsworthy, press release writing tips, press release samples, and a community newspaper contact list. Staff and volunteers are encouraged to submit positive Scouting stories taking place in their service areas to the relevant papers. Stories on new Eagle Scouts, service projects, Pinewood Derbies, community fundraising events and the details on when/where new units meet are just some of the items that may be of interest to local papers.

Together, we can raise awareness of all the great things that Scouting is doing for our community.

‘Old Glory’ to find good home at Seton Foundation for Learning

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – TOMPKINSVILLE – Special-needs students from the Seton Foundation for Learning can salute “Old Glory” in style, thanks to a brand-new flag pole and garden installed in front of their Arrochar school by Boy Scouts from Troop 77.

The troop is based out of Our Lady of Good Counsel School, Tompkinsville.

Work on the East Shore flagpole and surrounding area was carried out under the direction of Christopher Brown, a West Brighton teen who is completing his requirements for Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Scouting.

For full story, click here.

New Location of Scout Shop – Manhattan

According to the REAL DEAL (New York City Real Estate News), the Scout Shop is moving to 48 West 37th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.

The Shop will have 2,200 square feet on the ground floor, 2,200 square feet on the lower level, and 1,400 square feet of mezzanine space.

The rent is supposedly $16,667 per month.

The store is supposed to open July 1st.

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Boy Scout Andrew Meketa Scores a Big Goal

Published: Wednesday, May 02, 2012, 11:33 AM

By Diane Lore

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – GREAT KILLS – When members of the Father Drumgoole Council, Knights of Columbus, needed new shelves for storage in their council hall in Richmond Town, they reached out to Boy Scout Andrew Meketa and volunteers from Boy Scout Troop 5, Huguenot, where Andrew is a special-needs Scout.

Meketa, who is autistic, coordinated the tools and funding and led his fellow Scouts and adult volunteers over a recent weekend to build and install shelving in the council hall, fulfilling his community-service project requirements for promotion to Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Scouting.

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