Category Archives: In the Press

Online news articles about Scouting and Scouting on Staten Island

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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Eagle Scout – Andrew Meketa

Submitted to the Staten Island Advance

Troop 5 Our Lady Star of the Sea Church

Joining the ranks of such notables as former President Gerald Ford, film director Steven Speilberg and astronaut Neil Armstrong, Andrew Meketa of Troop 5, passed his Eagle Board of Review and is Troop 5’s latest Eagle Scout. Andrew’s Eagle Project consisted of coordinating the building of shelves at the Father Durmgoole Council of the Knights of Columbus in Richmondtown. Andrew is not your typical scout. Andrew is a special needs scout and Andrew is proof of the firm belief we have at Troop 5 that being disabled does not mean unable.

Submitted by
Robert Ciraola
Scoutmaster Troop 5
Our Lady Star of the Sea Church

Submission, as printed by the Advance

Pouch Camp Preservation Update – Jones Lang LaSalle

Jones Lang LaSalle Represents Greater New York Councils, Boy Scouts of America in Preserving William H. Pouch Scout Camp on Staten Island

Company works with Boy Scouts to permanently protect 94-acre site on Staten Island from development

NEW YORK, NY – September 7, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — Jones Lang LaSalle represented the Greater New York Councils, Boy Scouts of America, in an agreement with The Trust for Public Land to permanently protect the William H. Pouch Scout Camp on Staten Island. The GNYC entered into an agreement with TPL that will result in the preservation of 94 acres from development through a two-phase plan that includes the purchase of a large portion of the site.

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Pouch Camp in ‘Trust for Public Land’ Publication

This is a wonderful article in the national publication:  “Land & People“, published by the Trust for Public Land.

It is written by Anne Schwartz, who covered the Pouch Camp issue for the Gotham Gazette, a couple of years ago, when our efforts first began.

Our beloved Pouch Camp is mentioned.

Please read this article. You will be inspired, as I was, to keep moving forward
in the protection of our camp.

Kathy Vorwick
President of the Board of Directors of the Greenbelt Conservancy

Agreement Reached to Save Staten Island’s Pouch Camp From Development – Updated 13 August 2011

A map outlining the different phases of the recent agreement between GNYC and the Trust for Public Lands has just been released. Please refer to the original press release when viewing this map.

Original GNYC Press Release
Committee to Save Pouch Camp Press Statement 08-11 – final – 11 August 2011

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Staten Island Advance
Stephanie Slepian

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Pouch Camp has been saved.

The Greater New York Councils Boys Scouts of America and the Trust for Public Land have entered an agreement to preserve the 120-acre Sea View property — allowing the Scouts to continue using it as they have for decades, giving the public more access and protecting it from residential development.

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Staten Islander Of The Week: Fisherman Teaches Children To Love The Water – NY1

Kudos to Steve.

NY1 VIDEO: The latest Staten Islander of the Week, Steven “Fishing Steve”
Gross, has spent the last 30 years getting youngsters hooked on fishing and
loving the great outdoors.