Category Archives: Volunteering

National Park Service – Volunteers for Miller Field

The National Park Service, Gateway Recreation Area has asked if we can communicate to all Staten Island Scouting Units that are seeking volunteers to assist them within the next two or three weeks.

They have acquired 4,000 culms of Beach grass that need to be planted at Miller Field as part of a conservation effort.

Scouts could credit this as Community Service and/or taking part in a Conservation Project.

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12th Annual Scouts in Parks Day – 26 April 2014

Hosted by the Greater NY Councils BSA Committee for Outdoor Ethics and Conservation and The NYC Parks Dept.

Horticultural & other supplies provided by Keil Brothers Nursery; Bissett Nursery; David Rose Perennials; The Land Restoration Project crew of the NYC Parks Dept, Gemplers, Farm Tek; Active World Solutions, Lowes Home centers and MSC.

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11th Annual Scouts in Parks Day

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, April 27, 2013, 9am-3pm
Hurricane Sandy Restoration and Rebuilding Project

HostsThe Greater NY Councils BSA Committee for Outdoor Ethics and Conservation and the NYC Parks Department

Program Focus: this annual event will focus this year on clean-up and rebuilding parks and other green spaces in areas most affected by Superstorm Sandy.  Current locations are:

Cunningham Park
Forest Park
Broad Channel
Rockaway Beach

Coney Island
Leif Ericson Park
Coffey Park
Kaiser Park
Shore front Park (Owls head to Ft. Hamilton)

Staten Island:
Eastern and Southern Shorelines   (Conference House Park, Wolfes Pond Park, Blue Heron Park, Cedar grove  )

Last year’s event featured:

  • 1,500 volunteers led by Scouting members, families, and staff, and including other youth-serving organizations such as the Girl Scouts.  Close to 5,800 service hours completed in one day.
  •  113 Scout units
  • 18 locations throughout the five boroughs of NYC

We are inviting our Scouts,  other youth groups, corporate partners, and community organizations to join us as “Scouts for a Day” to help us rebuild our green spaces.   This is a great opportunity to have fun and make a visible difference to our city’s most devastated neighborhoods.  Please join us!

For more information:  please contact Shawn Spencer at 718-961-8483 or email to register your group.

11th Annual Scouts in Parks Day Summary

Eagle and Service Projects Available

Steve Gross (Pouch Day Camp fishing counselor, and long time Island Scouter) is involved in taking care of 15 cemeteries around Staten Island. He is always looking for Scouts looking for Eagle and service projects. He is also involved in placing flags on Veterans’ graves for Memorial Day.

Please pass this information on to your units, your Scouts, and other Scouters.

Steve Gross

Scouts in Parks Day 2013

Ladies and Gentlemen:

Attached is the general flyer for this years Scouts In Parks Day event to be held on April 27th. Please distribute this throughout your districts as we work this year to help clean-up and rebuild areas hard hit by Sandy. Yes that means  most of the work will be in Staten Island, Queens and Brooklyn  so I hope to see many of those units signed up to help out. I also want to see our units from Manhattan either in Brooklyn or Staten Island and our Bronx units to join up with units in Queens  so we can continue to show the City and our region the Scouting is alive and well, and working to better our communities. Please push this event with your units at round table and any other way you can.

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Hurricane Sandy Scouting Support Exchange – Staten Island

The past week has seen an unprecedented natural disaster, in our area. It is clear that many people are looking for ways to help those in need, and those in need looking for help.

This page is intended for Staten Island Scouting units who are looking for ways to help others, and units who are working on relief that need additional help.

If your unit needs additional help from please “Leave a Comment” here stating: what you need, when and where you need it, and who and how to contact for more information.

If your unit is looking for a way to help, please “Leave a Comment” with the name and contact information of the primary contact person for your unit.

On occasion, I will add information about organizations looking for assistance.

If you are unable to eave a comment, please contact me.

Links to relief information

Here is a good list of items needed on Staten Island.

It’s My Park Day – 2012

Hello Volunteers,

This Saturday, 20 October,  is It’s My Park Day and we will be planting 1,200 shrubs and small plants in High Rock Park.  If you’re not doing anything and want to lend a helping hand, please join us at 200 Nevada Avenue, SINY 10306, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

I’ve attached a flyer with more details.  If you can please RSVP if you are able to attend.

Hope to see you Saturday.


Jeanne Doyle Paliswiat

Volunteer/Special Projects Coordinator

T 718.667.2165.ext.311
F 718-667-4599

NYC Parks
The Greenbelt, High Rock Park
200 Nevada AvenueStaten Island, NY 10306
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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

OC Corps -Pouch Camp 2012 Flier

Eagle Project on Saturday July 28th, 2012

Brian O’Connell of Troop 19 will be at Miller Field, at the old Airplane Hangar. It is located at the bottom of New Dorp Lane off of Cedar Grove Street.

His project is taping and painting 22 10 x 10 foot panels on the hangar and doing graffiti removal. He needs about 30 voluneers to complete the project that day.

He needs adults to do the ladder work and chemical removal of the graffiti on the concrete.

The purpose of the project is to clean the landmarked building (only one side, not all of it) and make it more pleasing to the eye for the NYC bike trail that runs past it. It was just opened up officially on July 8th.

Thank You.
Melinda O’Connell
Ass’t SM Troop 19

The Federated Garden Clubs of New York State Inc. Have Two Projects

The Federated Garden Clubs of New York State Inc. have two projects:

The Healing Garden Living Memorial located between Richmond Road and Targee Street, Clove Road and Targee Street needs guys to pull out long grass that grew in between shrubs and some pruning.  Will take about 2 – 3 hours.

The Seaside Nature Park located down Nelson Avenue on the water needs guys to clean up some dried seaweed that came up onto the boardwalk and pick up litter that accumulated in the wetland next to the boardwalk.  I am not sure how deep the wetland is but if they had a rake they could rake in the garbage which would be better.

I am interested in paying a troop to do some work during the summer at The Healing Garden also .

Carolyn Pinto