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Eagle Scout Reunion and Hall of Fame – February 2014

Dear Fellow Eagle Scout:

On Thursday, February 6, 2014 the Greater New York Councils, Boy Scouts of America will be re-introducing its’ Eagle Scout Hall of Fame “A Gathering of Eagles” reunion reception and induction ceremony. This renewed tradition here in New York City will welcome, celebrate and reconnect adult Eagle Scouts to Scouting service.

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At a special meeting held on December 2nd, the executive board of the Greater New York Councils (GNYC), Boy Scouts of America, unanimously approved permanently preserving and protecting most all remaining parcels of the Scout’s Staten Island Pouch Camp.

“I am extremely proud of the volunteers and staff who have worked so hard for all these years to make this day a reality.  This agreement represents a great future for Staten Island and all of NYC Scouting and Exploring”, said Alair Townsend, GNYC President.

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Kintecoying Lodge Update and Calendar – Sept 2013

Scout Leaders,

We at GNYC are pleased to provide an update on the Order of the Arrow, including the OA calendar for the upcoming Scouting year.

To access this news & calendar, please Click Here.

Thank you!
Justin Rodstrom | Council Program Director

Greater New York Councils

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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GNYC Stakeholder Communication

May 3, 2013

Dear Friends of Scouting:

As you may know, on May 23, 2013, the voting members of the national organization of the Boy Scouts of America will vote on a resolution that ends discrimination against gay youth. The Greater New York Councils views this resolution as a positive step forward that is consistent with our long-standing policy and beliefs. At the heart of our mission is the well-being and positive development of the young people of New York City.

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BSA National Membership Policy Statement

Boy Scouts of America
Monday, Jan. 28, 2013
Attributable to: Deron Smith, Director of Public Relations

“For more than 100 years, Scouting’s focus has been on working together to deliver the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. Scouting has always been in an ongoing dialogue with the Scouting family to determine what is in the best interest of the organization and the young people we serve.

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Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund Application – Units

Scout Leaders,

As you all know, many in the Scouting Community have been severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy. After the Hurricane hit, we at GNYC set up a Hurricane Relief Fund to help our Units get back on their feet. While nothing can replace the homes, the memories and the lives lost, we hope our efforts can provide some relief in a time of need.

If your Unit or a Unit you know has lost valuable Scouting items in the Hurricane, please fill out the attached form and email it to Council Program Director Justin Rodstrom at jrodstro@bsamail.org. Applications are due for submission by February 15th, 2013, and funds will be dispersed once all applications have been reviewed.

If you’d like to contribute to the Hurricane Relief Fund, please contact our Registrar at 212-242-1100 and mention “Hurricane Relief Fund” when making your contribution.

Thank you!

Justin Rodstrom |  Program Director

Greater New York
350 5th Avenue  |  Suite 7820
New York, NY 10118-7820
P 212.651.2857  |  M 917.709.1772
E jrodstro@bsamail.org

Venturing on Staten Island


What is Venturing?

Venturing is a youth development program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women who are 13 and have completed the eighth grade, or age 14 through 20 years of age.

Venturing’s purpose is to provide positive experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults.

Venturing is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth, adult leaders, and organizations in their communities. Local community organizations establish a Venturing crew by matching their people and program resources to the interests of young people in the community. The result is a program of exciting and meaningful activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow, develop leadership skills, and become good citizens.

Venturing crews can specialize in a variety of avocation or hobby interests.

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What Makes a Trained Leader?

Every youth deserves a trained leader.

Adult leaders in units are considered trained, and eligible to wear the official Trained emblem, once they have completed the basic training requirements.

Note: Youth Protection (EL) is a joining requirement for all leaders and must be taken every two years

What Makes a Trained Leader Matrix

Need Help?

Contact the National Council – Boy Scouts of America Program Impact – Volunteer Training Team
Mark Griffin: mark.griffin@scouting.org, 972-580-2211
Ron Timmons: ronald.timmons@scouting.org, 972-580-2459
Peter Self: peter.self@scouting.org, 972-580-2417
Sara Parker-Lacobee: sara.lacobee@scouting.org, 972-580-2588
Oscar Santoyo: oscar.santoyo@scouting.org, 972-580-2488
Judy Maldonado: judy.maldonado@scouting.org, 972-580-2449

2012 Speak Out for Scouting

Attention Scouts, Leaders and Parents:

Do you want to be part of a VIP Honor Guard? Do you have what it takes to Speak Out for Scouting? If you answered “YES!” here’s your chance to Lead the Pledge of Allegiance, Scout Oath & Law and talk about your Boy Scouts of America experiences in a New York City Ballroom with Community and Business Leaders that support Scouting.


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