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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 cubpack255@hotmail.com to register your group.

11th Annual Scouts in Parks Day Summary

Basic Camping Skills Workshop – 5 January 2013

At the GNYC Training Extravaganza on January 5th 2013, Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) will be holding a Basic Camping Skills Workshop.

Camping experts from E.M.S. will demonstrate the basics of Camping and cover the following topics of interest to all camping Units:

  • Different equipment needed for different seasons.
  • Tentage – 3-season tents.
  • Backpacks – Internal & external frame types.
  • Sleeping – Different types of bags and pads.
  • Lighting – Different types.
  • Cooking – Including water filtration, camp stoves & clean up.
  • Basic Camp Sanitation.
  • First Aid Kits – Including sunscreen and insect repellents.
  • Importance of Map and Compass use.
  • Comfort Items.
  • Clothing for the season.
  • Footgear and rain gear.
  • How to select a tent site.
  • Leave-No-Trace common principles.

See the attached flyer for details and on how to sign up.

Service Project – Gateway National Recreation Area, Miller Field

Gateway National Recreation Area, Miller Field Site is hosting, on Sunday, September 30, an ecological restoration project.

The project will occur along the Maritime Dunes, where the new Bike Path is located, and consists of removing invasive plantings, digging holes and planting native vegetation, i.e. plum and bayberry shrubs.

Kathy Garofalo
National Park Service
(office: 718 354-4655 / cell: 917 288-3933.)


2012 Aquehonga District Webelos-O-Ree For Seniors Webelos

When: Friday October 19th to Sunday October 21st

Where: Pouch Camp — Steward Area

**Check-in at Beach cabin after 5:30pm**

The purpose of the Webelos-o-Ree is to better prepare the Webelos for Boy Scouting. This is a weekend camp-out in either Lean-tos or Tents. All units will participate in the learning stations:

Map & Compass     Knots & Lashing          Camping
Cooking                   First-Aid                        Fire-Building

In order to have a better idea of how many scouts & leaders to plan for, if your unit will be attending for either the week-end or just for the Saturday sessions, Please contact: John Fiore at 718-967-9314 (leave message) or E-mail: jlf69ss396@aol.com before 10-17-2012

**Sites are issued by the size of your unit, First Come Basis**


GNYC Bronx Zoo Scouting Celebration!

Scout Leaders,

GNYC is excited to announce the first ever Scouting Celebration at the Bronx Zoo! This year, September 22, 2012, the Bronx Zoo has become a wonderful partner for the Scouting Program, and we’re celebrating the relationship with this amazing event. This event is open to everyone in our Program, from Cubs to Boy Scouts and Venturers too!

Our Scouts will receive the following that day:

  • Exclusive, behind-the-scenes tours of select Zoo exhibits
  • A Bronx Zoo Scavenger Hunt, designed specifically for our Scouts
  • Total Experience Access, granting full access to all exhibits, attractions and rides for the entire day
  • A voucher for lunch, valid at all Bronx Zoo Cafes

To RSVP for the Bronx Zoo Scouting Celebration, please contact the Zoo at (800) 433-4149 and let them know you’re signing up for the “Bronx Zoo Scouting Celebration.”

BSA Bronx Zoo Celebration

Volunteer Opportunities in the Greenbelt

The Greenbelt is located in the Heart of Staten Island with acres of natural areas, forests, parks and trails. We are looking for people, like you, who want to help keep the Greenbelt, natural and beautiful. There something for everyone!

Thursday, April 26, 2012: Race Prep for HRC, Assist staff with the assembly and distribution of race bags and shirts for the High Rock Challenge. Colony Hall, 460 Brielle Avenue, 3:00 pm.

Saturday, April 28, 2012: High Rock Challenge, 501 Brielle Avenue, SI NY 10314. 6:00am-3:00pm. Assist staff with race challenges, food distribution, and activities for the day.

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Trail Maintainer Workshop

Saturday, March 24, 2012
10:00AM to 2:00PM

Are you interested in the outdoors?

Would you like to learn how to restore and maintain trails, but don’t know where to start? Staten Island Parks and NY/NJ Trail Conference have volunteer opportunities available.

Join us for an orientation session to discover the many ways in which you can give back to the open space you enjoy so much!

No previous experience is necessary and beginners are welcome. Volunteers will spend the morning in a classroom environment and then head out on to the trail for hands-on instruction.

RSVP: draper@nynjtc.org, with “Orientation” in the subject line, or call 718-667-2165 ext. 311, or http://www.nynjtc.org/view/workshops

Wolf Conservation Center

Is your TROOP ready to cry wolf!

My name is Maggie and I am the Managing Director of the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC). The WCC is headquartered in South Salem, New York and I would like to extend our education programming to your SCOUTS in the coming year. All of our educational programs are designed to conform to New York State Standards for Science Education and touch on a variety of disciplines from biology to history. Field tested throughout the northeast, our programs have received rave reviews everywhere we present them.

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