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               Serving and informing the Scouts and Scouters of Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates Counties

                              A publication of the Seneca Waterways Council, Boy Scouts of America
                    474 East Avenue, Rochester, New York 14607 | 3685 Pre-Emption Road, Geneva, NY 14456
                    Rochester: (585) 244-4210        Geneva: (315) 789-1166

                                                  Volume 3, Number 3, November 2011

 Council President: Ron Knight                   Council Commissioner: David Lippitt                 Scout Executive: Stephen T. Hoitt

Council News
                                 Gary Decker,                                      Robotics Merit Badge
                                 New Director of Field Services                    Giveaway Winner
                               The Council is proud to announce the addition       Our congratulations to Peter Carosa
                               of Gary Decker as Director of Field Service.        of Troop 105 for winning the
                               Gary currently serves as Field Director for         Robotics Merit Badge Giveaway
                               the Baden-Powell Council in Binghamton,             sweepstakes conducted by Boys’
                               NY where he helped manage his team to               Life Magazine. Peter will receive
                               six consecutive years of Quality Council            one of the Robotic Merit Badge
                               and membership growth. In Gary’s role               patches that flew in space on the Endeavour STS-134
                               with Seneca Waterways Council, he will              mission. Additionally, he receives a limited edition
                               serve as Chief Operating Officer of the             robotics merit badge launch patch, an official
                               Council overseeing all operations that deal         Endeavour STS-134 mission patch, a photo of the
with Scouting units (Field Service) and staff assigned to those areas.             shuttle crew and a certificate of authenticity.

Gary is an Eagle Scout with a long and outstanding history in Scouting that
began the day he joined Cub Scouts. He’s been a member of the Boy Scouts of
                                                                                    Council Newsletters
America for more than 25 years with the last seven years as a Scouting              The Currents Newsletter (formerly Smoke Signals) is
professional.                                                                       now accessible online in the members area of the
His career is marked by significant achievements across all operational areas       Seneca Waterways Council website. Even though it is
including, but not limited to, membership, district operations, and fundraising.    in the members area, it no longer requires a log-in to
To his credit, Gary has achieved record membership growth increasing                access it. Archived issues, however, will still require
membership by more than 3% in the various communities he has served in. He          an authorized log-in.
was also instrument in achieving Quality Council status five consecutive years.     Special Note: There will be no issue of Currents in
As a fundraiser, Gary has successfully turned deficit camping programs from         December or in the months that our newest
cost centers into revenue producing operations of more than $100,000 per year,      publication—Scouting          Quarterly—is published
and increased direct giving contributions by 12 percent.                            (December, March, June, and September). Scouting
                                                                                    Quarterly is distributed to all registered member
Gary has a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of
                                                                                    households and contains information on programs
Albany. He and his wife have two children...a 17 year old nephew, Matthew,
                                                                                    and activities to enhance the Scouting experience and
who is a Life Scout working on his Eagle project, and a two-year old son, Gary,
                                                                                    help leaders run a fun quality program.
who is quickly learning about Scouting from many hours at Scouting events.

In This Issue:                                 Page                                                                      Page
  Council News                                  1                            District News:
  Finance and Development                       3                                  Bay Waters District                      8
  Programs and Training                         4                                  Black Creek District                     8
  Council Scout Camps                           6                                  Exploring & Learning for Life            9
  Venturing Program                             13                                 Genesee Crossroads District              10
  Month @ A Glance                              14                                 Lighthouse District                      11
                                                                                   Mohawk District                          12
                                                                                   Seneca District                          12
                                                                                   Towpath District                         13

              Yesteryear: Troop 372 in 2004                                             Today: Troop 372 in 2011

100% Eagle Troop —                          his time at St. Lawrence, he lived in the      then continue his education at University
                                            Adirondacks for a semester, traveled           of Buffalo to major in biochemistry.
seven years in the making!                  around Kenya for five months, and most
                                            recently, he interviewed Inuit natives in      Cory Deacon: Cory attends Rochester
In July 2004, the newly formed Troop        Alaska. On campus, he is a residential         Institute of Technology, studying
372 sponsored by Scottsville Scouting       assistant, a member of the Nordic Ski          Electrical Engineering and is also on the
went to Camp Massawepie with ten            club, and a drummer for a rock band. He        RIT swim team. He lifeguards and
Scouts and two adult leaders. Seven         is currently an assistant Cub Master for       teaches swim lessons during the summer.
years later in July 2011, we gathered       Pack 62 in Canton.
again to retake our troop photo after the                                                  David Chamot: David graduated with
last member had completed all of his        Nathan McKean: Nathan attended                 an Advanced Regents diploma from
Eagle requirements….making this troop       Northwestern and Monroe Community              Wheatland Chili High School. He is in
a 100% Eagle Troop.                         College.                                       his third year at Rochester Institute of
                                                                                           Technology in the Manufacturing
The photos above are a reflection of the    Adam Kreutter: Adam graduated                  Engineering program. He spent three
growth of the young Scouts of Troop         Marquette University NROTC, is an              summers as a waterfront counselor at
372 as they matured into the young men      Ensign in the US Navy - Student Naval          Massawepie Scout Camp in the
they are today because of what they         Aviator.                                       Adirondacks.
learned in Scouting. The fact that each
one of them made the rank of Eagle is       Bill Williamson, Jr.: Bill is past             Trevor Deacon: Trevor is currently in
remarkable. In each photo, the Scouts       Scoutmaster of Troop 372, Wood Badge           his fourth year at the Rochester Institute
along with their Scoutmasters are           NEIII159, and an Eagle dad.                    of Technology, currently working on his
positioned exactly the same. Here’s                                                        masters degree in Electrical Engineering.
what each of them are doing today.          (Front row Left to Right)                      Trevor has completed internships at
                                                                                           Johnson & Johnson and General
(Starting left to right back row)           Greg Chamot: Greg graduated in 2011
                                                                                           Dynamics and has been teaching lab
                                            from Wheatland Chili with a diploma/
Chris Chamot: Chris is the past                                                            classes and maintaining the lab
                                            technical endorsement. He is currently
Scoutmaster for Troop 372, Wood Badge                                                      equipment in the engineering department
                                            enrolled at Alfred State College in the
NEIII164 and current Crew 372 advisor,                                                     at RIT since the winter of 2010. Trevor
                                            Automotive Technology-Heavy Truck
as well as an Eagle Dad (times three)!                                                     is still active in the shooting sports at the
                                            and Diesel program.
                                                                                           Rochester Rifle Club (Explorer Post
Jim Chamo: Jim graduated, Cum Laude                                                        600) and enjoys designing small
                                            Ryan Blanchard: Ryan is currently
from Alfred State College where he                                                         electronics projects such as amplifiers,
                                            working in a machine shop at X-Cell
studied Automotive Technology-Heavy                                                        indicators, and light arrays.
                                            Precision as an apprentice. He is
Truck and Diesel. Currently he is a fleet   majoring in Environmental Science at
technician for Waste Management, an                                                        "I am still only beginning to discover
                                            Monroe Community College with plans
international environmental company.                                                       how much the scouting program has
                                            to become a horticulturalist. His
He is presently pursuing his Emergency                                                     taught me. By living by the scout oath,
                                            ambition is to open up his own business
Medical Technician license at Monroe                                                       the scout law, and the scout motto, I
                                            or run his own machine shop.
Community College.                                                                         believe that I have achieved much more
                                                                                           than what I would have been if I was not
                                            Billy Williamson III: Billy is attending
Jon Ignatowski: Jon is currently a senior                                                  a part of the scouting program as a
                                            Monroe Community Collage and
at St. Lawrence University majoring in                                                     youth."
                                            majoring in chemistry. His plans are to
Environmental Studies and English. In
Scouters Complete the                                                                       competition! This is about setting a goal
                                                                                            and achieving it! If you follow the plan
13.1 Fitness Challenge                                                                      we will get you to the starting line! If
On September 18, 2011, “Team Turtle”                                                        you get to the starting line, you will find
joined together at the Rochester MVP                                                        the finish line!
Half Marathon and successfully
                                                                                            Never ran before? No problem! We will
completed Scouting’s 13.1 Fitness
                                                                                            show you how to train properly, talk
                                                                                            about nutrition, the importance of rest,
Congratulations to: Heather Ostrander,                                                      how shoes can make a difference, what
                                               with a finishers medal, refreshing water,    to wear, how to avoid injuries, and
Jennifer Vilarinho, Tina Pellegrin, Brian
                                               and hugs from team members. It was a         more! We will give you training plans,
Vick, Dave Fitzgerald, Mike Tharrett,
                                               wonderful experience.                        lots of tips and keep in touch with
Jim Griffen, Dave Dilgard, and Bob Carafice.
                                                                                            weekly emails!
                                               Are you willing to take on this challenge
Each of these Scouters took on the
                                               for the 2012 race?                           Plan on some group runs and a 5K (3.1
challenge of training for and completing
a half marathon. They followed a               Make no mistake about it this is a           miles) and one 10K (6.2 miles) to get
training plan for 16 weeks before the          challenge! Can you do it? Yes, if you are    ready for the big event!
event which gradually conditioned then         willing to train for the 16 weeks leading
and increased mileage slowly eventually        up to the event. Many thousands of           Scouts 13 years old and up are invited to
completing a 10 mile long run before the       people complete their first half marathon    join! Yes, you will receive a “turtle” to
half marathon. At the race start, each         each year and some have never run a 5K       wear during the event and a shiny
runner received a carved turtle, the           (3.1 miles) before! You can do it!           finisher’s medal from the half marathon!
totem for our team! (see the photo).
                                               This isn’t about speed, or being first, or   Join up now and become a “Turtle
Each runner finished at his or her own         faster than anyone, or any kind of           Runner!”    Contact Bob Carafice,
pace. At the finish line each was greeted                                          or 585 342-3924.

Director of Finance: Steven McEwan, 241-8556,
Finance Secretary: Debra Staples, 241-8555,

ROC the Day                                    Family FOS                                   and the 2012 Voices of Eagle speaker
                                                                                            will be distinguished Eagle Scout and
Roc the Day is a 24-hour, online event to      (Friends of Scouting)                        Mayor of Rochester, Tom Richards.
give people an opportunity to support a
not-for-profit organization of their           In preparation of Family FOS, a District     Contact Dorothy Bressler for details
choice in the nine-county Greater              Committee member will be contacting          at 585-241-8554.
Rochester area. People will log onto a         all leaders in the upcoming month.
secure online giving platform to make a        Leaders should start planning a date in
gift. All money given on December 8th          January, February, March, or April for a           Council Memorials
supports local organizations.                  Family FOS presentation at a pack                         In memory of
                                               meeting, parent meeting, or Court of
Visit to learn               Honor.                                                      Ken Martin
more. Then tell your friends, family, co-                                                                 Ruth Langkamp
                   workers and social          Every parent deserves the opportunity to
                                                                                                Asbury First United Methodist Church
                   networks to visit the       participate in Family FOS to help
                                                                                                          Arthur Chester
                   site on December            support Scouting programs that benefit             Charles and Linda Christensen
                   8th and donate to           their children.                                    Toddler’s Workshop Daycare
                   Boy     Scouts      of                                                          Kathleen Martin & Sue Long
                                                                                                         Michael Landon
America, Seneca Waterways Council..            Eagle Scout Mentor Dinner                                    Mary Lantry
ROC the Day begins at 12:00 a.m. on            Mark your calendars for the Eagle Scout                     Hank Roenke
Thursday, December 8, 2011 and ends at         Mentor & Gathering of Eagles dinner on                  Yolanda Schofield
11:59 p.m.                                     Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 6:00
                                                                                                         Elizabeth Fleming
                                               p.m. at the Burgundy Basin Inn. It is an
We’re looking for support from Scout                                                                      Danile Quigley
                                               evening of mentoring, dinner and                           Deborah Barrett
units to help promote this unique giving       fellowship for the Eagle Scout Class of
event.     If interested in helping or         2011. Keynote speaker is World War II                        Unknown
for     information,     please    email       concentration camp survivor Steve Hess                     Daniel Koratz
                                                                                                     Russell and Olga Borodin
Programs and Training
Program Director: Steve Weisenreder, 241-8547,

BALOO (Basic Adult                         of winter camping, as well as the great         Save the Date:
Leader Outdoor Orientation)                variety of winter camping equipment             Leadership University
                                           that’s available. This training will give
                                           you the skills and confidence to lead a         The 2012 Leadership University will be
Seneca Waterways Council will be
                                           winter campout and ensure a safe and            Saturday, March 3rd.          Leadership
hosting a fall BALOO training on
                                           fun experience for all.                         University      offers    leaders     the
November 12, 2011 at Powder Mills
Park in Pittsford. BALOO teaches Cub                                                       opportunity to get trained in a wide
                                           You'll learn from the area's experts!           array of topics from fun, to serious, to
Scout Leaders and parents how to safely
                                           You'll have a great time finding out how        downright silly. There will be over 60
conduct fun and constructive outdoor
                                           to travel easily in the snow. You'll see        exciting courses available.        Many
activities. Sessions include Program
                                           how to build a winter shelter. You'll           courses are only offered at this event.
Planning, Health and Safety, Nature
                                           learn the proper techniques for winter          The staples of scouting training will be
Hikes and Games, and Cub Scout
                                           camping. You'll also learn about cold           available including, Basic Leader
Cooking, among others.
                                           weather health concerns, proper food,           Training at all levels, Youth Protection,
                                           clothing, how to make your own                  and This is Scouting. There will also be
The daylong course begins at 8:30am
                                           clothing and gear, and a lot more.              many courses designed to enrich your
and will conclude no later than 5pm that   You'll have a great time, eat lots of great     unit’s program beyond the basic nuts
afternoon.                                 food, and get the chance to try your hand       and bolts. Stay tuned over the next few
                                           at a variety of outdoor winter activities.      months for more information.
Registration information is available at                  SIGN UP NOW! Scouters from all
                                           across the Northeast Region will be              Merit Badge Corner
                                           clamoring to attend. The cost is only
OKPIK Winter Camping                       $80, and includes lodging and food for           Boy Scouts of America announces
                                                                                            another new Merit Badge – Chess.
for Adults                                 the entire weekend. THIS COURSE
                                           WILL FILL UP FAST, DON'T                         Counselors are needed. You don’t have
January 13-15, 2012                        DELAY. Registration forms are                    to be a Grand Master, but a Counselor
                                           available on the Council website, at the         needs to be a proficient Chess player
Gannett Lodge, Massawepie                  Scout Shop, and at Roundtables.
Scout Camps - Adirondack                                                                    with knowledge of tournament play. If
Mountains                                                                                   you are interested, submit a Merit Badge
                                                                                            Counselor application via your Unit.
Let's face it, most of us cram our
outdoor Scouting activities into a very    2013 Jamboree
few months when it's warm out and the
Scouts are not on summer vacation. We      This is not your father’s jamboree! The National Jamboree scheduled for July
do this because it's COLD outside in the   15-24, 2013 will be the best 10 days of your life. Be among the first Scouts or
winter. Brrrr... makes you shiver just     Scouters to experience The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West
thinking about it!                         Virginia—the new home of the national Scout Jamboree.

What if you found out all the tricks of                        Learn more about the Jamboree by attending a kick off event on
the trade to stay as comfortable in the                        either November 7 or December 9 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at
winter as you do any other time of year?                       474 East Avenue, Rochester, NY.
What if you discovered how to
THRIVE in the winter outdoors, how to                          Schedule a Unit Presentation
really enjoy all that cold weather                             Scout Leaders can contact Dan Newhart at or Tim
camping can provide? Things like no                            Schiefen at to schedule your unit
bugs, no crowded campsites, lots of fun.                       presentation as soon as possible.

OKPIK is the key. OKPIK, the Inuit                             Sign Up Now at
word for snowy owl, is a “Classroom                            Sign up early with a deposit by March 2011 and receive an
Style” training experience designed to                         exclusive Seneca Waterways Council early bird patch! Contact:
make you, the adult leader, aware of the                       Dan Newhart, or Tim Schiefen
physiological and psychological aspects              

What is Wood Badge?                            Learn About...                               both weekends. Scholarships and other
                                                                                            opportunities for funding exist.
                                                Stages of group development
Wood Badge is an experience about               Different leadership styles
leadership. Participants work together                                                      Time commitment
                                                  and when to use them                      (1) Practical phase: Two 3-day week-
initially as a Cub Scout Pack and later
                                                Communicating effectively                  ends at Camp Babcock-Hovey
as a Boy Scout Troop. In Dens and
Patrols, you will learn about group             Managing conflict                          (April 27-29, May 19-21, 2012) .
dynamics and the stages that groups go          Developing a vision of
through as they learn how to                      success and a plan for                    (2) Application phase: You will have
successfully achieve their goals.                 achieving it                              18 months to ‘work your ticket’ – a
Participants     also    learn      about       Listening to learn                         plan to apply what you’ve learned to
leaderships styles and selecting the                                                        your unit so the Scouts will benefit
                                                Including diverse ideas and
style appropriate to the different stages                                                   from your experience
a group experiences in order to be
successful.                                                                                 Eligibility
                                                                                            You need to complete basic training
                                            Indoor/Outdoor Learning                         for your registered position in
Because Wood Badge exercises are            Learning takes place in a variety of
real life experiences, the lessons                                                          Scouting. There is no “time in
                                            settings—large group, small group,              Scouting” requirement. In fact, the
learned will carry over into all aspects    indoors, and outdoors. Classroom
of life and learning how to work                                                            earlier you take Wood Badge in your
                                            learning is reinforced and put into             Scouting career, the sooner the Scouts
effectively with different people and in    practice with many hands-on activities.
different situations. Most importantly,                                                     will benefit from what you learn!
the Scouts and other people you work        Costs
with will benefit immensely from what                                                       More information
                                            The cost for Wood Badge 2012 will be            Contact Jim Roth, Course Director,
you will learn and accomplish!              $245, payable in installments. This   , (585) 225-7216.
                                            includes food and accommodations for

Seneca Park Zoo Scout Programs                                    Rochester Museum & Science Center
Sumer may be over, but there are still exciting Scouting          Scout Programs
programs for Scouts of all ages to enjoy at the Zoo. From
                                                                  The Rochester Museum & Science Center offers Scouts a unique
sleepovers to weekend workshops...Scouts can work towards
                                                                  hands-on opportunity to experience science and natural history in
a badge or achievement. Visit the Seneca Park Zoo’s website
                                                                  a structured environment while meeting achievements for
for details on programs and to register.
                                                                  specific loops, pins and badges for Cub Scout Bears, Webelos,
                                                                  and Boy Scouts. Year-round camp-ins for packs are designed to
                                                                  meet specific achievement goals for badges, loops, and/or pins!

                                                                  Bear Programs: Weather,American Indian Life, and Space.
                                                                  Webelos Programs: Engineer, Scientist, Geologist, Naturalist, Forester.
                                                                  Merit Badge Programs: Chemistry, Geology, Indian Lore,
                                                                  Astronomy, Archaeology, Nuclear Science, and Robotics.
                                                                  Camp-ins: Engineering, Chemistry, and Astronomy.

                                                                  All programs include experiments, related activities, and all
                                                                  requirements for a badge.

                                                                  To learn more about all the exciting Scouting programs offered
                                                                  at RMSC visit their website at

                                                                  To register for any programs, call 585-697-1942.

                                                moving outdoor fun. It’s an unforgettable       NEW Online YP Training
                                                adventure! Each summer, crews hike
                                                Philmont's mountains, spend nights at           On August 31, 2011, BSA issued a new
                                                various camps and participate programs          online version of the Youth Protection
                                                presented by Philmont's backcountry             Training and a new DVD/Facilitator
                                                staff.                                          Guide for live training. Scout volunteers
Philmont 2012                                                                                   are required to re-take the YPT
                                                Spaces still available…Sign Up Now!             associated with their program (Cub
Do you want to explore the high                 Seneca Waterways Council is hosting a           Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing) at least
country of New Mexico? Experience               contingent of 36 Scouts and Scouters in         every two years to be current.
the thrill of climbing 2-mile high              from July 10 to 24, 2012. The Philmont
mountains? Develop leadership, group            Expedition includes: air and ground             Significant changes were made to this
dynamics, wilderness problem-solving,           transportation, all accommodations              version and leaders are urged to take the
and outdoor skills? Then you need to            and meals at Philmont and during travel.        time review the new policy changes
be part of Philmont 2012!                                                                       which include reporting guidelines.
                                                For more information, contact Steve             YPT and changes to the policies help to
The best of the Old West and exciting           Weisenreder at 585-241-8547 or                  keep Scouting safe for our youth and
challenges for today makes for fast-            volunteers. Visit
                                                                                                and take the new YPT training course today!

Council Scout Camps
Camp Babcock-Hovey, J. Warren Cutler Scout Reservation and Massawepie Scout Camps
Camp Operations Director: Don DeClerck, 374-5770,
Administrative Assistant to Camping Department: Joyce Perkins, 241-8545,

Summer Camping                                  store for our Council's Scouts for the         as pack meetings. These chairmen are
                                                2012 summer camping season.                    currently scheduling presentations to
Opportunities are Endless                                                                      take place at one of these meetings.
                                                Please pass this information on through
Whether it is evening fun for a Cub             your unit committees and to other              Please schedule your Pack for a
Scout and mom or dad at Twilight                families and Scouts.                           presentation as soon as possible so that
Camp, great traditional Boy Scout                                                              your leaders and families know about all
camping at Camp Babcock-Hovey, or               We are making an extra effort to               the Council’s fantastic Cub Scout
the excitement and high adventure for           promote Cub Scout Camping this                 camping opportunities available to
Boy Scouts             and     Venturers   at   Coming     summer.    District    camp         them.
Massawepie Scout Camps and Treks, the           promotion chairmen met on August 11th
possibilities for fantastic summer camping go   with Council Camp promotion Chairman           A list of each district's camp promotion
on and on.                                      Duane Pancoast. They received training         chair, their phone number, and email is
                                                and                                            listed below.
The 2012 brochures for Boy Scout and            camp promotional materials, including a
Cub Scout Camps and Treks are now               PowerPoint presentation, to deliver to         Contact a District Camp Promotion
available. To obtain a copy, contact            Cub Scout Pack committees at                   Chair today and schedule your camp
Joyce Perkins at 241-8545 and find out          pack committee meetings and to parents         presentation!
more about all the adventures and fun in

                                                                              District Camp Promotion Chairs

                                                Bay Waters     Aleks Zadins              585.298.6737

                                                Black Creek    Mike Knittel              585.889.4484
                                                Genesee        Rev. Weldon Thomas
                                                Crossroads     Marilyn Thomas            585.359.9616
                                                Lighthouse     Curt Hamlin               585.738.0089
                                                Mohawk         Don Tennies               315.789.1851
                                                Seneca         George Stanton            585.394.4406
                                                Seneca         Kim Stanton               585.733.9097
                                                Seneca         Debra DeRue               315.589.4097
                                                Towpath        Robert Bower              585.301.6262

Cubs In Camp                                There were 882 Cubs in Camp                  demonstrations, an obstacle course, a
                                            participants. These included 512 Cub         trading post, tours of camp, and tours of
The 2011 Fall Cubs in Camp on
                                            Scouts, 130 of which were brand new          a creepy haunted house. From the direct
Saturday, October 22 was huge success
                                            Scouts registered this fall. There were      reports of kids and parents, everyone
and fun for all ages! At the 9:00 a.m.
                                            also 333 adults and 37 smaller brothers      had a fantastic time. Furthermore, the
start time, it looked like a scene out of
                                            and sisters.                                 new Scouts and parents got to see and
the end of the movie “Field of Dreams.”
                                                                                         experience Cub Camp for the first time.
Cars were lined up to be parked from the    Kids and parents, alike, had a blast
dining hall all the way down and out of     shooting arrows, BB gunds, sling shots,      Ready for some more fun!!!
camp, and in both directions on Gulick      and catapults.    There was fishing,         Watch for more details about Spring
Road. However, everyone was parked          cooking with Dutch ovens, Kung Fu            Cubs in Camp at Camp Cutler in 2012.
quickly and were able to get registered
and on their way.

 Camp Massawepie Feels                       Massawepie was hit hard with strong         However, Irene hit before family camp
                                             winds and heavy rainfall.        Irene      at Massawepie. So, while we were
 Wrath of Hurricane Irene                    battered the area for quite some time.      blessed and lucky that we did not have
                                             In her wake she left flooded areas and      a camp full of Scouts and families, the
 Irene may have been a Tropical Storm
                                             more seriously, she downed power lines      damage done by Irene did create some
 when she made her way up the east
                                             and transformers at the camp, along         challenges for the 60 campers
 coast..but she did so with the vengeance
 of her previous hurricane status. Her                                                   participating in family camp and the
 path was one of tremendous destruction                                                  staff with limited power sources and
 and devastation. She caused widespread                                                  repairs and storm clean up. In fact, the
 damaging winds, flooding rain, and, in                                                  repairs were underway during the week
 some locations, coastal flooding and                                                    of family camp.
 storm surge.
                                                                                         Irene’s brush with Massawepie caused
                                                                                         more than $14,000 dollars worth of
                                                                                         damage. About 40 of the buildings
                                                                                         across camp were affected in some
                                             with trees and the transformer pole that    manner.
                                             snapped like twigs.
                                                                                         Repairs have been completed and
                                             A tree fell landing on the telephone pole   Massawepie Scout Scamps are ready
                                             near the Gannett Lodge. The pole            for a full and exciting 2012 camping
                                             brought down with it the two large          season.
                                             transformers that provided electricity to
 Sadly, Massawepie Scout Camps could         the camp facilities.
 not escape Irene’s wrath either.

Cutler Camping Corner                       Camp will be closing for Wildlife Man-      in college, or still in scouts and you
by Martha Meister                           agement from November 18th-December         would like to come and share your expe-
                                            11th. During this time and over the         riences with others, this gives you that
The leaves are changing and the hills       Christmas Holiday break we have an          opportunity. If interested contact
are alive with colors. The weather has      exciting project updating a favorite        John        Dickson       III:    email
been warm (except OA weekend). Pre-         building for camping. More details to or at the coun-
dictions are that we are going to have a    come later.                                 cil office.
warm winter…if you believe that! The
grass is still growing and green. It is a   All of us at Camp Cutler want to wish       Once again, the Trading Post will be
beautiful time of year for camping.         you a Happy Thanksgiving and a Merry        open during Short-term camping on Sat-
                                            Christmas.                                  urdays from 10:00 Am to Noon. Be
Many Cub packs have taken the oppor-                                                    sure to visit when you come and Camp.
tunity to enjoy Camp Cutler during this     We are looking for Camp Masters for
time of year. Hiking, Archery, rocket       Camp Cutler. This is an opportunity for     Ranger Jeff’s Quote for the month: “The
shooting, Geo Cashing, fishing, just to     you to come and spend the weekend           trouble with the rat race is that even if
name a few.                                 a few times a year during short-term        you win, you’re still a rat.” Lily Tomlin.
                                            camping. If your children are grown,

Bay Waters District
   Chair:                                              Commissioner: Carl Harder
   Executive: Bret Miller, 241-8530,

                                                                                               November 2011
                                                                                        3      Roundtable
                                                                                               District Commissioner Meeting

Black Creek District
   Chair: Marc Duclos                             Commissioner: David Levesque
   Executive: Adam Cregg, 241-8534,

Duty to Country                             as each veteran passed by our formation,    Boy Scouts, or Venturers/Explorers, also
                                            usually in a wheelchair. The veterans       learn a little about the true meaning of
By Dan Scurlock
                                            almost always return the salute. Another    “Duty to Country” by participating in
                                            was the sheer joy the veterans              these Honor Flight “Welcome Home”
I have had the honor and privilege to be
                                            expressed, both emotionally and             ceremonies.
part of several “welcome home”
ceremonies for returning Honor Flight       verbally, by having the young Scouts
                                            pay such honor to them. Many of these       I would love to see more of our Scout
missions. These ceremonies recognize
                                            veterans are overwhelmed by the             units attending these Sunday afternoon
the heroic contributions of our local
                                            gratitude displayed them for their          festivities. I know almost every one of
World War II veterans. Twice I was
                                            service to their/our country.               our current Scouts has a beloved relative
asked to be part of a Scout unit, from a
                                                                                        who is a veteran, and/or may have lost a
different district, and other times as an   During my most recent ceremony              relative to military service for our
American Legion post member.                participation, one veteran tearfully told   country. If any Scout unit is interested in
                                            me that he had escaped a POW                learning more about the Rochester
Recently, my participation was as a         confinement, partially because of the       chapter of Honor Flight, please check the
Scout leader with a troop of Scouts who     skills he had learned as a Boy Scout. He    website “” I
were there to honor these octogenarian      was so proud of his Boy Scout               may also be contacted if someone wants
warriors/heroes. Several things stood out   experience of so many years previous.       basic participation information. I know
for me. One was the number of times an      These honorees truly lived their “Duty      several of our local Scouting units, which
honoree veteran would approach me to        to Country.” Of course, as one veteran, a   are sponsored by American Legion Posts,
state they “were” once an Eagle Scout.      former Scout, told me, and as history       will be hearing about this marvelous
Of course, I quickly point out the          details, many young men and women           “service” opportunity from their SORs at
individual “is” an Eagle Scout. Another     sacrificed their lives protecting our       upcoming meetings. Participating with
was the manner of respect the Scouts in     country and our way of life. I believe      Scouts in a “Welcome Home” ceremony
attendance gave these veterans, saluting    Scouts, whether they are Cub Scouts,        makes me so proud to be a Scout leader.
                                                  to match the power of our popcorn.                 means for paying for         their
A Commissioner’s                                                                                     Scouting experience).
                                                • With planning, you may only need one
Perspective on Popcorn                            fund raising effort each year to fund
Sales                                             your Scouting program. If this is not     My Pack made the decision to return to
By Dave Levesque                                  the case for your unit, contact our       using the popcorn program. We attended
                                                  District Committee for help for next      the training provided by the Council,
As a Commissioner and former                      year’s program.                           integrated it into our Program Plan and
Cubmaster, I wanted to share some                                                           found that we could fund our needs
perspectives regarding popcorn sales.                                                       through one fund raising effort a year.
When my son and I first joined Cub
Scouts, my Pack was decidedly against                                                       Our third year back into popcorn, we are
popcorn sales. I believe we ran several                                                     finding achieving our sales goals to be a
fundraisers that year, ranging from First                                                   little simpler each year as we gain
Aid kits, to candy bars, to flowers. The                                                    experience. We do still get the
truth is, all of these efforts generated                                                    occasional Pack family that finds selling
some funds for the Pack and we were                                                         popcorn to be a challenge. We set up one
able to deliver our intended program.                                                       or two Show-and-Sell opportunities each
Apparently, the Pack did sell popcorn in                                                    year to help those families that just can’t
the past, but the experience influenced         • Many people either really love our        seem to sell enough to meet their needs
families to pursue other options – hence          popcorn products for their flavor,        in their own neighborhoods. I wish you
                                                  variety and quality or they truly enjoy   all a successful popcorn season.
our three fund raisers in that year.
                                                  the opportunity to purchase products
As I became more involved as a Tiger              from our Scouts as an expression of       If you are a Scout family that finds this
Cub parent, I learned more about the              their support for Scouting.               time of the year a challenge, I hope that
popcorn program. I wasn’t opposed to            • Selling can be a means for recruiting     some of these perspectives will help you
the fundraisers we had used, but I didn’t         for your unit. We meet many families      to better embrace the experience. I have
care for the need to run a multiple of            while doing Take-Orders and Show-         heard the saying, “that if the prize is big
programs throughout our Scouting year.            and-Sells, and this gives us an           enough, the work doesn’t matter.” If the
I came to learn a few things about the            opportunity to talk about Scouting and    prize was merely the money we earn
popcorn program that changed my                   invite the families we meet to come and   from selling popcorn, make no mistake,
perspective:                                      check out a Scout meeting.                there is effort in it. However, if you can
 • 70% of sales returns to Scouting             • Selling popcorn is a part of our          step back and see your Scout don their
   (Council, District, Pack, Scouts).             program for Scouts.                       uniform with pride and stretch and grow
                                                     - Selling    popcorn      introduces   to meet customers, make the sale and
 • Council has terms that allow the Pack
   to run sales over an extended period                Scouts to several important          collect the proceeds so they can play a
   prior to payment. With some                         experiences (Planning & Goal         role in paying their own way (and maybe
   fundraisers, we only had 2 weeks to sell            Setting, Selling, Public Speaking,   earn that sales incentive prize), then
   before the invoice for the products was             Money Management)                    perhaps you will find a new perspective
   due. Given our Treasury balance – this            - Selling popcorn provides our
                                                                                            in the experience.
   limited our options as a Pack and put               Scouts very tangible recognition
   selling pressure on our families.                   and rewards for their efforts.
 • While a $1 candy bar may make for a                 (Dues, Prizes, the pride of having
   quick sale, you need to sell a lot of them          provided at least some of the

Exploring and Learning for Life
  Exploring Executive-West: Shawn Philbin, 241-8541,
  Exploring Executive-East: Matthew Graney, 241-8542,

                                                                                                   November 2011
                                                                                            4     Cosmic Bowling
                                                                                            10    MCFEA
                                                                                            14    District Committee Meeting

Genesee Crossroads District
    Chair: Clinton Strickland, Jr. , 328-8228                       Commissioner: Dick Rasmussen, 624-7371
    Executive: Robert Mallory, 241-8568,

“At The Crossroads”                             steering the new recruits to the tradition-           November 2011
By Bob Mallory                                  al units in the district. This will give the
                                                recruits a more meaningful scouting            3      Roundtable
The council recruitment school nights           experience. But will also give the                    “This is Scouting”
have started. We at Genesee Crossroads          scouting units a conduit to a population              Commissioners Meeting
are targeting every school with scout           of youths that they didn’t have before.        17     District Committee Meeting
aged children in the Rochester City             So far, the school nights have been a
School District and a number of private         great success. The plan is coming to-
school in the city. It is a challenging         gether. I will give you the final results
effort to that will take a total of 50 visits   in the next Current.
                                                                                               RBEA CARI Award Recipient
by your scouting staff and the leaders of                                                      Congratulations to Regina Bradley on
the Cub Packs in our district. But, the         That’s all for now, I look forward to          being honored by the Rochester Black
results will be a growing and more bal-         meeting and visiting with all of you in        Employees Association (RBEA) with
anced district. One of the initiatives we       the near future and please remember to         the 2011 CARI Award. Regina is an
have started this year is to try and grow       send me articles about what’s happening        Executive Board member of the
the number of traditional scout units in        in your unit.                                  Genesee Crossroads Christian Youth
the city. We are doing this by actively                                                        Basketball League (CYBL).         The
                                                                                               CYBL is an Alternative Scouting
                                                                                               program run under Genesee Crossroads
                                                                                               and has 875 scouts participating this
                                                                                               year. They play basketball on
                                                                                               Saturday’s at Robert Wesleyan College
                                                                                               in Chili and practice Christian
                                                                                               fellowship and scouting before each

                                                                                               The CARI Award recognizes an
                                                                                               individual who has distinguished
                                                                                               themselves as a strong supporter of
                                                                                               the community. Regina was applauded
                                                                                               for her commitment and dedication as a
                                                                                               board member of the Christian Youth
                                                                                               Basketball League. Her attention to
                                                                                               detail and ensuring all that all necessary
                                                                                               paperwork gets done has been
                                                                                               instrumental in enabling the league to
                                                                                               continue operating since 1991. She
                                                                                               goes the last mile to provide a safe,
                                                                                               nurturing environment for the youth in
                                                                                               the CYBL so that they benefit the most
                                                                                               from playing in a sports league where
                                                                                               the fundamentals of sportsmanship,
                                                                                               ethics, and morality are built into the

                                                                                               The CARI (Concerned Area Residents,
                                                                                               Inc) Award is named after the original
                                                                                               name of the RBEA group which was
                                                                                               founded by black employees of Xerox
                                                                                               founded 40 years ago.

Lighthouse District
   Chair: Don Hensel, 723-1465                   Commissioner: David Azzario, 730-4194,
   Director: Julie Malley, 241-8558,

Take Me Out to the Ballgame!                                                                         November 2011
Cub Scout Packs 86                                                                          2          Roundtable/Commissioners
and      316,     from                                                                                 Meeting (Hilton HS, 7 PM)
Brockport, NY, were                                                                                    Unit Scouting for Food &
the Color Guard for the                                                                                Clothing Coordinator Deadline
Red Wing game on                                                                                       Fall Roster Check Deadline
September 2, 2011.                                                                          4-6        Boy Scout Camporee
                                                                                            16         District Committee Meeting
The Packs’ participation
 in the game was
sponsored     by      the
Rochester Area Ford
Dealers.     The Packs
presented the flags at
the beginning of the
game for the National Anthem. In addition to watching the ball game, the Packs
received a tour of the stadium and learned how the game is relayed and how the game               District Extravaganza
is broadcast. Packs 86 and 316 thank Derek Swanson for guiding us during the tour.                By Julie Malley

                                                                                                  Lighthouse District is holding its
                                                                                                  Extravaganza and Charter turn-in
                                                                                                  on Saturday, December 10th from
Pack 330 and Troop 99 have a High Adventure Weekend!                                              9 am – 12 noon at the Orchard
By Julie Malley                                                                                   Community Church on Latta Road
                                                                                                  in Greece. This is the time to find
On September 16-18, some of the Pack 330 WEBELOS and two leaders from Troop                       out more about camp, OA, district
99 camped at the Adirondack Loj outside of Lake Placid, NY for a High Adventure                   events and programs, training and
weekend. On Saturday, the Scouts climbed two of the 46 High Peaks, completing                     more! Detailed information will
                                                    Cascade (4,098 ft) and Porter                 be sent to the units and be made
                                                    (4,059 ft). This hike covered                 available at Roundtable.
                                                    more than 2,000ft elevation
                                                    gain and a round trip hike of
                                                    5.2 miles. On Sunday, the
                                                    Scouts climbed Mt. Jo (2,876
                                                    ft) for a 710 ft elevation gain,
                                                    which was a 2.6 mile round
                                                    trip.                                   Thank you!
                                                                                            By Julie Malley
                                                             The sights of Heart Lake and
                                                             the mountains surrounding      I want to thank all of you who
                                                             were breath taking. Pictures   congratulated me on my 10 year
                                                             could not do this hike         anniversary with the Council. The
Jim Wyand (T99), Colin & Mark Burns; Adam & Chris Sheelar,
Nathan & Tom Kunish; Matthew & Herb Case; Jacob & Jason      justice. This is something     flowers were beautiful, the chocolate
Christopher; Ryan, Sara & Scott Gerken; Jon Gilman (T99)     everyone should experience     was yummy and the bear is now
                                                             in their lifetime.             hanging out with my other bears at
The WEBELOS earned their Outdoorsman Achievement on this trip. The Scouts also
complete this hike by respecting the land by using Leave No Trace and learned hiking

Mohawk District
   Chair: Hank Roenke, 315-789-1676             Commissioner: Martha Anderson
   Sr. Executive: Frank Capozzi, 315-789-1166,

Diocesan Scout                                                                                    November 2011
Retreat                                                                                    2      Roundtable
                                                                                                  Commissioners Meeting
The Diocesan Catholic                                                                      5      Scouting for Food & Clothing #1
Committee            on                                                                    9      2012 Family FOS Campaign
Scouting held its 58th                                                                            Kick-off
annual Diocesan Scout                                                                      12     Scouting for Food & Clothing #2
Retreat      September                                                                     16     Chartered Organization Reception
24th, 2011 at St.                                                                          30     District Committee Meeting
Lawrence Parish in                                                                                (pie night)
Greece New York.
The Retreat Theme for
2011 was ‘Saints and
Heroes’. Scouts representing Horseheads,     Officer Kowalski with a talk about            puzzle with new text of the Mass,
Shortsville, Henrietta and Webster were      Saints & Heroes. He provided several          several other discussions and doing
in attendance.                               examples to the Scouts of how they can        partial requirements for the 100th year
                                             be heroes themselves through the              Scout Law Badge program, playing
Officer MaryBeth Kowalski from the           everyday activities they do in Scouting       kickball in the morning and afternoon,
Greece Police department talked to the       and in their daily lives.                     and enjoying a Ziti dinner in the
scouts about internet and cell phone                                                       afternoon before finishing the day with
safety. Rev. Peter Enyan-Boadu followed      Retreat activities included creating their    Mass at St. Lawrence.
                                             own family shields, doing a Creed

Seneca District
   Chair: Frank Halstead                       Commissioner: Kim Stanton
   Executive: Ed Theetge, 315-789-1166,

Cub Scout Recruitment                        Webelos-ree at Camp Babcock-Hovey.                   November 2011
                                             Over 100 Webelos and their adult
                                                                                           2        Roundtable
Our District recruited more Cub Scouts in    partners spent the night at camp. It was a
                                                                                           12       Merit Badge Academy
September then we did this same time         wet and cold one but everyone said they
                                                                                           30       District Committee/
last year. So, congratulation to everyone.   had fun. Activities included archery, sling
                                                                                                    Commissioners Meeting
We still have more boys out there to         shots, Indian games, craft projects, and
recruit so that they can enjoy scouting      much more. Thanks to Val VonDongen
with their friends. This month we are        and her team for all of their hard work to
sending out invite a friend cards, so that   put on this great event.
current members can invite a friend to                                                     events like sling shots, Rifle Shooting,
join in on the fun. So don’t stop                                                          Shotgun Shooting, and much more. The
recruiting yet contact Ed or Bob Eddinger    Fall Camporee                                 weekend ended with a large campfire
at for more info.                                                 and exploding pumpkins. Special thanks
                                             On September 23rd – 25th Seneca District      go out to Troop 39 and Jamboree Troop
Camp Babcock Hovey                           held our annual Fall Camporee. About          314 for their extra work before hand to
                                             100 Scouts attended the event and             get the area ready for the Camporee.
On October 1st – 2nd Seneca and Mohawk       enjoyed the Shooting Sports theme. The
District hosted their annual joint           weekend kicked off with challenging

Towpath District
   Chair: Paul LaChapelle                     Commissioner: Jim Griffen, 775-7098
   Executive: David Cheney, 241-8531,

Challenge Trophy Camporee                                                                               November 2011
The 13th Annual Challenge Trophy                                                                 3     Roundtable
Camporee was fun-filled weekend,                                                                       Charter Distribution
despite the rain, with 1,368 people in                                                           5     Webelos Scout Pin University
attendance. The Camporee was held the                                                            16    District Commissioners Meeting
weekend of October 14th.       Due to
Friday’s rain, numbers were reduced,
but the showers let up for most of
Saturday during the events. We also                                                            Save the Date for the NEXT CTC:
had a few troops that couldn't make it                                                         The 14th Challenge Trophy Camporee
                                            Let us know what you thought of the
because they did not have enough adult                                                         will be held at Camp
                                            experience! If you were able to make it
leaders to attend.                                                                             Babcock-Hovey on
                                            to the Camporee, please provide
The new Staff Program for Crews was         feedback from your unit. This was our              October 19-21, 2012.
successful as many Venturers attended,      1st year at Camp Babcock-Hovey and                 It will be two weeks
and feedback at Saturday night's            we'd like to know what you thought of              after Columbus Day
meeting in the Dining Hall was very         the facilities and how we organized the            and one week after
positive with many suggestions offered      Camporee at this location.                         the PSATs.
to improve the program.

Venturing Program
   Contact: Dave Cheney, 585-241-8531,

Recharter Extravaganza!                                                                                 November 2011
Our Recharter Extravaganza will take place over two days: on December 10 from                   4             Cosmic Bowling
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and on December 15th from 7:00pm to 9:00 pm at the                     17            Roundtable
LDS Church at 460 Kreag Road in Pittsford. Mark your calendars and join us for                  Meetings are held at the LDS church on
another adventurous year!                                                                       460 Kreag Rd. in Pittsford at 7pm.

                                                                                  Give the Gift of Scouting
                                                                                              Need a gift idea?
                                                                     Is your Scout celebrating a birthday or another special celebration?
                                                                                       And what about the holidays...
                                                                                     planning your gift list or wish list?

                                                                                 Well, why not give the Gift of Scouting?
                                                                             A Gift Card makes a great gift for any celebration.
                                                                                          (Stocking stuffer too!)

                                                                             It’s sure to put a smile on any young Scout’s face
                                                                              when they can shop for all the things that make
                                                                                           their Scouting experience fun…
  Strong Scout Shop             Geneva Scout Shop                                   whether it’s their uniform, manuals, patches,
  Todd-Hale Servicenter         Howard L. Sprague Servicenter                                    or other cool things.
  474 East Avenue               3685 Pre-Emption Road
  Rochester, NY 14606           Geneva, NY 14456                           Gift cards are available in both of the Council’s Scout Shops.
  585-241-8551                  315-789-1166                                          They make a great gift for any occasion.
  M-F 9:30a.m.-6:00p.m.         W-Th 8:30a.m.-6:00p.m.                                    Give a Gift that says Scouting!
  Sat 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m.        Fri   8:30a.m.-5:00p.m.
                                Sat  10:00a.m.-2:00p.m.

                         Month @ A Glance
For additional information please call Scout Servicenter at 585-244-4210 or 315-789-1166


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