Seneca Waterways Currents
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 www.senecawaterways.org Geneva: (315) 789-1166
Volume 3, Number 3, November 2011
Council President: Ron Knight Council Commissioner: David Lippitt Scout Executive: Stephen T. Hoitt
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
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.
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 email@example.com or 585 342-3924.
Director of Finance: Steven McEwan, 241-8556, firstname.lastname@example.org
Finance Secretary: Debra Staples, 241-8555, email@example.com
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 www.ROCtheDay.org 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
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
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
www.senecawatrerways.org. 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 email@example.com or Tim
camping can provide? Things like no Schiefen at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 https://summit.scouting.org.
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, email@example.com or Tim Schiefen
physiological and psychological aspects firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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 Crew277@aol.com, (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 http://www.rmsc.org/Experiences/
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- email@example.com. volunteers. Visit www.myscouting.org
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Administrative Assistant to Camping Department: Joyce Perkins, 241-8545, email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Black Creek Mike Knittel 585.889.4484 email@example.com
Genesee Rev. Weldon Thomas
Crossroads Marilyn Thomas 585.359.9616 Marilynthomas30@gmail.com
Lighthouse Curt Hamlin 585.738.0089 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mohawk Don Tennies 315.789.1851 email@example.com
Seneca George Stanton 585.394.4406 firstname.lastname@example.org
Seneca Kim Stanton 585.733.9097 email@example.com
Seneca Debra DeRue 315.589.4097 firstname.lastname@example.org
Towpath Robert Bower 585.301.6262 email@example.com
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, email@example.com
District Commissioner Meeting
Black Creek District
Chair: Marc Duclos Commissioner: David Levesque
Executive: Adam Cregg, 241-8534, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 “HonorFlightRochester.org.” 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, email@example.com
Exploring Executive-East: Matthew Graney, 241-8542, firstname.lastname@example.org
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14 District Committee Meeting
Genesee Crossroads District
Chair: Clinton Strickland, Jr. , 328-8228 Commissioner: Dick Rasmussen, 624-7371
Executive: Robert Mallory, 241-8568, Robert.email@example.com
“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.
Chair: Don Hensel, 723-1465 Commissioner: David Azzario, 730-4194, firstname.lastname@example.org
Director: Julie Malley, 241-8558, Julie.email@example.com
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
Chair: Hank Roenke, 315-789-1676 Commissioner: Martha Anderson
Sr. Executive: Frank Capozzi, 315-789-1166, firstname.lastname@example.org
Diocesan Scout November 2011
Retreat 2 Roundtable
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
Chair: Frank Halstead Commissioner: Kim Stanton
Executive: Ed Theetge, 315-789-1166, email@example.com
Cub Scout Recruitment Webelos-ree at Camp Babcock-Hovey. November 2011
Over 100 Webelos and their adult
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Chair: Paul LaChapelle Commissioner: Jim Griffen, 775-7098
Executive: David Cheney, 241-8531, email@example.com
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.
Contact: Dave Cheney, 585-241-8531, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Month @ A Glance
For additional information please call Scout Servicenter at 585-244-4210 or 315-789-1166