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Boy Scouts Ring Opening Bell at New York Stock Exchange

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Boy Scouts Ring Opening Bell at New York Stock Exchange

Posted on 05 May 2010 by Dan

Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers from throughout the five New York boroughs visited the New York Stock Exchange on May 5th, 2010.  Eagle Scout Thomas Colasanto rang  The Opening BellSM, he was joined by Tony Fiori, 100th Anniversary Chariman, Greater New York, BSA, and Charlie Rosser, Scout Executive, Greater New York, BSA.

 In addition, Duncan Niederauer, CEO, NYSE Euronext, is being recognized by the Greater New York Councils at the Financial Tribute Reception on Thursday, May 6th. 

Video of the bell ringing can be found on the New York Stock Exchange website here.

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Rally to Save William H. Pouch Scout Camp

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Rally to Save William H. Pouch Scout Camp

Posted on 13 December 2009 by Dan

The Staten Island Advance has an article about a rally to save Camp Pouch Scout Camp.

In an attempt to prevent a beloved piece of Island history from falling into the clutches of private developers, approximately 1,500 Scouts and supporters of William H. Pouch Scout Camp braved the cold yesterday evening to rally against the potential sale of the Sea View site.

Armed with candleholders reading “Scouting without Pouch… Ouch,” the hundreds in attendance filled the lawn in front of Susan Wagner High School prior to the camp’s annual holiday lighting ceremony. They came from all five boroughs, with some even from Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Florida to sign petitions preventing the site from being sold.

Read the rest of the article and see pictures at the Staten Island Advance.

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GNYC Pursues Conservation Easement and other Options at Pouch Scout Camp

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GNYC Pursues Conservation Easement and other Options at Pouch Scout Camp

Posted on 24 November 2009 by admin

Citing financial stress, the Greater New York Councils’ Board of Directors has approved the marketing of Camp Pouch for full or partial sale, with ongoing efforts to secure a conservation easement the preferred arrangement for Scouts and the community. The camp is one of only two key assets that can be strategically leveraged to ensure the Council’s financial stability, as necessitated by steep declines in corporate and community funding amid rising operational and outreach costs.

William H. Pouch Scout Camp is wholly owned by the Greater New York Councils, Boy Scouts of America without restrictions. The property encompasses 120.7 acres, including the 20-acre Ohrbach Lake. The entire property is located within the Staten Island Greenbelt and is primarily used by island residents.

Ongoing economic and fundraising conditions have presented the Council with an unprecedented financial challenge. The Board of Directors is exploring all assets to increase liquidity while minimizing disruption to its mission of delivering Scouting to young people. The Council serves a diverse population of children throughout the five boroughs, providing substantial financial assistance to low-income families to ensure that no child is turned away from a quality program and camping opportunities.

In discussions with the Staten Island Greenbelt Conservancy and city, state, and federal elected and appointed officials, the Boy Scouts have sought a conservation easement at Pouch Scout Camp, which would preserve the camp land as green space in perpetuity.

The Scouts seek to relinquish their rights to develop the property through the proposed conservation easement, which would permanently preserve the land as open space and prevent the potential of housing or commercial development. An easement would be a mutually beneficial agreement to ensure that the land remains an outdoor activity/camping area for both Scouts and the community.

The Council has made a series of decisions to ensure its future strength and high quality of service to youth as it celebrates its 100th Anniversary in February 2010. The Council has taken prudent cost-saving steps, including reducing office space by 60%, cutting paid staff by 40% and slashing its overall budget from $15 million to $10 million while maintaining its core programs for children.

The Boy Scouts’ respect for the environment, natural resources and the quality of life in our community are beliefs integrated in Scouting programs. A conservation easement would preserve green space for generations of Scouts and city residents. The Greater New York Councils maintains two additional camps: the widely-used 12,000 acre Ten Mile River Scout Reservation in Narrowsburg, NY, at which other cashproducing options are explored, and Alpine Scout Camp, in Alpine, NJ, which is a deed-restricted asset in that it must be perpetually used as a Scout camp or be returned to the state.

The Greater New York Councils, Boy Scouts of America provides traditional Scouting and unique outreach programs of character education, life skills, citizenship training, and personal fitness available to all New York City youth.

Source: Greater New York Councils Press Release (pdf)

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Greater New York Councils Induct Rex Tillerson, Chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil, Into Eagle Scout Hall of Fame

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Greater New York Councils Induct Rex Tillerson, Chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil, Into Eagle Scout Hall of Fame

Posted on 29 October 2009 by admin

rex_w_tillersonThe Greater New York Councils, Boy Scouts of America will honor Rex W. Tillerson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ExxonMobil Corporation, at its 2009 Eagle Scout Hall of Fame Induction on Monday, November 2nd at the Hilton New York.

This annual event honors Eagle Scouts who have made significant contributions to society, and past Eagle Scouts inducted into the Hall of Fame include New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Chairman and CEO of Marriott International, J.W. Marriott, Jr., and John C. Whitehead, Chairman of the Goldman Sachs Foundation, who will serve as the Honorary Chairman of the Event.

Tillerson is a member of the national executive board of the Boy Scouts of America and is slated to become President of the Boy Scouts of America in 2010. President Barack Obama serves as Honorary President of the Boy Scouts of America. Both the Boy Scouts of America and ExxonMobil are based in Irving, Texas. Tillerson has said, “I think the highlight of my youth and adolescent years were my achievements in Scouting,” and “Scouting has always been a part of my life. I continue to believe that it’s the best thing going for young men today.” Tillerson’s father was an executive of the Boy Scouts of America during his youth.

As an Eagle Scout, Tillerson attained the highest rank in the merit-based Scouting program, a distinction that only about 2% of Scouts can claim. Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges and demonstrating Scout spirit, service and leadership, including an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads and manages. Prominent business and political leaders having earned the Eagle rank include astronaut Neil Armstrong, President Gerald Ford, Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, Academy Award-winner Steven Spielberg, and journalist Walter Cronkite.

Three Eagle Scouts from Staten Island’s Troop 21 will also be recognized at the event for their efforts to rescue a woman from her burning home earlier this year. They employed their Scout training in a lifesaving attempt and they are being presented a heroism award for their selfless actions.

The Greater New York Councils, Boy Scouts of America serves tens of thousands of young people in New York City through a variety of youth development programs that promote character, leadership, and life skills, including substantial outreach to boys and girls in the most disadvantaged communities of the five boroughs. Hundreds of thousands of community service hours are logged annually by Scouts and the almost 6,000 adult volunteers in New York City.

The Boy Scouts of America will celebrate its 100th Anniversary on February 8, 2010, with prominent national and local highlight activities to honor Scouting’s service to our country and more than 100 million youth in the past century. Local highlights include Scouts ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on February 8, 2010, a citywide service day on April 24, 2010, and a New York City Scout weekend from July 30- August 1, 2010 with a Times Square celebration on July 31, 2010. Additional engagement programs are planned, and national highlights include a partnership with Major League Baseball and U.S. Mint production of BSA Centennial Silver Dollar commemorative coins.

ExxonMobil is the world’s largest publicly traded international oil and gas company. Tillerson assumed the top position on January 1, 2006.

For more information on Scouting in New York City and the Eagle Scout Hall of Fame Induction, please visit www.bsa-gnyc.org. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.scouting.org, with 100th Anniversary details at www.scouting.org/100years. More information on Exxon Mobil Corporation is available at www.exxonmobil.com.

Source: Greater New York Councils Press Release

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47 Year-Old Eagle Scout

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47 Year-Old Eagle Scout

Posted on 09 August 2009 by admin

Congratulations to New Eagle Scout Robert Rubano, 47 Years Young

Robert Rubano, Scoutmaster of Troop 24 in New Dorp, Staten Island, finally earned the Eagle Scout rank, almost 30 years past his 18th birthday, the cut-off for such an achievement.

Rubano completed every requirement prior to his 18th birthday, as part of Troop 20 in Brooklyn, but a mix-up precluded him from completing his Board of Review. After presenting his case to the National Boy Scouts of America and the Greater New York Councils, he finally appeared before a GNYC Advancement Committee and was approved both locally and by the National BSA.

His story was featured in this piece from the Staten Island Advance. Rubano says, “I know this pleases my dad, but I’m still not going to medical school.”

News Release from Greater New York Councils – Congratulations to New Eagle Scout Robert Rubano, 47 Years Young

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Law Enforcement Explorers Work the City Beat in “All Day New York”

Posted on 15 July 2009 by admin

More than 300 young men and women in the Greater New York Councils’ Law Enforcement Exploring program spent June 29th touring the city with various law enforcement agency officials, predominately those of the NYPD, in siren-flashing patrol cars to visit locations where young adults in this highly-regarded program will learn about law enforcement careers.

This year’s theme of the annual All Day New York is “Law Enforcement and the Media”, and Explorers are promoted the day’s activities on both the CBS Early Show and ABC’s Good Morning America. Explorers also toured movie studios and engaged in a panel discussion at One Police Plaza with distinguished members of law enforcment and the media, including Domenico Montanaro of NBC News.

angledidcards_thumbExplorers also ran a successful city-wide community service project, Operation Safe Child, in conjunction with the Explorer Officers’ Association. This imporant project resulted in more than 400 of our city’s families being provided a Safe Child Card, with a current photograph, biographical information and fingerprints, so that in the unfortunate case of a child’s disappearance, law enforcement officials have vital information to expedite an investigation and bring the child home safely.

Congratulations to both Explorers and advisors for these accomplishments. More information can be found at www.nyexploring.org.

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Enterprise Rent-A-Car Volunteers Do A Good Turn

Posted on 14 July 2009 by Dan

paintingsmallTwenty Enterprise Rent-A-Car employees turned out for a work day at Alpine Scout Camp on June 19th, where they spent the day painting the interior of the pool shower house, in preparation for hundreds of children this summer.

The Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation funded this and another project to take place with additional Enterprise volunteers on July 11th at William H. Pouch Scout Camp, where the group will install split rail fencing at the Lake Ohrbach waterfront entrance.

Greater New York Council applaud the dedicated efforts of Enterprise Rent-A-Car and its employees to help improve facilities for the youth of our community. Previous generous funding constructed the Enterprise Rent-A-Car COPE and teambuilding courses at Alpine Scout Camp.

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‘AIRCRAFT CARRIER PREMIERE’ of 759 Boy Scouts of Harlem

Posted on 18 February 2009 by admin

In January we introduced readers to a new documentary film that was in production, titled 759: Boy Scouts of Harlem. In a followup interview with the co-directors, Joshua (from BoyandGirlScouts.com) tried to learn more about a possible release date, but it was left at Spring of 2009.

Well, wait no longer! A premiere viewing of the film is coming at the end of march. The Greater New York Council is hosting a premiere of the film on the Intrepid Aircraft Carrier, which is docked on the west side of Manhattan.

‘AIRCRAFT CARRIER PREMIERE’ of the documentary film: 759 Boy Scouts of Harlem
March 28th at 10AM
Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum (http://www.intrepidmuseum.org)
Pier 86, W 46th St and 12th Ave
New York City
Hosted by the Boy Scouts of America Greater New York Councils

To reserve a seat at the free screening: email Julio Garcia at BSA-GNYC at jugarcia@bsamail.org to request your name be added to the list; space is very limited and your name MUST be on the list.

To watch the film’s trailer, learn more about the film, or get updates on its production view the official website at http://www.harlemscouts.com

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John F McGillicuddy

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In Memoriam: John F. McGillicuddy

Posted on 06 January 2009 by Dan

John F McGillicuddyIt is with sadness that I inform you of the passing of Council Co-Chairman of the Board, John F. McGillicuddy, at his home late Sunday evening following a long illness.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at Graham Funeral Home, 1036 Boston Post Road, Rye, New York – 2:00 – 9:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, January 8, 2009 at the Resurrection Church, 910 Boston Post Road, Rye, New York at 10:00 a.m.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts be made to Prostate Cancer Research, New York Presbyterian Hospital, 525 East 68th Street, P.O. Box 123, New York, NY 10065, Office of Development.

John was married to the former Constance Burtis and has five children: Michael Sean, Faith Burtis Benoit, Constance Erin Mills, Brian Munro and John Walsh, in addition to six grandchildren. Condolences may be sent to Mrs. Constance McGillicuddy at 23 Hilltop Place, Rye, New York 10580.

John was a great friend, leader and benefactor to the Greater New York Councils. He joined the Board of Directors as President in October 1993, a role that he fulfilled with dignity and success. In February 2008, he joined John C. Whitehead as Co-Chairman as Gary E. Wendlandt assumed the role of President.

During his tenure as President, membership grew dramatically, as did the Endowment Fund, Camping revenue and the operating budget. He gave leadership to a number of monumental accomplishments, including the completion of John E. Reeves Cub World at Alpine, New Jersey, significant facility expansions at Ten Mile River Scout Reservation and Camp Pouch, in addition to the formation of the Scoutreach division and our Cub Scout Day Camping program.

John was very involved in the recruitment of Board of Director members, special event honorees and chairmen. He also chaired the committee that selected the last two Scout Executives. John gave oversight to the more than $168 million raised in operating funds during his tenure as President, and his personal gifts place him among our most generous benefactors.

Professionally, he retired at the end of 1993 as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Chemical Banking Corporation and its flagship subsidiary, Chemical Bank. He had served 23 years as either president or chairman of a major money center banking institution, 15 of those years as chief executive officer.

All of us at the Greater New York Councils, Boy Scouts of America are saddened to learn of his passing, but are comforted to know that his presence will always be felt in the lives of those he touched as a leader of Scouting in New York City and in countless other organizations.

The following was a memorandum issued by the Scout Executive of Greater New York Councils. You can view the original memorandum in Word Document form.

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Troop 759: Boy Scouts of Harlem

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Troop 759: Boy Scouts of Harlem

Posted on 06 January 2009 by Dan

I was recently made aware of a new documentary film in production, titled 759: Boy Scouts of Harlem. The film is a 72 minute documentary coming in the Spring of 2009.

Film Synopsis
Keith Dozier - Troop 759\'s Newest Scout759: Boy Scouts of Harlem is an upbeat, family friendly verite-style documentary about the unexpected power of Scouting. Eleven year old Keith Dozier, Troop 759’s newest Scout, is the film’s star and we follow him from the streets of Harlem to Camp Keowa in upstate New York. We see how Scouting transcends race, geography and national origin to teach life skills and build character.

759: Boy Scouts of Harlem Trailer

759: Boy Scotus of Harlem follows Keith Dozier, Troop 759’s newest Scout, from his home in Harlem to Camp Keowa in upstate New York. The film is structured around a week at camp where Keith and his fellow Scouts confront the kinds of challenges they don’t find in Harlem.

The film opens with Keith sitting in a church basement—the kind of place where most Scout Troops in America meet—he wears a brand-new uniform with no badges or awards, just a Troop 759 patch. Keith explains he joined Scouts because he is following in his father’s and his uncle’s footsteps. He says he wants to earn Eagle Scout before he gets to college—he’s not sure if he can do it, but he thinks he can do it. We cut to the interior of his grandmother’s Harlem brownstone. It is early morning just before Keith leaves for camp. Keith shows us a photo of his father when he was in Boy Scouts.

We see Keith and his fellow Scouts–Mani, KC, Devon assemble at Scoutmaster Okpoti Sowah’s apartment tower and pack up for camp. Ms. Ann, Keith’s grandmother and 759’s assistant scoutmaster drives the group to Camp Keowa—with stops along the way at McDonald’s and Wal-Mart.

Troop 759 packs into their green platform-tents at campsite 5 as John Restrepo and Andy Cabrera, senior camp counselors, explains that Camp Keowa is a place where kids from the city can come to experience a completely different way of life—and ultimately help them become better people.

759: Boy Scouts of Harlem Production Notes
Jake Boritt & Justin SzlasaTroop 759: Boy Scouts of Harlem was shot over the course of 2007 and 2008 in New York City and at Camp Keowa, part of Ten Mile River Scout Camp in Narrowsburg, New York. Directors Jake Boritt and Justin Szlasa effectively became part of the Troop 759 family to earn the trust of their subjects. Troop 759 was shot on the Sony Z1U in HDV and edited on FinalCut Pro in New York City. Additional footage was provided by the TMR Scout Museum.

759: Boy Scouts of Harlem was independently financed on a micro-budget by Justin Szlasa. The film received cooperation and enthusiastic approval from the Boy Scouts of America Greater New York Councils, and the Boy Scouts of America, but the project received no material support from the Scouts.

To learn more about 759: Boy Scouts of Harlem visit the film’s website, http://www.harlemscouts.com.

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