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BSA Honors Anniversary of 9/11 Through Service and Remembrance

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BSA Honors Anniversary of 9/11 Through Service and Remembrance

Posted on 01 September 2011 by Press Release

For more than a century, the Boy Scouts of America has honored the United States during times of remembrance—encouraging all members to serve and contribute to the common good. Leading up to Sept. 11, when the United States of America marks the 10-year anniversary of one of the darkest days in the nation’s history, the Boy Scouts of America will once again honor the country through focused acts of service as part of Scout Surge 9/11.

Between Sept. 1 and Sept. 10, in communities throughout the nation, Scouts are encouraged to “surge” by undertaking service projects to honor those affected by the events of Sept. 11, 2001. Scout units will participate in a variety of activities ranging from American flag retirement ceremonies to projects that recognize and assist local first responders in honoring the memory of the first responders and others who sacrificed so much on 9/11.

“For the past 100 years, in times of trial, triumph, and remembrance, millions of Scouts have honored our nation through service,” Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca said. “Just as they did 10 years ago, when Scouts mobilized and collected more than 150,000 bottles of water for ground zero rescue workers, our Scouts are encouraged to surge into action and complete focused service projects in remembrance of Sept. 11, 2001.”

On Sept. 11, Scout units will invite their local communities to remember the 10th anniversary of the events by gathering to watch the movie New York Says Thank You. Started in 2003 at the suggestion of a 5-year-old boy, each year around the 9/11 anniversary, the New York Says Thank You Foundation sends hundreds of volunteers from New York City along with disaster survivors from across the country to help rebuild communities recovering from disaster. The movie chronicles the group’s efforts and features the group helping rebuild the Little Sioux Scout Ranch in Iowa, which was devastated by a 2008 tornado.

“The BSA is committed to improving the lives of young people, families, communities, and the nation—with an emphasis on service,” said Jeff Parness, founder of the New York Says Thank You Foundation. “New Yorkers will never forget what people all across the United States did for us in the days, weeks, and months following 9/11. We are proud to work with the Scouts with the shared goal of honoring and remembering the events of Sept. 11, 2001.”

Scouts are encouraged to use social media to spread the word of their projects in their local communities and beyond. They also can post service project ideas and event pictures on http://www.scoutsurge911.org/ or their council’s Facebook page. Scouts looking for additional ideas and ways to make an impact can find more information on http://www.actionamerica.com/. More information concerning New York Says Thank You is available at http://www.newyorksaysthankyoumovie.com/.

 

About the New York Says Thank You Foundation
Started in 2003 at the suggestion of a 5-year-old boy, the New York Says Thank You Foundation has grown into the nation’s largest direct-service volunteer organization focused on the 9/11 anniversary. Each year around the 9/11 anniversary, the New York Says Thank You Foundation sends hundreds of volunteers from New York City along with disaster survivors from across the country to help rebuild communities around the United States recovering from disaster. For more information, please visit http://www.newyorksaysthankyou.org/.

About the Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America prepares young people for life by providing the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. The Scouting organization is composed of 2.7 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 21, and more than a million volunteers, in nearly 300 local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit http://www.scouting.org/.

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Scouts Show Their Pride in NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade!

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Scouts Show Their Pride in NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade!

Posted on 21 March 2010 by Dan

Scouts, Explorers, and leaders were out in full force representing the Boy Scouts at the 2010 New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade! This year’s parade Grand Marshal, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, dedicated the 249th NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade to the Boy Scouts of America in honor of our 100th Anniversary. About a thousand Scouts and leaders came out to march, play in the Scout band, and show their Scouting pride.

Greater New York Councils has a photo album of the day’s festivities on the GNC Website.

Televised video of Scouts in the parade:

Hat Tip: Greater New York Councils

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Record Number of Eagle Scouts Lead the Way to the Next Century of Scouting in Hudson Valley

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Record Number of Eagle Scouts Lead the Way to the Next Century of Scouting in Hudson Valley

Posted on 03 February 2010 by admin

As the Boy Scouts of America prepares to kick off its 100th anniversary, the Hudson Valley Council reports that a record number of Boy Scouts earned the Eagle award last year.

The final number of Eagles for 2009 came in at 162, said Scout Executive Stephen J. Gray, CEO at the Newburgh-based council. That is more Eagle Scouts than the Council has ever seen and above the 140 to 150 Eagle Scouts in a typical year.

The council covers all or parts of Dutchess, Orange, Rockland and Sullivan counties in New York, and Pike County in Pennsylvania.

“The number is testament to the drive of Boy Scouts in the program today, as well as the work of volunteer leaders in 121 Scout troops across the region,” Gray said. At the end of 2009, the Hudson Valley Council had 2,963 Boy Scouts, the program for boys 11 through 17.

“Our Boy Scout troops are turning out young men who are ready to be the leaders of tomorrow,” Gray said. “They have demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities. They have high moral character. I’m thrilled and encouraged that so many of our Scouts earned the award last year.”

Earning the Eagle award involves substantial demonstrations of leadership ability through a service project to benefit the community. To be an Eagle, Scouts must also complete 21 merit badges demonstrating mastery of a range of Scout skills, from camping to physical fitness.

Other required merit badges cover citizenship in the nation, world and community, first aid, communications and environmental science, among other topics. Completion of the award is actually quite rare; in the 100 years of Scouting in the United States, only about 2 percent of all Scouts have earned Eagle.

News of the162 Eagle Scouts comes as Scouting is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The Hudson Valley Council will take part in a slate of local and National events throughout the year, including a council-wide “CamporAll” in mid-May (May 14-16) at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, sending five troops (180 youth and 20 leaders) to the national Jamboree in July, and a 100th Anniversary Event at West Point on 10/10/2010.

Scouts across the council also plan to do 10,000 hours of additional community service during 2010, beyond the 40,000 completed in a typical year. “These actions personify the meaning of character; with an act of service that has defined us for 100 years because of four simple words, “I am a Scout”’, said Michael Caporlingua, Council President.

For 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America has created a strong foundation of leadership, service and community for millions of America’s youth. Scouting is as vital and relevant today as it was when the journey began in 1910.

The Boy Scouts of America, Hudson Valley Council currently serves more than 8,600 young people through Scouting and Learning for Life Programs in the New York Counties of Dutchess, Rockland, Orange, Sullivan and Pike County in Pennsylvania.

More information on Scouting in the Hudson Valley or Scouting’s 100th Anniversary can be found at www.hudsonvalleyscouting.org, or by calling Diego Aviles at the Hudson Valley Council office at 845-566-7300 x318 or via email at Diego.Aviles@Scouting.org.

Source: Hudson Valley Council Press Release.

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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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Austin was Dedicated to Service

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Austin was Dedicated to Service

Posted on 06 November 2009 by admin

Austin Boyd MemorialThe Daily News has a nice feature article on Austin Boyd, the ninteen year-old Scout from New York that was killed in a car accident on Wednesday night. The story shows how the Scouting community is showing their respect, how friends and family remember Austin, and paints a picture of a young man that was dedicated to helping others.

Too often after the top Boy Scouts complete the requirements to become an Eagle Scout, they “vanish” and seldom return to their troops, said Jak Kohmann, a Scoutmaster in Clarendon.

Austin Boyd wasn’t like that. After the Eagle Scout graduated from Holley High School last June and enrolled in Monroe Community College this fall, he made attending weekly Scout meetings for Troop No. 59 a priority. Boyd, 19, was the troop’s assistant Scoutmaster.

“He meshed so well with all the kids in the troop, especially the younger ones,” Kohmann said. “This kid was in college but he still came back to every Scout meeting, religiously.”

Boyd died in a car accident last Wednesday evening, while returning home from a Scouting camp kickoff event in Batavia with his father Ron. Another motorist drove through a stop sign at the intersection of Route 31A and South Holley Road and crashed into the Boyd’s vehicle, killing Austin. Hundreds of Scouts from across the state are expected to attend a memorial service 4 p.m. Saturday at the Disciples United Methodist Church, 4410 Holley Byron Rd.

Read the entire article at The Daily News.

Photo Credit: Tom Rivers/Daily News

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Gone Home: Austin J. Boyd

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Gone Home: Austin J. Boyd

Posted on 05 November 2009 by admin

Gone Home Trail SymbolIroquois Trail Council is mourning the loss of Austin J. Boyd who was killed in a traffic accident while traveling home from a camp kick off on Wednesday. Austin was the current Lodge Chief of Ashokwahta Lodge and had served on both the Camp Dittmer and Camp Sam Wood for the past four summers. An Eagle Scout, Austin was an Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 59 of Clarendon and a member of Venture Crew 42. Austin will be sorely missed.

According to the Iroquois Trail Council Website, Austin’s family asked that the following invitation be extended to all Scouts and Scouters:

A memorial service will be held to celebrate the 19 years we shared with Austin James Boyd on Saturday, November 7. The service will be held at Disciples United Methodist Church, 4410 Holley Byron Rd (Route 237) Holley, NY 14470 beginning at 4:00pm.

All Scouts and Scouters who knew Austin are invited to attend. We ask that Scouts and Scouters attend in their “Class A” uniform. Order of the Arrow members are asked to wear their sash.

According to Austin’s wishes, there will be no public viewing. It was also Austin’s wish to be cremated.

Thank you,
Ronald E. Boyd and Family

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Austin J. Boyd Memorial Fund, Iroquois Trail Council, BSA, 45 Liberty St., Suite 2, Batavia, NY 14020. Arrangements are by the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Home in Holley. Visit www.christophermitchell.com to sign an on-line guest book

Source: Iroquois Trail Council Website

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New York Boy Scout Camp to be Sold Again

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New York Boy Scout Camp to be Sold Again

Posted on 15 October 2009 by Dan

Camp Toad HollowA portion of a Boy Scout Camp in New York is being sold again. The camp known as Camp Toad Hollow was in operation from the 1920s up until the 1980s when it was sold by Greater Niagara Frontier Council to the Linde Division of Union Carbide Corporation, which planned to use it as a retreat. The current owners, a family bought the property in 1987 to raise their family. Now 55 acres of the property will be placed on the auction block on Saturday, October 24th by Cash Realty & Auctions. You can see the complete auction house listing here.

According to the auction description:

This one of a kind 57.7 acre property features ravines, gorges, rolling hills, and creeks! It looks like Letchworth State Park in your own backyard! Toad Hollow, a former Boyscout camp from the 1920’s – the 1980, features picturesque land that is PERFECT for recreational use! Hunting, camping, fishing, or hiking, you can do it all here! This heavily wooded paradise is located just four miles South of Hamburg but still has access to public water!

The property will initially be offered in two parcels, the first is approximatly 5.5 acres with a cabin, creeks, ravines, and woods. The second is the main parcel, with approximately 52 acres of land, a 3 bedroom house, two cabins, swimming pool, and a gas well. The parcels will be auctioned seperate, and then there will be an auction for all 57 acres. If the price on the complete lot auction is higher than the two previous auctions combined, the winner will take it all.

Michael Hulsizer has a short history of Camp Toad Hollow online at _blank">http://www.webster.edu/~hulsizer/oa/camp/Toadhollow/history.html

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Hudson Valley Council Latest to Join the American Veterans Aid Fund Drive

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Hudson Valley Council Latest to Join the American Veterans Aid Fund Drive

Posted on 04 October 2009 by admin

10363410-bsahvc-coo-diego-aviles-greg-kelly-avaf-directorBoy Scouts of America, Hudson Valley Council joined the American Veterans Aid Fund Great Cell Phone Drive today in support of housing for our veterans and their families in the Hudson Valley.

“Having been a scout growing up in the Town of Woodbury was one of the greatest experiences in my lifetime in addition to working as a staff member of scout supporter Congressman Benjamin A. Gilman (Ret.),” said Greg Kelly, Director, American Veterans Aid Fund http://americanveteransaidfund.com/index.shtml. “Our veterans’ cell phone drive with The Boy Scouts of America, Hudson Valley Council ends on Thanksgiving 2009, however, we encourage people to support scouting all year round.”

“As Scouting prepares to celebrate its 100th Anniversary in 2010, we will seek many more opportunities to continue Scouting’s long time stewardship of the environment. We
have been Green since 1910.” Diego Aviles, Chief Operating Officer, Boy Scouts of America, Hudson Valley Council.

Boy Scouts of America, Hudson Valley Council (http://bsahvc.org/) Great Cell Phone Drive for Veterans drop box is located in the foyer of the Hudson Valley Scout Shop, 6 Jeanne Drive, Newburgh, NY.

The American Veterans Aid Fund launched its Great Cell Phone Drive for Veterans in the Hudson Valley on August 28, 2009 with initial cell phone drop boxes placed at the following businesses:
1. Irelands 32, Suffern, NY on Orange Avenue
2. Frans Hallmark, Monroe, NY on Route 17M
3. The Bright Star Diner, Central Valley, NY on Route 32
4. Dragon’s Den Deli, Cornwall, NY on Main Street
5. Olde Erie Pub & Grille, Middletown, NY 7 West Main St.

Boy Scouts of America, Hudson Valley Council currently serves more than 9,500 young people through Scouting and Learning for Life Programs in the New York Counties of Dutchess, Rockland, Orange, Sullivan and Pike County in Pennsylvania.

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America, Hudson Valley Council is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

To participate contact us at info@americanveteransaidfund.com or by telephone at 917-843-9311. Donated Cell Phones may also be mailed to: American Veterans Aid Fund
P.O. Box 418, Central Valley, NY 10917.

American Veterans Aid Fund & VETUNES ® (http://americanveteransaidfund.com) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization to assist veterans and their families in obtaining and maintaining the respect, dignity, and honor earned through their service and sacrifice. AVAF has a relationship with veterans, their families, and veteran organizations based upon mutual regard and shared visions for a better tomorrow as well as common interests and values.

Photo ID L-R: Boy Scouts of America, Hudson Valley Council COO Diego Aviles, American Veterans Aid Fund Director Greg Kelly

Source: Press Release

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Two Thousands Scouts and Scouters Gather in Albany

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Two Thousands Scouts and Scouters Gather in Albany

Posted on 25 September 2009 by admin

twin rivers councilOver 2,000 Boy Scouts and their adult leaders from Twin Rivers Council, BSA will spend this weekend camping at the Corning Preserve to celebrate the 400th Anniversary of Henry Hudson’s trip up the river that carries his name.

The weekend Fall Camporee, which kicks off Friday afternoon, will also initiate Twin Rivers Council’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of Scouting in the United States in 2010.

On Saturday September 26th, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Venture Scouts will participate in a myriad of activities ranging from scouting skills, competitions, climbing wall, team building, survival training, camp fires and a Saturday night fire works display.

The Camporee will coincide with the City of Albany’s Hudson River Fair Saturday September 26at the Albany Riverfront Park. There Scouts will see how Dutch Settlers and Native Americans lived and built one of America’s first port cities. City sponsored activities will include: Tours of the Hudson’s historic Halfmoon, a Dutch encampment featuring blacksmiths and artisans, Direct Mohican Tribe descendants featuring Dancers and singers with Regalia, and Stage Entertainment at the Riverfront Amphitheatre.

The Scouts will camp for two nights in a field located on the banks of the Hudson north of the boat launch area.

“This is an excellent opportunity for our scouts to be a part of local history. Our campsite is just yards away from the historic waterway that opened up our state and nation to the rest of the world,’ said Albert Cahill, Camporee Operations Chairman “This is also an excellent opportunity to showcase our scouting program to the public on our 100th Anniversary.”

Almost 1000 Cub Scouts and their leaders will join the Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts Saturday morning and afternoon in many outdoor related games of skill and fun.

Families and friends are welcome to visit the Camporee during daylight hours.

The Twin Rivers Council BSA serves over 20,000 youth and 5000 adult members in thirteen up-state counties stretching from the Capital Region to the Canadian Border. The Council Headquarters is located in Albany. The Council thanks the City of Albany and the New York National Guard for their help and support in putting on this major encampment.

Source: Twin Rivers Council 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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