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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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Zurich Global Corporate CEO Mario Vitale Honored by Boy Scouts

Posted on 03 July 2009 by admin

vitale_boy_scout_award_imageThe Boy Scouts of America honored Mario Vitale, Zurich Global Corporate CEO with the Insurance Industry “Good Scout” award at their 42nd annual Boy Scouts of America Insurance Industry luncheon held Friday, June 12 in New York.

The luncheon was attended by members of insurance and community service industries and raised more than $350,000 to support scouting for boys in the New York City area. The “Good Scout” award recognizes leadership and community service.

“The Boy Scouts are preparing the next generation of Americans to be not only potential leaders in our companies and governments but also agents of change in our local communities,” said Vitale in accepting the award. “I’m convinced that this is what our society needs: future citizens who in their daily lives are role models of strength, wisdom and integrity.”

About Zurich
Zurich’s North America Commercial and Global Corporate in North America business divisions are part of Zurich Financial Services Group (Zurich), an insurance-based financial services provider with a global network of subsidiaries and offices in North America and Europe as well as in Asia Pacific, Latin America and other markets. Founded in 1872, the Group is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. It employs approximately 60,000 people serving customers in more than 170 countries. In North America, Zurich (www.zurichna.com) is a leading commercial property-casualty insurance provider serving the global corporate, large corporate, middle market, specialties and programs sectors.

This was a press release.

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Merger of Otetiana and Finger Lakes Councils Provides Scouts with Additional Programs

Posted on 16 June 2009 by admin

The Otetiana and Finger Lakes councils of the Boy Scouts of America voted last night to merge, with the new council overseeing the five-county region of Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne, and Yates.
The new council will maintain its current offices in both Rochester and Geneva.

The reasons stated for the merger are enhanced services and smart financial planning. The new council will be led by Larry Pritchard, who will be the Scout Executive and CEO. He has been the Otetiana Council’s Scout Executive for nine years and has more than 35 years experience as a professional Scouter. The Finger Lakes Council’s position of Scout Executive has been vacant for several months.

Peter Pape, co-chair of the merger committee says that “this merger allows us to build on the strengths of each organization. Otetiana has done a lot for children in tough circumstances in the city of Rochester, and Finger Lakes has done very good work for teens with their traditional Venturing programs. Together we can apply those successes across our region. Neither of the past councils had any debt; we did this to ensure financial stability, not to avert crisis.”

There will be no staff cuts due to the merger. The four-county Finger Lakes Council founded in 1924, has employed six full-time staff members and the Otetiana, founded in 1943 and encompassing only Monroe County has employed 35. Together the councils employ over 120 summer staff to provide camping programs. In addition, all programs, camps, and activities will operate as planned in 2009 and there are currently no plans to close any Scout camps. This merger will allow Scouts access to three camps, whereas Otetiana has run two and Finger Lakes oversaw one. The three camps are the 3,600-acre Massawepie Scout Camps in the Adirondacks; the 1,300-acre Cutler Scout Reservation located north of Naples in Ontario County; and the 360- acre Camp Babcock-Hovey located on the east side of Seneca Lake in Seneca County. Each camp offers unique opportunities, including canoe treks from Massawepie; the Babcock-Hovey science and technology camp and the fort, castle, long house, and ships of the Cub Scout Adventure Camp at Cutler.

Each council’s voting members will decide a slate of officers to run the merged council. The merger study was overseen by a steering committee, created in January from representatives of both boards. The committee formed study groups and held town meetings in Rochester and Geneva. In addition to the individual boards, the United Way of Greater Rochester has pledged its support for the merger, as have representatives from the Northeast Region of the Boy Scouts of America.

“This merged council enables us to serve the Scouts and community more efficiently, as it allows the Finger Lakes executives to focus energies on their primary role as district managers,” said Robert Oaks, Finger Lakes Council president ”The overwhelming vote in support of the merger demonstrates commitment to the future of Scouting in our region. People understand we will now have a stronger combined council with more support staff and access to the Otetiana camps. This is a win for both councils, our Scouts and their families, and the entire region.”

The programs of the Boy Scouts of America include the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts and the co-ed Exploring and Venturing programs. In 2008, Otetiana supported programs for 13,063 Scouts and their supporting adult volunteers, which represents 22 percent of the total youth available in Monroe County. The Finger Lakes Council in 2008 supported programs for 2,800 Scouts and adult volunteers, epresenting 13 percent of the youth population.

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

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FDNY To Say “Thank You” By Rebuilding Scout Camp

Posted on 27 May 2009 by admin

On June 11, 2008 an F3 tornado tore through the Little Sioux Scout Camp northeast of Omaha killing four young boys participating in an Eagle Scout leadership training weekend and injuring dozens. In the devastating aftermath, stories of incredible heroism arose from the destruction as children rescued children, pulling one another from the rubble while performing life-saving first aid.

Little Sioux Scout Ranch Chapel DesignOn the 9/11 Anniversary 2009, FDNY firefighters including survivors of the World Trade Center attacks, will raise the spirits of the survivors of the Little Sioux tornado as they work shoulder-to-shoulder with the young Scouts and their families to help rebuild the camp and erect a Chapel on the foundation of the structure where the four boys were lost. This very special Chapel will be built with timbers salvaged from the tornado, literally transforming the devastation into something full of Hope.

The 9/11 Anniversary rebuilding project is being sponsored by The New York Says Thank You Foundation whose mission is to help rebuild communities affected by disaster as a way of saying “Thank You” for all the love and support Americans from across the country extended to New Yorkers in the days, weeks, and months
following September 11.

To support this “Pay It Forward” effort to help rebuild the Little Sioux Scout Camp on the 9/11 Anniversary 2009, please visit www.NewYorkSaysThankYou.org and click on the DONATE NOW button. Your donation is 100% tax-deductible and any amount you contribute is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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BSA Licensing Presents 2008 Quality Licensee Awards

Posted on 10 May 2009 by admin

bsa-quality-licensee-2008The Boy Scouts of America recently awarded its 2008 Quality Licensee Awards. There were three award recipients: A-B Emblem of Asheville, North Carolina; Classb.com of Zephyrhills, Florida;
DK Publishing of New York, New York

A-B Emblem
Internationally recognized designer and manufacturer of embroidered emblems and patches. Look anywhere and you’re bound to see their products. Thousands of organizations around the world, from Fortune 500 companies and NASA to Boy Scout troops and bowling clubs, wear AB emblems. Whether you need fifty pieces or a million, your order will see a level of service and craftsmanship unmatched in their industry.

ClassB.com brags about their 90 years of combined scouting experience amongst their company’s leadership. Their knowledgeable staff and award winning art department can perfectly meet your vision. They’ve been screen printing custom t-shirts since 1982 and their 27 years of business is a testament to their quality of work and excellent customer service.

DK Publishing
DK Publishing is world renowned for its distinctive, highly visual books that inform, inspire, and entertain readers of all ages. Publisher of the recent New York Times bestsellers Do Not Open, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Visual Guide among others, DK also publishes the award-winning Eyewitness series for children and Eyewitness Travel Guides. BradyGames and Rough Guides are also available from DK, a division of Penguin Group (USA).

Both DK Publishing and Classb.com recieved the award for the second year in a row.

The Boy Scouts of America Quality Licensee program is designed to recognize licensees that achieve excellence through their commitment to ongoing product development, their steadfast adherence to the licensing program requirements, and their active support and promotion of the Boy Scouts of America and its programs.

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World Premiere of 759: Boy Scouts of Harlem

Posted on 03 March 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.

In February we thought we were announcing the first premiere of 759: Boy Scouts of Harlem, however we were mistaken, that was just the ‘Aircraft Premiere’ on March 28th. Now that it has been cleared up we received word from Justin Szlasa, one of the film’s co-directors, that the World Premiere will be held on March 14th.

Hello fans of 759!

We are very happy to announce the World Premiere of the 759: Boy Scouts of Harlem on March 14th at 10AM at the state-of-the-art 340 seat theater at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at 135th and Malcolm X Blvd. (Lenox Ave.) in Harlem, USA. The Schomburg Center is part of the New York Public Library and you can get there with the 2/3 train to 135th.

Thanks to the generous support of the Schomburg Center’s Junior Scholars Program the screening will be free but seating is VERY limited and each attendee MUST sign up in advance. Please do not sign up unless you are absolutely sure you can make it–we don’t want to turn people away and end up with empty seats.

To sign up send an email to march14@harlemscouts.com

If you have questions call Hellura Lyle at 917 497 1212. Hellura is helping us coordinate the screening.

We are thrilled to have this opportunity to premiere the film in the community where it was made–within walking distance of the Church of the Master where Troop 759 meets. It should be a lot of fun.

Learn more about 759: Boy Scouts of Harlem at http://www.harlemscouts.com.

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Interview with the Co-Directors of 759: Boy Scouts of Harlem (Part 2)

Posted on 22 January 2009 by admin

This is the second part (read part one here) of the interview with the Co-Directors of 759: Boy Scouts of Harlem conducted by Joshua R. Godinez. This is Joshua’s first, but hopefully not last, article on Scouting News, his website BoyandGirlScouts.com provides News, Opinion, Advice with the tagline, “Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts under one roof… with proper supervision, of course.”

759: Boy Scouts of Harlem Interview – Part Two (Read Part One Here)
By Joshua R. Godinez
For ScoutingNews.org

Boy Scouts typically joke around a lot with each other and film sets are notorious for having things not turn out they way they were first planned. What were the unexpected and funny moments you can recall while making this film?

JAKE: After the first few weeks of shooting Justin and I realized pretty much nothing was going as we had planned or expected. So we threw out the plan and went along for the ride–which made it very true and very unexpected. But we’re not going to tell you about it–you’ll have to watch the film.

Who are you hoping sees this film?

JUSTIN: I hope a lot of people see the film–active Scouts, alumni, and especially people who don’t have first-hand experience in Scouting and may not understand what it is all about. It is a good chance to get a view into a real live Troop.

Do you hope your film will generate interest and participation in the Boy Scouts of America?

JUSTIN: I hope so. I like what Will Rogers had to say: “There’s only one thing wrong with the Boy Scouts, there aren’t enough of ‘em.”

Documentaries can have different styles of storytelling. What is the style you use and how does that help the way the movie is received?

JAKE: Most of the film is shot using methods of cinema verite (or direct cinema). We hoped to have the camera have as little effect as possible on our subjects. We wanted the boys to come off naturally – not say what they though we wanted to hear or act in a way appropriate for the camera. We did shoot interviews with our subjects – and use clips from these interviews occasionally. But most of the film is made up of scenes capturing the reality of scouting in Harlem and at Camp Keowa. By getting to know our subjects well and spending a lot of time with them they were comfortable when we were shooting. Thus we were able to capture some unexpected, surprising moments on camera.

When will people have an opportunity to see the film?

JUSTIN: Good question! We are trying to work out a way to show the film in New York. It is especially important for us to show the film in Harlem and we expect to have a “community premiere” there in mid-March. We have also been approached by several Councils about setting up community screenings. The concept is that the local Council would be responsible for finding a venue, promoting the event and handling logistics; we’d provide a copy of the film and fly out to do Q&A. Any Council interested in this kind of thing can just give me a ring. We are also in the process of figuring out a way for Troops to get a copy of the film so they can build an event around it (e.g. a recruiting event). Of course we hope to get in to some film festivals and get it on TV. We expect to have DVDs available for order on our website this spring. Anybody interested in what is happening can sign up for our emailing list on our website (http://harlemscouts.com)and we will keep you posted.

How long did it take to make the film?

JAKE: We started planning and doing some initial work on the film in March 2007–so about two years of on-and-off work.

What was the process that made it take that amount of time?

JUSTIN: First, getting our subjects comfortable around two strangers with cameras took awhile. We spent weekend after weekend with Troop 759–at meetings, camping, at their homes around the neighborhood. Sometimes the camera was on; most of the time it was off. Over time we built up a good relationship with the Troop and everyone could just be themselves around us and the camera. But it is a slow process–that trust is something you have to earn.

Next, all that shooting meant there was a lot of footage to edit–over 180 hours. Turning that into a seventy minute film is no small task–and takes a lot of time in the edit room.

Music can strongly impact the way a film is perceived. How did your soundtrack influence your film?

JUSTIN: We lucked out. Ms. Ann Dozier and Joy Willis (Keith’s Mom) sing in a gospel choir in Harlem. We recorded them as part of our soundtrack. Joy also did some solo work for us for the film–including a beautiful version of the Scout Grace that you may remember singing before meals up at summer camp.

Patrick Byers, whose son KC is in Troop 759, is a classical composer and KC’s Mom, Jennifer Byers is a cellist. They put together the film’s theme song based on the tune of the Scout Grace which is an old Protestant hymn. Several other musicians from Harlem are part of the film–including Nik Munson, a gifted guitarist and Master Drummer Charli Persip who played for Dizzy Gillespie and happens to live in Jake’s building in Harlem. So it is a community thing.

Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions!

As a Scouter I’m incredibly excited that Justin and Jake have made this documentary. The opportunity to see a positive film about Boy Scouts, in just about any form, is great. I look forward to having the film shown in my area and I hope Scouters around the country do the same.

Learn more about 759: Boy Scouts of Harlem by visiting http://harlemscouts.com. Be sure to sign up for the email list to receive up to date information about the film.

This was a guest post by Joshua R. Godinez of BoyandGirlScouts.com.

Check out Harlem Interview Deleted Scenes over on Joshua’s website to read his commentary on conducting the interview, some additional questions and answers, and how the film is about a Troop, and not an overarching social cause.

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Interview with the Co-Directors of 759: Boy Scouts of Harlem (Part 1)

Posted on 21 January 2009 by admin

This is part one of a two-part interview with the Co-Directors of 759: Boy Scouts of Harlem conducted by Joshua R. Godinez. This is Joshua’s first, but hopefully not last, article on Scouting News, his website BoyandGirlScouts.com provides News, Opinion, Advice with the tagline, “Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts under one roof… with proper supervision, of course.”

759: Boy Scouts of Harlem Interview – Part One
By Joshua R. Godinez
For ScoutingNews.org

This interview is being conducted with Justin Szlasa who directed, produced, and edited 759: Boy Scouts of Harlem, and with Jake Boritt who also directed and was the cinematographer for the film.

Justin Szlasa, what is your background with the Boy Scouts of America and how did that influence your decision to make 759: Boy Scouts of Harlem?

JUSTIN: I grew up with Scouting–first as a Cub Scout then as a Boy Scout with Troop 42 in upstate New York. I earned Eagle like my father and brother–so it is a family thing. Scouting taught me a lot–how to lead, how to follow, the value of service to my community and country, an appreciation for the outdoors and a whole range of practical skills–from personal finance to first aid to how to cook–that I put to use every day. With this film I wanted to put the spotlight on Scouting. I don’t think it gets enough attention.

Does making this movie have anything to do with the Eagle Scout oath to make your influence count strongly for better Scouting?

JUSTIN: I can’t say I was conscious of the oath when I set out to make this film. Until one of the guys in Troop 759 made Eagle I hadn’t actually recited it in over a decade. I was motivated by a very basic idea: to try to give back to an organization that gave something to you.

Troop 42 in Big Flats, New York is a pretty far distance from Harlem both literally and figuratively. Why did you choose to do an inner city Boy Scout movie rather than one that probably matches the suburban, white Boy Scout image that most people have?

JUSTIN: My hometown was small and rural. My Troop matched the stereotype–white, from families with two parents around with plenty of Dads ready to volunteer their time. I wanted to see how Scouting operated in a big city, how it could deal with urban challenges and work in a place that was more diverse. What I didn’t realize until I started this project is that Baden-Powell created Scouting as a program for city kids, not country kids. Originally Scouting was a way for kids to escape the city–to go hiking, to build fires, to learn how to swim, to appreciate and understand the environment. It makes sense that Ten Mile River, the Scout camp that serves New York City is the largest Council-owned property in the country. FDR, who secured the land for TMR, was a huge booster for urban Scouting. Scouting may be more common in our suburbs but I’d argue it has always been more relevant in our cities.

Jake Boritt, I was very impressed by your previous work and your ability to engagingly tell your father’s story with your movie “Budapest to Gettysburg”. Your father was honored by President Bush with a National Humanities Medal and your work has received praise from world-renowned documentarian Ken Burns. You’re also taking on the story of Barack Obama’s election as the first African-American President. In light of those accomplishments and goals, a story about a kid going to summer camp seems like a strange departure from a very weighty series of films. Why did you decide to do this movie?

JAKE: Several years ago I moved to Harlem and fell in love the neighborhood. Living in the Village of Harlem – as locals call it – is a very rich experience. As a filmmaker I began contemplating possible angles to explore in a documentary.

Justin Szlasa and I had met a couple years earlier via a mutual friend of ours from John Hopkins. Justin was transitioning from the business world and was interested in getting into documentaries. While I made the Budapest to Gettysburg film (www.boritt.com) Justin backpacked around the world with his wife. When he returned I was finishing my film and Justin was looking to start a new film. We discussed several possibilities. Justin wanted to do a film about Scouts in New York City. I wanted to do a film about Harlem. On a Saturday morning in the spring of 2007 we walked into the basement of the Church of the Master in Harlem and we found our subject: Okpoti Sowah’s Troop 759.

What association or background have you had with the Boy Scouts of America?

JAKE: I knew very little about Scouts before beginning work on “759.” We spent so much time with the troop it was almost like we were part of the troop. We played football, went camping, hiking and it was almost like I was a teenage boy running around. Especially for kids living in the city it is a truly amazing experience.

How did you become associated with Troop 759?

JUSTIN: We knew we wanted to follow a Troop in New York City and we had some very practical considerations. First, it was easiest for us to travel in Manhattan so we ruled out the outer boroughs. Next, a smaller unit would be easier for us to film and get to know than a large one–so we ruled out the big Troops like 150 in Chinatown, STN and 718 in Washington Heights, and Troop 1 in midtown. But at the end of the day it was the warm welcome we received from Troop 759 when we dropped in at one of their meetings to pitch them on the project. It also helped that 759 met at a church around the corner from Jake’s apartment–which made it easy for us to lug our gear to Saturday meetings.

Who is the primary character in your film and how are you hoping the audience engages with his story?

JUSTIN: In some ways the primary character is Troop 759 itself–which is an entity made up of six different personalities–four Scouts and two leaders. But we do spend the most time with the Troop’s newest Scout–Keith Dozier–who is taking his first trip to summer camp. I think a lot of people will relate to his experience at camp.

Do you continue to have a relationship with the troop or leaders or individuals from Troop 759?

JUSTIN: You bet. Mr. Sowah, the Scoutmaster, and Ms. Ann, the Assistant Scoutmaster, have become kind of personal heroes to both me and Jake. They are tremendous people and a lot of fun. We keep in touch with them and the rest of the Scouts in the Troop.

Justin noted that he and Keith share swimming history in how their first ability tests came out. What others ways were you able to relate to the boys of Troop 759?

JUSTIN: Like Keith, the first time I took a dock test I failed. Jumping into a lake when you are eleven is not always easy man! But Keith is a tough kid. He practiced hard and passed his test by the end of the week–which was better than me. I was too chicken to get back in the water my first week at camp.

Read part two of this interview with the Co-Directors of 759: Boy Scouts of Harlem.

Learn more about 759: Boy Scouts of Harlem by visiting http://harlemscouts.com. Be sure to sign up for the email list to receive up to date information about the film.

This was a guest post by Joshua R. Godinez of BoyandGirlScouts.com.

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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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NY State Senator Secures $200,000 For New Scout Cabin

Posted on 31 August 2008 by Dan

Staten Island – State Senator Andrew J. Lanza (R-I, Staten Island) announced earlier this month that he has secured $200,000 in capital funding for a new state of the art cabin facility to be built at William H. Pouch Scout Camp in Staten Island.

The new cabin will be the first new addition to the Boy Scouts of America’s beautiful camp system in the heart of the Greenbelt, since 1966. In 1966, the Boy Scouts of America built “Four Pines” – a set of four cabins. Today, after numerous fires, only two remain.

“Scouting remains one of those activities in life that is enriching to the mind, body and soul. Here on Staten Island, in Pouch Camp, we are blessed to have perhaps one of the most beautiful scout facilities in the country.”, Senator Lanza said. “Just minutes from the Manhattan skyline, young people can escape to a pristine, country setting. It has been more than 40 years since cabins have been built at Pouch Camp and I am happy to work with the Boy Scouts of America and to have been able to secure this funding to bring brand new cabins to Staten Island.”, Lanza continued.

“The addition of this cabin will enhance the opportunities for youth attending our day camp programs in the summer. Additionally it will expand the ability to serve Scout units with additional year-round camping facilities and outdoor educational day trip programs for the young people of New York City.”, Bob Madsen, Director of Camping, Boy Scouts of America said.

The new cabin will house approximately 30 young people, according to the Boy Scouts of America, and include a kitchen and bathroom facility. It will be located east of the Camp-O-Ree field.

On Friday, August 1, 2008, Senator Lanza toured the site where the new cabin is slated to be built and met with families, young scouts and scouting officials. William H. Pouch Scout Camp is New York City’s only Scout Camp, approximately 143 acres and utilized by tens of thousands of children and families throughout the year, from across New York City and New Jersey.

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