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Chairman - Mike Occione
(914) 347-338-0353  

Commissioner - Mike Amico
(914) 632-9706

Executive -Tiffany Deygoo
(914) 773-1135 ext 239

Serving: Blind Brook, Bronxville, Eastchester, Edgemont, Harrison, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Mt. Vernon, New Rochelle, Pelham, Port Chester, Purchase, Rye, Rye Neck, Scarsdale, Tuckahoe

  Upcoming Events
25: JCOS Comm
25-26: Boy Scout Leader Outdoor Skills Training
25: Climbing Wall Facilitator Training
26: Popcorn Fundraiser Ends
28: OA Executive Comm
31-11/2: District Boy Scout Fall Events
1: Webelos Art Pin
1: Webelos Hike-O-Ree
1: Popcorn Take Orders & Prize Orders Due
1: Popcorn Show & Sell Return and Payment Due
1: Art Merit Badge
6: Council Roundtable
7: Webelos Den Leader Specifics Training
8: Webelos Leader Outdoor Skills Training
10: Veterans Day
12: Fundamentals of Training T-1
13: Gathering of Eagles
15: Den Chief Training
17: Executive Board
20: Training Committee
22: Popcorn Take Order Pick-up
22: Catholic Emblem Counselor Training
22: Archdiocese Scout Retreat
24: District Operations
25: Friends of Scouting Family Presenter Training
25: Bowl-o-ree Chairs
25: OA Executive Comm
27-30: Thanksgiving Holiday
29-30: Durland and Read Closed
5-7: Leave No Trace Trainer Course
7: JCOS Committee
10: Cinematography Merit Badge
12: Popcorn Take Order Payment Deadline
15: Executive Comm
16: OA Executive Comm
18: Training Comm
20-21: Durland and Read closed
Algonquin District
31-11/2: Trek-O-Ree
19: District Meeting
4: Charter Workshop / Turn-in Day
17: District Meeting
See Council Calendar for further events

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Algonquin District Trek-O-Ree
October 31-November 2, 2014


The Trek will be broken into 2 options for Patrols to choose from:!
- An 11 Mile Trek along the Appalachian Trail rated moderate plus. Troops/Patrols choosing this option must
check in with District Staff at Sperling parking lot no later than 8:30 AM on Nov 1. The set-in point will be at
The Graymoor Spiritual Center off of Old West Point Road, Garrison NY. Parking is available. Directions to
the facility will be provided at check-in.!
- A 5 Mile Trek along the Appalachian Trail rated moderate. Troops choosing this option must check in with
District Staff no later than 12:00 PM at Sperling Center. The set-in point for the Trek is South Highland Rd,
Putnam Valley NY. THERE IS NO PARKING AVAILABLE - Leadership will need to arrange to drop off
Scouts with appropriate 2 deep leadership for the hike back into Durland.!
- A 3 Mile Webelos Trek will be run starting at Denny Town Road. Separate information will be provided to
Packs participating in this event.! !

Please note: many Troops will likely have different Patrols in different hikes. It is the responsibility of the
Scoutmaster/Troop Committee to be sure appropriate 2 deep adult leadership is available for each Patrol. Limit Patrol size to maintain a safe experience for everyone on the hike. In general Patrol size should not exceed 12 persons. ! !
Cost: $6 per person-Online registration will be available on the Council website at WPCBSA.ORG.!

Cost includes overnight camping for troops wishing to stay one or both nights. Campsite assignment will be
sent after registration closes. We will be using all the campsites in the 30's! !
At the time of check-out, Patrol rosters listing Patrol Name, Troop number/town and phone numbers for 2 deep adult leadership must be provided to District Staff. Check out, leaving for hike, and check-in when returning from your hike will be at Sperling Center.!
While on the trail, proper hiking protocols will be followed as outlined in The Boy Scout Handbook (pg. 262 -
Hiking maps are available for purchase locally in outdoor shops like REI or available to purchase online at
http://www.nynjtc.org/panel/east-hudson-trails. Digital versions available for download from The Apple App
store or Google Play for Android, check: http://www.avenza.com. Download of the app is free but you will need to purchase the NY NJ Trail Conference Map 101 and 103 to cover the entire Trek or just map 103 for the 5 Mile Trek.! !
Registration: Check the Council Website, Algonquin page, for a link to registration. Registration is by TROOP ONLY. Deadline for Registration is Monday October 20. Please indicate the number of Patrols you will have hiking and if camping Friday, Saturday or both nights.!

Contact Paul Knudsvig, or PDKnudsvigaol.com, or Bill Hopkins, at (914) 588-5202, for more information or with any questions.

Trek-O-Ree Flyer


Register and Pay Online

Update an Existing Registration

Algonquin District Webelos Hike-O-Ree
November 1
12:30-4 p.m.
Trailhead: Appalachian Trail & Dennytown Rd, Putnam Valley, NY (41.420500, -73.868985)
Trailend: Sperling Center, Durland Scout Reservation, Putnam Valley, NY

Hike-O-Ree Flyer


Roundtable Handouts
In an effort to save paper and deliver information in a more efficient manner roundtable agenda and handouts are now being made available through a downloadable PDF, below.

Southern Districts Roundtable Handouts - October 2013
Southern Districts Roundtable Handouts - September 2013
Southern Districts Roundtable Handouts - April 2013
Southern Districts Roundtable Handouts - March 2013
Southern Districts Roundtable Handouts - February 2013
Southern Districts Roundtable Handouts - January 2013
Handouts from Leave No Trace/Low Impact Cooking Presentation - January 2013 (zip)
Southern Districts Roundtable Handouts - December 2012

Roundtables for Algonquin and Mohican District Scouters are held the first Monday of the month at Iona Prep School, 255 Wilmot Road, New Rochelle, N Y. beginning at 7:00 p.m. Each Pack and Troop is asked to have one or more leaders in attendance. Why? Because the Roundtable is when the theme for the next month is going to be discussed, ideas exchanged, announcements made about future District and Council activities, leader training courses, and recruiting ideas for units. Adult leaders and parents are always welcome.


Unit Service is Provided by the District Commissioner Staff
Volunteers called Unit Commissioners provide direct coaching and consultation for unit adults to help ensure the success of every Scouting unit. The most important thing a commissioner does for a unit is to develop a close relationship with unit leaders to prove that somebody cares about him or her. This person is the connecting link between the Boy Scouts of America and the unit leader. This person does at least three things each month for each unit:

1. He or she visits a unit meeting or the unit committee meeting and stays long enough to give and take information about the unit program.

2. He or she phones each unit leader between unit meeting visits to see if help is needed.

3. The commissioner makes a thorough appraisal of each unit’s needs for successful operation and seeks out the resources of the district to meet those needs.

Additionally, the unit commissioner helps units prepare for charter renewal and leads them through the process qualification for the Journey to Excellence.
Currently there are 12 people who are registered Commissioners in the district. If your unit needs some help or guidance, District Commissioner Henry Wilson may be contacted and he will get one of these unit commissioners to help support you. The District Commissioner's staff meets the first Wednesday of the month.



The District Committee Carries Out Four Functions of District Operations
The Algonquin District has a group of over 20 people assigned to carry out the following four operational functions to support the program of the units in the district. These are Membership, Finance, Program, and Unit Service. Each of these functions has sub committees that carry out tasks and activities designed to ensure the growth and success of Scouting units within the district territory. A quick summary of each function is:

Membership: The Membership function strives for growth through the organization of new Scouting units and growth through new members joining existing units.
Finance: The Finance function sees that the district provides its share of funds to the total council operating budget through the Friends of Scouting campaign.
Program: The Program function concentrates on helping Scouting units with camp promotion, special activities including community service, training adult volunteers, and youth advancement and recognition.
Unit Service: The Unit Service function provides direct support to each unit within the district.



Conservation Resource Guide
Conservation is a basic part of the BSA mission. Scouting embraces Leave No Trace, requires conservation-related activities for rank advancement, and encourages conservation service projects to the community. The new Conservation Resource Guide identifies Westchester-Putnam agencies engaged in nature and conservation activities. Organized by District, the Guide is intended to enable ‘one-stop’ access for any Westchester-Putnam Scouts and Scouters seeking sites for troop conservation projects, nature-related advancements, or outdoor activities (including William Hornaday Award, Leave No Trace Award, Boy Scout Rank Advancement Nature Requirements, and Eagle Service Projects).


Webelos to Scout Transition
It should be the goal of the Cubmaster and Webelos Leaders to graduate every Webelos Scout into a Boy Scout troop. The key to accomplishing this is to begin promoting Boy Scouting when Cub Scouts are still in their Tiger, Wolf and Bear dens, and to sell the sizzle of the great outdoors. Scouting should be viewed as an ongoing adventure, and the progression should be as normal as moving from elementary school to middle school.

Boy Scout troops should assign an Assistant Scoutmaster or a troop committee member to be responsible for new Scouts, which would include developing a relationship with the Cubmaster and the Webelos Leaders. This person serves as a resource during Webelos overnight activities and builds enthusiasm among boys and their parents for the exciting challenges that await them in Boy Scouting.


Would you send your son to school on a bus whose driver was not trained? Would you feel comfortable knowing that your child's teacher wasn't trained? Of course not! Why don't we hold our Den Leaders, Cubmasters, and Scoutmasters to the same standard. While there are literally hundreds of possible training courses that you can take in Scouting, to be considered a TRAINED leader you must complete two courses, New Leader Essentials and the Specific training for your position.   Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) training is for any Cub Scout leader with a desire to plan and carry out any outdoor experience for the pack.



Commissioner Corps
The District Commissioner's staff meets the first Wednesday of the month at Iona Prep, 255 Wilmot Road, New Rochelle at 7:30 p.m.

A unit commissioner is a friend to the Scout unit - troop, pack or crew - and provides information and assistance to the Unit Committee. Often, a unit commissioner is someone who was once involved in a unit, and now has time to share their experience with other Scouters in their communities. Commissioners provide many services to the units they serve. Their primary responsibility is to be the liaison between the unit and the district. They will occasionally attend committee meetings, and also attend unit meetings at other times. They will always make themselves available for ideas and will be a resource for help and guidance.



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