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Chairman - Mike Occione
scoutmaster353gmail.com
(914) 347-338-0353  

Commissioner - Mike Amico
amicomoptonline.net
(914) 632-9706

Executive -Tiffany Deygoo
tdeygoo
(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
Council
November
24: District Operations
25: OA Executive Comm
25: Bowl-o-ree Chairs
25: Friends of Scouting Family Presenter Training
27-30: Thanksgiving Holiday
28: Hawthorne Scout Shop Early Closing
29: Santa's Scout Shop
29-30: Durland and Read Closed
December
5-7: Leave No Trace Trainer Course
7: JCOS Committee
10: Cinematography Merit Badge
12: Popcorn Take Order Payment Deadline
13: Hawthorne Scout Shop Early Closing
15: Executive Comm
16: OA Executive Comm
18: Training Comm
20-21: Durland and Read closed
24: Christmas Eve Holiday
25: Christmas Holiday
27-28: Durland and Read closed
30: Camp Read Staff Reunion and Dinner
31: Harlem Globetrotters
31: New Year's Eve
January
1: New Year's Holiday
2-4: Ski Weekends
5: North Roundtables
5: South Roundtables
7: Order of the Arrow Lodge Banquet
8: Training Comm
9-11: Ski Weekends
10: University of Scouting
12: ScoutReach Comm
16-19: Ski Weekend
17: University of Scouting Snow Day
17: Den Chief Training
19: Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday
21: District Operations
22: Popcorn Victory Party
Algonquin District
December
4: Charter Workshop / Turn-in Day
17: District Meeting
See Council Calendar for further events

  Units on the Web
Packs
2 Rye
4 Edgemont
4 Pelham Manor
5 Bronxville
6 New Rochelle
6 Harrison
6 Crestwood
7 Tuckahoe
8 Pelham
9 Harrison
11 Rye
33 Larchmont
353 Eastchester
440 Scarsdale
Troops
1 Crestwood
1 Bronxville
2 Scarsdale
2 Rye
2 Bronxville
4 Bronxville
4 Scarsdale
5 Bronxville
6 New Rochelle
8 Edgemont
11 New Rochelle
15 New Rochelle
60 Scarsdale
99 Scarsdale
353 Eastchester
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Klondike Derby
The Weekend of Saturday, January 24, 2015
Seton Scout Reservation, Greenwich, CT
1. The venue has been set for the Seton Scout Reservation.
2. There will be a planning meeting on Thursday, November 20, at 7:45, in the Pray Building at the Seton Scout Reservation. If you would like to participate in the planning, please contact Paul Knudsvig or PDKnudsvig@aol.com .
3. Currently, we envision a Klondike which probably will be substantially similar to last year's Klondike. (Obviously, this could change at the November 20 planning meeting.) The biggest difference would be the new venue of the fabulous Seton Scout Reservation. Therefore, besides getting Klondike sleds ready for competition, patrols should be brushing up their First Class Scoutcraft skills.
4. Watch this web site for further details, following the November 20 planning meeting. Until we post further details, feel free to contact Paul Knudsvig with any questions, suggestions or new ideas.


Algonquin District Pinewood Derby
Saturday April 11, 2015

TIMES TO BE DETERMINED
RACING COMMENCES ASAP AFTER "CUTOFF TIME" ENTRY FEE: TO BE DETERMINED
VENUE: TO BE DETERMINED

Cub Scouts with the fastest cars of each rank, from each pack in the Algonquin District are invited to compete at the Algonquin District Pinewood Derby. The Pack Committee must submit the online registration form for the pack, prior to Friday, April 3, 2015.

The District Pinewood Derby rules, regulations and specifications can be found in the Algonquin section of the council website: www.WPCBSA.org and on the Algonquin District blog: http://algonquindistrict.wordpress.com/ . Be sure to review the rules, regulations and specifications in order to make sure that you and your son have a fun time, with no surprises.

Common Problems to avoid:
 All four wheels must touch the track.
 Weights on the bottom of the car should be inset and flush with the bottom of the pinewood.
 Finish painting at least a week before registration for the races.
 No lubrication after registration.
 Maximize weight without going over five ounces.
 Racers MUST BE IN CUB SCOUT UNIFORM.

For more information, contact:
Paul Knudsvig
Algonquin District Program Chair
Cell: (917) 533-0821
PDKnudsvig@aol.com

Pinewood Derby Flyer
Pinewood Derby Rules


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
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.

 


Training
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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