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Chairman -  Josh Davies
joshdaviesoptonline.net
(914) 479-9062

Commissioner -Peter Gardner
pwg-bsahotmail.com
(914) 282-8903

Program Chair  - Paul Pyrch
paul.j.pyrchverizon.com
(914) 772-0851

Executive - Jim Lupfer
jlupfer
(914) 449-2615

Serving: Briarcliff Manor, Buchanan, Chappaqua, Cold Spring, Continental Village, Cortlandt, Crompond, Croton, Crugers, Furnace Woods, Garrison, Jefferson Valley, Kitchawan, Millwood, Mohegan Lake, Montrose, North Highland, Nelsonville, Ossining, Peekskill, Phillipstown,  Putnam Valley, Scarborough, Shrub Oak, Toddville, Van Cortlandtville, Verplanck, Yorktown, and Yorktown Heights


  Upcoming Events
Council
April
24: Thunderbird Program Comm
24: Training Comm
26: Webelos Leader Outdoor Training
26: OA Community Service Project
26-27: Scoutmaster & Assistant Scoutmaster Training
28: Council Executive Comm
29: Computer Merit Badge
May
2-4: Boy Scout Camporee
5: Dentistry Merit Badge
6: Photography Merit Badge
10: Fundamentals of Training
12: Council Annual Meeting & Recognition Dinner
14: Catholic Scouting Committee
15: Training Comm
16-18: OA Service Weekend
19: Council Commissioners
24-26: Read & Durland Closed
26: Memorial Day
27: OA Executive Committee
30: Sporting Clays Shoot
June
1: Firematic Exploring / Venture Day
3: Popcorn and Program Extravaganza
4: Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner
6-8: Trail to Eagle Session #2 of 3
6-8: Eager Beaver Weekend
6-8: Cub Family Camping Weekend
8: BALOO Training
16: Executive Board at Durland
20-22: Camp Read Association Reunion
21: Edge Training
Manitoga District
May
20: District Comm
27: District Cmsrs
June
3: Court of Honor
17: District Committee
17: District Cmsrs
See Council Calendar for further events

  Units on the Web
Packs
6 Briarcliff
28 Croton-on-Hudson
36 Montrose
45 Van Cortlandtville
49 Ossining
83 Ossining
118 Furnace Woods
127 Peekskill
134 Mohegan Lake
164 Yorktown Heights
165 Yorktown Heights
206 Chappaqua
251 Yorktown Heights
Troops
1 Chappaqua
18 Briarcliff
28 Croton
38 Shrub Oak
41 Putnam Valley
45 Van Cortlandtville
49 Ossining
164 Yorktown
165 Yorktown Heights
173 Yorktown Heights
174 Yorktown
267 Yorktown
284 Peekskill
353 Putnam Valley
437 Philipstown
911 Yorktown
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Manitoga Pinewood Derby
Saturday, April 12, 5:30 p.m.
Croton Auto Park 1 Municipal Pl, Croton-on-Hudson

5:30 PM—- CHECK-IN/WEIGH-IN STARTS
6:15 PM—- OPENING CEREMONY
6:30 PM—- RACES BEGIN

4 entries allowed per Pack
The top 4 racers from each Pack only, plus 1 alternate to race in the case that one from the Top 4 cannot participate
Scouts must be in FULL Uniform to participate in Race
Please complete the bo��om of this form and submit NO LATER than April 4, 2014.
Electronic Submissions are welcome.
Families are welcome to come and observe—Don't forget to bring your CAMERAS!

Manitoga District Pinewood Derby Flyer, Rules and Registration Form



Manitoga District Award of Merit Recipients
 

Manitoga District Award of Merit Recipients



Roundtables, District Commissioners, and District Committee Meetings
Our Roundtable now meets at the Holy Name of Mary R.C. Church at 110 Grand Street in Croton-on-Hudson.

From North: Route 9 south towards Croton.  Take the 9A/​Senasqua Road exit.  Follow Route 9A south and take a left on Brook Street.  Take the first right onto Old Post Rd North.  The Roman Catholic Church will be on your right.  Drive past the church and take a right at the intersection on Old Post Rd South.  Take your first right (alleyway) and park behind the church.

From Northeast: Taconic Parkway Underhill Ave exit.  Take Underhill road southwest to Route 129 west.  In Croton Route 129 west becomes Maple St.  Take right on Old Post Road South.  Take first left on Old Post Road (alleyway) and park behind the church.

From South: Route 9 north towards Croton.  Take the 9A/​Route 129 exit.  Follow Route 9A north and take a right on Grand Street.  The Roman Catholic Church will be on your right.  Drive past the church and take a right at the intersection on Old Post Rd South.  Take your first right (alleyway) and park behind the church.

The District Committee & Commissioner's meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every month at 7:30pm at the Unitarian Church, 1698 Strawberry Road, Mohegan Lake, NY. For more information or questions regarding the District meeting contact either District Chairman Josh Davies, joshdaviesoptonline.net, (914) 479-9062 or District Commissioner Pete Gardner pwg-bsahotmail.com, (914) 282-8903.



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).

 


Manitoga District Unit Service
Have you ever wondered who to call with Unit operation questions, or where to get resources? In addition to the professional staff of the Council, the District has a group of uniformed commissioned volunteers who are commissioned and dedicated to serve the needs of the Units that they are assigned. Ideally there is one Unit Commissioner for every 2-3 Packs, Troops, or Venturing Crews.

The Manitoga District Commissioner, Alfred Pucci, has recruited several volunteers to be Unit Commissioners. These people are to be friends and counselors of Unit Leaders. They are effective communicators, providing the resources of the District and Council to the Units they serve. Another description of Unit Commissioners is that they are Scoutings bridge to the Unit and the Chartering Organization. Specifically, the Unit Commissioners are to:
• Maintain a close liaison with the Chartering Organization of the Unit.
• Work to assure effective and active Unit Committees.
• Facilitate the on time annual charter renewal.
• Help the Unit Committee with the selection and recruitment of Unit Leaders as needed (although the actual appointment is approved by the Chartering Organization.)
• See that Unit leadership gets adequate training.
• Cultivate and maintain the best possible ongoing relationship with the Unit Leader.

 


The Commissioner Concept
In 1911 the local Council Commissioner, called the "Scout Commissioner," was "the ranking scout master of the local council and preside[d] at all scout masters' meetings as well as at all scout field meets. It [was] also the duty of the scout commissioner to report to and advise with the Chief Scout concerning the scouts in the district." [From The Official Handbook for Boys, Boy Scouts of America, page 11 (1911)]

Not much has changed in 90+ years. Today, the Commissioner is the liaison between the local Council and the Scouting Units. The Commissioner's mission is to help Unit leaders to keep Units operating at maximum efficiency. The Commissioner is successful when Units effectively deliver the ideals of Scouting.
Unit Commissioners are assigned to one or more Units, but they are not alone. They work hand-in-hand with the District Commissioner, Assistant District Commissioners and the Roundtable Commissioners to help Units provide the best possible Scouting program, which ultimately helps assure that individual Scouts have the best opportunity of developing good character traits, participating citizenship skills, and personal fitness.

From its inception, the Commissioner Staff has been dedicated to Unit service as a friend and partner in Scouting, with a single objective - the welfare of the Troop, Pack or Crew.

We have made good progress in expanding the Commissioner Service in our District, but there are still many opportunities available for service to Scouting. Working with our Units "where the rubber meets the road" is a great way for adult volunteers to play a key role in "delivering the promise" of Scouting to the youth of our community.

The Commissioners meet the second Tuesday of the month at Holy Name of Mary Church at110 Grand Street at 8 p.m. (please use the rear entrance.
If you would like to be a part of the Commissioner Service, or know of any prospects who might like to serve, please pass along contact information to Alfred Pucci, Manitoga District Commissioner.

 


Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat Training Online
Online Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat Training - Each segment of training is done separately and will take 10-15 minutes. At the end of the training you will be asked to input your name, unit number, and BSA council. After a few minutes the screen will show a completed "training card" for you to print -- keep a copy for your records, and send one copy to your unit and a copy to the council office in order to update your training files.

For over three quarters of a century, the Boy Scouts of America has worked to develop the character, citizenship, and personal fitness of America's youth - and to do it safely! As a major youth serving organization, the Boy Scouts of America has a unique opportunity to help protect the youth of our nation while participating in aquatic activities.

Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat Training is required to be updated every two years.

NOTE: This course uses Flash Player version 6 or better. When you begin the course the program should check your system to ensure it has the proper Flash Player installed and provide directions if it is not. However, you may wish to go ahead and download and install the latest update prior to starting the course.

www.scouting.org/pubs/aquatics

 


Cub Advancement Reminder
The first rank a boy earns in Cub Scouting, if he joins as a first grader, is the Tiger rank. He then must earn the Bobcat badge before starting the Wolf book. If a boy joins in the second, third, fourth, or fifth grade, he must earn the Bobcat badge before starting the appropriate book for his grade level. Bobcat is considered a rank advancement. Therefore remember to report it on your Pack advancement report, when the badges are purchased at the Scout Shop. Please remember, every second, third, fourth, or fifth grader who joins a Pack should earn their Bobcat within the first month of joining the Pack.

 


New BSA Troop Open-House Plan 
Many Boy Scout Leaders have expressed that they are worried about the dwindling number of boys in their Troop. We have some new materials to support the Troop Open-House plan to recruit Boy Scouts. We all know that it can be difficult to recruit older boys, but it is not impossible. There are many ways to present Scouting to this age group, and if we work together, we can make sure to continue to offer the promise to all youth who are interested, as well as preserve the life of our Troops. 

 


Great Program
One of the ways to make sure your Scouts receive a good program is to become trained. The Westchester-Putnam Council offers several training opportunities. Information is available at the Council Office and Roundtables or here

Every boy deserves trained leaders. All leaders should be trained for the position they currently hold. 

  • Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)
  • Cub Scout Leader Basic Training
  • Cub Leader Supplemental Training
  • Cub Scout Leader Roundtable
  • Cub Scout Leader PowWow
  • Den Chief Conference
  • Fast Start Training
  • Leadership Development Conference
  • Scouter Wood Badge
  • Webelos Leader Outdoor Training

 


Manitoga District Units

Cub Scout Packs

Boy Scout Troops

Venture Crews

Explorer Posts

Briarcliff Pack 6
Chappaqua Pack 1
Chappaqua Pack 2
Chappaqua Pack 206
Croton Pack 28
Cortlandt Pack 118
Garrison Pack 6
Mohegan Lake Pack 134
Montrose Pack 36
Ossining Pack 83
Ossining Pack 183
Ossining Pack 304
Ossining Pack 49
Peekskill Pack 127
Peekskill Pack 648
Phillipstown Pack 137
Putnam Valley Pack 53
Shrub Oak Pack 38
Shrub Oak Pack 238
Toddville Pack 144 
Van Cortlandtville Pack 45 
Verplanck Pack 103
Yorktown Pack 235
Yorktown Heights Pack 164 
Yorktown Heights Pack 165 
Yorktown Heights Pack 173 
Yorktown Heights Pack 251 
Yorktown Heights Pack 267

Briarcliff Troop 18
Chappaqua Troop 1
Chappaqua Troop 2
Croton Troop 28
Garrison Troop 437
Montrose Troop 36
Ossining Troop 49
Ossining Troop 10
Peekskill Troop 1
Peekskill Troop 284
Putnam Valley Troop 41
Putnam Valley Troop 353 
Shrub Oak Troop 38
Shrub Oak Troop 238
Van Cortlandtville Troop 45 
Yorktown Heights Troop 164 
Yorktown Heights Troop 173 
Yorktown Heights Troop 174 
Yortown Heights Troop 165 
Yorktown Heights Troop 235 
Yorktown Heights Troop 267 
Yorktown Heights Troop 911

Briarcliff Crew 2051
Chappaqua-Safe Rides Crew 2004 
Croton - Fire Crew 2089
Montrose Crew 2152
Ossining - Fire Crew 2470 
Putnam Valley Crew 2020 

Post 11
Post 2007
Post 2051

 

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