Chairman - Josh Davies
Program Chair - Paul Pyrch
Executive - Tom Holl
(914) 773-1135 ext 238
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
Farewell to Tom Holl
TO: Westchester-Putnam Council Scouters
FROM: Marc T. Andreo, Scout Executive
SUBJECT: Tom Holl
DATE: May 6, 2013
With mixed emotions I must announce that Tom Holl will be leaving the Westchester-Putnam Council effective May 31, 2013 in order to pursue other educational and employment opportunities.
Tom joined the Westchester-Putnam Council on September 7, 2010 as a District Executive serving Manitoga District. Tom made a nice impact as a District Executive serving as the Camp Director for Camp Waubeeka and as the staff advisor to the Thunderbird Games.
Tom, who received his B.A. in English from the Catholic University of America is an Eagle Scout from Maplewood New Jersey and has served on our camp staff for the past eleven summers rising through the ranks in a variety of key roles.
While we will certainly miss Tom, please join me wishing him all the best!
Yorktown Scouts Shave Heads To Fight Childhood Cancer
YORKTOWN, N.Y. – A group of Yorktown Heights Boy Scouts didn’t let a snowstorm stop them from raising money for childhood cancer research Monday night at Grace Lutheran Church.
Read Article in
Yorktown Daily Voice
Congratulations to the Troop 173 Yorktown “Fighting Irish” Patrol for their victory in January 26’s Manitoga Klondike Derby, and to all the patrols and boys that participated.
Michael Roman Eagle Scout
Michael Roman received a certificate from The Town of Putnam Valley as a result of his project to earn the top rank in the Boy Scouts of America by installing an electronic scoreboard that was purchased by the parents of Steven Espinosa, the Putnam Valley little-leaguer who passed away at the age of nine.
Roman said he was inspired to do the project as he had been in little league at the same time Espinosa was and he wanted to do something to make a contribution to the community.
Roman’s father, Bill, said his son was awarded his Eagle Scout rank at an age younger than most. “He’s one of the youngest Eagle Scouts to come out of Westchester and Putnam Counties,” his father said of attaining the rank on May 24, 2012 while still a freshman in high school and only 14 years old at the time. “He had a goal of becoming an Eagle Scout while he still was active in his troop.”
Roman, who is a sophomore at Putnam Valley High School and plays the position of second baseman on the school’s junior varsity baseball team, is the senior patrol leader for Putnam Valley’s Boy Scout Troop 41.
Roman said many people, including his fellow scouts, chipped in to help complete the scoreboard installation.
Manitoga District Award of Merit Recipients
District Award of Merit Recipients
Commissioners, and District Committee Meetings
Our Roundtable now meets at Copper Beech Middle School on Route 132 (Old Yorktown Road) in Yorktown (south of Shrub Oak).
From East/West: US Route 6 to Route 132 (Barger St.). South on Barger St. 2/10 mile. Slight left continuing on Route 132 (now Old Yorktown Rd). 7/10 mile to school on right.
From North: Taconic State Parkway to Route 6 Peekskill/Mahopac exit. Right turn to next intersection. Left onto Barger St. (Route 132) 2/10 mile. Slight left continuing on Route 132 (now Old Yorktown Rd). 7/10 mile to school on right.
From South: Taconic State Parkway to Route 132/Shrub Oak exit. Right turn at exit. ½ mile to school on right.
Look for BSA signage for directions to the Library.
The District Commissioners meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the Holy Name of Mary Church at 110 Grand street Croton, NY. For more information or questions regarding the Commissioners meeting contact District Commissioner Pete Gardner pwg-bsahotmail.com, (914) 282-8903.
The District Committee 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 Committee meeting contact District Chairman Josh Davies, joshdaviesoptonline.net, (914) 479-9062.
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
• 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
• See that Unit leadership gets adequate training.
• Cultivate and maintain the best possible ongoing relationship with the
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
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
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.
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.
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
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