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Council
December
20-21: Durland and Read closed
24: Christmas Eve Holiday
25: Christmas Holiday
27-28: Durland and Read closed
28: Camp Read Staff Reunion and Dinner
31: New Year's Eve
31: Harlem Globetrotters
January
1: New Year's Holiday
2-4: Ski Weekends
5: North Roundtables
5: South Roundtables
7: Order of the Arrow Lodge Banquet
9-11: Ski Weekends
10: University of Scouting
10: Patrol Leader Development Conference
10: Chaplain's Aide Training
12: ScoutReach Comm
15: Training Comm
16-19: Ski Weekend
17: University of Scouting Snow Day
17: New Cub Scouting Program Webcasts
19: Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday
21: District Operations
22: Popcorn Victory Party
23-25: Ski Weekends
23-25: Ice Climbing
25: JCOS Committee
26-28: Professional Staff Planning Conference
27: OA Executive Comm
30-2/1: Ice Climbing
30-2/1: Ski Weekends
31: Executive Board Retreat & Meeting
February
1: Scout Sunday
3: Council Roundtable
6: Scout Shabbat Service
6: Wood Badge Dinner
6-8: Ski Weekends
7: Webelos Klondike
7: Scout Sabbath
8: Scouting's 105th Anniversary
12: Training Committee
13-15: Ice Climbing
13: Silver Beaver Nominations Due
14-16: 35th Annual Bowl-O-Ree
16: President's Day
Algonquin District
January
24-25: Klondike Derby
Manitoga District
January
24: Klondike Derby
Mohican District
January
24: Klondike and Freeze-O-Ree
Muscoot District
January
24: Klondike Derby
See Council Calendar for further events

Harlem Globetrotters
December 31
Westchester County Center
EXCLUSIVE BOY SCOUT DISCOUNT ~ SAVE UP TO $11.50 PER TICKET!

Harlem Globetrotters Flyer

 


January Webcasts on the New Cub Scouting Program
As you know, a new Cub Scouting program is launching June 1, 2015 that will be more fun and exciting for boys, and easier to implement for unit leaders.  To ensure units are ready to make the transition, a series of webcasts will be hosted in January.  The webcasts will outline the coming changes, how to prepare, and when resources will be available. 

Help spread the word about the webcasts to your Districts and Units.

Cubmaster Webcasts –                         
Saturday, January 17 at 8:00am (Central)
Saturday, January 17 at 3:00pm (Central)

Den Leader Webcasts -                         
Saturday, January 17 at 9:30am (Central)
Saturday, January 17 at 4:30pm (Central)
       
LDS-Specific Considerations * –       
Saturday, January 17 at 11:00am (Central)
Saturday, January 17 at 6:00pm (Central)
                                                                          
* It is recommended that those interested in the LDS session view one of the role-specific sessions first.

Although the content will be geared to the roles listed, anyone with an interest in learning about the new Cub Scouting program is welcome to attend. 

The sessions will be recorded for later viewing.

It’s easy to attend!  Just navigate your Internet browser to: http://www.livestream.com/bsanationalcouncil and you are ready to view the webcast!   

Help spread the word about the Webcasts to ensure units are ready for the new Cub Scouting program! 

As always, for more information on the new Cub Scouting Program, please log on to www.scouting.org/programupdates

 


Webelos Klondike Derby
Saturday February 7, 2015
(Inclement Weather Date Saturday February 21st)
FDR State Park
2957 Crompond Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

The Webelos Klondike Derby is a winter competition event for 1st and 2nd year Webelos Scouts during which dens pull their Klondike sleds along a course in the woods. Along the way, they will be tested on Scouting Skills.

The Klondike Derby provides an opportunity for Scouts to apply their Scouting skills in a fun competition.

AWARDS:
Scout Skills - Scout Spirit & Teamwork - Fastest in the RACE - Most Original & Creatively Designed Sled
Patches and Ribbons will be distributed at the event for those who Pre-Register by January Roundtable.
The event finishes with the awarding of "The Pole" and Certificates at March Roundtables.

Webelos Klondike Flyer

 


35th Annual William E. Kelly Bowl-O-Ree
TO SUPPORT CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS FOR SCOUTS IN NEED
February 14, 15, 16 2015

The Bowl-O-Ree provides much needed funding so that Scouts in need who have a desire to go to summer camp can do so without undue financial hardship to their family. Your participation is fun-filled, a service to others, and part of your daily good turn.

—HIGH COMMISSIONS * PRIZES * SHIRTS * PATCHES—

Patches for all participants (minimum amount of pledge for participants is $40)
"$100+ Club" T-shirts for boys who raise $100 or more!
Fantastic Prizes for the 30 boys who raise the most funds (a minimum of $300)
Unit Commissions of 25% from $200 up to $999, and 30% for $1,000 and over
*A grand prize drawing for an Apple iPad given to one Scout who raises more than $300 (One entry per every $300 raised)

If your unit requires an alternate date, Please contact the BOWL-O-REE Hotline bowloree@wpcbsa.org or Jim Lupfer 914-449-2615

Bowl-O-Ree Flyer

 

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Trail to Eagle
Sat March 21th – Mandatory Parent & Scout meeting
Fri – Sun May 29th – 31st - Scout weekend at Durland
Thu-Sun Aug 20th - 23rd - Scout weekend at Durland

The Westchester-Putnam Council, Boy Scouts of America is proud to sponsor the 2015 Trail to Eagle Course. This specialty course will provide an opportunity for Scouts to earn 5 merit badges over a 5 month period; taught by adult volunteer professionals. To qualify for this program a Scout must:
• Be 14 years or older, attained the rank of Star Scout
• Attended Summer Camp in 2013 or 2014
• Have the attitude, respect and spirit of an Eagle Scout candidate
• Have Scout Master approval

Additional topics to assist the scout on his Trail to Eagle will be covered during the sessions: What is an Eagle Scout?
Planning Merit Badges along the Trail to Eagle
What is a good Service Project?
How to plan a Service Project
There will also be additional activities for team building and outdoor challenges.

All aspects of this course will follow the Merit Badge process (no short cuts), and is approved by the WPC Council Advancement Committee. This course provides a structured environment for success. Each scout will be assigned a MB counselor in which they will have contact with throughout the entire duration.
The Merit Badges being offered are effort intensive and will include activities that occur at home in-between sessions. Transportation will be provided to and from off-site TTE Merit Badge activities.
This course will be limited to 30 scouts to ensure a low ratio of Scout to Merit Badge Counselor sessions. The cost for the course is $300 which includes materials, food, camping fees and a Trail to Eagle item. Enrollment confirms availability for all three sessions

TTE Merit Badges: everyone takes Public Speaking
Select 4 MBs from: Citizenship Community; Citizenship Nation; Citizenship World; Family Life; Communications; Personal Management; Personal Fitness; Cooking (Cooking Merit Badge is limited to first 6 Scouts who sign up)
Public Speaking
A $100 non-refundable deposit must accompany your registration form to reserve your place. In addition, a $100 payment is due by March 1st and the $100 balance is due by the Parent meeting. If you have any questions, please contact the Council Service Center at 914-773-1135.

Deadline for TTE Application is March 1, 2015

Trail to Eagle Flyer and Registration Form

 

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Powder Horn
High Adventure Resource Management Course
June 25 – 28, 2015  •  Durland Scout Reservation  •  Putnam Valley, NY

Who attends Powder Horn?  YOU!  Why?  To bring high adventure to your unit!

Westchester-Putnam Council’s groundbreaking 2015 Powder Horn course will be chock-full of fun,
fellowship and adventure. Participation in this course will involve a hands-on, intense, early-morning to late-night schedule ensuring that leaders will leave with a list of ideas to create a more exciting and robust program, along with the contacts and resources needed to implement them.

What is Powder Horn?
Powder Horn is a resource course designed to expose Scouting’s adult leaders and youth leaders to the exhilarating, high-adventure program possibilities for their unit while providing the resources necessary to operate a successful outdoor program. In plain English… participants will be spending the long weekend learning about, and actually participating in, high adventure activities and how they can be taken back to the unit.

Course Activities
Powder Horn is organized around the BSA’s High Adventure elements. Programs for the weekend will be selected from the following exciting activities:

Astronomy ~ Climbing & Rappelling Backpacking ~ Geocaching ~ Orienteering
Equestrian Shooting Sports with Pistols, Rifles, Shotguns, & Black Powder
SCUBA ~ Slack lining ~ COPE ~ Mountain Biking ~ Expedition Planning
Trail Cooking ~ Outdoor Living History ~ Fly Fishing & Fly Tying
Leave No Trace ~ Nature & Edible Plants ~ Rope Crossing ~ Archery
Bouldering & Ice Climbing ~ Small Boat Sailing & Paddleboarding

While active participation is highly encouraged, participants may choose just to observe and learn any activity they are not comfortable doing.
Participant Qualifications

  • The 2015 Powder Horn course is open to any registered Adult or Youth (14 & up) in the BSA. Youth should be program planners and must be recommended by their unit leader.
  • All participants must be trained for their position

PLUS:

  • Venturing Youth Protection
  • Youth Protection - general
  • Hazardous Weather
  • Safety Afloat
  • Safe Swim Defense
  • Climb on Safely
  • Participants must meet the physical requirements of the BSA Annual Health and Medical Record in a backcountry environment (Parts A, B & C). Physician review must be dated after 6/28/14.
  • Participants must be prepared to camp overnight using their own gear.

Are you ready to join us for this amazing, hands-on training experience?

Registration

  • The course fee is $200 and covers all meals, program materials, liability insurance and course swag. Registration is on a first-come basis and is expected to fill rapidly.
  • You must be available for the course from check-in on Thursday, June 25th at 6pm until completion on Sunday, June 28th at 4pm.
  • To include as many units as possible, there will be a two adults per unit limit with remaining adults from the same unit being placed on a waitlist.
  • We will reserve space for 8 youth leaders with one per unit being accepted. Youth leaders will submit a tentative registration and then be emailed a recommendation form to be filled out by their unit leader and a questionnaire to be completed by the youth. Registration will be confirmed upon review and approval of all necessary Youth Registration Forms.

 

For questions contact:
Robert Hoffmann
Powder Horn 2015 Course Director
WPCpowderhorn2015gmail.com

Powder Horn Flyer

 

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23rd World Scout Jamboree
Tuesday, July 28, to Saturday, August 8, 2015
Kirara-hama, Japan

Be a part of the BSA contingent to the 2015 World Scout Jamboree!

Adult Leader Applications Due By 2/15/2014

In 2015, more than 30,000 Scouts and leaders from 161 countries around the world will converge on Kirara-hama, Yamaguchi, Japan, for the 23rd World Scout Jamboree.

The event will provide opportunities to raise awareness about global issues, explore the environment, participate in community service, make friends from around the world, and deepen understanding of developments in science and technology. The world jamboree is a unique opportunity for participants to experience an exciting program of activities, including: Global Development Village, City of Science, Crossroads of Culture, and the Peace Program.

Participants will live and learn with fellow Scouts from around the world. They will be housed in tents along with the BSA contingent but will soon venture out to mingle with tens of thousands of people for two weeks of activities and adventure. That's right, a world fellowship exercise on an enormous scale!

World Jamboree Flyer
World Jamboree Leader Application

 



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