Westchester – Putnam Council

mourns the loss of two great Scoutmasters

November, 2008

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Text Box: The Westchester – Putnam Council mourns the loss of two of our very best Scoutmasters. 
On September 4th Arthur (Art) D. Line, Sr. passed away. Art was a dedicated Scouter for more than 40 years serving as Scoutmaster of Troop 1 Peekskill for 22 years. 

On October 22nd Dr. William (Doc) H. Smith passed away. Doc was Scoutmaster of Troop 1 Katonah for 52 years. There will be a    Memorial Service held for Doc on Saturday, November 1st at the Katonah United      Methodist Church at 11 AM. 
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and Scouters who were close to these two inspirational leaders. 
For a full bio and obituary on these two leaders please click here.


Adults who are considering attending the 2010 National       Jamboree must apply by November 30, 2008.  Applications are entered on-line at BSA Jamboree.  We have filled our first troop of youth and have started on a second.  Space is limited.  If you have boys who are interested in attending the Jamboree, they can obtain more information at  BSA - National Scout          Jamboree.  Any youth or adult who is considering attending this once in a lifetime event should apply immediately.




Thank you to all of the units that participated in our Council annual food drive – SCOUTING FOR FOOD.  Through the hard work of our Scouts council-wide, we were able to collect several thousand items of food to feed our local families in Westchester and Putnam Counties.    Sponsored by Commerce Bank, we turned in food to 12 different Commerce Bank branches, Putnam C.A.P. and Food Bank of Westchester.



The day turned out to be nothing but a success with cool winds, grey skies, but most         importantly NO RAIN during our food collection!


Any unit that was not able to meet the October 25th deadline may turn in their food to the Council Service Center up until Thursday October 30th or into their local food pantry.  In  order to receive your patch you will need to log your Scouting for Food results, as well as all other service projects, at www.goodturnforamerica.org.  Please contact your District Good Turn for America Chair or District Executive for your Unit ID #.  All patches will be given to your District Executive for the November Roundtable.




Executive Board Member Bill Kelly had the vision and desire twenty-nine years ago to   organize a fundraiser to support youth with special needs. As a result of organizing each of the past twenty-eight Bowl-O-Rees, over a  million dollars has been raised to support this initiative. Our in-school Champion’s program for youth with special needs is being offered to nearly 1,000 youth in the Yonkers and Mt. Vernon School Districts.


This year’s Bowl-O-Ree offers all Scouts in our Units to again enjoy a great bowling activity while raising needed funding for their unit and the Special Needs Program. This year’s    Bowl-O-Ree plans are underway.  The bowling locations and dates have been secured and Unit Sign-Up forms are available.


Click here for more information and to sign-up your Unit!

Returns and payments for Show and Sell are due on November 15th at Whalen’s Moving Company. This is also the due date for your unit’s Take Order and Prize Orders. If you do not have any returns because you sold all of your product during a Show & Sell or you will be applying your product to the Take Order Sale, please let us know by contacting Laura Kaye. Please remember that we do need payment for any  product that was sold during your Show & Sell by     November 15th.

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Troop 173 Yorktown Heights “Does A Good Turn”

On Saturday, September 27th, Boy Scouts from Troop 173, chartered by St. Patrick’s Church in Yorktown Heights, ran a very successful food drive for Concourse House.  Nine Scouts manned the table, outside the A&P food store     located in the Triangle Center throughout the day, accepting non-perishable food from very generous Yorktown       shoppers.  The Scouts collected 11 boxes of food valued at over $600, as well as donations of $500 for Concourse House.  Concourse House, located in the Bronx, provides both transitional and permanent housing for homeless women and their children, as well as social services       programs.



Pictured loading groceries into the Concourse House van, from left to right, are Scouts Jeffrey Kline, Nikhil Jani, Peter Line and Ben Child.





The Westchester – Putnam Council, BSA is proud to       announce that the 2008 Good Scout Award Dinner will be held on December 10th at the Tappan Hill

Mansion in Tarrytown. This year’s Good Scouts are The Honorable Philip Amicone, Mayor of the City of Yonkers and W. Thomas Clark, Chairman of The Westchester Bank.  Proceeds from the

dinner will benefit the Council’s Scoutreach

program. For more information on attending the

dinner or to advertise your business in the journal book please click here.


Pack 15 Yonkers reports selling out at Show and Sell locations and Take Orders are “taking off”!

DEN CHIEF TRAINING  -  November 15th



The Den Chief Training Course will be held on November 15, 2008 at the Council Service Center.  Den Chief Training is for Boy Scouts who wish to become Den Chiefs for Cub and Webelos Dens. Den Chief is a leadership position in the Troop. All participants must be pre-registered by November 12thClick here for more  information and for a registration form.

W. Thomas Clark


The Westchester Bank

The Honorable Philip Amicone


The City of Yonkers