Text Box: On Sunday April 19th more than 150 Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts from the New York Archdiocese gathered at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral to receive their Roman Catholic Religious  Emblems. The annual Emblem Sunday had the traditional procession across Fifth Avenue, but even more impressively the families in attendance were treated to the first Sunday Mass celebrated by new Archbishop of New York, the Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan. The new Archbishop who was a Scout as a youth spoke highly about his experience in the program, which was highlighted by his earning of the Ad Altare Dei Emblem. He personally congratulated each recipient and talked about the strong 
relationship between the Catholic Church and Scouting.

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May 2009

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Four Rivers

    Teams of four will race Porsche GT3 race cars at speeds

     up to 40 MPH on a custom designed indoor track in an

     hour long endurance race complete with driver changes,

     pit stops, and refueling stops! The evening concludes with

     a victory dinner where awards will be presented for fastest

     team and individual racers. Contact Charlie Rogers at

     914.773.1135 extension 231 for more information or to



Photo Gallery

“Race to Summer Adventure”

Grand Prix New York in Mount Kisco—May 27th!

Cub Family Camping Weekend

Looking for a tremendous weekend outdoors with your Cub Scout?   All Cub families are invited to the Cub Family Camping weekend, held June 5 – 7 2009, at the Durland Scout Reservation in Putnam Valley.  Spend the whole weekend or just Saturday.  This event is designed for either Cub Packs to attend or for individual Cub families without their Packs.  

Register now–the registration deadline is May 11th!


Scheduled activities include: archery, canoeing, hiking, scout skills, crafts, fitness, nature, treasure hunt (orienteering), afternoon entertainment, and campfire.  Bring a bagged lunch, snack and bottled water and we’ll provide a BBQ dinner (additional fee per person) and a

continental breakfast Sunday.  A campsite will be provided (no charge) for those families who would like to spend the night (please bring your tent and personal gear).


For all registration information and details as well as our Cub Family Camping Cabin special, see our web site here.

Cub Scout Day Camps – New Online Registration!

Day camp is easier to register for than ever!  Parents can visit the Cub Day Camp section of our web site and register their Scout and make payments online!  Is there a better way to spend a week during the summer than at one of our day camps?  Probably not!  Boys will have a tremendous week swimming, hiking, participating in sports and games and Cub Scout advancement.  All Cubs who are graduating Tigers, Wolfs, Bears and first year Webelos are invited to one or more weeks of day camps at one of our three locations – Glen Island Park in New Rochelle, Sprain Ridge Park in Yonkers and the Durland Scout Reservation in Putnam Valley.  The camps operate from 9:30 to 3:30 each weekday throughout most of the summer.  The fee is much less than most private camps and the staff is comprised mostly of adults and is outstanding.  Each Pack is

encouraged to send a den or more!  Discounts are available for sending a den and a leader and for registering for multiple weeks of camp.


Six Units Earn Free Cabins!

So far this year, six Packs and Troops have qualified for a free weekend cabin at Durland Scout Reservation by obtaining Friends of Scouting responses from 100% of the families in their units!


Congratulations and Thank You to the following units:

Pack 2 Mamaroneck          Pack 49 Ossining         

Pack 173 Yorktown           Pack 251 Yorktown           Troop 1 Carmel                  Troop 173 Yorktown


Many units are just a few families away from qualifying!


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The Westchester-Putnam Council is offering units a new top quality

training program at central locations in our Council this summer.  The Program Jump Start is designed for units to bring up to 2 leaders to each of our training seminars featuring  the 2009 Fall Popcorn Sale and 2009 Cub Scout Recruitment.  At these training seminars, you will be able to pick up recruitment and promotional materials, hear about the

incentives being offered and learn effective ways to grow Scouting in your unit as well as fund your program for an exciting year!


Click here for more information and to sign up your unit.


2009 American Progressive/Westchester-Putnam                        Boy Scout Golf Classic

The 2009 Golf Classic will take place on July 27, 2009 at the Salem Golf Club. This annual fundraiser is open to anyone ready to have a great day of golfing and fellowship. 32   foursomes will be able to participate in the tournament. There are special contests, prizes, a silent auction and a live auction, along with a lunch, cocktails and a delicious dinner. A new recognition this year is the WPC Unit Challenge Trophy which will be presented at the tournament for the winning team representing packs, troops or crews. Units interested in participation may register a team of 4 golfers (or may combine with another unit) and enjoy a great day of golf and fellowship (at least 4 teams in the Council need to register to implement the trophy competition). 

Click here for additional information.


156 Scouts Elected During Order of the Arrow Unit Elections

156 Scouts from 65 troops in the Westchester-Putnam Council were elected during this year's Order of the Arrow Unit Elections. 
Congratulations to all the newly elected Candidates and selected adults! 
Ktemaque Lodge looks forward to meeting these Scouts and adults during their induction process, called the Ordeal, in May or

September.  The Election is the first step, the Ordeal is the second step, and Brotherhood is the third and final step towards full membership in the Order of the Arrow.


Click here for more information about Order of the Arrow.


The following training courses will take place during May and June in the Council. Please click on the course for further information. Please remember that the new This is Scouting course replaces the former New Leader Essentials course, and you may take this required course online.  Back by popular demand, is the Trainers Development Conference which is designed to update all leaders on the latest Scout leadership methods, skills and practices.  Click on the course below to find out more information.




Boy Scout Outdoor Leader Training

         May 2-3 at the Durland Scout Reservation


Trainers Development Conference Part 1

         May 28 at the Scout Service Center


Trainers Development Conference Part 2

         June 18 at the Scout Service Center


Baloo Training

         June 20 at the Durland Scout Reservation

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Troop 5 and Pack 338 Yonkers spent the day on Sunday, April 19th at Tibbets Brook Park for the 15th annual county-wide Pitch In for Parks volunteer clean-up program.

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All Adults Are Invited To

The Read Scout Reservation – For Free!





Members of the Westchester – Putnam Council Silver Beaver

committee are delighted to announce the five recipients from our Council who have earned the prestigious Silver Beaver Award for Distinguished Service to Youth. 

                                                   James Collins

                                                   Gordon Elliot

                                                   Peter Harmon

                                                   Paul Knudsvig

                                                   Roger Spencer


Our five recipients will be honored at the Annual Recognition Dinner to be held on Monday, May 11th at the Westchester Marriott.


In addition to the Silver Beaver Awards and other recognition,

National Commissioner Tico Perez will be joining us as our special guest speaker.


Please make sure you get your reservations in as soon as possible to honor these extraordinary Council volunteers.


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