WELCOME TO THE AREA 2 WEB SITE
Area 2 of the Northeast Region of the Boy Scouts of America Proudly Serves 11 Scout Councils: The Connecticut Rivers Council, Connecticut Yankee Council, Greater NY Councils, Greenwich Council, Housatonic Council, Hudson Valley Council, Rip Van Winkle Council, Suffolk County Council, Theodore Roosevelt Council, Westchester-Putnam Council and the Western Massachusetts Council.
Greetings Scouters and welcome to the Northeast Region, Area 2 Website. Area 2 includes 11 Councils, in 3 different states (NY, CT and MA). With over 32,000 adult volunteers, we serve more than 95,000 youth members in over 3,100 units (Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers & Explorers). We have over 600 Commissioners providing outstanding unit service and a total professional staff of 102. Our Councils provide exciting year-round programs in 24 separate outdoor camps. Last year Councils in our Area logged over 386,000 hours of community service and reported the advancement of 1,672 Eagle Scouts. Our Venturing program boasts nearly 3700 members. We have two dynamic Order of the Arrow Sections with over 5,800 members from 11 different lodges. The Scouting program is dynamic and multifaceted and the mission of Area 2 is to make our 11 Councils and the programs they deliver the best they can be.
As you can see there is a lot going on in Area 2 and we are glad you are a part of it! It is our hope you will find the information here valuable and easy to use. Should you wish to bring something to our attention please send us a note from the “contact us” page. No matter where you are, or what you are doing, thank you for your service to Scouting and for making Area 2 the finest Area in the Northeast Region!
Scott Christensen, Area 2 President • Ron Hathaway, Area 2 Commissioner • Marc Andreo, Area 2 Director
Date: Saturday, April 5, 2014
Location: Iona Preparatory School, New Rochelle, NY 10804
Time: 8:30 am Registration, 9am-3pm Program
The Area Two Committee extends to you a most cordial invitation to attend the upcoming Area Spring Key Leadership Conference – April 5th at Iona Preparatory School in New Rochelle NY. This conference is designed to meet your needs in the important leadership position you hold with your Council. We are proud to offer a very strong agenda that will help support successful council and district operations.
The Conference has been established to offer you the best and latest information, support tools, and know-how to help you be successful in your Scouting responsibilities. Presenting the latest methods, materials and best practices will be various national, regional and local volunteers as well as BSA professionals. This spring’s program will place special emphasis on membership growth strategies as well as valuable information in a variety of general interests. We will also be offering “tracks” in Membership & Marketing, Exploring Membership and District Committees as well as a variety of “breakouts” in Membership Growth Strategies and General Interest. Another highlight of the conference will be a keynote address from Br. Thomas Leto, President of Iona Preparatory School who will share his insight on how the BSA can better connect with today’s families.
Who Should Attend?
All Council and District level volunteers as well as our professional staff teams in Area 2. All other active key leaders are encouraged to attend as well. With a large variety of tracks and breakouts, we recommend a council send a large contingent that way you can divide and conquer; sending your volunteers and staff teams to all of the sessions in order to take advantage of the variety of information that will be available through the conference.
Conference Cost: $25 (same as last year) – Includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and all conference materials. Special thanks to Spectrum Marketing for serving as our Breakfast Sponsor and thus allowing us to maintain our past conference fee!
Registration Deadline: Monday, March 31, 2014
Online Registration: CLICK HERE for the online event registration site
Event Document Package: CLICK HERE to view the event document package (detailed event information, conference agenda, etc.)
Questions? Contact Area 2 or your Scout Executive
The Official Website of the Cub Scouts
CUB HUB is a new and exciting official project of the Boy Scout of America. It is intended to gather up and present some of the best ideas about Cub Scouting that are being shared on Social Media and Web Sites all across the Internet.
Take a few minutes and check it out – it is really cool and amazing resource for Cub Scouts, Families and Leaders. View CUB HUB Now
Area 2 is proud to introduce information about this exciting new position. We have established a resource center on our site called “M&M Central” under the Marketing heading.
CLICK HERE to view information located at M&M Central.
Here is a new M&M Membership and Marketing Program Video from the Northeast Region:
Best Practices Portal now available at MyScouting.org
You can now view best practices on many different subjects submitted by Scouting leaders from all over the country. Please take a few minutes and check out the national best practices portal. Feel free while you are there to post your own best practices to benefits others in similar positions and situations.
- Sign into www.myscouting.org .
- Enter your user name and password. (This is the same user name and password that you used for Youth Protection Training, etc.).
- In the MyScouting home page, select the last item in the left navigation column, “Best Practices.”
- Please feel free to use all types of data (pdf, jpg, Word, Excel, videos, etc.).
- Once inside the Best Practices Portal, click the button “Submit a Best Practice” and complete the requested entry fields.
The Scouting Alumni Association provides former Scouts and those positively impacted by the BSA—family members of Scouts (past and present), volunteers, Scouters, community leaders, and the millions of Americans who benefit from Scouting in their communities every day a way to get involved with the Boy Scouts of America again. Take this new opportunity to get involved with Scouting without having to give a major time commitment. The Scouting Alumni Association invites you to get involved with an organization you believe in—giving as much or as little as you choose. CLICK HERE for information, benefits or to join The Scouting Alumni Association. By joining the Scouting Alumni Association, you’ll stay up to speed on what’s happening in Scouting and help youth experience the excitement, challenges, and adventure that Scouting has to offer.
Three new videos to entertain, inspire, help you recruit
(Reposted from the Bryan on Scouting Site – http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/ - Thanks Bryan!)
Authentic, gritty, visceral. That’s how I describe three new videos released today by the Boy Scouts of America.
They’re yours to view, download for offline viewing, share and use as you see fit. Each gives a compelling picture of what effect Cub Scouting and Boy Scouting can have on local communities like yours.
There’s the story of a mom in East Los Angeles who started a Cub Scout pack and saw it bring families together in her community. Or the heroic tale of a Boy Scout in New York who jumped into action during Hurricane Sandy. And there’s a nice piece released in conjunction with the new online Cub Scout idea repository called Cub Hub that shares the flavor of life in a den and pack.
Each video lasts less than two minutes. That’s a good reminder to units creating videos that attention spans won’t hold for very long — and that two minutes is often all you need to deliver a powerful message.
An excellent scouting video from the Theodore Roosevelt Council
One of our favorites – Great Job!