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. CLICK HERE for more information and links to our Scout Councils.
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 30,000 adult volunteers, we serve more than 84,000 youth members in over 3,000 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 22 separate outdoor camps. Last year Councils in our Area logged over 279,000 hours of community service from Eagle Scout Projects and reported the advancement of 1,787 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
2015 Area 2 Fall Key Leader Conference
The 2015 Area 2 Fall Key Leader Conference will be held Saturday, October 17, 2015 at NY Life Insurance Company Facility – Sleepy Hollow, NY.
This conference is designed to meet your needs in the important leadership position you hold with your council. We are delighted to have our NE Region Director, Don McChesney serve as our keynote speaker followed by some great topics important to successful council and district operations. Additionally, this is a great opportunity to join in Scouting fellowship and network with other Area Two Scouters.
The Conference has a history of offering the 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.
Please see the event materials available at the link below that includes all of the details as well as an agenda that outlines the general session as well as the 14 breakouts that are available to you and your Council. Please continue spreading the word!!!
REGISTRATION IS OPEN – REGISTER NOW: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE NOW
Start Making Plans for the 2017 National Scout Jamboree
At the second jamboree to be held at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, you’ll be able to explore the mystery, adventure, and beauty of a West Virginia summer. And the adventure of Scouting.
You’ll join more than 30,000 Scouts from all over the country, as they enjoy 10,600 acres of wild, wonderful West Virginia at the Summit and find out first hand just what it’s like to Live Scouting’s Adventure.
That’s it! That’s the theme for the 2017 National Scout Jamboree:
Live Scouting’s Adventure.
In Scouting, as in life, adventure takes on many meanings: high adventure, learning, camaraderie, and simply being part of something bigger.
The 2017 jamboree theme encompasses all of these aspects, and participants will quite literally experience every element of adventure in what will be a mega-event of any Scout’s lifetime.
So get ready to Live Scouting’s Adventure at the 2017 jamboree from July 19-28, 2017.
Staff members will be able to register for the jamboree in April 2015, while registration for youth and adult participants will open in May 2015.
Over 465,000 users are now engaged with the new Scoutbook web app which enhances and helps you navigate the whole Scouting experience in a new, exciting and modern way. View the video below for more information or check out the Scoutbook.com web page.
Area 2 Scouts Attended the The 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Kirara-hama, Japan from July 28th to August 8th, 2015
The 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan was attended by over 33,000 scouts from 150 countries. The World Scout Jamboree is a gathering where, for ten days they lived together, experienced each others cultures, took part in exciting activities and had an amazing adventure.
The Scout Association of Japan hosted the Jamboree. The theme of the jamboree was ‘ The Spirit of Wa’ meaning harmony, unity, friendship and peace allowing a ‘spirit of unity’ to share others’ cultures and faiths, take part in adventurous activities and grow as global citizens to tackle world issues. Programs were designed for the 14-17 year old age of all participants, and showcased issues and activities in global development, nature, water, science, culture, community service and peace. All Scouts had the opportunity to visit Hiroshima during the 70th anniversary memorial of the nuclear bomb drop and its impact on national and international events.
NER Troop 4 was composed of 35 Scouts and 1 Venturer from 5 of the 11 councils in Area 2, 1 council from Area 5 in New Jersey, and 1 council in metro DC. The Scouts and Venturer from Area 2 were from Greater New York Councils, Theodore Roosevelt Council, Westchester Putnam Council, Suffolk County Council, Rip Van Winkle Council and Monmouth Council in New Jersey. The leaders of Troop 4 were selected from Area 2 – Eric Anderson – SM (Theodore Roosevelt Council); Antonio Comacho – 1st ASM (Greater New York Councils); Lizzette Perez – 2nd ASM (Greater New York Councils); and Jesse Beckerman – 3rd ASM (Theodore Roosevelt Council). The troop met for 6 months at Lehman College in the Bronx, and conducted their shakedown camping trip in June at Alpine Scout Camp. During the trip, the troop had a pre-jamboree tour of Tokyo and Yokohama to become acquainted with Japanese culture and society. Our Scouts and 1 Venturer participated in all the Jamboree activities, and made many international friends who all shared their enthusiasm for Scouting. The unit camped in the Northern Hub at Kirara-hama in the Bandai subcamp with units from Australia, Netherland, Japan, Italy, Germany, Mexico, and Azerbaijan to name of few of the international Scouting units in attendance. Dinner exchanges, patch trading, campfires, and joint programs built additional espirit-de-corps between all the units. Many of our Scouts qualified for the Jamboree Friendship Award, and were encourage to bring home their Messenger of Peace commitment to work for more bridges between Scouts around the world.
Pictures and videos of the unit participating in Jamboree activities are available at the World Scout Jamboree – NER Troop 4 page at Facebook.
A video of the unit’s trip to the Hiroshima National Peace Museum and Memorial for Atomic Bomb Victims is posted to the Scouting Newsroom (link at the site dated August 6); this page maintained by the national office of the BSA.
Congratulations to all the scouts in Area 2 and 5 that represented the best in American scouting in Japan!
Congratulations John Vesey and Dan Albert
2015 Silver Antelope Recipients from NER Area 2
Area 2 would like to congratulate Dan Albert of the Connecticut Rivers Council and John Vesey of the Greater New York Councils for being awarded the Silver Antelope during the 2015 National Annual Meeting of the Boy Scouts of America. The Silver Antelope Award Description is the regional level distinguished service award of the BSA and recognizes outstanding service to young people within one of the four regions of the BSA. Dan and John have tirelessly served Area 2 and the Northeast Region by supporting our camping and outdoor operations and are most deserving of this notable recognition.
2015 Area 2 Spring Key Leadership Conference – Another Great Success!
On Saturday, April 11, 2015 Area 2 held its annual spring key leadership conference at Iona Preparatory School in New Rochelle, NY. Over the last few years this event has become more and more popular in the Area and continues to grow each year. In attendance at this years event were 130 people with representation from all 11 Area 2 member Councils. As usual the training, general session and breakout sessions focused on key topics Membership, Retention and other key Goals for the Region and Area.
The Area 2 Committee would like to thank all of those in attendance for taking time to travel and attend the event. Special thanks also goes the event committee, all trainers and presenters and especially Iona Prep for their generosity, hospitality and continued support of our program. Thank you to all for the leadership and time you provide throughout Area 2. See you in the Fall for our next Area 2 Leadership Conference.
CLICK HERE to download training materials and resources from the event
Our Report to the Nation delegates have just returned after sharing great news of Scouting’s accomplishments over the past year with leaders in Washington, D.C. Report to the Nation is a presentation of who we are and what we do as a community – from the organization as a whole down to each individual unit. Each of us owns a little piece of it.
This year’s Report to the Nation tells a strong story of how we are continually updating our programs to meet the needs of today’s kids — from the healthy-living initiative to an increased emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math in our existing programs. This is a particularly important story to tell because it not only shares the accomplishments of the past year, but shares with our nation’s leaders how we are adapting to connect with a new generation of kids while continuing to focus on the fundamental values of Scouting — things like character, leadership and service.
CLICK HERE to read and see more
Eagle Scouts in NER Area 2 – Facts, Figures & More
A note from the NER-AREA2 Webmaster – After reading a great post about all kinds of statistics about Eagle Scouts on Bryan on Scouting (See below), I started wondering about Eagle Scouts in Area 2. I asked a few questions and our Area Director was able to get me the following information. Looks like we are doing a great job in Area 2 – keep up the good work!
**All of the following facts and figures are from 2014**
- In 2014, there were 51,820 Eagle Scouts in the United States
- The Northeast Region had 10,279 of them (almost 20%)
- NER Area 2 had 1787 Eagle Scouts in 2014 (3.5% of all the Eagles in the US)
- The average number of Eagle Scouts for all Areas in the Northeast Region in 2014 was 1713 – Area 2 is a little above the average at 1787.
- Eagle projects in the Northeast Region in 2014 accounted for 1,816,787 hours of service.
- The national average is 156 hours of service per Eagle Scout Project – a total of 8,127,532 hours in 2014.
- There were approximately 279,000 hours of community service from Eagle Projects in Area 2 in 2014.
- The average age of Eagle Scouts was 17.56 years old in the Northeast Region.
- in 2014, NY State had a total of 1954 Eagles, CT had a total of 674 Eagles and MA had a total of 1026 – The Eagle Scouts from Area 2 represent almost 50% of the Eagles from the Tri-State (NY,CT,MA) Area.
- Here is a breakdown of Eagle Scouts in 2014 for the Councils in Area 2:
- Connecticut Rivers Council – 409 Eagle Scouts
- Greenwich Council – 16 Eagle Scouts
- Housatonic Council – 23 Eagle Scouts
- Connecticut Yankee Council – 224 Eagle Scouts
- Western Massachusetts Council – 95 Eagle Scouts
- Hudson Valley Council – 187 Eagle Scouts
- Theodore Roosevelt Council – 230 Eagle Scouts
- Westchester-Putnam Council – 156 Eagle Scouts
- Suffolk County Council – 273 Eagle Scouts
- Rip Van Winkle Council – 29 Eagle Scouts
- Greater NY Councils – 145 Eagle Scouts
Other Interesting Eagle Scout Items
CLICK HERE to view the current Eagle Scout rank requirements
See more interesting Eagle Scout figures listed in a post titled “Utah tops the 2014 Eagle Scout rankings; where does your state fall?” on Bryan on Scouting – Thank Bryan – Great Job as Always!
2015 Eagle Scout Yearbook – You earned Eagle, now make sure you’re in the 2015 Eagle Scout Directory – The National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) is gathering information for its 2015 Eagle Scout Directory, and NESA wants to ensure that you or any Eagle Scouts you know are included. That means all Eagles, whether they earned the award in 1958, 1978 or 2008.
Why every Scout unit needs a STEM Coordinator
This adult position is the point of contact for all Scouts in the pack, troop or crew to help promote and deliver STEM programs in the unit.
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. And it’s important.
The U.S. Department of Commerce says STEM occupations are projected to grow by 17 percent from 2008 to 2018, compared to 9.8 percent growth for non-STEM occupations.
Empowering an adult volunteer to serve as Unit STEM Coordinator will help your Scouts develop skills that could one day land them high-paying, exciting jobs in fields that are actually hiring.
So a STEM Coordinator is important, but are you the man or woman for the job? If not you, then who?
The new Cub Scout program launches June 1, 2015. Hundreds of volunteers have been working for the past three years to make the new program more dynamic and exiting for today’s youth and families, keeping us on track for the following deliverables:
- March 31 – Revised position-specific training released in online and in-person versions (NOTE: a “trained” leader doesn’t need additional training for the new program).
- May 1 – English language handbooks and key leader resources will be available in Scout Shops and, as ebooks, on Amazon.com. Spanish language resources will be available 45-60 days later.
- June 30 – Insignia supporting rank advancement, like adventure loops and pins, will be available in Scout Shops and on www.scoutstuff.org
For the latest info on changes coming to Cub Scouting, head to www.scouting.org/programupdates . There you’ll find FAQs, transition guidelines, presentations and other materials to support the new program launch.
CLICK HERE for all the new official graphics related to the new Cub Scout Program