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Area 2 of the Northeast Region of the Boy Scouts of America proudly serves 11 Boy Scout Councils: Connecticut Rivers Council, Greenwich Council, Housatonic Council, Connecticut Yankee Council, Western Massachusetts Council, Hudson Valley Council, Theodore Roosevelt Council, Westchester-Putnam Council, Suffolk County Council, Rip Van Winkle Council and Greater New York Councils.
CLICK HERE for more information and links to our Scout Councils.
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 your role is, thank you for your service to Scouting and the nearly 124,000 youth that Area 2 Councils proudly serve!
Dave Walsh, Area 2 President
Tom Bain, Area 2 Commissioner
Marc Andreo, Area 2 Director
On Saturday, October 22, 2016 Area 2 held its annual Fall Area 2 Key Leader conference at New York Life in Sleepy Hollow, NY. (Thank you NY Life for your gracious hospitality and continued support of Scouting!). This jam packed event has become more and more popular in the Area each year and continues to grow and gain momentum. In attendance at this years event were over 130 people (Scouting Professionals and Volunteers) with representation from all 11 Area 2 member councils. This was the largest Fall Key Leader Conference Area 2 has ever had.
The event kicked off with a 2 hour general session followed by 3 breakout sessions. We were honored to have Eric Schultz, Northeast Region President address the group and open the session up to for Q&A on all Scouting topics.
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 and all event trainers and presenters. Thank you to all in attendance for the leadership and time you provide throughout Area 2. See you in the Spring of 2016 for our next Area 2 Key Leader Conference. Area 2 also wishes to thank the National and Region representatives in attendance for your amazing support and helping to make our training event spectacular!
CLICK HERE to download training materials and resources from the event
The Boy Scouts of America have launched a new web site to focus on new technology initiatives and their technology roadmap and plan. You can view the site at: http://itroadmap.scouting.org/. This site contains the following sections:
- Technology roadmap and future plans
- my.Scouting Tools
- and BSA technology oriented video
It is exciting to see so many things moving quickly forward in regards to technology and Scouting.
Here is a quick video from Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh on the State of IT:
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.
A contingent of 7 scouts and 2 leaders from Theodore Roosevelt Council, Suffolk County Council, Greater New York Councils, Monmouth Council, and National Capital Area Council participated in the Iceland national jamboree held July 18 -24, 2016 at Úlfljótsvatn Outdoor and Scout Center. These scouts had traveled to the World Scout Jamboree last year, and were interested in discovering more about world Scouting in Iceland.
The camp, located about 40 kilometers from Reykjavik, hosted 1000 participants from 15 countries of Northern Europe and North America. There were programs for aquatics, science, Vikings, Scout skills, and on/off site hiking. The local pool, with geothermally heated bathing areas was especially popular with the participants. Our contingent hiked several of the high points around the camp for a real “mountaintop experience”.
Our scouts had many opportunities to meet and socialize with many scouts (both boys and girls), and had opportunities to share adventures, trade patches, and attend the excellent opening, closing, and international culture ceremonies.
There were other U.S. contingents attending the jamboree from Washington DC, Georgia, and Minneapolis. At the request of the U.S. Ambassador to Iceland, Robert Cushing Barber, all U.S. contingents participated in a tree planting project coordinated by the embassy with the Iceland Forestry Service. Our scouts received the coveted Úlfljótsvatn volunteer service patch and also received the honorary Citizen of Iceland patch for their international good turn.
**Note** – The article was written by Eric Anderson, an Area 2 Committee Member. At the end of the article, Eric briefly discuss resources available to units planning these kind of trips and provides his contact information. He would be happy to serve as a resource if you have interest in this kind of trip. Thanks Eric!
New Rip Van Winkle Council Service Center and Scout Shop
The Rip Van Winkle Council has just opened a new Scout Shop and Council Service Center in the Hudson Valley Mall. After the sale of its prior location, the Council negotiated a favorable lease with the mall who have been a longtime partner with Scouting. This new location provides excellent convenience for families and volunteers, a customer friendly layout and of course great visibility for Scouting!
Join us in welcoming the Sea Scouts as the newest independent program in Scouting. The nautical aficionados of the Scouting world have officially joined the ranks of the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Venturing as a separate BSA program.
Sea Scouting had formally been a part of Venturing since 1998, but as of February, 2016, these seafaring Scouts are now the proud members of an independent program, set apart by distinct skills.
Did you know maritime skills are an age-old Scouting tradition? Lord Baden-Powell’s older brother, Warington literally wrote the book on it!
One night around a campfire, Lord Baden Powell shared his hopes for the future of Scouting, explaining that it would benefit older Scouts to develop boat management and seamanship skills.After hearing his younger brother’s wish, Warington Baden-Powell wrote the book Sea Scouting and Seamanship for Boys. The adventurous new program quickly sailed its way to the States and in 1912, the Sea Scouts were founded in America. Now, after 104 years of loyal Scouting, the Sea Scouts are their own unique BSA program. If cruising the water piques your interest, learn how you can join the boatmen of the BSA on the Sea Scout website. Landlocked? No problem. Sea Scouting offers programs on rivers and lakes as well, so you can start building your maritime mastery just about anywhere.
Be sure to read Bryan’s full article to discover the exciting things the program’s leadership has planned for the coming year.
Lions, a new Boy Scouts of America pilot program starting in the Fall of 2016 for kindergarten boys.
Why go younger? Research shows that a child’s development accelerates at age 4 and 5 — about the time these youngsters begin their formal education in kindergarten. That’s also the time when families start looking for after-school activities for their children. While 5-year-olds could join a soccer team or karate studio, they couldn’t yet join Scouting.
That’s about to change in pilot councils across the country. Parents will welcome a program that introduces Scouting concepts and values to 5-year-olds in a fun, age-appropriate way.
The kindergarten-age boys themselves will enjoy exploring the world around them with friends. Lions promises to expand imaginations, spark creativity and amplify fun.
At the end of the Lion year, boys will graduate to Tiger and advance through Cub Scouting.
Lions will be piloted in select councils across the country. Your council’s Scout Executive already has details on how to apply to become a national pilot site for fall 2016. Contact your Scout Executive if you are Interested in adding this exciting new program to your Council and Cub program.
Please contact your local Council if you are a parent and would be interested in enrolling your child in the Lion Program. CLICK HERE to contact your local Council.
Participating councils will share feedback with teams of volunteers and professionals for further study.
Some young people react to time spent outdoors with delight. Others with dread.
The outdoors-averse are just one of the groups that can benefit from the BSA’s programming in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).
The Boy Scouts of America offers life-changing experiences for every young person. And they can get those experiences wherever they want — in a state park, in a classroom, on a sailboat or — more and more these days — in a laboratory.
STEM comes in two flavors. There’s STEM in traditional Scouting, which includes the Nova awards program, STEM-based adventures in Cub Scouts and STEM-related merit badges in Boy Scouts. And then there’s STEM Scouts, a hands-on, all-STEM program currently serving 14 cities. (Bryan on Scouting goes over the differences between STEM in Scouting and STEM Scouts in this post.)
Any young person who experiences STEM in Scouting or STEM Scouts will benefit. But Dr. Richard Stone, a Greater Alabama Council volunteer on the BSA’s STEM/Nova committee, sees five specific groups who seem to fit especially well.
1. Youth not interested in the outdoors
“Some youth are just not interested in the outdoors,” Stone explains. “Do they not deserve the benefits of a full Scouting experience?”
Most of us would argue they do. STEM Scouts, with labs for elementary through high school students, offers a way to deliver the values of Scouting in a unique setting.
2. Young people with disabilities
First off: What’s up with that spelling? Dr. Stone and his colleagues use that unusual capitalization to emphasize a young person’s abilities, not his or her disabilities.
For example, Dr. Stone tells of a young boy named Michael who has Down syndrome. The boy’s mother told Dr. Stone how STEM activities have changed this Scout’s life.
“This program was a great way for Michael to interact with his fellow Cub Scouts,” the mother wrote. “Michael learns best in a hands-on environment, and the STEM program provided that for him. As a parent of a son with special needs, I would like to applaud the Boy Scouts of America for encouraging all kids of all abilities to participate in the STEM program. It was a great experience for Michael.”
And then there’s Todd, a Scout with high-functioning autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Todd’s dad observed how STEM programs within Scouting have helped Todd improve his social skills, develop friendships and have a greater view of the world.
3. Webelos and Arrow of Light Cub Scouts
Sometimes these oldest Cub Scouts (and their leaders) are looking for something new to try as they anxiously await the transition to Boy Scouting.
STEM offers just the thing. They can start with the Dr. Charles H. Townes Supernova Award, which takes Webelos Scouts on a journey through science, technology, engineering and math.
4. Scouts looking for a leg up in the workforce
STEM offers career opportunities galore, and by starting early in STEM Scouts or STEM in traditional Scouting, young people are getting a head start.
“The public, schools and future employers see STEM as preparing youth for their future,” Stone says. Promoting STEM programs within the community will make it “easier to convince the public that Scouting is relevant and useful.”
5. Young women
STEM Scouts adds to the BSA’s range of programming another co-ed opportunity. That means girls as young as third grade can join a lab, become Scouts and enjoy Scouting’s values.
These young women can continue in STEM Scouts until they graduate high school — or, if so inclined, move to Venturing or Sea Scouts once they’re older.