WELCOME TO THE NER AREA 2 WEB SITE
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
2019 Spring Area 2 Key Leader & Outdoor Program Conference Announced
Our next Area 2 Key Leader & Outdoor Program Conference will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at Iona Prep in New Rochelle, NY. More information will be posted on this site at the beginning of 2019. For now please make sure to add this date to your calendar and be sure to spread the word to the leadership at your Council to avoid conflicts.
This conference is designed to meet your needs in the important leadership position you hold with your council. The sessions that will be held include topics important to successful council and district operations. Additionally, this is a great opportunity to join in Scouting fellowship and network with other Area 2 Scouters. We will offer 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. We will be offering “breakouts” specific to:
- Membership – Family Scouting, Scouts BSA and Exploring
- Program – NCAP, Resident Camping, Training, Sea Scouting, Venturing and Order of the Arrow
- Leadership & Performance – Board Development & Engagement, JTE and District Operations
- And other topics being developed!!
More information will follow after the new year including the launch of online registration.
2019 NER Area 2 Venturing IGNITE
Please save the date for the 2019 NER Area 2 Venturing IGNITE Event:
February 9, 2019 at Seton Scout Reservation in Greenwich, CT.
More information coming soon!
CLICK HERE to view more information about Venturing in Area 2
2019-2020 Update on Scouting’s High Adventure Bases
As part of Scouting’s High Adventure Week, Bryan on Scouting has posted updates for 2019-2020 for all of our high adventure bases. All include great information about these exciting adventure locations:
Scouts BSA – Coming in February of 2019 (Youth 11-17 Years Old)
What is Scouts BSA? For the first time in its 100+ year history, the iconic program of the Boy Scouts of America will be open to young women. Scouts BSA is a year-round program for boys and girls in fifth grade through high school that provides fun, adventure, learning, challenge, and responsibility to help them become the best version of themselves. In Scouts BSA, young men and women go places, test themselves, and have one-of-a-kind adventures that can’t be found anywhere else.
Why Scouts BSA? Scouting builds character and instills values for a lifetime: Adventure, Leadership, Service, and Personal Growth. See the video below and Click Here for More Information
The BSA has unveiled the new “Scout Me In” campaign featuring girls, as well as boys, in our iconic Cub Scout program for the first time. The campaign shows Scouts in action, which speaks to kids and their friends by putting them in the middle of the action. This also engages parents who are looking for ways to make the most of the time they have with their kids and help them Be Prepared. For Life.
Read the news announcement at Scouting Newsroom for more details: “The BSA Launches Historic ‘Scout Me In’ Campaign Inviting Girls and Boys to Experience Adventures Through a Cub Scout’s Point of View”
What’s Changing in Scouting? And What Isn’t?
Key Family Scouting Facts to Know and to Share
If your council has been receiving questions about the official name of the BSA in the wake of our big announcement – or if you have any questions yourself – the Boy Scouts of America organization name will continue to be Boy Scouts of America. It is not changing.
The “Scouts BSA” name change applies only to the Boy Scout program name.
Beginning February 2019, the Boy Scout program name will change to “Scouts BSA” and will begin serving
girls, as well as boys, from 11-17. Before, during, and after that program name change, the overall organization name will continue to be Boy Scouts of America.
To learn more about what will – and won’t – be changing, check out our post on Scouting Wire (and the infographic at right) and share with your network.
- New Family Scout Site
- Scouts BSA: Program Update (May 3, 2018)
- BSA unveils name of program for older boys and girls (Post on “Bryan on Scouting”)
The 24th World Scout Jamboree will take place at the Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve in West Virginia from July 22, 2019, to August 2, 2019. USA Contingent Units will arrive on July 21, 2019. Participation is open to eligible youth (ages 14-17), unit leaders (18 and older), and International Service Team members (IST, aka Staff, 18 and older). This is a rare opportunity to take part in a World Jamboree so close to home.
The World Scout Jamboree (WSJ) is the largest regular event organized by the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM), gathering up to 50,000 Scouts from more than 150 countries around the World. It is an educational event to promote peace and understanding among young people from different cultures. The World Scout Jamboree includes many activities available at the Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve.
For more information please visit the official website of the Boy Scouts of America (USA) Contingent to the 24th World Scout Jamboree.
Why is the BSA inviting the whole family to join Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA?
Watch this conversation with Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh and find out!
See more videos at BSA Today – a new series of short videos featuring information and updates on timely topics in Scouting. Each installment will provide you with news you can use.