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.

Greetings Scouters and Welcome to the Northeast Rner-area-2-key-leadership-teamegion, Area 2 Website!

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 Leadership Conference

The Area Two Committee extends to you a most cordial invitation to attend the upcoming Area Key Leadership Conference – March 30th at Iona Prep in New Rochelle NY. 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 Two 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 23 separate “breakouts” so there is truly something for everyone!! Key topics will include:

  • Membership – Family Scouting, Scouts BSA and Exploring
  • Program – NCAP, Resident Camping, Training, Sea Scouting, Venturing and Order of the Arrow
    Commissioner Service
  • Leadership & Performance – Board Development & Engagement, JTE and District Operations
  • And many more!

We are also excited to welcome several guest speakers who will present at our opening session and during lunch.  Scott Berger, chairman of the National Scouts BSA Committee will serve as our keynote speaker. We will also be welcoming our Northeast Region president, Scott Christensen and Northeast Region director, John Mosby. Additionally, we are excited to have Dan Warren who serves as the BSA’s resident expert on youth development at the BSA National Service Center, to share his latest findings and trends, as well as Amy Hutcherson, who serves as our Northeast Region membership growth coach.

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 each 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.

Please spread the word and hope to see you on March 30th !!

CLICK HERE to see the full event information, directions, travel information, download the event flyer, and register online

Registration Deadline: Monday, March 25, 2019

Online Registration: CLICK HERE to register for the event online

Scouts BSA Program Launched February 1, 2019

With the launch of the Scouts BSA program on February 1, 2019 we are at a historic milestone as we make our iconic program available to young men and young women.

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 videos below and  Click Here for More Information 

For years, many young women have looked on while their fathers and brothers took part in amazing Boy Scout adventures – adventures those young women wished they, too, could experience.

With the launch of the Scouts BSA program on February 1, that familiar story has a new, fun-filled twist as young women prepare to join new Scouts BSA girl troops that are getting revved up in communities right now.

Quick Resources about Scouts BSA


2019 Ignite Training Event – NER Area 2 Venturing

On February 9, 2019 the Area 2 Venturing Officers Association (VOA) offered it’s Ignite Training Event at Seton Scout Reservation. More than 60 Venturing Advisors and youth from 7 of our 11 Councils participated in a day of training and fellowship. Our Order of the Arrow Section Chief’s John Zanin (NE-2A) and Charlie Mauro (NE-2B) served as our keynote speakers and we also had the pleasure of hosting Sam Goodman, Northeast Region Vice Commodore of Program for Sea Scouts, BSA.

CLICK HERE to view more information about Venturing in Area 2

**Save The Date** – NER Area 2 Venturing APEX 2019

May 17-19, 2019 – Camp Mattatuck, Plymouth, CT

More information coming soon!

CLICK HERE to view more information about Venturing in Area 2

Northeast Region Sea Scouts – Seabadge Conference – October 25-27, 2019

The Northeast Region Sea Scouts have announced details for the NER Seabadge Conference (SB-43-PA-2019) scheduled for Friday, October 25, 2019 to Sunday, October 27, 2019 at the Pocono Environmental Education Center in Dingmans Ferry, PA.

Seabadge is an advanced training experience for Sea Scout adult leaders, Committee Members and other members in Scouting at the Unit, District, Council, Area or Flotilla, Regional or National levels that support the Sea Scout program.

The purposes of the Seabadge experience are:

  • To improve the understanding of leadership, management, and motivational skills among Sea Scout adult leaders.
  • Provide management, leadership, and presentaion skills and tools to leaders so that they may use and share them with others in day-to-day Sea Scout activities.
  • Use the skills and tools acquired at Seabadge to improve the quality of the Sea Scout program.
  • Encourage the development of lifelong contacts and sharing of resources by and between course participants and staff.

The application deadline for the event is 9/27/19. More information may be found online by CLICKING HERE

CLICK HERE to download the event application

CLICK HERE to download the event flyer

See and learn more about the recently updated Sea  Scout Program

Learn more about the Seabadge Program here

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:

2019-2020 preview: Florida National High Adventure Sea Base

2019-2020 preview: Paul R. Christen High Adventure Base at Summit Bechtel Reserve

2019-2020 preview: Philmont Scout Ranch

2019-2020 preview: Northern Tier National High Adventure Program

Thanks Bryan! Great job and information as always!

BSA Launches ‘Scout Me In’ Campaign

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” 

24th World Scout Jamboree – Coming Soon: July 2019

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.