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

2018 NER Outdoor Program Seminar 

The Northeast Region hosts an Outdoor Program Seminar on the alternate years from the National Outdoor Conference.

This NER gathering allows District, Council, Area, and Regional volunteers and professionals with responsibility for the Outdoor Program to explore new program initiatives, learn from one another’s best practices, develop a network of mutual support, and to enjoy the fellowship of Scouting’s’ outdoor leadership.

The 2018 Northeast Region Outdoor Program Seminar [NEROPS] will be held from Friday evening October 12 through Sunday noon October 14, at Alpine Scout Camp which provides the Northeast Region with an excellent training facility in a truly historic Scout Camp setting. The NER Outdoor Program Seminar is a long standing tradition. Although this conference is sponsored by the NER, Scouters from all Regions and Areas of the BSA are invited and most welcome to attend. The program is designed for Council volunteer and professional Scouters with responsibilities for providing quality Council and District year-round outdoor programs, including the full venue of summer possibilities. Our presenters will share the “latest and greatest” in program developments and you will have ample opportunity for personal networking to enhance the leadership ‘toolbox’ for your Council.

CLICK HERE to download the event information documents.

CLICK HERE to register online

CLICK HERE to view the event Facebook page


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.

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 

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” 


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.

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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.