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.

Scott Christensen - Area 2 PresidentGreetings 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 32,000 adult volunteers, we serve more than 95,000 youth members in over 3,100 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 24 separate outdoor camps.  Last year Councils in our Area logged over 386,000 hours of community service and reported the advancement of 1,672 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

Northeast Region Outdoor Program Seminar (NER-OPS)

The 2014 Northeast Region Outdoor Program Seminar (also known as NER-OPS) is to be held on Friday, November 7th to Sunday, November 9, 2014 at Camp Alpine in Alpine, NJ.

This weekend is a continuation of a Northeast Region tradition. It is designed for council volunteers and professional Scouters with responsibilities for providing Council year-round camping programs including the full venue of summer possibilities. We hope to share the “latest and the greatest” in program developments, and an opportunity for personal networking to enhance the leadership “toolbox” for your role in the local council.

The Northeast Region enjoys the collaboration of regional and area chairs for each of six specialty areas:NER 2014 NEROPS

  • Aquatics
  • Camping
  • COPE/Climbing
  • Conservation
  • Outdoor Ethics
  • Shooting Sports

With the roll-out of the National Camp Accreditation Program (NCAP), councils are urged to have council standing committees guiding the development of year-round programs, in each of these areas. We have invited the Regional Specialty Chairs to convene their area partners to offer a three session core in each specialty area.

CLICK HERE for more details for this event


 2014 Area 2 Fall Key Leadership Conference

Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014
Location: NY Life Insurance Company Facility (Google Map), 1 Rockwood Road, Sleepy Hollow, New York 10591.

The Area Two Committee extends to you a most cordial invitation to attend the upcoming Area Two Fall Key Leadership Conference.  This conference is designed to meet your needs in the important leadership position you hold with your council.  The sessions that will be held are outlined in the conference document package (link below) including 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 and Leaders.

The Conference has been established to offer you the best and 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.

The Area Key Leadership Forum is a full-day program designed for to bring together key leaders within Area 2. The program typically appeals to council leadership including:Council Presidents, Council Commissioners, Scout Executives, Directors of Field Service, Assistant Scout Executives, Field Directors, Vice Presidents of Program, Development, Finance, Administration, NCAP Chairs, District Key 3 Volunteers and Professionals, Council Officers, Board Members, Executive Committee, Council Committee Chairs, Key Council Professionals and other Key Area Leadership. The Forum serves as a useful exchange of experience, best practices and ideas to help you and your council leadership tackle your challenges.

CLICK HERE for more information on this event

 Why every Scout unit needs a STEM Coordinator

STEM-at-jamboreeSerious about STEM? Then you need a Unit 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?

CLICK HERE to read this rest of this great post on the “Bryan on Scouting” Site. (Thanks Bryan!)

‘Frozen’-inspired Scouts ask, ‘Do You Want to Buy Some Popcorn?’

CLICK HERE for more info and background on this video


23rd World Scout Jamboree – Registration Open! 23rd_World_Jambo

Be a part of the BSA contingent to the 2015 World Scout Jamboree!

Tuesday, July 28, to Saturday, August 8, 2015 – Kirara-hama, Japan

In 2015, more than 30,000 Scouts and leaders from 161 countries around the world will converge on Kirara-hama, Yamaguchi, Japan, for the 23rd World Scout Jamboree.

The event will provide opportunities to raise awareness about global issues, explore the environment, participate in community service, make friends from around the world, and deepen understanding of developments in science and technology. The world jamboree is a unique opportunity for participants to experience an exciting program of activities, including: Global Development Village, City of Science, Cross Road of Culture, and the Peace Program.

CLICK HERE to register for this event or to review more information

CUB_HUBHave you seen CUB HUB?

The Official Website of the Cub Scouts

CUB HUB is a new and exciting official project of the Boy Scout of America. It is intended to gather up and present some of the best ideas about Cub Scouting that are being shared on Social Media and Web Sites all across the Internet.

Take a few minutes and check it out – it is really cool and amazing resource for Cub Scouts, Families and Leaders. View CUB HUB Now


Have You Seen the National Best Practices Portal?best practices

Best Practices Portal now available at MyScouting.org

You can now view best practices on many different subjects submitted by Scouting leaders from all over the country. Please take a few minutes and check out the national best practices portal. Feel free while you are there to post your own best practices to benefits others in similar positions and situations.

  • Sign into www.myscouting.org .
  • Enter your user name and password. (This is the same user name and password that you used for Youth Protection Training, etc.).
  • In the MyScouting home page, select the last item in the left navigation column, “Best Practices.”
  • Please feel free to use all types of data (pdf, jpg, Word, Excel, videos, etc.).
  • Once inside the Best Practices Portal, click the button “Submit a Best Practice” and complete the requested entry fields.

The Scouting Alumni Association LogoJoin the Scouting Alumni Association today to reconnect with Scouting and help build better youth.

The Scouting Alumni Association provides former Scouts and those positively impacted by the BSA—family members of Scouts (past and present), volunteers, Scouters, community leaders, and the millions of Americans who benefit from Scouting in their communities every day a way to get involved with the Boy Scouts of America again. Take this new opportunity to get involved with Scouting without having to give a major time commitment. The Scouting Alumni Association invites you to get involved with an organization you believe in—giving as much or as little as you choose. CLICK HERE for information, benefits or to join The Scouting Alumni Association. By joining the Scouting Alumni Association, you’ll stay up to speed on what’s happening in Scouting and help youth experience the excitement, challenges, and adventure that Scouting has to offer.