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Chairman - Bill Langham
(914) 967-0341  

Commissioner - Henry Wilson
(646) 342-6490

Executive -Tiffany Deygoo
(914) 773-1135 ext 239

Serving: Blind Brook, Bronxville, Eastchester, Edgemont, Harrison, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Mt. Vernon, New Rochelle, Pelham, Port Chester, Purchase, Rye, Rye Neck, Scarsdale, Tuckahoe

  Upcoming Events
19-21: Order of the Arrow Weekend at Durland
20: BALOO Training
23: OA Executive Comm
23: Council Operations
27: Scoutmaster & Assistant Scoutmaster Training Full Day Course
27: Climbing Wall Facilitator Training
27: Fishing Derby
30: Photography Merit Badge
2: Scoutmaster & Assistant Scoutmaster Training #2 of 3
4: Climbing Merit Badge
6: South Roundtables
8: Catholic Scouting Committee
8: North Roundtables
9: Scoutmaster & Assistant Scoutmaster Training #3 of 3
13: Columbus Day
16: Training Comm
18-19: Thunderbird Games
18-19: Durland & Read Closed
20: Executive Comm
25-26: Boy Scout Leader Outdoor Skills Training
25: JCOS Comm
25: Climbing Wall Facilitator Training
26: Popcorn Fundraiser Ends
28: OA Executive Comm
31-11/2: District Boy Scout Fall Events
1: Popcorn Take Orders & Prize Orders Due
1: Art Merit Badge
1: Webelos Art Pin
1: Popcorn Show & Sell Return and Payment Due
6: Council Roundtable
7: Webelos Den Leader Specifics Training
8: Webelos Leader Outdoor Skills Training
10: Veterans Day
11: Fundamentals of Training T-1
13: Gathering of Eagles
15: Den Chief Training
17: Executive Board
Algonquin District
15: District Meeting
31-11/2: Trek-O-Ree
See Council Calendar for further events

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2 Rye
4 Edgemont
4 Pelham Manor
5 Bronxville
6 New Rochelle
6 Harrison
6 Crestwood
7 Tuckahoe
8 Pelham
9 Harrison
11 Rye
33 Larchmont
353 Eastchester
440 Scarsdale
1 Crestwood
1 Bronxville
2 Scarsdale
2 Rye
2 Bronxville
4 Bronxville
4 Scarsdale
5 Bronxville
6 New Rochelle
8 Edgemont
11 New Rochelle
15 New Rochelle
60 Scarsdale
99 Scarsdale
353 Eastchester
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Algonquin District Trek-O-Ree
October 31-November 2, 2014


Rank and Merit Badge Requirement Treks Offered:
10 miles for First Class and Hiking Merit Badge requirements
5 miles for Second Class requirements
 Fee: $6 Online Registration will be forthcoming.
 Each patrol will choose which hike to take.
 Each patrol must arrange for and be accompanied by 2-deep adult leadership.
 Each patrol must arrange for transportation to their embarkation point. (Details to follow.)
 Each patrol will supply their trail lunch, drinks and snacks.
 Campsites have been reserved in the 30's and will be assigned after registration closes, Oct 20.

Evening Campfire:
 There will be a district evening campfire. The campfire program will be together with the Mohican District. (While Algonquin is hiking in on the AT from the south, the Mohican District will be hiking in on the AT from the north.)
 Each patrol is asked to present a skit, song or stunt at the dual-district campfire program. Given the date, a Halloween theme is requested. Any participating patrol must submit their skit, song or stunt at Saturday morning check-in, at Sperling Center. (Friday camping is also welcomed.)

More details will follow a Wednesday, Sep 10 planning meeting. In the mean time, feel free to contact Paul Knudsvig, or PDKnudsvigaol.com, or Bill Hopkins, at (914) 588-5202, for more information or with any questions.

Trek-O-Ree Flyer


Roundtable Handouts
In an effort to save paper and deliver information in a more efficient manner roundtable agenda and handouts are now being made available through a downloadable PDF, below.

Southern Districts Roundtable Handouts - October 2013
Southern Districts Roundtable Handouts - September 2013
Southern Districts Roundtable Handouts - April 2013
Southern Districts Roundtable Handouts - March 2013
Southern Districts Roundtable Handouts - February 2013
Southern Districts Roundtable Handouts - January 2013
Handouts from Leave No Trace/Low Impact Cooking Presentation - January 2013 (zip)
Southern Districts Roundtable Handouts - December 2012

Roundtables for Algonquin and Mohican District Scouters are held the first Monday of the month at Iona Prep School, 255 Wilmot Road, New Rochelle, N Y. beginning at 7:00 p.m. Each Pack and Troop is asked to have one or more leaders in attendance. Why? Because the Roundtable is when the theme for the next month is going to be discussed, ideas exchanged, announcements made about future District and Council activities, leader training courses, and recruiting ideas for units. Adult leaders and parents are always welcome.


Unit Service is Provided by the District Commissioner Staff
Volunteers called Unit Commissioners provide direct coaching and consultation for unit adults to help ensure the success of every Scouting unit. The most important thing a commissioner does for a unit is to develop a close relationship with unit leaders to prove that somebody cares about him or her. This person is the connecting link between the Boy Scouts of America and the unit leader. This person does at least three things each month for each unit:

1. He or she visits a unit meeting or the unit committee meeting and stays long enough to give and take information about the unit program.

2. He or she phones each unit leader between unit meeting visits to see if help is needed.

3. The commissioner makes a thorough appraisal of each unit’s needs for successful operation and seeks out the resources of the district to meet those needs.

Additionally, the unit commissioner helps units prepare for charter renewal and leads them through the process qualification for the Journey to Excellence.
Currently there are 12 people who are registered Commissioners in the district. If your unit needs some help or guidance, District Commissioner Henry Wilson may be contacted and he will get one of these unit commissioners to help support you. The District Commissioner's staff meets the first Wednesday of the month.



The District Committee Carries Out Four Functions of District Operations
The Algonquin District has a group of over 20 people assigned to carry out the following four operational functions to support the program of the units in the district. These are Membership, Finance, Program, and Unit Service. Each of these functions has sub committees that carry out tasks and activities designed to ensure the growth and success of Scouting units within the district territory. A quick summary of each function is:

Membership: The Membership function strives for growth through the organization of new Scouting units and growth through new members joining existing units.
Finance: The Finance function sees that the district provides its share of funds to the total council operating budget through the Friends of Scouting campaign.
Program: The Program function concentrates on helping Scouting units with camp promotion, special activities including community service, training adult volunteers, and youth advancement and recognition.
Unit Service: The Unit Service function provides direct support to each unit within the district.



Conservation Resource Guide
Conservation is a basic part of the BSA mission. Scouting embraces Leave No Trace, requires conservation-related activities for rank advancement, and encourages conservation service projects to the community. The new Conservation Resource Guide identifies Westchester-Putnam agencies engaged in nature and conservation activities. Organized by District, the Guide is intended to enable ‘one-stop’ access for any Westchester-Putnam Scouts and Scouters seeking sites for troop conservation projects, nature-related advancements, or outdoor activities (including William Hornaday Award, Leave No Trace Award, Boy Scout Rank Advancement Nature Requirements, and Eagle Service Projects).


Webelos to Scout Transition
It should be the goal of the Cubmaster and Webelos Leaders to graduate every Webelos Scout into a Boy Scout troop. The key to accomplishing this is to begin promoting Boy Scouting when Cub Scouts are still in their Tiger, Wolf and Bear dens, and to sell the sizzle of the great outdoors. Scouting should be viewed as an ongoing adventure, and the progression should be as normal as moving from elementary school to middle school.

Boy Scout troops should assign an Assistant Scoutmaster or a troop committee member to be responsible for new Scouts, which would include developing a relationship with the Cubmaster and the Webelos Leaders. This person serves as a resource during Webelos overnight activities and builds enthusiasm among boys and their parents for the exciting challenges that await them in Boy Scouting.


Would you send your son to school on a bus whose driver was not trained? Would you feel comfortable knowing that your child's teacher wasn't trained? Of course not! Why don't we hold our Den Leaders, Cubmasters, and Scoutmasters to the same standard. While there are literally hundreds of possible training courses that you can take in Scouting, to be considered a TRAINED leader you must complete two courses, New Leader Essentials and the Specific training for your position.   Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) training is for any Cub Scout leader with a desire to plan and carry out any outdoor experience for the pack.



Commissioner Corps
The District Commissioner's staff meets the first Wednesday of the month at Iona Prep, 255 Wilmot Road, New Rochelle at 7:30 p.m.

A unit commissioner is a friend to the Scout unit - troop, pack or crew - and provides information and assistance to the Unit Committee. Often, a unit commissioner is someone who was once involved in a unit, and now has time to share their experience with other Scouters in their communities. Commissioners provide many services to the units they serve. Their primary responsibility is to be the liaison between the unit and the district. They will occasionally attend committee meetings, and also attend unit meetings at other times. They will always make themselves available for ideas and will be a resource for help and guidance.



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