Chairman - Mike Occhicone
Commissioner - Mike Amico
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
The Weekend of Saturday, January 24, 2015
Seton Scout Reservation, Greenwich, CT
- The Klondike will be substantially similar to last year’s Klondike. The biggest difference will be that NO WHEELS WILL BE ALLOWED ON KLONDIKE SLEDS, throughout the day (not just racing)! The second biggest difference is that patrols will have only 40 minutes at each station. Do your best! A horn will blow when the patrol must move on to the next station. (Partial points for partial completions.) Therefore, besides getting Klondike sleds ready for competition, patrols should be brushing up their First Class Scoutcraft skills. See the Guidebook, posted at www.WPCBSA.org . The Guidebook is also available at www.GreenwichScouting.org . The Guidebook is now complete. Note that there were some changes after the January 8 planning meeting. (For instance, a bonus point has been added for any sled reporting for inspection before 7:45.) The front page of your Guidebook must say “Final Packet Info 1-14-15.”
- All troops must submit a registration form with total number of sleds and Scouts by Thursday, January 22, at 3:PM. This info is needed to create scoresheets (before the event) for both patrols and judges who will be in the field. The registration form is available at www.GreenwichScouting.org . The form must be submitted to Kevin Piro at the Greenwich Council Office (63 Mason Street, Greenwich, CT 06830) or e-mail at Kevin.Piro@Scouting.org .
- There are three prices: a) $7/person if paid by cash or check at the Greenwich Council Office by January 22, b) $8.38/person if paid online at www.GreenwichScouting.org or c) $10/person if you pay after January 22 at 3:PM. All payments to Greenwich Council, BSA. (…even for Algonquin troops.)
- Feel free to contact Paul Knudsvig with any questions: PDKnudsvig@aol.com or (917) 533-0821.
Klondike Derby Guidebook
Algonquin District Pinewood Derby
Saturday April 11, 2015
TIMES TO BE DETERMINED
RACING COMMENCES ASAP AFTER "CUTOFF TIME" ENTRY FEE: TO BE DETERMINED
VENUE: TO BE DETERMINED
Cub Scouts with the fastest cars of each rank, from each pack in the Algonquin District are invited to compete at the Algonquin District Pinewood Derby. The Pack Committee must submit the online registration form for the pack, prior to Friday, April 3, 2015.
The District Pinewood Derby rules, regulations and specifications can be found in the Algonquin section of the council website: www.WPCBSA.org and on the Algonquin District blog: http://algonquindistrict.wordpress.com/ . Be sure to review the rules, regulations and specifications in order to make sure that you and your son have a fun time, with no surprises.
Common Problems to avoid:
All four wheels must touch the track.
Weights on the bottom of the car should be inset and flush with the bottom of the pinewood.
Finish painting at least a week before registration for the races.
No lubrication after registration.
Maximize weight without going over five ounces.
Racers MUST BE IN CUB SCOUT UNIFORM.
For more information, contact:
Algonquin District Program Chair
Cell: (917) 533-0821
Pinewood Derby Flyer
Pinewood Derby Rules
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
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
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
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
Finance: The Finance function sees that the district provides its share of
funds to the total council operating budget through the Friends of Scouting
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
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.
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.