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25: JCOS Comm
25-26: Boy Scout Leader Outdoor Skills Training
25: Climbing Wall Facilitator Training
26: Popcorn Fundraiser Ends
28: OA Executive Comm
31-11/2: District Boy Scout Fall Events
1: Webelos Art Pin
1: Webelos Hike-O-Ree
1: Popcorn Take Orders & Prize Orders Due
1: Popcorn Show & Sell Return and Payment Due
1: Art Merit Badge
6: Council Roundtable
7: Webelos Den Leader Specifics Training
8: Webelos Leader Outdoor Skills Training
10: Veterans Day
12: Fundamentals of Training T-1
13: Gathering of Eagles
15: Den Chief Training
17: Executive Board
20: Training Committee
22: Popcorn Take Order Pick-up
22: Catholic Emblem Counselor Training
22: Archdiocese Scout Retreat
24: District Operations
25: OA Executive Comm
25: Bowl-o-ree Chairs
25: Friends of Scouting Family Presenter Training
27-30: Thanksgiving Holiday
29-30: Durland and Read Closed
5-7: Leave No Trace Trainer Course
7: JCOS Committee
10: Cinematography Merit Badge
12: Popcorn Take Order Payment Deadline
15: Executive Comm
16: OA Executive Comm
18: Training Comm
20-21: Durland and Read closed
Algonquin District
31-11/2: Trek-O-Ree
19: District Meeting
4: Charter Workshop / Turn-in Day
17: District Meeting
Manitoga District
24-26: Boy Scout Fall Camporee
18: District Meeting
8: Charter Workshop / Turn-in Day
16: District Meeting
Mohican District
1-2: Dan Rile Trek & Camporee
19: District Meeting
9: Charter Workshop / Turn-in Day
17: District Meeting
Muscoot District
24-26: Boy Scout Fall Camporee
18: District Meeting
3: Charter Workshop / Turn-in Day
16: District Meeting
See Council Calendar for further events

Portable Climbing Wall Facilitor & Climb on Safely Training for Unit Leaders
September 27, 2014 or October 25, 2014
Durland Scout Reservation – Jones Cabin

Who: Any registered adult (21 and over) from any Cub Pack or Scout Troop

The purpose of this course is:
To train unit leaders to facilitate activity sessions using the Westchester-Putnam Council’s 35’ portable climbing tower. The tower can be reserved for use during weekend camping activities at Durland Scout Reservation and also other WPC sanctioned off-site events.


 To familiarize unit leaders with the principles of the BSA Climb On Safely Training which will help unit leaders to understand some basic climbing concepts and learn how to plan and carry out a safe unit climbing/rappelling activity.

  • Both Climb On Safely and Climbing Wall Facilitator certificates of completion will be provided to all participants that complete the training.
  • Participants in this training DO NOT need any prior climbing experience or background.
  • All specialty equipment, training materials and lunch will be provided.

What To Bring:
-Comfortable, weather appropriate clothing
-Footwear with good ankle support (No open toed shoes)

Fee: $10 per participant

September 27 registration

Online Registration Closed 9/26/2014

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October 25 registration

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Art Merit Badge
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Time: 2pm-6:30pm
Cost: $50
Where: Council Service Center

During this four hour workshop students will create 4 different art projects while experimenting with various art mediums and learning drawing and artistic concepts. Students will create a sea turtle drawing and painting, a print making masterpiece, a 3-D art rendering, and self-portrait using charcoal and authentic artist markers. The students will also get to meet a local clay artist and learn more about what the artist does in his workshop at the Clay Art Center. By completing the workshop the students will meet the standard necessary to receive an art merit badge.

Art Merit Badge Flyer


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Webelos Artist Pin
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Time: 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Cost: $50
Where: Council Service Center

During this four and a half hour workshop students will create 5 different art projects while experimenting with various art mediums and learning drawing and artistic concepts. Students will create a landscape drawing, a color wheel exercise, dragon sculpture, an animal print collage, and profile pictures of family members using charcoal. The workshop will commence with an art show that family and friends will be invited to attend. By completing the workshop the students will meet the standard necessary to receive a Belt Loop and Academic Pin.

Webelos Artist Flyer


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The Fundamentals of Training
November 12, 2014
7 p.m.
WPC Council Service Center
41 Saw Mill River Rd.   Hawthorne, N.Y.
No Fee!

This is the first part of the three-part train-the-trainer continuum (T3, or T-Cubed) in the Boy Scouts of America. The course introduces teaching techniques and skills to new Scout trainers but is also designed to help all Scouters, regardless of their experience, present effective training. Intended for both youth and adult trainers, the course will help those who might have trained for other organizations learn the BSA's training techniques, and it will help freshen up the skills of current BSA trainers.
Modules of this training are:

  • How and Why Train Leaders
  • Characteristics of Good Trainers
  • How People Learn
  • Presentation Media
  • Training Methods

The Fundamentals of Training will help you be a more confident speaker and learn the “tricks of the trade” of effective training methods. It will help you with your Pack meetings, Troop meetings, committee meetings and more. This course is required for Pack Trainers to be considered fully trained and to receive their training awards.


This training is a must for new staff for WPC’s University of Scouting!


*Please be sure to register online by Monday, November 10th.

Fundamentals of Training Flyer

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2014 New York Archdiocesan Annual Catholic Scout Retreat
November 22, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Marydell Faith & Life Center
640 North Midland Ave., Nyack, NY 10960

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Cinematography Merit Badge
December 10, 2014
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Microsoft Store
The Westchester Mall
(125 Westchester Mall, White Plains, NY)

Cost $20

Cinematography Merit Badge Flyer


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Powder Horn
High Adventure Resource Management Course
June 25 – 28, 2015  •  Durland Scout Reservation  •  Putnam Valley, NY

Who attends Powder Horn?  YOU!  Why?  To bring high adventure to your unit!

Westchester-Putnam Council’s groundbreaking 2015 Powder Horn course will be chock-full of fun,
fellowship and adventure. Participation in this course will involve a hands-on, intense, early-morning to late-night schedule ensuring that leaders will leave with a list of ideas to create a more exciting and robust program, along with the contacts and resources needed to implement them.

What is Powder Horn?
Powder Horn is a resource course designed to expose Scouting’s adult leaders and youth leaders to the exhilarating, high-adventure program possibilities for their unit while providing the resources necessary to operate a successful outdoor program. In plain English… participants will be spending the long weekend learning about, and actually participating in, high adventure activities and how they can be taken back to the unit.

Course Activities
Powder Horn is organized around the BSA’s High Adventure elements. Programs for the weekend will be selected from the following exciting activities:

Astronomy ~ Climbing & Rappelling Backpacking ~ Geocaching ~ Orienteering
Equestrian Shooting Sports with Pistols, Rifles, Shotguns, & Black Powder
SCUBA ~ Slack lining ~ COPE ~ Mountain Biking ~ Expedition Planning
Trail Cooking ~ Outdoor Living History ~ Fly Fishing & Fly Tying
Leave No Trace ~ Nature & Edible Plants ~ Rope Crossing ~ Archery
Bouldering & Ice Climbing ~ Small Boat Sailing & Paddleboarding

While active participation is highly encouraged, participants may choose just to observe and learn any activity they are not comfortable doing.
Participant Qualifications

  • The 2015 Powder Horn course is open to any registered Adult or Youth (14 & up) in the BSA. Youth should be program planners and must be recommended by their unit leader.
  • All participants must be trained for their position


  • Venturing Youth Protection
  • Youth Protection - general
  • Hazardous Weather
  • Safety Afloat
  • Safe Swim Defense
  • Climb on Safely
  • Participants must meet the physical requirements of the BSA Annual Health and Medical Record in a backcountry environment (Parts A, B & C). Physician review must be dated after 6/28/14.
  • Participants must be prepared to camp overnight using their own gear.

Are you ready to join us for this amazing, hands-on training experience?


  • The course fee is $200 and covers all meals, program materials, liability insurance and course swag. Registration is on a first-come basis and is expected to fill rapidly.
  • You must be available for the course from check-in on Thursday, June 25th at 6pm until completion on Sunday, June 28th at 4pm.
  • To include as many units as possible, there will be a two adults per unit limit with remaining adults from the same unit being placed on a waitlist.
  • We will reserve space for 8 youth leaders with one per unit being accepted. Youth leaders will submit a tentative registration and then be emailed a recommendation form to be filled out by their unit leader and a questionnaire to be completed by the youth. Registration will be confirmed upon review and approval of all necessary Youth Registration Forms.


For questions contact:
Robert Hoffmann
Powder Horn 2015 Course Director

Powder Horn Flyer


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23rd World Scout Jamboree
Tuesday, July 28, to Saturday, August 8, 2015
Kirara-hama, Japan

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

Adult Leader Applications Due By 2/15/2014

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, Crossroads of Culture, and the Peace Program.

Participants will live and learn with fellow Scouts from around the world. They will be housed in tents along with the BSA contingent but will soon venture out to mingle with tens of thousands of people for two weeks of activities and adventure. That's right, a world fellowship exercise on an enormous scale!

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World Jamboree Leader Application


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