Muscoot District

Serving: Armonk, Bedford Village, Bedford Hills, Brewster, Carmel, Croton Falls, Goldens Bridge, Katonah, Kent, Lake Carmel, Lewisboro, Lincolndale, Mahopac, Mahopac Falls, Mt. Kisco, No. Salem, Patterson, Pound Ridge, Putnam Lake, Shenorock, Somers, So. Salem and Vista

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 Muscoot Advancement

At every Roundtable meeting, our advancement committee will be available for Life Scouts who are going for the rank of Eagle. If your unit has any Life Scouts that have questions or are preparing an Eagle project, please feel free to come to a Roundtable and ask our District Advancement Committee for advice. Our District Advancement Chair is Bruce Markert. Also, please be aware that all Life Scouts going for the rank of Eagle must have their records checked against the Council records BEFORE YOUR BOARD OF REVIEW. You must make an appointment with Dawn Niece at our council office to check these records. This can be done by calling the Council office at (914) 773-1135 x 245.

Roundtables and District Meetings

A roundtable is a monthly district meeting for all leaders. Muscoot's monthly district Roundtables for all leaders are held on the first Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at Somers Middle School cafeteria (on lowest level). At these Roundtables, you will get the latest info about upcoming events, tips about monthly themes, share ideas with your fellow leaders, success stories. If you attend these meetings already, please share with the other leaders in your unit how valuable these meeting are.

The District Commissioners meet the second Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Somers Intermediate School.

The District Committee meets the third Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Somers Intermediate School.

 

MUSCOOT SPOTLIGHT

Law Enforcement Exploring


Officer Darren Cea: Has been a Police Officer for the Town of Kent Police Department for the last 9 years. Officer Cea received a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and Associates Degree in Psychology from John Jay College Of Criminal Justice. Officer Cea has been an adviser for the Cadet program for 3 years and brings his expertise as a Defensive Tactics and General Topic Instructor to help the cadets have a fun educational experience while getting into shape. Officer Cea assists the Cadet program by teaching  “Phase 1” Cadets a variety of topics and assisting “Phase 2” Cadets with Mock PD and role play scenarios. Officer Cea is assigned as a road patrol officer.

Deputy Sheriff Kevin Radovich:  Has been a Police Officer for 9 years.  Like Deputy Kraisky, he first served with the Kent Police Department and did also work with the Kent Cadet Program.  Deputy Radovich was actually a charter member of the Kent Cadets and was with the program right up until the time the he went to the Police Academy for that same agency.  Before becoming a Police Officer, Deputy Radovich received his BA in Forensic Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  Deputy Radovich is a certified Drug Recognition Expert and is currently assigned to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit.  Deputy Radovich currently supervises the “Phase 2” portion of the Cadet program, otherwise known as Mock PD.  Our Phase 2 Cadets receive advanced classroom and hands on training in all aspects of Law Enforcement and Emergency Response.  The Phase 2 Cadets participate in role playing scenarios where they can put their skills to the test and can be advised on the best tips and tactics from sworn Police Officers.

Deputy Sheriff Michael Varley:  Has served 7 years with the Putnam County Sheriff's Office and is a four year member of the Putnam County Emergency Response Team.  Deputy Varley holds many degrees and certifications including a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice, Psychology, as well as a Masters Degree in Mental Health and Counseling.  Deputy Varley has been with the PCSO Cadet program for two years and brings his expertise as a Defensive Tactics and Physical Fitness Instructor to the program to help the Cadets have a true to life experience and to teach them the best way to get and stay in shape.  Deputy Varley is currently assigned as the School Resource Officer at Carmel High School and spends his time away from the Sheriff's Office as a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor.

Deputy Sheriff Matt Kraisky:  Has been a Police Officer for 6 years, first serving with the Kent Police (Where he worked with the Kent Cadet Program) and is now working for the Putnam County Sheriff's Office.  Deputy Kraiskys experience with the Explorers program began while in high school when he was a member of an Explorer Post in Brewster, New York and he was fortunate enough to have the ability to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Franklin Pierce College (now University) and a Master's of Science in Criminology from Regis University.  Deputy Kraisky is a state certified general topics instructor, a member of the Putnam County Emergency Response Team and currently assigned as a School Resource Office at Brewster High School.  Deputy Kraiskys primary responsibility with the Putnam County Sheriff's Office Cadet program is as an Instructor for our Phase 1 Cadet Recruits.  Deputy Kraisky lectures on all aspects of Law Enforcement, showing the Cadets the true building blocks of Law Enforcement.

Deputy Sheriff Ryan Diskin:  Has been a Police Officer for 8 years.  Deputy Diskin proudly served 6 years in the United States Army, with the Fighting 69th Infantry Regiment, before coming back to his hometown to work for the Sheriff's Office.  Deputy Diskin worked as a dispatcher for PCSO before being sent to the Police Academy in 2008.  After working as a patrol Deputy, he was assigned as the School Resource Officer at the Mahopac High School.  Besides from dedicating his time to the Sheriff's Office, Mahopac Schools and the Sheriff's Cadets, Deputy Diskin also volunteers at the Carmel Volunteer Ambulance Corp.  Deputy Diskin is the lead Physical Fitness Instructor for our “Phase 1” Cadet Recruits and lectures on Emergency Preparedness, as well as Mental and Physical Preparedness.  

Officer Brian Forde: Has been a police officer for 4 years and has been an advisor with the program for 2 years. Officer Forde was a member of the Kent Police Explorers for 7 years prior to becoming a police officer. Officer Forde attended the University at Albany where he obtained a bachelor's degree in Psychology. Along with other training and certifications, Officer Forde is a certified Drug Recognition Expert, Field Training Officer and is also a member of the Putnam County Emergency Response Team. He currently oversees the Phase 2 portion of the program where the explorers learn hands on different aspects of Law Enforcement.

Deputy Sheriff Paul P. Piazza Jr:  Has been a Police Officer for 9 years.  Prior to being a Police Officer, Deputy Piazza was a Corrections Officer at the Putnam County Jail, which gives him a total of 16 years in Law Enforcement, all with the Putnam County Sheriff's Office.  Deputy Piazza received a BA in Criminal Justice from Buffalo State College before pursuing a Law Enforcement career.  After taking an assignment as a School Resource Officer, first in Brewsters Schools and currently at the Haldane Central School District, Deputy Piazza dedicated his time and efforts to the furthering of the PCSO Cadets.  Deputy Piazza responsibilities within the program include coordinating training, working with community organizations who need PCSO Cadet support with events and working with Cadets and Cadet Recruits in all portions of the program.  

Officer Daniel Huestis:  Has served 3 years with the Town of Kent Police Department in Carmel, NY.  Officer Huestis currently the Juvenile Officer in the Town of Kent, as well as, DARE Officer for the Carmel Central School District.  Officer Huestis has a background in teaching and holds a NYS Teacher Certification for Physical Education and Special Education.  Officer Huestis attended SUNY Cortland where he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education and Master Degree in Education with a concentration in Special Education from Western Connecticut State University.  This is Officer Huestis’ second year with the Cadet program and primarily works with the older Phase 2 cadets, creating scenarios in “Mock PD” which are guided to challenge and educate the cadets on real life scenarios that Police Officers encounter on a daily basis.

Deputy Piazza is the Post Advisor for Exploring Post 2180 and Club 2181.  Officer Forde is the Post Advisor for Exploring Post 563 and Club 564.

Thank you for everything that you do for our young men and women in the program!


MUSCOOT UNITS IN ACTION

  

 Venturing Crew 1104 hosted a multi-crew cabin campout at Durland Scout Reservation on December 9th – 11th.  Attending were Patterson Crew 1776, Pelham Crew 42, Somers Crew 1104, and potential Venture members from Somers and Salesian High School!  Activities included tomahawk throwing, hiking, service project, archery, Search & Rescue dog Mecky, slackline, good food, and board games!  More in the future!

Thank you Dawn Niece for providing pictures and the info!



Congratulations

 The Northern Districts had an amazing opportunity to present Bob Quentin with the 50 Year Veteran Pin during the December Roundtable.  It was a great celebration in recognizing Bob’s amazing work to the scouting community!  

 

New Eagle Scout

Congratulations to our New Eagle Scout Griffin W. from Troop 154 Goldens Bridge! Griffin began his scouting career as a Tiger Scout and is currently attending as a Senior at John Jay High School in Cross River. Griffin's Eagle Project was conducted at Lake Katonah where he built a new dock, removing the old one. This great project, at the approval of the Board of Directors of Lake Katonah, allows for members of the community to go fishing and observe wildlife. Congratulations!

 

        

 

2017 Spring Camporee

Amazing job to Troop 271 Mahopac and Muscoot Program Chair Howie Gershman for coordinating the weekend's amazing Geocaching Camporee with over 120 scouts in attendance!      

 

WEBELOS Orientation 

 

Shout out to Troop 1 Carmel and Troop 14 Carmel! They held their 21st Annual Carmel Community Camp weekend at Camp Herrlich. Through the great leadership of Joe Efferen and the efforts of Troop 1 & Troop 14 volunteers, over 60 Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and parents attended the event.This program is designed to help Webelos Scouts get comfortable and familiar with the Boy Scout Program and the troops in their community area.  Great job Joe and Team!

        

 

Veterans' Day Events 2016

Throughout Muscoot District many units took the time to honor our veterans and thank them for their service on November 11th.
Pictured below is Troop 94 Armonk participating in a ceremony dedicating and blessing the grave markers of veterans in the St. Stephen's Church Cemetery in Armonk. Afterwards they took part in the ceremonial burning of retired US flags. 

Good Scouter Award

 

  • Congratulations to Gordon Elliot and Thomas Campanile for earning the “Good Scout Award” at the Annual Good Scout Award Dinner at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown. Over 80 people attended to show their support for Scouting and these two fine individuals! 
     

     

    Pack 1 Somers Marched in the annual Memorial Day parade