Text Box: Criminal Background Checks and Rechartering

Text Box: October, 2008

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Text Box: As dedicated Scouting volunteers, we know you understand the importance of keeping our youth safe in the Scouting program. We accomplish this in many ways, one of which has been to conduct criminal background checks on all new volunteers since April 2003.
 
As you are probably aware, the National Council recently undertook a project to conduct background checks on leaders who have been continually registered in the program since before April 2003 and had not had a background check performed under the new system. These individuals received a letter from our Council President John Kiernan and the Scout Executive Marc Andreo, as well as the National Council, explaining the need for criminal background checks and our continued youth protection efforts. The letters explained the need for consent to conduct a criminal background check and directed volunteers to a new web site to authorize and provide information needed to conduct a CBC. This web site closed on August 1, 2008.
 
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Text Box: 2008 Fall Membership Program
 

Text Box: The fall is prime time for Scouting units to invite boys and their families to join in the fun and adventure of their Pack, Troop or Venturing Crew.  There are many resources and methods available for you to use to 
invite them to join this fall.
 
Click here for some highlights of the resources 
available.
 
 
 
 
 

Text Box: “A Day in the Country” Sporting Clays Tournament

Text Box: The annual Sporting Clays “A Day in the Country” tournament was held on September 24th at Orvis Sandanona in Millbrook NY. The Tournament Station Sponsors were Automated Control Logic, RexCorp and Riverso and Associates. The day included a round of sporting clays in a scramble format followed by a buffet luncheon. An estimated $25,000 was raised in support of the Scouting program for the Westchester – Putnam Council, Boy Scouts of America.
 
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Text Box: International Scouting

Text Box: In July Troop 73 had the good fortune to be the first hosts to the very first contingent of Scouts from Kazakhstan to visit the United States since the MOSK (Scouts of Kazakhstan) was admitted to the World Organization of Scouting. The Troop established very strong ties with this group and together visited New York City areas such as the Empire State Building, South Street Seaport, Central Park, U.N., the Wall Street area, a minor league baseball game in Staten Island, and Jones Beach. As there were only eight of them, including their two young adult leaders, we were able to house them together in the home of one of our families. 
 
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Text Box:      The Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) Order of the Arrow, the honorary society of the Boy Scouts, and the United States Forest Service gathered in Goshen, Virginia from June 21 to June 28 for a week long project to rebuild, reroute and repair 65 miles of hiking trails in the George Washington & Jefferson National Forests.  Over 700 Boy Scouts from across the United States, England and Germany attended.  
     The Virginia event is part of a larger effort at five national parks across the US taking place this summer.  The sites are Mark Twain in Missouri, Manti La-Sal in California, George Washington and Jefferson in Virginia, Shasta Trinity in California, and Bridger Teton in Wyoming.  In total 5,000 Scouts and Scouters had the opportunity to do service at the sites, making this the BSA’s largest public service project since World War II.
 
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Text Box: THE 29TH ANNUAL WILLIAM E. KELLY BOWL-O-REE
TO SUPPORT SPECIAL NEEDS YOUTH
 

Text Box: Executive Board Member Bill Kelly had the vision and desire twenty-eight years ago to organize a fundraiser to support youth with special needs. As a result of organizing each of the past twenty-seven Bowl-O-Rees, over a million dollars has been raised to support this initiative. Our in-school program for youth with special needs is being offered to nearly 1,000 youth in the Yonkers and Mt. Vernon School Districts.
 
This year’s Bowl-O-Ree offers all Scouts in our Units to again enjoy a great bowling activity while raising needed funding for the Special Needs Program. This year’s Bowl-O-Ree plans are underway.  The bowling locations and dates have been secured and Unit Sign-Up forms are available.
 
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Text Box: 2008  POPCORN FUNDRAISER IS UNDERWAY

Text Box: The 2008 Popcorn Fundraiser is off to a great start with more than 100 Units participating!
 
61 Units are participating in the Show and Sell portion of the sale and all Scouts are busy with the Take Order, Online Sales and Sell at Work portions of the sale.  All Online Sales count toward the Unit’s commission and towards the Scouts individual goals.  Scouts should be set up in the Popcorn system and given their individual Order Keys to get credit for their sales. 
 
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