Happy Holidays to all of our Scouts, Scouters, and your families!!


December 2008



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Text Box: The Westchester-Putnam Council would like to express its    sincere wishes to all for a very Happy Holiday Season and a Happy, Healthy New Year!!!  Our thanks go out to our          volunteers for all that you do all year long, to deliver the    Scouting program to the youth of our communities!!

Please note the following holiday schedule for the Council    Service Center and the Hawthorne Scout Shop:
Council Service Center 	
    and Scout Shop	CLOSED	12/24-25/08
Council Service Center	CLOSED	12/26/08
Scout Shop		OPEN-9am-4pm	12/26/08
Scout Shop		OPEN-9am-2pm	12/27/08
Council Service Center 
    and Scout Shop	CLOSED	1/1/09
Scout Shop (Inventory)	CLOSED	1/2-3/09




Executive Board Member Bill Kelly had the vision and desire twenty-nine years ago to   organize a fundraiser to support youth with special needs. As a result of organizing each of the past twenty-eight Bowl-O-Rees, over a  million dollars has been raised to support this initiative. Our in-school Champion’s 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 their unit and 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.


Click here for more information and to sign-up your Unit!

Two Great Dinners - Four “Good Scouts”

This fall the business community came together in support of Scouting in Westchester and Putnam counties.  First, on    October 30th 270 leaders from the Construction Industry   gathered at the Hilton Rye Town to honor Nicholas Signorelli, Business Manager of the International Union of Operating Engineers local 137 in Briarcliff Manor and Lewis Rapaport, Chairman of Component Assembly Systems in Pelham.  Then on December 10th , 150 business and community leaders   honored Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone and Tom Clark,  Chairman of The Westchester Bank at Tappan Hill Mansion in Tarrytown.


Click here to read more.


Pictured (left to right) at Top: Lewis Rapaport & Nicholas Signorelli;

Bottom:  Tom Clark & Mayor Phil Amicone.



Thank you to all of the Units that participated in our Council  annual food drive- Scouting for Food Good Turn.  In these hard economic times, it is especially important that we teach our Scouts to help others in need. 


As a Council we collected 15,481 items and had 90 units registered for the food drive.

More information…


Our Council Popcorn Fundraiser is coming to a close and the results are fantastic. 104 Westchester–Putnam Council Units participated in the sale, returning more than $190,000 to Unit treasuries. This is an outstanding average of more than $1,800 in commission being returned to each of our participating Units. In addition, Scouts earned great prizes and those who qualified will be invited to the Victory Party that will be held on January 28th at Sportime USA in Elmsford.


We also continue to be one of the nationwide leaders in Operation Popcorn, which sends popcorn to our armed services each year. This year, the Westchester-Putnam Council sent over $30,000 worth of popcorn to our troops!


Please click here for more information on the Popcorn Fundraiser.




Boy Scout Popcorn



Scouts from Troop 73 White Plains conducted the Opening Ceremony at the Red Ribbon Week Kick-off this past week. Red Ribbon Week promotes healthy life habits for youth and is designed to create awareness throughout the city of White Plains. The Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts were invited to be sponsors of the event.


Pictured at right are Scouts from Troop 73 with White Plains Mayor Joseph M. Delfino.


Pictured at left are Scouts from Pack 1 and Troop 1 Lake Carmel, who assisted in the wreath laying on Veteran’s Day at the VFW in Carmel.