Aquehonga District meeting report 10/07/14

Meeting at Berlin Lodge in Pouch Camp, Seaview, the Aquehonga District Committee of the Boy Scouts of America held its monthly meeting on Tuesday evening. It was called to order by Chair AnneMarie Borriello.

Rich Ricco, District Commissioner, said that the commissioners were working with units to make sure all Youth Protection courses are being completed. Leaders should have received an 18-month calendar from GNYC. He urged leaders to both use the calendar to avoid conlicts and to located training opportunities off-Island when Scouters cannot attend local courses.

The Camping committee reported that overall more Scouts went camping this past summer than in 2013. They also reminded attendees about the specialty camps that might be of interest to more experienced Scouts. Possible future improvements to Pouch Camp were also discussed.

It was noted that a new website will be coming on-line shortly to replace the current Aquehonga website. Margaret Collord was thanked for coordinating the effort.

There are many activities coming up, including the Webelos-a-ree October 17-19, the Order of the Arrow Ordeal October 24-26, the annual Ghost-a-ree for Cub Scouts & siblings on October 25 (new location – the Camporee field opposite the JCC,) and Scouting for Food on November 8. There are also training courses, including Cub Leader Specific on November 1 and BALOO on November 15. December will be the Bowl-a-thon and the Pouch tree lighting. Klondike Derby planning is already well underway for the February event. It was also noted that Merit Badge counselors are available at the monthly Staten Island Geological Society meetings. Their next meeting will be Friday, October 10 at the Father Hicks Center at St. Clare’s.

Eagle Board of Reviews continue to be held at the Richmond County Courthouse the first Monday of the month. Last night three Eagle candidates were examined, bringing the calendar year to date total to 41. Attendees were reminded that any Eagle candidate that began his work in 2014 must use the 2014 workbook and application forms.

The Catholic Committee noted that Cub Scout workbooks for the Religious emblems must be turned in by the December 8 Roundtable, and the Mass will be on January 25. A one-day retreat is planned for January 24, and the Board of Review for Boy Scout Religious emblems is February 4.

For information about joining Scouting or about any Scouting event or program, contact District Director Greg Mustoe at (212) 651-2863. Information is also available at www.beascout.org. The new name for the local Staten Island Scouting website will be announced shortly.

The next District meeting will be November 4 at Berlin Lodge, Pouch Camp. The next District Roundtable will be this coming Monday – October 13 — at New Dorp Moravian Church.