District Announcements

Old Goat IV Camporee – Onondaga/Oneida Districts Lafayette Apple Festival Grounds      May 15 – 17, 2015

This year we are celebrating Fifty Years of Fun.  The “Old Goats” were started by one boy calling his beloved Scoutmaster by this nickname.  A few years later after that boy grew up; Onondaga District adopted the name to honor Scouters who gave a little extra to the district. They did not always have to be OLD and they soon added women, Nanny Goats, to their ranks.  We are 50 years old this year and wanted to give the boys a super fun experience. Hopefully you agree by closing ceremonies.

We have gathered various activities and contests for both Boys, Cubs and Venture Crews that have been presented at Camp-o-rees over the years.  Goat cart races, Da Vinci Bridge, Orienteering and Disability Awareness activities. Stop by to match up the Old Goats’ pictures, from their youth, and find as many Old Goats on the campground to get their signatures.  Don’t miss the Old Goat Chief…you will recognize him by his hat!

Please click here for Registration Information which is also being sent to Committee Chairs, Scoutmasters, Cubmasters and Crew Advisors.  Please share with the parents and leaders of you unit.

Yours In Scouting, Brian Ahsmann | District Executive

District Awards

Once again we will be holding our annual district picnic and award ceremony in June.  We are looking for nominations from the district for the awards listed below.  All nominations need to be submitted to me by April 28th.  We hope to have nominees for every award this year. The William Hillcourt Exceptional Scouter Award is an award , exclusive to Onondaga District, started in 1998 and presented annually to a Scouter that has demonstrated the Scout Law in their daily lives. The primary factor in selecting recipients is their involvement in and commitment to the Boy Scouts of America. http://www.cnyscouts.org/onondaga-district/files/2014/05/hillcourt_award.pdf The Award of Merit is a council award that is presented by the district. The number of awards that a district may make is calculated at one award for each 25 units or fraction thereof registered in the district. http://www.cnyscouts.org/onondaga-district/files/2013/01/award_of_merit_form.pdf The Sparkplug award is an Onondaga District award given annually to those Scouters that make a unit hum. You know who they are – they make you laugh, they make work fun, and always have a smile on their face and a kind word on their tongue. http://www.cnyscouts.org/onondaga-district/files/2014/05/sparkplug.pdf The Lamplighter award, another Onondaga District award, is given in recognition to those Scouters that have been instrumental in revitalizing a dying unit or starting a new one. This award is not meant for Commissioners but one that does exceptional work may qualify. http://www.cnyscouts.org/onondaga-district/files/2014/05/lamplighter.pdf

Attention:  New Eagle Applications – Reference Letter Policy

To create a measure of consistency throughout the Council,  a new procedure is being implemented effective immediately, in accordance with the 2013 “Guide to Advancement”.  To view the  new reference letter policy from the Longhouse Council please click here.

Scout Night at the Syracuse Crunch

Friday April 17th vs Adirondack Flyers at the War Memorial Arena at 7:00 p.m.  Single tickets are $15 (also a group rate).  For more information and ticket form please click here.

From the Longhouse Council webpage – BOYPOWER 2015:

Speaker Postcard

Silver Beaver Awards    

SilverBeaverNomination Deadline: April 3, 2015

The Silver Beaver is a national award presented by the Longhouse Council and is the highest honor that can be bestowed on a volunteer leader by a local council. The Silver Beaver is awarded for noteworthy service of exceptional character to youth by a registered scouter within the territory under the jurisdiction of the local council. The Longhouse Council may select only one Silver Beaver for every sixty Scouting units.  That means very few nominees can be honored each year.  Nominees who are not selected this year should be resubmitted for consideration next year. Those wishing to renominate a candidate who was not selected should review the nomination to see if there are additional facts that can be added to provide more information to the members of the selection committee. Nominations must be received at the Council Service Center by April 3rd to be considered. Questions?  Please contact Silver Beaver Committee Chair Dick Blansett, 457-7523; rblanset@twcny.rr.com. Silver Beaver Nomination Guidelines – 2015

Area 3 Venturing eVent

The Northeast Region, Area 3, Venturing Officers Association invites all Venturing Scouts, Sea Scouts and their guests to attend the annual Area 3 Venturing eVent. The eVent weekend will be held on Friday, April 24-April 26 2015 at Camp Woodland, Constantia NY, located north of Syracuse. Please click here for more information and to register for the 2015 eVent

Camp Card Sale Update

The Central New York Camp Cards have arrived and are ready for pick-up. Cards may be picked-up during regular business hours or are available for delivery to your unit by your District Executive. Due to the vendor delay, the Camp Card sale is now being extended until May 30th. At that time both payment of sold cards and returns of unsold cards are due. Camp Cards are discount cards / coupon booklets that provides the purchasers numerous discounts to restaurants and retailers all throughout Central and Northern New York. Each card is sold for $5.00. The deals on the card far exceed that amount. Scouts are encouraged to sell as many as they can. Your unit will earn 50% ($2.50 per card) of all sales! There is no risk to your unit, just return all unsold camp cards by May 30th! To sign-up for the program, all your unit needs to do is agree to participate in the 2015 Camp Card Program and request the number of cards your unit intends on selling. For more information on participating companies and downloading the camp card commitment form please go to the Longhouse Council web site by clicking here.

Welding Merit Badge to be Offered

Troops in the Longhouse Council have the opportunity to earn the Welding Merit Badge under the tutelage of Longhouse Council Welding Champions Joe Bouchey and Ron Mills The Boy Scouts of America believes that introducing youth to skilled trades is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible and productive society. In 2012 the BSA developed a new merit badge on welding. Lincoln Electric, who extends this opportunity to the Longhouse Council, is a proud sponsor of the BSA. To make arrangements for your Unit or Troop to participate in the Welding Merit Badge, contact Joe Bouchey (315) 323-1243, e-mail shiconn@yahoo.com or Ron Mills (315) 882-4484, email ravenheart4444@yahoo.com .

Philmont Presentations now Available

From the Longhouse Council webpage: Philmont National Scout Ranch is the largest youth camp in the world and is located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the Rocky Mountains of northeastern New Mexico.  The ranch encompasses 137,500 acres, or about 214 square miles. Philmont offers 34 staffed camps and 55 trail camps for your backpacking pleasure.

Want to know more?  To arrange a visit at Roundtables, Venturing Crew and Troop meetings contact Karen Heiss, Philmont Ambassador for the Longhouse Council, (315) 323-0185 or visit www.philmontscoutranch.org.

The 2015 Philmont contingent is forming and needs to know, now, if you are interested. Please tell your Scouts of the opportunity.  You never know who may want to take the challenge.

2015 Longhouse Council Philmont Trek

2015 Council Philmont Trek Registration

 Facebook and Twitter

The Onondaga District is now on Facebook and Twitter! See the latest scouting news in real time! Also located on the site are videos and photos from previous events! Be sure to like us and follow us @Onondaga_Dist!

Longhouse Council Training:

Please click here to link to all Council and online training programs

Onondaga District Upcoming Events

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