Update #15- Brandon Balsamo’s Eagle Project

Hello everyone, I hope everyone continues to be well and safe. Below is a letter from Brandon about his Eagle Scout Project! I encourage all to help out and participate in anyway they can.

Thanks, Anthony

My Eagle Project of creating care packages of needed goods for the veterans currently at St. Albans VA Medical Center just got approved. I need to start acquiring donated goods to make the care packages. Due to the current restrictions and for the safety of all involved, it is best to acquire donations directly from local businesses. Their donations would be tax deductible and I can provide them with a tax ID. I would appreciate you/anyone you know helping me call local businesses to request the donation(s) of the following needed items:

Personal hygiene products (razors, shaving cream, shampoo, body wash, body lotion, alcohol free mouthwash, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc.)

Assorted new clothing items in all sizes (t shirts, shorts, underwear, socks, sneakers, etc.)

Arts and crafts (puzzles, paint by numbers, leather/wood crafts, adult coloring books, etc.)

Non-perishable, prepackaged food items and snacks (Cookies, granola bars, nuts, drink mixes, candy bars, pretzels, etc.)

All items must be NEW. Food items must be prepackaged, non-expired and factory sealed.

If a business agrees to do a donation, please inform me and I will handle the pick-up.

Thank you for your help!

Brandon Balsamo

(917) 502-5948

Update #14- Checking-In

Hello everyone! I Hope everyone continues to be safe and healthy during these trying times! As we get into June and the final weeks of the scouting year (what a year it’s been), I want to continue to encourage all scouts to work on rank advancement and merit badges. I want to remind you that if you are in need a board of review or want to work on merit badges, please reach out to me.

As I told you last week, Summer Camp has been cancelled for this year. While this decision is painful and upsetting, it was the right decision for everyone’s health and safety. I feel bad for the first time campers and those from the troop who were to work on staff for the first time this summer. Camp will be back in 2021 better and stronger than ever before.

Hopefully, NYC will enter into phase 1 of reopening on Monday and we can start to get back to some normalcy. As soon as we are able too, I would like to hold our Year-End Family BBQ.

Finally, if you have any questions or concerns,as always please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. If I can be of any help or assistance please ask.

Be Safe Everyone! I miss you! Speak to you soon!

Anthony

BSA Medical Part A & B

Hello Everyone,

I hope everyone is safe and healthy. I’m sure by now you know that summer camp was cancelled for this year. With that said, we still need a medical for everyone registered with the Troop, youth and adults alike.

Below I’ve attached a hyperlink to the new BSA Medical Parts A & B only! Parts A & B are all that is necessary for us to go on weekend camping trips. Parts A & B unlike the full medical, you’re use to doing for summer camp, DOES NOT need a doctor’s signature. You DO NOT need to go to a doctor to prepare just Parts A & B.

Please fill out Parts A & B fully and completely and email it to me. I will upload them to the Troop’s Google Drive, where the leaders of the Troop will have access to them in event of an emergency. Every year a new medical will be required and the old ones will be deleted. Please note on the medicals anything the leadership of the Troop needs to know regarding your son’s health.

Any questions, comments or concerns; please don’t hesitate to contact me.

https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/HealthSafety/pdf/680-001_AB.pdf

Update # 13- Summer Camp 2020

Good Evening! Please see the message below from G.N.Y.C. regarding camp! If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me. Have a great weekend everyone and we will speak very soon! Anthony

Campers,  families, and staff,

We are living through an unprecedented and concerning time. We genuinely hope that this email finds you and your family well. Your safety and the safety of our Scouts, families, volunteers, and employees are the Greater New York Council’s top priority.

As such, we have taken an active and informed approach in evaluating whether to operate summer camp this year. Since the start of this pandemic, we have been continuously monitoring the spread of Covid-19 and the government response in New York State, Sullivan County, New York City, and New Jersey. We have been consulting with state and local government officials, other camp professionals, as well as working with the Greater New York Council’s Crisis Management Committee, GNYC Risk Management, and Camping Committees to chart the best way forward for our camping programs this summer. Over the last two months, our camps have been cautiously coming back online in preparation for a summer opening, and our team has been working on health and safety practices, potential program adjustments, and sourcing supplies to operate the camps.

In the state of New York and New Jersey, it is not yet legal to operate day camps or sleep-away camps. The decision to issue youth camp licenses has been pushed, by the state governments, from the start of May to mid-May to the end of May. As of today, there is no decision on if youth camps can operate, and, if they can run, in what phase is it possible to open. Also, in recent weeks we have been following the rare inflammatory disease in children that may be linked to Covid-19, which could impact the health and safety of our campers, leaders, and staff.

We looked at the decision to open camp in three ways, is it legal to operate, is it safe to run and is it financially viable. After a thorough review, it is with a heavy heart that we inform you that we must suspend Scouts BSA Resident Camp programs at the Ten Mile River Scout Camps, as well as Cub Scout Resident Camp at John E. Reeves Cub World at Alpine Scout Camp, and Day Camp at Camp Pouch for the 2020 summer camp season. We know that camping is an integral part of every Scout’s experience, and this decision was not made lightly.

This decision was made by a dedicated group of volunteers, professionals, and camp leaders. We all agreed that we would like to hold summer camp; however, the restrictions and uncertainty are far too challenging to overcome.

However, based on current guidance from the state of New York and New Jersey, family camping at Ten Mile River Scout Camps and Alpine Scout Camp is allowed. We do plan to run Lakeside at Family Camp at Ten Mile River Scout Camps this summer, and there is space available. Information about family camping at Alpine Scout Camp will be available in the first week of June. Family camping is where a family can rent campsites or cabins and enjoy camp while socially distanced from others.

Our Ten Mile River Scout Camps team, as well as the team from John E. Reeves Cub World, want to keep the spirit of the camps alive this summer, online.

Virtual Camp Experiences:

Scouts BSA youth can enroll in TMR Go, which is a virtual camp experience with many of our camp staff as moderators. Youth can sign up for a basic camp experience without merit badges, or sign up for merit badges and other offerings. This program will run for four weeks, starting in July.

Cub Scouts can enroll in an activity box program developed and moderated by our John E. Reeves Cub World team. Activity boxes will be mailed to houses in July, and a guided schedule will be provided for fun activities that Scouts can participate in for four weeks this summer.

Detailed information about your virtual summer camp experience can be found at https://www.nycscouting.org/summer2020 

If you have already signed up for camp, a refund processing form will be provided to the unit contact coordinating your camp experience. The refund request form will be available on June 1st. Family input will be required as part of the refund process as each family can opt for how their camp funds will be handled.  

We have several options for families and the unit:

Families registered for resident camp programs at Ten Mile River Scout Camps, Aquehonga, Keowa, and Ranachqua & John E. Reeves Cub World will have multiple options.

Families can roll their $45 deposit into TMR Go or Cub World Beyond, our Virtual Camp programs.
Families can roll their Early Bird camp payments, made for 2020, to next summer, 2021. Transferring the early bird payment will lock in this year’s camp prices for 2021, which will be about a 5% savings. Rollover requests must be received by June 15th, 2020, to qualify.
Families can donate all fees paid, or partial fees paid toward camp to the maintenance of our camps. With the pandemic, our camps have closed, but there are still costs for minimal operation. Camps depends on summer camp revenue. Support of our camps is appreciated. Any contribution is appreciated, and donations of $100 or more will receive a recognition patch. The remaining fees paid will be refunded.
Families can request a full refund of camp fees paid.

Troops and Packs registered for camp have these options for their hold a place payments.

Units can roll their $200 Hold-A-Place to their 2021 summer camp week.

Units that are currently registered for Ten Mile River, with at least one paid camper deposit, will be credited with one year of tenure toward the TMR Legacy program if they roll their hold a place to 2021 by June 15th

Full Refunds can be requested.

For families that have registered for Day Camp at William H. Pouch Scout Camp will receive a full refund of all fees paid.

We are appreciative of the planning and preparation your Units invested in being ready for camp and are saddened that we are not able to host our Scouts at camp this summer. This is an extraordinarily challenging time, unlike anything we have experienced. This is the first time in the history of our camp programs that we have suspended summer operations. Our camps serve over 8,000 youth each year, with over 180 seasonal employees. We all wanted to be outside this summer and back at the camps that we love. We believe that this is temporary and have begun to plan for the 2021 camp season. We hope that you will stay connected with us through TMR Go and Cub World Beyond, and we invite you and your family to camp with us this summer as part of our family camping programs.

If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected].

Yours in Scouting,


Ethan Draddy
Scout Executive / CEO

Update #12- Checking-In

Hello everyone! Hope all continues to be well with everyone during these trying times! With this said, I want continue to encourage all the scouts to work on rank advancement and merit badges. Several of you have reached out to me and the other leaders and I thank you! Again, if you need a board of review, please reach out to me.

I will be hosting our third zoom meeting for all the scouts tomorrow,  Friday May 29th at 7:30 pm. The meeting code is 593-845-8299 password is 7Ugysi

Summer Camp is still a go! (Fingers Crossed) A decision is supposed to be made by June 1st.  Its not too late to sign-up. Please let me know if you are planning on attending camp this summer and if your attending for one or two weeks. The cost is $480 per week and Camperships are still available.

Lastly, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. If I can be of any help or assistance during these trying times, please reach out.

Be Safe Everyone! I miss yo all terribly! Speak to you soon!

Anthony

UPDATE #11- Checking-In

I hope all continues to be well with everyone during these trying times! I can’t believe its been 83 days since we have been dealing with this pandemic. With this said, I continue to encourage all the scouts to work on rank advancement and merit badges. Again, if you need a board of review, please reach out to me.

I will be hosting our third zoom meeting for all the scouts on  Friday May 29th at 7:30 pm. The meeting code is 593-845-8299 password is 7Ugysi

Summer Camp is still happening as of right now. (Fingers Crossed) A decision is supposed to be made by June 1st.  Its not too late to sign-up. Please let me know if you are planning on attending camp this summer and if your attending for one or two weeks. The cost is $480 per week and Camperships are still available.

Lastly, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. If I can be of any help or assistance during these trying times, please reach out.

Be Safe Everyone! I miss all of you! Speak to you soon!

Anthony

UPDATE #10- Checking-In

I hope all continues to be well with everyone during these trying times! I can’t believe its been 70 days since we last meet in person as a Troop. With this said, I continue to encourage all the scouts to work on rank advancement and merit badges. Again, if you need a board of review, please reach out to me.

I will be hosting our second zoom meeting for all the scouts tomorrow,  Friday May 15th at 7:30 pm. The meeting code is 593-845-8299 password is 7Ugysi

Summer Camp is still a go of right now. (Fingers Crossed) The early bird deadline is May 17th. Please let me know if you are planning on attending camp this summer and if your attending for one or two weeks. You can drop off payment at my house by Saturday Night. The cost if paid by May 17th is $430. If paid after this date, the cost goes up to $480.

Lastly, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. If I can be of any help or assistance during these trying times, please reach out.

Be Safe Everyone! I miss all of you! Speak to you tomorrow!

Anthony

UPDATE #9- Checking-In

I hope all continues to be well with everyone during this pandemic! I can’t believe we are going to be entering the ninth week of the lock down. With this said, I encourage the scouts to work on rank advancement and merit badges. If you need a board of review, please reach out to me.

As was previously announced will be having a committee meeting tomorrow, Friday May 8th @ 7:30 pm via zoom conference. Please see the email from Pat about the login information.This will be the last committee meeting of the scouting year!

I will be hosting our second zoom meeting for all the scouts on Friday May 15th at 7:30 pm. The meeting code is 593-845-8299 password is 7Ugysi

Finally, Summer Camp is still a go of right now. The early bird deadline is May 17th. Please let me know if you are planning on attending camp this summer and if your attending for one or two weeks. We will talk about payment at the committee meeting.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. Again, if I can be of any help or assistance during these trying times, please reach out.

Be Safe Everyone! I miss all of you! Speak to you soon!

Anthony

CONGRATULATIONS- CLASS OF 2020 HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES

I along with the Troop 106 family would like to congratulate all of our High School graduates:

Matthew B. – SUNY Courtland

Thomas B. – Northeastern University

Aidan V. – SUNY New Paltz

Brandon B. – SUNY Maritime

Matthew M. – St. John’s University

Congratulations guys on a job well done and good luck in college. Hopefully we will be able to celebrate your accomplishments at our end-of-year BBQ.

Anthony