Council Annual Meeting - Thanks and Congratulations

2014-02-12 @ 23:00, Submitted by the Webmaster

Congratulations to Jim Montalto who was sworn in as Council President this evening. Congratulations, too, to Tim Green, the new Council Commissioner. Thanks to outgoing President (and incoming Vice President) Mark Businski and outgoing Council Commissioner (and incoming Vice President) Dot Young. Mark will fill the role of Vice President - Development and Dot serve as Vice President - Program (Activities, Advancement, and Training). Bill Dunn was elected Vice President - Camping and Dr. Lou Scotti was elected Vice President - District Operations. Chris O'Connor continues as Treasurer and Brian McAuliff as Vice President - Marketing.

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Nut Sale Information

2014-02-10 @ 14:00, Submitted by Michal Dluginski

For those interested in the Nut Sale:

Check out the Nut Sales Brochure and the Nut Sales Flyer for more information.

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Congratulations Silver Beaver Recipients!

2014-02-07 @ 07:00, Submitted by Frank Bailey

The Silver Beaver Class of 2014 has been selected. Please join us in congratulating the recipients:

Michelle Aleixo
Trailblazer District

Chris Beard
Sagtikos District

Al Brownley
Benjamin Tallmadge District

Maureen Gruenewald
Sagtikos District

Cliff Locks
Council Board Member/Benjamin Tallmadge District

James Leonick
Matinecock District

Rita O'Malley-Murphy
Matinecock District

Ed Spear
Matinecock & Benjamin Tallmadge Districts

The Silver Beaver Award will be presented at the Council Fellowship Dinner on March 27, 2014 at Villa Lombardi's in Holbrook.

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2014 STEM Day at BNL - February 19, 2014

2014-01-16 @ 17:30, Submitted by Lauren Vlachos

Join us on Wednesday for a great morning of STEM activities at Brookhaven National Laboratory. There are workshops for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, and Explorers. Check out the flyer and reserve your spot today! Space is limited!

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A Few Spots are Open for the Summer 2014 Philmont Trek

2014-01-12 @ 21:00, Submitted by Jim Grimaldi

The Suffolk County Council Philmont Trek has a small number of openings. Interested Scouts should contact Jim Grimaldi or Nina Kelly at 631-727-1614.

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National Youth Leadership Training Announced

2013-12-24 @ 22:00, Submitted by Al Brownley


National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an exciting, action-packed program designed to provide youth members with leadership skills and experiences they can use in their home troops, teams, crews, personal lives, and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others.

NYLT is a two weekend outdoor experience for current and future troop and crew leaders, utilizing the patrol (team) method. It presents leadership skills in multiple formats providing the opportunity for participants to live and practice these leadership skills. Virtually all of the training is conducted by the youth staff. The course follows the BSA National Youth Leadership Training Curriculum.

What to Expect at NYLT

NYLT is an intensive six day course. Leadership theory is delivered in a team (the term team may be considered synonymous with patrol in a Troop model) setting with an emphasis on immediate application of learning in a fun environment. The course is an exciting combination of classroom and fun outdoor activities providing a challenging and rewarding learning experience.

Who can attend?

Why should you attend?

Why should Unit Leaders send Youth?

How is the course setup?

The patrol (team) method is used extensively throughout the training. Teams (Patrols) are established. A Team Guide (Troop Guide) is assigned to each team (patrol) to advise and be a resource to the participants throughout the learning process. The Course (Troop/Crew) setting provides an opportunity for youth to practice the newly learned skills providing the home unit with improved effectiveness and enthusiasm from the youth leaders.

Key Elements of the NYLT Course:

Toolbox of Leadership Skills

Participants learn to use the following skills:

Each Scout returns to their Unit with a toolbox of leadership skills that enables them to better understand their role as someone who can shape the directions of their unit.

Check out the NYLT Informational Flier for more information.

Please email Al Brownley with any questions.

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Camp Cards are Here! Get Yours Today!!!

2013-12-10 @ 22:00

There has never been a better time to be involved in Scouting, especially here in Suffolk County. First we would like to thank you for all you do for the more then 19,000 youth who take part in one of the many program offered by the Suffolk County Council. Without you none of these amazing programs could happen!

Camp Card

We have a new and very exciting program to share with you and your Scouts. We firmly believe in getting every Scout to camp whether it is Cub Scout day camp, Boy Scout overnight camp or one of the four national high adventure bases. It's no secret that scouts who go to camp stay in the program. The longer a Scout stays in the program the more positive influence it will have on them. Check out the Announcement Memo and the Camp Card Leader Guide for more information.

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In Memoriam - Tony Stupore

2013-11-20 @ 22:30, Submitted by Mark Businski

The Suffolk County Council of the Boy Scouts of American are very saddened and shocked by the news that our Past Council President, current Vice President, Silver Beaver recipient, Friend of Scouting, and very loyal supporter of the Boy Scouts of America and the Suffolk County Council - Tony Stupore - unexpectedly passed away on Wednesday morning, November 20th, after returning from a business trip, having dinner at home, and taking an evening walk in his neighborhood with his wife, Carol. May you please provide a prayer and keep Tony's Wife, Carol, their children, as well as the entire Stupore Family in your heart and thoughts on this most difficult day and days to come.

The Executive Board Members and Council professional staff and team members are very saddened by the unexpected passing of Tony. As Council President, Council Officer, and Executive Board Member, Tony's contributions to the Boy Scouts of America in Suffolk County were admirable, priceless, and extremely well respected. Scouting meant the world to Tony, and Tony meant the world to us in the Suffolk County Council. A sincere Scout Salute to you, Tony!

Mark R. Businski
Council President
Suffolk County Council

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In Memoriam - Russell Rensch, Jr.

2013-11-18 @ 20:30, Submitted by Bill Raab

It is with profound sadness the Buckskin Lodge announces the passing of Vigil Honor Brother and Associate Lodge Adviser Russell Rensch, Jr.. He will reposing at the William E. Law Funeral Home. Order of the Arrow services will be on Tuesday, November 19th at 8:00 P.M.. Please assemble at 7:45 P.M. in full uniform including lodge neckerchief and sash.

William E. Law Funeral Home
1 Jerusalem Avenue
Massapequa, NY
(516) 541-8070
The Funeral Home is on Jerusalem Avenue just off Hicksville Road

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Wood Badge N2-386-14 Announced for September 2014

2013-10-25 @ 22:00, Submitted by Tony Gulotta

Scouters, do you want to lift your program? Do you care about our youth? Do you want to help yourself, your leaders and most of all, your scouts? Would you like an opportunity to enhance your abilities to interact with others in all aspects of life? If you do, then you want to take Wood Badge N2-386-14.

Wood Badge, the "ultimate" adult leader training program, involves putting leaders in situations likely to be found in a typical Scout unit. Participants work together to organize and develop enthusiasm and team spirit to accomplish the tasks and challenges placed before them.

But Wood Badge is more than just mechanical course work. It is designed to give Scouters the tools they need to provide the highest quality Scouting experience through a total immersion into Scouting. It will allow you the opportunity to look inside yourself. Wood Badge is the embodiment of the Scouting spirit.

A highly dedicated and trained staff will guide you through the program and help you learn more about Scouting than you ever thought possible. You will accumulate a lifetime of memories and it will change your life - just ask anyone who has taken it.

As your Course Director and the Scoutmaster of N2-386-14, beginning in September of 2014, I promise you will have a mountaintop Scouting experience, make life-long friends, fond memories, and you will build a solid foundation to improve your leadership. Best of all, you will have the ability to take home these skills and better serve the youth of today.

My staff and I promise you the best we can deliver and hope to see you in September. Yours In The Spirit of Wood Badge,

Tony Gulotta
Course Director, N2-386-14

Register online at www.trcbsa.org and click on the Wood Badge 2014 link.

Just Announced: Special Incentives Added for Wood Badge Participants

As a special incentive to all who actually attend Wood Badge N2-386-14, the Course Director is offering the following prizes to be raffled off on the first day of the course. Each participant will have a chance to win:

  1. a cabin at Schiff SR for a weekend
  2. a tent site at Schiff SR for a weekend
  3. one week of Summer camp at Onteora SR (if the participant is from a troop) or one week of Day camp at Schiff SR (if the participant is from a Pack)
  4. an iPad mini

Think Wood Badge and sign up now on line at www.trcbsa.org A $50 deposit holds your place.

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Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner

2013-10-11 @ 22:00

Join the Scouting Community in honoring Cathleen Hansen, David G. Hunt, and Floyd Sarisohn for their contributions to Scouting. The 2013 Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner will take place on Friday, November 22 at Flowerfield in Saint James. Click here to find out more about the event and the honorees.

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Change in Annual Registration Fee

2013-09-14 @ 20:00

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Silver Beaver Award Nominations

2013-10-10 @ 12:00, Submitted by Pat Dimauro

Once again it's time to recognize exceptional contribution by Suffolk County Council's volunteers. Annually, each local council is authorized by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America to confer the Silver Beaver Award on those individuals who have made an exceptional and noteworthy impact on Scouting and their community. The Silver Beaver is the highest award that a council can present in recognition of a scouter's service to Scouting and the community. The National Council established the Silver Beaver Award in 1931 to recognize individuals who have provided distinguished service to Scouting, youth outside Scouting and the community. Since then, over 50,000 Scouters have been recognized nationally.

Every one of us knows someone who has made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to their unit, district and Suffolk County Council. The Silver Beaver is where their efforts can be recognized and honored. There are many Suffolk County Council volunteers that have been recognized and honored with the Silver Beaver Award and there are many more who are worthy of nomination. Recipients of the Silver Beaver will be honored at the annual Council Fellowship Dinner on March 27, 2014.

The nomination form is available on the Suffolk County Council website at http://www.sccbsa.org/docs/20131010_silver_beaver_nomination.doc and are due by December 27, 2013. Each Suffolk County Council district has a Silver Beaver Selection Committee member to assist you in the nomination process. The district representatives are: Frank Bailey - Benjamin Tallmadge, Mike Kilbourne - Sagtikos, Marc Nathanson - Matinecock, and Bill Plume - Trailblazer.

Take the time to nominate those who have given of their time and effort. Contact your district representative for answers to your questions and assistance with the nomination process.

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Eagle Projects and the Cooking Merit Badge

2013-10-10 @ 11:00, Submitted by Michal Dluginski

The question has come up as to when a Scout must earn the Cooking merit badge if he is already working on his Eagle Project. Here is the answer from the Advancement News edition from June-July 2013.

Cooking Merit Badge to Be Required for Eagle Scout Rank

Effective January 1, 2014, Cooking merit badge will be required for the Eagle Scout rank. Regardless of when a Scout completed the Life rank or began working on Eagle, unless he fulfills all the requirements - with the exception of his board of review - before January 1, 2014, he must earn the Cooking merit badge to attain Eagle.

Also note, if he begins work on the Cooking merit badge in 2013 and does not complete it prior to January 1, 2014, he may complete the badge using the pamphlet for the Cooking merit badge that is available now, and not the new one that will become effective on January 1, 2014.

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Proper Use of BSA Trademarks

2013-10-10 @ 10:00, Submitted by Dirk Smith

Use of BSA trademarks in third-party product names and materials requires prior approval from the National Council. Councils, districts and units (Packs, Troops, Crews, etc.) are not authorized to use these trademarks without approval. See the National Policy on proper use of BSA trademarks. Please be sure that you are using them correctly.

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Youth Leadership Training Continuum

2013-10-07 @ 09:00, Submitted by Al Brownley

See the Promotional Flier to learn about youth leadership training opportunities.

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West Meadow Beach Environmental Programs

2013-10-06 @ 20:00, Submitted by Eileen Gerle

See the Promotional Flier for more information

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Veterans Day Parade

2013-10-02 @ 20:00, Submitted by Tim Green

Scouts are invited to march in the Veterans Day Parade in New York City

See the Promotional Flier for more information

Parade Route.

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JOTA - Jamboree On The Air

2013-09-16 @ 20:30, Submitted by Allen Schneider

The Jamboree-on-the-Air, or JOTA, is an annual Scouting event that uses amateur radio to link Scouts around the world, around the nation, and in your own community. Held on the third full weekend of October each year, this worldwide jamboree requires no travel, other than to a nearby radio amateur's ham shack. Many times the hams will come to you by setting up at a Scout camporee, or perhaps they already have a ham shack at your council's camp. There are many ways to get your Scouts involved in JOTA.

Scouts interested in local participation can check out the Trailblazer District Fall Camporee Program for more information

Learn more....

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VOA Go Kart Night

2013-10-24 @ 16:30, Submitted by Tim Green

The VOA Novmber activity will be conducted on November 21 at 7:00 PM. See the Informational Flier for more information

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Commissioner College

2013-10-10 @ 20:00, Updated by Lauren Vlachos

The 2013 Commissioner College will be conducted on November 16 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM at St. Joseph's Church in Ronkonkoma. Early-bird price of $35 extended - sign up now!

See the Registration Form for more information

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Pow Wow Training - Save the Date!

2013-09-29 @ 19:00, Updated by Georgina Riley & Robin Sconzo

POW WOW - a Council wide training for all Cub Scout volunteers involved in the Scouting program, offers a wide variety of trainings not usually offered throughout the year. Is there some aspect of the Scouting program you want to know more about? This is the time and place to get your questions answered and to learn and get ideas from more experienced people in the council.

SAVE the Date - December 7th.

Pow Wow Resources:

Co-chairs - Georgina Riley, penquincamp@optonline.net and Robin Sconzo, stmom215@aol.com

See you at the Pow Wow!

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Outdoor Ethics Program

2013-09-06 @ 07:00, Submitted by Pat Dimauro

Pamphlets for the new Outdoor Ethic Awards are now available for Scouts, leaders and units to download from the internet at http://www.scouting.org/outdoorprogram/outdoorethics/. These new awards are designed to help our Scouts and leaders understand more about the BSA's Outdoor Ethics programs and our need to help make them aware that we need to take care of our surroundings.

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Trails End Popcorn Fundraiser

2013-08-27 @ 18:00, Submitted by Lauren Vlachos

This page along with attendance at a Kickoff Event will provide you with the resources to have a successful 2013 Trail's End Popcorn program. In addition, be sure to check out www.trails-end.com and click on Leaders and then click on Resources for additional resources on planning your sale from a Virtual Sale Planner to Training Videos. Units who plan and set goals earn more money to fund their Scouting program.

If you were unable to attend a Kickoff Event you may visit the Council Service Center at 7 Scouting Boulevard, Medford to pick up sales brochures and popcorn samples. You will also receive email updates throughout the sale to keep you organized and on track.

The popcorn sale is extremely important to your unit for funding your Scouting program. The sale is equally as important to our Council to fund and maintain camps, provide unit service, leadership training, and much more.

Thank you for your participation. We hope you have a great sale and an even better year in Scouting! Please feel free to reach out to the District Kernels or Council Kernel. Their contact information is on the Date Sheet.

CLICK HERE to see Suffolk COunty Council selling resources.

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High Adventure Sea Base Trip Announced for September 14

2013-08-09 @ 07:00, Submitted by Frank Bailey

A trip to Sea Base in the Florida Keys has been announced for February 2014. See the Informational Flier for more information.

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STEM: Nova Award Program and Supernova Awards
New easy-to-use submission package

2013-06-13 @ 20:00, Submitted by Cliff Locks and Tammy Campagnola-Levinsky

STEM is part of an initiative the Boy Scouts of America has taken on to encourage the natural curiosity of youth members and their sense of wonder about these fields through existing programs. From archery to welding, Scouts will enjoy the wide range of STEM-related activities. To support this initiative, the BSA developed the Nova Awards program so that youth members have fun and receive recognition for their efforts. The easy-to-use submission package lists all the specific tasks a Scout needs to complete with check boxes to help record your success.

Submission Packages:

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2013 Scout Day - Stony Brook Seawolves vs. Richmond

2013-07-11 @ 20:00, Submitted by Lauren Vlachos

Saturday, November 9, 2013 - Game Starts at 1:00 PM/Sports Clinic at 11:00 AM at Stony Brook University LaValle Stadium

The Stony Brook Seawolves would like to invite all Scouts along with their family and friends to a fun filled afternoon with the Seawolves at LaValle Stadium Stony Brook University! There will be many physical activities for the Scouts to participate in that will not only be fun but will also help them meet requirements for awards and recognitions! To make it even better, the day will be capped off with an exciting Seawolves Football game. Tickets for youth are $15.00 which includes participation in the clinic, entrance to the game, and a patch. Adults are $10.00 each. Check out the flier for more details!

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William H. Sample 41st Annual "Good Scout" Golf Outing

2013-04-05 @ 21:00, Submitted by Mark Businski

The 41st Annual William H. Sample "Good Scout" Golf Tournament will take place on Monday, June 17, 2013. Our honoree, Joe Sinicropi, Co-CEO and Chief Operating Officer of CBLPath, Inc. welcomes you and your guests to an outstanding day of golf and fellowship followed by a reception and dinner.

New for 2013: Golf and Dinner at Nissequogue Golf Club! We'll be playing golf on two courses this year, returning to St. George's Golf & Country Club and adding Nissequogue Golf Club! Both courses will be Shotgun Start with St. George's teeing off at 10:30 AM and Nissequogue at 11:00 AM. Reception and Dinner will be at Nissequogue Golf Club at 5:00 PM.

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Full Week NYLT Announced for August at BHSC

2013-05-09 @ 19:00, Submitted by Jim Grimaldi

NYLT is a week-long outdoor experience for current and future troop and crew leaders, utilizing the patrol method. It presents leadership skills in multiple formats providing the opportunity for participants to live and practice these leadership skills. Virtually all of the training is conducted by the youth staff. The course follows the National BSA National Youth Leadership Training Curriculum. This course runs one week from Sunday afternoon through Friday afternoon, August 17 - 22.

Check out the NYLT Informational Flier for more information. You can also Enroll Online using our secure enrollment page.

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Wood Badge 2013 - 9/20-22 & 10/12-14

2013-05-27 @ 19:00, Submitted by Marc Nathanson

Wood Badge 2013 Weekend One will be held September 20th through 22nd at Baiting Hollow Scout Camp. Weekend Two will be held October 12th thru 14th at Schiff Scout Reservation. Attendance at both weekends is required for course completion. Follow this link for more information or to register on-line. You can also download course brochure. The course is limited to the first 48 participants and is filling fast.

Questions can be directed to Marc Nathanson at 516-672-8305.

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Wilderness First Aid Training - June 7-9

2013-05-02 @ 21:00, Submitted by John Nicolellis

A Wilderness First Aid Course will take place from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM on Saturday, June 1 and 8:00 AM to 12 Noon Sunday, June 2 at Baiting Hollow Scout Camp. You must attend both sessions. Fee is $55 and includes lunch on Saturday. You can sign up using the Online Secure Payments page.

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Leave No Trace - Trainer Course - June 7-9

2013-04-21 @ 07:00, Submitted by Wes Triani

A Leave No Trace Trainer Course will take place from 6:00 PM Friday, June 7 to 12 Noon Sunday, June 9 at Baiting Hollow Scout Camp. See the Registration Form for more information.

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Brookhaven National Lab Summer Sundays Program

2013-05-22 @ 19:30, Submitted by Cliff Locks

Tour the BNL world-class facilities, attend an array of dynamic science talks, and see a different science show each week. See the Promotional Flier for more information.

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Camp Work Day a Success

2013-05-11 @ 18:00, Submitted by Bill Dunn

camp_work_daySpecial thanks to everyone who showed up for Camp Work Day today! There was activity in the Catholic Chaplain's Cabin, the Dining Hall kitchen got a good spring cleaning, major improvements in the work yard were noticed, and substantial progress was made with replacement of the support posts in front of the office/health lodge/trading post.

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The Council Camporee - What a Great Event!!!

2013-04-28 @ 21:30, Updated by the Webmaster

What an Event! The 2013 Council Camporee - by all measures - was a huge success! The weather was outstanding, the program reaching every level of Scouting, and the smiling faces of volunteers and Scouts.


We filled the field for The Big Show and our featured performers - Rachel Hankers, Miles to Dayton, and Lasertainment - did an outstanding job!

Check out the photographs of the day.

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STEM Program Launches!

2012-12-29 @ 00:00, Submitted by Cliff Locks and Tammy Campagnola-Levinsky

STEM is part of an initiative the Boy Scouts of America has taken on to encourage the natural curiosity of youth members and their sense of wonder about these fields through existing programs. From archery to welding, Scouts can't help but enjoy the wide range of STEM-related activities. To support this initiative, the BSA developed the Nova Awards program so that youth members have fun and receive recognition for their efforts.

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STEM Internship Program Announced

2013-03-29 @ 16:30, Submitted by Cliff Locks and Tammy Campagnola-Levinsky

Internships for High School, Undergraduate, and Graduate students are being facilitated through Connect to Tech and the Long Island STEM Hub. Check out the Long Island STEM Internship Program page for more information.

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Story Sharing Campaign

2013-02-23 @ 07:00, Submitted by Chris McNeill

We all have a story or two to tell about our experiences in Scouting. Whether your story is inspiring, humorous, or a reminiscence of Scouting days past, we want to hear your story! Check out our new Story Sharing Campaign site to tell us your story and read stories contributed by your fellow Scouts and Scouters.

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Scout Nights at the LI Ducks!

2013-02-07 @ 07:00, Submitted by Nina Kelly

Sign up now for any or all of the Scout Nights sponsored by the LI Ducks. Tickets are $11.00 each for games on May 16, June 27, July 30, and August 29. See the Promotional Flier for more information!

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