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On Wednesday, June 13 th , 2012 at the Council Annual Meeting at Camp Woodland, the

following Scouters were presented with the 2012 Silver Beaver Award:

Stephen McBath – Eagle Board Chairman from Northern Lights

Allison Green – Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner from Tri-Rivers

Bill Eberhardt – Council Camporee Chair and Council Board Member

Edward J. White – Pack/Troop 7 Committee Chair from Onondaga

Barbara Richardson – Eagle Board Member from Oneida

The Silver Beaver recipient is nominated by a peer who submits a narrative and supporting

documentation of service above and beyond the call of duty on a District and Council level.

The nominations are then reviewed by committee and the honorees are selected. The Silver

Beaver is the highest award that can be bestowed on a volunteer at the Council level and as

such, is a huge honor.

2012 Engineering Camp


Scout Night at Orange

Darien Lake Scout Days



Scout Shop News







Once again, youth from the entire CNY region participated in

the Longhouse Council’s Engineering Career Exploration

Camp. 18 youth traveled around to local engineering firms in

order to explore their interest in that field. Locations this year

included Lockheed Martin, SUNY ESF, Welch Allyn, SRC,

and C&S Engineers.

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STEM Nova is here!

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), is a part of an initiative

the BSA has started to encourage Scouts to explore these fields through existing

programs. From archery to welding, Scouts will be able to enjoy a wide range of

STEM-related activities. The Nova Award has been developed by the BSA so youth

members who participate in these STEM related activities can receive recognition.

Books outlining the STEM program and Nova awards are available in the Scout

Shop ($2.99, includes requirements and guide for Counselors) and online. For more

information, the below link is out temporary page for our Scouts.


Leave No Trace Master Educator Courses

There are two BSA sponsored Leave No Trace Master Educator courses later this

year. One is in the western Catskills which is near the Onteora Scout Reservation, in

Livingston Manor.

Sunday afternoon, August 5 th through Friday, August 11 th dinner (option to stay over

Friday night) will be held at the Onteora Scout Reservation, Livingston, Manor with a

New York Course fee of $250.

Friday evening, October 5 th through Sunday lunch, October 7 th and Thursday

late afternoon, October 18 th through Sunday lunch, October 21 st will be held at the

Horseshoe Scout Reservation, Peach Bottom, PA (on the MD/PA border, just east of

the Susquehanna River) with a course fee $235.

Both courses include short backpacking trips and primitive camping in addition to

classroom sessions where we discuss implementing Leave No Trace in council and

unit programs. We have several folks signed up for each course but space is

available in both.

Info about BSA master courses across the US can be downloaded here -

including dates, locations, registration forms, etc.


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Scout Night with the Orange

The Longhouse Council invites all Scouts, parents, family, and friends to the First

Annual Scout Night with Syracuse Athletics Football on Friday, October 5 th at 7pm in

the Carrier Dome. The game will be played against Big East rival Pittsburgh in the

Orange’s Big East Opener, and will be televised nationwide on ESPN. In what could

be Syracuse University’s last football season in the Big East, this is a game you

don’t want to miss!

All Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts will receive an exclusive ticket package for just $14

(normally priced at $29), which will include a 300-level corner ticket plus a

complimentary limited edition, First Annual Scout Night with the Orange patch.

Siblings and friends of Scouts under the age of 13 can get 300-level corner tickets

for only $14 per person, while friends and family ages 13 and over can order 300-

level corner tickets for only $21 per person (normally priced at $29).

Syracuse Athletics expects there to be more than 1,000 Scouts, family, and friends

in attendance, so in order to get the best seat locations, it’s recommended that you

fill out your order today. To reserve your spot at the game, click HERE. Order forms

should be filled out in their entirety and sent to Heather Miller at the Longhouse

Council Scout Office. Ticket packages will be available for pick-up on the day of the

game, October 5 th , starting at 8:30am under the purchaser’s name.

The deadline to order tickets with an included patch is Friday, September 14 th at

4:30pm. The Troop or Pack that sells the most tickets by September 14 th will

participate in an exclusive High Five Tunnel moments before kickoff as the

team comes onto the field. All orders processed after Friday, September 14 th will

only include a discounted ticket to the game. All Scouts in attendance are

encouraged to wear their uniforms to the Carrier Dome as well.

All orders should be sent to:

Longhouse Council

Attn: Heather Miller

2803 Brewerton Road

Syracuse, NY 13211


Fax: 315-463-5729

For questions or more information, please contact Lowell Berg with Syracuse

University Athletics at 315-314-6749 or at Lowell.Berg@imgworld.com.

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N.Y.L.T. 2012

Save the date!!





Been wondering where to get that advanced Leadership training that

YOU and your YOUTH want

Well here it is!!

Longhouse Council is conducting an NYLT course in 2012

This will be a 2 weekend course held at Camp Woodland in Constantia, NY

1 st Weekend – August 17 th – 19 th

2 nd Weekend – September 7 th – 9 th

Who is eligible

Boy Scouts who are at least First Class and between 13-17 years old

With Parent & Unit Leader recommendation

Venturers who are between 14-20 years old

With Parent & Unit Leader recommendation

Help yourself, your unit, and the entire Scouting Movement.

Ensure your unit is represented in this course.

More information will be provide at the January Roundtable

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Syracuse Scout Shop

2803 Brewerton Rd., Mattydale, NY 13211

South of the Mattydale Exit of Rt. 81

In the Kmart Plaza opposite Northern Lights Mall

Phone: 315.455.6540

Fax: 315.455.6758

Email: cfrost@bsamail.org

We are a fully stocked Boy Scouts of America National Store

conveniently located in the same building as the Longhouse

Council offices.

Welcome to summer at the Syracuse Scout Shop !!!!

Here are the exciting promotions and events scheduled for June in the Scout


May 25th – August 1st

Centennial Shorts 25% Off

July 6 th – August 3 rd

Clearance! – Incredible Savings… Up to 70%!

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Wednesday - August 8th, 2012

Owasco Country Club

6750 East Lake Rd, Auburn, NY

Four Man Scramble Tournament

Registration 11:30 a.m. - Shotgun Start 1:00 p.m.

Includes: 18 Holes of Golf, Green Fees, Cart and Dinner

Hot Dogs and Hamburgers may be purchased before play.

Games, Prizes, Line Drive, Longest Drive, Closest to Pin

Proceeds to benefit the Cayuga County - Boy Scouts of America







SIGNATURE (required for credit card payment)

TEAM MEMBERS (please submit handicap for team flighting purposes)

1. ____________________ HCP._____ 2. ____________________ HCP.____

3. ____________________ HCP._____ 4. ____________________ HCP.____


A Choose sponsorship level:

$75 Individual

$300 Team Sponsor

$25 per Extra Dinner (# of extra dinners ______)


B Choose payment method:

Cash enclosed: $______________

Check enclosed: $_____________

Credit Card (Provide information below)

Visa / MC _____________________________ ________

Account #

Please mail this form with payment to:

Longhouse Council, BSA

2803 Brewerton Rd

Syracuse, NY 13211

Exp Date

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A Moment in Scouting History - Camp Vigor

Brought to you by the William Hillcourt Scout Museum

located at Camp Woodland, Constantia NY

Camp Vigor was a camp operated by the St. Lawrence Council, Boy Scouts of America. The

council was located in St Lawrence County, New York and was responsible for scouting in

the entire county. Camp Vigor was the only camp operated by the council, but over the life of

the council Camp Vigor was located at two different places.

The first Camp Vigor was approximately 100 acres in size and was located 2 1/2 miles from

the village of Morristown on the St. Lawrence River. The land was purchased by a group of

prominent citizens, who wanted to ensure that the scouts of the Ogdensburg area had a

place to camp. They formed the Ogdensburg Council Holding Corporation on July 13, 1927,

the purpose of which was "...to purchase, lease and hold lands and buildings for the use of

the Ogdensburg Branch of the Boy Scouts of America, to exchange or sell lands or buildings

provided the executive council of the Ogdensburg Branch of the Boy Scouts of America

consent in writing thereto." The amount of capital stock was $7500.00. The number of shares

of which the capital stock consisted of 300 shares at a par value of $25.00 each.

In 1942 the operations of the council were reviewed by Philip C. Manro, Deputy Regional

Executive. (Previously, Manro had been the Scout Executive of the Oswego County Council

from 1933 to March 1939.) His description of the camp follows: "Camp buildings consist of

the old farm house, now used as central mess hall; the old chicken house nearby, now

rebuilt to make a first aid room, infirmary and officers quarters; another small building used

as a trading post; a large dairy barn, now in disrepair, used some for storage; several small

Adirondack leantos and a larger building on the point used as shelters during Camp by

Scouts and leaders; a small cottage on the river to the west of the site used by the Scout

Executive and his family." Manro also concluded that: "The possibilities of the site are

tremendous. It is a natural Camping facilities, open fields and bathing and boating facilities in

the St. Lawrence. Its possibilities as a base for Senior Scouting trips are unlimited."

However, Manro expressed the concern that since the council did not actually own the

property, improvements to the camp paid for by the council would not be owned by the

council. He felt the council therefore was not justified in spending council funds to improve

the camp. He suggested the council buy the camp from the Ogdensburg Council Holding

Corporation or seek and purchase another location for the camp.

On January 31, 1946 the council did in fact buy Camp Vigor from the Ogdensburg Council

Holding Corporation for the nominal consideration of $1.00.

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In the early 1950's the council became aware that Camp Vigor was too small for the number

of scouts in the council. The camp could only hold 75 scouts per week during the summer,

and the number of boys eligible to go to camp by 1958 was estimated to be 1600. The

council subsequently identified a 200 acre parcel of land on Clear Pond in the Adirondack

Park that would make for an excellent camp. (The parcel of land was located in Parishville

NY, 18 miles from Potsdam, 26 miles from Canton, 38 miles from Massena, 44 miles from

Ogdensburg and 52 miles from Gouverneur.) So for the first time in its history the council in

1953 conducted a capital campaign seeking to raise $110,000 to purchase the property.

The campaign was successful and "Camp Vigor of the Woods" appeared for the first time in

the 1955 annual council financial audit, valued at $89,352.71. In that same audit it was

noted that "Camp Vigor", located on the St. Lawrence River, was sold for $22,000. It appears

the new camp's official name was "Camp Vigor of the Woods" because it was listed as such

in the audit report, but both names were used interchangeably over the following years.

In 1965 another capital campaign was conducted to make improvements to Camp Vigor. The

literature for the campaign lists Camp Vigor size as 89 acres of woodland with a 20 acre

lake. It is stated that in 1955 Camp Vigor was adequate for 300-350 boys to camp during the

summer, but not adequate for the 712 campers that camped during the summer of 1964.

In 1982 the St. Lawrence Council merged with the Jefferson-Lewis Council to form the

Seaway Valley Council. The new council now owned two Camps: Vigor and Portaferry. Early

in 1982, during early merger talks, a decision was made to continue to operate both camps

and to see which one got the most use. The lesser used camp would then be turned into a

wilderness style camp. In the event that a camp would need to be sold, it should be the

wilderness type camp.

The first executive board meeting of the new Seaway valley Council was held on September

9, 1982. At the December 16, 1982 executive board meeting, a motion to sell one of the

camps was carried by a 18 to 10 vote. A committee was established to determine which

camp was to be sold. At the April 28, 1983 executive board meeting a motion to sell "Camp

Vigor of the Woods" was carried by a 23 to 5 vote.

The last summer camp to be held at Camp Vigor was the summer of 1983.

The camp was listed for sale at $150,000. The executive board, at its meeting on September

27, 1984 noted that a Richard and Fay Cambridge were interested in buying the camp for

$130,000. At the January 24, 1985 meeting, it was noted that New York State had made an

offer to buy the camp. The decision was made to sell the camp to New York State for

$145,000 and the sale was noted to be complete at the July 25, 1985 executive board


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A Moment in Scouting History

The First Boy Scout Council in Fulton

Brought to you by the William Hillcourt Scout Museum

located at Camp Woodland, Constantia NY.

Scouting officially began in the United States on February 8, 1910 when W. D.

Boyce incorporated the Boy Scouts of America. The scout program then started

growing rapidly across the United States.

On September 17, 1913 a meeting of 20 of Fulton's most prominent citizens was

held with the purpose of establishing in Fulton a council of the Boys Scouts of

America. There were already troops in existence, but it was felt that a local council

for oversight and promotion was needed. The following officers were duly elected:

William J. Lovejoy, president; J. Justin Morrill, Watson A Butts, Leroy Owens and E.

J. Penfield, vice-presidents; Grove A. Gilbert, secretary and James N. Robinson,

treasurer. It was determined that the most important job in the council was that of

Scout Executive and a committee was appointed to seek an appropriate candidate.

Ten representatives from the city troops also attended this meeting. They

represented Troops 1, 2 ,3, 4, and 5. They were all enthusiastic in their support of

establishing a council.

G. A. White, the Scout Executive of Syracuse, was present to speak about the

merits of Scouting. He offered as an example the scouts who voluntarily worked at

the New York State Fair. These scouts participated in performing first aid,

messenger and guide service, and assisted in policing the crowds in case of


The next meeting of the Council committee was scheduled for September 29. In the

meantime, President Lovejoy would appoint four men, who with the scout

commissioner, would give the scouts tests and examinations for scout rank and

merit badges. They would also try disciplinary cases.

Source: The Fulton Times, Wednesday, September 24, 1913.

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