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Longhouse Council - Pathways - January 6, 2023
Eagle Dinner
Thursday, January 12, 2023
Calling all Class of 2022 Eagles and Eagle Scouts from prior years to attend the Annual Recognition and Reunion Dinner on January 12, 2023.
We are excited to announce that this year’s Keynote Speaker will be Eagle Scout and New York State Assemblyman and Senator-Elect Mark Walczyk and we will also recognize our National Eagle Scout Association Outstanding Eagle Scout Honorees Donald Doerr and Nathan Andrews.
Here are the details for the Annual Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner:
  • When: Thursday, January 12, 2023; Reception: 6:30pm; Dinner and Program: 7:00pm
  • Where: DoubleTree by Hilton 6301 State Route 298 East Syracuse, NY (near Carrier Circle)
  • Cost: $50.00 per plate (No Charge for Class of 2022 Eagle Scout)
  • Dinner Menu: Served are Tossed Garden Salad with choice of dressings, Warm Dinner Rolls and Butter.
Buffet – Baked Ziti, Herb Roasted Chicken with a Gluten Free Red Pepper Sauce, Sliced London Broil, Red Roasted Potatoes, Chef’s Vegetables.
Dessert Served at table: Brownies and Cookies.
January 13 - 15, 2023
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)
Working as patrols, this hands-on course provides adult leaders the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the out-of-doors. Upon completion, leaders should feel comfortable teaching Scouts the basic skills required to obtain the First Class rank. Along with Scoutmaster Specifics this course is required of all direct contact leaders registered in Scouts BSA Troops in order to be considered “trained”.

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)
This one-and-a-half day course is designed as an introduction to the Cub Scout outdoor program for leaders interested in adding a camping component to their Pack activities. BALOO training consists of an online pre-requisite component in addition to an overnight hands on practical. BSA’s Cub Scout level camping policies will be taught along with the discovery of the necessary tools to help units carry our a successful camping experience. Completion of this course is mandatory for a MINIMUM OF ONE adult on a Pack overnighter.
Crossroads District annual
Klondike Derby and Snowbox Derby!
Scouts BSA Klondike on 2/4/23 at Camp Woodland. There will be a fun filled day of activities including an adult cooking competition - who can make the best chili?
If troops wish to camp there are some cabins still available.

Cub Scout Snow Box Derby on 2/5/23 at Camp Woodland. There will be a day of fun filled activities for Cub Scouts of all ages, which will include a snowbox sled judging competition and a fun race for all. All scouts that wish to participate in sledding activities of any kind will need to bring a helmet (bike helmet is fine). We suggest units or dens work together to make sleds -however signup is either individual or by unit.
Seaway Trails Klondike Derby
Saturday February 11th
Garrison Drive, Fort Drum, New York 13603

Towpath District
Klondike & Snow Box Derby
Saturday, February 4th, 2023
Location: Owasco Fire Department, 7174 Owasco Rd, Auburn, NY 13021.
Okpik & Okpikattavik courses. 
Merit Badges & Cub Adventures Day
Saturday February 25, 2023
Don't let the long winter turn you blue....we have something just for you! Save the date! Saturday February 25, 2023 we will be holding a Merit Badge and Cub Adventure Day in Central Square!!  
 Merit badges may include: Animation, Graphic Arts, Digital Technology, Programming, Chess, Game Design, Coin Collecting, Collections, Stamp Collecting, Photography and Genealogy. So start getting your collections ready.

For the Cubs we are hoping to offer a Lion program as well as Tiger Elective Adventure: Stories in Shapes & Tiger-iffic! For Wolves, Wolf Elective Adventure: Adventures in Coins and Wolf Yo-Yo. For Bears, Bear Elective Adventure: Marble Madness & Yo-Yo. For the Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure Art Explosion & Game Design and for Webelos Elective Preview Adventure Protect Yourself Rules & Yo-Yo too!
 There will also be information on how many of these can time into the Nova program. You are not going to want to miss this! More information in JAnuary once our counselor timeframes are firm.
Recently I was asked what I thought was the biggest challenge facing Scouting as it relates to Cub Scouting. Ironically my answer was the Troop. 

Hi I am Jason Grant Pack 715 Committee Chair & Council Advancement Committee Chair Cub Scout representative. Now that the "Shock & Awe" has been delivered let me say no singular Troop or Pack is to blame for this challenge yet we all must bear some responsibility. The history & long standing mentality of "Feeder Packs" has lulled us into a complacency that has endangered our growth & future sustainability. The outside pressures of pandemics, economics, & social issues have weighed heavily on our Council resulting in the loss of units & districts as we know all too well. Thus leaving Packs with no Troop to feed or Troops with no Packs to feed them.

This situation must force us to move beyond the "Feeder Pack" mentality. As leaders we must recognize the opportunity to seek out new relationships that benefit first the Scout & their family. Not every Troop has the same agenda or mentality, each has its own personality & make up. Just like each of our Cub Scouting families are unique we must work harder to find them the unit that will best serve their uniqueness thereby keeping them in the program which is our ultimate goal.

This works both ways for the Pack & the Troop. The Troop needs to seek out Packs in their area. Provide them with Den Chiefs that way you are proactively deciphering those best suited for your Troop while building a relationship with Pack leaders & their families. Not only that but the individual Scout can earn the Den Chief Service Award ( The leadership skills developed in this role are great building blocks or stepping stones for those younger Scouts working toward First Class.

One of the required adventures a Webelos must complete to earn their Arrow of Light is the "Scouting Adventure". This adventure provides us with the opportunity to develop that relationship between the Cub Scout & the Scout. Requirement 2 asks the Cub to visit a Troop with their parent or guardian &, if possible, den members & leaders. We as leaders have to make this possible not just for this Adventure but for the Webelos den, their families, & the program itself.

To conclude I am including a link to the Webelos-to-Scout Plan ( This link provides a year long agenda for activities/goals for both the Pack & Troop to ensure a great working relationship between the Packs & Troops in your area. Remember we must start to travel outside our comfort zones letting go of the "Feeder Pack" mentality, transitioning to a community of Scouting that places the needs of the Scout & their family first. If we can work together across community boundary lines we can be sure the growth of scouting will be realized by the retention of Scouts that didn't make it past the crossover bridge. 
Yours In Scouting,
Jason Grant
Pack 715
Cicero Library
Looking for Eagle Scout Project ideas or just a good service project? Contact Sue Buswell Cicero Library Farm Manager at or 315-699-2032 X3004.
Projects include benches, compost bins, insect hotel, etc. 
BSA Safety Moment
Behavior Around Campfires
Scout Shop Hours:
Monday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday 11:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Friday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday 10:00am – 2:00pm
Check out the NEW Scout Shop Facebook page
You do not need an appointment to shop at the Scout Shop. 
You are welcome to come in anytime. 
Also check out our new tool that can help you shop. 
You can have your order shipped, pick up in store, or curbside pick-up. We are more than happy to help you shop in any way that makes you feel comfortable.
For more information on events, training opportunities, and other activities happening in your district, visit your district webpage:

Other Dates of Interest
Office Closed- Saturday, & Sunday
Office & Scout Shop will be Closed - Monday, January 16th
What are you excited about for 2023?