Summer Camp Campership Applications & Deposits are due March 25



To All Parents,
For all Scouts attending summer camp deposits and campership application forms must be in by the next meeting Monday March 25th. Attached is the form . Again please have both the form and deposit in by Monday. Please leave the deposit paid section blank.  Any questions or concerns please contact me.
Thank You,
Tom Kramer


The Ultimate List of Scouting Apps

Once upon a time, we used maps printed on paper to find our way. We studied laminated sky charts to identify constellations. We counted seconds after thunder strikes to locate storms.

What were we thinking?

Today, thanks to the ubiquitous smartphone, we can do all that and more with a few taps.

As Scout leaders, we can now carry a library, GPS, weather radio, compass, map, camera, and field guide in our pocket. But which apps are worth downloading or — in some cases — paying for?

I tapped our Facebook friends to find out.

Smartphones in Scouting

A post about smartphones isn’t complete without a discussion on whether these devices are appropriate in Scouting.

For Scout leaders, smartphones can be an important tool in tracking advancement, researching questions on the spot, and keeping Scouts safe from weather hazards. For Scouts, I think the best approach is “everything in moderation.”

While smartphones can be a distraction from the great outdoors, they can also be a modern-day Swiss Army knife — a multipurpose tool to enhance a young person’s Scouting experience. Facebook friend Michael Kunz agrees. He wrote: “Mobile will become an accepted practice in Scouting. Prepare now for it.”

In fact, next summer’s national Scout jamboree will again embrace the use of smartphones by Scouts. Boys and girls who bring their connected devices will have an enhanced jamboree experience that allows them to find their way around the site, learn more about jamboree activities, and connect with other participants.

Related: Should you allow your Scouts to bring their smartphones on camping trips?

Readers’ Favorite Scouting-Related Apps

Here’s the list with links to download them. Each was submitted by you, and I should point out that most of these aren’t “official” Boy Scouts of America apps. In other words, use at your own risk.



Devices: Android, iPhone/iPod Touch, iPad, Windows Phone

Cost: Free

Description: “Voted ‘Best iPhone App’ by the 2012 Mobie awards, AccuWeather for iPhone is free and users tell us it is their ‘Go-to weather app.’”

Download: Android. iPhone/iPod Touch. iPad. Windows Phone.



Devices: Android, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

Cost: $4.99

Description: “Teaching and reference tool for boaters, climbers, fishermen, Scouts and hobbyists. Watch as knots tie themselves in simple step-by-step photo animations.”

Download: Android. Apple.



Devices: Android, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

Cost: $4.99

Description: “The award winning, must-have bird guide. Now including 49 new species and field marks for over 650 birds.”

Download: Android. Apple.



Devices: Android

Cost: Free for demo, $9.99 for pro

Description: “Use your phone or tablet as an offroad topo mapping GPS with the bestselling outdoor navigation app for Android! Explore beyond cell coverage for hiking, hunting and more.”

Download: DEMO. PRO.



Devices: Android, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

Cost: Free for Lite, $4.99 for Pro (no ads, offline maps, video shooting)

Description: “Record hiking trails, backpacking trips, and camping adventures with Backpacker GPS Trails Pro. View maps, navigate with GPS and digital compass, take photos, and backtrack to the trailhead.”

Download: Free Android. Free Apple. $4.99 Android. $4.99 Apple.



Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

Cost: $9.99

Description: The official “first digital version of the Scout Handbook.”

Download: Here.



Device: Android

Cost: Free

Description: “The most complete collection of BSA requirements on the Android.” Includes Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Venturing, and Varsity awards and advancement.

Download: Here.



Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

Cost: $0.99

Description: An upgrade to Apple’s built-in Camera application, featuring lots of handy tools.

Download: Here.



Devices: Android.

Cost: $2.99

Description: “The award-winning camera app for Android devices! Camera ZOOM FX is now Editor’s Choice on Lifehacker, Gizmodo, Mashable and SlashGear. Replace all your camera / photo FX apps with just one.”

Download: Here.



Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

Cost: Free (or remove ads for $1.99)

Description: “A collection of 175 classic campfire favorites. Great for use at Campfires, Campouts, Troop Meetings, Pack Meetings or whenever you have the desire to sing. Songs can be accessed by a type, such as Patriotic Songs, by an alphabetical index or by their tune.”

Download: Here.



Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

Cost: $1.99

Description: “Whatever you can think of to cook on a campfire, this app has 10 ways to cook it. And they aren’t just made up either….these are campers’ favorite recipes from all over the country, tried and true, cooked and eaten. With over 700+ recipes conveniently listed by category, by time, and by keyword search, you can literally go on 100’s of campouts and hike’s without eating the same thing twice.”

Download: Here.



Devices: Android

Cost: Free

Description: “Calculates the number of charcoal briquettes needed to cook a given recipe in a camping Dutch Oven.”

Download: Here.



Devices: Android, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

Cost: $1.99

Description: “Using your eTrailToEagle account, you can use this application to manage rank and merit badge information for all of your Scouts. You also have quick and easy access to your troop address book to quickly contact anyone in the troop.”

Download: Android. Apple.



Devices: Android, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

Cost: Free or $3.99 for paid version with no ads and offline maps

Description: “EveryTrail is the best way to share trips, connect with other travelers and find great new things to do. Plot your trip, photos and videos right on the map and upload it to, Facebook and Twitter.”

Download: Free Android. Free Apple. $3.99 Android. $3.99 Apple.



Devices: Android, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

Cost: Free

Description: “Accidents happen. The official American Red Cross First Aid app puts expert advice for everyday emergencies in your hand. Get the app and be prepared for what life brings. With videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it’s never been easier to know first aid.”

Download: Android. Apple.



Devices: Android, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Windows Phone

Cost: $9.99

Description: “Groundspeak’s Geocaching Application provides real-time, direct access to’s database of worldwide geocaches, as well as many other features designed to provide you with a lifetime of outdoor geocaching adventure anywhere in the world.”

Download: Android. Apple. Windows Phone.



Devices: Android, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

Cost: Free or $1.99 for paid version with “slow-motion and zoom control, favorites list and over 70 knots”

Description: “Choose from over 70 knots and see how they’re tied in incredible detail.”

Download: Free Android. Free Apple. $1.99 Android. $1.99 Apple.



Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

Cost: Free

Description: “Developed by researchers from Columbia University, the University of Maryland, and the Smithsonian Institution. This free mobile app uses visual recognition software to help identify tree species from photographs of their leaves.”

Download: iPhone/iPod Touch. iPad.



Devices: Android, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

Cost: Free

Description: “Munzee is a real world scavenger hunt game where items are found in the real world and captured using your smartphone. You then level up and gain rank based on your score. Points are obtained by capturing other people’s munzees or when your deployed munzees are captured by someone else. Munzee is based off of the fundamentals of geocaching and adds another layer of fun to the hunt.”

Download: Android. Apple.



Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

Cost: Free for National Parks, $3.99 for Maps HD

Description: “National Geographic presents an award winning, new, beautiful, and interactive guide to twenty of the most-visited U.S. national parks with a new app for iPhone and iPad.”

Download: National Parks. National Parks Maps HD.



Devices: Android, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

Cost: $0.99

Description: ”Enables you to identify the stars, planets, galaxies, constellations and even satellites you can see above. Just stand anywhere and hold your device up to the sky and The Night Sky will display the names of the stars, planets and other objects you are able to see.”

Download: Android. Apple.



Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

Cost: $3.99

Description: “Helps you track the advancement of Cub Scouts, including requirements for Tiger, Bobcat, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos badges, and the various electives and activity badges for each year of the Cub Scout program.”

Download: Here.



Devices: Android, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Windows Phone

Cost: Free for Lite, $5.99 for the version with full text

Description: “For over twenty years, the SAS Survival Guide has been the definitive guide to surviving any situation, anywhere in the world. Now, for the first time ever, the million-copy bestselling book has been reinvented for the iPhone.”

Download: Free Android. Free iPhone/iPod Touch. $5.99 Android. $5.99 iPhone/iPod Touch. $5.99 iPad.



Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

Cost: $0.99

Description: “Be Prepared with ScoutTrail, the app that every Scout and Scouter should have for up-to-date information for all BSA ranks, merit badges, and special awards.”

Download: Here.



Devices: Android

Cost: Free

Description: “Turns your Android-powered device into a window on the night sky. Open sourced and donated by Google.”

Download: Here.



Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

Cost: $3.99

Description: “Spyglass is a powerful toolkit essential for every outdoorsman. Augmented reality navigator and a compass for the off-road. Packed with many useful tools: a hi-tech viewfinder, milspec compass, gyrocompass, maps, GPS tracker, speedometer, sextant, gyro horizon, inclinometer, angular calculator and 5x zoom camera. Tag, share, find and track your position, multiple locations, bearings, Sun, Moon and stars, all in real time.”

Download: Here.



Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

Cost: $2.99 for iPhone/iPod Touch, $4.99 for iPad

Description: “Augmented reality app that labels all the stars, constellations, and satellites you point your iPhone at.”

Download: iPhone/iPod Touch. iPad.


Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

Cost: $3.99

Description: “Based on a centuries-old navigation instrument, Theodolite is a cool multi-function augmented reality app for the iPhone that serves as a compass, GPS, map, zoom camera (photo & movie), rangefinder, and two-axis inclinometer. Theodolite overlays real time information about position, altitude, bearing, and horizontal/vertical inclination on the iPhone’s live camera image, like an electronic viewfinder.”

Download: Here.


Devices: Android, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Windows Phone

Cost: $0.99

Description: “A reference guide for Boy Scouts. Quickly look up the Scout Oath or Promise, Scout Law, Scout Motto, Scout Slogan, or Outdoor Code. Easily track a scout’s progress along their trail to Eagle. All ranks; Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, Eagle are available.”

Download: Android. Apple. Windows Phone.


Devices: Android, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

Cost: Free

Description: “This selection of United States Army bugle calls allows people to play from 18 classic bugle calls. Great for Soldiers, family members, ROTC Cadets, Boy Scouts, band members and anyone who wants a soundboard of Army bugle calls.”

Download: Android. Apple.


Devices: Android, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone, BlackBerry

Cost: Free

Description: “Accurate and relevant weather information whenever weather matters to you. With 200+ meteorologists and, our ultra-local TruPoint(sm) forecasting technology, we provide you with the weather tools you need to plan your day, week, or even the next hour.”

Download: Android. iPhone/iPod Touch. iPad. Windows Phone. BlackBerry.


Search and Rescue merit badge requirements released




The hotly anticipated debut of Search and Rescue merit badge — the BSA’s 130th current merit badge — has finally arrived.

Search and Rescue merit badge, or SAR for short, has an official earn date of Monday, Aug. 20. That’s the first day Scouts can start working on requirements for the merit badge.

Of course, your Scouts will want the official merit badge pamphlet and emblem, both available at your local Scout Shop or online at

Follow the jump for info on merit badge counselors and the complete list of requirements.

Where to find SAR merit badge counselors

The best places for units and Scouts to start looking for merit badge counselors include local SAR groups, fire or police departments, SAR canine groups, and the NASAR—National Association of Search and Rescue.

For contacts near you, visit as well as federal SAR groups in your area.

Search and Rescue merit badge requirements

1. Do the following:

a. Explain to your counselor the hazards you are most likely to encounter while participating in search and rescue (SAR) activities, and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, and respond to these hazards.
b. Discuss first aid and prevention for the types of injuries or illnesses that could occur while participating in SAR activities, including: snakebites, dehydration, shock, environmental emergencies such as hypothermia or heatstroke, blisters, and ankle and knee sprains.

2. Demonstrate knowledge to stay found and prevent yourself from becoming the subject of a SAR mission.

a. How does the buddy system help in staying found and safe?
b. How can knowledge of the area and its seasonal weather changes affect your plans?
c. Explain how the Ten Essentials are similar to a “ready pack.”

3. Discuss the following with your counselor:

a. The difference between search and rescue
b. The difference between PLS (place last seen) and LKP (last known point)
c. The meaning of these terms:

(1) AFRCC (Air Force Rescue Coordination Center)
(2) IAP (Incident Action Plan)
(3) ICS (Incident Command System)
(4) Evaluating search urgency
(5) Establishing confinement
(6) Scent item
(7) Area air scent dog
(8) Briefing and debriefing

4. Find out who in your area has authority for search and rescue and what their responsibilities are. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain the official duties of a search and rescue team.

5. Complete the training for ICS-100, Introduction to Incident Command System. Print out the certificate of completion and show it to your counselor. Discuss with your counselor how the ICS compares with Scouting’s patrol method.

6. Identify four types of search and rescue teams and discuss their use or role with your counselor. Then do the following:

a. Interview a member of one of the teams you have identified above, and learn how this team contributes to a search and rescue operation. Discuss what you learned with your counselor.
b. Describe the process and safety methods of working around at least two of the specialized SAR teams you identified above.
c. Explain the differences between wilderness, urban, and water SARs.

A Note About Unauthorized and Restricted Activities

The BSA’s Guide to Safe Scouting states under “Unauthorized and Restricted Activities” that flying in aircraft as part of a search and rescue mission is an unauthorized activity for youth members. For complete information, see

7. Discuss the Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) system, latitude, and longitude. Then do the following:

a. Using a 1:24,000 scale USGS topographic map, show that you can identify a location of your choice using UTM coordinates.
b. Using a 1:24,000 scale map, ask your counselor to give you a UTM coordinate on the map, then identify that location.
c. Show that you can identify your current location using the UTM coordinates on a Global Positioning System (GPS) unit and verify it on a 1:24,000 scale map.
d. Determine a hypothetical place last seen, and point out an area on your map that could be used for containment using natural or human-made boundaries.

8. Choose a hypothetical scenario, either one presented in this merit badge pamphlet or one created by your counselor.

Then do the following:

a. Complete an incident objectives form for this scenario.
b. Complete an Incident Action Plan (IAP) to address this scenario.
c. Discuss with your counselor the behavior of a lost person and how that would impact your incident action plan (for example, the differences between searching for a young child versus a teen).
d. After completing 8a–8c, discuss the hypothetical scenario with your counselor.

9. Discuss with your counselor the terms hasty team and hasty search. Then do the following:

a. Plan and carry out a practice hasty search—either urban or wilderness—for your patrol or troop. Include the following elements in the search: clue awareness, evidence preservation, tracking the subject, and locating the subject using attraction or trail sweep.
b. When it’s over, hold a team debriefing to discuss the hasty search. Discuss problems encountered, successful and unsuccessful tactics, and ideas for improvement.

10. Find out about three career or volunteer opportunities in search and rescue. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this professional or volunteer position. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this position might interest you.


Service at Camp Alpine

We pass this along from Camping Services. Anyone who can be of assistance is encouraged to lend a hand.

We, as the Greater New York Councils, wholeheartedly hope that you and your family members and those in your lodges are safe in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. We understand that many people throughout New York City and throughout the tri-state area are still without power and have days of clean-up ahead of them.

Alpine Scout Camp was one of the locales that was particularly affected and needs help to get back on its feet.

We are reaching to you to get as many Scouts and Leaders in the OA Service Lodges to help us out. Any help that can be provided will be greatly appreciated. If possible, could you please send this out to your lodges and get as many people out as possible? In preparation for service, please see below:

WHO: OA Scouts and Scouters interested in giving Service to Alpine Scout Camp. (Adult supervision required for Scouts under the age of 18). Roofers and Licensed Electricians would be a great help to our service day.

WHAT: General Camp and Campsite clean-up. Cheerful service to restore Alpine Scout Camp (Debris removal, hedge trimming, raking, etc.)

WHEN: Saturday 11/3/12 from 9 am – 3 pm, ONLY. (There will be no overnight accommodation for anyone).

WHERE: Alpine Scout Camp: Meet in Main Parking Lot

WHY: To restore Alpine and get it open for camping ASAP.

HOW: By coming together in brotherhood and service.

Your own Drinking Water
Work Gloves
Rakes (If you have them)
Hedge and Tree Clippers (If you have them)

Your own chain saws. The only ones able to use chain saws in camp will be the GNYC Rangers. Please help us to enforce this rule by complying.

Dress Warm (Hats and Gloves)
Spread the Word


We will be providing Lunch to all that come out and help. If you could reply to confirm attendance, it would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you very much for heeding our call for help and we look forward to your support this Saturday. If you are able to come and help, we would like to get a lunch count, so replying to this message would be a great help.

Yours in Scouting,

Camping Services

Greater New York Councils


Troop 23 will be attending the Brooklyn Cyclones Overnighter. The Scouts expressed interest in participating in this event. The cost is $8.00 per scout. There is parade for Scouts before the game ,fireworks after the game and sleeping on the field in tents overnight. Attached is permission slip and a a flyer concerning this event. Please respond to this e-mail by Thursday in order to reserve spots. Any questions feel free to contact me.
Thank You,
Tom Kramer