Celebrating Over a Century of the Boy Scouts

February 8th is Boy Scout Day, marking the day in 1910 when William Dickson Boyce filed incorporation papers in the District of Columbia and created the Boy Scouts of America. The Boy Scouts celebrated 100 Years of Scouting last year. If you have a little boy, consider getting him involved in this age old American tradition.

There are 125 “units” in Queens. Units are Cub Scout Packs, Boy scout Troops, and Venture Crews which is a CO-ED program. Cub Scouts are boys ages 7-10 ½,  Boy Scouts are boys ages 11-18 and Venturers are Boys and Girls ages 14-21. What makes Queens Boy Scouts different from other Scouts across the country is that it brings together the diversity of kids from Jamaica, Breezy Point, allowing boys who wouldn’t normally get to meet one another interact and learn from each other.

The time and financial commitment is minimal. Cub Scouts is a family oriented program where parent participation is encouraged, but not for the other units. Meetings are usually once a week for an hour or so. It only costs $15 per year to register with the Boy Scouts of America, however every pack and troop charge different amounts of annual dues depending on their program and that money is used to subsidize the cost of badges, activities etc.

What kind of activities can you expect your son to be doing in the Boy Scouts? Activities include pinewood derby, Scouts in Parks Day, camporees, scouting for food, and bowl-a-thons. Last year, 100 Scouts participated in the pinewood derby, and this year 250-300 are expected to participate. The event, in Broad Channel, encompasses more than just racing pinewood derby cars; the scouts also build ships to sail in a regatta and even space crafts.

Without the Boy Scouts, a lot of Queens kids would never get to experience camping, so its a great way to expose your little ones to the great outdoors. The Boy Scouts also run summer camp programs. For cub scouts, there is the Cub World at Camp Alpine in Alpine, NJ, Day Camp at Camp Pouch in Staten Island and Boy Scout Summer Camp at Ten Mile River in Upstate, NY.

If you are thinking of signing your son up, simply go to www.beascout.org and enter your zip code to find all the Units in your area, their contact information, and where they meet.

For more information, contact:

Jason E. Tewes, District Director – Borough of Queens
212-651-2816 – Office

or

Frank Cebek, District Executive
(646) 306-0820
fcebek@bsamail.org

By: Christine Concetta Gibson