Archive for December, 2009

Camp Pouch to be sold?

December 30, 2009

The Greater New York Councils are serviced by three Scout Camps–Camp Alpine, which is right across the Hudson river in New Jersey, Ten Mile River Scout Camps–which is where our film was shot and the home of Camp Keowa–and Camp Pouch which is located on Staten Island. Staten Island has a great Scouting history and, on a per-capita basis, is probably the NYC borough with the strongest traditional Scouting program.  The TMR Museum, by the way, does an excellent job of documenting NYC Scouting history.

The New York City Boy Scouts have been hit dramatically by the economic crisis over the last few years. One option on the table to deal with the Council’s financial problems is to extract some money from Camp Pouch–by selling the camp outright our selling rights related to development of the property. I think everyone–including Staten Islanders, volunteers and the NYC Scouting professionals–would be very sorry to see Camp Pouch close. A dynamic group of community activists have rallied to save the camp and set up a website here and a Facebook page here.  As of this morning the Facebook page had 6,246 members which I find remarkable.

In my view the best long-term solution to the problems faced by the NYC Councils is to recruit more Scouts and volunteers–to fill up the camps with kids from the city who wouldn’t otherwise have a chance to experience what Scout Camp has to offer.  I also recently heard an innovative idea to boost camp attendance from a long time Staten Island Scouter.  It is possible to get from Camp Pouch to Manhattan by public transport (the trip includes the Staten Island Ferry, of course).  Why not market the camp as a destination for Troops around the country to come and camp for a few days in a beautiful spot–and visit the greatest city in the world?

759 in Johns Hopkins Magazine

December 9, 2009

Jake and I both were lucky enough to attend Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.  I studied International Relations, Jake studied in the Writing Seminars department.  Hopkins is also the alma mater of some famous Eagle Scouts–including Mike Bloomberg the Mayor of our Fair City and Dr. Peter Agre a Nobel Prize winning scientist and the father of two Eagle Scouts.  It was a special honor to screen our film at Hopkins and also get this write up in the Winter edition of Johns Hopkins magazine.