The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes. Through our volunteer networks, our programs inspire over 14,000 Brooklyn youth to learn about leadership development, physical fitness, STEM educational opportunities, and environmental sustainability. Brooklyn Scouting has helped over one million young men and women become “Prepared for Life.”
Dumbo Tech Triangle Tour
Each Columbus Day, Boy Scouts and Boy Scout age youth are invited to attend a tour of some of DUMBO’s hottest technology companies, and attend interactive workshops with each tour partner. This is a thorough tour that takes the Scouts into different STEM-focused companies and teaches them about the cutting edge technology of our time. Past partners include Etsy, BioLite Stove, Pensa NYC, Two Moos, and Situ Studio, with workshops on 3D printing technologies, smokeless combustion, Leave No Trace Principles, innovative design methods, and much more. For more information, please visit bsa-gnyc.org/dumbotech or contactGenesis.Rodriguez@Scouting.org.
During our 2016 DUMBO Tech Tour, we visited a total of six companies and each had their own unique vision to add to our world. Most important of all, our Scouts left inspired to create and to program the next big invention.
STEAM programs (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math) have become a crucial way for the Boy Scouts to deliver on our mission to ‘Prepare kids for Life’. The Discovery Awards culminates our STEAM efforts by recognizing Scouts who have achieved STEAM success, and businesses & individuals who have excelled in creating innovative programs to benefit Scouts across New York City. Learn more at bsa-gnyc.org/discovery or contact Justin.Rodstrom@Scouting.org.
Brooklyn “Good Scout” Awards Luncheon
The Brooklyn “Good Scout” Luncheon serves as our flagship fundraising event, recognizing the support of business leaders and helping us secure vital funds to deliver programs to our youth members in Brooklyn. This event takes place each Fall at Giando’s on the Water, in beautiful Williamsburg. Learn more at bsa-gnyc.org/Brooklynluncheon or contact Justin.Rodstrom@Scouting.org
Young Professional Scouts” Brooklyn Chapter Events
Founded in 2012, Young Professional Scouts (YPS) is a membership based professional development organization for young Scouting alumni. Members enjoy opportunities to network with peers at extraordinary events, gain access to top community leaders, give back through community service and develop themselves for future Board service. For more info, visit bsa-gnyc.org/ypsbrooklyn
1st Annual Brooklyn Scouting Board Golf Classic
Dear Golf Enthusiast: On Friday, September 16th, 2016, the Boy Scouts will host a day of fun to help thousands of Brooklyn Scouts. We hope that you will join us for the First Annual Brooklyn Golf Classic. The day will begin with Check-In & Lunch from 12:00-1:30pm, and a shotgun start for our scramble format tournament at 1:30pm. We will conclude with an Italian buffet dinner and awards ceremony at 6:30pm. Act quickly to reserve your space; a discounted rate is available if your registration and payment is received by September 1st. Your participation will significantly enrich the lives of today’s youth through the programs of Scouting. We look forward to seeing you on September 16th.
Quick action by trained Scouts saves young man
In December of 2015, Scouts Jayden and Ty’Ziyah e were at a youth football tournament in Kissimmee, Florida. The boys were enjoying some time in the hotel pool with some other youth players from around the country. Both Scouts were pretty strong swimmers, so after some fellowship, they broke away from the small group and headed to the deep end of the pool to continue swimming.
Ty’Ziyah then noticed another boy at the bottom of the deep end of the pool. Unsure of whether the boy was just holding his breath, Jayden dove down 12 feet to investigate. But the boy was not responsive. Jayden surfaced and yelled to Ty’Ziyah that the boy was in trouble. Ty’Ziyah immediately sprinted to get help, informing other youth swimmers on his way to call for help. Jayden dove down again and along with another swimmer, brought the boy to the surface and began towing the unconscious victim to the pool’s edge.
Ty’Ziyah found a couple of adult coaches just outside the pool area and informed them of the situation. While one called for emergency services, the other desperately tried to keep up with Ty’Ziyah, who was already on his way back to the pool to help with the rescue. When he returned, he found Jayden standing on the deck, holding the victim’s arms, already working to pull the victim out of the water. Ty’Ziyah jumped back into the pool with the third rescuer. It took the strength of all three boys to pull the young man out of the water and onto the deck.
By this time, adult coaches from a few different teams had stepped in. They worked to resuscitate the unconscious victim as emergency services arrived on the scene. The victim was airlifted to a nearby hospital, where he made a full recovery. He returned to perfect health and checked out of the hospital a couple of days later.
The Scouts credit their quick response to the skills they learned through Scouting. Both boys earned the First Aid and Lifesaving merit badges while at Camp Aquehonga in Ten Mile River.
The President of the victim’s youth football program is forever thankful for Jayden’s and Ty’Ziyah’s actions. He was told that had the boys not responded when and how they did, that boy might not have survived. “Their concern for another young man, and quick thinking almost certainly saved my young man’s life. I, my program and the parents of the young man pulled from the bottom of the pool, all owe an extensive debt of gratitude to (Jayden and Ty’Ziyah) who acted so courageously in the interest of someone they did not even know.”
On September 29,  Scouts Jayden and Ty’Ziyah we recognized at Brooklyn Council’s premier annual event, the Brooklyn Good Scout Luncheon. The two thirteen-year old Scouts from Troop 263, St. Phillip’s Church, and their parents dined with Brooklyn Scouting VIP’s and major financial contributors before being formerly presented with the Lifesaving Meritorious Award for their quick-thinking and heroic response to a drowning boy last December at a pool in Florida.
Both Scouts also served as Scout Speakers for the event, getting a chance to tell their story and the importance of Scouting, from their point of view, to an audience that included GNYC Scout Executive & CEO, Ethan Draddy, Brooklyn Council President, Steven Mirones and former Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.
The Scouts displayed their maturity and composure as they took turns speaking to the dignitaries about Scouting’s long history of character development and training in outdoor skills that are still relevant today. Both Scouts had previously earned Swimming, Lifesaving and First Aid merit badges, and because of that experience they were prepared to face a situation they could not foresee.
“It was pretty scary”, Ty’Ziyah accounted. “I had to act in the moment. I had to do what I thought was right”. Jayden echoed his fellow Scout pointing to the skills that they two had learned through Scouting: “Anytime any type of emergency happens, we know what to do and how to act.”
Their Scoutmaster, JD Stark beamed with pride at how the Scouts responded to a fellow youth in need, and credits their actions to the Scouting program. “They took what (Scouting) had taught them and fortunately we have a young person who is still alive because of their efforts.”
Jayden and Ty’Ziyah were also featured in a News 12 Brooklyn story covering their heroism.