Welcome! We are very proud and happy to have you as a member of our scouting family. The Allegheny Highlands Council, Boy Scouts of America, is your Council. Please use this calendar of activities, training and meetings to enhance your unit’s program for the year, and give your kids the kind of Scouting they deserve- the very best!
Our Council covers of Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany counties in New York, and McKean and Potter counties in Pennsylvania.
We have over 100 sponsoring organizations who have joined us in partnership to provide scouting programs to the youth of our communities. These sponsors include churches of every denomination; PTA’s; civic, service, & fraternal organizations; businesses & industry; and community groups. Our chartered partners provide meeting facilities, are responsible for volunteer leadership and the overall support of their unit.
The mission of the Council is to provide opportunities for Scouting to all boys and young adults in the counties we serve and to service and support all units, and their volunteer leaders. The Council is made up of all the chartered organizations and their volunteer scouters. Each sponsor appoints a Chartered Organization Representative who is a voting member of the Council and an automatic member of their respective District Committee.
COUNCIL BUDGET AND FINANCES
The Council operates on a modest budget prepared by key council volunteers and the Council Scout Executive. The Council Treasurer, Scout Executive, Finance Committee, and Accounting Specialist monitor income and expenses of the Council.
All Scouters, Parents, and supporters of Scouting are encouraged to participate as a Friend of Scouting each year. As Scouting continues to grow, the need for funds to keep it growing also is increasing. Over two-thirds of America’s youth are not a part of Scouting. We need your help to reach them. Our Packs, Troops, Crews, and Posts are encouraged to conduct a family campaign every year to support our Council, which helps to maintain our level of support back to every unit.
The administration of the Council is the responsibility of the Council Executive Board, under the leadership of the Council President and his Officers. The board members are leading citizens of the Council areas and they function on behalf of the Allegheny Highlands Council by determining policies, securing financial support, and guiding the council program.
Our Council is divided into three Districts to best facilitate service and support to our 180 units. Each District has a District Committee which is composed of dedicated Scouters and the District Executive. The operating committees of the District are in activities, advancement, camping, membership, training, finance, and manpower. All of these committees are run by volunteers to assist unit scouters. The Chartered Organization Representative from your unit is also an automatic member of the District and is invited to monthly District Committee meetings to participate, and for support. The key unit service group is called the Commissioners Staff. They provide direct regular service (visits) to all units in the district. Roundtables (a “Hands On” practical program session) for Cub and Scout leaders are offered monthly by the Commissioners Staff of each District. The Key 3 in each district are: District Chairman, District Commissioner, and District Executive.
TWO LAKES DISTRICT
serves Chautauqua County and a small portion of Cattaraugus County
serves Cattaraugus and Allegany Counties
serves McKean and Potter Counties
Professional staff members, commissioned by the personnel division of the National Council BSA, are employed by the Council to guide and coach more than 1800 adult volunteer scouters in Allegheny Highlands Council. The health of our units and growth of our movement are the top priorities of every executive. At present, we employ four professionals.
COUNCIL SERVICE CENTER AND TRADING POST HOURS
The Service Center is located on Hough Hill Road in Falconer and is easily accessible off Interstate 86 ( Route 17-Southern Tier Expressway). It houses the Council Trading Post and professional and clerical offices, and has a large meeting room. Various meetings and training are held here. The center is a well-utilized facility. The Service Center and our Trading Post are open Monday through Friday from 9:00AM to 5:00 PM. We have a full line of Scout and other related items, and if it’s not in stock, we’ll gladly order it for you.
MAILING & SHIPPING ADDRESS
EMAIL & WEB PAGE
The Highlander is printed every four months and available at district meetings, roundtables, and our camps, and on our webpage. It keeps Scouters informed about events and happenings.
A tour permit officially registers the activity as an official Scouting activity. Insurance coverage only applies to official Scouting activities. For tours or trips under 500 miles one a LOCAL TOUR PERMIT is required. For tours or trips over 500 miles, a NATIONAL TOUR PERMIT application is required. A tour permit should be submitted two weeks in advance to insure filing time. The two week (in advance) filing requirement also ensure that trips are well planned. Most short, in-town den trips of a few hours do not require a tour permit; however, it is recommended that dens obtain permission slips from parents.
HO-NAN-NE-HO-ONT Lodge - ORDER OF THE ARROW
The Order of the Arrow is a brotherhood of honor boy scouts, centered around an Indian theme, that promotes camping and all scouting programs, and service to our camps. In the Order, the boys are the leaders, with adult advisors. Boy Scouts who are first class may be elected to the Order each spring by their Troop. Adults must be recommended for membership. Newly elected members have two opportunities during the year to join, at the Spring Ordeal in June, or the Fall Ordeal in September. They conduct various other activities, including an annual Parent/Member Banquet.
INSURANCE LIABILITY PROTECTION
The Council provides an excess, comprehensive, general liability insurance for the protection of its members with respect to claims arising in the performance of their duties in scouting. Coverage is more than $500,000 for bodily injury and property. Your Council spends over $1,000 a month for insurance.
ACCIDENT AND SICKNESS
Cub Packs, Boy Scout Troops, Venturing Crews, and Explorer Posts are covered with a council-wide policy, which generally pays for doctors’ fees, hospital fees, etc., in the event of accident or sickness.The cost of this insurance is 80 cents per every paid member and leader. The plan provides year-round coverage for injuries or sickness occurring while participating in or attending official scout activities.
All fundraising done by a unit must be approved by the Council. Submit Form No. 4427, Unit Money Earning Application at least a month prior to the fundraising activity. There is very important criteria every money-earner must comply with that is listed on this form. It is not necessary to submit one for the council popcorn sale or the bowlathon. The Council conducts a Popcorn Sale every fall, a Bowlathon every winter, and for spring a “Earn your way to camp” popcorn and candle sale. See the flyer in the calendar with details about each fundraiser.
Training is an integral part of our council, because it is vital to volunteer leader effectiveness. In this calendar is a page describing all training opportunities available for all our leaders, from online fast start and youth protection, to specialized seminars to hone seasoned leaders skills.
Our council prides itself in two wonderful summer camping facilities – Camp Merz and Elk Lick Scout Reserve. A special page in this calendar describes the various program opportunities available for youth and their leaders, and their families for the upcoming summer.
WHAT OUR COUNCIL PROVIDES TO SUPPORT SCOUTING YEAR ROUND
(original artists rendition of our council logo and patch)
Our council can trace its origins back to 1921 when the Jamestown Council was chartered. This council primarily served southern Chautauqua County, NY. In 1931 its name was changed to the Chautauqua Lake Area Council. In 1929 the Lake Shore Council was chartered in Dunkirk. This council served the northern part of Chautauqua County, NY. These two councils merged in 1941 to form the Chautauqua County Council. The McKean County Council was first chartered in 1924 in Bradford, PA. In 1926 its name was changed to the McKean-Potter Area Council after its area was extended to Potter County. In 1930, when its service area was extended again to include Cameron County, its name reflected their growth and they were called the McKean-Potter-Cameron Council. In 1947 the council changed its name to Elk Lick Council. The Cattaraugus County Council was chartered in 1926. Their name was changed to Seneca Council in 1930, perhaps due to the addition of Allegany County to its service area. In 1973 the Chautauqua County Council and the Elk Lick Council joined together to form the Allegheny Highlands Council. The Seneca Council was included in this consolidation in 1975. In 1994, Cameron County, PA. was absorbed into the Bucktail Council headquartered in Dubois.
Our council is a premier youth-serving organization in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany counties in New York, and McKean and Potter counties in Pennsylvania. Through scouting experiences, we strive for the very best for all the young people in all our communities. We provide the tools necessary for all our leaders to be effective, from thorough training opportunities, great council programming, and outstanding camps. We are committed to service, quality, and growth. We exist to deliver on the promise of fun, excitement, and fundamental learning experiences that will expand our children’s horizons for life.
The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people through character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness. By instilling in them the values of the scout oath and law, they will be prepared to be responsible, contributing members over their lifetime.