Hundreds of New York City Scouts from the Greater New York Councils, Boy Scouts of America (GNYC) united at Citi Field for the annual “Scout Day” yesterday, Sunday, May 6, 2018, when the New York Mets faced the Rockies. A portion of all proceeds raised in partnership with the New York Mets are going toward Friends of Scouting to assist with scholarships, programs, and training materials.
This year, Eagle Scouts Elijah Unapanta of Troop 3253 was selected to throw the honorary first pitch, caught by Daniel Babat of Troop 49. The lucky Eagle Scouts were chosen a week before the game and were selected by the Pack, Troop, or Crew that raised the most in ticket sales. In addition to this special opportunity, all scouts in attendance received a special Mets Scout Day Patch designed by the team itself
“We are excited to have joined the New York Mets for Scout Day” said Ethan Draddy, Chief Executive Officer of GNYC. “There is nothing like a day at Citi Field, and we were honored to work with the Mets to generate resources that benefit Scouts and Scouting programs.”
The Scouts are currently preparing for one of the highlights of the Scouting year: the summer camping season. In New York, Scouts visit several campgrounds, including Alpine Scout Camp, William H. Pouch Scout Camp and Ten Mile River Scout Camps.
Alpine Scout Camp is located in the heart of Alpine, New Jersey and offers weekend camping and hiking the Palisades Historic Trail. The 143-acre William H. Pouch Scout Camp is located in Staten Island and is New York City’s only Scout Camp. Located in the Catskills in Sullivan County, Ten Mile River Scout Camps is a 12,000-acre Scout Reservation that is home to three traditional Scout summer camps: Camp Aquehonga, Camp Keowa and Camp Ranachqua.
About the Greater New York Councils
The Greater New York Councils (GNYC) is a local council of the Boy Scouts of America that serves the New York City area. GNYC has helped over five million young people become “Prepared for Life” since its’ inception in the 1920s. The GNYC office is located in the Empire State Building. The programs of the Boy Scouts of America serve young people by fostering healthy habits and personal fitness, including the prevention of bullying; encouraging environmental stewardship; and providing leadership development and STEM Education. For more information on the Greater New York Councils and the Boy Scouts, please visit https://www.bsa-gnyc.org.