Westchester Scout Council Makes Masks and Scrub Caps for First Responders

Westchester-Putnam Council of Boy Scouts of America Teams Up with Westchester’s United for the Troops To Make Masks and Scrub Caps for Local County Day Care Workers, First Responders and Stores

The Westchester-Putnam Council of Boy Scouts of America has teamed up with Westchester’s United for the Troops to make masks and scrub caps for local county day care workers, first responders, supermarkets and stores.

“We were approached by the National Boy Scouts of America Council along with other Councils in the area to give away neckerchiefs for the purpose of making masks and scrubs,” said Rich Stockton, Scout Executive/CEO for the Westchester-Putnam Council.

The project was coordinated by Daniel Conniff,  Assistant Scout Executive /COO for the Westchester-Putnam Council.  “Once we knew we were getting 8,640 neckerchiefs, we reached out to United for the Troops, who has outreach in the Westchester, Putnam and Rockland areas. They connected us to several organizations to distribute the neckerchiefs.” 

Jimmy Rathschmidt, Co-founder of United for the Troops, said, “We delivered the donated  neckerchiefs to several organizations in the area, including Croton Face Masks Makers and Mask America, so they could make the masks and scrub caps for us to deliver.”

Yorktown BSA Troop 165 Scoutmaster Jann Mirchandani has been making scrub caps from the donated neckerchiefs with her facebook group, Croton Face Masks Makers. “We wanted to help our local community who may be in short supply of masks and scrub caps,” she said. 

The Westchester-Putnam Council of Boy Scouts of America is a non-profit organization with a proven program serving over 6,300 Westchester and Putnam county youth and 2,100 adult volunteers by providing leadership and character development.  With 170 units spanning both counties, scouts engage in service projects that provide needed improvements to county and state parks, as well as town properties, libraries and food pantries. Scouts often partner with the business community to build a connection between the local business, government, and nonprofit sectors.

The Council provides over 45,000 service hours a year to the towns it serves and other nonprofit organizations through the program's dedication to leading others by serving the community. Over 169 scouts have earned the rank of Eagle in 2019, a nationally recognized badge of leadership training.  The Council was named Outstanding Non-profit by Westchester Magazine in the Fall of 2018.

According to a 2015  Tufts University Study, scouts are more likely to embrace positive social values than non-scouts. Scouting is making our communities a better place to live. https://www.wpcbsa.org https://www.facebook.com/WPCBSA/ 

United For The Troops was created by friends and families of our Troops serving the U.S. overseas. Its sole purpose is to make life while at war a little better for the brave men and women serving in the U.S. Military by collecting food, money, and goods that the military does not provide them. The military provides them with the essentials, but many miss the extra amenities that they receive while at home. Our goal is to show them that we are proud of them and appreciate all of their efforts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other areas of the world being affected by this war. https://unitedforthetroops.org 

Contact: Dan Coniff, Assistant Scout Executive /COO for the Westchester-Putnam Council, 914.449.9681; Jim Rathschmidt, Co-founder, United for the Troop, 845-729-4239; Bill Bongiorno, PR, Westchester-Putnam Council, 914-882-5594, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




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