Join us for a series of weekend specialty camps this summer


Join us for our 2022 weekend family camp


Scouting provides fun activities that promote personal responsibility and self-esteem; and helps children develop into well-rounded adults.


Contact Office for Information about receiving supplies. Visit our location at the Hudson Valley Mall.


Christmas Trees for Camp Tri-mount

Christmas trees are now for sale at our Kingston locations, while supplies last.  Located at 1375 Ulster Ave, Kingston, in the Big Lots/Joanne Fabric parking lot.  Trees range from $45 to $85, dependent upon size.

Monday through Thursday: 3 PM to 7:30 PM

Friday 3 PM to 9 PM 

Saturday and Sunday 9 AM to 9 PM

Wreaths are also available, while supplies last.  Wreaths are $20-$25, dependent upon decorations. 

The Council Sevice Center and Offices will be CLOSED for the Holidays and for End of year Inventory from December 23rd through January 2nd,  We will reopen on January 3rd.  




          Since 1910, Scouting has helped mold the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes and understands that helping youth puts us on a path towards a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.
          Today's professional Scouters are a diverse group of men and women sharing a dynamic career offering independence, achievement, and stability. This is work that makes a difference, work that calls one to continual learning and challenge, work that offers solid compensation, benefits, and advancement.

The District Associate selected will:
          • Work with a volunteer board of directors and other community and
business leaders to identify, recruit, train, guide, and inspire them to become involved in youth programs.
          • Achieve progress towards specific goals and objectives which include program development through collaborative relationships, volunteer recruitment and training, fundraising, membership recruitment and retention.
          • Be responsible for extending programs to religious, civic, fraternal, educational, and other community-based organizations through volunteers.
          • Secure adequate financial support for programs in assigned area. Achieve net income and participation objectives for assigned camps and activities.
          • Recruit leadership for finance campaign efforts to meet the financial needs of the organization.
          • Ensure that all program sites are served through volunteers, regular leader meetings, training events and activities.
          • Collaborate with adult volunteers and oversee achievement of training for their respective role.
          • Be a good role model and recognize the importance of working relationships with other professionals and volunteers. The executive must have excellent communication skills and be able to explain the program’s goals and objectives to the public.
          • Provide quality service through timely communication, regular meetings, training events and activities.
          • Have a willingness and ability to devote irregular hours to achieve council and district objectives.
Desired Skills:
          • Strong marketing, fund-raising and program development background is highly desired.
          • Non-profit, fundraising or sales experience is a plus.
          • Must be comfortable with public speaking and interacting with diverse audiences. Excellent people skills, enthusiastic, punctual, responsible, and creative.
          • Self-motivated individual with solid time management skills and strong organizational skills in management, budgeting, and planning.
          • Committed to personal and professional productivity, while maintaining high ethical and professional working standards.
          • Must be willing to accept and meet the Boy Scout of America’s leadership and membership standards and subscribe to the Scout Oath and Law.
          • Attained 21 years of age or older unless prohibited by any applicable law.
          • Ability to work varied hours when necessary, evening activities and weekend work is frequently required to achieve positive objectives.
          • Ability to travel for training at least once a year for one to two weeks.
          • A Scouting background is helpful but not required for employment.
          • Offers for employment are subject to criminal, reference, and motor vehicle background checks.
          Rip Van Winkle Council is an equal opportunity employer. This position will pay $15 per hour, 25 hours per week with bonuses available based on performance. Auto allowance and mileage also included.
How to apply:
          Qualified candidates must submit cover letter and resume to: dana.kuhns@scouting.org
Only the most qualified candidates will be contacted.

WANTED: Accounting Specialist


An Accounting Specialist is a financial professional who manages all forms of financial accounts within an organization. They keep accurate records, ensuring that invoices are paid when necessary and clients do not overpay for services rendered or goods delivered.

Accounting Specialist responsibilities include:

· Assisting the accounting department in daily, monthly, and annual activities

· Maintaining accurate and complete records, including ledgers, invoices, and receipts

· Using documents to verify, record and process transactions

Job brief

We are looking for an organized and detail-oriented Accounting Specialist who will analyze financial information, maintain complete records while adhering to the strict standards of our organization.

An Accounting Specialist’s responsibilities include keeping accurate records of all incoming and outgoing payments, handling payroll tasks as required and assisting with preparing tax documents as needed.

Ultimately, you will ensure that invoices get paid and clients make good on their promises by keeping accurate records of both uncollected debts from customers.


· Speak with vendors and suppliers to ensure charges are accurate, and payments are received promptly

· Review financial reports

· Communicate with clients to discuss account statuses, charges, or discrepancies

· Participate in ongoing education opportunities to learn about industry trends and developments

· Process payroll

Requirements and skills

· Proven work experience as an Accounting Specialist or similar role

· Understanding of accounting principles and current financial legislation

· Exceptional time management, communication, and problem-solving skills

· Strong math and research skills

· Basic computer skills with knowledge of bookkeeping software

· Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance is preferred

To apply

Submit or send your resume to:

Rip Van Winkle Council, BSA

1300 Ulster Avenue

Suite 107

Kingston, NY 12401




Council Newsletter:

November 2022 Newsletter

October 2022 Newsletter

September 2022 Newsletter

August 2022 Newsletter

July 2022 Newsletter

June 2022 Newsletter

May 2022 Newsletter 



Council Calendar:

RVW Council Calendar 2022-2023 PDF







CDC recommends wearing a mask in enclosed or crowded places, customers are encouraged to wear a mask when in the Scout Service Center.



The mission of the Rip Van Winkle Council is to provide an effective program for boys and girls, as well as young men and women, to help them develop desirable qualities of character and leadership, participating citizenship, personal fitness, good family values, and respect for the environment, and to prepare them to make ethical choices over their lifetime in achieving their full potential.

Further, it is the mission of the Rip Van Winkle Council to make the Scouting program available to all eligible youth in Ulster and Greene Counties. The council will develop and maintain the physical and financial resources to support an effective Scouting program in its territory and support the chartered organizations that use Scouting.