Monthly Archives: July 2013


This week we are looking at #8 for the Sweet 16 of BSA Safety. It’s Skill Level Limits

Few youth organizations encompass the breadth, volume, and diversity of physical activity common to Scouting, and none enjoy a better safety record. The key to maintaining and improving this exemplary record is the conscientious and trained adult leader who is attentive to safety concerns.

As an aid in the continuing effort to protect participants in a Scout activity, the BSA National Health and Safety Committee and the Council Services Division of the BSA National Council have developed the “Sweet Sixteen” of BSA safety procedures for physical activity. These 16 points, which embody good judgement and common sense, are applicable to all activities.


There is a minimum skill level requirement for every activity, and the supervisor must identify and recognize this minimum skill level and be sure that no participants are put at risk by attempting an activity beyond their ability. A good example of skill levels in Scouting is the venerable swim test, which defines conditions for safe swimming based on individual ability.

Las Dieciséis Pautas de Seguridad de BSA

Son pocas las organizaciones para jóvenes que abarcan la amplitud, cantidad y diversidad de actividades físicas que son comunes en el programa Scouting, y ninguna disfruta de mejor récord de seguridad. La clave para mantener y mejorar ese récord ejemplar es tener un líder adulto concienzudo y capacitado que esté atento a los problemas de seguridad.

Para ayudar en el continuo esfuerzo de proteger a los que participan en las actividades Scout, el Comité Nacional de Salud y Seguridad de BSA y la División de Servicios del Concilio Nacional de BSA han elaborado Las Dieciséis Pautas de los procedimientos de seguridad de BSA para actividades físicas. Estos 16 puntos, que reflejan el buen criterio y el sentido común, aplican a todas las actividades.


Para cada actividad existe un requisito mínimo de habilidad, y el supervisor debe identificar y reconocer ese nivel mínimo y asegurarse de que ningún participante se arriesge al participar en una actividad más allá de su habilidad. Un buen ejemplo de los niveles de habilidad en Scouting es la prueba de natación, misma que define las condiciones para nadar con seguridad con base en la capacidad individual.






New Order of the Arrow Advisers Appointed

Dennis Kohl, Scout Executive is pleased to announce the appointments of Chris Sturm of Springfield as the new Lodge Adviser for Woaplanne Lodge and Wayne Hampton of Bridgewater as the Associate Adviser. Both gentlemen have had extensive backgrounds in the Order of the Arrow and are Vigil Honor members. Please join me in welcoming Chris and Wayne in their new leadership roles.

Patriots’ Path Council Welcomes Home Sea Scout Ship 243!

Ship 243 Sea Scouts also known as the Sea Horse has previously been registered with Patriots’ Path and its predecessor councils for over thirty years, but has been on hiatus for the last two years.

The Sea Scout program is again active and looking for more youth and adult volunteers.

The Sea Horse operates out of the Linden Sea Scout base along with the Sea Dart Sea Scout Ship 228.

We wish them “Fair Winds and Flowing Seas!”

Contact Skipper Bill Kerber or Field Director Art Lobdell for more information.

World Scout Scarf Day

World Scout Scarf Day is held annually on August 1. All active and former Scouts are asked to wear their Scout scarves in public. Many people including prominent business persons followed the call and thus made the spirit of Scouting visible. The scarf is only a symbol but a strong symbol for the Scout promise and for our Scout mission to leave the world a bit better place than we had found it.


Are you someone who loves planes, flying or anything aerospace? Interested in aviation for a career or a hobby? Aviation Exploring is prepared to connect you with everything to do with flight.

If you are an adult or youth interested in the world of aviation or aerospace, Aviation Exploring Post 107 is for you!   Our meetings take place at the Somerset Airport, 150 Airport Road, Bedminster, New Jersey, 07921.

AEP 107 provides youth the opportunity to participate in aviation related activities and camaraderie.  Our alumni are pilots, mechanics, aviation managers and recreational pilots. Flying teaches responsibility, focus, applied math, science and arts in a fun way like nothing else. We can help you reach new heights.

For more information, please contact Linda Ricks at (908) 256-3269, or email .  You may also contact Marc Maratea, Black River District Executive, at (973) 765-9322 extension 240, or email

Dine Out Benefit for Scouting Coming to Fuddruckers August 1!

Come on down to Fuddruckers Restaurants on Thursday, August 1, 2013, for a Dine Out benefit for Scouting.  Fuddruckers will donate 15% of your total bill to the Patriots’ Path Council to help support our programs.

The Dine Out will take place from 11:00 A.M. until 9:00 P.M., so you may join us at any time that is convenient for you!  The Dine Out will take place at the Roxbury, Parsippany, and Bridgewater locations.

You must present the attached flyer for donation to occur.

Contact, Marc Maratea, District Executive, at (973) 765-9322 Ext 240 for further information.

Please download attached flyer with location addresses.

Munsee 2013 Fall Cubelos

Theme:  Conestoga Wagon / Western

When:  October 11-13, 2013

Where:  Winnebago Scout Reservation

For More Information:  Scott McCabe –


Many volunteers in Patriots’ Path Council make the daily trip to NYC and back.  Let’s get together for some fellowship during these dog days of summer.

Join us on Tuesday, July 30, any time between 4:30-6:30 pm, at Legends 33 (6 West 33rd St.).  Tell the hostess you are with Scouting and she will direct you to the mezzanine.

No up-front cost, each person pays his own tab.  Legends 33 has reasonably priced appetizers, meals and beverages (and they will donate 15% of our party’s total to FOS).

If you have a coworker who likes hearing your stories about Scouting, bring them along.

For more info, contact Al Thomas,, 973-765-9322 x229.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular

November 8-December 30, 2013. Tickets start at $39. Click here for more details

Click to order tickets. Use code Scouts. Questions, contact Michael Matts at 212-465-6526 or

Staten Island Yankees

Saturday, July 27 and Saturday August 10 at 7 pm. The team is a class A affiliate of the NY Yankees. They are offering two Scout days with discounted baseball tickets, a patch, and optional on the field after game activities. Post-game sleepover on the field featuring a movie on the big screen. All kids 12 & under run the bases after the game. Post-game fireworks. Click for order form and program options and prices