Monthly Archives: July 2013


This week we are discussing # 8 of the Sweet 16 of BSA Safety which is Skill Level Limits.

The Sweet Sixteen of BSA Safety

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.


Chart a Course for: Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket


Chart a Course for: Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket

Ship 228 will be boating to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket August 16-25, 2013.  There is space available for youth and adults.  (Because of shared accommodations on board, the cruise is limited to males only.)  Youth ages 14-20 and adults over 21 are welcome to add on to the crew contingent.  Registration in the Boy Scouts of America is required.  (If not already registered an application and $8.25 membership fee is additional) The price for the trip is estimated at $275, but final fees are available by contacting Sea Scout Commodore Tom Handley at 908 577-6589 or

Sea Scout Ship 228 is charted by the Rahway Yacht Club and operates program throughout the year.  Interested youth and adults are able to join.  In particular additional adults with certifications are sought to supplement the volunteers currently registered with the ship.

Sea Scouting features a complete advancement program culminating with the Quartermaster Award that provides a rank advancement in the military the same as being an Eagle Scout.  For more information on Sea Scouts –


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Alumni Reunion at Sabattis Adventure Camp

It’s time for a summer reunion!

Saturday, July 20th-Monday, July 22nd

Sabattis Adventure Camp in Long Lake, NY


Must be 18 years old before July 19th

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Philmont for Individual Scouts

Patriots’ Path Council is forming a provisional crew for a Philmont trek in the summer of 2014.  We are currently looking for several more Scouts to complete a crew of 9 Scouts and 3 adults.  The adult lead advisors for the crew are Alan Gotliffe (Troop 121) and Eduard Mostert (Troop 8).  This is a fantastic opportunity for individual Scouts to participate in the adventure of a lifetime. The crew will participate in the 18 month teenage Watchu Experience, our Colorado Tour and 2014 Philmont.  Alan and Eduard are experienced backpackers and have been lead advisors on previous Philmont treks.  The dates are July 12 – 26, 2014, and the estimated cost is $1,975.  Click here for individual applications.  Scouts must be at least 14 years of age or 13 and have completed the 8th grade by July 12, 2014.  For questions, please contact Alan Gotliffe (973) 301-0751, Eduard Mostert (973) 701-0618, or Debbie Wickham (973) 765-9322 X239.

Beefsteak Dinner

Join us for the inaugural camp scholarship beefsteak dinner. The dinner takes place on Saturday July 27th at Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation in the Camp Somers dining hall. Tickets are $50 per person and advanced reservations are required. All proceeds go to the council’s campership fund. Please download the flyer for more information or register online.


Cub Family Adventure Weekend

Mark your calendars for the August 17-18 Cub Family Adventure Weekend at Winnebago Scout Reservation. Cub Scouts, Webelos, parents, siblings, and extended family are all invited for a summer family weekend at camp. Everyone will have a great time with your favorite camp activities and programs. We provide the meals at our dining hall and you can stay in our tents or lean-tos. All of your favorite program areas and activities will be open. For more information visit

Summer Camp for Girls

Do you have a daughter who wants to experience the fun and excitement of summer camp? Camp COLEY is a co-ed resident camp held at Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation. It is for grades 3-12. Although most of the campers are girls, boys are welcome too. Camp operates the week of August 4 through August 10, 2013.

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Summer camps for individual Boy Scouts

A baseball batting cage, paintball, all terrain vehicles, merit badges, skateboard half pipe, zip line, sailing, rock climbing and bridge building are some of the exciting programs offered at one or more of our summer camps. If you can’t attend summer camp with your troop or you are looking for more weeks at camp, one of our individual summer camp programs may be just for you. Camp Somers and Winnebago Scout Reservation offer both day and resident camp programs for all Boy Scouts. Trailblazer Day Camp includes bus service. Specialty programs include Trail to Eagle Camp and Backwoods Engineering Camp.

For more information on these and all of our summer camps for individual Boy Scouts, please visit Online registration is still available for all of these camps.