Monthly Archives: September 2013

2013 An Evening in Venice

2013 An Evening in Venice on Friday, October 25, 2013 at Trump National Golf Club. Click here for more details and to register.

32nd Annual Sussex County Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner

32nd Annual Sussex County Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner honoring Robert and Gail Phoebus on Wednesday, October 16, 2013. Click here for more details and to register.


Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation once again has a functional amateur radio station! The station is registered with JOTA and plans to participate in this event the weekend of October 19-20, 2013. All Scouts, radio operators and the public are invited to participate in this exciting event. Additional information can be found at or call station manager Chris Lance, WW2BSA at 908-813-2626.

Liberty Science Center

Join your fellow Patriots’ Path Cub Scouts for an unforgettable night of Scouting adventure!  January 18, 2014 or March 8, 2014.  New this year-both nights are co-ed.  For more information please contact Linda Mickel at


Jockey Hollow Trail

Fall is the perfect timer for a hike.  Feel the crunch of the leaves under your feet.  Why not hike the Jockey Hollow Trail?  Cub Scouts can earn a patch and Boy Scouts can earn a medal.  Please contact Linda Mickel at linda.mickel@scouting,org for the necessary booklet and more details.

The Sweet Sixteen of BSA Safety

This issue we take a look at #10-Planning.

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.


Safe activity follows a plan that has been conscientiously developed by the experienced supervisor or other competent source. Good planning minimizes risks and also anticipates contingencies that may require emergency response or a change of plan.

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.


Las actividades seguras siguen un plan que ha sido elaborado concienzudamente por un supervisor con experiencia u otra persona competente. La buena planificación minimiza los riesgos y también anticipa las contingencias que pudieran requerir una respuesta de emergencia o un cambio de planes.

Summertime Pack Award

Cubmasters, if your pack participated in this event this past summer and you haven’t filled out the paperwork yet to get your certificate and ribbon please get it to me ASAP.  To download the paperwork please go to Send the completed paperwork to Linda Mickel at

Order of the Arrow News

Come to the October Lodge Executive Committee meeting at the new council service center on October 10 at 7:30.  All Arrowmen are welcome and encouraged to attend LEC meetings, which are held on the 2nd Thursday of every month from September through June.

Check our lodge website,, to keep abreast of lodge events.

Election season is coming up:  email Lodge Chief Vinnie Polakowski at or Lodge Advisor Chris Sturm at for information or to schedule an election for your troop or crew.


2014 Charter Information

All 2013 unit charters expire on December 31, 2013.

The 2014 re-charter packages were distributed at the district roundtables in September.

Those packages that were not picked up will be available at the district roundtables in October. Any member of a unit may pick up the packages at the date at time indicated below.

Tuesday—October 1

Black River
7:30 pm–Redeemer Lutheran Church –Map:  203 Eyland Avenue, Succasunna, NJ 07876, US

7:30 pm–Osceola Church – Map:  1689 Raritan Road, Clark, NJ 07066, US


Wednesday —October 2

Watchung Mountain
7:30 pm–Vermeule Community & Senior Citizens Center–Map:  Corner of Greenbrook and Clinton Avenue, North Plainfield, NJ, US

Raritan Valley
7:30 pm–Somerville Middle School.– Map:  51 West Cliff Street, Somerville, NJ 08876, US


Thursday—October 3

7:30 pm–Patriots’ Path Council Service Center –1 Saddle Rd. Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927

7:30 pm–Wallkill Valley High School— Map:  10 Grumm Road, Hamburg, NJ 07419, US 


Saturday, September 28, 1:00 to 5:00 pm

The Bird Study Merit Badge program covers requirements 1 – 6, 7a, and 8a.  Scouts must be chaperoned by an adult.  We will be outdoors for part of the program, please dress for the weather.  Loaner binoculars will be available for use during the program.  The program will have a 15 minute break for a snack – please bring a snack for your Scouts, the program does not provide snacks.

Location: 11 Hardscrabble Road, Bernardsville, NJ

Cost: $14 plus materials fee for the bird feeder (TBD).  Program DOES NOT include the badge.

For additional information please contact

Stephanie Punnett
Program Director
New Jersey Audubon
Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary
11 Hardscrabble Road
Bernardsville, NJ  07924
908-766-5787  ext.19