Monthly Archives: September 2013

Red Ribbon Week Patch


OCTOBER  23-31, 2013

Boy Scouts & Girls Scouts can Earn a FREE Patch from the DEA!

Dear Boy Scout & Girl Scout Leaders,

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) created a Red Ribbon Week patch to encourage and support Scouts who wish to learn about Red Ribbon and participate in local efforts to educate youth about the dangers of drug abuse.

Red Ribbon Week was established in memory of the sacrifices made to help keep our communities drug-free and encourage youth to lead healthy lives, free of drugs.  Observed annually from October 23-31, Red Ribbon Week is a national celebration to promote youth education on the dangers of substance abuse.

The DEA encourages all Boy Scout and Girl Scout groups to participate.  Patches will be given to the first 15,000 qualifying Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.  The Red Ribbon Patch Program information can be found on our website,

All Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are eligible to participate in the program.  To earn the DEA Red Ribbon Patch, Scouts must complete the following:

  • Each Scouting unit or troop must coordinate or support a Red Ribbon Week activity.
  • Each Scout must attend a drug prevention education session.
  • Each Scout must take a DEA Drug-Free Pledge.

Upon completion of the program requirements, the Scout leader must submit electronically the Activity Report no later than Thursday, October 31, 2013.  The activity report is available at

For any questions about the program, please review the Red Ribbon Patch Program Implementation Guide available on our website  Many of your questions may be answered in the Guide.

For any further questions or comments about the program, please send your e-mail to or call our Red Ribbon Patch staff at 202-307-7936 as they will be happy to assist you.

We look forward to your participation in the 2013 DEA Red Ribbon Patch Program!

Thank you,

DEA Red Ribbon Patch Program Staff

Raise money for your 2014 High Adventure Trip!

Do you need to raise money for your 2014 high adventure trip?

Popcorn can help!

2013 Earn Your Own Way

What I get for $750

2013 University of Scouting

What is the University of Scouting?    A day-long training experience – over 150 courses to pick from!

Supplemental Training / Idea Sharing / FUN! FUN! FUN!

Additional Practical Information beyond Essentials and Specific Training

Valuable sessions for even the most experienced leader.  Please click here for course descriptions and schedule.

Den Chief Training at University of Scouting

Two sessions are available: 8:30-11:30 am or 12:30-3:30 pm.  Registration can be made just for Den Chief Sessions, or Den Chief Training can be combined with 4 additional classes for a full day at the University of Scouting.  See the flyer for all of the information.

BSA Membership Fee Increase Effective December Rechartering

For more information, please click on the attachment.


There will be six FOS Kickoffs across Patriots’ Path Council.  Attend whichever one is most convenient for you.

Learn what a Friends of Scouting campaign is and why it is important to your unit.


Thursday, 9/19

7:30 pm – 9:00 pm STERLING HILL MINING MUSEUM, Ogdensburg, arrive at 6:30 pm for the tour 

Tuesday, 9/24

7:30 pm – 9:00 pm COUNCIL SERVICE CENTER, Cedar Knolls 

Wednesday, 9/25

  • 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm EFFINGERS SPORTING GOODS, Bound Brook, arrive after 6:00 pm to shop, 15% discount for in store purchases that night, excluding Scout merchandise
  • 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm RAMSEY OUTDOOR STORE, Succasunna, arrive after 6:00 pm to receive your 20% discount, excluding Scout merchandise

Thursday, 9/26

  • 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm THE PUBLICK HOUSE RESTAURANT, Chester
  • 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm DESERTED VILLAGE at WATCHUNG RESERVATION, Berkeley Heights

For more information, click here.

New MyScouting Tools Released

MyScouting Tools was recently released to our Key 3 unit and district volunteers on  This release moves toward our vision of volunteer empowerment.

The new tools provide more intuitive functionality and improved navigation.  It’s made easy and transparent so that volunteers can focus more on Scouting.

To become familiar and learn more about the new tools, select a link below to download instructions.



Dashboard view of trained leaders and Youth Protection training status and counts

Add adult training information – not just YPT, for members in their organization structure

View member’s training history and YPT status

Print training certificate(s)

Print Youth Protection aging report (lists those who have not taken YPT, those whose YPT expired and those that will expire in 30, 60, 90 days)



Assign members to functional roles in sub organizations

View unit roster details

Edit/update certain member profile information

Print membership cards for each registered position

Print youth member age report



Create sub organizations in their unit

Maintain unit’s organizational details (social media information)


MY DASHBOARD (enhancements)

Update additional profile information (education, employer, civic & professional associations)

View personal training history

Print training certificate(s)

Print membership card(s)



Supported browsers:

Best experienced with Google Chrome 14+.

Firefox 21+ also supported.

Safari & Internet Explorer are not fully supported at this time.


To access their Key 3 role in a district, district executive must be registered at the district, rather than the council. You may “multiple” a D.E. currently registered to the council, into the district for Key 3 access.

Non Key 3 members will only have access to the My Dashboard tool.

For questions regarding these new tools, please contact the National Support Center.

Cub Scout Summer Camp Promotions

Pack leaders, it is not too early schedule your 2014 summer camp promotion. Just tell us when and where, and a volunteer camp promoter will come to your pack meeting or event! It is helpful if you can provide a TV and DVD player so we can show everyone our summer camp videos. We need about 15 to 20 minutes for the presentation. We will award a $50 Ticket to Camp at each promotion. Registration is free, quick and easy. Visit to register. March is our busiest month, so try to schedule earlier if possible.

Sabattis Adirondack Treks and Watchu Canoe Treks/Philmont

In 2014, we are offering six weeks of Adirondack Treks at Sabattis Adventure Camp. Treks are a great high-adventure opportunity for Scouts and Venturers at least 13 years old. Take your unit on a memorable trek for about the same cost as attending summer camp. Visit the Adirondack Trek web site for more information. Register early – 2013 treks were sold out by February.

Interested in a Philmont Scout Ranch adventure in 2015? A Sabattis canoe trek in 2014 is a great way to begin your preparation for Philmont. Watchu Canoe Treks offer several advantages for units who wish to do both. Take a Sabattis Watchu Canoe Trek in 2014 and guarantee your troop a spot at Philmont in 2015. You will also receive priority date selection for your Philmont trek and discounted per person pricing for your Sabattis trek. For more information, visit For more information on Philmont, visit

Sabattis Adventure Camp

Sabattis Adventure Camp in Long Lake, NY will be adding a fifth week of troop summer camping in 2014. Sabattis offers patrol cooking and lots of great activities for Scouts of all ages in a spectacular Adirondack Park setting.  If you have not yet decided on a 2014 summer camp, or you want to try two camps this summer, please check out Sabattis Adventure camp at Troop leaders can register for a free summer camp promotion and we will be happy to visit a troop meeting to tell you about Sabattis or any of our summer camps.