Monthly Archives: October 2013

Halloween Bash hosted by Law Explorer Post 629

Law Explorer Post 629 was formed for the benefit of young men and women, between the ages of 12 through 20, residents of Union County, who are interested in learning about legal careers or about the interplay of the law on our daily lives.

Explorer Post 629, chartered by The Law Offices of Lucia E. Perpina, Esq., LLC, meets every Friday enabling the Explorers to learn about various fields within the Practice of Law and Government.  The post meets at 629 North Wood Avenue, Suite 5, Linden, New Jersey.  We encourage you to come explore with us and take advantage of the opportunity to participate in hands on experiences that are practical, relevant and meaningful.  Let’s all give “our best today for a better tomorrow!!!!”  For more information, please contact Lucia E. Perpina, Esq., at (908)718-5877 or

The Halloween bash will be held on Thursday October 31.  See the invitation for more details.

Raritan Valley Webelos Klondike

Click here for the flyer.

2013 University of Scouting – What? Who? When? Where? Plus Focus on High Adventure Courses!

  • The University of Scouting is a day-long training extravaganza – over 150* courses, and lots of FUN…Something for everyone, including HIGH ADVENTURE** courses!
  • It’s for adult and youth leaders of Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers.  In addition to all adult Scouters, this includes den chiefs, PLC members and Scouts with other positions of responsibility, Venture crew officers, and all potential youth leaders of troops and crews.
  • Come on out on Saturday, December 7, 2013.
  • We’ll be at Randolph Middle School, in Randolph, NJ, along with 400 of our closest Scouting friends!

*Please click here for course descriptions, schedule, and registration.  Regular registration is $20, through midnight 11/19.  Late registration is $30 from 11/20 through 11/29.  No registrations after 11/29.

**High Adventure Courses featured at the University of Scouting include:

  • Climb on Safely – Click here for expanded info flyer
  • Scout Leader Introduction to Climbing – Click here for expanded info flyer
  • SCUBA and Scouting – Click here for expanded info flyer
  • Backpacking Techniques
  • Financing High Adventure
  • High Adventure in Your Troop
  • High Adventure Opportunities
  • Sabattis Adirondack Treks 101

WELCOME TO THE HUB: The official website of the Cub Scouts.

WELCOME TO THE HUB: The official website of the Cub Scouts.

A new website that pulls together Cub Scout-related content, resources, videos, and social media into one site. 

This site is a great tool for any leader or prospective leader. CHECK IT OUT ! 

Join us for our Next Adventure to New Mexico!

2014 Journey to Philmont and the High Mountains of New Mexico

Patriots’ Path Council, BSA, Scouting Alumni, Executive Board, and families.

October 18 through 26, 2014

Visit here for more details

Scout Venture Crews & YEC to run the 7th Annual Council-Wide Blood Drive

On “Black Friday”, November 29th  Scout Venture Crew #77 (VC-77) & and our Youth Executive Committee (YEC) will again lead a Council-Wide Blood Drive supported by our Patriots’ Path Council, BSA, and Colonial Crossroads Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Originally motivated by the story of a former Boy Scout in Tennessee that was undergoing a kidney transplant, and had to provide his own blood supply, VC-77 decided to help out. This has led to six previous drives, and 490 viable pints collected to date.

In fact, 2011 allowed us to secure over 100 viable pints in a single year for the first time in our history. Last year, we collected 129 viable pints!

This is important as each pint supports up to 3 people, which goes a long way in helping to reduce our requirements during one of the year’s most difficult travel weekends. New Jersey is considered the worst state in the Union when it comes to the critical “need to supply” ratio.

Our goal for this year is to secure 200 viable pints.

2013 brings about another positive change and expansion of the drive. VC-77 is (again) joined by the Patriots’ Path Council’s Youth Executive Council (YEC) and Venture Crew 75 from Cranford. This year our team is joined by the NJ Sharing Network in New Providence led by VC-378 and Explorer Post 368.

Here are our current locations:

Madison Elks Lodge #1465
192 Main Street in Madison
10 a.m. – 3 p.m

Patriots’ Path Council Service Center
1 Saddle Road
Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927
10 a.m. to 3 p.m

Cranford United Methodist Church
201 Lincoln Avenue – East
Cranford, NJ 07016
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

•VC-378 & Post 368
NJ Sharing Network
691 Central Ave
New Providence, NJ 07974
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The eventual goal remains to have seven or more drives spanning the entire five counties supported by the council.  So, interested units can contact us.

Our Scouts have gone through several levels of training – provided without cost by the local Chapter of the American Red Cross (Colonial Crossroads), which has allowed them to positively support the technicians, also provided by Colonial Crossroads.

** Please note that appointments are necessary so that the Red Cross can provide enough Blood Technicians to keep the lines moving!!

Appointment Link:

For the flyer, click here.

New Eagle Project Management Class offered at Merit Badge Workshop November 23

Based on a course piloted in the Raritan Valley District, this new 1 hour class currently has openings in all four time slots.

During the class, the Scouts will, as a group, work through a method that will assist them when they work through their own Eagle Project Workbook, which will help assure a successful project.

Space is still available in about half of the merit badge classes being offered this year, so don’t delay in signing up. Find more information at:

Uniform Update

Effective October 1, 2013, the official stance on the Boy Scouts of America’s uniform policy is that shirts are to be worn tucked in, regardless of whether the wearer is a Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Venturer, or adult Scouter. All Sea Scout uniforms are designed to be tucked in except youth dress whites and youth dress blues. In the past, guidelines have simply stated the uniform wearer should be neat in appearance. Neatness includes tucking in the shirt. This update will appear in related resources, such as the uniform inspection sheets, as they are revised and printed.


The newly updated 2013 Guide to Advancement is the official source for administering advancement in all Boy Scouts of America programs: Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, Venturing, and Sea Scouts.

This item replaces The Advancement Committee Policies and Procedures and Advancement and Recognition Policies and Procedures.

This edition is a major revision with many text changes that will render the existing book obsolete.

Soft cover; 96 pages; 3-hole punched for your convenience.  $9.99

An excellent reason to stop by our new, expanded Scout Shop in Cedar Knolls!

Youth and Adult Venturing Training

Calling all youth and adult Venturers to come out to training on November 3, 2013.

For the youth, come attend Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews while your Advisors attend Venture Leader Specifics training.  The purpose of the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews course is to teach crew members with leadership positions about their new roles and how to most effectively reach success in that role. It is intended to help Venturers in leadership positions within their crew understand their responsibilities and to equip them with organizational and leadership skills to fulfill those responsibilities.  For more information and to register, click here.

For the adults, come attend Venturing Leader Specifics while your youth take Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews.  Venturing Leadership Specifies is a required course to be trained as an Advisor or associate Advisor.  It will provide an introduction to the responsibilities, opportunities, and resources that will ensure a successful Venturing crew leadership experience.  For more information and to register, click here.