Monthly Archives: February 2014

SAVE THE DATE: 2015 Liberty Jamboree

Mark you calendars for October 2-4, 2015 for the Patriots’ Path Council Liberty Jamboree at Liberty State Park! It will be a Jamboree different than anything you’ve experienced before.

The 1st overnight Scouting event in over a decade at Liberty State Park.

The Jamboree program will include:

  • Outdoor Challenges
  • High Adventure
  • Backwoods Engineering & all aspects of S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics)
  • Overnight camping for Boy Scouts, Venturers, Sea Scouts, and Explorers click here
  • Campsite views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the New York City skyline
  • Evening Arena Show
  • Live Entertainment
  • Webelos and Cub Scouts will be welcomed as day visitors.

Full details will be released at the Tradeshow of Scouting on Monday, June 2nd at the Birchwood Manor in Whippany.

STAFF NEEDED-  Are you interested in joining the staff of the 2015 Liberty Jamboree?  We could use help in program, logistics, finance, and much more!  For more information, contact Bob Davidson, Jamboree Chairman, at

For more information, click here.

Boy Scouts of America Announces NEW Venturing Award Names

Wayne Perry, national president of the Boy Scouts of America, and Annaliese Parker, national Venturing president, today jointly announced the new names for Venturing awards. Click here to see their video.

Venturing Award
The first step in any journey is the courage to begin. At this level, the new crew member makes their commitment to join and move forward into the experience of Venturing.

Discovery Award
The adventure of participating with the crew unfolds, and each  Venturer begins to discover his or her interests and talents. As  the Discovery Award recipients develop new skills and competencies, their eyes are opened and the world expands  for them.

Pathfinder Award
The Venturer’s capabilities and skills expand and with them come increased responsibility for defining their own way forward in life, service to others and formal planning and leadership of the crew toward its goals.

Summit Award
The highest award of Venturing, the Summit Award, goes to those Venturers who have matured in their personal direction,  skills, and life competencies, and who have accepted the responsibility to mentor others and serve their communities in  a lasting way.

These new Venturing award names are the result of months of research by the National Venturing Task Force. Each was developed and tested among youth participants in the program, adult volunteers, human resource recruiters, and college admissions  counselors, using focus groups and quantitative research. All of the names selected were  consistently highly received and represent the progressive nature of the new program  rank requirements.

The new program—to be released in full at the National Annual Meeting in Nashville,  Tenn., May 21–23, 2014—is built around progressive experiences in the focus areas of  Adventure, Leadership, Service, and Personal Growth. Built around adventures planned  and executed by the Venturing crews, the new program will better position all Venturers for wherever they choose to go in life.

“The new Venturing award structure will make Venturing more relevant to the youth of  today—while strengthening the Venturing program without detracting from anything going on in the Venturing program today,” said Annaliese Parker. “I have no doubt in my  mind that this is one of the greatest changes in Venturing in the past 15 years.”

During their announcement, Wayne Perry commented, “Boy Scouts of America is fully  committed to the Venturing program, these new awards, and the great things that are going to happen with this new Venturing program.”

The latest on the new program can be found at

Register Now for 2014 Philmont Training Center Conferences

The Philmont Training Center, the national training center of the Boy Scouts of America, is excited to offer new cutting-edge conferences to volunteers from across the nation in 2014. In addition to yearly favorites such as “District Key 3,” these new conferences are designed to help volunteers and professionals from across the nation share ideas and best practices and keep pace with the exciting changes and new developments in the BSA.

Getting the 411 on the NEW Cub Scout Adventure Program
Big changes are coming to Cub Scouting in 2015! Be one of the first to hear about all the exciting developments by attending “Getting the 411 on the NEW Cub Scout Adventure Program.” Discover the adventures Cub Scouts will experience (from the team that wrote them) as the BSA’s new Cub Scout program rolls out for 2015! You’ll learn about adventures like Tigers “On the Prowl,” Wolves “Running With the Pack,” Bears with “Bear Necessities,” Webelos Scouts being “Cast Iron Chefs” and “Building a Better World,” and more! Be one of the first to walk this dynamic new trail as traditional Scouting values combine with relevant new Scouting skills to map the new Cub Scout adventure. If you are involved in Cub Scouting at a unit, district, or council level, join us and be one of the first to experience the new adventure-based Cub Scout program.

Venturing: the New Vision
The changes to the Venturing program are set to roll out next year! The new Venturing program model builds on success from the past and provides a framework for a dynamic program of adventure, leadership, service, and personal growth that is grounded in a flexible program of continuous, youth-led adventure. If you are involved in Venturing at a unit district, or council level, come learn firsthand how you can take on the challenge and fun of the new Venturing program.

Programs That Rock
Aimed at Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, and Venturing leaders, this new conference introduces participants to engaging program topics like geocaching, search and rescue, special cooking, and advanced pioneering. Try out the activities in a special round-robin format at sites around Philmont and learn how to take activities back to your troop, team, or crew. This conference combines many conferences from previous summers into one!

STEM Outdoor Expeditions – Down and Dirty, Nitty-Gritty, and Sky High! (youth age 14-20 only)
Spend a week exploring the natural science world using Rocky Mountain Scout Camp as your daily base of operation. Daily you will travel to and from Rocky Mountain Scout Camp at the base of the Tooth of Time to explore and experiment in the New Mexico wild. Come out and discover the mechanics of COPE adventures, the chemistry of the prairie flora and fauna, and the habitat of the Philmont waterways and ecosystems, and climb to new heights as you challenge your skills by climbing, rappelling, and identifying the composition of the landscape. Sign up now for this intense five-day adventure.

Check out the full 2014 conference schedule.

View and share the PTC promotional video.

Contact Andrea Watson if you have any questions regarding the Philmont Training Center.

Check Out the Latest Training Offerings

Please see each category for flyers associated with each type of training.

Trainer’s EDGE
Cub Scout Adult Training
Boy Scout Adult Training
Venturing Adult Training
Venturing Youth Training
National Youth Leadership Training
Den Chief Training

Trainer’s EDGE

February 22, 2014
Saint Agnes Church
Clark, NJ

Trainer’s EDGE is a train-the-trainer course which focuses on using the EDGE method to teach.  This course is required for NYLT and Wood Badge staff members and can also be used to fulfill an approved ticket item for current Wood Badge members working on ticket items.  Other trainers should be taking this course as a pre-requisite to teaching any other course.  This course is also open to unit leaders.  The certification is good for three years.

Please be sure to have a prepared 10 minute presentation of your choice.

Lunch will be provided!

Register now!


Cub Scout Adult Training

To become a trained as an Cubmaster, or Assistant Cubmaster, or Tiger Cub den leader, or Cub Scout den leader, or Cub Scout assistant den leader, or Webelos den leader, or Webelos assistant den leader, the following courses are required:

  • Youth Protection
  • Cub Scout Leader Specific

To become a trained as a committee member, the following courses are required:

  • Youth Protection
  • Pack Committee Member Specific

For a pack overnighter, at least one adult member must complete BALOO training.

Please see below for the upcoming training opportunities.
Cub Scout Leader Specific:

Date Time Location Registration
June 14, 2014 9am-12:30 pm Cranford United Methodist Church Register


Date Time Location Registration
February 23, 2014 9am-4:30 pm Patriots’ Path Council Service Center-Cedar Knolls Register
March 15, 2014 8am-4 pm Our Lady of Fatima Parish Register
May 10, 2014 9am-4:30 pm Watchung Mountain Reservation-Scout Area Register


Outdoor Webelos Leaders Skills (OWLS):
Annual Health and Medical Record Parts A & B are required for this course!

Date Time Location Registration
April 4-6, 2014 6pm-2:30 pm Winnebago Scout Reservation Register
May 16-18, 2014 6pm-2:30 pm Winnebago Scout Reservation Register
October 10-12, 2014 6pm-2:30 pm Winnebago Scout Reservation Register
October 17-19, 2014 6pm-2:30 pm Winnebago Scout Reservation Register



Boy Scout Adult Training

To become a trained as an Scoutmaster or assistant Scoutmaster, the following courses are required:

  • Youth Protection
  • Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specifics
  • Outdoor Leader Skills

To become a trained as a committee member, the following courses are required:

  • Youth Protection
  • Troop Committee Challenge

Please see below for the upcoming training opportunities.
Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training:

Date Time Location Registration
February 1, 2014 8 am-4 pm Cranford United Methodist Church
March 1, 2014 8:30 am-4:30 pm Florham Park Library



May 3, 2014 8:00 am-4:00p m Plukemin Presbyterian Church




Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills:
Annual Health and Medical Record Parts A & B are required for this course!

Date Time Location Registration
April 4-6, 2014 6:30 pm-2 pm Winnebago Scout Reservation
May 16-18, 2014 6:30 pm-2 pm Winnebago Scout Reservation
Oct. 10-12, 2014 6:30 pm-2 pm Winnebago Scout Reservation
Oct. 17-19, 2014 6:30 pm-2 pm Winnebago Scout Reservation



Venturing Adult Training

To become a trained as an Advisor, associate Advisor, committee chair, or committee member the following courses are required:

  • Venturing Youth Protection
  • Venturing Leader Specific Training

Venturing Leader Specific Training:

Date Time Location Registration
February 22, 2014 8:30 am-3:00 pm St. Agnes Church – Clark, NJ






VILSC – Venturing Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews

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. Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews is the first course in the series of leadership training offered to Venturers and is a replacement for the Venturing Leadership Skills Course. Completion of Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews is a prerequisite for Venturers to participate in the more advanced leadership courses National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) and the National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE). It is also required for Kodiak.

See Below for more details

When:February 22, 2014 
Where: Saint Agnes Church
Clark, NJ

Check In:  8:30 am-9 am  Training: 9 am-2 pm

Who: Any Venturing crew youth interested in Venturing leadership skills, FUN and GAMES !
Cost: $10 (Includes Patch, Lunch, Program Supplies & Materials)
Registration: Register now!



June 29 – July 5, 2014
August 10 – 16, 2014
Winnebago Scout Reservation
Rockaway, NJ

What is NYLT?
The purpose of NYLT is to provide training to youth members of Scout troops so that they can become the best leaders in the home troop that they can. Each year, the council holds two courses, one at the end of June and one in early August.

Who may attend NYLT?
-Registered Boy Scouts 13 years of age or completed the 7th grade until 18 years of age that have obtained First Class.
-Registered Venture Scouts 14 years of age or completed the 8th grade until 21 years of age.



Early Bird Fee:

Regular Fee:

Late Fee:

6/29 to 7/5/2014

$260.00 by May 1,


$305.00 after May 31

8/10 to 8/16/2014

$260.00 by May 1,


$305.00 after July 09

How to register:


Den Chief Training

One of the best helpers for a Cub Scout den leader or Webelos Leader is a den chief, a Boy Scout who can help with activities, advancement, ceremonies, crafts, and other den events. But the best den chief is one who has attended Den Chief Training to learn about games, songs, tricks, puzzles, and other things that help a den chief do a better job.

Pack leaders! Ask your local Scout troop to provide den chiefs. You won’t regret it! You’ll have better dens, and better Webelos-to-Scout transition results.

Troop leaders! Being a den chief qualifies as a leadership position for rank advancement. Encourage your Scouts to volunteer, then sign them up for training! You’ll get more Cubs growing up to join your troop.

Den leaders! Ask your pack leaders or troop leaders to help you get den chiefs. Webelos den chiefs are especially useful for teaching the Boy Scout parts of Webelos advancement requirements and give the boys a friend in the troop when it’s time to graduate. You will get a valuable assistant leader.

For course offerings, please visit 

Welcome Units from Central New Jersey Council

Patriots’ Path Council is pleased and excited to welcome  units joining us from the Central New Jersey Council. You will soon see the fantastic program and camping opportunities we make available, along with the outstanding service our council staff provides.

A smooth and seamless transition for all units is our goal.  Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our Director of Field Service, Mark Spaldo at


We would like to extend a warm welcome to:

Troop 41 – Avenel

Pack & Troop 88 – Carteret

Pack & Troop 523, Pack 72 – Colonia

Pack 5, Pack & Troop 12, Post 215, Troop 110, Pack 318, Pack 44 & Troop 44, Pack 66 &
Troop 66, Crew, Pack & Troop 727 – Edison

Pack & Troop 53, Post 7 – Fords

Troop 55 – Highland Park

Pack 148, Post 319 – Iselin

Pack 15, Pack 69, Troop 14, Troop 17, Troop 74 – Metuchen

Pack 19, Troop 2 – New Brunswick

Pack & Troop 701 – Perth Amboy

Pack & Troop 67, – Piscataway

Pack & Troop 31 – Port Reading

Pack & Troop 100 – Princeton

Crew 113, Pack 113 & Troop 113, Pack 195 & Troop 195, Troop 154, Troop 156 – Somerset

Troop 143 – Woodbridge