Monthly Archives: May 2014

Summer Camp Staff Openings

Our summer camps are looking good for 2014 – we are gearing up for a great summer!

We still have a few staff openings for this season – if you know anyone interested in the following, have them apply now for a 2014 summer camp staff position!

Sabattis Adventure Camp

  • Voyageur
  • Lifeguard
  • Ecology
  • Commissary

Winnebago Scout Reservation

  • EMT/Health Officer
  • COPE Staff

Information and the online application is available at www.camps.ppbsa.org/camping/employment.htm

Summit Contingent Adult Advisor Opportunities

Don’t miss this opportunity of a lifetime.  Patriots’ Path Council has scheduled its inaugural council contingent to the Summit Bechtel Reserve August 2 – 8, 2015.  If you are interested in being the contingent lead advisor or one of the assistant advisors, please click here and complete the Summit Leadership Application.  All advisors will be participants in the program adventure that they select and must complete the Individual Application and deposit same as all other participants.  Administrative matters will be handled by the High Adventure Committee and the Council office staff.  Click here for more information regarding the programs at the Summit.

Inaugural Summit High Adventure Trip – August 2 – 8, 2015

Patriots’ Path Council is now accepting individual applications and deposits for a council contingent high adventure trip to the Summit. The trip will be limited the first 48 Scouts, Scouters, and Venturers that apply.  Participants will select a program from seven exciting adventures including The River, Helmets & Harnesses, The Marksman, and much more.  Fees are dependent upon the program selected by each individual.  Please click here for the application and further information.

Tradeshow of Scouting News

The Tradeshow of Scouting registration deadline has been extended until 5/27/14 at midnight   Register now to receive door prize tickets!  Currently there are over 150 preregistered for this spectacular event.

Be sure to check out the latest information at the Tradeshow of Scouting website: http://programs.ppbsa.org/activities/tradeshow.  Here you can see new sessions that are added.  Below is a sample.

New breakout session: Jewish Committee on Scouting will have a Religious Emblems Workshop from 8:30-9:00pm in the Embassy Area.

If you would like to attend this session or other sessions, please sign up or edit your previous registration today using the Trade Show of Scouting website: http://programs.ppbsa.org/activities/tradeshow.

Attention Cub Scout pack and Boy Scout troop advancement chairs.
Record keeping will only be through myscouting tools starting later this year.
Attend the Tradeshow of Scouting to learn the details.

Dr. Robert Gates Named BSA’s 35th President at National Annual Meeting

Dr. Gates will lead the National Executive Board for two one-year terms

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) National Council today elected Dr. Robert M. Gates, former secretary of defense and former director of central intelligence, as the organization’s national president. In this volunteer role, Dr. Gates will lead the National Executive Board, which guides the Boy Scouts of America as it serves 2.5 million youth members, for two one-year terms. He is the 35th president of the BSA, following telecom pioneer and co-owner of the Seattle Mariners Wayne Perry.

“The Boy Scouts of America had a profound influence on my childhood and helped form the foundation of my career in public service. I’ve had tremendous opportunities in my life, but I can say without hesitation that my memories of Scouting are every bit as vivid and meaningful as what came later. I believe every boy deserves an opportunity to experience what Scouting offers,” said Dr. Gates. “Scouting teaches youth how to set and achieve goals, develops a deep commitment to serve others, and creates leaders for tomorrow who are not only prepared to serve their communities, but also prepared for life and leadership. Just as it did for me.”

Dr. Gates has a long history of participation and service in the BSA. He is a past member of the National Executive Board; a past president of the National Eagle Scout Association; a distinguished Eagle Scout; a recipient of the Silver Buffalo Award, the highest commendation given by the BSA for extraordinary service to youth; and a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow, the highest mark of distinction and recognition for those with exceptional service and unselfish interests.

“On behalf of the Boy Scouts of America’s millions of youth members and adult leaders, I am honored to welcome Dr. Gates into the role of national president,” said Wayne Brock, Chief Scout Executive. “As one of our nation’s most respected public servants and a proven leader of the highest caliber, Dr. Gates is a shining example of how our organization positions individuals for success and he will be a great ambassador for sharing the Scouting story throughout the country.”

During his notable career, Dr. Gates has served eight U.S. presidents of both political parties. He is the only secretary of defense to be asked to remain in that office by a newly elected president. Prior to his post at the Department of Defense, Dr. Gates was the president of Texas A&M University, the nation’s seventh-largest university. Dr. Gates also served as director of central intelligence and is the only career officer in the CIA’s history to rise from entry-level employee to director.

Dr. Gates has been awarded the National Security Medal and the Presidential Citizens Medal, has twice received the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, and has three times received the CIA’s highest award, the Distinguished Intelligence Medal. On his last day in office as secretary of defense, Dr. Gates was awarded the nation’s highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, by President Obama.

In addition to Scouting, Dr. Gates is the chancellor of the College of William & Mary and has served on the board of directors and executive committee of the American Council on Education and the board of directors of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges.

A native of Kansas, Dr. Gates received his bachelor’s degree from the College of William & Mary, his master’s degree in history from Indiana University, and his doctorate in Russian and Soviet history from Georgetown University. He is the author of Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, which was released in January 2014. His memoir, From the Shadows: The Ultimate Insider’s Story of Five Presidents and How They Won the Cold War, was published in 1996. He and his wife, Becky, have two grown children.

The First Annual Flag Day Festival

Come celebrate Flag day with an action packed event.  Listen to musical performances from some of New Jersey’s best young talent.  Hear stories of your hometown heroes, explore historic military vehicles, create free crafts for kids, write and decorate a card for a soldier, participate in a patriotic costume contest, see historic reenactment demonstrations, eat great food from vendors, and so much more.  For more information and see list of items being collected for Operation Jersey Cares visit: flagdayfestival.org

Where: Duke Island Park, Bridgewater, NJ

Date: Saturday, June 14th  (Rain Date- June 15)

Time: 2-6 pm

Price: Free

Click here for the flyer.

2014 Fall Camporee

All Watchung Mountain, Black River, and Raritan Valley Troops and Crews:

** MARK YOUR CALENDARS ***

Check out the attached about the 2014 Fall Camporee on

We will have a Hunger Games style Camporee called Patriots Games… May the Odds Ever Be in Your Favor!  More details to follow!

Back by popular request, we will be having  Merit Badge Primers for Boy Scouts and Venturing activities during the MB Primers.

The Camporee Guide will be out in June!

May the Odds Ever Be in Your Favor!

Check out the flyer here.

Wood Badge Opportunities

Wood Badge is Scouting’s advanced training course for all adult leaders: Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venturing, Varsity, district and council volunteers and professional Scouters. The Wood Badge training provides a common leadership foundation for all Scouters in the program. It gives multi-faceted presentations of leadership skills, organizational tools, and activities based on the best of Scouting traditions and the latest in team development theory. You also will enjoy the fellowship of learning alongside many other volunteers and professional Scouters, and along the way have a great deal of fun.

The next joint Wood Badge course with Patriots’ Path Council
and Northern New Jersey Council will be held:

Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco
May 29, 30, 31, 2015
AND

Winnebago Scout Reservation
June 20, 21, 22, 2015

(Must attend both weekends.)

For more information and to register, please visit N5-358-15.org

Want another opportunity sooner? Check out an opportunity hosted
by West Chester-Putnam Council: http://www.wpcbsa.org/Training/Woodbadge.asp

Wings & Beer!!!

Adult gathering on June 4 at 6:30 pm

Come sample 4 pairings of wings & beer
at VFW Post 335 in Cranford, NJ.

Click for Flyer

Brews will be served from CLIMAX BREWING, the oldest microbrewery in NJ.

Wings provided by The Office, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza & Cozy Corner Deli & Caterers and there will be additional light dinner fare.

Join us for a casual, relaxed evening and please bring your adult friends & family.
Pinball machines will also be available for gaming fun!

Entrance tickets are $35 in advance and various packages are available.

Register Here by 6/3

Space is limited to the first 100 registrants.

Victory Trail Historic Hike, Walking Tour & Camporee

Historic Hike & Walking Tour: June 7
Camporee: June 6 – June 8

Click for Camporee Flyer

Follow the route of the British forces’ advance into New Jersey from Elizabeth to its halt at the Battle of Springfield!

Open to Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts & members of the public.

Join us for a Historic Trail Hike or Walking Tour on Saturday, & overnight camping for Cub Scouts & Boy Scouts at either Liberty Hall or Watchung Scout Reservation. Buses will provide transportation along trail route and to and from Watchung.

Trail routes are available for participants of all ages including a 13-mile urban hike or 3-mile walking tour.

Local historical agencies & living historians will be on-hand for exclusive access to historic buildings & sites & live reenactments. These locations are not typically open to the public, and certainly not all at the same time.
Pizza dinner will be available on Saturday for a nominal cost.

Register Here by 5/25

Camping space at Liberty Hall is limited.

Please register for this event as quickly as possible to assist with transportation planning.