Monthly Archives: June 2014

WATCHUNG MOUNTAIN Cub Family Camporee in the News!

The WM Cub Family Camporee was featured in the Alternative Press. Read about Pack 98’s adventure here: http://thealternativepress.com/towns/scotch-plains-slash-fanwood/articles/annual-cub-scout-camporee-2014-honors-military-he

SAVE THE DATE—MULTI-DISTRICT BOY SCOUT/ VENTURE CAMPOREE – PATRIOT GAMES

Join us October 10-12, 2014 for the “Patriot Games” at Round Valley Reservoir in Lebanon, NJ

Activities include: “Hunger Games” Competitions, District Competitions, Troop Hunt, Merit Badge Primers, Cooking Competitions, CampFIR and more!

More information can be found here: http://wm.ppbsa.org/2014FallCamporeeAnnouncement.pdf

WM / BR / RV Fall Camporee Reservation – No Fee

WM / BR / RV Camporee Registration

Program Updates – 2014 and Beyond

The next three years promise to be exciting for Scouting as all three of our traditional programs will be updated based on several years of volunteer-led research and development. Venturing is first up in 2014 with a totally new program and recognition approach focusing on progressive development in adventure, leadership, service to others and personal growth.

Venturing: New Venturing award requirements have been released. Drafts of Handbook for Venturers, Venturing Advisor Guidebook, and the Venturing Awards and Requirements Book were on display and are due in Scout shops soon.

Cub Scouts: Samplers of new youth handbooks and den leader guides unveiling five of the 84 new adventures have been released. Other items of note include PDFs about progress-toward-rank recognition insignia; Ethan, our new Cub Scout guide; a transition guide, FAQs, and more!

The Program Updates page of Scouting.org will always have the most recent information on what is coming and when.

Fishawack Cubelos, October 18-19 at Camp Somers

Cubelos will include BB Gun, Archery, First Aid Skills, Zip Line, Knot Skills, Rock Throwing, Rowboats, Songs, Skits, Historic Hike, Fishing and Climbing.

Any pack planning to attend must send a representative to a planning meeting on June 19, at 7:30 pm at the council service center, 1 Saddle Road in Cedar Knolls.

For more information, contact Al Thomas, al.thomas@scouting.org, 973-765-9322 x229.

Click here for the flyer.

New at Summer Camp this Year

Starting with Camp Somers in 2014, the Patriots’ Path Council camps are being implemented with the STEM Nova program all summer long! The STEM Nova Awards program allows Scouts to learn more about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics through Scouting activities. At camp, the counselors will be able to sign you off on the various requirements that you fulfill during your week at camp. Be sure to put your STEM merit badges to work! When you earn American Business, Chess, Computers, Drafting, Radio, Entrepreneurship, Orienteering, Personal Management, Surveying, Weather, Archery, Aviation, Shotgun, Rifle, Astronomy, Space Exploration, Athletics, Robotics, Railroading, Thick Transportation, Nuclear Science, Motor Boating, Small-Boat Sailing, Cycling, Electricity, Energy, Automotive Maintenance, Engineering, Composite Materials, Inventing , or Model Design and Building, it can be put towards earning a Nova award. Check out the Nova program on the STEM BSA website to learn more: http://www.scouting.org/stem/awards/aboutnova.aspx. Get ready for a STEM filled awesome summer!

At Camp Wheeler in 2014, join Dr. “Crazy” Kevin week six. This special week of camp focuses on the magic of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).  All of Camp Wheeler’s great programs will incorporate STEM activities in a fun and interactive way. We will even have a few special programs too!

Highlights at Camp Wheeler are expected to include:

  • Robotics – Create your own working robot
  • STEM NovaModel Rockets – Forces, aerodynamics, propulsion and physics
  • Radio Controlled Vehicles – Mechanics and electronics
  • Crafts – Mathematics behind origami folding and bubble blowing
  • Science – Make a motor and a circuit to illuminate a light bulb
  • Nature – Crystal growing
  • Pool – Chemistry – how water is so fascinating
  • Archeology – Learning about volcanoes and the Earth
  • BB Guns/Archery – Physics of projectiles; probability of hitting target areas
  • ScienceBoating – Including trebuchets and catapults
  • Mountain Bikes – Playing around with simple machines
  • Scoutcraft – Engineering of structures
  • Nova Awards – Work on the four Cub Scout Nova awards
  • Lots more fun

CUB SCOUT NOVA AWARD: TECH TALK! June 26, 2014

In this 2 hour program you will earn many of the requirements for the STEM Nova Award: Tech Talk!

June 26, 2014
6:40 pm – 9:00 pm
http://ppbsa.doubleknot.com/event/1556487

Bring your pack to the council service center to get started on one of the coolest awards you can earn in Cub Scouting. If you watch 1 hour of technology based television before attending, you will earn the entire Nova Award at the program! Talk with your pack leader and get the whole pack to come with you. Spots are limited so sign up quick! Registration is available on Doubleknot.

Wolf Scouts-Webelos ONLY!

Please be on time and eat before you come.