Monthly Archives: September 2014

2015 Charter Renewal Announcement

Please see below for information regarding the 2015 charter renewal information.

Mad Science loves scouts!

High energy, entertaining and educational shows! Book your blue and gold dinner entertainment early to ensure availability! Workshops are available for smaller groups. Visit our website: http://morrissussex.madscience.org/

Special Cub Pack Rodeo Package

September 20 and 21 at Shawnee Mountain Ski Area. Cost: $20/person (Groups of 10+); includes admission & BBQ lunch.
Watch live PRCA Bronc & Bull Riding, calf roping, rodeo clowns, and more. Plus Annual Chili Cook-Off sampling. Visit Shawnee Mountain website. or call 570-421-7231 ext 223. click here for flier.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets!

For our second year we are offering discounted tickets for the shows.  Buy your tickets early – last year they ran out!

Radio City makes a contribution to Patriots’ Path based on ticket sales using our code.

Please share with family and friends!

Have a happy holiday season!

Click here for the flyer.

Battleship Cove Camporee

Battleship Cove Camporee for Boy Scouts and Families hosted by Munsee District

http://ppbsa.doubleknot.com/event/1454350

Join the trip to Fall River, Massachusetts for the group outing!  The event is open to all districts.

The cost for the weekend is $70 not including transportation.  Get there on your own or contact chairman Jim Parlapiano  jim.parlapiano@bankofamerica.com for possible bus arrangements today!

Includes: •Entrance fees, •Overnight sleeping, •Sat Dinner & Sun Breakfast•The Pearl Harbor Experience, •Orientation Film,•Group Interview with a Veteran, •Saturday evening social, •MB & advancement opportunities, possible Jamboree on the Air activity

Fright Night

October 25th 2014 at Winnebago Scout Reservation

A scary and fun family adventure for everyone including Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and their families. Winnebago is transformed once a year from a peaceful Scout camp into a haunted Halloween play land filled with witches, ghosts, goblins and other surprises. In addition to visiting all of the haunted buildings and trails, we have other activities for everyone including painting your face on a wooden pumpkin, giveaways, and refreshments in the dining hall. For the brave souls only, we have a “terrifying” walk through Zombieland.

A scary and fun family adventure for everyone including Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and their families. Winnebago is transformed once a year from a peaceful Scout camp into a haunted Halloween play land filled with witches, ghosts, goblins and other surprises. In addition to visiting all of the haunted buildings and trails, we have other activities for everyone including painting your face on a wooden pumpkin, giveaways, and refreshments in the dining hall. For the brave souls only, we have a “terrifying” walk through Zombieland.

When
Saturday October 25, 2014 from 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm.  The event is held rain or shine. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.

Fright NightWhere
Winnebago Scout Reservation in Rockaway, NJ. See the directions.

Fee
$5.00 per adult, $3.00 per youth, under 4 are free.

More Information

Please call 973-983-9075.

Some activities may be too scary or intense for young children.
Please ask at check-in what activities are appropriate for your age group.

RegistrationRegister Online

Click here for online registration. Registration ends October 17.

http://www.camps.ppbsa.org/cubs/fright_night.htm

The Great Pumpkin’s Treasure Hunt

October 25th and 26th 2014 at Camp Wheeler

A fun October adventure for Cub Scouts and their families. Each team of 7-10 people will explore Camp Wheeler while finding and counting pumpkins throughout the camp. It is fun for the entire family and all participants receive a goodie bag to take home. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.

When
Saturday October 25 and Sunday October 26, 2014.
Four starting times each day: 10:00 am, 11:30 am, 1:00 pm, and 2:30 pm.(limit of 50 people/session)
The event is held rain or shine.

BatsWhere
Camp Wheeler at Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation in Stanhope, NJ. See the directions.  There is plenty of free parking available.

Fee
$4.00 per person – Cubs, adults and siblings. Includes a take home treasure for all. Sorry – no refunds for this program.

Great PumpkinMore Information

Download the flyer and registration form, or call Tom Stoddard at 973-765-9322 x413.

Registration

Phone reservations are required and must be followed with the official registration form. Call Tom Stoddard at 973-765-9322 x413 to reserve a spot for your group. Deadline is October 13, 2014. Followup by mailing in the registration form with your payment. This popular event is limited to the first 50 paid registrations each session. Payment must be received within 10 business days after your phone reservation or the registration will be cancelled.

http://www.camps.ppbsa.org/cubs/pumpkin.htm

From a Scoutmaster – The Value of Northern Tier

Northern Tier’s Ely Trail staff director received this letter from a Scoutmaster a few weeks ago. The letter is a true testimonial to the benefit of having a Northern Tier interpreter and the value of a Northern Tier trek. We could go on, but we’re going to let the letter speak to the Northern Tier experience.


Good afternoon Don;

I wanted to provide some feedback on our troop’s Northern Tier experience.  First let me say I am the Scoutmaster for Troop 125 in Rochester, Michigan and have been so for the past several years.

As far as anyone knows, in our troop we have not been to Northern Tier in over 20 years and we had not been on a high adventure canoe trip in 10 years.  I started campaigning for a canoe trek when my son joined in 2009 and I was an assistant Scoutmaster. There was quite a bit of pushback in going to Northern Tier for several reasons. First and foremost was that it was “too far” (800 mile drive). Second reason was that it was “too expensive” ($700). And the third reason “three to a canoe”.  None of the reasons seem in the least reasonable.

I became the Scoutmaster several years ago and have pushed hard for our troop to utilize all the BSA high adventure bases. I have pushed for this because I believe the programs offered are both highly focused on Scouting and an outstanding experience for our young men.

This year’s trek to Northern Tier I believe paid off in spades. We fielded two (2) full crews and our Scouts had a blast. And it wasn’t just the great Minnesota sunsets, the glasslike lakes, or the call of loons.

Much of it had to do with the interpreters that Northern Tier provided. These young men were able to connect with our Scouts on multiple levels. They have the experience, patience, willingness, and most important the interest in passing on skills and leadership to the crew members.

As we did have two crews and I could only go on one, [when] I returned, I spent extra time talking to the other crew members. And just like ours they had a phenomenal time. And again not just because they were able to see eagles, loons, and gorgeous sunsets. The entire trip home consisted of discussions of what they saw what they did and how “tough” the various segments of the trip were and who caught the biggest fish.

Also, our base camp experience was equal to the on water experience. Everything that occurred from the time of arrival to our departure was well orchestrated and choreographed to maximize our enjoyment. The discussions, the training, the preparations, and guidance that we received before stepping off was focused and purposeful. Our Scouts had the opportunity to learn several skills quickly which made our trek easier and more enjoyable. And I can speak specifically for Travis’ ability and understanding of the process because he got us through both departure and return quickly and efficiently. And did a phenomenal job while we’re on the water.

As well, the capstone Voyager campfire was an unbelievable success. Both Scouts and Scouter’s in both of our crews truly enjoyed the experience. As a note on how impressed and excited our Scouts were with Northern Tier, and how much our Scouts enjoyed the trip, several talked about coming back as interpreters after they turned 18. I think if they were closer to 18 you may have had several applications before we left.

While I’m sure we could have found something cheaper, I strongly doubt we could have found something better. I believe the value in the program is because it’s designed specifically for Scouts. The Northern Tier interpreters are focused on teaching Scouts canoecraft, woodcraft and leadership skills which is not something available from the other outfitters.

In closing I would like to say that Northern Tier provided a lifelong memory for Scouts which was the equivalent if not better than Philmont. I applaud you and would like to sincerely thank everyone working at Northern Tier who make this an unbelievable Scouting adventure.

Yours in Scouting,

Bill Berklich
Rochester, MI

Family Friends Of Scouting 2015

          Be part of the roll out of the new

             Unit Presentation Options

REFRESHMENTS SERVED AT ALL LOCATIONS

  • Please send at least one representative from your unit
  • Program includes:
  • NEW for this year, a variety of unit participation options
  • What is a Council Friends of Scouting (FOS) Campaign
  • Why Family Friends Of Scouting (FOS) Campaign is important
  • Why every unit should participate in the Family FOS Campaign
  • The FOS objectives, timeline and the individual recognition items and the  unit incentive programs

Sign up your unit for an FOS presentation that night and your unit will receive a choice of:

  • A free Saturday or Weekday program for your Scouts at Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation or Winnebago Scout Reservation, including COPE/Climbing and Shooting  (no shotgun).
  • Or a $50.00 Scout bucks certificate, which can be used at either of the Scout Shops or to pay for any Patriots’ Path Council program. 

See the SAVE THE DATE flyer for dates.

2nd Annual Farm to Table Dinner at The Barn at Perona Farms

Join us for the 2nd Annual Farm to Table Dinner at The Barn at Perona Farms!

Thursday, September 25th at 7:00 pm. Enjoy local fare prepared by award winning Chef, Kirk Avondoglio.

Click here for more details and to register