Monthly Archives: October 2014

University of Scouting

The 2014 Patriots’ Path Council  University of Scouting will take place on Saturday, December 6, at Randolph Middle School from 8:00 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.   Registration has been available on line for a couple of weeks.

Classes are beginning to fill up, in fact 4 classes are already closed.  BUT IT’S NOT TOO LATE!  There are still 146 classes open!  The courses include topics for Cub Scout leaders, Boy Scout leaders, and Venturing leaders – both adult leaders and youth leaders.  We also offer day care and a Cub Scout program for the children of attendees.

The regular $20 fee will be in effect until midnight on 11/18/2014.  From 11/18/2014 to 11/28/2014 the late fee of $30 will be in place.

The link below will take you to complete information and registration.  Sign up NOW and save!

http://ppbsa.doubleknot.com/event/1607163

2015 Eagle Scout Recognition & Reunion Dinner

Friday, January 9, 2015!  Only a few spots left!

Know the Bear Facts

Black bears are the largest land mammal in New Jersey. They are an integral part of the state’s natural heritage and a vital component of healthy ecosystems.

Since the 1980s the Garden State’s black bear population has been increasing and expanding its range both southward and eastward from the forested areas of northwestern New Jersey. Within the most densely populated state in the nation, black bears are thriving and there are now confirmed bear sightings in all 21 of New Jersey’s counties.

The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife offers Know the Bear Facts educational seminars free of charge to schools and organized groups. Program participants learn about the natural history and biology of the Garden State’s largest land mammal, as well as about black bear research. Since black bears are found statewide, the program also provides practical information about coexisting with bears and tips on how to react if a black bear is encountered.

 Black Bears in New Jersey

AzureMasada Lodge #22
478 South Avenue East.
Cranford, NJ 07016
November 17, 2014
8:00pm
This is open to all!

Family, friends and the general public.

Featuring: State Biologist; Michelle Smith

By the: NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife

Any questions or concerns contact

John F. Dziedzic WM
908-377-2376
jdcz1@yahoo.com

Camp Wheeler Day Camp Increases Bus Routes in Sussex.

Cub Scouts in Sussex District now have more options to get to camp!

The new J bus will run weeks 1,3,6 from Branchville to Byram.

The C bus will run all six weeks from Highland Lakes to Sparta, with an express bus running weeks 1,3,6.

The F bus will run all six weeks from Jefferson to Landing.

For more information, please visit: http://www.camps.ppbsa.org/files/Wheeler%20Bus%20Schedule.pdf

 

J Bus- Branchville to Byram (Weeks 1,3,6)

Branchville-                 Lakeland Bank – 3 Broad Street                                            J1 7:31 4:59

Augusta-                      Chatterbox Drive In – Route 206 & 15                                  J2 7:39 4:51

Newton-                       Dairy Queen – 37 Hampton House Rd (Route 206)          J3 7:50 4:40

Andover-                     Masonic Lodge, 519 Route 206                                               J4 8:00 4:30

Andover-                     Andover Fire House – 152 Main St                                        J5 8:04 4:26

Byram-                        Santander Bank At Waterloo Rd & Route 206                     J6 8:11 4:19

C Bus- Highland Lakes to Byram (Weeks 2,4,5)

Highland Lakes-         Our Lady of Fatima Church – 185 Breakneck Road          C1 7:05 5:34

Vernon-                       The Gorge Inn – 84 NJ 94                                                       C2 7:19 5:22

Hamburg-                    Wells Fargo Bank – Rte 23 & 94                                            C3 7:26 5:16

Ogdensburg-               Ogdensburg Elementary School – Route 517                       C4 7:37 5:03

Sparta-                         Our Lady Of The Lake Church – Newton -Sparta Rd           C5 7:48 4:50

Andover-                     Andover Fire House – 152 Main St                                        C6 8:00 4:40

Byram-                        Santander Bank At Waterloo Rd & Rte 206                          C7 8:09 4:21

 

 

C Bus Express- Highland Lakes to Sparta (Weeks 1,3,6)

Highland Lakes           Our Lady of Fatima Church – 185 Breakneck Road              C1 7:11 5:21

Vernon                        The Gorge Inn – 84 NJ 94                                                            C2 7:25 5:07

Hamburg                     Wells Fargo Bank – Rte 23 & 94                                                 C3 7:32 5:00

Ogdensburg                Ogdensburg Elementary School – Route 517                           C4 7:43 4:49

Sparta                          Our Lady Of The Lake Church – Newton -Sparta Rd               C5 7:54 4:38

 

F Bus- Jefferson to Landing (All Six Weeks)

Jefferson Twp.             St. Thomas Church – Berkshire Valley Rd.                           F1 7:15 5:30

Jefferson Twp.             Robert F. Drummond School – 31 Route 181                       F2 7:42 5:00

Hopatcong                   Hopatcong Boro Hall – River Styx Rd.                                   F3 8:01 4:40

Landing                        Pathmark Shopping Center- Lakeside Blvd.                       F4 8:09 4:32

Watchung Cub Scout Day Camp Expands Bus Route to Morristown and Madison

Cub Scouts in Fishawack District now have more options to get to camp!  An expanded bus route will begin in Morristown and bring campers to Watchung Cub Scout Day Camp starting in 2015.

This new bus route will allow Fishawack Cub Scouts to experience both Camp Wheeler and Watchung Cub Scout Day Camp.  The bus route is outlined below.

For more information, please visit: http://www.camps.ppbsa.org/camps/watchung/Bus%20Schedule.htm

 

Morristown Friendly’s Restaurant – 192 Madison Ave Y1 7:50 4:40
Madison Madison Train Station – 50 Kings Rd – Kings Rd Side Y2 7:58 4:32
Chatham Boro Chatham Middle School – 480 Main St Y3 8:04 4:26
Chatham Twp. Chatham High School – 255 Lafayette Ave Y4 8:09 4:21
New Providence Allen Roberts School – 80 Jones Dr Y5 8:20 4:10

 

Attention Pack Leaders: Sign Up For a Cub Summer Camp Promotion!

Leaders, make sure to sign up your pack for a 2015 summer camp promotion!  Let us help build the excitement!

Just tell us when and where – it is helpful if you can provide a TV and DVD player – and we’ll do the rest!  We’d like about 15 to 20 minutes for the presentation, but we will work with your schedule.

During the promotion, one Scout in attendance will win a “$50 Ticket to Camp”.  The certificate can be used towards any of this year’s Patriots’ Path Council summer camp programs.

To register for a camp promotion, please visit: http://www.camps.ppbsa.org/camping/camp%20promotion.htm

Please try to give us at least 2 weeks’ notice before your meeting.  A volunteer camp promoter will contact you to confirm your request.

For additional information, call 973-765-9322 x222.

Fishawack Fellowship Dinner and Annual Meeting

Join us as we honor great leaders from each pack, troop & crew on January 21st at the Hanover Manor.

Social hour starts at 6:00 pm.  Dinner and annual meeting start at 7:00 pm.

Online registration open December 20th to January 16th through the Fishawack District calendar.

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

Click here for the flyer.

Four Percent: The Story of Uncommon Youth in a Century of American Life

The 2012 winner of USA Book News award for Best Non-Fiction, Four Percent is one of the most complete histories of Boy Scouts of America® ever written and the first to focus on Eagle Scouts®. Award-winning author and veteran journalist Michael S. Malone brings a story that for too long has been wrapped in myth and prejudice — and uncovers one of the most important movements in American history.

This book is more than just a history of Eagle Scouting, but also the story of many Eagles — a President of the United States, astronauts, Medal of Honor recipients, Nobel prize winners, authors, movie stars, titans of industry, leaders in government and civil rights, and community activists who have transformed the face of America.

Filled with vivid historic anecdotes, compelling profiles, and surprising facts, Malone brings the eye of a world-class writer, the insider experience of being an Eagle Scout himself, and the objectivity of a career journalist, to produce the best book ever about America’s Eagles.

Hard cover, 235 pages

#619128   $20.00

Are There Still Boy Scouts?

In the October edition of Esquire magazine, writer Mike Sager profiles our national president, Dr. Robert M. Gates, and the Boy Scouts of America. Click on the link above to go to the site for the full story, which is available on newsstands now.  Check out the article.

Zip Lines Planned for 2015 Liberty Jamboree

That’s right! Like to zip line?  Be one of the first to zip line through Liberty State Park at the 2015 Liberty Jamboree.

More than 5 zip lines will be set up for Boy Scouts, Venturers, and Explorers at the Patirots’ Path Council 2015 Liberty Jamboree held on October 2-4 at Liberty State Park in Jersey City.

Don’t want to wait in line?  Why not get a fast pass?  Fast passes will be given to units that participate in the Liberty State Park service project program to benefit the park, Scouts and units attending the Jamboree.

Other jamboree activities include STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics), kayaking, buckskin games, climbing walls, backwoods engineering activities, monkey bridge, slack rope obstacle course, robotics, skill trades, target paintball, arena show, outdoor challenges, high adventure, and live entertainment.

SO, ARE YOU IN?  Make sure your unit saves a site!  Site reservations and registrations will be offered to Patriots’ Path Council units first. Out of council units may submit a “save a site” reservation at any time and will be placed on a waiting list. On April 15, 2015 each out of council unit on the waiting list will be contacted stating how many slots they will receive to attend the Liberty Jamboree. In the event that there are no remaining slots the Jamboree Committee will return the $100 deposit. Again, this is on a first come, first served basis.

For more information, contact Bob Davidson, Liberty Jamboree Chairman, at bob.davidson@scouting.org or Bill SanFilippo, Staff Advisor, at (973) 765-9322 or bill.sanfilippo@scouting.org or please visit www.libertyjamboree.ppbsa.org.   Click here for the flyer.