Monthly Archives: November 2014

2014 University of Scouting

It’s not too late to register for the 2014 University of Scouting on Saturday, December 6!

Black River District 2015 Klondike Derby

Registration is now open for the Black River District 2015 Klondike Derby.  We will hold our annual winter competition once again at Trexler Scout Reservation in Effort, Pennsylvania, from Friday, January 23, 2015 through Sunday, January 25, 2015. Units from all districts are welcome to attend.

To  register, please go to and click on Klondike registration.

For the Klondike packet, click here.

Raritan Valley District First Aid Meet

All Boy Scout Troops “WE WANT YOU!”

Raritan Valley District Boy Scout Klondike Derby

The Raritan Valley District Boy Scout Klondike Derby is coming around again!   Each year this one-day patrol competition is held on the first Saturday in February – this year it’s February 7, 2015.  Location will be released shortly.

Both Webelos I and Arrow of Light Webelos Dens are also encouraged to come and do some scaled-down fun challenges as an introduction to Boy Scouting.  Event packets for both troops and Webelos will be available in mid-November.

Any questions may be addressed to the Klondike “Governor”, Bill Cox

Annual Scout Scholar Athlete Award Breakfast

Registration is open for the 4th Annual Scout Scholar Athlete Award Breakfast coming up on Sunday, December 7th at 9:30 am. Click here to register

What it’s like to work at the largest canoe base in the world

Northern Tier employs hundreds of staff every year. Staff members come from all over the world and bring with them unique skills and talents. Northern Tier’s diverse and qualified staff works as a team and annually delivers the wilderness experience of a lifetime to thousands of youth and adults.

“My time on staff was incredibly rewarding.

I will never forget it.”

“I learned more about outdoor leadership this summer at Northern Tier than I ever could have learned in a classroom.”  The incredible part about joining the staff at Northern Tier is attaining valuable life experience at an early age.  Aside from the hard skills, like emergency response and first aid, there are many personal and soft skills staff learn while on the job, including time and people management.

“As a Northern Tier staff member, I have the distinguished honor and privilege to create in others a defining moment that will live in them forever.”  A Northern Tier staff member is committed to providing exceptional and consistent quality in everything they do.  If this describes you, consider applying today!


Woapalanne Lodge Upcoming Activities

We have an active couple of months coming up.  Here are some of the activities we have planned:

  1. LODGE LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT (LLD)–This is a great way for youth members to get better acquainted with the OA and with our lodge. Limited seats will be held for adults.  Helpful learning sessions and fellowship–lunch included.  There is also an opportunity for eligible members to convert to Brotherhood and help out our lodge with JTE progress.  Please register by emailing Seth Abbott (, Steven Langballe (, or Chris Sturm (  Click here for the flyer.
  2. LODGE BANQUET–January 10, 6:00 PM-9:00 PM at Hanover Manor.  We’ve got a bigger room this year, and we’ve been able to hold the price at $35.  Lots of fun and good food.  Annual lodge awards presentations.  Keynote speaker.  We broke attendance records last year–let’s make it even better this year.  Woapalanne Package Plan purchasers are already registered.  Click here for the flyer.
  3. UNIVERSITY OF SCOUTING–The OA is about selfless service, and we have been asked to help out with the Cub Scout program at this year’s University of Scouting, December 6th, at Randolph Middle School. We’ll need about 20 youth members and a few adults to help.  Sign up sheet will be available at the next LEC.
  4. LEC (Lodge Executive Committee)–Don’t let the name fool you–it’s not just for the Exec. Board–everyone is welcomed and encouraged to come. We meet at the council service center in Cedar Knolls on the 2nd Thursday of each month, from 7:30-9:00.  This month, our meeting is on the 13th.


ArrowTour 2015

The Patriots’ Path Council has been chosen out of many councils across the nation for an opportunity to partner with the Order of the Arrow in ArrowTour: Our National Centennial Experience.

ArrowTour is one of three programs that complete a year-long celebration of the Order of the Arrow’s centennial anniversary. In the summer of 2015, our caravan of youth Arrowmen will travel to council camps and Scouting events to bring our national centennial experience to Scouts, Arrowmen, and communities throughout the country. We are excited by the opportunity to partner with you and deliver this program to your Scouts at Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation on July 7th, 2015.

ArrowTour will provide opportunities to reflect, connect, and discover the Order’s Centuries of Service, both past and future. The Order of the Arrow is excited to partner with councils to provide this program accessory at Boy Scout summer camps and Scouting events. This program represents a significant partnership between the Order of the Arrow and our council/lodge.  For more details on ArrowTour, please visit

The BSA Announces Theme and Logo of the 2017 Jamboree

MOUNT HOPE, West Virginia (November 6, 2014) – Today, the Boy Scouts of America announced the official theme and logo for the 2017 National Scout Jamboree, a celebration of Scouting held every four years for Scouts, Venturers, volunteers, and staff from across the nation.

The 2017 theme, “Live Scouting’s Adventure,” speaks both to Scouting’s century-old tradition of creating adventures that develop young people into the leaders of tomorrow and to the developing adventures of the next century of Scouting.

The “Live Scouting’s Adventure” theme and logo symbolize the adventurous spirit and exciting high-adventure and outdoor opportunities available to youth and adult members in the Scouting program.

“We know that our members live Scouting’s adventure every day by pursuing challenging and diverse experiences,” said Ralph de la Vega, chairman of the All Markets Initiatives Committee and the 2017 National Scout Jamboree. “We’re proud to provide these outdoor opportunities to our youth members, who often do not experience these activities anywhere else.”

This will be the second jamboree held at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia’s adventure sports region known as the New River Gorge. Located on a sprawling 10,600 acres, the property includes more than 5 miles of zip line and challenge courses, 36 miles of mountain bike trails, and 13 acres of shooting sports ranges, as well as venues for kayaking, rock climbing, bouldering, skateboarding, BMX, and various other activities. The 2013 National Scout Jamboree welcomed approximately 30,000 Scouts, Venturers, volunteers, and staff.

“The new jamboree theme reinforces one of the Summit Bechtel Reserve’s purposes of helping to redefine Scouting’s adventure for the next century. Participants of the 2017 National Jamboree will experience that difference every day they are here,” said Dan McCarthy, director of the Boy Scouts of America Summit Group. “Our goal is to give as many Scouts and Venturers as possible a chance to participate in this truly life-changing experience at this unique facility.”

Since the first jamboree was held in 1937, it has become the BSA’s most iconic event, providing Scouts from all backgrounds, faiths, and cultures an opportunity to gather together and celebrate Scouting and the experiences they will remember throughout their lifetimes. This flagship event showcases the essence of Scouting and the rich tradition of the organization’s values.

The jamboree is open to active youth members and adult volunteer leaders in BSA programs and will be held July 19-28, 2017. Staff members will be able to register for the jamboree in April 2015, while registration for youth and adult participants will open in May 2015. To learn more about the 2017 National Scout Jamboree and the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, please visit or