Monthly Archives: January 2015

OA Lodge Executive Committee

On behalf of the Lodge Executive Committee, it would be our pleasure to invite you to a meeting of Woapalanne Lodge #43, Order of the Arrow on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at the council service center in Cedar Knolls from 7:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. As Patriots’ Path Council’s contingent of the Boy Scouts of America’s national service fraternity and honor society, it is our primary focus to serve all of the units within our great council. We would like to host representatives, one youth and one adult, from each troop in the council to come and meet the lodge leadership and see what our organization is all about. We hope you will come and enjoy an evening of fellowship as we inform you about our events and activities as well as discover new ways to assist you, your troops, and your district. The representatives need not be members of the brotherhood but simply scouters willing to learn what we are all about. We will have desserts and refreshments available for your enjoyment and plenty of information to provide.

For more information or to RSVP please contact me using the contact information below. We ask that you please RSVP by Tuesday, February 10, 2015.

Yours in Scouting,

Seth M. Abbott
Lodge Chief
Woapalanne Lodge #43

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 2/7/15, at Duke Island Park in Bridgewater, NJ.

Both Webelos and Arrow of Light dens are also encouraged to come 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

Extreme Winter Motorsport Scout Night

The world’s top professional ice racers will travel to the Sun National Bank Center to do battle in the Trenton Round of the 39th Annual World Championship Ice Racing Series. Established in 1977, the longest running arena racing series on earth features two professional competition divisions: Manufacturers World Cup Motorcycles and Unlimited Outlaw Quads. I.C.E./International Championship Events’ two pro divisions of racing attract many of the world’s top riders and are unique within motorsports.

In just over two hours fans will experience the thunder of 20 exciting races to determine event champions in all classes. Pro racers, along with cash and trophies, will also earn valuable points towards their sport’s most prestigious Title – 2015 ICE World Champion.

All pro machines are equipped with razor sharp steel studded tires for traction. While allowing racers excellent traction to achieve insane speeds these Silver Rockets Racing Studs also add an element of danger not present in other forms of racing. The pros are capable of accelerating from 0-60MPH in under 3 seconds ON ICE! Visualize all this inside the tight confines of an ice hockey rink and you just may be close to imagining how thrilling this EXTREME WINTER MOTORSPORT really is!

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2015 Super Bowl A Thon

Join us for a few hours of family fun where all members of the family are welcome to bowl!

The Black River 2015 Cub Family Super Bowl A Thon will take place on Sunday, February 1, at the Rockaway Lanes,  365 Route 46, Rockaway.

There are three sessions to choose.  Registration is available via the district website calendar for February 1, 2015,

You’ll be back home in plenty of time for the football game!

Click here for the flyer.


Patriots’ Path Council, BSA, is excited to announce CAMP MASTERS as the official supplier for the 2015 Popcorn Sale. CAMP MASTERS is headquartered in Ramsey, Indiana, and is a division of Ramsey Popcorn, a 70 year old family owned and operated company proudly serving Boy Scouts of America as a preferred vendor the past 14 years. CAMP MASTERS provides the leading popcorn sales solution that serves Scouting and brings quality and decadent products, exclusive sale training and other proven successful tools and resources to assist our units & Scouts in reaching their program and fundraising goals. For more information on this exciting change, please feel free to contact Mark Spaldo at or 973 765-9322 ext. 251 or visit for more information.

Summit Bechtel Reserve – High Adventure Rally

Summit Bechtel Reserve – High Adventure Rally

Sunday, January 25, 2015 – 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.

Council Service Center – 1 Saddle Road, Cedar Knolls, NJ

Learn all about the Summit Bechtel Reserve and Patriots’ Path Council’s 2015  first annual contingent to the BSA’s newest high adventure base in West Virginia

Check out the flyer.

For complete information go to

  • Get details on the Patriots’ Path Council’s August 2 – 8, 2015 trip to the Summit.
  • If you can’t go in 2015, get the information you need for the summer of 2016.
  • Find out all about the great programs at The Summit:
    • The River – Rafting and kayaking
    • Helmets & Harnesses – Climbing, canopy and challenge course
    • The Marksman – Archery and shooting
    • Tires & Trails – Mountain biking
    • Berms & Bars – BMX racing and freestyle
    • Ramps & Rails – Skateboarding
    • Summit Experience – Try a little of everything
  • See videos
  • Get all your questions answered
  • Talk with a BSA representative from The Summit
  • Reserve your space in the 2015 contingent

Everyone is welcome to the Summit High-Adventure Rally!

To join the 2015 Patriots’ Path Council Summit contingent, participants must:

  • Be a registered Boy Scout, Venturer or adult leader.
  • Be at least 13 years old as of September 1, 2015.

Adult leader spots are limited and all applications are subject to review by a representative of the Patriots’ Path Council High Adventure Committee.

Fees for the August 2 – 8, 2015 adventure range from $1069 to $1269 per person depending on the program you select.  Please see the flyer and application for more details.

Rally Location

The Summit High-Adventure Rally will be held Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 2:00 pm in the council service center:

Patriots’ Path Council
1 Saddle Road
Cedar Knolls, NJ 07972

Please park in our lot or on Saddle Rd.  Avoid parking on Horse Hill Rd.

Please let us know if you are attending.  RSVP online:  For assistance or information, please contact Debbie Wickham, 973-765-9322 ext. 239 or

Alumni & Friends Trip to the Hudson Valley

For over thirty years, Hudson River excursions with Hudson River Cruises has provided passengers a first hand view of the historic shoreline from the decks of the Rip Van Winkle. From our location in the heart of the Hudson River Valley in Kingston NY, Hudson River Cruises provides a delightfully unique opportunity to explore this scenic shoreline.

Saturday, June 6, 2015
Cost $50 per person which includes Bus Transportation and River Cruise
Meals are at your own expense
Maximum of 50 people

Click here for the flyer.

Leadership Experience – Direct Results

Yes, the Team Eagle Foundation’s Leadership Experience – Direct Results (or LEDR) Program has opened up its nominations for 2015, which is year #4! This is a real-world Strategic Mentoring Program that includes:

*        Educational Support (Collegiate & Tech)
*        Scholarship & Internship Training
*        Career Exposure
*        Fun!! Waterfront, Boating, Zip Lines, Mountain Biking, etc.

We currently have 107 Alumni from previous programs – and – most have stayed connected.

Please consider nominating a young adult from New Jersey – ages 15 to 20 / girl or boy for the week-long summer program – August 9th to August 15th at Winnebago Scout Reservation in Rockaway, NJ.


NEW Newsletter for Merit Badge Counselors

The first edition of the Counselor’s Compass Newsletter is available at  This first edition includes “The Essentials of Merit Badge Counseling” and information for subscribing to future editions.

Liberty State Park Service Program

Join in on the service opportunities, just like Chatham Troop 8, New Providence; Troop 1, Fishawack; Troop 173 and several others!

As part of the 2015 Liberty Jamboree, Patriots’ Path Council has developed a program of service projects in Liberty State Park to benefit the park, Scouts and units attending the Jamboree.

Each Day of Service is designed as a project for approximately 50 Scouts and adult leaders, with work beginning at 9:00 AM and ending at 2:00 PM.

The scheduled Days of Service are:

liberty days of service

Units that participate in the service projects will earn several recognitions for their efforts!  For more information, please visit  To register for a day of service, visit the council calendar.