Monthly Archives: January 2015

Build a House with Habitat for Humanity

STEM is not the only thing coming to the Liberty Jamboree.  Skill trades will also be a key ingredient to this once in a lifetime opportunity!

Volunteers from Habitat for Humanity, local union workers, Scouting members, and other companies came together to plan for a house building project, on site, at the Jamboree.

Scouts will sign up in advance to join a team of fellow Scouts for a 30 minute work session at the Jamboree.  In the 30 minute sessions, Scouts will go through a safety workshop and a building set that will ultimately lead to the creation of a house.  The house build by Scouts will be featured at Saturday’s evenings show and then moved to northern New Jersey where a family will reside in it.

Jamboree activities will 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?  Registration is now open for Patriots’ Path Council units.  We have allocated 1,000 early reservation participant slots for out-of-council units.  Once the 1,000 out-of-council slots are filled, units will be placed on a wait list. You can submit a “Save a Site” reservation with your deposit now, and confirm with full payment by June 15, 2015.   In the event that there are no remaining slots the Jamboree Committee will return the $100 deposit.  Out-of-council reservations are on a first come, first served basis. The wait listed units will be notified of available slots in late June.

For more information, contact Bill SanFilippo, Staff Advisor, at (973) 765-9322 x227 or or please visit   Click here for the flyer.

Munsee District Pinewood Derby

Following a tradition started more than 60 years ago, Cub Scouts of all ages gathered at the Cranford Community Center in March 2014 for the annual Munsee District Pinewood Derby.

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(above-photo by Don Sweeney) Seventy-four Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts with their families from Avenel, Carteret, Clark, Colonia, Cranford, Elizabeth, Fords, Hillside, Hopelawn, Iselin, Keasby, Kennilworth, Linden, Perth Amboy, Port Reading, Rahway, Roselle, Roselle Park, Sewaren, Springfield, Union, Winfield Park, and Woodbridge eagerly watched their hand-built Pinewood Derby cars race down the track.

The 2014 District Derby was hosted by Cub Scout Pack 103, chartered to the Cranford Presbyterian Church, generously volunteering the use of their track.  Adult leaders from Cub Scout Packs 103 and 75 and Boy Scouts from Troops 80 and 75, along with DJ Bobby Walker and Batman (special appearance), provided an exciting and fun-filled day at the Derby.

The 2015 Munsee District Pinewood Derby will be hosted by Cub Scout Pack 30, chartered by St. John the Apostle Church in Clark, which has kindly allowed the use of their track and church hall for the event.  The 2015 District Derby will be held at the church at 9:00 AM on Saturday, March 7, 2015.

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(above-photo by Don Sweeney) Many fine trophies and medals provided by K&J Sports, LLC were awarded in each Division to the top four Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts based on best time and for cars displaying the Best Workmanship and Most Original Design.

The Munsee District encompasses Cub Scout packs in Clark, Cranford, Edison, Elizabeth, Hillside, Kenilworth, Linden, Rahway, Union and Woodbridge.  All are invited to visit Patriots’ Path Council website for more information and to register:

Geology and Mining in Society Merit Badges

Looking to earn your Geology and Mining in Society merit badges? Contact Braen Stone today!


That is one of the rewards for units that reach Platinum Level in Friends of Scouting.

Plus, this year your unit has the option to run its FOS campaign online. Your unit can send a link to your dedicated FOS page where families can make their pledge and even forward to friends.

For more info, contact your district FOS Chair:

Black River – Doug Gabel,
Fishawack – Michael Murray,
Munsee – Paul Martin,
Raritan Valley – Eileen Bufe,
Sussex – Bill Zinky,
Watchung Mountain- Charlean Mahon,


Munsee District Annual Meeting

The Munsee District annual meeting will be held on January 20th at the Cranford United Methodist Church starting at 7 PM.  Voting members of the district include current district members at large, chartered organization representatives and council executive board members who reside in the district.  The 2015 slate will be presented by the nominating committee.  No motions can be made from the floor. All nominations must be submitted in advance to the nominating chair Rich Poland or district chair Jim Parlapiano .  Nominations are needed from all geographic areas of the district and a cross section of all demographics is desired.  In particular, three or more nominees from the Middlesex part of Munsee district would be a great asset to district operations.


NYLT is a rigorous youth leadership training program that provides skills for life and is designed to benefit and enhance the leadership teams of troops and Venture crews. It is FUN, challenging and informative. Upon completion each participant will receive a certificate of this nationally recognized program.

The NYLT course centers around the concepts of what a leader must BE, what a leader must KNOW, and what a leader must DO. The key elements are taught with a clear focus on HOW TO. The skills come alive during the week as the participants go on a Quest for the Meaning of Leadership. NYLT is a seven-day course. Content is delivered in a troop and patrol outdoor setting with an emphasis on immediate application of learning in a fun, guiding environment. Interconnecting concepts and work processes are introduced early, built upon, and aided by the use of memory aids which allow participants to understand and employ this “Tool Box” of leadership skills much faster.

Patriots’ Path Council offers two NYLT 2015 programs.  Sunday, June 28, 2015 to Saturday, July 4, 2015 and Sunday, August 9, 2015 to Saturday, August 15, 2015.  The regular registration price is $280.00.  The early bird fee is $265 by May 1st for the June course and by June 1st for the August course. The late fee is $310.00 as of June 1st for June course and as of July 10th for August course.

Register on line at PPCNYLT.ORG.

Grant Van Eck
NYLT Staff Advisor
Phone 973-765-9322 x257


Emil Rufolo
NYLT Course Director
Phone 908-380-2963

Bruce Black Memorial Scholarship

Unfortunately the Bruce Black Memorial Scholarship will not be offered in the upcoming year.

Scout of the Year Nomination

The Grand Lodge of New Jersey Subcommittee on Masonry and Scouting will recommend to the Grand Master one Scout to receive the “Grand Lodge Scout of the Year” award, and as many runner-ups as the Grand Lodge Committee deems worthy of recognition.

For the application, click here.

Raritan Valley Pinewood Derby

Come join Raritan Valley District for the Cub Scout games and district Pinewood Derby. This will be held March 7, 2015, at the Herbert Hoover Middle School in Edison. For more information please contact Rich Langballe at  Registration will open soon!

Boy Scout Leader Training

To become a trained as an Scoutmaster or assistant Scoutmaster, the following courses are required:

  • Youth Protection
  • Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specifics
  • Outdoor Leader Skills

To become a trained as a committee member, the following courses are required:

  • Youth Protection
  • Troop Committee Challenge

Please see below for the upcoming training opportunities.
Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training:

Date Time Location Registration
January 31, 2015 8:00 am-4:00 pm Cranford United Methodist
March 7, 2015 8:00 am-4:00 pm Patriots’ Path Council Service Center in Cedar Knolls


May 2, 2015 8:00 am-4:00 pm Pluckemin Presbyterian Church



Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills:
Annual Health and Medical Record Parts A & B are required for this course!

Date Time Location Registration
April 10-12, 2015 6:30 pm-2 pm Winnebago Scout Reservation
May 15-17, 2015 6:30 pm-2 pm Winnebago Scout Reservation Register
October 9-11, 2015 6:30 pm-2 pm Winnebago Scout Reservation
October 16-18, 2015 6:30 pm-2 pm Winnebago Scout Reservation