Monthly Archives: September 2015

Chandler receives prestigious Philmont Staff Association Award

Dawn Chandler, formerly of the Watchung Area Council now Patriots’ Path Council, has received the prestigious Philmont Staff Association’s (PSA) Silver Sage Award. The award is “presented to those who have provided exceptional service to Philmont, its participants, the PSA, or any field of human endeavor that brings honor and credit to the legacy of the Philmont staff.”

Dawn is a 1983 graduate of Bridgewater Raritan High School East, a 1988 Bachelor of Fine Arts-Miami University of Ohio, and a 1993 Master of Fine Arts-University of Pennsylvania.

Dawn served on Philmont Staff as a Ranger (1983/84), Ranger Trainer (1985/87), First Female Camp Director (1988/89), First Executive Director of the Philmont Staff Association (1997/03), and Art Director of the PSA’s High Country Magazine (2004/13).

Dawn is a full time Santa Fe, New Mexico artist. She paints traditional landscapes of New Mexico, in particular the Philmont region, as well as contemporary abstract lands-inspired paintings. Her art can be viewed on her website at

Born and raised in Bridgewater, New Jersey to Stephen and Marion Chandler. “Dad was a life-long outdoorsman. As a youth he enjoyed hiking in the Appalachian Mountains. He introduced mom to backpacking as newlyweds. Together with their young family they explored the New Jersey and New York mountains, frequenting Bear Mountain and Harriman State Park. Dad made it to Life Scout but never pursued his Eagle — a lifelong regret.”

Dawn’s older Eagle Scout brothers, Eric & Mark, and their wives have all served on the Philmont summer staff. Mark currently serves as a doctor in Philmont’s Health Lodge.

“In the mid-1970s, Eric, Mark and dad became involved in Bridgewater Troop 88. The troop leadership hoped “Doc Chandler”, being an MD, would want to teach First Aid merit badge, but that was the last thing he wanted to do. Rather, he introduced the troop to backpacking and Troop 88 became known as a ‘backpacking troop’.”

Doc led Troop 88 on their first Philmont Treks in 1977 and 1978, including Eric and Mark as members of the crew. In late 1979 the Chandlers and the Hitzels, another Troop 88 family with a daughter, plus a bunch of local teens came together and formed Explorer Post 1840.

In 1980 Explorer Post 1840 went to Philmont — the first co-ed crew from the Watchung Area Council to go to Philmont. The crew was made up of 6 girls and 4 boys; Dawn’s parents were the advisors and Dawn’s brother Eric was their ranger. Dawn returned again to Philmont in 1981 with her Explorer post, this time as crew leader. Back again in 1982 as a “Rayado Woman”.

2016 Re-Charter Season is Soon Upon Us

Our 2016 re-charter packets (with the exception of Munsee) will be available at the September roundtables.

Black River 9/1/15

Fishawack 9/3/15

Munsee 9/1/15

Raritan Valley 9/16/15

Sussex 9/3/15

Watchung Mountain 9/2/15


Please visit your districts website for more information,

Youth Protection training is required for ALL registered Scouters and expires every 2 years. Current registrants’ Youth Protection training must expire AFTER the change of the year, 1/1/16, in order to be on the 2016 charter.

Also, any youth who has turned 18 years of age since last January must fill out an adult application if they wish to remain on your charter.

For Munsee only

Your district’s Key 3 has agreed to be our pilot district for testing the 100% paperless re-chartering. The access codes will be e-mailed to the Scoutmaster and committee chair the week of your September roundtable. Please verify those e-mail addresses are correct in before your roundtable. Also, the information normally included in the re-charter packets will be accessed by visiting the week of your September roundtable.




Deadline Extended for NESA Scholarship Applications

Due to the overwhelming number of applications that were received in 2014, the NESA scholarship committee has voted to move the NESA scholarship window up two months. The new deadline for submissions is October 31.

Applications went online during the first week of August and applicants will have three months to fill out and submit their applications by October 31. All NESA scholarship applications must be submitted online only. Paper copies from previous years are out of date and will not be accepted.

Please note: These scholarships are not available to students attending any of the U.S. military academies, because at these academies expenses covered by NESA scholarships are already paid by the U.S. government.


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Fall Webelos Woods camporee for Webelos Cub Scouts and their Families.

Webelos Woods is a program hosted by the Raritan Valley District , but open to all Webleos and families

Raritan Valley District Activities Save the Dates

Please mark your calendars….

Liberty Jamboree Trading Post

We have extended the pre-order date for trading post orders until August 31, 2015. This is the last week to pre-order for the Liberty Jamboree Trading Post.

The order form can be found at:

Pictures of the merchandise can be found at:

Form can be e-mailed to,  mailed to 1 Saddle Rd., Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927 Attn: ML Capen, or dropped off at either of our stores, Mountainside or Cedar Knolls. Your credit card will not be charged until we fill your order.

Many additional items will be available at the Jamboree Trading Post; get there early for the best selection! Cash and credit cards only.

Any questions, please contact

2nd Annual White Castle Watchung Mountain Chess Tournament

  • Saturday, November 7, 2015
  • More information coming soon
  • For updates visit
  • Click here for the save the date flyer.

Watchung Mountain Fall Cub Family Camporee

  • October 16-18, 2015 at Winnebago Scout Reservation
  • More information coming soon
  • For updates visit
  • Click here for the save the date flyer.

Helpful Information from YOUR Scout Shop

Many of you have been asking for the former program helps, which contained the monthly themes for your den and pack meetings. To date, there is still nothing in print at the Scout shop. The below link will supply the themes for your Cubs until 2017. Feel free to download and use.

We will be returning Cub Scout sports and academic belt loops/pins, Webelos activity pins and related advancement materials as of September 15, 2015. If you think you may need any to finish up your Cub’s achievements, please purchase as soon as possible. There is no guarantee that they will be available after this date.

The new core and elective belt loops and pins to support the new Cub Scout program have arrived at the Cedar Knolls store. Mountainside will be stocked by September 1, 2015. Both stores have the new Cub Scout books, charts, certificates and plenty of uniform essentials for your Cub. Take advantage of our 10% off sale on your complete Scout uniform. Details at

Mountainside has resumed regular fall hours as of August 18; Monday-Friday, 9 AM- 2 PM and 4 PM- 7 PM, Saturday 10 AM- 3 PM. Cedar Knolls remains on summer hours, 9 AM-5 PM, Monday through Friday, until after Labor Day weekend. Both stores will be closed Labor Day weekend, Saturday- Monday.

Looking for some extra dollars? The Cedar Knolls store has an opening for a part time Scout shop associate. Call Mary Lynne Capen at 973-765-9322 X241 to set up an interview. You can also send your resume to

2015 Liberty Jamboree Update


Additional Registrations will be taken until 9/8/15

Do you have Scouts (or leaders) who missed the deadline to register for the Jamboree?  Do you have new Scouts who have just joined your troop and want to be a part of this historic event?  IT IS NOT TOO LATE!  We will be accepting additional registrations until September 8.  Mail your payment to the council service center, attn: Vicki Kallok.

If you are adding participants to a unit’s existing registration, please indicate that on the paperwork.

Registration forms can be found at:

For more information contact Vicki Kallok, Liberty Jamboree Administrative Assistant at (973) 765-9322 x225 or or please visit


The application deadline for the Media Patrol has been extended until further notice to allow for those youth who were away this summer more time to apply.  Skills are needed from all BSA youth to help create the first media patrol in Patriots’ Path Council!  If you plan to attend the Liberty Jamboree, consider joining the Media Patrol – an elite group of Scouts who will put their communications skills to work at the Jamboree, reporting on all the activities, and working directly with real-life journalists and news crews.  More information and an application can be found at:


Also, check out our current social media outlets including out new mobile app!