Monthly Archives: December 2015

Wood Badge Dining Out

The idea of a “Dining-Out” was adopted many years ago by the British Army and is a long standing tradition in regimental messes.  Lt. General Robert Baden-Powell, the Founder of Scouting, retired from the British Army in 1910, most likely participated in many social Dining-Out events, which are open to non-members, including spouses and friendsOur own military adopted this concept and I have participated in a number of them both in the military and with Wood Badge. 

 Please join us (in full Wood Badge uniform) at the annual Critter Breakfast on Saturday Jan 9, 2016 from 8:30 to 11:00 AM at Mayfair Farms on 481 Eagle Rock Ave, West Orange NJ.  The cost is $40 per Wood Badger ($45 at the door) and $35 for non-members (including spouses and guests).  Also note a little perk of no fee for registered N5-333-16 participants for the upcoming course.  Whether a Wood Badger or not, you are very welcome to attend.  Bring your patrol flag and catch up with your critter friends of fur and feather!

We are also seeking donations for the silent auction.  You can bring  these Scout/Wood Badge items with you or drop them off to Mike Sass in Cedar Knolls.  Proceeds will go toward sending Scouters to Happy Land (AKA Wood Badge Scholarships)!

If you have someone you would like add to the Patrol Eternal, please contact the current Course Director, Robin Caiazzo at her email address

For the flyer, click here and to register click here:

Cut Scout Package

When you are just starting off on the Cub Scout trail you need something to help you along. The Cub Scout Package from PPC Outfitters has everything you will need to get started right away.

$45 each package (Includes free shipping)

If your unit would like to purchase 10 or more packages, the unit will receive $50 credit at for their future purchase. (Shipping additional.) Contact Steve Beirach at to order.

Cub Scout Package Includes:

  • Traverse Day Pack
    • Roomy main compartment
    • Full organizer with swivel key hook and pen holders
    • Side compression straps to balance load
    • Mesh padded handle & shoulder straps
    • Large & small front pocket
    • Reflective accents for added safety
    • Size: 18″ x 12.25″ x 8″
    • Assorted colors
  • Canteen (with Blanket Cover and Strap)
    • High impact plastic body insulated with blanket covering
    • Adjustable nylon web shoulder strap
    • Screw on cap with safety strap
  • Luci EMRG Solar Powered Lantern
    • With adjustable flashlight lighting and a high-visibility red emergency S.O.S. flasher, Luci EMRG prepares you for everything that might come your way, from hurricanes and tornadoes to power outages and camping trips. Especially compact (weighs 2.5 ounces), the Luci EMRG fits easily into any drawer, pocket, glove box or toolbox.
      • 4 Settings: Bright, Super Bright, Flashing & S.O.S
      • Functions as 1 Second Timer on Flashing Mode
      • Lightweight & Durable
      • Weighs: 2.5 oz.
      • Compact & Sustainable
      • Waterproof & Shatterproof
      • Rechargeable Battery Included
      • 1 Year Warranty
      • Lasts Up to 10 Years!

Check us out at for more camping gear including Adidas Hiking Boots. If you have any questions you can contact Steve Beirach at or call Mountainside Scout Shop at 908-654-9191. All purchases support Patriots’ Path Council.

United Way Contribution

Your United Way contribution can be designated for Patriots’ Path Council.  Please consider a donor designated gift to Patriots’ Path Council when you make your 2016 United Way contribution.

Rocket Safety Update

Rocket Academies have traditionally been a one day event for communities and neighborhoods. They are a good way to spread the word about Scouting in the area and a good way to educate participants and attendees regarding the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) program. The launching of rockets has been a way to generate interest in Scouting. has several articles regarding Rocket Academies.

BSA recommends the following, as units, districts, and council rocket activities are considered. In addition, it is suggested that the organizers of the event consider completing a Program Hazard Analysis (PHA) in an effort to identify the hazards and risks associated this activity.

  1. Review and be familiar with the National Association of Rocketry Safety code which can be found at
  2. Determine if there are any local rules and regulations regarding the type, sizing and launching of rockets within your community.
  3. Be aware of, and guided by, The Sweet 16 of BSA Safety.

For more information on using rockets as a recruitment and retention tool, please see the “Rocket Into Scouting” section of the Marketing and Membership Hub on Scouting Wire

Council Annual Year in Review and Awards Celebration

A s per our council by-laws, article III, section 3, the purpose of the meeting shall be to receive annual reports of the council committees and to elect council members-at-large, executive board, advisory board, and national council representatives, all of whom are urged to attend. This year’s theme will highlight the STEM program and what we have done and will do to continue to see the program grow.

Monday, February 29, 2016 at Hanover Manor.

Our event will highlight our 2016 Silver Beaver Award recipients. Their recognition ceremony is presented during the annual meeting portion of the program. We invite you to join us for the reception and dinner prior to the annual meeting. The cost for our dinner is $68.00 per person; $78.00 if paid after Friday, January 31, 2016. Seating is limited. Dinner reservations will not be accepted after Friday, February 19, 2016. To reserve a table of 10, please include full payment for the entire group along with the complete list of names.

Nominations for council membership may be submitted to Bruce Linger, Vice President of Nominations, c/o Patriots’ Path Council, 1 Saddle Road, Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927. The deadline is Monday, January 11, 2016. Resolutions for consideration shall be made in writing to Scott Berger, Chairman of Programs & Resolutions Committee, c/o Patriots’ Path Council also by Monday, January 11, 2016.

Please see sign-up form.

Holiday and Scout Shop Closings

Council service center and camps are closed for the Christmas holiday from December 23rd at noon until December 26th, and for the New Year from December 31st to January 4th.

The Scout shop will be closed for holidays and inventory December 23rd at noon until January 5th.

Give “Stuff” this Holiday Season!

Our council is collecting “Stuff for Scouts”, items that our programs and Scouts are in need of. Visit this link here to make your donation this holiday season today!

Scouting Ice Skating Party

For all the Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers in Sussex County!!

Tuesday, December 29
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Show off your skating skills or just come out and try ice skating!!

There will be a free hour of skating for all Scouts that includes skate rentals. Please bring your bike helmet!!!

Adults also skate for free BUT must provide their own skates or rent them for $4. If you have your own skates bring them.

Bring a friend and have them sign up for Scouting that night and you both receive a model rocket kit!!

Check out the flyer.

Black River Cub Family Super Bowlathon

The 2016 Black River Family Cub Super Bowlathon will take place at Rockaway Lanes, 365 Rt. 46, Rockaway, NJ, on Sunday, February 7.  Bring the whole family for our annual fun tradition! There will be three, two hour sessions to choose from.  Register your pack now via district website Click here for the flyer.

Black River Klondike Derby

The 2016 Black River Klondike Derby will once again take place at Camp Akelaland,  Trexler Scout Reservation, Effort, PA on Friday, January 29 through Sunday, January 31.  Registration is available via the district website,  Score extra points for camping each night . Early bird discount ends on January 15, so register your troop or crew today!  Check out the Klondike packet.