Monthly Archives: February 2016

2016 Alumni Cruise

Patriots’ Path Council is proud to announce that pricing is not changing until February 29, 2016 for our fun filled, five day, cruise for October, 2016. Join us as we depart from New York City aboard the Carnival Cruise Line ship Sunshine and set sail for St. John, New Brunswick, Canada & Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The cruise is the week of October 8 – 13, 2016 and will provide an opportunity to relax at sea and experience Canada’s incredible views and fall foliage.  Available accommodations include ocean view, balcony & interior cabins.

Do not miss this incredible opportunity to relax and reconnect with fellow Scouting alumni as we travel north of the border.

Space is limited and pricing is subject to change. See our brochure for complete ship’s itinerary, pricing and registration information. Click Here.

Contact Larry Rosello at or Mary Lynne Capen at

Journey to Excellence 2015 Unit Gold Award Patches

Part of BSA’s council performance recognition program, this award represents excellence (the highest performance standard) at the unit level.


Item: 621950 and 621953

Retail Price: $1.99

The Journey to Excellence program is designed to encourage and reward success while measuring the performance of our units, districts, and councils. Bronze and Silver versions are also available by special order.

Order yours today! Contact information as follows:

Cedar Knolls Scout Shop
1 Saddle Road, Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927
973-765-9322 X233

Mountainside Scout Shop
1130 Rt. 22 West, Mountainside, NJ 07092

Custom Made Magnetic Name Tag

The latest addition to our PPC custom made items is our magnetic back name tag. Any Scouting logo that can be copied may be used. The background can be white, yellow, green, pink, tan or orange (or anything else if you supply the paper!) The print can be any style or color. Price of $7.50 includes a logo and one line of print. Each additional line is $1.00 extra. The best part is, if you wish to change it, there is only a $2.50 charge for a new logo and one line of print.

Click here for the order form.

13th Edition Boy Scout Handbook

What’s new at your Scout Shop?

13th Edition Boy Scout Handbook – Perfect Bound and Coil versions have arrived!

January Tribute Fund Contributions

By making a contribution to the Patriots’ Path Council’s tribute fund, you can express your feelings to the entire alumni, friends, and membership of the Patriots’ Path Council.

There are several opportunities you can take to make a tribute to someone. You can congratulate an Eagle Scout, celebrate an anniversary or a birthday, remember a friend or a loved one, or a simple “get well” for someone who is ill. A tribute card is sent to the person, organization, or family, and an acknowledgement is sent to the contributor. All donations are put into our adventureship endowment fund where the interest is used to help Scouts attend camp, high adventure activities, or training.

Below are tributes received during the month of January:

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Forester in memory of Mary E. Tomchuk

Renee A. Dragona in memory of Mary E. Tomchuk

Kenneth J. Mayti in memory of Mary E. Tomchuk

Warren Dressler, Jr. in memory of Mary E. Tomchuk

Cecelia and John Kennedy in memory of Elaine Pagano

Barbara Streit in memory of Mary E. Tomchuk

Mark Spaldo with birthday wishes to Debbie Wickham

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Mulligan in memory of Mr. Wm. and Mrs. Katherine McGovern

If you wish to make a contribution to the Patriots’ Path Council tribute fund in honor or in memory of a loved one, contact George Hemenetz 973.765.9322 x235 or

Certificates of Insurance

The current policy for all Certificates of Insurance (COI) will expire on March 1, 2016.  If you are currently using a location that requires a COI you will need to submit a request for the next policy period which is 3/1/16 to 3/1/17. The pack, troop, crew must submit the request, not the location/facility being used.  A COI will only be issued to those units who have a valid, activated charter.  If a charter has errors, once those are corrected and the charter is valid then a COI can be issued.  The new policy is usually received the 3rd week in February and all COI’s will be processed in the order in which they were received.  It is not too early to submit a COI request for the next policy period.  Please go to the council website, go to forms, select certificate of insurance request form.  Print the form, fill it out and then email it to Linda Mickel at


It’s a new year and that means Scouts now have a new way to earn all 20 of the most popular merit badges – which just so happen to include all of the Eagle Scout required badges – via our new interactive digital merit pamphlets.

Since going digital last summer, the BSA has been rolling out more and more pamphlets throughout 2015 to make sure all Eagle-required merit badge pamphlets are available for 2016. Today, Scouts can earn all of their Eagle-required badges without ever picking up the traditional print and ink versions.

Scouts still need to earn a total of 21 merit badges to fulfill the Eagle Scout requirements but all of the badges you must earn to reach the rank are available digitally.  Click here for more information.

New Boy Scout Requirements for 2016 Now in Effect

It’s officially 2016 and the new Boy Scout rank requirements that you have been hearing about for months are now official.

Where can you find the requirements, when must your Scouts start using them, and what are the big changes?

You have questions, and we have answers.

For information regarding the changes to the Boy Scout requirements and inserts for the current Scout Handbook, go to:


A full day of activities based on elective adventures in your Cub Scout handbook.

Saturday, April 9, 2016, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at Winnebago Scout Reservation

$10.00 per Scout (plus materials fees for some activities)

Registration opens on Feb. 9, 2016 at 6:00 am and ends April 1st at midnight (or when we reach 350 participants).

Registration will be through the council calendar at

For more info, please click here.


MORRISTOWN, NJ – JANUARY 27, 2016 – As the Summer STEM Institute prepares for its second season, they are pleased to announce their new summer location and director. The 2016 program will be held at Saint Virgil Academy in Morris Plains under the directions of their new director, Coral Kennedy.

Coral Kennedy of Union, will serve as the 2016 Summer STEM Institute Director. She is a graduate of Kean University with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and will be receiving her master’s degree for curriculum planning and instruction in May 2016. She is excited to introduce children to the many STEM fields and has a passion for mathematics and physics. In her free time Kennedy likes to lift weights, play golf, volunteer, and cook.

“As director I hope to operate the Summer STEM Institute in a way that inspires the students to think independently about mathematics and sciences. My wish is for all the students to experience a STEM field in an exciting way that will impact the way they think and reason,” says Kennedy when asked about her new position.

With a new director also comes a new location just down the road at ]Saint Virgil Academy on Route 202 in Morris Plains.  The move to a larger location comes with the expansion into three program levels, grade 1, grades 2-3 and grades 4-6.  The program will continue to run for six sessions beginning July 5 and running through August 12, 2016.   The grade 1 program is a half day program remaining at the Patriots’ Path Council Service Center in Cedar Knolls.

Saint Vigil Academy is an air conditioned facility, with comfortable classroom space for instructions and demonstrations, separate lunch and break room, on park-like grounds, equipped with a playground.

For more information about Summer STEM Institute visit or contact Bill SanFilippo, STEM program director, at