Monthly Archives: March 2016

Den Chief Training

Registration for upcoming Den Chief Training classes is now open; just scroll down to Youth Training on

A Boy Scout who serves as a den chief not only helps Cub Scouts have fun as he provides a valuable resource for den leaders, those working toward the ranks of Star, Life, or Eagle can also meet the Position of Responsibility requirement for their next rank.

Furthermore, as trained den chiefs, Boy Scouts are one of the best helpers around for Wolf, Bear, Webelos, and Arrow of Light den leaders, as they help with activities, advancement, ceremonies, crafts, and other den events.

Finally, den leaders should take a look at

Working With a Den Chief (.PPT)

to see for yourselves how a den chief can help you deliver the Cub Scout program.

Area 5 Rendezvous

May 20-22, 2016

What is the Rendezvous you may ask?

Every year, Area 5 holds an annual Rendezvous and you and your friends are invited to attend. This is a camping experience where Venturers in Area 5 come together and have a fun time as well as make new friends across the board. This year’s theme is Mythology where you can explore Roman, Greek, Norse, Egyptian, and Native American cultures. Featuring activities such as training with demigods, fire history, their very own camp-wide Olympic games, branding, the hell hound pit, escape the Minotaur maze, make ambrosia and nectar, and so much more.

Crews with at least two adults and two youth can register at:

When: May 20-22, 2016

Where: Camp Acahela

Who: Venturers from Area 5


Early Bird fee

$40/person through April 30

Regular fee

$45/person from May 1st through May 14th

Late fee


If you are unable to go with a crew then email the event contacts for Patriots’ Path Council to learn more about the provisional crew:

Bill SanFilippo

Katie Rozek

For more information go to:

VenturingFest 2016

Calling all Venturers!  The first ever national gathering of Venturers will be held July 31 to August 5, 2016 at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia.  This six-day high-adventure festival invites participants to explore the best the Summit has to offer.  We’re talking rock climbing, skateboarding, BMS biking, water sports, shooting sports, zip lines, challenge courses, and so much more.  As if the adrenaline-pumping activities weren’t enough, festival goers will also get to jam out to concerts and meet new friends in Venturing at the event.


  • $400 for youth participant
  • $300 for adult leader

For more information go to



When: April 8-10, 2016    (Last day to register is 4/1/16)

Cost: $45 per paricipant

Where: Camp Somers, Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation, located at 750 Waterloo Road, Stanhope, NJ 07874

Who: Any registered Venturer, adult leader, or Venturing aged Boy Scout (14+)

What: The AdVenturee is a council wide get together for Venturers! Venturers from out of Patriots’ Path Council and Boy Scouts of Venturing age are also welcome! The weekend will be full of super fun activities, meeting other Venturers, and even completing requirements for the Ranger Award and the new (Venturing, Discovery, Pathfinder, and Summit) Venturing awards!

Theme: Superheroes! Scouting appropriate costumes are welcome!

Registration: Go to Click on Council Calendar.  Go to April 9, 2016.  Click on event to register.

Informational Flyer

Adventuree Guidebook

  • Not interested in earning awards? No problem! All the sessions have been designed to be incredibly fun and interesting! Sign up for whatever sessions appeal to you, and you’ll have a blast!!
  • If you are interested in completing award requirements, simply check the session information document that will be available once we get registration up to see which sessions correspond to which award requirements.

Questions? Contact: Katie Rozek, (973) 670-6998



On April 9th at Winnebago Scout Reservation, Cub Scouts will work on elective adventures for their rank (or some just for fun events).  Register at

For more info and course descriptions, click here.

Camping Essentials!

Packing your bag for summer camp? Don’t forget these items to keep your Scout protected from mosquitos and ticks.

Provides eight hours of DEET-free protection from biting insects and ticks. Picaradin formula is recommended by the CDC to repel insects carrying illnesses such as West Nile virus and EEE. 3.5-oz. pump spray.

Natrapel, only $9.99


Fits over single cot or bag, suspends with poles or ropes (not included) Made from an ultra-fine 240 polyester mesh. Rectangular shape with six reinforced tie tabs. Olive green color. Mosquito net, only $ 19.99


It’s the only wristband scientifically tested and proven to repel mosquitoes and other flying, biting insects. Safe, quick and easy-just slip it on your wrist and go! Band is nontoxic, waterproof, sweat proof, and tested to repel for up to 100 hours. Uses a 100% natural, food-grade formula that is nonirritating and safe to use on children of all ages. Reseal-able storage bag preserves effectiveness. One size fits most. BugBam!! only $ 5.99


Upcoming Alumni Events!

Get information and register on-line on our alumni web page today and bring a friend. Some are no charge!

March 29             Fishawack Alumni Reception-The Villa, Mountain Lakes. No charge!

March 30             Committee Meeting 7 pm Come join our growing committee!

March 31             Raritan Valley Alumni Reception-Fox Hollow Golf Club, Branchburg. No charge!

April 7                  Watchung Mountain Alumni Reception-Chimney Rock Inn, Gillette. No charge!

April 12                Munsee Alumni Reception-Garden Restaurant, Union. No charge!

May 4                  Alumni Golf Outing-Architects Golf Club, Phillipsburg NY

May 11                Sussex Alumni Reception-Mohawk House, Sparta. No charge!

May 18                Committee Meeting 7 pm Come join our growing committee!

June 1-5              Alumni Trip to Summit Bechtel 2550 Jack Furst Drive, Glen Jean, WV 25846

June 25                Winnebago Scout Reservation Camp Anniversary 7-9 pm

July 16                  Camping Hall of Fame Alumni Reception- MASR, Camp Somers 7-9 PM

July 27                  Committee Meeting 7 pm Come join our growing committee!

September 16-18 Alumni Retreat- Norwich Inn & Spa, Norwich, CT.

September 28       Committee Meeting 7 pm

October 8-13        Cruise Brochure for Nova Scotia Cruise

November TBA     Alumni Networking Breakfast

November 30        Committee Meeting 7 pm Come join our growing committee!


The Summer STEM Institute staff has been busy preparing a new curriculum for its expanded program this summer.   The expansion of the second year program will now provide a STEM experience for boys and girls in grades 1-6 and will be held at Saint Virgil Academy in Morris Plans under the direction of their new director, Coral Kennedy.

“The participants will be super excited about the program this summer. The experiments are very fun and provide the opportunity for kids to explore various areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. I can not wait for the program to start so we can start exploring chemistry, physics, programming and so much more.” says Kennedy.

New program features include a Thursday field trip to Liberty Science Center, chemistry, robotics, gravity, astronomy and more.  Activities include imploding soda cans and getting the opportunity to make elephant toothpaste, homemade ice cream, and lava on a stick. Youth will get to build a robot rover, design and create a rover track, and program the robot rover to complete its mission. Youth will also become detectives as they help solve a crime. They will learn about collecting and testing evidence like fingerprints, DNA, “blood,” hair, and getting a good shoe print from the criminal.

A separate curriculum is designed for grades 1-3 and grades 4-6.  For more information about Summer STEM Institute visit or contact Bill SanFilippo, STEM program director, at

Attention Explorers, Venturers, and Sea Scouts! 2016 Fundraising Card Sale is Happening Now!

Have you been wondering about how to finance your way to camp, conferences, uniforms, national high adventure activities, purchase new equipment, etc? If you have, then you understand the difficulty in not only setting up, but raising enough money to justify the cost and time of the fundraiser. Luckily, the Patriots’ Path Council has a new opportunity for an easy and no cost way to fundraise.

The solution is camp cards. Each camp card is a mini book of discounts to your favorite restaurants and stores including McDonalds, Wendy’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Carvel, and Quick Check to just name a few. Each camp card is only $5.00 and you get to keep 50% of every card that you sell. That is $2.50 that you get to spend on Scouting or any activity that you want.

The sale begins in NOW! It will run from March until the end of June. Cards will be distributed at the local district roundtables each month. This program is RISK FREE and you pay NOTHING UP FRONT.  Simply return any unsold / undamaged cards at settlement on or before July 15, 2016. Good luck and we hope to hear from you soon!

For more information contact: Linda Mickel at

Warren Wheeler Adventureship

Want to send your son to camp, but can’t afford the full cost? The Warren Wheeler Adventureship fund is available to help families in need of financial assistance. For more information,  use the following link: Warren Wheeler Adventureship Request . Please note that the deadline to apply for Cub Scout camps and Boy Scout camps is April 1st.