Monthly Archives: November 2016

University of Scouting

The Patriots’ Path Council 2016 University of Scouting will take place on Saturday, December 3, at Randolph Middle School from 8:00 am-3:30 pm.   Registration has been available on line for over two months, and if you have already signed up, THANKS!

BUT, IF YOU HAVEN’T SIGNED UP YET, IT’S NOT TOO LATE!  Most of the 133 classes are still open, though they are filling up quickly!

  • From November 7 until November 20, the $10 late fee goes into effect, moving the total cost to $30.
  • At-the-door registration will be available; however, the cost will be $40…still reasonable for a great Scouting experience!

PLEASE NOTE: The University is open to adult and youth leaders and potential youth leaders in BSA programs.  We also offer den chief training.  Additionally, for the children of attendees, we have a full-day Cub Scout STEM program for Grades 2-5, and a day care program for boys and girls in grade 1 and younger.  Girls older than grade 1 are welcome to the day care program.

No den chief training, Cub Scout program, or day care registrations will be accepted after on-line registration closes on November 20.

The link below will take you to the University of Scouting information and registration.  Sign up NOW for the course you want before it closes!

http://ppbsa.doubleknot.com/event/1972683

Yours in Scouting,

Mary Ruth Lareau – Dean of Publicity 2016 University of Scouting

Fall 2016 Pathfinder

Check out the Fall 2016 Pathfinder here!

First Aid and CPR Training Day – Liberty Flotilla-Sea Scouts

This is the current American Red Cross Lay Responder- Adult CPR and Standard First Aid Course. The training will center on the new compression ratios, terminology, and will employ an updated DVD format. This program will be offered to youth and adult Sea Scout / Boy Scout members. Completing participants will receive the applicable certifications, each now valid for two years from class date.

Date: Saturday, December 10, 2016
Time: 9:30 A.M. Registration – Class begins at 10:00 A.M. Sharp – Please be prompt
Location: Osceola Presbyterian Church, 1689 Raritan Road, Clark, NJ 07066

Please see attachment for more information and registration.

INTERNATIONAL ADVENTURES at our NORTHERN TIER

The BSA’s NORTHERN TIER is–believe-it-or-not–our oldest National High Adventure program, established in 1923!  Its Charles L. Sommers Canoe Base has been home to high adventure canoe treks since 1941.

North America’s Canoe Country is a vast series of navigable lakes and rivers spanning thousands of square miles. It’s one of the last great wildernesses on the continent. This boreal forest of waterfalls and bogs, bears and wolves, granite crags and waist-deep mud, remains as challenging a wilderness as it was for the first fur traders who explored the area some 400 years ago. Two centuries after the fur trade’s peak in the early 1800s, our Scouts still follow in the footsteps of the French-Canadian voyageurs, paddling the same waters and taking the same portage trails as their stalwart forebears.Northern Tier has eight full-time staffers who work hard to continually improve and grow their canoe trekking program.

This is the BSA’s gateway to adventure in the Great North Woods. In the summer, Scouts heading out from three wilderness canoe bases explore millions of acres of pristine lakes, meandering rivers, dense forests and wetlands in northern Minnesota, and northwest Ontario-northeast Manitoba, Canada.

In the winter, Northern Tier is home to the OKPIK Cold-Weather Camping program, the BSA’s premier winter high adventure program.

Whatever your plans, the Northern Tier staff will outfit your crew with state-of-the-art camping equipment as well as a highly trained staff member called an “Interpreter.”

Click to find out more about Northern Tier’s seasonal programs and opportunities:

Also check out this link for reservations: http://ntier.org/Reservations.aspx

Allamuchy Arctic Blast

All Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and their siblings (grade 2 and up) are invited to have a blast at Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation for a week of winter fun from Dec 26th thru December 30th, 2016.  Come for one day, three days, or the whole week. For more information, please see the attached flyer or contact Amanda Landwehrle at somerstrailblazer@gmail.com.

Camp Promotion Incentive Plan

Cubmasters and Committee Chairs,

As you may already know, March and April are the busiest months for camp promotions.

If you have your summer camp promotion before January 31, 2017, you will receive $100 in your Scout shop unit account as a thank you.

The $100 can be used towards advancements, registration, other Scout shop merchandise or future camp weekends at Patriots’ Path Council.

One Scout will also win a $50 ticket to camp!

Register for your camp promotion at http://ppcbsa.link/camp2017promo.

Questions: Please contact Bridget Capen at 973-765-9322 ext. 222 or by email at bridget.capen@scouting.org.

Scouting For Food

Scouting for Food bags are now available at the Cedar Knolls and Mountainside Scout Shops.  For your convenience, you may customize use the Word template for your unit’s needs.  If you have any questions about the program you may contact Marc Maratea at marc.maratea@scouting.org.

Abilities Digest

Please find your 2016 Fall Issue of Abilities Digest. We hope you will find it helpful.

The following articles are included in this issue:

  • Enhancing Awareness
  • Upcoming Events
  • Recognizing Abilities
  • A Peek Ahead
  • Helpful Links

The Ethan Giving Tree

Your Cedar Knolls and Mountainside Scout Shops are providing an opportunity for the Scouting community to help local Scout members who may be in need of uniforms and uniform items.

This help will be done through The Ethan Giving Tree program starting November 1, through December 20, 2016. The Ethan Giving Tree program works on a donation basis. An Ethan tree (similar to an Angel tree) will be set up at our Scout Shops with Ethan cards on it. Each card will have the first name of the Scout along with the uniform items that they need. There will also be a space for other items they may want such as books, crafts, camping items, etc. Customers and Scout supporters can purchase the item(s) in their local Scout Shop and give them to the store staff to collect for each child.

We will keep the name of the individual(s) confidential. Only the store staff will have access to the Scout’s name and your contact information. A code will be issued that will match a card in the safe that will have your contact information, so as the donations are collected store staff will contact you so arrangements for pickup can be made.

We need your assistance to make this project a success. Please fill out the form and return to the store as soon as possible for every Scout who would benefit from donations from the Scouting community to complete their full uniform.

If you have any concerns or questions, please contact the store staff by email 358scoutshoporders@scouting or phone 973-765-9322 X233 (CK), 908-654-9191 (M)

Thank you in advance for your assistance. With leaders like you, this program will greatly benefit our Scouting community.

Annual 10% off Sales Days

Our Annual 10% off sales days are Friday, November 25, 9 am-5 pm and Saturday, November 26, 9 am-3 pm. The sale includes all merchandise except awards, advancements, custom, and special order items. The sale is limited to in store stock only. Also continuing, is the 25% off sale on all Coghlan camping merchandise.

Phone and e-mail orders will be accepted during these times at our Cedar Knolls and Mountainside shops. Payment must be made when the order is placed. Our personal shopper service can save you time and travel! Our special e-mail address may also be used on these sales days 358scoutshoporders@scouting.org

Take advantage of our expanded inventory of camping supplies, holiday tree ornaments, gifts, nutcrackers, and Scouting Village houses and figures. New merchandise will also be available from the latest winter catalog. A great assortment of stocking stuffers is ready for you to purchase