Monthly Archives: December 2016

WM 2017 Boy Scout Klondike Derby

Book your trip to the Yukon Territory! Registration is open for the WM 2017 Boy Scout Klondike Derby! We’ll take over Watchung Reservation on Saturday, January 28. Full guide can be found here. You can register here:

Learn How New Cub Scout Advancement Modifications Offer Greater Flexibility

Learn How New Cub Scout Advancement Modifications Offer Greater Flexibility

The BSA announces modifications to Cub Scouting that make the program more flexible for busy parents, den leaders, and Cubmasters.

As you may be aware, with one year of experience, feedback suggests that the new design of the Cub Scout program did successfully address many original concerns, but also indicates an opportunity for further modification. The fine-tuning reflects the BSA’s three-step approach to new programs: Launch. Learn. Modify.

Some den leaders are having difficulty fitting all the Adventures required for advancement into their program year given their number of den meetings. This is resulting in boys not advancing. After a thoughtful and deliberate review, the modifications are being implemented to address this concern. These modifications, approved today by the BSA Executive Committee, are designed to ensure that Adventure requirements are achievable by today’s Cub Scout dens within a program year and achievable by Cub Scouts from a wide range of backgrounds and socio-cultural experiences.

Most modifications involve the number of requirements to be completed, reducing the mandate to a number achievable within the limited time available to many dens, while retaining rich program options that allow leaders to build strong programs adapted to local needs and situations.

The transition will be seamless, with leaders choosing to use revised requirements as the den begins any new Adventure.

Visit for more information or to review the entire program. The following “Bryan on Scouting” blog post will be the lead source for these changes.

Similar communication will be going to every registered Tiger leader, den leader, Webelos leader and Cubmaster, as well as various other constituent groups like Regional/Area/Council Key 3, commissioners, training teams, and others but please forward/share this information with any group or via any communication system as you see fit.

Venturing/Exploring Training Day!

When: February 5, 2017

Time: Check in at 8:00 am, Ends at 4:00 pm

Where: Patriots’ Path Council Service Center

(1 Saddle Rd, Cedar Knolls, New Jersey 07927)


  • Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews
  • Venturing Goal Setting & Time Management
  • Venturing Mentoring Training
  • Crew Committee Challenge & Venture Leader Specifics
  • Explorer Basic Training

Who: Open to any registered Venturer, Sea Scout or Explorer.

Cost: $10.00 per person


For any questions or concerns please contact:

Ken Schwemmer, Vice President of Administration, at 201-454-1245 or

Ashley Mickel, Administration Advisor, at 973-663-3254 or

Bill SanFilippo, District Executive, at 862-777-2524 or

Northern New Jersey and Patriots’ Path Councils to Host 2017 Venturing Powder Horn Course

The Northern New Jersey and Patriots’ Path Councils will host a joint high-adventure resources management course called Powder Horn on October 12, 2017 thru October 15, 2017 at the Winnebago and Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservations.

Powder Horn is designed to expose Scouting adults and youth to activities and resources necessary to operate a successful outdoor/high adventure program of a fun and challenging nature. Program highlights may include: ATVs, Backpacking, Conservation, Cycling/Mountain Biking, Emergency Preparedness, Expedition Planning, Wilderness First Aid, Fly Fishing, Orienteering, Geocaching, Leave No Trace, Climbing/Repelling, COPE, Outdoor Living History, Scuba and or Snorkeling, Shooting Sports, Canoeing/Kayaking, Small Boat Sailing, Water Boarding, Wilderness Survival, Winter Sports and more…

During Powder Horn, we ‘learn by doing’ with expert consultants who demonstrate the skills and explain where resources, such as equipment, facilities, guides, instructors, and certifications can be obtained. You will sample the activities yourself so you will know how much fun your crew or troop will be able to have. We recruit an all-star staff of experienced Scouters and experts from all over the northern New Jersey area to guide you through the adventure!


The course is limited to 48 participants. Participant qualifications are:

  • Must be a registered member of the BSA.
  • Youth must be at least 14 and be in a Boy Scout troop or Venturing crew. Youth need to complete the unit leadership training for their program (Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops or Crews, etc.)
  • Adults must have completed the leader-specific training for their position prior to attending the Powder Horn course. Venturers must have completed the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews course.
  • All participants must complete Venturing Youth Protection. This training may be completed online prior to the course.
  • Acceptance to the course will be at the discretion of the course director.
  • Be able to meet the physical requirements of the Annual Health and Medical Record, Parts A & B.

Location:  Winnebago Scout Reservation – October 12-13, 2017 & Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation – October 13-15, 2017.

Participant Fee:  $225.00.  The fee includes all meals, training materials, facilities, shirt, hat, recognition, and program supplies.

Participants must provide their own personal gear.

For more information, contact Geoff Zoeller – Course Director, at (973) 270-7436 – or visit

Philmont Openings

Philmont 2017 Openings and Philmont 2018

2017 Venturing Leadership Award/ Sea Scout Leadership Award / Exploring Spurgeon Awards

Venturing Leadership Award
Ken Schwemmer
Stephen Rozek
Karen Rozek

Sea Scout Leadership Award
Thomas J. Handley

Exploring Spurgeon Award
Tony Giardina
Branden Fasano