Monthly Archives: January 2017

Gender Identity Statement

As one of America’s largest youth-serving organizations, the Boy Scouts of America continues to work to bring the benefits of our programs to as many children, families and communities as possible.

“While we offer a number of programs that serve all youth, Cub Scouting and Boy Scouting are specifically designed to meet the needs of boys. For more than 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America, along with schools, youth sports and other youth organizations, have ultimately deferred to the information on an individual’s birth certificate to determine eligibility for our single-gender programs. However, that approach is no longer sufficient as communities and state laws are interpreting gender identity differently, and these laws vary widely from state to state.

“Starting today, we will accept and register youth in the Cub and Boy Scout programs based on the gender identity indicated on the application.  Our organization’s local councils will help find units that can provide for the best interest of the child.

“The BSA is committed to identifying program options that will help us truly serve the whole family, and this is an area that we will continue to thoughtfully evaluate to bring the benefits of Scouting to the greatest number of youth possible – all while remaining true to our core values, outlined in the Scout Oath and Law.”

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Stars and Stripes Breakfast

On Tuesday, April 18, 2017 the Patriots’ Path Council will be holding the first ever Stars and Stripes Breakfast at the Hilton Short Hills at 7:00 AM until 8:45 AM. Our keynote speaker that morning will be Captain James Lovell, the captain of the Apollo 13 mission and Distinguished Eagle Scout, Class of 1943. The event is free to attend, but will have an opportunity for all present to “Invest in America’s Future Leaders.” If you would like to attend, or have any questions contact George Hemenetz at 973.765.9322 x235,

Stars and Stripes Breakfast Invitation

Share the SUMMER STEM INSTITUTE Experience with Your Unit!

Summer STEM Institute is an experience for the family.  Boys and girls entering grades 1-6 are welcome to attend the full day program!

Sign up for an SSI promotion today and let your family and friends know about the exciting program.  Each promotion is about 5 minutes long.  A volunteer promoter works with the unit to plan the presentation. You do not need to be a Patriots’ Path Council unit.

An award certificate of $50 will be given away to a youth member which can be used towards any week of this year’s SSI programs.  Please try to give us at least 2 weeks notice before your meeting. A volunteer promoter will contact you to confirm your request.

To schedule an appointment or additional information, please contact Bill SanFilippo, SSI advisor at or call 973-765-9322 x227.

World Scout Moot 2017, an adventure event for older Scouts, seeks BSA participants

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This summer, join fellow Scouts from around the world as you backpack, kayak and explore Iceland — a land of incredible natural beauty where the late July sun rises at 4 a.m. and sets just before 11 p.m.

It’s called the 15th World Scout Moot, and the Boy Scouts of America has space for about 125 participants at this official event of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, of which the BSA is a proud member.

This high-adventure international gathering, which has been held since 1931, is for those 18 and up.

If you’re a BSA member born on or between Aug. 2, 1991, and July 25, 1999, you are eligible to attend as a Scout participant. If you were born on or before Aug. 1, 1991, you are eligible to join the Moot’s International Service Team (IST), which is a fancy name for staff.

Some 6,000 participants and 1,000 IST members from 100 different countries are expected to converge in the Land of Fire and Ice from July 25 to Aug. 2, 2017.

Here’s everything to know:

When is the World Scout Moot?

July 25 to Aug. 2, 2017.

The program begins in Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavik, on the morning of July 25. The closing ceremony is held during the afternoon of Aug. 2.

What will participants do?

Go backpacking, kayaking, and exploring with men and women from around the world. Learn new cultures and make lasting friendships while participating in ancient Icelandic traditions.

After the opening ceremony July 25 in Reykjavik, participants will be transported to one of the camps where they will spend the next four days.

The camps are in different locations along the southern coast of Iceland, with each location offering different program elements.

For example, one camp is in a national park next to a glacier and will have a mountaineering focus. Another will be in a large town and have a focus on culture and community.

Participants select their expedition, which ranges from very strenuous to not very strenuous, and will be put in groups with Scouts from other countries for the four-day adventure.

On July 29, participants will head to the Úlfljótsvatn Scout Centre for the third part of the Moot, which is called Althingi. The program there includes outdoor activities, workshops, roundtable discussions, challenges, campfires, diverse cultural events and basically having a great time together.

The closing ceremony is Aug. 2.

How much does it cost?

$1,700 for participants (ages 18-25)
$1,525 for members of the International Service Team (26 and older)

The cost does not include airfare, and a $1,100 deposit is due when you register.

What are the requirements to attend?

In addition to the age requirements outlined above, you’ll need:

  • a current BSA Medical Form (Parts A, B and C)
  • a US. passport valid through January 2018
  • an active registration with the BSA
  • current BSA and Venturing Youth Protection training

Where can I learn more?

The official Moot website, run by the Icelandic Boy and Girl Scout Association, has the most current information. You can also connect with the BSA contingent on Facebook.

Where do I register?

Right here.

What if I have questions?

Direct them to Andy Chapman, BSA contingent leader:

What other big events are coming soon?

There’s the BSA’s 2017 National Jamboree this summer. And the next World Scout Jamboree — co-hosted by the BSA, Scouts Canada and Scouts de México at the Summit Bechtel Reserve — is set for 2019.

My take: It’s a great time to be a Scout, Venturer or Scouter.

Photos from the 14th World Scout Moot, held in 2013 in Canada. See more here.

New Council Program Director Position Being Established

In 2018 the Patriots’ Path Council will be establishing a new staff position called the Council Program Director.

This position will be responsible for working with the council high adventure programs, the 2019 council Boy Scout Jamboree, our STEM programs and more.

Attached is the position description. Interested candidates can send their resumes to Dennis Kohl by February 15th.

Position Description Council Program Director

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, Morristown

New programs for Tigers to Boy Scouts debuting this spring!


Summer STEM Institute is an experience for the family.  Boys and girls entering grades 1-6 are welcome to attend the full day program!

New for 2017 is busing for all weeks in addition to our growing before and aftercare program!

Bus transportation is available each week from selected locations in Morris, Sussex, Union, Somerset and Middlesex counties. The bus route varies each week.  Bus transportation is an additional $60 per week.*

To view the list of bus routes:

For additional information, please visit or contact Bill SanFilippo, SSI advisor at or call 973-765-9322 x227.

*If a minimum number of 15 students are not registered for each bus, the bus will be cancelled by June 15, 2017.

Venturers Welcome to Attend the Area 5 Rendezvous!

Every spring, Area 5 hosts an annual Rendezvous, that you and your friends are invited to attend. Each year, a new and exciting theme is brought to the event. The theme for the 2017 Rendezvous is Back to the Future! That’s right, you’ll get to spend an entire weekend with Doc Brown, Marty Mcfly, the Delorean, and so much more!

Save the date: May 26-28, 2017 at Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation’s Camp Somers in Stanhope, New Jersey. Area 5 Rendezvous is a fun weekend for Venturers within Area 5 and from other areas! There will be fun activities all weekend long and plenty of chances to meet new people and make good friendships.  The cost is $40 before 04/30/17, $45 before 05/21/17, and $50 after 05/21/17.

More info at:

VEX Committee Hosts Volleyball Competition

The volleyball competition will be held on February 19 from 1-5 pm at the Raymond Chisholm Community Center. There should be six Venturers to a team.  There will be a VEX meeting afterwards and all are encouraged to stay. This will be a fun event.  If you have any questions, please contact Katelyn Bereheiko ( or Bill SanFilippo (


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Winter Training Day This February!

The winter training day will be a day of training for Venturers. The trainings are ILSC and Goal Setting & Time Management.  ILSC is Introduction to Leadership Skills in the Crew. The training day will be held on February 5 at Patriots’ Path Council Service Center. The time for check in is at 8:00 am. The cost is $10.00. This training day will run until around 4:00 pm. If you have any questions, please contact Ken Schwemmer ( or Bill SanFilippo (