Monthly Archives: June 2017

Popcorn News

Attend Popcorn Training:  Learn about the products and the new incentives for 2017.  Sample some product and take home your unit’s $750 club prize (can only be picked up at one of the listed training sessions).  We will take you step by step through the popcorn system.  These are the only trainings that qualify for the 3% commission for the Unit Kernel being trained. Bring your Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Den Leaders, Committee members, Senior Patrol Leaders, anyone who is interested in helping you make the unit’s successful!  Register now:

Popcorn at the Tradeshow:  June 5, 5:45-9:00 PM, The Birchwood Manor, Whippany.  Popcorn training will be offered and you will have the chance to see this year’s products and prizes, as well as have all your popcorn questions answered!  More info and to register:

Michael Beck Training: Units that attend this training continue to average a double digit growth in their sale.  This training will be held Saturday, July 8th, from 8:30 am –10:00 am at the County College of Morris. Every unit that attends will receive 2 vouchers for the Longo Planetarium at the college. Click here for more info and to register.

Check out the 2017 Products

See the 2017 Prizes

Plan Your Show and Sell

Never sold popcorn or want to start selling again? It’s a great way to support  your Scouting year with ONE fundraiser.  We can tell you how and train you, your leaders and your Scouts!   It’s easy to get your unit started – contact Mark Spaldo at 973.765.9322 X 251 or

JOIN OUR FACEBOOK GROUP!  Get the latest popcorn updates, share best practices and ideas, and ask questions.  Search for: Patriots’ Path Council Popcorn or click:   Once you find the group-select JOIN GROUP to be added as a member.

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE 2017 POPCORN SALE?  Contact Mark Spaldo at:  973.765.9322 X 251 or

Want That Perfect Father’s Day Gift?

Choose from our exclusive Patriots’ Path Council tie collection. There are seven different styles; Fleur-de-lies on green, blue or black, Eagle stripes on blue, navy or red, and Eagle diamond on red. All seven are 100% silk, custom designed, dress ties. Perfect for that new Eagle Scout, Scoutmaster or Den leader gift or a special thank you to a well-deserving Scout or Scouter.

We can also ship this item for an additional $3.00

Order yours today, only $29.99


Just In Time For Father’s Day

Just in time for Father’s Day, June 18, our

“Super Dad” card (#619634 $2.99) and

Happy Father’s Day emblem (#618665 $2.99)

fathers day

Available now at our Mountainside and Cedar Knolls Scout Shops.

Coming soon are Eagle Scout Dad and Scout Dad t-shirts, only $14.99

Sea Scouts To Host Open House on June 17!

All are invited to the Sea Scout Open House being held on June 17th at the Patriot’s Path Council Sea Scout Base located at 4400 Tremley Point Rd. Linden, NJ 07036.   Times are below:

10:00 AM – Demonstrations and Tours
11:30 AM – Barge BBQ
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Boat Rides

Check out the flyer.

Ship 243 is proudly sponsored by Rahway Elks Lodge #1075, Rahway, NJ and Ship 228 is proudly sponsored by Rahway Yacht Club, Rahway, NJ who will be conducting the event for anyone who is interested in learning more about Sea Scouting.

Stop by and see what Sea Scouting can offer. Learn life skills like navigation, seamanship and engine maintenance. The fleet of boats ranging from small outboards and sail boats to 65 feet long vessels will be on display.

The ships take many cruises during the season to ports like Sandy Hook, NJ; West Point, NY and Block Island, Mass. As well as road trips to maritime colleges like SUNY in New York. The program is opened to boys and girls ages 14 to 21.

For More Information:
Visit Facebook page: Sea Scout Ship 243 Sea Horse Rahway, NJ
Or email: Skipper Robert Meseck at
Visit Facebook page: Sea Scout Ship 228-Sea Dart II
Or email: Skipper James Zatwarnnicki at

About Patriots’ Path Council Sea Scouting in Munsee District.

Sea Scouting was established in 1912 as the nautical branch of the Boy Scouts of America.  The program serves to promote the values set forth in the Scout Oath, Scout Law, and Sea Scout Promise while also developing skills in areas related to boating such as navigation, sailing, engine maintenance, and seamanship.  Sea Scouting previously existed as part of the BSA’s Exploring and then Venturing program, but now stands as it’s own division of the BSA with a unique set of ranks and awards.

Patriot’s Path Council has a long history of Sea Scouting, The Sea Scout Base in Linden, NJ has served as home to many ships over the past several decades, with Ships 228 and 243 currently calling it their homeport.  The base offers many unique resources to the program including both large and small sailboats, small motor boats, and canoes.  However, the centerpieces of the base are the two 65-foot training vessels, the Sea Dart II and the Sea Horse.  The Sea Dart II was built in 1953 for the US Army and originally intended for use in the Korean War.  It never saw service overseas, but has served most of its life as a Sea Scout training vessel.  The Sea Horse is a Vietnam War era Navy patrol boat, which also holds the distinction of having carried the Olympic torch in 1980 for the Lake Placid, NY games.  These vessels are the two largest Sea Scout training vessels on the East Coast of the United States, which makes them an important asset to Scouts in both Patriots’ Path Council and the Northeast Region.

Sea Scouting is a co-ed program offering an exciting and unique experience for youth ages 14-21.  It also holds the opportunity for traveling, learning new skills, and making friendships that can last a lifetime.  Every day offers a new chance to cast off the lines and set sail for a new adventure with the Sea Scouts!

CPR/ AED/ First Aid Training

Registration for the CPR/ AED/ First Aid Training is now open to all Scouts, Venturers, and Explorers.  There are about 50 spots left. Please spread the word.

Sunday, June 11, 2017, at the council service center in Cedar Knolls starting at 8:00 A.M.


Check out the flyer.


Many companies give grants based on their employee’s volunteer hours.  The time you spend volunteering in Scouting can be recognized with a grant.

The Top 10 companies are listed here.  For more information, go to


BSA Online Registration

Read all about it at

Attend the in-person training sessions being held at the Tradeshow of Scouting

Check out the Unit Flyer and Online Application Flyer.

Backwoods Engineering Rope Bridge at Camporee!

1,000 Scouts Cross the Backwoods Engineering Camp’s 100’ Rope Bridge at the NJ State Police National Guard Camporee!

The staff of the Backwoods Engineering Camp at Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation constructed a 100’ rope bridge at the recently concluded NJ State Police National Guard Camporee held in Sea Girt, NJ. Approximately 1,000 Scouts crossed the bridge, and a good time was had by all. The bridge, pictured above, had a clear span of 100’ and was built to a cable stay design. It was constructed entirely using knots and lashings, with no nuts, bolts, or nails used in its construction. Some of the materials used to construct the bridge include: 3000’ of ½” diameter rope, 1500’ of ¼” diameter rope, 100 wooden spars, 40 circus tent stakes, and 20 pulleys. Before constructing the bridge, members of the Backwoods Engineering staff made stress calculations to ensure that the bridge could safely endure rigorous use.

The Backwoods Engineering Camp is a weeklong camp for individual Scouts that is held every August at Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation in Stanhope, NJ. Participating Scouts learn engineering principles and then put them to use building large and complex projects with knots and lashings including: a 100’ bridge, a 50’ tower, a paddlewheel raft, a trebuchet, and a crane that can lift a truck.

This year’s Backwoods Engineering Camp will take place from August 13-19, 2017. The 100’ cable stayed bridge will be featured as one of this summer’s projects.  You can learn more about the Backwoods Engineering Camp and other Backwoods Engineering programs at Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation by visiting: .

The Commissioner’s Corner – May

The Trail to Excellence

What do you want your child to get out of Scouting? As parents, I believe we look for our children to obtain the most out of anything they do, to help them succeed in life and be happy at it.

So, what does Scouting have to help units build a great program? It is called Journey to Excellence (JTE).

Units have a lot to manage. Membership, training, Youth Protection, program, finance, advancement, recruitment, retention, and this is all before you go on any sort of outdoor adventure. The fact is units need your help. They need to effectively develop and utilize resources. They need to set goals and have a vision. As the National Youth Leadership Training program instills in its participants “If you can see it, you can be it.” But how does JTE support units to be the most effective in all these things?

JTE can provide a framework for planning your Scouting year. At each level (Cub, Scout, Venturing) objectives are established in: finance planning and budget, membership retention and growth, program, including advancement and community service, and leadership and governance, which looks at leadership training, planning and effectiveness of committees.

JTE helps to identify strengths and weaknesses giving insight on how and where to improve. Giving others a clear idea of where you need support will allow them to understand what is being asked of them. People want to help but don’t usually because they are unsure of the commitment.
Using JTE will help clarify that commitment. Use JTE as an early warning of potential problem areas. Use it as a tool not only to look past but also to look forward, to set goals to improve your program.

Start JTE tracking early, don’t wait. An adult in your unit may enjoy using a computer and may step up to keep the JTE current. This is important to the district and council as it allows us to gauge how units are doing. It helps us to utilize our resources more effectively.

If you need support with JTE, talk to your unit commissioner. They make the difference.

We want the best for our children. We want our children to have fun, grow and achieve. To provide units with a tool to develop the best opportunities for youths in Scouting may just be JTE. But you must use it for it to work. It takes a little effort, but anything worth it does.

Next month topic “Council Finance”.

Yours in Scouting,

Emil Rufolo
Council Commissioner
Patriots’ Path Council

Don’t Miss the Tradeshow of Scouting!

We already have 400 volunteers registered!

Monday, June 5, 2017

at The Birchwood Manor
111 North Jefferson Road
Whippany, New Jersey
5:45 – 9:00 pm.

You don’t want to miss this special event.

REGISTER NOW for the Tradeshow & Cub Scout Expo and the seminars at the Tradeshow. You will receive extra door prize tickets! This event is free to attendees! Unit leaders, committee members, unit youth leaders, parents and others involved in Scouting should attend.

Visit for all the details!

Cub Scout Expo

Calling all Cub Scout parents (current and future!), den leaders, and Cubmasters! Be sure to visit the Cub Scout Expo room for lots of great information about camping, activities, advancement, as well as leader’s resources and training!

 Vendors host tables offering programs, service projects, fun times, education programs and events that can be an integral part of your unit’s calendar. Visit these tables and pick up information and get your questions answered. Many events are run by volunteer committees in Patriots’ Path Council. From the alumni committee to the youth executive committee, tables abound in the ballroom area with information and ideas to make your 2017-2018 Scouting year GREAT! Stop by and see what’s in store for your group.

Stop by and greet your volunteer district leaders that plan many district events (Klondikes, Cub camping, troop camping, etc.).

Door Prizes: Some vendors and committees donate door prizes. They will have buckets on their table for you to put your tickets in. There are two drawings held and you must be present to win. Everyone that attends will receive some door prize tickets. More details on ways to earn more tickets are coming but preregistering and bringing someone that has not attended before are ways to earn more tickets!

Seminars and Training Class are offered upstairs at the Tradeshow

NEW – Online Membership Applications – Ready, Set, Go! -two sessions:  6:00–7:00 PM; 7:30-8:30 PM  (Don’t miss this!  It affects all units.)

Popcorn: Training – one session: 6:30-8:00 PM

Meet & Greet the 2018 Leadership Team for Munsee- one session: 6:30-7:30 PM

Meet & Greet the 2018 Leadership Team for Raritan Valley- one session: 6:30-7:30 PM

Meet & Greet the 2018 Leadership Team for Watchung Mountain – one session: 6:30-7:30 PM

Lion Cubs – two sessions: 7:00-7:30 PM; 8:00-8:30 PM

Cub Scout Recruiting Resources/Best Practices – two sessions: 7:30-8:00 PM; 8:00-8:30 PM

Meet & Greet the 2018 Leadership Team for Black River – one session: 7:30-8:30 PM

Meet & Greet the 2018 Leadership Team for Fishawack- one session: 7:30-8:30 PM

Meet & Greet the 2018 Leadership Team for Sussex – one session: 7:30-8:30 PM

Special Event: Wood Badge Beading Ceremony   6:20 PM Critter Crawl, 6:30 PM  Ceremony in the Greenery

Complimentary snacks will be available to all on the outside patio!

Food for purchase will also be available indoors.