Monthly Archives: August 2017

Patriot’s Path Council Summer Camps 2017 Highlights

Certified Angling Instructor (CAI) Course

October 6-8, 2017   • Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation
Developed and directed by the BSA National Fishing Committee

This is the only CAI course in NJ in 2017! 
Seating is limited so register now.
No experience necessary.
Click the flyer for more information.

Welcome MASR Camp Director Dave Lage

A very warm welcome to our new Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation Camp Director, Dave Lage! Dave was learning the ropes from former Reservation Director, Keith Dlugoz this summer and shared his ATV skills as the Camp Somers ATV program area director.

Dave comes to us with very diverse experience.  Among other things, Dave has been a Scout, Scoutmaster, carpenter, furniture builder, biology/earth science/physics teacher, grip on famous TV and movie projects, stunt rigger, climbing guide, and baseball coach.   In addition, he has enjoyed rock, snow and ice climbing throughout the US and Canada; hunting, fly fishing, camping and canoeing in northern Maine; and back country skiing and ice climbing in New York and New Hampshire.

Dave is married, has 3 children and resides at Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation.  Next time you see Dave at MASR please give him a warm welcome!

2018 Cub Scout Summer Day Camps For Boys AND Girls

For 2018 we will be offering summer day camp for boys AND girls at both our Stanhope, NJ and Mountainside, NJ locations! The Wildflower day camp for girls held this summer at our Mountainside location was so popular we’re bringing it back for 2018 and expanding the program to our Stanhope location.

The Cub Scout and Wildflower day camps will both feature a Medieval theme!  Did you know you don’t have to be a Cub Scout to attend our Cub Scout day camps?  Everyone entering grades 2 through 5 in the fall of 2018 are welcome to join the fun.

Merit Badge Intro Workshop and Den Chief Training

Merit Badge Intro Workshop And Den Chief Training sponsored by the Patriots’ Path Council Advancement Committee will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at Brooklawn Middle School, 250 Beachwood Road at Route 202, Parsippany NJ.  Check-in at the cafeteria beginning at 8:00 am, the program ends at 1:10 pm.  The purpose of the workshop is to introduce badges to the Scouts and help them understand the merit badge process.  For most merit badges, Scouts will obtain a “partial” but will not be able to complete the merit badge at this event.  Registration opens on September 8th at 9:00 am through the link on the council calendar.  See attached flyer for more details.

STILL TIME TO REGISTER for our 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

Lion Pilot Program for Kindergartners Off to a Roaring Start

Lion pilot program for kindergartners off to a roaring start with exciting changes coming for 2017-2018

“It’s fun, hands-on and active.” “It’s simple and easy to implement.” “It’s age-appropriate, builds character and develops new skills.”

That’s just a glimpse of what parents and youth across the country are saying about Lions, the BSA’s pilot program for kindergarten-age boys.

Lions answers the call for fun, character-building after-school adventures for boys 5 or 6 years old or in kindergarten. Lions begins its second season as a nationwide pilot program in the 2017-2018 Scouting year.

Pilot is the operative word here. It means this program is evolving based on feedback from parents and BSA professionals. Based on that feedback, as well as surveys and focus groups, the BSA has some changes to announce for this fall.

Those changes will be shared a little later in the post. First, let’s take a quick look at what people are saying about Lions so far.

What did families think of Lions in 2016-2017?

Lion guides, parents, and youth agreed that the program content was enjoyable, effective and engaging.

“Overall, the Lion program was a big hit with our pack,” one survey respondent wrote. “In my opinion, this is the best idea the BSA has come up with, next to allowing girls to join Venturing.”

Many said they got the training and support from council and district volunteers to help make their Lion experience a success.

Other highlights from the survey:

  • 61 percent of Lion parents indicated they have no other child in Scouting. This means Lions is both recruiting new families to Scouting as well as serving siblings of existing Scouts.
  • 90 percent of parents said they liked the uniform T-shirt, shared-leadership model, age-appropriate activities, youth Adventure book and immediate recognition stickers. They’re also pleased with the meeting duration, frequency and content. They said the Leader Guidebook was simple and easy to follow and that the Adventures were engaging for the boys.
  • 91 percent of parents say their Lion will be moving to Tigers. This is probably the best indicator of all that the pilot program is success.

What’s new in Lions for 2017-2018?

  • Pack meetings and activities will be open to Lion families who want to participate. Lion families said they wanted more pack involvement, and now they have the option of being included in program, skits, and more.
  • Pinewood Derby open to Lions. Packs have three recommended options for implementing this:
  1. Integrate into the pack Derby with other Cub Scouts.
  2. Use the wedge car from the Scout Shop to eliminate cutting.
  3. Have Lions participate in a Veggie Car Derby, where potatoes and cucumbers replace wood blocks.
  • Fundraising will be allowed as a family option. Although they don’t want mandatory levels of funds to raise, Lion families indicated they do want to have the option to raise funds. Spring fundraising is encouraged. If popcorn is sold by Lions, a show-and-sell approach where older boys and parents are also present is preferred. Door-to-door selling would only be appropriate if the parent is by the youth’s side.
  • Uniform T-shirt won’t change, but families can buy button-down if they want. Parents and boys love the required Lion T-shirt and optional cap. But this change allows families to buy official blue Cub Scout button-down shirts and blue pants as desired for special occasions and pack ceremonies.
  • A Lion-specific page in Boys’ Life. Parents can use this great resource to help unlock the world of reading for their child.

To sign your pack up for the Lions pilot program, go to

Kindergarten parents, to find the Lions program nearest you contact Bill San Filippo, 973-765-9322 x227,

The Commissioner’s Corner – Our Scouting Summer

Well, here we are toward the end of August. I trust your summer was enjoyable. Soon we will be starting again with all our yearly Scouting activities. Our council’s Scouting summer has been very active and our camps have been bustling with activities; Cub Scout day camp, the new Wildflower program for girls, Boy Scout summer camps, STEM, Camp Coley, NYLT and the LEDR program just to name a few. Our council’s National Jamboree contingent is back with many exciting stories and experiences and we now look forward to the World Jamboree in 2019. Let’s not forget units back from Philmont treks.

Our council president and myself have also been busy making weekly visits to our camps to speak to Scouts and Scouters. It was great to hear how our youth enjoy the many exciting camp programs. Adults expressed how pleased they were with not only our facilities but how the camps are managed. On every visit, I made, I would hear comments of excellence about our camp staffs. Oh, and the food!!

Every August our council key 4 consisting of our President, George Bernard, Executive Vice President, Mark Tallmadge, Commissioner, Emil Rufolo, and Scout Executive, Dennis Kohl, along with key council employees, come together for a day of evaluation and planning. One of our key topics this year was the new staffing plan going into effect in January 2018.

The conference agenda included; Field Operations, Revenue Development, Camping, Budget Panning, Task Force Updates, 2019-2021 Strategic Plan, Talent Management, and Calendar Review. Sub categories exist in each area and every item is provided whatever time is necessary to review and complete the discussion.

This process has a single important purpose. That is to provide the best Scouting experience to the units and individuals within our council. It is the fundamental element of all our planning and discussions.

Patriots’ Path Council continues to serve a large and diverse cross section of New Jersey. Many challenges are faced to provide Scouting to the 16,000 plus youth and the 5,000 adults we serve. We have maintained a Gold level council for the past three years and have held that distinction for four, of the six years, Journey to Excellence has been in existence. This could not have been accomplished if it were not for all the dedicated staff and supportive volunteers that are part of Patriots’ Path Council.

I know I speak for the key 4 in saying THANK YOU ALL for supporting our council this summer by supporting council activities and programs. It helps us build a winning Scouting program.


Yours in Scouting,

Emil Rufolo

Council Commissioner

Patriots’ Path Council

New District Structure

Subject: New District Structure – Staffing Plan to Support New Structure, Effective January 1, 2018

September, 2017

The council’s new structure will increase the number of professional staff, and significantly change the organization and roles of our professional Scouters.  It will also change who our volunteers go to for support, depending on the function.

The team of professionals serving the districts will include a professional executive who will be the subject matter expert in a specific area – development, membership, program, and unit service.  The role of the membership executive is to be responsible for the effective organization and operation of all youth recruiting related functions, such as; boy talks, recruiting drives, for all the districts in the service area.

It’s a pleasure to introduce the two membership executives for Patriots’ Path Council:

Serving the districts of Black River, Fishawack, and Sussex will be Al Thomas.

  • Al joined our professional staff as a district executive in 2006.  He grew up in Brooklyn, where he was a Boy Scout for only 3 months when the troop disbanded.  Al returned to Scouting as soon as his son Tristan was old enough to join Cub Scouts.  He served as an assistant den leader in Pack 6 and later as an assistant Scoutmaster in Troop 8.  He was one of the advisors on a Philmont trek in 2011.  As a professional, Al was Sussex District executive from 2007-2010 and has been Fishawack District executive since then.  He has been the staff advisor to the Advancement Committee, Friends of Scouting Committee and Community Service Committee.

Serving the districts of Munsee, Raritan Valley, and Watchung Mountain will be Javier Juarez.

  • Javier has been a Scout all his life. He is the youngest of 4. He is an Eagle Scout from Troop 42 in San Juan, and is a member of the Order of the Arrow. He’s been a volunteer in the Puerto Rico council serving as a unit commissioner, district training committee member, and assistant Scoutmaster. He also served on the Wood Badge staff in two courses. Javier has a master’s and a bachelor’s degree in graphic design.

There will be questions, concerns and bumps along the way as we work to implement and refine this significant change.  As we proceed on this journey to excellence in our Scouting program, we welcome your input and appreciate your patience.

Additional details regarding this change will be communicated to you in the coming months through the council’s “Sign’s Up” e-newsletter, monthly round-tables and the website  If you have any questions, please email Mark Spaldo at

2017 Insomniacs Revenge

From the Venturing Officers Association of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Council-BSA…

Coming this fall to Goose Pond Scout Reservation is this year’s Insomniacs Revenge!

Welcome to a war-torn world full of the monsters of the night. Choose your side carefully. Will you be an Intellectual Vampire or a Raging Werewolf?

What: 2017 Insomniacs Revenge
Vampires vs. Werewolves

Who: Any registered Venturer or Boy Scout over 13

When: September 22 – 24, 2017

Where: Goose Pond Scout Reservation
1047 Goose Pond Road
Lake Ariel, PA
Directions to camp can be found in our leaders’ guide

How much does it cost?

Early-Bird Registration is $40 per person

After September 2nd —$45.

After September 16th —-$50.

Register On-Line Here.

The activities and program start on Friday night, see the full schedule in the leaders guide.    Here are just SOME of the activities throughout the night:

  • Midnight Rave
  • Vampire Shooting Sports
  • Costume Contest
  • Haunted Trails
  • Treasure Hunting
  • War Games
  • Vampires’ Masquerade
  • Extreme Man Hunt
  • Make a ‘Silver’ Bullet
  • And MUCH MUCH More……

It would be a shame to miss out! We also have some awesome big events!

The Insomniacs Revenge is open to both crews AND troops. Provisional participants are welcome as well. Some basic information about the event and event registration can be found below. Be sure to download our registration forms, fill them out, and send them in to our council office with payment at 72 Montage Mountain Road, Moosic, PA 18507. You can also download our event save the date flyer and leaders’ guide for more information.

A cardboard Coffin Regatta in the pond will start off the adventure race.  Race format is similar to the cardboard regatta held at Insomniacs Revenge in the past. Participants must race with their single occupant “coffin” and complete several challenges along the way.  The vampire or werewolf with the fastest time wins.  Prizes given to the top 3 racers. Bonus points will be given to the clan with the most racers and finishers.  Read full details in the leaders’ guide!