Monthly Archives: August 2017

2018 RE-CHARTER SEASON IS ALMOST UPON US

September 1, 2017: The unit leader and committee chairperson will receive the re-charter email. Much like last year, this email will include the unique access code and links to all the information needed to re-charter your unit for 2018.

*****Note: LAST YEAR’S CODE WILL NOT WORK THIS YEAR*****

The September 1st email will also include information about checking your adult leaders’ Youth Protection status. This YPT flyer was also included in the information packet handed out at the district tables, at the Tradeshow of Scouting, this past June. Please review those instructions if you haven’t already done so. Youth Protection training is valid for 2 years and must be updated. Any adult whose Youth Protection expires as of December 31, 2017, may be dropped from your roster to post the charter.

October 1, 2017: The Internet re-chartering website becomes active. Once live, you’ll be able to access your online re-charter using the link and the unique access code, both supplied in the email mentioned above. Remember, everyone logging in for the first time this season is logging in as a ‘First Time User’, regardless of whether or not you were the re-charter contact last year.

As always, if you have any questions or need any assistance, please reach out to your unit or district commissioners. You may also contact the council at 973-765-9322, to speak with your district executive.

September Roundtables

Black River – September 5
Munsee – September 5
Fishawack – September 6
Raritan Valley – September 6
Watchung Mountain – September 6
Sussex – September 7

Eagle Scouts can Apply for these Scholarships until Oct. 31, 2017

From https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2017/08/07/eagle-scout-scholarships.

College isn’t cheap, but for more than 150 worthy Eagle Scouts, it’s about to get a lot more affordable.

The National Eagle Scout Association will award nearly $700,000 in scholarships to Eagle Scouts based on their academic performance, Scouting background, college plans and financial need.

The window for the latest round of National Eagle Scout Association scholarships opened Aug. 1, 2017. It will close for good on Oct. 31, 2017. Scholarship recipients will be notified by mail on July 15, 2018, and money will be disbursed to these deserving Eagle Scouts in fall 2018.

The scholarships are highly competitive. Less than 3 percent of the 5,000 expected applicants will receive a scholarship.

But if you are an Eagle Scout between your senior year of high school and junior year of college, you’ll want to apply and give yourself a chance at earning some cash for college.

Read on for more details, and be sure to consult this list of FAQs if you still have questions.

How much does NESA award?

In the 2016-2017 scholarship window, NESA awarded $690,000 to 154 recipients.

That’s a slight increase from the 2015-2016 window, where NESA awarded 150 scholarships worth a total of $670,000.

For the current (2017-2018) window, NESA plans to award at least 150 scholarships with amounts ranging from $2,000 to $50,000 per recipient.

What are the requirements?

You must be a National Eagle Scout Association member to receive a scholarship. However, you can apply for a NESA scholarship before you apply for a NESA membership.

Academic scholarship applicants must apply during their senior year in high school unless the Eagle Scout board of review was held after Oct. 31, 2017. In those cases, the applicant must apply during the Aug. 1 to Oct. 31, 2018, scholarship cycle, even if he is already attending college.

Academic scholarship applicants must have a minimum 1800 SAT (or 1290 if taken after March 2016), or 28 ACT score to apply. A “super score” may be used to meet this requirement.

Eagle Scouts may apply for NESA merit scholarships beginning in their senior year of high school and may continue applying every year until their junior year in college.

Applicants may receive a NESA scholarship one time only.

In the past, NESA scholarships were available only to Scouts attending four-year universities. Now Scouts attending vocational trade schools and other approved programs may apply. NESA scholarships are not payable to any of the U.S. military academies.

How does an Eagle Scout apply?

All NESA scholarship applications must be submitted online. Paper copies from previous years are out of date and will not be accepted.

Applications must be submitted at this site.

In depth: Academic scholarships

  • Academic scholarships are based on school and Scouting participation, academic performance and financial need.
  • Applicants must apply during their senior year in high school unless the Eagle Scout board of review is held after Oct. 31, 2017. In those cases, the applicant must apply between Aug. 1, 2018, and Oct. 31, 2018, even if he is already attending college.
  • Eagle Scouts may apply for an academic scholarship one time only and must apply during the time frame defined above.
  • All academic scholarship applicants must have a minimum 1800 SAT (or 1290 if taken after March 2016), or 28 ACT score to apply. A “super score” may be used to meet this requirement.
  • All applicants must be members of the National Eagle Scout Association to receive a scholarship.
  • Types of academic scholarships:
    • Cooke scholarships ($2,500 to $48,000): Awarded based on school and Scouting participation, academic performance, and financial need. Applicants must meet the minimum SAT or ACT score to apply.
    • NESA STEM scholarship ($50,000): Awarded to one applicant annually who has chosen to pursue a career in a STEM-related field. Applicants for the STEM scholarship who are not selected will automatically be considered for a Cooke scholarship worth $2,500 to $48,000 each.

In depth: Merit scholarships

  • Merit scholarships are awarded based on school and Scouting participation and community service.
  • Eagle Scouts may apply for the NESA merit scholarships beginning in their senior year of high school and may continue applying every year up through their junior year in college.
  • Applicants may win a NESA scholarship one time only. Previous NESA scholarship winners are not eligible to apply again.
  • Types of merit scholarships:
    • Hall/McElwain scholarships ($5,000): Awarded based on school and Scouting participation and community service.
    • Robert and Rebecca Palmer scholarships ($2,500): Awarded based on school and Scouting participation and community service.
    • Bailey merit scholarships ($2,000 to $4,000): Awarded based on school and Scouting participation and community service.
    • Michael S. Malone/Windrush Publishing Journalism scholarship ($2,500): Awarded to one Scout who plans to pursue a degree in journalism.

Learn more

NESA has posted this list of helpful FAQs. Good luck!

New York Jets vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

October 1, 2017 at 1 pm.

The first 5 units to get to 25 tickets sold will participate in the flag holder experience on the field!
Click for more information.

2017 Guide to Advancement

2017 Guide to Advancement, is now available in print at your Cedar Knolls and Mountainside Scout Shops! Item number is 637686 and price is $11.99

This updated 2017 edition details the latest official Boy Scout advancement, including ranks and merit badges.

All information is effective January 1, 2017, through December 31, 2017.

Special Recognitions

The Patriots’ Path Council will be recognizing Scouters for their service to our Hispanic, Asian and low income youth members. The recognitions are listed below. Nominations should be submitted by October 1, 2017. The awards will be presented at the council annual meeting dinner.
Vale La Pena Award – The purpose of the ¡Scouting … Vale la Pena! Service Award is to
recognize outstanding service by an adult individual or an organization for demonstrated involvement in the development and implementation of Scouting opportunities for Hispanic/Latino youth. Click here for the application
Asian Spirit of Scouting Award – The Asian American Spirit of Scouting Service Award recognizes outstanding service by an adult or an organization for demonstrated involvement in the development and implementation of Scouting opportunities for Asian American youth. Click here for the application
Whitney M. Young Award – The purpose of the Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award is to recognize outstanding services by an adult individual or an organization for demonstrated involvement in the development and implementation of Scouting opportunities for youth from rural or low-income urban back­grounds—this is in fulfillment of Dr. Young’s dream of justice and equality for all. Click here for the application

Merit Badge Pamphlet 10% Off Sale

Now is a great time to restock your merit badge library! Price will drop from $4.99 to $4.49 at both the Mountainside and Cedar Knolls stores from August 1 to 31, 2017. Store stock only.

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Eagle Scout Frame with Signature Mat

Create a treasured keepsake right on the spot! Perfect for Eagle Scout Court of Honor banquets or ceremonies, this frame includes a felt pen so guests can write sentiments directly onto the mat.

Frame is made of black MDF. White paper mat includes black-paper accent around photo cutout window and features a four-color Eagle Scout oval logo above window and “Eagle Scout” at bottom.

Frame measures 12″ x 15″; holds a 5″ x 7″ photo. Includes hanging hardware on backer board.

Only available at the Cedar Knolls and Mountainside Scout Shops for an incredibly low price!

Limited Quantities available. While supplies last.

STEM NOVA PROGRAM and AWARDS

These three books support the new NOVA awards program offered by the Boy Scouts of America. This program incorporates learning with cool activities and exposure to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The hope is that the requirements and activities for earning these awards will stimulate an interest in STEM-related fields as they show how Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics apply to everyday living and the world around them. Counselors and mentors help bring this engaging, contemporary, and fun program to life for youth members.

All requirements may be found in the Nova awards guidebooks, available through our Patriots’ Path Council Scout Shops—one for Cub Scouts, one for Boy Scouts, and one for Venturers. The requirements can be completed with a parent or an adult leader as the counselor (for the Nova awards) or mentor (for the Supernova awards). Each guidebook includes a section for the counselor and mentor.

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New STEM Kits!

Bring the fun of STEM Summer Camp home, available in our Scout Shop!

Item # Description Price
618785 Physics: Force and Pressure

Science Kit

$14.99
618784 Chem C100 Test Lab

Science Kit

$14.99
619574 Solar Cooking Kit

Science Kit

$14.99
629023 Crime Catchers

Spy Scientific Explorer Kit

$12.99
627343 Spy Science Secret Messages

KidzLabs 4M Kit

$14.99
17288 Crystal Radio

Green Science Kit

$9.49
7406 Slime Science

Green Science Kit

$9.50

 

New! Custom Name Plates Now Available Within a Week!

Both have pin backs. (PDF)

 C20102- Black with white letters and fleur-de-lis, one line, only $6.99

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C20104- Black with white letters and fleur-de-lis, two lines, only $7.99

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