Monthly Archives: October 2017

SHAWNEE MOUNTAIN SKI AREA – “Your #1 Scout Headquarters for Snow Sports Fun”

Winter’s coming … what’s your activity plan? Want to learn a lifetime sport, go indoor camping, take the snow tubing plunge or earn merit badge requirements? Shawnee Mountain offers Cub and Boy Scouts great options for one-day or overnight trips. Click here to save up to 45% off retail ticket rates.    

Devils Scout Night

Friday, December 29, 2017 at 7:00 PM.

For more details, click here.

New Recharter FAQ’s

In a constant desire to make life simpler for our volunteers, the national office has been working effortlessly on making the internet rechartering website more user friendly.

On Monday, October 2nd the new website went live, replacing the old website. A PDF of screenshots can be found here Internet Rechartering Website with Screenshots.

Click here for some FAQ’s BSA Internet Rechartering FAQ’s

The web address remains the same as before, which can either be found here Internet Rechartering Website or by following www.ppcbsa.org > ‘Membership’ tab > ‘Internet Rechartering’.  Anyone who started their recharter on Sunday, October 1st will notice the new format, the next time they log in, if they haven’t already.

The unit processor or processor is referenced a few times throughout the website, and the screenshots. That termed is referring the person in the unit responsible the processing of the charter, either manually or online.

This year, the rechartering website will have the capability of allowing digital signature. The processor will be able to give access to the charter organization representative or the executive officer, assuming the processor holds neither of these positions, to sign the charter electronically. If this is not an option the processor can still print the charter renewal application and have either the charter organization representative, or the executive officer manually sign the paperwork.

***Note: When the charter is signed electronically, this signature will not appear on the printed charter renewal application. Instead, the renewal application will show the approver’s name, title, initials, and date signed.

When you get towards the end of the process and before you submit the recharter electronically, you may have the option to pay with a credit card. If you pay online there are a few things you’ll need to know.

  1. The BSA will not be absorbing the credit card transaction fee.
    1. This means a 3% convenience fee will be charged to the credit card being used.
  1. The BSA is only collecting the registration fee of $33.00 per person, the charter fee of $40.00 per charter, and if applicable the optional $12.00 Boy’s Life subscription per person.
    1. The unit will still owe the council the additional payment of
      1. $12.00 per youth and adult for insurance
      2. $18.00 per youth for activity

******IMPORTANT NOTE……If you pay the registration, charter, Boy’s Life subscription online to national, and then the insurance and activity fee to the council, please deduct $40.00 from the check written to council. You will have already paid this directly to national.

If you decide to skip the online payment option, or the option is not yet available, please follow the fee structure in the 2018 Fee Calculator (click here), which matches the one sent out with the 2018 recharter email in the beginning of September.

Either payment method you decide on, Patriots’ Path Council stills needs a printed copy of your charter paperwork, as it always has in the past.

Fiscal Policies and Procedures for BSA Units

Has your unit had questions about checking accounts, insurance, tax-exempt status, or other fiscal issues?  The attached document, found here, answers many of these questions and should be required reading for committee chairs and unit treasurer’s.   

Now Hiring: System Administrator (Information Technology)

Have an individual in mind who is highly motivated in the information technology field?  Please forward them this position description for an opportunity to join the Patriots’ Path Council’s team.  Position description can be found here. Qualified applicants should direct their interest and resume to Andrew Joiner (andrew.joiner@scouting.org) by end of November for interviews in early December.

2017 Ethan Giving Tree

Hello Leaders,

The Patriots’ Path Council Scout Shops are providing an opportunity for the Scouting community to help local Scout members who may be in need of uniforms and uniform items.

This help will be done through The Ethan Giving Tree program starting October 1 through December 1, 2017. The Ethan Giving Tree program works on a donation basis. An Ethan tree (similar to an Angel tree) will be set up at our Scout Shops with Ethan cards on it. Each card will have the first name of the Scout along with the uniform items that they need. There will also be a space for other items they may want such as books, crafts, camping items, etc. Customers and Scout supporters can purchase the item(s) in their local Scout Shop and give them to the store staff to collect for each child.

We will keep the name of the individual(s) confidential. Only the store staff will have access to the Scout’s name and your contact information. A code will be issued that will match a card in the safe that will have your contact information, so as the donations are collected store staff will contact you so arrangements for pickup can be made.

We need your assistance to make this project a success. Please fill out the form attached and return to the store asap for every Scout who would benefit from donations from the Scouting community to complete their full uniform. The form can be found here.

If you have any concerns or questions please contact the store staff by email: 358scoutshoporders@scouting.org  or at 973-765-9322 X233

Thank you in advance for your assistance. With leaders like you, this program will greatly benefit our Scouting community.

Thank you,

Patriots’ Path Council Scout Shop Staff

Bullying Awareness

The idea that a Scout should treat others as he or she wants to be treated—a Scout is kind—is woven throughout the programs and literature of the Boy Scouts of America. When a Scout follows the principles of the Scout Oath and Scout Law, bullying and hazing situations should never occur. These fact sheets will help with bullying awareness and direct you to resources provided by the BSA and other entities we work to protect children.

A Scout Is Kind Newsletter 

Bullying—What is Bullying? 

Bullying Prevention Guide 

Creating a Bullying-Free Culture in Scouting 

What to Do if Your Child Is Being Bullied 

Prevention of Cyberbullying in Scouting 

Reporting Suspected or Observed Bullying 

Providing Support to Scouts Who Are Bullied 

The Bully 

Prevention of Bullying in Scouting—Unit Discussions 

Myths About Bullying 

What’s New at Your Scout Shops?

Scout Shop Fall Hours

NEW!!!Cedar Knolls – 1 Saddle Road

M-T-W-Th 9 AM – 7:30 PM

Friday 9 AM-5 PM

Sat 9 AM-3 PM

973-765-9322 X241

Mountainside 1130 Rt. 22 West in the Verrex building

M-F 9-2 PM and 4-7 PM,

Sat 10 AM-3 PM

908-654-9191

Both shops closed on Sundays. Please check shop.ppbsa.org for holiday hours/closings/changes.

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How are we doing?

Log on to: ppcbsa.org/surveycf and please let us know!

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Additional Services:

– Personal Shopper Service

– Traveling Scout Shop

– Custom Patches and Plaques

Ask a sales associate for details!

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Returns & Exchanges: Accepted within 30 days of original purchase; products must be in original condition with tags. Some products are non-returnable: socks, books, pamphlets, dated emblems. See associate with questions.

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Our 10% off sale dates have changed. We will not be open Black Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving.

We have changed to a full week of 10% savings. Dates are 11-4 through 11-11-17. (not including Sunday)

Uniforms, special orders and awards are not included. Store stock only. Check our monthly specials as well at ppcbsa.org We have special groups of items for sale each month.

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Layaway on camp orders of $100 or more available 9-1-17. More details to follow.

Message from the Northeast Region BSA regarding Scouting in Puerto Rico

As you probably are aware, Northeast Region Area 5 includes all of New Jersey, parts of Pennsylvania, Transatlantic Council, and Puerto Rico.   After a long period of silence due to lack of power, cellular and landline service, we have just recently received word how Puerto Rico Council BSA’s Office and Camp Guajataka fared due to Hurricane María.  In short, the news isn’t good.

First and foremost, Council Executive María Molinelli advises that the council staff and volunteers that she has been able to contact are all fine but they are dealing with a multitude of personal issues as you have all seen on the news.   In true Scouting fashion, María’s other business, a bakery, is making food for people in need on the island.

Now to the tough part, the council Scout office sustained major roof damage resulting in the loss of air conditioner units and water damage inside of the office.   Due to lack of electricity, lack of fuel for generators, and access issues, it will be a long time before significant repairs can be made to the office.   Camp Guajataka, which usually operates year-round, has taken a major hit from flooding and downed trees.  The camp has sustained major tree damage, so much so that they were only able to assess a small portion of the camp.  Clearing the tree damage alone will be a huge task for the council.  As of earlier this week, parts of camp were still underwater due to Lake Guajataca flooding its banks which include the camp (this the lake where the dam was breached, as reported in the news).  In the main part of camp, almost all of the buildings sustained at least minor damage, mostly due to trees falling into them.  All of the buildings were to some degree underwater after the storm so there will be water damage as well.  Camp has no electricity or water.  It would appear that all of the equipment stored in the campsites such as bunks and mattresses have been lost although they were unable to get into the sites.  It is safe to say that it will be many, many months before camp can be used for Scouting again.

Council Executive María Molinelli, who is coordinating efforts on the island, characteristically expressed the belief that, with time, effort and the support of all of us, Puerto Rico can and will come back stronger than ever with a vibrant and spirited Scouting community.   You should also know that Scout units on the island have already begun helping the community in general and we want to continue to support their ‘good turns’ as much as we can.

Many of you have asked how you can help with the efforts and frankly the biggest need they have right now is money.  When food, shelter, water, and survival are what you are worried about, local Scouting fundraising activities cease as there are other priorities that must be met.   We are pursuing many avenues of support for the Concilio de Puerto Rico Scouts with the National Office taking the lead on fundraising and other efforts.

We have attached a link to a site where donations can be made.  This site is for all of recent hurricane victims across the country, but you can designate contributions directly to Puerto Rico should you wish to do so.

That link is https://www.kintera.org/AutoGen/Simple/Donor.asp?ievent=1176377&en=bkKLJ0NHL8LLJ5PYJlLPI9NVJjJXJfNZLuJbE

So our ask is that you distribute this email far and wide to as many Scouters in your councils as you can and keep the people of Puerto Rico in your thoughts as they work towards normalcy and recovery.

Thank you in advance for your support.

 

Yours in Scouting,

Mark Barnard

Area 5 President

Jeffrey H. Goldsmith

Area 5 Commissioner

Jim Hans

Area 5 Director

Four Centuries in a Weekend-Explore the Historic Sites of Union County!

October 21-22, 2017

Saturday 10 am – 5 pm | Sunday 12 – 5 pm

More than 30 sites open to the public – many offering special activities & events!

Bring your Scouts out for this awesome event!

http://ucnj.org/parks-recreation/cultural-heritage-affairs/historic-sites-map/