Monthly Archives: December 2017

Family Scouting – January 2018 start of girls in Cub Scouts!

To: All Patriots’ Path Council Cub Scout Packs

Subject: Family Scouting – January 2018 start of girls in Cub Scouts!

As you hopefully already know, the BSA’s Board of Directors recently approved a plan to invite girls and young women into all Scouting programs.  Requirements for females in the Scouting programs will be identical to the requirements for males.

  • Starting in September 2018, girls will be able to join Cub Scouts.  Cub Scout dens will be single-gender dens.  This way the boys and girls can learn and grow at the pace that is unique to their development.  Packs can be all-boy packs, all-girl packs, or family packs with any combination of all-girl dens and all-boy dens.  NOTE: Any den or pack activity involving girl Cub Scouts will have to have at least one Youth-Protection-trained female, 21-years or older, in attendance; this female will not have to be a registered Scout Leader.
  • Current Boy Scout troops will not be affected, as they will remain all-boy.  2019 will see 11-to-17-year-old girls being able to join an all-girl BSA program.

The formal start of girls being able to join Cub Scouts is September 2018; however, there has been so much interest in starting sooner that the BSA has initiated an “EARLY ADOPTER” program.  This program will allow girls to join Cub Scouts as early as January 15, 2018, and is available ONLY to qualified Packs in Councils that opt into the “EARLY ADOPTER” program.

PLEASE click on this link for additional information on Family Scouting and the Early Adopter pack application.

2018 Sussex District Klondike

2018 Sussex District Klondike

Winnebago Scout Reservation

Rockaway Twp., NJ

Friday, Jan 26th- to Sunday Jan 28th

S Klondike

A Junior and Senior Event

This is Junior and Senior Scout event. A Junior Scout is a Scout from Scout rank to 1st Class rank, while a Senior Scout is one who is from 1st Class rank to Eagle rank.   Each patrol will be given a listing of GPS coordinates and will take their sled to each mine, and the mine mgr. of each of those mines will test your Scouting skills. The patrol will show their leadership by completing each station in a timely fashion. Yes, each station will be timed.

Your job as a loyal Scout is to do your best as you are tested in current life knowledge and skills as well as those  skills that would be found in the Boy Scout handbook.  You will be awarded points on your skill set. Scout spirit will also be graded which will help you.  You are to follow the list of needed materials to carry on your Klondike sled.  Your Scouts will be judged on how they are dressed for weather! The patrol may be penalized for lack of preparation.  It is important that each troop prepare for this event by going over cold weather camping techniques ahead of time.

A Saturday dinner will be provided in our dining hall followed by a Scouts Own service, our award ceremony, and a Gong Show style talent contest.


Cost will be $18.00 per person! (WEBELOS are $10.00)


Registration is online only.  The DEADLINE for registration will be January 16th.  See the Sussex District calendar for more information click here to register. Questions?

Contact:   Gary Carlson @ 862-268-1327 or or

Michael Loughman at 973-714-7308 or

2018 Black River District Klondike Derby

Where: Camp Akelaland, Trexler Scout Reservation, Effort, PA.

When: January 26-28, 2018.

Cost:  Before 1/12, $17.00 per person. After 1/12, $27.00 per person.

Includes: Camping Facility Use, Klondike Patch, Dinner on Saturday, Campfire / Cracker Barrel and Movie on Saturday evening.

Registration is online only.  See the Black River District calendar for more information, click here to register.

Questions? Contact:

Philmont 2019

Patriots’ Path Council is currently accepting applications for crews to attend Philmont Scout Ranch in 2019 as part of one of five contingents on a 15 day trip to Colorado and New Mexico.  The trip will include an action packed two day tour of the front range of the Colorado Rockies (Air Force Academy, Garden of the Gods, Pike’s Peak, and whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River).  The trip culminates in an eleven day back trek at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, NM.  Contingent departures start in late June and end mid-July.  Applications are due by January 19, 2018 in order to be included in the council crew selection process on January 23rd.  The cost is estimated to be $2,270 per person and is all inclusive of airfare, Colorado tour, ground transportation (except to and from Newark Airport), hotels, meals, Philmont program fees, and the nationally recognized Watchu training program to help prepare your crew for Philmont.  Any questions email or call Andrew Joiner at (973) 765-9322 Ext 252.

Link for Applications:

Sea Scout Ship 228


Sea Scout Ship 228 is preparing to embark upon a new year with exciting new opportunities for her crew and friends in Scouting.  The ship’s schedule has officially been released and we are happy to extend an invitation to our Scouting community to sail with us this year on one of our several scheduled excursions or on a custom cruise for your unit.  We are also excited to announce that we are in the process of making arrangements to our berthing to accommodate co-ed overnight excursions this season!

The Sea Dart II is a 65-foot former Army T-boat built in 1953.  Originally intended for use in the Korean War, she never saw service overseas but was obtained in 1972 by the Sea Scouts. She has served faithfully as the primary training vessel for Ship 228 and several guest units throughout her over 45 years with the Sea Scouts.  The Sea Dart II is also one of the largest Sea Scout vessels on the East Coast of the United States and is still powered by her original 1953 Buda diesel engine.  She can accommodate up to 20 guests in addition to her crew on overnight excursions, or up to 32 guests on day trips.

The Sea Dart II makes several excursions between the months of April and October each year.  We run trips to several popular destinations such as Bear Mountain, NY; West Point, NY; Sandy Hook, NJ; the USS Intrepid; New York Harbor day cruises; and more!  Overnight trips will include food prepared in our galley and berthing in traditional US Navy style racks in our crew quarters.  Food or snacks can also be provided for day cruises.  In addition, we have an auxiliary fleet of small sailboats and powerboats that we can make a part of any weekend excursion.  Guests are also encouraged to participate in running the vessel and working as part of the crew on our trips.

Sea Scout Ship 228 is committed to operating the Sea Dart II with the highest emphasis on safety and, in that regard, the Sea Dart II is inspected an certified by the US Coast Guard as a passenger vessel for hire.  If you or your unit would be interested in sailing with us, please see our 2018 schedule and rate sheet.  We look forward to setting sail on an adventure with you on the historic Sea Dart II in this New Year!

For more informaiton, please contact Jimmy Zatwarnicki, Skipper, SSS 228 Sea Dart II at

Wood Badge: 15th Annual “Dining Out” Brunch

Mayfair Farms
481 Eagle Rock Ave, West Orange, NJ

Saturday, January 20, 2018, 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

 Special Guest Speaker: Bryan Wilson, M.D.

 Cost:   $35.00 per Wood Badger

$25.00 per Non-Wood Badge Guest

$10.00 per Child

 Register online:

The idea of a “Dining-Out” was adopted many years ago by the British Army and is a long standing tradition in regimental messes. Lt. General Robert Baden-Powell, the Founder of Scouting, retired from the British Army in 1910, most likely participated in many social Dining-Out events, which are open to non-members, including spouses and friends.

 There will be a Wood Badge Beading presentation to some Wood Badgers who have completed their tickets from course N5-333-16 (and there’s room for more!)

 There will also be a Silent Auction to benefit the Wood Badge Scholarship Fund.

 All of the money raised from the silent auction goes towards Wood Badge scholarships that are available for Scouters of Northern New Jersey and Patriots’ Path Councils. Having scholarship funds available can make a difference in a Scouter’s ability to take the course. So if you have anything you would like to donate to the silent auction, please let Robin know ( so she can prepare a write up about your donation, then you should bring the item with you to the Dining Out. It doesn’t have to be Wood Badge or Scouting related, just something other Scouters will bid on to increase our Wood Badge scholarship fund.

 Non-Wood Badgers, Wood Badge “critters” and guests (from any council) are invited to join us for fun, food, and fellowship.  Bring a Scouting friend who wants to learn more about Wood Badge!

Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops

National just released a new version of Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops.

This updated syllabus is in the format of a Facilitator Guide and should help enable boys and leaders to deliver a better course. You can find the new syllabus here.


Patriots’ Path Council Holiday Video

Happy Holidays from Patriots’ Path Council, you can find our holiday video here.

Webelos First Aid Rally

Web First Responder

February 10, 2018

This program is designed for the requirement “First Responder”. You and your Webelos Scout will be earning your basic First Aid card and your CPR Certification. Upon completion of the First Responder adventure, your Webelos Scout will have also earned the adventure pin. The program will be a 1 day event that will start at 8:00 AM sharp to 5:00 PM at Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation, Camp Somers. The price covers the two courses and lunch. The price is $35.00.  If you take these courses on your own it would cost you over $100.00 per person.

 Here is what will be taught at the Webelos First Aid Rally:

First Aid Course: (4 hour course)

Requirement 1. Explain what first aid is. Tell what you should do after an accident.

Requirement 2. Show what to do for hurry cases of first aid: a) serious bleeding b) heart attack or sudden cardiac arrest c) stopped breathing d) stroke & e) poisoning.

Requirement 3. Show how to help a choking victim.

Requirement 4. Show how to treat for shock.

Requirement 5. Demonstrate how to treat at least five of the following: a) cuts and scratches, b) burns and scalds, c) sunburn, d) blisters on hand or foot, e) tick bites, f) bites and stings of other insects, g) venomous snakebites, h) nosebleed, i) frostbite.

Requirement 8. Visit with a first responder or heath care professional.

Requirements 6 & 7 should be done in your den before going to Webelos First Aid Rally

The CPR Course (4 hour course)

Get trained in CPR and be certified.

Optional: You will be able to camp for 1 or 2 nights in a cabin for $5.00 per night per person (You need to bring your own food if you are camping.) You might be sharing the cabins with other dens.

This is ONLY open to Webelos and 1 adult per Scout! We can only accept 48 Webelos and 48 adults. Registration is now open, so register early. The form can be found here.

If you have any questions please contact Glenn Treier:,  Andy Monka:, or Marc Maratea:

2018 Fishawack Klondike Derby

Where: Camp Somers, Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation

When: February 3, 2018 from approx. 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Cost: $10.00 per Scout.

Teams of Scouts will test their knowledge, skills, teamwork, physical endurance and mental ingenuity.  Scouts will not learn the actual events of the competition until the day of the Klondike.

There will be separate prizes for the best all-around junior and senior teams. (Junior Scouts may not have reached their 13th birthday.  Senior Scouts may not have reached their 18th birthday.)

Sleds are mandatory.  The equipment list will be distributed later.

Online registration in mandatory and can be found here.

Each troop may enter as many teams as it wishes.  A team must have between 3 and 8 Scouts from the same troop.

Strong Scouter support to help with this event is especially appreciated.  We know that you’ll want to volunteer to help set-up or assist one of the town mayors to help make this event as fun as possible for our Scouts.

 Most troops come for the day but tent camping or cabins can be arranged.  Contact to arrange rental.

Contact: Jonathan Bigham, Klondike Governor at or 908-418-5109 or Michael Loughman at or 973-714-7308.