Monthly Archives: December 2017

Family Scouting – January 2018 Start for 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.

You can find additional information at or email

Yours in Scouting,

Mary Ruth Lareau

VP of Family Scouting

Wood Badge Dining Out Breakfast: Keynote Speaker

Bryan Wilson MD to be keynote speaker at the January 20, 2018 Wood Badge Dining Out Breakfast at Mayfair Farms in West Orange.

Bryan Wilson is an Eagle Scout from Troop 63 in Union, NJ, Munsee District, Patriots’ Path Council. He is also a Vigil Honor Member of Woapalanne Lodge #43. During his scouting tenure, Bryan has served in many capacities in PPC. He served as NYLT Staff from 2005-2007 and served as Senior Patrol Leader in 2007. He served as a member of the OA Lodge Executive Committee from 2006-2009 and was selected serve as Section Conclave Coordinator in 2009. Bryan also served PPC as a summer camp staff member, where he was the Health Officer at Winnebago Scout Reservation from 2008 – 2009. Bryan was part of the inaugural class of the PPC Youth Leadership Award in 2010.  Outside of Patriots’ Path Council, Bryan became involved with leadership training at a much broader level. In 2006, Bryan first attended National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) at Philmont Scout Ranch. From there, Bryan served as a youth staff member with the program from 2007-2009, serving as Senior Patrol Leader in 2009. He returned to staff the course as an Adult in 2011, and in 2012, was selected as the youngest NAYLE Course Director in PTC history of Youth Leadership Training Programs! In 2007, Bryan was recruited to serve as a member of the Leadership Development Task Force and helped to design and develop the Wilderness First Aid Module of NAYLE and Philmont Leadership Challenge (PLC). This was how Bryan was first introduction to Wood Badge. He was a Buffalo in NE-IV-198, through the Chester County Council in 2007. He served on staff of NE-VI-68 in Hawk Mountain Council in 2008 and served on staff of the PLC pilot course in 2007 at Philmont Scout Ranch. In 2013, Bryan was recognized for his contributions to the BSA’s Leadership Development programs by having a campsite at the new Rayado Ridge Leadership Camp at Philmont Scout Ranch named in his honor. In 2015, Bryan was selected to serve as a member of the Wood Badge Update Task Force Leadership Team, a group that is developing the next version of our beloved Wood Badge program. He will serve as a TG on the second pilot course this March at Philmont Scout Ranch. Outside of Scouting, Bryan is an Emergency Physician at St. Luke’s University Health Network in Bethlehem, PA. In July, Bryan will head to Cooper University Hospital in Camden, NJ where he will complete a 1 year fellowship in EMS Medicine.

Alumni Trip to Colonial Williamsburg

We hope you and a guest will join us for the Alumni & Friends trip to Colonial Williamsburg. We will tour the wonderful Colonial Williamsburg throughout the weekend. The trip is from April 19 to April 22, 2018.

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Alumni Trip to Westchester Broadway Theater

Join us for dinner and a show at the Westchester Broadway Theater on March 18, 2018. We will be seeing A Chorus Line while eating a delectable meal that is included in the price.

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Looking for an affordable indoor winter camping experience? Our hostel overnight package is the “ticket”; stay one or two nights, you cook the meals and we’ll provide the mountain snow fun. Just $71.00/per person/night. Click here for more details.       

Checklist for a Basic Cold Weather Outing


You’re frantic. Panicked even. In exactly one hour, your troop is heading out the door on a cold weather outing — and you’re struggling to pack. What clothes do you need to bring? How about extra gear?

No worries.

Just take a deep breath and use this handy checklist. In addition to the basic camping gear, you’ll also need:

  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Long pants (fleece or wool)
  • Sweater (fleece or wool)
  • Long underwear (polypropylene)
  • Hiking boots or sturdy shoes
  • Socks (wool or synthetic)
  • Warm parka or jacket with hood
  • Stocking hat (fleece or wool)
  • Mittens or gloves (fleece or wool) with water-resistant shells
  • Wool scarf
  • Rain gear
  • Extra underwear (for longer trips)


Here’s more advice from a program director at Northern Tier National High Adventure Bases in Ely, Minnesota:

Bandana. “In the cold, your nose tends to run. To keep your mittens, sleeves and jacket clean and snot-free, use the bandana to wipe your nose.”

Sorel boots. “Boots or shoes will not keep you warm and dry if you’re in the snow. And if it gets well below freezing, regular hiking boots or shoes won’t keep your feet warm either. Wear Sorel boots for wet snow conditions and mukluk-style boots for dry snow.”

Wind parka with hood. “A long wind parka that covers the upper torso down to your mid-thigh will help keep you much warmer than a regular jacket. The heat generated by the lower body and groin area moves to the upper body and then out the neck and head keeping those areas much warmer, much the way a chimney works.”

Side-attaching suspenders. “Using suspenders to keep your pants up instead of a belt is less constricting and allows heat from your lower body to rise freely to the upper body. The side-attaching type allows you to remove your pants without having to take layers off and are easier to reattach.”


Rubberized gloves. “When filling liquid-fuel cooking stoves in really cold weather, wear rubber gloves. If it’s below zero degrees, the fuel will still be liquid at that temperature and can cause instant frostbite if you spill it on your mittens or hands.”

Headlamp. “Daylight is short in the winter, and using a headlamp allows you to use both hands when you do anything from cooking to eating to searching for something in your pack. Plus, if you put your metal mini-Maglite in your mouth when it’s really cold, it’ll freeze to your tongue or lips instantly — ouch!”


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2018 LEDR

August 12-18, 2018.

An exciting and educational week-long program, helping young men and women ages 15-20 years old connect with and become leaders in their community.

Nominations open: January 15, 2018

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