Monthly Archives: February 2018

Sussex Boy Scout Spring Camporee

The 2018 Sussex District Spring Boy Scout Camporee will be held the weekend of May 4-6, 2018.  The theme of the camporee is a ‘Catastrophe-O-Ree’ and will focus on first aid skills and resourcefulness in emergency situations.

The camporee will be held at Lodestar Park in Fredon and will cost $12.00 per person.

Contact Dave DiPietro @ 973-827-9502 or troop912@ptd.net; or Michael Loughman at 973-714-7308 or michael.loughman@scouting.org.

Registration for the Boy Scout camporee will open March 1st at www.ppcbsa.org on the Sussex Calendar.

Fishawack Pinewood Derby Championship

The 2018 Fishawack Pinewood Derby championship will be held on Saturday April 21, 2018 at the Alfred Vail School on Speedwell Ave. in Morristown.

The competition is open to all Fishawack Cub Scouts who finished in 1st through 3rd place in their age group in their pack’s derby.

Registration for the event is $5.00. and the program will run from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

For additional information contact Jim Danus at 973 285-9479 or jpdanus@outlook.com or Mike Loughman at 973-714-7308, michael.loughman@scouting.org.  Registration will open Feb. 21, 2018 at www.ppcbsa.org.

Philomont 2018 Individual Registrations

Patriots’ Path Council is currently accepting individual registrations to attend Philmont Scout Ranch in 2018 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.  The cost is estimated to be $2,200 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 chiefwatchu@watchu.org or call Andrew Joiner at (973) 765-9322 Ext 252.

Check out the openings for 2018.

Philmont 2019

Patriots’ Path Council is currently accepting additional applications for crews to attend Philmont Scout Ranch in 2019 as part of one of four 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.  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 chiefwatchu@watchu.org or call Andrew Joiner at (973) 765-9322 Ext 252.

Check out the openings for 2019.

Order Your 2018 Scouting Adventure Cards NOW!

The Scouting Adventure/ Camp Card is a terrific way for a Scout to earn their way to summer camp or it can be a great fundraiser for your pack, troop or crew!  This initiative is designed to help Scouts earn their way to Cub Scout day camp, Webelos resident camp, Boy Scout resident camp, national high adventure activities, to purchase new camping equipment, etc.

The program is simple:

  • For every $10.00 camp card you sell your unit or the individual Scout keeps $5.00.
  • Sell 20 cards and you keep $100.00.
  • Sell 100 cards and you keep $500.00
  • There are incentives for Scouts to earn extra money through bi-weekly drawings.
  • Sell what you can and return the rest.
  • You can’t lose!

For more information and to check out the leaders guide visit: https://ppcbsa.org/give/scouting-adventure-card/

Please contact your service area program executive and let them know how many camp cards you need for your unit!

HARD WORKING SCOUTS DESERVE TO GO TO CAMP!
EARNING YOUR OWN WAY IS AN IMPORTANT VALUE EVERY SCOUT SHOULD LEARN.

Raritan Valley Pinewood Derby and Cub Scout Games

Racers start your engines. The Raritan Valley Pinewood Derby and Cub Scout Games are here. The top finishers in your pack are eligible to race.

Cost is $10.00 per Scout.

This year’s races will be on March 24th at Saint Anne’s Church, 45 Anderson Street, Raritan, NJ 08869.

Registration starts at 8 am and races begin at 9 am.

PPC registration link: http://ppbsa.doubleknot.com/event/2143584

For more information contact racing steward George Bicking at 908-458-6328 or cubmaster@p154.org.

Watchung Mountain Klondike Results

2.14.18 Watchung Mountain Klondike Results

The Watchung Mountain District held their annual Klondike derby on January 27, 2018. Over 300 Scouts and leaders converged on the Watchung Reservation to test their Scouting skills. Skills tested included first aid, fire building, map and compass, knots and lashing, tomahawk throw, and wilderness survival.

Senior Scouts and Scouts competed to earn nuggets to determine the winners.

The winners in the Scout division were:

1st        Blade Runners Patrol          Troop 68        Score 757

2nd      Constipated Crabs Patrol   Troop 63        Score 736

3rd       Ram Patrol                            Troop 95        Score 675

 

In the Senior division the winners were:

1st        Eagle Patrol                          Troop 95        Score 799

2nd      Watchung Troop 32 Patrol Troop 32        Score 762

3rd       Golden Goose Patrol           Troop 73        Score 750

Raritan Valley District Scout and Webelos Klondike

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Saturday February 3, 2018 was cold and sunny as more than 100 Webelos and 300 Boy Scouts traveled to the Watchung Reservation for their annual Klondike Derby. Klondike governor Dave Robbins from Troop 154 along with a dedicated staff of volunteers set up various stations to test Scouts and Webelos in rope skills, sled races, and fire building with just a 9-volt battery and steel wool. There was a “mystery station, compass skill town and a first aid town as well. Among the most popular stops of the day was lunch town in the Scout camping area and a soup and hot chocolate station by the headquarters manned by Tom Mitchell from Troop 83, Somerville.

 

Boy Scout Recruitment Plans

February 1, 2018

Subject: AOL to Boy Scout/ Boy Scout Recruitment Plans

Dear Scoutmaster:

Are You In?  Let’s Get More Boy Scouts!

We appreciate all the hours you put in to provide the best program possible for our Scouts.  In 2018, the council membership committee would like to help every troop provide their program to more young men!

We have developed a plan that allows troops to participate in actively recruiting new 5th and 6th graders to their home troops. By participating, you will get the support of the membership committee and council professionals to assist in securing recruiting materials, open houses, and school talks.

You will need to identify your troop’s new member coordinator and a possible open house date to welcome new members.

So, are you in?  It’s easy, follow the link below to complete some basic information.  A member of the committee will reach out to you to plan the recruitment and help your troop succeed.

There are many free resources available to you thanks to your support of Friends of Scouting.  Be sure to check your unit mailbox or the council membership web page for the latest resources!

Participating?  Follow the link here: https://tinyurl.com/AOL2Scout

Looking forward to serving more Boy Scouts this year!

 

Sincerely,

John Cristadoro                                              Bill SanFilippo

Membership Chairman                                   Field Director

jcristadoro@optimum.net                               bill.sanfilippo@scouting.org

 

To see the full letter and packet, click here.

Save The Date: Spring Membership Breakfast!

We had an awesome last two years of membership growth, and with all the exciting changes occurring in the future, we want to keep the growth going in 2018!

Mark your calendars and spread the word for Saturday, April 7th from 8 am to 12 noon!  The day will cover spring recruitment materials, Family Scouting updates, Lions program update, information and training on the new member coordinator, and a FREE breakfast!!

Open to any volunteer who wishes to attend!   We highly encourage Cub Scout packs to attend!

Contact John Cristadoro, membership committee chairman, at jcristadoro@optimum.net or visit https://ppcbsa.org/membership/currentmembers/resources/ for more information and to register.