Monthly Archives: February 2018


Updated for 2018! The Boy Scouts Requirement
Book gives you up-to-the-minute information on
the latest rank requirement changes. You’ll also be
current on all revised requirements and minor
updates affecting merit badges.
This replaces previous #641568 2017 Boy Scout™
Requirements Book.

2018 Boy Scouts Requirement Book
#641568 $ 5.99

Personal shopper service e-mail addresses have changed at your PPC Scout Shops.

Don’t have time to spend picking out awards for your next
pack meeting or court of honor?

Let your Patriots’ Path Scout Shops’ Staff do it for you.
Your new orders only addresses are:

Information we need.
1. List of items and quantities (or attach your internet advancement).
2. Send to the store you will be picking up at (Mountainside or Cedar Knolls).
3. Your contact name and phone number.
4. Form of payment (if you wish).

We will have your order bagged, rung up and ready to pick up and pay for.
Please give us at least 48 hours notice.
We will e-mail or call you when your order is ready.

There is no additional charge for this service.

Munsee Chess Tournament Recap

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The fifth annual Munsee District Chess tournament was held on Saturday February 24, 2018 at the Cranford Community Center. Thirty-seven Scouts and two girls from throughout the council came to compete and test their skills.

A Swiss-system tournament is a non-eliminating tournament format which features a set number of rounds of competition. In a Swiss tournament, each competitor does not play every other person. Competitors meet one-to-one in each round and are paired using a set of rules designed to ensure that each competitor plays opponents with a similar running score, but not the same opponent more than once. The winner is the competitor with the highest aggregate points earned in all rounds. All competitors play in each round. This year’s winners were,

1st Place         Vibhav Chaturvedi of Watchung Mountain District Troop 368

2nd Place       Joshua McDonald of Raritan Valley District Troop 90

3rd Place        Miguel Aguirre of Raritan Valley District Troop 90

All participants were awarded a Munsee 2018 Chess Medal. The top three finishers were awarded a travel chess set.

Special thanks go to Joe Renna and Renna Media for sponsoring this year’s tournament. Thanks also to Jim Parlapiano for logistics coordination. John Koneski and Troop 75 for their donation of supplies and Bob Ruggeri for his time and support. Big Apple Pizza of Cranford donated 14 pizzas for lunch. Cranford/Garwood TV 35 also stopped by to videotape the action and do interviews with some of the participants.

Munsee Shooting Sports Recap

On Saturday February 24, 2018, Munsee District held their annual Cub Scout BB and Archery shooting sports event at Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation. More than 20 Cub Scouts from throughout the district participated in this event to test their marksmanship.

Special thanks go out to Scott McCabe and Trish Plummer for coordinating this year’s event. Thanks also to Dave Depczynski and Bob Petraitis for providing instruction and serving as Rangemasters for the event. A special thanks to Dave Lage and Keith Dlugosz for all their help with the logistics for the event.


The Scouting Adventure Card is Here

The 2018 Scouting Adventure Card Program is underway. From now through July 29, 2018, Scouts may sell adventure cards to family, friends, neighbors, etc., to help them fund their camp experience.

The program is simple to administer. The Scout sells each card for $10.00 by cash or check. (The check is made out to the Scout’s unit). The unit then remits $5.00 for each card sold to the Patriots’ Path Council. There is no risk to the unit or Scout for unsold Adventure Cards. Just return them at the end of the sale. Full details can be found on our website at:

A key value of the card is not just the value of the coupons in the brochure but the unique access code that comes with each card. Download the app to your cell phone or computer, type in the unique individual access code and unlock hundreds of other offers that are available to you nationwide.

Contact your service area program executive to answer any questions you might have or to place an order.

Will Adams serving Munsee, Raritan Valley and Watchung Mountain Districts.

973-765-9322 x234 or


Michael Loughman serving Black River, Fishawack and Sussex districts.

973-765-9322 x226 or

How many Scouting Adventure Cards would you like?

New Youth Protection Program Letter

March 1, 2018

To all Patriots’ Path Council families;

In Scouting, our first obligation is to provide a safe environment for our youth. 

As an organization, we are committed to continuous improvement.  This includes our approach to youth protection.  As our understanding of these threats has evolved, so has our approach to keeping youth safe.  We continue to rely on leading experts and the latest research to help us better understand threats facing young people and to design barriers to abuse.

The next generation of the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) Youth Protection program begins today.  Our updated Youth Protection training draws on research from experts in the field of child abuse and child maltreatment, as well as survivors, to identify the contributing factors and threats across the spectrum of child abuse including bullying, neglect, exposure to violence, physical abuse, as well as child sexual abuse.

By October 1, 2018, ALL BSA registered individuals eighteen years of age and older will be required to complete the updated Youth Protection training.  In particular:

  • New leaders are required to take Youth Protection training prior to completing the registration process.
  • Units cannot re-charter unless ALL unit leaders have completed the NEW YPT course.
  • Adult Youth Protection training is required for all program participants 18 years or older including Venturing, Order of the Arrow and Exploring upon submission of their adult application.

Additionally, unregistered adults accompanying units on activities who are present at the activity for 72 hours or more, must also take Youth Protection training.  The 72 hours need not be consecutive.

The only position exceptions to taking the required Youth Protection training are:

  • Institutional heads of chartered (sponsoring) organizations
  • Adult partners in Tiger and Lion programs.

We know this requires some dedicated time to get everyone trained in the new Youth Protection course.  So, we are planning some upcoming in-person trainings.  In addition to a schedule of in-person courses, a brief overview of the changes will be addressed at upcoming monthly roundtable meetings.  There will also be trainings offered at this year’s Tradeshow of Scouting on June 4.

The new training is available now to everyone on My.Scouting (  The training includes three modules and a content review/ test, so please allow at least 60 minutes to complete the course.  The BSA also recommends that you use Google Chrome and not Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge.  Be sure to allow pop-ups.  Training is a critical part of our strategy, but it’s only one part.  Along with the fully updated and revised Youth Protection training, the BSA is also implementing a comprehensive communications strategy that will provide ongoing information, training and resources across every aspect of Scouting.

If a leader or parent has a question about a situation or something they’ve seen or if they want to report a possible incident, they can contact the BSA’s new Helpline for assistance.  ScoutsFirst Helpline (844)-Scouts1 or (844) 726-8871. Individuals can email a report of a possible incident to

In cases of actual or suspected child abuse, they must also notify the local authorities.  For your information, contact for the State of New Jersey is as follows:

For further information about a range of Youth Protection resources, visit the Boy Scouts of America site at  For any computer related questions with the course, please contact the BSA National Help Desk at 972-580-2489 and press option one.

Thank you for continuing to make the safety of our members the number one priority.  If you have any questions, please contact your unit service executive.

Yours in Scouting,

Nora Burke Klippstein                                                            Dennis J. Kohl

Youth Protection Committee Chair                                        Scout Executive



Save The Date! 2018 Youth Protection Symposium: Opioid Awareness, Protecting Our Teens!

You’re Invited!  On a biannual basis, the Patriots’ Path Council Hosts its Youth Protection Symposium.  The event will take place on Friday May 11, 2018 at the Boy Scouts of America Service Center in Cedar Knolls, NJ. This year’s topic is Opioid Awareness, Protecting Our Teens! The Symposium will begin with check in and breakfast at 8:00 am.  The program will start at 9:00 am and come to an end at 3:00 pm.

Any individual interested in learning about protecting our local teenagers including current youth workers, school counselors, camp directors, mental health workers, sports coaches, etc., are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Many topics will be covered including Narcan training, stories from survivors, presentation by the Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris Counties on supplies and resources.  Participants will also learn what the signs are and how to prevent the worst-case scenario. A presentation will be shared on the Hope Wing at Morris County Jail and the key note speaker will be James P. Curtin, MBA, LCADC, president of DAYTOP New Jersey.

The cost will include a light breakfast and lunch.  Registration will open on March 20th.

For more information and to add your name to the mailing list visit at

or contact Bill SanFilippo at 862-777-2524 or

2018 Patriots’ Path Council Tradeshow of Scouting and Cub Scout Expo

Are you ready for the 2018 Tradeshow of Scouting?  Of course not, but the Tradeshow committee is getting ready for you!

The committee has been meeting to plan another great Tradeshow taking place June 4, 2018. Various council committees are or have received invitation letters regarding how to sign up for a display table. We ask that council committees also provide information for our program booklet to showcase their talents.

Finally, the Tradeshow committee needs your help. Fresh ideas and energy come with new members.  Please consider lending a hand in planning and preparing for the show.  We also need help the night of the show for an hour or two.  To learn more, please contact Art Lobdell or Tom O’Leary


Tradeshow of Scouting and Cub Scout Expo

June 4, 2018 The Birchwood Manor, Whippany

Don’t miss it if you are involved with….

Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, Sea Scouts, Explorers

  • Meet others in Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Venturing and Exploring
  • Get program ideas & answers to all your Scouting questions
  • National guest speakers have been invited to talk to us about the new Youth Protection program and Family Scouting.

Robert Tunnell Memorial Fishing Tournament

Saturday May 12, 2018 at Winnebago Scout Reservation, Rockaway, NJ
The Robert Tunnell Memorial Fishing Tournament is a fun filled day of fishing open to Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers and their parents. The event is from 8 am till 3 pm. Lunch is also included for just $30.00 a person. Boats are available to for the first 20 parent/son partners. You may also bring your own boat. To register, please use the following link:

Munsee Klondike Derby 2018 Recap

The annual Munsee Webelos and Boy Scout Klondikes took place on Saturday February 10, 2018 in the “Loop” area of the Watchung Reservation.

Under the leadership of Ed Novak and Dan Turano, 20 patrols from 10 packs totaling 109 Webelos and Arrow of Light Scouts tested their Scouting skills in various areas including fire building and first aid among others. Upon completion of their competition, the Webelos were encouraged to check out the skill stations of the Boy Scouts.

Results of the Webelos Klondike:

1st Place – Pack 83 Kenilworth – Team Tortoise

2nd Place – Pack 163 Union – Spirit Chickens

3rd Place Tie – Pack 145 Clark – Rattlesnakes

3rd Place Tie – Pack 523 Colonia – Savage Nachos

3rd Place Tie – Pack 523 Colonia – Gamefish

The Boy Scout Klondike with Governor Pat Lewis and Lt. Governor Kurt Kamichoff welcomed over 175 Boy Scouts from 13 troops and 20 sleds who tested their knowledge and skills in First Aid, Knots, Cooking, Fire Building, Astronomy and Archery among others.. The top three finishers were:

1st T-83 Vikings

2nd T-83 CK Knome

3rd T-68 Rebel Alliance

The Best Sled award went to Troop 83 CK Knome patrol. The Greenhorn Patrol award went to T-63 Cobra #2

Thanks go to the many packs, troops and volunteers who spent many hours planning and executing the event.

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