Monthly Archives: March 2018

2018 Stars and Stripes Breakfast

Another active Scouting year is well under way and we are excited to announce that the 2nd Annual Stars and Stripes Breakfast will be taking place on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. This year’s keynote speaker is American Legend and New Jersey native Joe Theismann.

We hope you will be able to join us at our new venue, The Ridge, Verizon’s Learning and Development Center, 300 N. Maple Avenue, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920.

This event is free to attend, but you must RSVP beforehand. Each attendee will have an opportunity to make a gift to Scouting during the event. Guests give $250 or more to support Scouting programs for 16,500 youth in northern and central New Jersey.

If you can join us, please REGISTER TODAY! If you cannot, you can still support Scouting with a gift or by placing an advertisement in the program journal. Contact George Hemenetz or Joseph Gonnella with any questions.

2018 Munsee Pinewood Derby Results

This past Saturday, March 3, at Cranford United Methodist Church you could hear the sounds of wheels spinning, cheering, and the anticipation of racing.  It was time for the Munsee District Annual Pinewood Derby. Seventy-one racers entered and three young men finished as the district’s overall fastest.

Races this year were held for Lions, Tigers, Wolves, Bears, Webelos and Arrow of Light.  Fastest in each age group received trophies.  We also held a parent and sibling race.

Division Winners:

Lion                Reid Weissberg        Springfield     Pack 73

Tiger               Logan McArthur      Clark               Pack 30

Wolf                Matthew Gaspar      Elizabeth       Pack 101

Bear                Ethan Macnab          Cranford       Pack 103

Webelos        Michael Hamilton    Fords –           Pack 53

AOL                Dylan Macnab          Cranford        Pack 103

Daisy              Calina Mortimer      Cranford                    75

Brownie         Alexis Meshinsky     Clark              Troop 40564

Junior             Ethan Wall               Cranford                    103

Open              Keith Muccigrosso   Cranford        Pack 103

A special thank you to all the volunteers who helped to make this a great event.

  • Will Adams (registration)
  • Margaret Begley (Pinewood Cafe)
  • Arthur Hrycak (track operations, judging, Pinewood Cafe)
  • Margaret Hrycak Pinewood Cafe
  • Michael Hrycak (track operations and breakdown
  • Orest Hrycak (Event Chair, MC extraordinaire)
  • Peter Hrycak (track operations, judging)
  • Eric Kimball (registration, track operations and judging)
  • Paul Kimball (organization and support)
  • James Mortimer (registration)
  • Dan Ritter (track setup)
  • Aaron Rogers (track setup, operations, and breakdown as well as judging)
  • Jen Rogers (organizing, shopping, baking, and setting up)
  • Leah Rogers (Pinewood Cafe)
  • Ron Scores (track setup)
  • Pete Stevens (track setup, registration, track operations)
  • Dan Turano (registration)
  • (Troop 75 Boy Scout Scott Weichert)

Using Social Media to Market Your Unit!

Here are some points on how to better market your unit through social media and the local press.

1. Get Permission: There are permission release forms for parents to sign off in order for any child to be shown in any media. Please be sure to have these signed annually by all Scouts.

  1. Action to include this release form with all parents that join Scouts.
  2. Those that opt out and don’t want their kid shown in anything, we will have to know upfront and ensure all leaders are aware of this so we don’t accidentally share their kids’ image.

2. Showcase Your Events: We can call News 12 to attend our bonfire event, Pinewood Derby, Earth Day events, FOR SURE. If we go to the battleship overnight, or any Cubelos type busy event… we should get some coverage of that.

  1. Outside of attending these events, we can collect all our pictures and use some of the templates in the manual you attached to write up press releases. Usually a quick 1-page summary will do the trick!

3. Media Potential: Upload all your event summaries to the online paper sites and more!

  1. Show and explain all the main benefits of Scouting life etc. Especially emphasizing the family camping and girls joining.
  2. Ask for all dens to take photos of each event they do together to create a file for each. This way, we have data to pick from when we are finalizing media articles for the newspaper, or blog for our Scouts. This should be something that caters to the public.

4. Engage the Community: We need to find some opportunities for the Scouts to interact with community members so we can have articles about “good turns” being done and what our boys/girls are contributing to the towns where they live.

  1. Have a drive for soldier care packages and have pictures taken and an article written up for the news to show, or to attend as the kids are putting them together. We can have it be pack activity. “Assembly line of kids on tables” putting fun stuff in boxes for them, some kids taping them up, some kids writing addresses on boxes; visually seeing kids doing something in their community.
  2. Have Scouts participate in some sort of leadership activity at their own school or other social activity. Kids like to be involved in social issues and have their voices heard. Talk to the boys and girls about what they can do to make their school and community a better place, and what ideas they may have as mini projects to assist the teachers or others in some small community minded activity. Again, have us write up an article with pictures, and QUOTES from the kids and adults involved.


Thanks to Javier Juarez and Holly for contributing to this article.

St. Patrick’s Day Patches

Will your Scouts march in a parade this month? Are you looking to recognize your Scouts? Check out the Scout Shop for patches starting at $0.99 each.

Shown below is St. Patrick’s Day emblem at $0.99

2.13.18 St. Patrick's Day Patches

Get yours before they sell out!

  • Cedar Knolls Scout Shop 973-765-9322 ext. 233
  • Mountainside Scout Shop  908-654-9191

Nominations Now Open for Sussex STAR Awards

New for 2018, the Sussex STAR award is for all Sussex District leaders and Scouters who have showed exemplary service to the Scouts, the units or the district.  Award requirements include a minimum 2 years of service for award and they must be trained in their registered position.

Nominations are due April 15.  Nomination forms can be found here:

Awards will be presented at the May roundtable & Sussex recognition event on Thursday May, 3rd at 7:30 pm located at Wallkill Valley High School in Hamburg.

Registration Now Open: 2018 Black River District Fellowship & Recognition Dinner

Join us this May to celebrate the success and accomplishments of our many volunteers and our district at this year’s dinner. The event will be held on Wednesday, May 16, 6:30 pm.

This year’s dinner will be hosted by The Chandelier at Flanders Valley which is located at 80 Pleasant Hill Rd, Flanders, NJ 07836.  There is a $33.00 per person dinner cost that offers a cash bar.

Spouses are encouraged and welcome to attend along with family and friends. Please dress in business casual attire.

Be sure to register by the deadline of May 10th at

For additional information please contact Jay Deboey, district chairman, at for questions on the dinner; Dick Preuss, for recognition questions, at or Bill SanFilippo, for all other questions, at 862-777-2524 or

Webelos Resident Camp

Calling all Webelos and their parents! Webelos Resident Camp is a 4 day, 3 night overnight camp experience designed for Webelos and their parent. Webelos have the opportunity to start working on adventures or activity badges, learn more about the world we live in, and develop a greater appreciation for the outdoors. Parents will have an amazing bonding experience and have the opportunity to participate in their own special activities! Register today! To see the flyer, click here.

Camp COLEY Open House

COME ONE, COME ALL! To Camp COLEY’s Fun Day Open House!

The annual Camp COLEY Fun Day Open House will take place April 21, 2018 from 2pm to 6pm (rain or shine) at Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation!

There will be lots of great carnival-themed activities for the children while parents enjoy a tour of the camp and Q&A session with Camp Director Karyn Landis. It’s always a great time!!

Sing songs, play games, enjoy a BBQ dinner, and have a laugh at our closing campfire. For only $5 per person, you will have a day full of fun!

For more information and to register visit To see the flyer, click here.

Cub Scout Pack Camping Incentives

Attention all PPC Cub Scout packs: Check out the 2018 PPC Cub Scout pack camping incentives!! Spread the word and register today!! You can find the flyer here.

Let’s Get Camping! Newsletter

Did you know we have a monthly e-newsletter with short articles about Patriots’ Path Council camps? If you’re not receiving Let’s Get Camping! click here to join the mailing list: