Monthly Archives: May 2018

New Tool: Using Preschools to Recruit Lions

 

Lion Logo

Passing the word to “Scout Me In!”  With the welcoming of kindergarten students and girls, we have so much new space to recruit from!  Check out one-way Sussex District tapped into a new market!

 

Sussex District hand delivered a cover letter with a Lions flyer to each of the 44 pre-schools in 21 towns within the district.

 

These flyers are meant to spread the word that (1) our Lions program is open to all kindergarteners and (2) our Family Scouting program now allows girls to participate in the Cub Scout program.

 

Flyers are to be further distributed by the schools to the parents of all boys and girls entering kindergarten in the fall.  These flyers are a follow-up to the letters sent out by Patriots’ Path Council earlier this year.

 

Our flyers were well received and responses were very positive.

 

Free flyers and recruitment materials/ support is provided by the dollars donated to the Friends of Scouting campaign.  Take a look and order what’s provided to you at: https://ppcbsa.org/membership/currentmembers/resources/

 

Submitted By: Mary Comerford, Sussex District Membership Chair

Two Great Activities for Your New Scouts to Try This Spring!

The council is sponsoring two events for prospective families, brand new families, and current Scouting families!  The June 3rd Cub Academy Day and June 9th Fishing Tournament are bound to be great events to build off all the fun Scouting provides.

 

Cub Academy Day- June 3rd

If you like to challenge yourself, build adventure, go out on the lake, and catch a few fish, you’re invited to Cub Academy Day at MASR Camp Wheeler in Stanhope, New Jersey. The event is targeted to young females and males ages 6-11. Cub Academy Day will take place on Sunday, June 3rd from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the PPC Outdoor Academy (MASR Camp Wheeler) located at 750 Waterloo Rd., Stanhope, New Jersey.

 

Activities will include fishing, boating, nature hikes, field games, and more. Families will be able to tour the facility and learn about our Summer Day Camp and the many year-round programs at the PPC Outdoor Academy. The event is sponsored by the Patriots’ Path Council, Boy Scouts of America PPC Outdoor Academy.

 

The cost per child is $5, parents can attend at no cost. Participants are encouraged to bring a friend and register early.

 

To register, please visit https://scoutingevent.com/358-19196. For more information, please contact the PPC Outdoor Academy Director, Robert Davidson at robert.davidson@scouting.org or 973-765-9322 X266.

 

Youth Fishing Challenge– June 9th

Black River District will run a site for the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Youth Fishing Challenge.  We will be at Parks Lake in Rockaway on Saturday, June 9th from 8:00 am to noon.  This is a statewide “free fishing” day – no licenses required.  Encourage members of your pack or troop to attend and bring a friend.  Boys and girls who join Scouting that day will receive a free fishing kit.

 

Register at https://tinyurl.com/myfishchallenge.  For information contact, al.thomas@scouting.org, 973-765-9322 x229. Prizes will be awarded!

Cool Activities to Get Youth Interested & Involved In Scouting!

cool activities in Scouting

There are many reasons why boys (and now girls!) decide that they want to participate in the Scouting program.  They may have been encouraged by their parents, expressed interest because they have friends in Scouting, or just wanted to become involved in a new activity.  But the biggest reason youth get into Scouting and stay in Scouting is because they want to have fun.  And, whether they are an 8 year-old Wolf or 14 year-old First Class Scout, a young person who isn’t having fun is not likely to stay in Scouting.  Thus, a major goal for every unit should be to plan “cool” activities that will get kids interested in Scouting and keep them interested in Scouting for years to come.

Camping overnights (the stereotypical Scouting trip) is an obvious activity that appeals to many, but it is certainly not the be-all and end-all of the program (and should not be!)  Outdoor activities, such as day hikes and fishing excursions, and indoor activities, such as a trip to a museum or rock-climbing facility are all great potential options.  Outings to sporting events can also be a big hit, and many of the professional and semi-professional local teams have special designated nights and/or group rates that make such outings more financially feasible.  Additionally, there are a myriad of events and activities available throughout the year at the council’s camps that are both great opportunities for fun and introduce young Scouts to the camps and get them excited about returning during the summertime.

Convincing boys and girls to join and remain in Scouting can sometimes be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be.  The best way to keep interest high and to keep Scouts (particularly younger Scouts) coming back for more is to plan a variety of fun activities that appeal to all the members of a pack or troop.  Ideas for specific activities to plan for your unit (like the Rutgers University Geology Museum and Jockey Hollow), and scheduled events at council camps, can be found on the council’s website (ppcbsa.org).  Scouting can provide so many positive benefits to boys and girls, but more than anything else, it should be fun!

A reminder to take these tips and make your recruitment events fun!  Free flyers and recruitment materials/ support is provided by the dollars donated to the Friends of Scouting campaign.  Take a look and order what’s provided to you at: https://ppcbsa.org/membership/currentmembers/resources/

Submitted By: Ryan O’Connor, Membership Committee Vice Chair

New Bug Protection Items for Sale!

Packing your bag for summer camp or Philmont? Don’t forget these items to keep your Scout protected from mosquitoes and ticks.

 

 

Natrapel provides eight hours of DEET-free protection from biting insects and ticks. Picaradin formula is recommended by the CDC to repel insects carrying illnesses such as West Nile virus and EEE. 3.5-oz. pump spray, only $9.99 Also available in a 1 oz. TSA approved carry-on size, only $4.99

 

 

Camp mosquito net (single) fits over a single cot or bag, suspends with poles or ropes (not included), Dimensions are 59.1”X 31.9”X 78.7” Made from an ultra-fine polyester mesh. Rectangular shape with six reinforced tie tabs. Washable and reusable. White color. Folds to compact size for easy storage, only $ 11.00

 

 

 

 

 

The Tick Key is an easy tool to use to remove the tick, head and all. Fabricated from high-strength anodized aluminum. Easily stored in a wallet, pocket, on a key chain, collar, or a leash.  Assorted colors, only $5.95

 

 

 

 

 

Annual Beefsteak Dinner – July 21, 2018

Celebrate over 100 years of  combined service by Bob Morris, Chris Szymczak, and George Van Dyke for their dedication and legacy to the camping programs of Patriots’ Path Council! These individuals will be inducted into the PPC Camp Hall of Fame at 6:00 PM on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at the Camp Somers Dining Hall, Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation. The induction will be followed the annual Beefsteak Dinner and bread building contest, so bring supplies with you. The funds raised from this event will support the Warren Wheeler Adventureship Fund, because we believe every kid deserves to go to camp. For more information or to register, go to: http://ppbsa.doubleknot.com/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2329652&OrgKey=716