Monthly Archives: August 2018

Upcoming Den Chief Training Classes

All Scouts who will definitely, probably, or even possibly be serving as den chiefs this coming school year need to complete Den Chief Training. Besides learning themselves how to be quality den chiefs, they also receive information to bring to their den leaders on how they are to work with a den chief.

Two classes, one on Sunday, August 26, and the other on Saturday, September 8, are being presented. Details and registration are at

Please make sure that all Scouts in your troop who need to be trained as den chiefs register for one of these two classes.

Legal Eagle Event

On Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at 6:00 pm in conjunction with the Patriots’ Path Council, Boy Scouts of America, Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC will be hosting a “Legal Eagles” reception for Eagle Scout attorneys in northern and central New Jersey. The reception will take place at the offices of Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC , 1 Boland Drive, West Orange, NJ 07052. All Eagle Scouts are encouraged to attend, whether they earned the award here in New Jersey or elsewhere. The goal of the event is not simply to provide an opportunity for professional networking, but to further the development of a group of attorneys with shared experiences that all involved hope will promote continued community engagement in the tradition of the Scout Oath and Law. As the saying goes, “Once an Eagle Scout, always an Eagle Scout.”

Any Eagle Scout legal professional is invited. For additional information, please contact Dennis Kohl at or 973-765-9322 X 245.

To register please go to:



If you are an Eagle Scout looking for scholarships for post-secondary education (including vocational trade schools), the NESA scholarship window is now open.

You must review the NESA Scholarship webpage prior to applying. The link to the scholarship application is in the  “HOW TO APPLY” section of the NESA Scholarship webpage (Eagle Scouts will find the application link in Steps 3 or 4, depending on if you have applied in a prior year).

The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. on October 31.


If you are an Eagle Scout between the ages of 18 and 27, you may now apply for a chance to be a part of the 2019 World Explorers Program. Review the NESA Fields of Study webpage and select the opportunity most applicable to YOU! (Application links are contained within each opportunity.)

The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. on October 31.


Each year NESA awards service grants to local council NESA committees. A minimum of one $1,000 grant is awarded in each region. NESA believes the world will be a better place with more Eagle Scouts. Therefore, special consideration is given to grant applications that help NESA committees develop innovative and creative ways to assist Scouts achieve the Eagle rank.

Click here for the grant application.

The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. on October 31.

Stay informed with the latest NESA news by following NESA on Facebook.

If you would like to donate to the NESA Scholarship fund, click here.

Questions about any of the opportunities above? Contact

Good luck!

New BALOO Training Program!

What is it?  The new BALOO training program is an overnight curriculum (1.5 days) presenting BSA’s Cub Scout level camping policies along with instruction on basic camping skills.  The intent of the program is to enable Cub Scout adult leaders to plan and conduct a safe, exciting and fun overnight camping experience for their pack.  This program replaces the old BALOO program and OWLS training.


Who should attend? It is recommended that Cubmasters, assistant Cubmasters, and den leaders have this training.  All adult leaders are encouraged to attend.  Cub Scout policies require at least one BALOO trained adult leader on any overnight pack camping activity.


Where?  Camp Somers, MASR,


When?  Saturday Sep. 29, 2018 8:00 AM to Sunday Sep. 30, 2018 12:00 PM.


How much?  $20.00 – This is a promotional price for this event only!  Includes overnight camping and all meals (lunch and dinner Saturday and breakfast Sunday.)


Registration?   Go to the www.ppcbsa website and BALOO training registration is found on the council calendar.

Westfield Special Needs Students Participate in Scout Regatta

WESTFIELD, NJ – August 2, 2018—On Friday, July 27, students at the Crossroads School in Westfield participated in their annual “Raingutter Regatta,” the school’s summer version of their annual Cub Scout Pinewood Derby. In a raingutter regatta two students race handmade sail boats down a narrow channel, whoever reaches the end of the channel first is the winner. The students can decorate and name their boats before the race.


Patriots’ Path Council of the Boy Scouts of America has partnered with the Union County Educational Services Commission for over 5 years to provide Scouting programs to special needs youth in Union County at The Crossroads School (Pack 45) and The Westlake School (Troop 1571), both in Westfield. The Westfield United Fund sponsors the program and pays for the students’ registration and material costs.


Pack 45 at Crossroads school is led by school social worker, Ms. Elaine Liggeri, who enjoys using Scouting to give her students enrichment activities that they may not be able to participate in outside of a school setting. The pack will have its annual Pinewood Derby next winter.


For more information about Special Needs Scouting in Munsee, Raritan Valley, or Watchung Mountain, please contact Program Executive Will Adams at or 973-765-9322 x234; for Black River, Fishawak, and Sussex, please contact Program Executive Michael Loughman at or 973-765-9322 x 226.