Monthly Archives: August 2018

Merit Badge Intro Workshop and Den Chief Training

Saturday, November 3, 2018, Brooklawn Middle School, 250 Beachwood Road at Route 202, Parsippany NJ.

The purpose of the workshop is to introduce badges to the Scouts and to help them understand the merit badge process. 

For most of the merit badges, Scouts will obtain a “partial” but will not be able to complete the merit badge at this event.

Registration and class catalog are at

Registration starts at 7:00 AM on Friday, August 31, 2018.

For more info, contact Michael Merritt,

Membership Road Show Update

Membership Road Shows – A recording of the Black River District Membership Road Show is posted at  Technical difficulties limited how much we got on camera but our presenters gave a wealth of information about Best Recruitment Practices, Family Scouting, Lions, and New Member Coordinator.  On the recording, the different topics begin:

New Member Coordinator – at 0:00

Family Scouting – 16:30

Lions – 35:00

Best Practices – 57:00

The segment on was not recorded but all the materials that the presenters showed are available at

New Member Coordinator in Each Pack – The new member coordinator is a new position on each pack’s committee.  Your NMC makes sure that new families are welcomed and leave their first meeting connected with the pack.  This is a great way for someone with an outgoing personality to help families feel at home right away.  They wear a distinctive red polo shirt that makes them stand out for the new folks to find.  See attached brochure.  On the adult application for your new member coordinator, write “NMC”.   If one of your current committee members is taking the NMC role, please let us know by emailing

Ordering Materials for Cub Scout Recruitment – The form for ordering Cub Scout Recruitment Materials is attached.  It has pictures of the flyers that are currently available.  You can also order lawn signs, posters, on boarding envelopes, etc.  All materials are free, paid for by Friends of Scouting donations.  The form can be faxed to 973-267-3406 or scan it/send a photo to

Updated YPT Letter – Fall 2018

Walk to End Alzheimer’s 2018

Our Essex-Hudson-Union walk will be held on Saturday September 29th at the South Mountain Rec Complex- Clipper Pavilion in West Orange, which is probably the closest to you but there are several walks to chose from. We would love to see the younger generation get involved in the cause and should they chose to fundraise we are here to help support that process and can provide them with materials to help out! Should you have any questions you can reach out to me at this email or the number below.
Thank you for your time and support.
We look forward to working with your Scouts!
Danielle Buckler
Administrative Assistant
Alzheimer’s Association Greater New Jersey
23 Vreeland Rd. Unit 105
Florham Park, NJ, 07932
973-437-3931 x- 8871



Hello Patriots’ Path Council Units,


During the week of September 3, 2018:

The unit leader (Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Advisor, or Skipper) and your committee chairperson will receive an email regarding the 2019 re-charter. Much like last year, this email will include your unique access code and links to all the information needed to re-charter your unit for 2019. If the person receiving that email is not your re-charter processor (adult designated by your unit to process your 2019 re-charter), please have them forward the email to the correct person.




Adult Activity Fee Reminder:

As a reminder, the council has issued a statement this past June, about the adult activity fee. The same statement has been included in this week’s council e-newsletter.


Youth Protection Reminder:

Because national updated the Youth Protection training course, it is mandatory that every registered, paying adult retake this course after February 1, 2018 to stay on the 2019 charter. The new training is a 4-part course including a quiz. Your certificate will be emailed to you upon successful completion of the course. All 3 modules and the quiz must be completed to get full credit.


October 1, 2018:

The internet re-chartering website becomes active October 1, 2018. Once live, you’ll be able to access your online re-charter using the link and the unique access code, both supplied in the email mentioned above. Remember, everyone logs in as a first-time user at the beginning of each re-charter season, regardless of your re-charter processor status from the prior year.


September Roundtables


Black River September 4
Fishawack September 5
Munsee September 4
Raritan Valley September 12
Sussex September 6
Watchung Mountain September 5


Questions about your recharter can be directed to your district commissioner, or your unit service executive.  Contact information can be found below:



Black River

District Commissioner– Tim Farrell,, 732-921-1175

Unit Service Executive – Marc Maratea,,

Work:     973-765-9322 ext 240     Cell: 973-900-0919



District Commissioner – Thomas O’Leary,, 973-377-4328

Unit Service Executive – Marc Maratea,,

Work:     973-765-9322 ext 240     Cell:  973-900-0919



District Commissioner – Dan Turano,, 908-688-6204

Unit Service Executive – Charlean Mahon,,

Work:     973-765-9322 ext 250     Cell:  973-524-4459


Raritan Valley

District Commissioner – Hugh Gordon,, 732-284-0891

Unit Service Executive – Charlean Mahon,,

Work:     973-765-9322 ext 250     Cell:  973-524-4459



District Commissioner – Barry George,, 973-600-0434

Unit Service Executive – Marc Maratea,,

Work:     973-765-9322 ext 240     Cell:  973-900-0919


Watchung Mountain

District Commissioner – Judith Joshua,, 908-389-0527

Unit Service Executive – Charlean Mahon,,

Work:        973-765-9322 ext 250      Cell:   973-524-4459

Fall Good Scout Events and Popcorn Sale

The following Good Scout events are currently scheduled to take place this fall.


Long Valley/Mt.Olive/Mendham Good Scout Awards Dinner

The Chandelier in Flanders Valley

October 18, 2018 – 7pm

Confirmed honorees: Jim Maguire, Matt Morello, Ray Chimileski, Richard P. Diegnan


*Montville Good Scout Awards Dinner

The Hanover Manor

October 25, 2018 – 7pm

Confirmed honorees: Cathy Lundquist, Daria Senaldi, Dick Vreeland

*Margaret Lam will be awarded the Asian American Spirit of Scouting Service Award


Hanover/Florham Park Good Scout Awards Dinner

The Hanover Manor

October 4, 2018

Confirmed honorees: Councilman Charles Malone, George Copolla, Dr. Mark Brzozowski


Linden Good Scout Awards Dinner

III Amici Ristorante

September 12, 2018

Confirmed Honorees: Maria Castanheria, Michael Jackson, Danie Orelien-Armstead, Lucia E. Perpina, Esq. , Capt. Abdul Williams


Scotch Plains/Fanwood Good Scout Awards Dinner

Shackamaxon Country Club

October 9, 2018

Confirmed Honorees: Det. Shawn Johnson, Sean Flannery and Frank Pascale, Michael Ruzek



Hillsborough Good Scout Awards Dinner

Location TBD (Scheduled for October)


Piscataway Area Good Scout Awards Dinner

Location TBD (Scheduled for November)


Green Brook/North Plainfield Good Scout Awards Dinner



Popcorn 2018-

Our 2018 Popcorn Kickoff trainings are now over. We had an excellent Show and Sell pick up on Saturday August 11th. Units across Patriots’ Path Council have begun doing Show and Sells and kicking off their units’ sale! Remember, Take Order Sales begin September 8th


There are a variety of steps that can boost your fall recruitment. The attached “Back Dated Steps for Fall Recruiting” lists these steps and back dates them based on the date of your fall recruitment event.
But nothing can be promoted until the date, time and location of your event is confirmed. Some organizations are very slow to reply to your request for meeting space, so it is best to submit your
request now. The sooner that you can confirm the details, the sooner that steps can be taken to promote the event.
On the attached “Back Dated Steps”, if you enter the date for your recruitment event, the formulas will autofill the suggested dates for completing the steps. The dates are just suggestions but this is designed to be sure that you don’t miss deadlines and steps are taken far enough in advance to have an impact.
Some steps may not apply to your pack (like mailing an invitation) but are listed to be thorough. Delegating the steps to a number of parents can lighten the load for everyone but one person should keep track of everyone’s progress. Many of these can be done by a parent who is not yet helping out with your pack.
Download the customized backdating sheet at:

Specialized Training for Incoming Youth Leaders for 2019 Start-Up Troops

October 26 – 28, 2019

Specialized Training for Incoming Youth Leaders for 2019 Start-Up Troops


Come on out and learn some of the basics of the Scouts BSA program (the new name for the Boy Scout program starting February 1, 2019).
This course will show new Scouts what being in Scouts BSA is all about.  You’ll be able to know what to do and have more FUN in your new troop right from the start!
On Sunday, 10/28/18 from 8:00 am – noon the PPC Training Committee will offer “Scoutmaster / Assistant Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training” for those who will be adult leaders in new troops in 2019.
To register – Youth –  


Official Pinewood Derby Car Kit in Gift Wrapped Packaging

Back for the 2018 holidays, the Official Pinewood Derby Car Gift Package. Pre-order yours now to ensure that you have them to give out this season.

All orders must be in by September 15, 2018 and paid in full at time of ordering. Quantities are limited; therefore, orders will be fulfilled as they are received. If you have any questions, please contact the Cedar Knolls Scout Shop at 973-765-9322 ext. 233 or Mountainside Scout Shop at 908-654-9191.

Order form: Gift Wrapped Packaging Order form

Order forms can be submitted by email to, or brought in to either Scout Shop.

Scouts, Skiing, & Shawnee Mountain

Shawnee Mountain is planning for winter, are you? We have Scout-friendly 1-day ski/snowboard, snow tubing, budget-conscious overnight pkgs & 2 special Scout events: Super Scout Sunday (2/3/19) & Scout Weekend (3/9 – 3/10/19). Click Here for more information.