Monthly Archives: September 2018

Safety Recall Notice

All customers who purchased a Lion, Wolf, Bear or Webelos neckerchief slide (pictured below) between February and August of this year should return the item to our Scout Shops in Cedar Knolls or Mountainside. We will exchange it for a BSA Fleur-de-lis slide.
Thank you for your cooperation, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Unit Publicity Award

With a council area that serves over 160 towns we need your help to spread the good news about Scouting.

If your unit has been published in a traditional newspaper or an online publication – THANK YOU!

We would like to recognize your work on Scouting’s behalf.  Here is the link to the Unit Publicity Award – you deserve it.

All recipients will receive a ribbon for the unit flag, a printed certificate and be listed in Signs Up.

 

Recent recipients:

Black River District – Troop 156

Black River District – Pack 133

Sussex District – Troop 90

Watchung Mountain District – Pack 182

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

October 26-28, 2018

Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation

To see flyer, click here.

VEX (Venturing, Exploring, Xperience) Committee To Hosts its Annual Membership Challenge

The VEX (Venturing, Exploring, Xperience) committee hosts a membership challenge for our older youth programs. This challenge was taken up to help our older youth units in Venturing, Exploring, and Sea Scouting with hosting open houses through promotional materials and a small token for someone joining a unit. This has proven to be successful in the past with welcoming new members into our programs and council.

The order form can be found on the VEX committee web page https://ppcbsa.org/committees/youth-executive/venturing-exploring-xperience and offers Venturers and Explorers recruitment fliers and yard signs to help them advertise open houses and help get the word out on their program. We have seen several new Exploring programs and some new Venturing crews started thanks to these materials. As a way of helping with an open house we’ve invited youth to bring a friend to camp to experience a small taste of what our programs have to offer.

As we look to the future some changes are needed to grow our membership challenge. Those changes involve the formation of a new Venturing & Exploring committee with a mission to help units in any way we can. As we welcome girls into our rich and storied BSA history, we too need to look to change as a way to continue growing.

For more information, please contact VEX Chairman, Jeff Hostak at hostak126@gmail.com.

Announcing the Fall Cub Scout Recruitment Incentive for 2018

Now’s the time to recruit new Cub Scouts!  The Patriots’ Path Council Membership Committee has partnered with the camping and Scout shop committees to launch the Fall Cub Scout Recruitment Incentive for 2018.

A drawing for 4 Free Weeks of Day Camp & 4 Free Camping Gear Packages will be held for those current Scouts who recruit a friend into their pack or den between September 1 – October 31, 2018. You will have an opportunity to enter your name for each friend that that joins Scouting.

After your friend’s official BSA application is submitted for registration to the Patriots’ Path Council Service Center (online or paper application) please visit: https://tinyurl.com/ScoutMeInFall2018 and complete the entry form. It’s that simple! Current Scouts have no entry limit for new Scouts they recruit.

Click here to read more: https://ppcbsa.org/wp-content/uploads/Fall-Cub-Scout-Recruitment-Challenge-Flyer.pdf

“BRING A BUDDY” If one or more friends join Scouting, you will receive a “My Best Friend is a Scout” patch for you and your friends. You will also receive a “Recruiter” patch for yourself. After your friends join, complete the form and turn it to receive the patches. Form found here: https://ppcbsa.org/wp-content/uploads/membershipBest-friend-is-CS.pdf

2019 Re-Charter Reminder

Hello Patriots’ Path Council Units,

During the week of September 3, 2018:

The committee chairperson and your unit leader (Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Venture Crew Advisor, and Skipper) will have received an email regarding the 2019 re-charter. Much like last year, this email included 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.

*****Note: LAST YEAR’S CODE WILL NOT WORK THIS YEAR*****

Adult Activity Fee Reminder:

As a reminder, the council had issued a statement this past June, about the adult activity fee. All renewing youth and adults will be the same price ($63.00 each).

Youth Protection Reminder:

Every so often, national updates the Youth Protection Training course and mandates that all adults retake the new course before the following recharter period. The latest update took place last February.

So, if you have an expiration date on your YPT that is still good, but have taken the course prior to February 1, 2018, national has changed your expiration to reflect September 30, 2018, ensuring that you retake the new youth protection training course to stay on the charter for 2019.

There is no longer a separate Youth Protection for each type of unit. National has decided to combine them into one all-encompassing course, broken out into 3 modules (YPT Overview and Policies, YPT Sexual Abuse Prevention, and YPT Bullying Prevention) and 1 quiz. You will be able to retake the quiz as often as is needed to pass. Your certificate will be emailed to you upon successful completion of the course. Include this certificate with the recharter paperwork being submitted to council to ensure your records are updated. 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.

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

Black River

District Commissioner– Tim Farrell, tim.farrell@ieee.org, 732-921-1175

Unit Service Executive – Marc Maratea, marc.maratea@scouting.org

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

Fishawack

District Commissioner – Thomas O’Leary, tomolearybsa@gmail.com 973-432-2992

Unit Service Executive – Marc Maratea, marc.maratea@scouting.org

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

Munsee

District Commissioner – Dan Turano, turanmkd@comcast.net, 908-688-6204

Unit Service Executive – Charlean Mahon, charlean.mahon@scouting.org

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

Raritan Valley

District Commissioner – Hugh Gordon, hdgordon@mac.com, 732-284-0891

Unit Service Executive – Charlean Mahon, charlean.mahon@scouting.org

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

Sussex

District Commissioner – Barry George, barryg.scouter@embarqmail.com, 973-600-0434

Unit Service Executive – Marc Maratea, marc.maratea@scouting.org

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

Watchung Mountain

District Commissioner – Judith Joshua, judybsa@jjoshua.com, 908-389-0527

Unit Service Executive – Charlean Mahon, charlean.mahon@scouting.org

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

 

2019 FRIENDS OF SCOUTING KICKOFFS

What is Friends of Scouting?

What are the details of the 2019 FOS Campaign?

Register today to attend an up-coming kickoff.  Register Today:  http://ppcbsa.link/2019kickoffs 

Please send your Unit FOS Chair and Unit Committee Chair as well as other volunteers to a FOS Kickoff.

District Committee Members, Unit Committee Members and FOS Presenters are also requested to attend.

You are welcome at any FOS Kickoff (see the list and registration link above.)

Bring with you a date between October 15, 2018 and March 31, 2019 to hold your unit’s FOS presentation.   Choose the date and location that works best for you with the most parent participation.

Review your unit’s calendar and come ready to schedule your presentation.

Packs – your holiday party or Blue & Gold are good choices.

Troops – Courts of Honor and camp nights are good choices.

Sign up your unit for an FOS presentation that night and your unit will receive a choice of:

  • A free Saturday or weekday program for your Scouts at Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation or Winnebago Scout Reservation, including COPE/Climbing and Shooting (no shotgun) not to exceed a total value of $150.
  • Or a $50.00 Scout bucks certificate, which can be used at either of the Scout Shops or to pay for any Patriots’ Path Council program.

 

Denville:                             Fort Nonsense Brewery, 7 PM-8:30 PM, 3118 NJ-10, Denville, NJ

9/26/18

Piscataway:                        Metlar Bodine House & Museum, 1281 River Rd, Piscataway, NJ

9/26/18                                  Tour of museum begins at 6PM with program running from 7 PM to 8:30 PM.

People using GPS should try 25 Hillcrest Drive (no parking available on River Road)

Morris Plains                    Harley Davidson Store, 6:30 PM -8:00 PM, 1775 Route 10 East, Morris Plains, NJ

9/27/18

Kenilworth:                        Nitschke House, 49 South 21st Street, Kenilworth, NJ

9/27/18                                   Tour of the museum to begin at 6:30 PM with program running from 7 PM to 8:30PM

Light refreshments are provided by the Historical Society.

Berkeley Heights:             Maskers Barn, Watchung Reservation, 9 Cataract Hollow Road, Berkeley Heights, NJ

10/4/18                                    Program running from 6:30 PM to 8 PM

Hardyston:                          Walkill Valley HS, 40 Grumm Rd., Hardyston, NJ

10/4/18                                    Program running from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

This will be held before roundtable with a pizza dinner.

Scoutbook Subscriptions will be free starting January 1, 2019

As released by the national office, August 31, 2018. In an effort to drive program consistency and deeper engagement with out youth and leaders, Boy Scouts of America is pleased to announce that effective January 1, 2019, Scoutbook subscriptions will be free to all BSA units. Scoutboook (https://www.scoutbook.com) is an online unit management tool that ensures that you never miss a Scouting moment – from tracking advancements to milestone achievements along the Scouting adventure. When units with a current Scoutbook account need to renew their subscription this fall, they will not pay any renewal fee effective September 1, 2018. Essentially, units (or councils paying for their units) can renew Scoutbook subscriptions in September, October, November, or December 2018 at no cost. For units currently without a Scoutbook account, they can begin their free Scoutbook unit subscription on January 1, 2019.

 

Here are some FAQs about this announcement:

Q. What is the new Scoutbook subscription policy?
A. Effective January 1, 2019, there will be no cost for any new Scoutbook subscriptions. Effective September 1, 2018, there will be no cost for any renewed Scoutbook subscriptions.


Q. If I open a trial subscription today, will it run out in 30 days or will it stay open until the effective date of January 1, 2019?
A. A new trial subscription opened between September 1, 2018 and November 30, 2018 will remain as it is currently setup in Scoutbook. It is free for the first 30 days of trial use; then the unit is flagged that the trial has run out and the unit is invited to activate a full paid subscription. If an individual creates a new Scoutbook subscription between December 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018, the trial period would be free for the first 30 days; then the unit is flagged that the trial has run out and the unit is invited to activate a full free subscription—since the effective date of free Scoutbook subscriptions takes place on January 1, 2019.

 

Q. I recently opened and paid for a subscription to Scoutbook. Will I be reimbursed for any time in my subscription that remains after January 1, 2019?
A. No. There are no plans to reimburse anyone who has previously paid for a Scoutbook subscription. This change applies only to any new Scoutbook subscriptions effective January 1, 2019 or later—and to any renewing Scoutbook subscriptions that would “normally” be paid between September 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018.


Q. I recently opened a trial subscription to Scoutbook between August 1 and 31, 2018. So now that September is here, do I have to pay for my continued subscription to Scoutbook?
A. No. You started a trial subscription in August at no cost. You would normally renew that subscription in September at cost, but since there is no cost to renew an existing subscription on or after September 1, 2018, your Scoutbook subscription can be renewed at no cost.


Q: How does renewal of Council or Unit Subscriptions expiring between September 1 and December 31, 2018 occur? Does an expiring Council or Unit need to act?
A. No. Expiration dates will be monitored, and automatic extension will be enabled. Unit Codes not issued by Councils may be issued and tracked as usual. If more unit codes are required, the Council must request them as needed.


Q: How does renewal of Council paid subscriptions that expire in 2019 occur? Is action required?
A. No. Expiration dates will be monitored, and automatic extension will be enabled. Unit Codes not issued by Councils may be issued and tracked as usual. If more unit codes are required, the Council must request them as needed.


Q. How will the family plan in Scoutbook work in the future?
A. The current family plan is for families who want to share their Scout’s advancement records. The family plan is also for families with more than one Scout. Parents, grandparents, and leaders can all connect to the Scout(s) records. The Scout(s) in the family can also have access to their records with their own login account. The cost for this service is $10/year for 2 to 5 Scouts or $20/year for 6 to 10 Scouts. On or after September 1, 2018, any current family plan for Scoutbook can be renewed at no cost. On or after January 1, 2019, any new family plan for Scoutbook can be created at no cost.


Q. I need to add a few more Scouts to my family plan in Scoutbook. What is the charge?
A. On or after September 1, 2018, any current family plan for Scoutbook can be renewed at no cost. Any current family plan in Scoutbook can also be upgraded at no cost—if you need to add up to 5 more Scouts to your current family plan.


Q. As it is the fall and school is beginning, it is now “new member signup” time for my Cub Scout pack. My pack has a 75 Scout subscription with 15 open slots. We expect to recruit well over that number next week on Tuesday night. Will we be able to extend our Scout numbers by that time?
A. It sounds like you have a current Scoutbook subscription, so after September 1, 2018, you can renew your subscription (if needed) or add more youth to Scoutbook at no cost.

Q. How does this effect Units that have not activated the Sync feature in Scoutbook?
A. Units that have not activated the Sync feature in Scoutbook clearly have a current plan in Scoutbook—so on or after September 1, 2018, they do not pay to renew their subscription. Please note that units must Sync to renew their subscription to Scoutbook. No Scoutbook renewals without Sync! For any help that may still be needed with the Sync feature, units should contact Scoutbook.support@scouting.org


Q. My unit had a trial that previously expired. Do I have to wait until January 1, 2019 to begin using Scoutbook again?
A. Yes. Scoutbook will be free to all units beginning January 1, 2019. Meantime, please watch the key BSA marketing channels for the release of Scoutbook Lite for all units later in 2018. This free online tool will provide a different UX (user experience) and will help your unit track advancements for all your youth members.


Q. What about the term “subscription” and “renewal” for Scoutbook?
A. With Scoutbook becoming free for new users beginning January 1, 2019 and free for any current users beginning September 1, 2018, you may see the term “subscription” and “renewal” be used less frequently or not at all. In the future, we expect to just have Scoutbook users actively engaged in this online platform. The need to “subscribe” or “renew” annually will become unnecessary.


Q. In the future, what is the renewal process for Scoutbook?
A. Scoutbook will be free effective January 1, 2019. Units with a current subscription can renew or add more youth at no cost—effective September 1, 2018. If a unit in Scoutbook is in sync, we expect that the unit in the future will not need to “act” to renew, as there is no reason to end a subscription—due to a payment that is no longer needed. If your unit has a current Scoutbook subscription and is in Sync, expect that you do not need to take any action and that your unit Scoutbook account will stay live on and after your current subscription end date.


Q. How does this affect the development and roll-out of Scoutbook Lite?
A. This Scoutbook announcement does not affect Scoutbook Lite, which will be rolled out later in 2018 and feature a new UX (user experience). Scoutbook Lite in its initial rollout will feature only advancement reporting.


Q. Will Scoutbook performance be negatively affected?
A. No. The performance of Scoutbook is not affected by this change. The BSA IT and Member Care teams will continue to support Scoutbook with their timely service and quality resources. Scoutbook performance enhancements have been implemented and performance is continually monitored. The platform that Scoutbook is built upon is very adjustable. If adjustments are needed in the future, they will be brought to bear as needed.


Q. Where can I get more information about this change in Scoutbook?
A. For more info, please contact Scoutbook.support@scouting.org

Ordering Materials for Cub Scout Recruitment

The form for ordering Cub Scout Recruitment Materials is at https://ppcbsa.org/wp-content/uploads/Fall-2018-Cub-Recruitment-Materials-Order-Form.pdf   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 Beth.MillerPorter@scouting.org.

The Time to Complete YPT 2.0 Is Now!

Even those Scout leaders who took the previous version of Youth Protection training must log into My.Scouting.org and complete the updated Youth Protection course before October 1, 2018. Don’t wait. A rush closer to the deadline could slow down the system as many Scouters try to complete their training during this busy season. Do not delay. Take YPT 2.0 today. It’s everyone’s responsibility to keep Scouting safe for all.

Take YPT 2.0 here: https://www.scouting.org/training/youth-protection/