Monthly Archives: October 2018

Implementation Details for Females Entering Scouts BSA

Fellow Scouters,
In anticipation of the new membership rules taking effect next year, National is announcing a one-time opportunity for new members joining after the age of 16 to advance to the Eagle rank.  (Please see the attached.)

Advancement is one of the methods by which the Scouting program works to build character and forge responsible, participating citizens.  Whenever and however young people join, it is our responsibility to deliver the program and help them achieve their goals.  I know that the dedicated volunteers and professionals of the Patriots’ Path Council are determined and dedicated to support all youth members today and into the future.

It will be our task, first, to provide the opportunity to advance at each Scout’s desired pace, and second, to ensure that each and every Eagle candidate who fully meets the requirements as specified by National is given appropriate attention.  The trail is long, hard, each challenge teaches a lesson, and teaches leadership.  Every Eagle trail is unique, and must be uniquely celebrated.  Whether joining next February as a 17 year old, or having gone through the program since a Tiger (…or Lion!), every Eagle in the coming years should feel personal pride…and will reflect positively on those in the unit, district and council whose hard work made the opportunity possible.


The challenge is in front of us…let’s get to work, together!

Yours in Scouting,

Michael Merritt

Chair, Advancement Committee

Patriots’ Path Council

New Jersey Society Sons of the American Revolution: Eagle Scout Scholarships

Dennis Kohl, Scout Executive & CEO

Patriots Path Council, BSA

1 Saddle Road

Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927


Dear Mr. Kohl:


We are writing to you seeking your help in promoting two Eagle Scout programs provided by the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). Both of us are Eagle Scouts, and hold State Officers in the New Jersey SAR (NJSAR). For years the SAR has recognized the many common bonds of purpose and principles of the SAR and the Boy Scouts of America. The SAR and Boy Scouts participate in many activities together. Scouts of all ages help with SAR parades and ceremonies including grave markings and Revolutionary War battle remembrances. SAR members contribute to Scouting activities by teaching relevant merit badges such as Genealogy, Law, and the various Citizenship merit badges.

Young men who achieve the rank of Eagle Scout have demonstrated their beliefs in the common principles between the two organizations. For this reason, the SAR believes that Eagle Scouts deserve special recognition for their accomplishment and dedication. The first of the SAR recognitions is a Certificate that can either be presented at the Court of Honor, or if that is not possible then it can be mailed to the Eagle Scout. The process for receiving this Certificate is very simple and can easily be included in your Eagle Scout information. The process starts by notifying Mr. Schmitz via email at least 6 weeks in advance of the Court of Honor of the time date and location. He will try to arrange for a SAR member to be at the Court of Honor to present the Certificate. If that is not possible then he will send the Certificate to the Eagle Scout.

The second SAR recognition is a nationwide Scholarship Program. Scholarships are awarded on a State and National level. The SAR of New Jersey awards a $1,000 Scholarship and an Eagle Scout trophy to the State winner, who is then automatically entered in the National competition. The National award is $10,000 for the winner. The runner-up is awarded $6,000, and the 2nd runner-up received $4,000. The Eagle Scout scholarship is open to all Eagle Scouts who are currently registered with an active unit and have not yet reached their 19h birthday during the year of application. The application year is defined as January 1st through December 31st. An Eagle Scout may apply more than one year if they meet the age and unit requirements, but no more than $10,000 total may be granted to any one Eagle Scout. The Scholarship application can be found at Applicants need to submit the application form signed by themselves and parent or guardian, a four generation ancestry chart (Family Tree), and an original essay on a patriotic theme of not more than 500 words. In New Jersey, the Application and supporting documents must be submitted by December 31st for the next years Scholarship. Interested Eagle Scouts can contact Mr. Schmitz with questions. Hopefully information about this Scholarship opportunity for all Eagle Scouts can be included in your Eagle Scout packages and on your Council’s web site.

The reason we are seeking your help promoting the Scholarship program is because in 2017 we received only 5 applications for the Scholarship. In 2017, the Boy Scouts awarded approximately 1,500 Eagle Scout badges in the State of New Jersey. As you can see the participation rate for the Scholarship program is extremely low. In order to attempt to raide the participation rate, the NJSAR raised its award from $500 to $1,000. We also believe if the local Councils will promote the Scholarship program we will see an increased participation rate.

If you have any questions, or if you would like to speak with Mr. Schmitz, please contact him using the information below.


William F Schmitz

NJSAR Eagle Scout Chairman


To see the PDF of the letter, click here.

2019 Alumni Getaway

Step back in time for the 2019 Alumni Getaway in Stockbridge, MA from June 22-23, 2019.

To see the full flyer, click here.

Please RSVP to with a $100 deposit by April 1, 2019.

Ordering Materials for Cub Scout Recruitment

The form for ordering Cub Scout recruitment materials is at 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

Fall Cub Scout Recruitment Challenge

Recruit a friend into your pack and enter into a drawing to receive a free week at day camp or a set of camping equipment from the Scout Shop.

Click here:


On Thursday, November 8th, just because you are home from school is no reason to stay home!  For boys & girls in grades K-5.  Parents are welcome to stay during their child’s session.  Parents of kindergartners and first graders must stay with them.  Choose between 9 am-noon or 1-4 pm.  Activities to include archery, BB, rock wall climbing, hot dogs over a campfire, & more!  Free for anyone who joins Cub Scouts between August 1st and November 8th.  Current Cubs pay $7.50 or come for free if they bring a Cub Scout age friend who is not yet in Cub Scouts.  Register through the Sussex calendar, November 8th.


Here’s one more way you could gain more youth in your pack or troop. Think about attaching a “Join Cub Scout” card on each piece of candy you hand out on Halloween. Or attach the joining card to the candy you hand out at the local Trunk or Treat.

Cards are available for download at  If you download the cards, you can customize them with info specific to your unit.

You may also order cards by emailing  You must submit your order at least one week in advance and cards ordered from council cannot be customized.

Be sure to share with all your parents and leaders. This is a really fun way of letting people know about your local Scouting program. Candy is not included.

Philmont Fire Relief

A benefit concert featuring AJ Lee.

October 26, 2018

You can watch this broadcast at, 10 PM EST

Click here to donate.

You can view the flyer here.


University of Scouting

Looking to get trained for your Scouting position?  Are you interested in learning more about specific topics and are wondering, “How do I find out about that?”  Come spend the day at the 2018 PPC University of Scouting on Saturday December 1!  We offer over one hundred classes on a wide variety of topics of interest to Scout leaders.  Whether you are a Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venturing or Exploring leader, we have topics of interest for you – a smorgasbord of opportunities!  Come check out our registration page to see what we have for you.

Direct registration link

Or via council website: calendar/December 1

Den chief training is also available, and older Boy Scouts and Venturers may find the classes helpful.  The University is held at Randolph Middle School and both child care and a Cub Scout program are available while you attend classes.  Come check it out!

Questions? Contact Dave Walsh
University of Scouting Chancellor

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