Monthly Archives: December 2018

COUNCIL TO HOST SCOUTS BSA KICK OFF PARTY ON FEBRUARY 1st

The Patriots’ Path Council Family Scouting Committee is hosting a Scouts BSA Kick Off Party to welcome the members of the new female Scouts BSA troops into the Patriots’ Path Council Family.  This free event will be held on February 1, 2019 from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm at the council service center in Cedar Knolls.  Don’t miss out on this historical Scouting event.  All members of the newly formed all female Scouts BSA troops and their families are invited to attend.  In addition, current female AOL den members that will join Scouts BSA troops in the spring are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Register today!

Plans are in the works for an inspirational opening ceremony to encourage the new Scouts BSA female members as they embark on the Scouting trail, after months, if not years of waiting for the opportunity.  Following the opening, the Scouts BSA female members will have a chance to be introduced to same basic Scouting skills from some of our best experienced youth leaders, to help them understand the skills they will need to learn to become First Class Scouts.

The second half of the evening will focus on fun and fellowship as the Scouts BSA female members will have a chance to meet other new Scouts BSA female members from across the council while participating in games, and enjoying pizza and other refreshments.  Parents and leaders are welcome to stay and participate in the fun, or they can attend sessions designed to introduce them to Scout advancement, the patrol method, and a general question and answer session.

The Scout Shop will be open for the duration of the party, in order that families can purchase uniforms, literature and other gear needed for the Scouting journey.

This promises to be an evening full of excitement, fun and learning.  Space is limited.  Please register today, so you don’t miss out on the fun.  Please contact Mark Spaldo at mark.spaldo@scouting.org if you have any questions.   The registration link can be found at: www.ppcbsa.org > calendar > council calendar > February 1, 2019.

Scouts BSA Troops Coming in February

Our council is preparing for the launch of Scouts BSA girl-only troops in February.  New unit applications have been received for troops in Chatham, Edison, Long Valley, Morristown, Rahway, Rockaway and Sparta.  Other troops are working to gather paperwork so they are ready for the launch in February.

Counting Every Scout

If you receive new applications after submitting your charter renewal, those new Scouts should still be registered immediately.  Our registration department can add them to your charter so they are officially in Scouting and your leaders have liability insurance coverage.

Holiday Celebrations

Your pack’s holiday celebration is a great time for Cubs to invite friends to attend.  These meetings usually allow plenty of time for new parents to meet others and learn about your pack.

The 9 Days of Popcorn…

Popcorn makes great holiday gifts!

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Patriots’ Path Council Scouting Family

You may have seen the recent Wall Street Journal article stating that National BSA has hired a bankruptcy attorney for consultation in light of the costs of defending sexual abuse lawsuits.  I anticipate learning additional information in the days and weeks ahead and, of course, will share anything I learn with you.

In a communication released yesterday, National BSA reaffirmed its focus on keeping children safe and delivering our nation’s foremost program of character development and values-based leadership training.  BSA confirmed its commitment to the social and moral responsibility to fairly compensate victims who suffered abuse during their time in Scouting, and the deep care and concern for all victims of child sex abuse and the proactive steps to help victims heal and prevent future abuse.  BSA stresses that at no time in BSA history has the organization knowingly allowed a sexual predator to work with youth, and it will always seek to act swiftly when alerted to abuse allegations.

BSA is committed to transparency and stated there are no imminent actions or immediate decisions expected by BSA in light of the WSJ news story.

I have assembled a few items of information from a Patriots’ Path Council perspective that may be helpful considering the news story.

  • The strength of Scouting for over 100 years has been its local domain.  Each unit is owned by its charter partner which is typically a place of worship, service club or educational institution.  Each council is locally incorporated in the specific state where it operates.
  • The Patriots’ Path Council is a 501(c)(3) entity incorporated in New Jersey.  Our Camps, our Volunteer Service Center, our bank accounts, investments and other assets are owned and controlled by Patriots’ Path Council.
  • The nature of the relationship for a council with the national BSA organization is that our council is the holder of a charter to conduct the Boy Scouts of America programs in our defined territory.
  • Patriots’ Path Council receives no funding from the national organization.  In fact, we pay fees to National BSA as a part of our charter agreement and for specific services.  We do receive value back from the national organization, but we operate as a financially independent not-for-profit organization.
  • Areas where we partner with National BSA, for business purposes, include several insurance programs, services for IT and expertise related to camping, Youth Protection and so on.  Also, it is important to note that employee benefits such as healthcare and retirement are funded by each council but through programs controlled and operated by National BSA.
  • Patriots’ Path Council is a strong council in the BSA from perspectives of fiscal health, program quality, board and volunteer dedication, and staff commitment and talent.
  • As an organization, our focus must be to:
    • Build upon the momentum we have already experienced this year with new members,
    • Plan and implement a successful launch of Scouts BSA to welcome boys and girls into the program in February, and
    • Support our fundraising efforts to ensure our continued ability to deliver Scouting to our communities

It is our hope that the national organization can navigate the difficult waters that many organizations face over a century of existence.  In our Council, we will stand ready to help – and we will continue our primary focus on bringing high-quality Boy Scouts of America programs for all Patriots’ Path Council Scouts in every neighborhood we serve.

Dennis Kohl
Scout Executive/CEO

George Barnard
Council President 

Emil Rufolo
Council Commissioner
The following FAQs were provided by National BSA:

Q: Has the BSA declared bankruptcy?

No. The National Office is working with internal and external experts to explore all options available. All potential paths under consideration will ensure that the BSA has a long and bright future and that all local and national programming will continue uninterrupted.

Q: How will this impact our Scouts and leaders?

Our Scouts and leaders will not be impacted by this decision. Every possibility being explored will ensure that the local and national programming of the Boy Scouts of America continues uninterrupted.

Q: What does this mean for our council assets?

Councils are independent non-profit organizations. We own and control our camps, council service centers, bank funds and investments.

Q: What should we be doing now?

Our job today is exactly the same as it was yesterday. We have an important duty, and an incredible opportunity, to focus as an organization on keeping children safe, supported and protected, and preparing youth for their futures through our nation’s foremost program

Q: What is the future of our national high adventure bases?

Properties are where the program is delivered. This is just as true of our national properties as it is of your local properties. We consider our national high adventure bases to be of paramount importance and a pivotal part of Scouting’s future.

Q: What is the future of the BSA?

All of the options under consideration will ensure that the BSA has a long and bright future and that all local and national programming will continue uninterrupted.

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2019 FOS Supporting Families and Units

2019 FOS Supporting Families as of 12/02/18

Denise M. Acocella Russell D. Hill Charles E. Porter
Micah A. Adair Johanna Hoecker Christopher A. Poulos
Scott U. Adams Donald K. Hummel Catherine E. Pursell
Richard M. Afflitto Andrew J. Iaci Manju Ravula
James J. Agar Andrew J. Iaci William G. Reilly
Carl W. Andreassen Mahesh Iyer Peter Roby
Roy P. Bahrenburg Russell T. Jenkins Arlene Rodriguez
Ernest J. Barbaris Stephen C. Jennings Steven J. Rotolo
George T. Barnard Deryn T. Johnson Luigi B. Sarracino
Christy S. Barone Mark E. Jurewicz Richard S. Sayah
Joyce Barton Vijeta Kambhampati Nelson Schaenen
Joseph Basralian Peter T. Katzenbach Eileen Schicke
Daniele Basralian Thomas R. Keays Arthur J. Schmidt
Joseph E. Beasley Adam S. Kestin Frederick K. Schoenbrodt
Stuart Beck Jana R. Klosowsky Donald P. Schrope
Daniel Belenets David A. Korb Nancy Scott
Jeffrey A. Bouquio Richard M. Kurland John E. Seal
Lisa Breen Tony Kwiatkowski David E. Setzer
Nathalie S. Brogan Larry R. Lane George W. Shannon
Brian S. Burgess Mike W. Lang Brian P. Shuster
John M. Burke Mary Ruth Lareau George F. Sincox
Michael Campanile Matthew Laroche Michael A. Skalski
Nelson A. Carhart Peter N. Larsen Scott P. Smith
Dana H. Carroll Andrew J. Lipinski Robert D. Smith
David M. Christian Justin J. Lizza Barbara Sokira
Shelley L. Cincotta Richard V. Locke Ernesto Soler
Debra Cirkus Patricia A. Lucas Mary L. Speckhart
James M. Cohen Vincent S. Maddi William H. Spellman
Mary Commerton Venkat J. Malla Anna M. Stanaback
Robert J. Corcoran David E. Manchester Kirk Steimel
Christine P. Corrigan Troy Marshall Garrick J. Stoldt
John A. Cosenza Trevor H. McCarthy Kelly D. Stryker
Andrew M. Crapser Trevor H. McCarthy Jeffrey P. Stupski
Bruce M. Crowell Ryan McInerney William E. Stusnick
Cub Scout Pack 207 Christopher P. Meenan Timothy P. Sullivan
Matthew Davis Christopher G. Merring John E. Susnosky
Steven F. Davis Dale H. Mertz Teriko Suzuki
Jack S. Demetris Michiel P. Meulenberg Mark M. Tallmadge
Ken Detlet Robert Mielarczyk Kityan Tan
Rosetta Ditomasso Kenneth Milcsik David Tator
Kristin A. Dos Passos-Krieg Beth T. Miller-Porter Lorraine U. Teisch
Stephen M. Eck Stephen Minett Linda L. Telschow
Kathleen Edwards-Chase Morris Family Chiropractic Center Scott D. Thomson
Dana E. Eilertson Kevin Mulkerin Albert J. Tomaro
John J. Elam Helen Munkittrick Raymond J. Tringali
Mark W. Fabian Erynn Murray Roger Turbin
Pedro Figueroa Dana J. Nelson Nathan R. Umbriac
Edward A. Forzani Lisa Nelson Khendry Veras
Peter W. Frees Justyna Novello Kenneth L. Watkins
George Fusiak Patricia O’Brien Richard L. Weber
Douglas N. Gabel Christopher C. Obropta Robert E. West
John A. Geitner Kathleen Ohleth Steven Wetzel
Glenn W. Gerisch Darius Palia WFM Contracting
Eric Golbek Mark T. Pasko Christina M. White
Michael Gsell Chris Patino Edward J. White
Joseph Guido Denise M. Petrozziello Kelly M. Wisneski
Edward T. Guy Gail Phoebus Fei G. Yang
Christine A. Hasselmann Michael D. Poling Herbert H. Zander
Lou Hebert Andrew Zoltan

 

2019 FOS Supporting Units
Black River Pack 62 Fishawack Pack 179 Raritan Valley Troop 83
Black River Pack 99 Fishawack Pack 215 Raritan Valley Troop 84
Black River Pack 133 Fishawack Pack 228 Raritan Valley Troop 88
Black River Pack 147 Fishawack Pack 233 Raritan Valley Troop 89
Black River Pack 150 Fishawack Pack 277 Raritan Valley Troop 90
Black River Pack 156 Fishawack Pack 513 Raritan Valley Troop 110
Black River Pack 163 Fishawack Troop 8 Raritan Valley Troop 129
Black River Pack 165 Fishawack Troop 18 Raritan Valley Troop 185
Black River Pack 316 Fishawack Troop 28 Raritan Valley Troop 186
Black River Pack 747 Fishawack Troop 74 Raritan Valley Troop 193
Black River Pack 1749 Fishawack Troop 79 Raritan Valley Troop 489
Black River Pack 54LC Fishawack Troop 144 Raritan Valley Troop 154(P)
Black River Troop 17 Fishawack Troop 155 Sussex Crew 276
Black River Troop 36 Fishawack Troop 173 Sussex Pack 85
Black River Troop 50 Fishawack Troop 228 Sussex Pack 88
Black River Troop 53 Fishawack Troop 277 Sussex Pack 96
Black River Troop 64 Munsee Pack 23 Sussex Pack 150
Black River Troop 67 Munsee Pack 47 Sussex Pack 180
Black River Troop 109 Munsee Pack 56 Sussex Pack 183
Black River Troop 113 Munsee Pack 83 Sussex Pack 276
Black River Troop 139 Munsee Pack 88 Sussex Pack 298
Black River Troop 159 Munsee Pack 145 Sussex Troop 82
Black River Troop 160 Munsee Pack 163 Sussex Troop 85
Black River Troop 163 Munsee Pack 178 Sussex Troop 88
Black River Troop 236 Munsee Troop 23 Sussex Troop 90
Black River Troop 312 Munsee Troop 73 Sussex Troop 91
Black River Troop 390 Munsee Troop 83 Sussex Troop 92
Black River Troop 436 Munsee Troop 523 Sussex Troop 95
Black River Troop 555 Raritan Valley Pack 15 Sussex Troop 96
Black River Troop 54LC Raritan Valley Pack 64 Sussex Troop 150
Fishawack Crew 8 Raritan Valley Pack 66 Sussex Troop 151
Fishawack Crew 173 Raritan Valley Pack 80 Sussex Troop 180
Fishawack Pack 5 Raritan Valley Pack 94 Sussex Troop 187
Fishawack Pack 6 Raritan Valley Pack 99 Sussex Troop 191
Fishawack Pack 8 Raritan Valley Pack 129 Sussex Troop 276
Fishawack Pack 10 Raritan Valley Pack 154 Sussex Troop 404
Fishawack Pack 20 Raritan Valley Pack 185 Sussex Troop 1150*
Fishawack Pack 24 Raritan Valley Pack 186 Watchung Mountain Pack 34
Fishawack Pack 34 Raritan Valley Pack 189 Watchung Mountain Pack 135
Fishawack Pack 40 Raritan Valley Pack 193 Watchung Mountain Pack 182
Fishawack Pack 68 Raritan Valley Pack 315 Watchung Mountain Troop 63
Fishawack Pack 142 Raritan Valley Pack 1776 Watchung Mountain Troop 68
Fishawack Pack 143 Raritan Valley Troop 5 Watchung Mountain Troop 73
Fishawack Pack 144 Raritan Valley Troop 42 Watchung Mountain Troop 104
Fishawack Pack 177 Raritan Valley Troop 44 Watchung Mountain Troop 228

Scouts BSA Troops Coming in February

Plans are already in place for 13 Scouts BSA troops to accept girls starting in February.  Towns that will have Scouts BSA troops include Carteret, Chatham, Edison, Long Valley, Montague, Morristown, Rahway, Randolph, Rockaway, Sparta and Westfield.  And volunteers in other towns are wrapping up final details to add even more Scouts BSA troops to our council.

Holiday Celebrations

Your pack’s holiday celebration is a great time for Cubs to invite friends to attend.  These meetings usually allow plenty of time for new parents to meet others and learn about your pack.