Monthly Archives: January 2019


The 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 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 members as they embark on the scouting trail, after months, if not years of waiting for the opportunity.  Following the opening, the Scouts BSA 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 members will have a chance to meet other new Scouts BSA 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 if you have any questions.   The registration link can be found at: > calendar > council calendar > February 1, 2019.

Fostering Resilience in Scouts Coping with Loss

The SCOUTStrong Healthy Living Initiative brings attention to the emotional fitness of Scouts.  Supporting Scouts during and after any type of loss is an essential skill for all Scout leaders.  “Of all the injuries from the dozens of campouts that I have attended, the hardest to ‘mend’ were the emotional issues.” – Dr. Walter Menninger, M.D.

Please click here for the flyer.

Upcoming 2019 Alumni Events

Please see below for the upcoming 2019 Alumni Events: (Click the links for the event flyers)

  • 2019 District Alumni Gatherings
    • Black River
      • Date: Tuesday, March 12th
      • Time: 7:00 PM
      • Location: Rockaway River Barn Restaurant (11 Green Pond Rd., Rockaway, NJ)
      • Cost: Free
    • Fishawack
      • Date: Tuesday, March 26th
      • Time: 7:00 PM
      • Location: H2Ocean (41 Ridgedale Ave., Cedar Knolls, NJ)
      • Cost: Free
    • Sussex
      • Date: Thursday, March 28th
      • Time: 7:00 PM
      • Location: Mohawk House (3 S. Sparta Ave., Sparta, NJ)
      • Cost: Free
    • Watchung Mountain
      • Date: Tuesday, April 23rd
      • Time: 7:00 PM
      • Location: Chimney Rock Inn (342 Valley Rd., Gillette, NJ)
      • Cost: Free
    • Munsee/Raritan Valley
      • Date: Thursday, May 2nd
      • Time: 7:00 PM
      • Location: Galloping Hill Golf Course (3 Gold Dr., Kenilworth, NJ)
      • Cost: Free
  • 2019 Council Retreat: “A Martha’s Vineyard Getaway”
    • Date: September 12-15, 2019
    • Location: Harbor View Hotel (131 N. Water St., Edgartown, MA)
    • Cost:
      • Single occupancy: $1400.00/person
      • Double occupancy: $1650.00/person
  • PPC Honors Recognition Brunch
    • Date: Sunday, April 7, 2019
    • Time: 10 AM
    • Location: Perona Farms (350 Andover-Sparta Rd., Andover, NJ)
    • Cost:
      • $40.00/person
      • $400.00/table
  • 2019 Alumni Getaway: “Step Back in Time!”
    • Date: June 22-23, 2019
    • Location: Oak and Spruce Resort (190 Meadow St., South Lee, MA)
    • Cost:
      • Single occupancy: $400.00/person
      • Double occupancy: $550.00/person
  • PPC Alumni and Friends Winemaking Event
    • Date: Sunday, March 31, 2019
    • Time: 1:00 PM
    • Location: 92 State Rte. 23, Riverdale, NJ
    • Cost: $75.00/person
  • 2019 Alumni Trip to the 24th World Scout Jamboree
    • Date: July 26-28,2019
    • Location: Summit Bechtel Reserve, Beckley, WV
    • Cost:
      • Single occupancy: $680.00/person
      • Double occupancy: $475.00/person

Raritan Valley District First Aid Meet

The Raritan Valley District held their annual First Aid Meet on Saturday, December 8 at the Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy in Hillsborough. Two hundred and nine Boy Scouts tested their first aid skills at various stations.

The Scouts had to not only assess the situation, but also had to prioritize and then treat victims of multiple injuries.

The top finishers were:

1st Place – Troop 89, Wolf Patrol with 278 points.

2nd Place – Troop 90, Mountaineers Patrol with 266 points.

3rd Place – Troop 4,6 Mustang 1 Patrol with 261 points.

After the competition was concluded the Scouts were treated to a talk and demonstration by a member of the county SWAT Team along with a hands-on tour of one of the SWAT Tactical vehicles.

Special thanks to Troop 154, Pluckemin and Wayne Tatum for chairing the event. Thanks also to the Salvation Amy for providing lunch. Thanks to the adults and youth that served as judges and victims.

2 SPECIAL SCOUT EVENTS AT SHAWNEE MOUNTAIN – “Come as a Troop or Better Yet, Come as a Family”

Shawnee Mountain continues to offer these great events to Scouts of all ages in 2019; Super Scout Sunday on February 3 and Scout Weekend, March 9 & 10.  The best Scout discounts of the season; buy advanced tickets to save more. New, free activities for 2019! Click here for more details.

Flintlocks Support Toys for Tots Campaign

Units of the Patriots’ Path Council, BSA participated in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. Units dropped off toys at the Cedar Knolls and Mountainside Scout Shops.

Special thanks to the Flintlocks and the participants at Scouting University for their support. Thanks also to the council community service committee and Linda Cummings for coordinating the effort.

The council collected 1,187 toys for distribution to needy children in the area. The Patriots’ Path Council was recognized  with the Commander’s Award, the highest award for support of the Toys for Tots Program.

Eagle Scout Association Merit Scholarship Recipient

We are pleased to announce that Stephen Rozek is this year’s Eagle Scout Association Merit Scholarship recipient.

Thanks to all that read and scored applications.

He will receive the scholarship on January 4th at the Eagle Scout Recognition and Dinner.