Monthly Archives: January 2019

Order of the Arrow Unit Elections

The season of unit elections for the Order of the Arrow has started! With the implementation of chapters in Woapalanne Lodge, the Arrowmen of Patriots’ Path Council are moving toward holding unit elections in every unit in the council, and getting active members of Woapalanne Lodge more involved in the unit elections process. The lodge has been making great progress with unit elections so far, with a goal of holding unit elections in every unit in Patriots’ Path Council by the end of April. Getting involved with unit elections is a great way to start as a leader in our lodge while promoting and spreading the mission of the Order of the Arrow to Scouting peers not currently involved with the program.

With the exciting implementation of the Scouts BSA program beginning February 1, Venturing crews and Sea Scout ships will also now be able to hold unit elections for the Order of the Arrow. We can now spread the spirit of Cheerful Service to almost all participants in the Scouting program.

Any questions about unit elections or how to get involved, as well as to schedule an election, can be directed to Woapalanne Lodge’s Vice Chief of Administration, Carson Monks, at cmonks0402@gmail.com; or to Administration Advisor Frank Caccavale at frankcacc@yahoo.com.

2019 Annual Meeting

Join us for the 2019 Annual Year in Review and Awards Celebration on Monday, February 25 at the Hanover Manor in East Hanover. Click here for the flyer.

As per our council by-laws, article III, section 3, the purpose of the meeting is to receive annual reports of the council committees and to elect council members-at-large, executive board, advisory board, and national council representatives, all of whom are urged to attend. This year our program will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Patriots’ Path Council.

The event will also highlight our 2019 Silver Beaver Award recipients. Their recognition ceremony is presented during the annual meeting portion of the program. We invite you to join us for the reception and dinner prior to the annual meeting. The cost for the dinner is $75.00 per person. Seating is limited. Dinner reservations will not be accepted after Friday, February 15, 2019. To reserve a table of 10, please include full payment for the entire group along with the complete list of names.

The reception starts at 5 PM, dinner is at 6 PM, and the business meeting starts at 7:30 PM.

You can register here or contact Amy Schwartz for more information.

Scouts BSA Launch

February 1, 2019 is the first time that girls ages 11 – 17 can register in a Scouts BSA troop.

To celebrate we’re having a party that night to kick off this historic change in the BSA.

Over 100 girls and parents are coming to learn about all the opportunities that Scouts BSA can offer.

They can also work on some advancement.

FOS Campaign Progress Report

The FOS Campaign Progress Report as of 1/23/19.

CONGRATULATIONS – Black River, Munsee, and Raritan Valley Districts and Council Campaigns.  You have met and exceeded the January benchmarks.  WAY TO GO!  KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!

2018 Year in Review

Click here for the 2018 Year in Review.

Sea Scouts Interested in Cruising on Board the USCG Barque Eagle

Do you want the adventure of a lifetime? Apply by March 31st each year to sail aboard the tall ship Coast Guard Barque Eagle! The Eagle is a three-masted barque-rigged ship used to train cadets and officer candidates in the U.S. Coast Guard. The Eagle was built in Germany in 1936 and was taken as a war reparation by the U.S. after World War II. Since then the Eagle has been homeported in New London, Connecticut, the location of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

The National Sea Scout Support Committee makes special arrangements with the U.S. Coast Guard Academy for select Sea Scouts to join as crew aboard the Eagle during its summer cadet cruises. This opportunity is available to all Sea Scouts who desire fun, adventure, and a summer cruise to remember – you don’t want to miss this chance.

To download application, click here.

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 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 for families to 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.

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.