Monthly Archives: February 2020

2020 Tradeshow of #ScoutingForward


June 1, 2020

5:45 – 9:00 PM

The Birchwood Manor, Whippany

Click here for the flyer.

District Events

The Sussex District Cub Scout Freeze-O-Ree is being planned at the Skylands Ice Palace, March 15, 2020.  Registration is open.  $10.00 per person includes skates for one hour of open skating from 12:00-1:00 PM and various activities both indoors and outdoors until 3:00 PM.

The Sussex District Merit Badge University is scheduled over two Sundays March 29 and April 19 at Camp Somers.  21 merit badges are being offered.  Registration is open, $10.00 per scout with a maximum of four MB slots available.

Other upcoming district events:

  • The Scouts BSA Spring Camporee will be held April 24-26, 2020 at Woodland Trails Camp Ground. Planning is ongoing with the theme being ‘American Heritage.’  Registration will open soon.
  • The Black River Cub Camporee “Drums Along the Allamuchy” will be held on the weekend of May 15-17th at Camp Somers. Registration will open soon.
  • The Joint Fishawack/ Sussex Cub Scout Spring Camporee will be held at Camp Somers on the weekend of May 29-31, 2020.

Meet the Flintlocks

The Flintlocks are a volunteer group of 26 retired Scouters who work at the camps every week all year-round. They provide 5,000 hours of work every year and have built almost everything you see at the camps. Most of the members are Silver Beavers. They also volunteer to help run to the various council programs.

Last year the Flintlocks obtained a grant and built and equipped the Allamuchy STEM Lab at no cost to the council.

Scouts from PPC and Beyond Attend Devils Scout Night

The New Jersey Devils held a Scout Night on February 16, 2020, at the Prudential Center. For early arrivals there was a Photography merit badge workshop with Mikal Celentano from Somerville.  All participants received a patch. Early arrivals may have also been lucky enough to receive a bobblehead.  The Devils defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-3, in a shootout.

Outings like this are great opportunities to invite youth and families who are not yet Scouts to taste a sample of the great things they can do!  Check out  to see future opportunities.  We can’t guarantee wins for every sports team, but we can offer a winning program to more youth and families. Plan to invite non-Scout families today !

The Flintlocks Celebrate Joe Schott’s 98th Birthday

Joe Schott, who has been volunteering with the Flintlocks for 29 years, recently celebrated his 98th birthday. The Flintlocks, BSA, Inc., are 26 retired Scouters who are incorporated as a 501c3. They help build and maintain structures at the Patriot Path Council camps. Members work out of the shop in the first building at Camp Winnebago every Thursday, but they provide support to Allamuchy and Sabattis as well. The Flintlocks also make craft kits for the Scout shops. Joe has an ironic sense of humor. For example, why would you need a sign that says “Dry Paint”?

Congratulations to the 2019 Winners of the Community Service Award for Patriots’ Path Council

Winners are chosen with the highest amount of hours for the year and the highest average hours per Scout. So a unit may be the winner in one or both of the categories.

Each winning unit will receive a patch for each Scout and a streamer for its flag.

Congratulations and thank you for doing your good turns from the PPC Community Service Committee.


Black River

Pack 45       5.15 hours per Scout

Pack  147    194 hours

Troop 336    1960 hours/217.78 hours per Scout



Pack 40    401 hours/5.08 hours per Scout

Troop 79   69.00 hours per Scout

Troop 8     1691 hours

Crew 314   727 hours /363.50 hours per Scout



Pack 145    1345 hours /22.95 hours per Scout

Troop 23     53.55 hours per Scout

Troop 145   1613 hours


Raritan Valley

Pack 96     310 hours/6.20 hours per Scout

Troop 12    1345 hours

Troop 41    30.78 hours per Scout



Pack 183    1017 hour/13.93 hours per Scout

Troop 85     2333 hours/66.66  hours per Scout

Crew 85     123 hours/24.60 hours per Scout


Watchung Mountain

Pack 177    1630 hours/21.45 hours per Scout

Troop 73     3638 hours/72.76 hours per Scout

Raritan Valley Community Service at the Klondike

On February 1, 2020, Raritan Valley held its first winter clothing drive at the Klondike. Thank you to Dave Robbins for hosting and to everyone who donated to the total of 543 winter items collected.   The items were donated to SHIP in Somerville and the VA Hospital in Lyons.  They were so appreciative of our large donations.

Munsee District Community Service at the Klondike

During the Klondike held on February 8, 2020, we had almost full participation in the food drive and collected close to 1,600 food items that were split between four local food pantries.

We also collected 299 pairs of socks.  All the women’s and children’s socks went to Turning Point shelter in Irvington. The men’s socks were split between two shelters in Irvington and Newark run by Urban Renewal.  These shelters were very grateful and touched that we thought of them and said the socks will be very appreciated by their clients.

Raritan Valley District Awards Breakfast

Raritan Valley District Awards Breakfast

Saturday, March 21, 2020, 8:30 AM TO 11:00 AM

New Location
Pluckemin Presbyterian Church
279 Route 202/206, Pluckemin

This is a great opportunity for fellowship with great food.


  • $20 per person prior to March 2nd
  • $25 per person March 2nd through March 16th

Breakfast Registration closes March 16th

Click here to register.


A Cub-O-Ree featuring camping and other activities in the Poconos in Pennsylvania will be held April 17-19. The event is sponsored by Whitewater Challengers and Patriots’ Path Council, BSA.

The cost is $49 per person and activities include two nights camping, a tour of the historic Eckley Miners’ Village, Saturday bag lunch, geocaching site, nature show, games, competitions, a movie each night, and a Scout patch and certificate.

Optional items available for additional purchase include gem mining, breakfast and dinner, meal plans, bunkhouse rental and tent rental.

For more information, call (800) 443-8554 and mention Patriots’ Path Council Cub-O-Ree, or visit