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DON’T MISS AN ISSUE OF LET’S GET CAMPING!

Are you receiving the monthly camping newsletter, Let’s Get Camping?  The newsletter features insider information about Patriots’ Path Council camps, camping programs, special events, future plans, registration information and much more! If you would like to receive the newsletter, click here to add your name and email address to the Let’s Get Camping! mailing list.

The Commissioner’s Corner

Why do we need commissioners? I had the privilege of being newly elected as council commissioner of Patriots’ Path Council at the annual meeting this past February 27.  It is my honor to serve for the next three years and I will do my best to work with our council to continue the excellent programs

Tour and Activity Plan Terminated

A cross-functional team (at the National level) has completed an evaluation of the BSA’s Tour and Activity Plan, resulting in a recommendation to terminate the plan effective April 1, 2017. Please take an opportunity to check out the FAQ’s.

CUB SCOUT EXPO at the Tradeshow of Scouting!

Don’t Miss the Inaugural CUB SCOUT EXPO at the Tradeshow of Scouting! June 5, 2017 5:45 pm to 9:00 pm Birchwood Manor • Whippany, NJ For the first time we are bringing together and providing you easy access to all your Cub Scout resources – both council resources and vendor resources – in one location.

Scouts Day at One World Observatory

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Come SEE FOREVER at One World Observatory. Start at the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, where you can truly feel the city’s invincible spirit! The package includes a Limited Edition OWO Scout Patch and a ticket to the Observatory. Scouts of all ages are invited to this fun and educational outing

SPRING 2017 PATHFINDER

Check out the newest edition of The Pathfinder!  

Legendary American Hero, Former Astronaut James Lovell, to be Guest Speaker at Boy Scouts of America Breakfast in April

Public is invited to hear Captain Lovell, forever associated with NASA’s troubled Apollo 13 (“Houston, we have a problem.”) mission to the Moon nearly 50 years ago

2017 Patriots’ Path Council Jamboree Shoulder Patch Fundraising Set

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The Limited Edition 2017 National Scout Jamboree Fundraising Set is now available. Patriots’ Path Council is sending 4 troops and venturing crews to this once in a lifetime event at The Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia. In keeping with our Jamboree tradition, Patriots’ Path Council is producing a special set of National Scout Jamboree

Red Bulls Soccer Scout Nights

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Saturday, April 22, 2017 vs Columbus Crew  @ 7:30pm. TO RESERVE YOUR GROUP, PLEASE CONTACT RICH LARCARA AT 973-776-8971 OR RICH.LARCARA@NEWYORKREDBULLS.COM While supplies last free Red Bulls Bag and $5 food coupon. Join your New York Red Bulls as they take on Columbus Crew SC for Scout Night at Red Bull Arena.  All scouts in attendance will

NY Knicks Scout Days

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NY Knicks Scout Day – vs Detroit Pistons – Monday, March 27, 2017 at 7:30 pm NY Knicks Scout Days – vs Toronto Raptors – Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 12:00pm Join our Scouting community at the Knicks vs Detroit Pistons basketball game on March 27 and/or the New York Knicks vs Toronto Raptors basketball game on April 9.

Medieval Times

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All Scouts will receive a Medieval Times patch. Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 2:00 pm Special Scout pricing for the two hour dinner and show. other dates with special pricing for Scout groups of 15+. For more information,click for flier. For reservations, contact Megan Margulis -201-933-2220 x2321.

NJ Devils vs Columbus Blue Jackets

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Tickets start at $40.81. A portion of each ticket sold will benefit your council. Each kid will receive a Devils limited edition poster! To reserve a group of (10+), please contact Eddie Nicastro, Devils Event Specialist at 973.757.6453. For individual discounted tickets, please visit: www.newjerseydevils.com/scouts and use promo code SCOUTS. Sunday, March 19, 2016 at 1:00pm –  Kid’s Day

Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation Beaver Day

Saturday, April 22, 2017 Beaver Day is a day long program during which units and individual volunteers work on improvement projects at Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation. In past years, over 500 dedicated volunteers have attended Beaver Day, and have left camp in finer condition than when they arrived. Projects are determined by the properties committee. We welcome any

Winnebago Scout Reservation Beaver Day

Saturday, April 22, 2017 Beaver Day is a day long program during which units and individual volunteers work on improvement projects at Winnebago Scout Reservation. In past years, over 500 dedicated volunteers have attended Beaver Day, and have left camp in finer condition than when they arrived. Projects are determined by the properties committee. We welcome any registered

Attention Sussex Alumni!

Come join us 5-17-17 for an evening of fun, friendship and food for FREE. Please forward this to other Sussex Scouters. Information and registration on link ppbsa.doubleknot.com/event/2045648     Register today! Click here for the flyer and more information.

Attention Watchung Mountain Alumni!

Come join us 4-6-17 for an evening of fun, friendship and food for FREE. Please forward this to other Watchung Mountain Scouters. Information and registration on link ppbsa.doubleknot.com/event/2045645     Register today! Click here for the flyer and more details.

Attention Munsee Alumni!

Come join us 4-19-17 for an evening of fun, friendship and food for FREE. Please forward this to other Munsee Scouters. Information and registration on link ppbsa.doubleknot.com/event/2045647 Click here for the flyer and more details.

Attention Fishawack Alumni!

Come join us 3-29-17 for an evening of fun, friendship and food for FREE. Please forward this to other Fishawack Scouters. Information and registration on link ppbsa.doubleknot.com/event/2045644                            Register today! Click here for the flyer and more details.

Attention All Alumni in the Raritan Valley District

Come join us 3-27-17 for an evening of fun, friendship and food for FREE. Please forward this to other Raritan Valley Scouters. Information and registration on link ppbsa.doubleknot.com/event/2045638 Click here for the flyer and more details.

FISHAWACK DISTRICT SPRING CUB FAMILY CAMPING

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On May 20-21, 2017, at Winnebago Scout Reservation, packs will enjoy activities including: BB, Archery, Bouldering Wall, Cubmobile Run, Batting Cage, Fishing on the camp dock, Softball-Mini-Golf, District Pinewood Derby, and Winnebago Cub Scout Trail Hiking.  Please note activities are subject to change.  Online registration opens on March 20th through the Fishawack calendar at www.ppcbsa.org

The 2017 Patriots’ Path Council Scouting Adventure Card!

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This initiative is designed to help Scouts earn their way to Cub Scout Day Camp, Webelos Resident Camp, Boy Scout Resident Camp, National High Adventure Activities, purchase new camping equipment, etc. New This Year – the SaveAround® Mobile App and online coupons allow you to save easily and on the go.  Activate your SaveAround® Membership using the Savings

Patriots’ Path Council (PPC) Climbing Instructor (CI) Training

What:  Highly skilled, outdoor hands-on program covering PPC Level II Climbing Instructor (CI) training.  By completing this training, you will be a qualified Level I CI and can help Level II CIs run exciting rock climbing programs!  With practice and proficiency, you can return for an evaluation to become a Level II CI. 

What is Monthly Sunday SLIC?

SLIC is Scout Leader Intro to Climbing It’s a small, exclusive, free program, one Sunday afternoon each month, to introduce adults to BSA rock climbing skills,rain or shine, summer or winter, hot or cold, indoors or out, at Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation (MASR), Stanhope NJ. Monthly Sunday Scout Leader Intro to Climbing (SLIC) resumes in March!  Sunday

2018 Individual Philmont Opportunity

Patriots’ Path Council is forming a co-ed provisional crew for Philmont 2018.  The crew is open to young men and women, Scouts and Venturers, who will be ages 15 – 18 in June 2018.  Please click here for more information.

National Advancement Training Conference

Friday, March 17, 2017 from 7:00 pm-10:00 pm Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 9:00 am-5:30 pm Hildale Presbyterian Church, 85 Ridgedale Ave., Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927 Conference Fee: $30 per person Registration closes on March 10, 2017 or when maximum attendance of 50 is reached.  Register at http://ppbsa.doubleknot.com/event/2053518 For the flyer, click here. Advancement is

SAVE ON TUITION FOR SUMMER STEM INSTITUTE BY MARCH 31!

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Register for a week of Summer STEM Institute for just under $300 before the price increases April 1!  The price of $299 includes registration, tee shirt, supplies, safety equipment, disposable lab coat and a weekly field trip. Summer STEM Institute is an experience for the family.  Boys and girls entering grades 1-6 are welcome to

Robert Tunnell Memorial Fishing Tournament

The annual fishing tournament will take place on May 6, 2017 at Winnebago Scout Reservation.  Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, and their parents are all welcome. Fish from 8 am to 3 pm with lunch included for just $30.00 a person. Register now at https://scoutingevent.com/358-2017RTMFT.

Watchung Day

Watchung Cub Scout Day Camp is hosting a fun filled event on May 13th at the Watchung Reservation, for parents and children to come and see what summer camp and Scouting is all about. This event is absolutely free. Some of the activities included are nature, arts and crafts, sports and games, Scoutcraft, BB/archery, cooking, and STEM. Register today at https://scoutingevent.com/358-2017watchungday.

Camp Hall of Fame

Join us for the 2017 Camp Hall of Fame induction honoring Dennis Busniak-Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation, Edward McEntee Jr. – Winnebago Scout Reservation, and Joe Schott – Sabattis Adventure Camp. Join us Saturday, July 15, at Winnebago Scout Reservation at 5:00 pm for the BBQ and 6:00 pm for the ceremony. Visit www.scoutingevent.com/358-2017CHOF to register!

Summer Camp Leaders Meeting

Our 2017 Summer Camp Leaders Meeting is March 18, 2017, at 1:00 PM at the council service center, 1 Saddle Road, Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927.  We ask that each unit send one representative, and a maximum of two representatives (space is limited). We will be covering staff introductions, administrative topics (payments/etc.), summer camp staff opportunities,

Scout Shop Sales Associate Wanted

-Part time, 15-25 hours per week. -Immediate opening available. -Day, evening and Saturday hours available. -Retail/ Scouting experience, as well as knowledge of Word, Excel and Power Point is helpful, but not required. -Responsible for sales of merchandise, reconciliation and posting of sales, program receipting, and inventory restocking. -Cedar Knolls store, 1 Saddle Rd., Cedar

Touch-A-Truck at the Watchung Reservation

The Loop @ Watchung Reservation Sunday, April 30th  from 11 am- 5 pm Youngsters can climb aboard dump trucks, bulldozers, police cars, HAZMAT response units, and “The Bear” used by Union County SWAT team in serious emergencies. Admission: $4/person & children aged 6 & under are FREE For more details visit www.ucnj.org/parks-recreation

Gender Identity Statement

As one of America’s largest youth-serving organizations, the Boy Scouts of America continues to work to bring the benefits of our programs to as many children, families and communities as possible. “While we offer a number of programs that serve all youth, Cub Scouting and Boy Scouting are specifically designed to meet the needs of

Stars and Stripes Breakfast

On Tuesday, April 18, 2017 the Patriots’ Path Council will be holding the first ever Stars and Stripes Breakfast at the Hilton Short Hills at 7:00 AM until 8:45 AM. Our keynote speaker that morning will be Captain James Lovell, the captain of the Apollo 13 mission and Distinguished Eagle Scout, Class of 1943. The

Share the SUMMER STEM INSTITUTE Experience with Your Unit!

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Summer STEM Institute is an experience for the family.  Boys and girls entering grades 1-6 are welcome to attend the full day program! Sign up for an SSI promotion today and let your family and friends know about the exciting program.  Each promotion is about 5 minutes long.  A volunteer promoter works with the unit

World Scout Moot 2017, an adventure event for older Scouts, seeks BSA participants

Re-post from: http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2017/01/10/world-scout-moot-2017-an-adventure-event-for-older-scouts-seeks-bsa-participants/ This summer, join fellow Scouts from around the world as you backpack, kayak and explore Iceland — a land of incredible natural beauty where the late July sun rises at 4 a.m. and sets just before 11 p.m. It’s called the 15th World Scout Moot, and the Boy Scouts of America has space for

New Council Program Director Position Being Established

In 2018 the Patriots’ Path Council will be establishing a new staff position called the Council Program Director. This position will be responsible for working with the council high adventure programs, the 2019 council Boy Scout Jamboree, our STEM programs and more. Attached is the position description. Interested candidates can send their resumes to Dennis

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, Morristown

New programs for Tigers to Boy Scouts debuting this spring! http://www.maccullochhall.org/scouts/

NEW: TRANSPORTATION NOW AVAILABLE FOR SUMMER STEM INSTITUTE PARTICIPANTS!

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Summer STEM Institute is an experience for the family.  Boys and girls entering grades 1-6 are welcome to attend the full day program! New for 2017 is busing for all weeks in addition to our growing before and aftercare program! Bus transportation is available each week from selected locations in Morris, Sussex, Union, Somerset and

Venturers Welcome to Attend the Area 5 Rendezvous!

Every spring, Area 5 hosts an annual Rendezvous, that you and your friends are invited to attend. Each year, a new and exciting theme is brought to the event. The theme for the 2017 Rendezvous is Back to the Future! That’s right, you’ll get to spend an entire weekend with Doc Brown, Marty Mcfly, the

VEX Committee Hosts Volleyball Competition

The volleyball competition will be held on February 19 from 1-5 pm at the Raymond Chisholm Community Center. There should be six Venturers to a team.  There will be a VEX meeting afterwards and all are encouraged to stay. This will be a fun event.  If you have any questions, please contact Katelyn Bereheiko (krbear804@gmail.com)

Winter Training Day This February!

The winter training day will be a day of training for Venturers. The trainings are ILSC and Goal Setting & Time Management.  ILSC is Introduction to Leadership Skills in the Crew. The training day will be held on February 5 at Patriots’ Path Council Service Center. The time for check in is at 8:00 am.

NJ State Police National Guard Camporee

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NJ State Police National Guard Camporee National Guard Training Center, Sea Girt, NJ May 19-21, 2017 Camping space is limited so signup today to guarantee your spot! https://www.jerseyshorescouts.org/njspngcamporee Early reservation rate ends January 31, 2017 ($5 deposit does not guarantee early reservation rate)  Facebook Event Group Unit Entry Rules for STEM/Cyber Project Contest Camporee Leaders Guide

Top Trained Unit Awards

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Top Trained Unit In order to be registered leaders in a BSA unit, adults MUST be current in Youth Protection Training.   The next training step for leaders is to complete the basic training course(s) for their position because: “Every Scout deserves a trained leader.”  (Lord Baden-Powell) The 2016 Patriots’ Path “Top Trained Unit” Award recognizes

Shane Jones Named New Youth Executive Committee President

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Effective January 1, 2017 Shane Jones will take the reigns as the 2017 Youth Executive Committee President.  Shane is an emerging youth leader in the Patriots’ Path Council and will take the place of outgoing president, Justin Strnatko.  Justin has served the committee as its president since 2015. Shane joined the Scouting program back in

THANKS TO OUR FLINTLOCKS

Flintlock President Bob Pysher reports that our council received 895 volunteer man hours in 2016! Many thanks gents. The other good news is that their building at Winnebago Scout Reservation is fully operational and humming along. So who do you know that might be interested in joining? Please contact Bob at rpysh@verizon.net

Assistant Ranger Opening

Our Winnebago Scout Reservation in Rockaway NJ has an opening for a part time ranger. The start date is March 1, 2017. Please contact Assistant Scout Executive, Bob Morris at the council service center for (see attached) more details. The office number is 973-765-9322 x223.  Email is Robert.morris@scouting.org. An interview with Winnebago’s Director, Curt Haak

Sabattis Director

PPC Executive Board Member Jeff Deisher has agreed to be the next director for our Sabattis Adventure Camp. Jeff is an avid outdoorsman, loves the Adirondacks and has served as chairman of our properties and camping committees. Let’s all support Jeff as he recruits the summer staff and is engaged in bringing more troops/crews to

2016 Christmas Ornaments

Check out the 2016 Christmas ornaments flyer.

Flintlocks Craft Kits—a Great Den or Pack Meetings Project

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If you are looking for a project for your Scouts to do in a den or pack meeting, consider assembling Flintlocks Craft Kits. These kits provide a great opportunity for the Scouts to follow directions, work with a few simple hand tools and build a useful, functional and attractive wood project such as a bird