Monthly Archives: February 2019

Congratulations to our 2019 Silver Beaver Recipients!

“Your Own Winery” PPC Alumni & Friends Event

Join the PPC Alumni and Friends for an afternoon of fun, food, fellowship and wine making at “Your Own Winery” in Riverdale.

The event is Sunday, March 31st at 3:00 PM, located at 92 State Rte. 23, Riverdale, NJ 070457. It is $75.00 per person.

You’ll learn about the art of making and bottling wine and enjoy a take-home gift of a bottle of red or white wine that you made.

For more information contact Amy Schwartz @ 973-765-9322 ext 246 or email her at [email protected].

Click here for the flyer.

Mark M. Tallmadge Sr. – Council President 2019-2022

Mark began his Scouting career with a Cub Scout pack in Long Branch, New Jersey before joining Troop 145 in West Long Branch.  He attended summer camp five years at Forestburg Scout Reservation and participated in a Monmouth Council Contingent Crew Expedition to Philmont in 1973.  He is an Eagle Scout, Class of 1973.

Mark became active in Scouting again in 1996 when his oldest son joined Troop 28 in Chatham, New Jersey.  He has served as an assistant Scoutmaster or Scoutmaster for Troop 28 from 1996 to the present.  Sons Mark, Matt and Tim are all Eagle Scouts.  Mark has acted as a crew advisor for three Philmont treks, one with each son.

Mark earned his Wood Badge in 2010 and served on the staff for three Wood Badge courses.  Mark served as the Fishawack district chair and has been a member of the Patriots’ Path Council Executive Board since 2007. He received the Silver Beaver Award in 2011, served as council commissioner and was inducted into the Eagle Hall of Fame.

Outside of Scouting, Mark acted as the Attorney-Coach for the Mock Trial Team at Seton Hall Prep for ten years and helped the team reach the Essex County finals four times.  Mark is a member of St. Patrick Parish in Chatham where he serves as a lector and in the past has served as a member of the Pastoral Council, as president of the St. Patrick Athletic Association, and as a basketball coach.  He has also coached softball, baseball and lacrosse in both Madison and Chatham.

Mark is an attorney and a principal of Bressler, Amery & Ross, P.C. where his practice concentrates in defense of professional liability and insurance coverage litigation and on attorney disciplinary matters.  He served four years on the District XA (Morris/Sussex) Ethics Committee, acting as the Committee Chair in 2010.  Currently, he serves on the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Character.  He is a frequent speaker on professional ethics and the attorney disciplinary system.

Mark and his wife, Therese (a former den leader), live in Madison, where they have raised their three Eagle Scout sons and two daughters.

BSA No Longer Supplying Printed Membership Cards

For about 4 years, the BSA has made it possible for a unit’s key 3 to print membership cards and certificates for their units. Effective January 1, 2019, the BSA will no longer supply the councils with membership card stock, or charter certificate card stock.

In an effort to streamline basic operations and put tools in the hands of the volunteers, the BSA has decided to make “self-service” as many membership processes as possible. This change will allow a unit’s key 3 to print charter certificates and membership cards in a timelier manner.

Patriots’ Path Council had a small inventory in stock and worked through as many charters as possible. Which has now been depleted. We apologize, but as a result, some units will not be printed, leaving it up to the unit’s key 3 to print their own certificates or cards.

If hopefully we find a vendor who can supply us with the correct template, we’ll have it available for sale in the Scout shop. But for now, we recommend using plain white 8 ½” x 11” card stock.

Here’s a link to a YouTube video on printing membership cards. And here are instructions in PDF form:  How to print BSA Membership Cards. How to print BSA Charter Certificates.


Thank You

Thank you to our units and families that have supported the 2019  Friends of Scouting campaign. Click  here to see the list of supporters.

2019 Membership Breakfasts

Learn recruiting best practices and how you can use social media.
Get an update on Family Scouting and Scouts BSA.
See all the recruiting resources available from Patriots’ Path Council.
Get all your recruiting questions answered.
For more information contact – Al Thomas at [email protected], Javier Juarez at [email protected]

Dates Include:

  • March 16th, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm – Sparta United Methodist Church, 71 Sparta Avenue, Sparta
  • March 30th, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm – Thomas J. Kavanaugh VFW Post 2290, Annex Room, 600 Washington Avenue, Manville
  • April 6th, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm – Patriots’ Path Council, Service Center, 1 Saddle Road, Cedar Knolls
  • April 13th, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm – Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue, Cranford

Click here for the flyer.

“Be Prepared: Fostering Resilience in Scouts Coping with Loss” Seminars

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

Choose one of the following dates and location:

  • Sat. 3/9/19 from 9 – 10:30 am at 1 Saddle Rd., Cedar Knolls, NJ
  • Tues. 3/19/19 from 7 – 8:30 pm at the Knights of Columbus 2400 North Ave., Westfield
  • Wed. 4/3/19 from 7 – 8:30 pm at Redeemer Lutheran Church 203 Eyland Ave., Succasunna

Click here for the flyer.

D-Day 75th Anniversary Trip

This trip is being organized by the Baltimore Area Council.

2 spaces are still available, but time is running out!  To secure your spot, please register ASAP.  Spaces will be given on a first come basis and payment is required.

Departing on April 8th, arriving April 9th – 19th a group of Scouts will once again be visiting Europe for an 11 day trip while taking in great history from WWII and spending a day at the Normandy Camporee hosted by the Transatlantic Council.  This year’s Camporee remembers the 75th Anniversary of D-Day.  Check here for an interest form as well as the 11 day itinerary.  You can also visit  to register or contact Manny Fonseca directly at [email protected] or 443-573-2502.

The cost is $4,100 which includes airfare, lodging, touring and tour transportation.

In 2014, 36 participants experienced this trip of a lifetime.  There is still limited space for 2019!  Give yourself or someone a trip of a lifetime!

Youth Membership Campaign Progress Report for January 2019

We ended 2018 with 16,494 youth members.

Our year end goal for 2019 is 16,995 youth members.

The January month end numbers will reflect any gains or losses associated with rechartering.

Please click here for the full report.

Youth Protection Updated Version

At the end of February, the online YP Course will be replaced with an updated version.

If you have started—but not completed—the current Y01 Youth Protection Training:

You must complete the training before March 1, 2019, or any progress you have made will not transfer, due to the new learning plan. Otherwise, you may simply start over with the new training plan on March 1, 2019.

If you HAVE already completed the current Y01 Youth Protection Training:

You WILL NOT be affected. You DO NOT have to retake the training when the March 1, 2019 course is released.

This update will include new policies and procedures implemented since the course was first released in February, 2018, however our Youth Protection and Health and Safety policies, guidelines and procedures are continually being updated and revised. The on-line version of the Guide to Safe Scouting is the single most up to date source of our commitment to Safe Scouting.

Youth Protection certifications will continue to be valid for a two year period.

When the course update is complete, four new VOLUNTARY modules will be added and will be available under the “VOLUNTARY programs.”  These include:

  1. Physical Abuse
  2. Neglect
  3. Emotional Abuse
  4. Witnessing Violence

These new, VOLUNTARY modules will provide leaders with knowledge about other forms of abuse.