Monthly Archives: May 2019

Watchung Mountain District Hosts Cardboard Regatta

Watchung Mountain District hosted, on Sunday April 7, their first ever Cardboard Regatta. The event was chaired by Jack Flood and held at the Berkeley Aquatic Club. Watchung Mountain District Troops 59, 68, and 72 along with Troop 90 from Raritan Valley District participated in this premier event. Six boats were entered, and four boats completed the race. The winning boats were: 1st Place    Troop 68 WM Pink Panther

2nd Place    Troop 90 RV Titanic

3rd Place    Troop 59 WM BSA No Sink

Special Thanks for Troop 368 for providing the PFD’s. We look forward to an even bigger event next year.

Fishawack Pinewood Derby

On Saturday, April 6th the Fishawack District held their annual Pinewood Derby at the Alfred Vail School in Morris Township.  The competition was conducted by age groups with six champions crowned.  A total of 51 Scouts from 13 packs participated.  The top three racers from each category are listed, first to third:

AOL -Anna Collins, Pack 34; David Waldorf, Pack 228; Alicia Cortez, Pack 513.

Webelos – Ariel Litinski, Pack 2; William McGannon, Pack 6; Aaryn Chandnani, Pack 10.

Bear – Sophia Hermey, Pack 69; Johnathan Pellinbgton, Pack 101; Caleb Heindrch, Pack 177.

Wolf – Dhillon Amin, Pack 10; Jack Chazen, Pack 142; Charlie Allen, Pack 12.

Tiger – Justin Polachek, Pack 69; Russell Swenson, Pack 10; Rowan Cashin Pack 8.

Lion – Jack McGannon, Pack 6; Dylan Heindrich, Pack 2; Nolan Conway, Pack 34.

Winners received a trophy and are eligible to compete in the World Championship Pine World Derby to be held in New York City on June 30th.

The event was coordinated by Jim Danus with support from Gary Treubig and several members of the  Woapalanne Lodge of the Order of the Arrow. Program Safely Modules is currently showing various courses in the Program Safety trainings such as Hazardous Weather Training, Trekking Safely, Safety Afloat, Safe Swim Defense, and others as “DOES NOT EXPIRE.”  The Member Care Contact Center is aware of the issue with no ETA on resolution along with the Team Leader for Health and Safety at the National Office.  Please note that these courses expire every two years regardless of whether it says “DOES NOT EXPIRE” or not.  Please plan accordingly with your unit outings and check your dates!  Please check out this YouTube tutorial on how to take courses in the Program Safely section:

Have a safe Scouting adventures!

Black River Cub Scout Camporee

The 2019 Black River Spring Cub Scout Camporee was held at Camp Somers on the weekend of May 3-5.  Over 650 Cub Scouts, siblings and adult family members participated in this event.  Program activities included BB guns, archery, boating, fishing, backwoods engineering, a cooking station and a compass activity.  Highlights included a demonstration by the Byram Fire Department and a rescue dog demonstration by NJ Search and Rescue.  On Saturday evening over 380 participants had dinner together in the dining hall.  Due to rain, following dinner there was an indoor camp fire.  The Camporee was chaired by Pat Gallagher assisted by Trish Dannhardt, Ken Belli and many other volunteers in support.

When a Bakery Says “No” to a Trademarked BSA Logo on a Cake

This is what you can do when a bakery tells you it won’t put a trademarked BSA logo on your Eagle ceremony cake.

Trek Safely Retired

A cross-functional team has completed an evaluation of the training formerly known as Trek Safely and recommended it be retired. The online training and resources have been removed and we will be updating NCAP standards to reflect the change as well. Since its development, the materials have been incorporated into our handbooks as well as other literature and we are comfortable our materials encompass the appropriate points and saw this as an opportunity to streamline and simplify. If you have questions, please email [email protected].

Philmont Training Center 2019 Conferences – There’s still time to register for this summer!

The Philmont Training Center has a robust lineup of conferences scheduled this summer to meet the needs of every level of Scouting! Unit service, program delivery, training and dozens more are designed to help volunteers and professionals from across the nation share ideas and best practices and keep pace with the exciting changes and new developments in the BSA. And there’s still time for your professionals and volunteers to register for this summer!

Visit to learn more. Questions? Email the Philmont Training Center at [email protected].

Eagle Scout Hall of Fame

The Eagle Scout Hall of Fame Award is a recognition from the Patriots’ Path Council’s Alumni Association. The award was established to recognize Eagle Scouts who, after 25 years or longer of having received the Eagle Scout Award, have reached the highest level of success in their field. In addition, these recipients have demonstrated a strong record of volunteer leadership service to their community.

Submit your nomination to Amy Schwartz at [email protected] by May 31st. Click here for the nomination form.

BSA Parents Announcement

We all know how truly amazing our Scouting parents are.  They go above and beyond, and they constantly ask what they can do and how they can help.

In many ways, they are our best asset to help demonstrate the value of the Boy Scouts of America and to talk about what this great organization means to American communities.

So, we want to make you all aware of a newly-formed group called “BSA Parents” that is forming and will launch on digital and social media this week.

The group was formed by and is run by parents of Scouts. The group came together so parents can use the Internet and social media to talk about what Scouting means to them.  As I’m sure you can imagine, this is powerful stuff — I’m excited to article).

I also want to let you know that while BSA helped with some seed funding to get them off the ground, this is an independent organization. They are not affiliated with BSA and they formed to help parents tell their stories.  It has no dues, it offers no programs, and is not competitive in any way with our councils.  Their mission and stories are ones we want to support!

We are excited to see so many people taking up the message of Scouting. I am writing today with the hope that you will share this site and these videos with parents in your area.  More people need to see and hear from the parents who are so involved with — and so passionate about — Scouting. The BSA’s character building programs are essential for our youth and we are excited for parents to help propel that message forward.

BSA Parents on social media:

Twitter: @BSAparents


Instagram: @bsaparents   


Black River Recognition Dinner

With over 100 Black River Scouters in attendance, the annual Black River Recognition Dinner was held on the evening of May 15th at the Chandelier at Flanders Valley.   The event provided an opportunity for Black River Scouters to socialize and honor the many volunteers that make this district strong.  District Chair, Dave Curtis presented  District Awards of Merit to Michael Guarino, Paul Minenna, and Bill Stroh.  Dave ‘Ringo’ Marihugh was honored with the James E. West Award.  Arrowhead Awards were presented to Pete Mullaney, Beth Draper and Russ Jones by Commissioner, Tim Farrell.  For their outstanding service to their troop, crew, or pack, a total of 21 Scouters were identified as “Black River’s Best.”  Patriots’ Path Council Scout Executive Dennis Kohl received special recognition as a recipient of the “Black River’s Best” award.  Lastly, Jay DeBoey was honored for his service as the outgoing district chairman with a special award.   The dinner was delicious, and the assembled volunteers had a great time. In keeping with tradition, the “Not Ready for Prime Time Players” performed as expected!