Monthly Archives: October 2019

A Season of Fairs – Opportunities to Advertise Scouting – Recruit

The fall and early winter season are full of festivals and fairs.  These are great opportunities for units to recruit additional youth.  Look for events outdoors or indoors to interact with your local community.  There are a plethora of events ranging from church bazaars to pumpkin/apple fairs to holiday fairs and so many more.

Plan to have a table and look for youth and adults to join Scouting!  Showcase Scouting’s community service projects or offer games for youth.

Click here for the form.

Fall Recruiting – Something for Everyone

Every year in the fall across the territory of Patriots’ Path Council more than 3,000 more youth try out Scouting by joining for the first time.

We ask that all volunteers and members do their part to make sure that those expressing interest in Scouting are welcomed and register in order to be able to receive the program that will help them achieve their full potential.

It is important that volunteer leaders do not hang on to applications more than absolutely necessary while families are joining.  Timely registration is very important not only for insurance reasons, but also for the ability to work on advancement, participate fully in all Scouting activities and also to prepare units for the charter renewal season.   When all the youth and adults are listed in the Scoutnet system the task of renewing the charter is immensely easier to do rather then trying to cross match applications in hand, excel or other lists, Scoutbook and/or other electronic systems.

Some easy steps to take to make sure your unit is doing all it can to recruit for your unit are found in the Unit Playbook

Recruiting flyers can be reproduced with your custom message at the Patriots’ Path Council service center.

Cub Scouts

Scouts BSA


Recruit More Youth With Halloween Cards

Just when you thought you could wrap up recruiting for the fall, there’s one more way you could gain some more youth in your pack or troop. Think about attaching a “Join Cub Scouts” card on each piece of candy you hand out on Halloween. Or attach the joining card to the candy you hand out at the local Trunk or Treat.  Click here for an editable template. You can print the cards as is or edit them with your specific pack or troop information. Preprinted ones available from your district membership executive while supplies last, from your membership team. Be sure to share with all your parents and leaders. This is a really fun way of letting people know about your local Scouting program. Candy is not included.


The best source of recruiting more youth into Scouting is to ask current Scouts to recruit their friends. This can be done multiple times a year with easy to make recruiting cards. They can be generic or themed for a season or upcoming event. Have your Scouts hand them out to friends. If you have a card or template to share, send to your district membership team.


Membership Team
For questions or assistance with your recruitment efforts contact:
Al Thomas      for Black RiverFishawack, and Sussex districts 
Javier Juarez 
for Raritan ValleyMunsee, and Watching Mountain districts


Recruiting Cards- Cub Scouts

2020 Silver Beaver Recipients

The Patriots’ Path Council is pleased to announce our 2020 Silver Beaver Award recipients.

The Silver Beaver Award is the highest award presented for distinguished service to youth in the council.


  • Joseph Allegra, Green Brook, NJ
  • Gerard “Jay” DeBoey, Long Valley, NJ
  • Jeffrey Haines, Newton, NJ
  • Thomas Mollitor, Rockaway, NJ
  • Mark Rozek, Andover, NJ
  • Garrick J. Stoldt, North Brunswick, NJ
  • Alan Thomson, Senca, SC
  • Cindy Marie VanCarpels, Wantage, NJ
  • Frank Wallace, Newton, NJ

Third Annual Patriots’ Path Council Philmont Alumni Brunch

The Patriots’ Path Council Alumni and High Adventure Committees will be hosting the third annual Patriots’ Path Council Philmont Alumni Brunch on Sunday, November 3, 2019 at the Patriots’ Path Council service center. The brunch will begin at 10:30 am. This annual event provides Philmont alumni in our council the opportunity for fellowship and rekindling of old friendships, while enjoying some fantastic food. As in the past we will present the Dave Setzer Philmont Alumnus Award to a member of the Watchu Training Team for his or her years of dedicated service to provide the youth in our council the training so they can make the most of their adventure at “The Scouting Paradise.”

This year the award is going to Rich and Karen Rosencrans. The advisors for all our crews to Philmont can never be thanked enough for their 18 months of hard work to prepare and enable their crews for an adventure of a lifetime. We will recognize the advisors of the 24 crews who trekked through the Philmont backcountry this year with a small token of our appreciation. We will also have the pleasure to welcome Steve Nelson, Director of Camping Services at Philmont in our midst. (You might recognize Steve’s name as the person who writes the preface in documents like the Philmont Council and Unit Planning Guide.) We are honored to have Steve as our guest speaker. We are looking forward to him sharing his experience of the 2019 camping season and also his vision for Philmont. It is our wish to have a record number people attend the brunch this year. What better venue and opportunity to relive some of those “Magic of Philmont” moments.

We will see you on November 3, 2019. Click here for the registration information

Special Scout Shop Hours for October 31, 2019

Cedar Knolls and Mountainside Scout Shops will be open from 9 am-5 pm.

Click here for the flyer.

Join the Patriots’ Path Council’s Scout Shop Staff- Immediate Opening

Click here for the job description:…/Sales-Associate-Wanted-new-10-15-19-1.…

Contact Steve Beirach at 973-765-9322 Ext. 241.
Send resumes to [email protected]

First Responder Adventure

The annual Webelos/AOL First Responder Event sponsored by Raritan Valley District will take place on Saturday November 2, 2019 at the Bound Brook Presbyterian Church. This event is open to all Webelos and AOL Scouts. They will have the opportunity to put the Scout motto “Be Prepared” into action by learning about first aid. Scouts will complete the requirements to earn the First Responder Pin.

Two sessions are planned for the day.

Session 1  8:30 am to 11:45 am

Session 2  12:30 pm to 3:45 pm

The event has four stations where Scouts will work on the requirements for the pin.

Station One:        Requirements 1,6 (partial)

Station Two:        Requirement 5

Station Three:     Requirements 2,3,4

Station Four:       Requirements 7,8

Registration is open at:

Registration closes November 1st at 9AM

Registration is limited to the first 120 Scouts registered.

The cost is $10.00 per Scout.

For more information please reach out to:

Alana Bird                     [email protected]            908-875-7915


Will Adams                   [email protected]      732-540-5936

JOTA 2019

The weekend of October 19-20,2019 saw over 250 Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, parents and siblings participate in the 62nd Annual Jamboree on the Air. Jamboree-on-the-Air, or JOTA, is the largest Scouting event in the world. It is held annually the third full weekend in October. JOTA uses amateur radios to link Scouts and hams from around the world, around the nation, and in our own communities.

This year’s event, hosted by Munsee District, was held in the Watchung Reservation in Mountainside. Along with talking on the radio, Scouts had the opportunity to participate in activities like Tug of War, Knots, Cast Iron Chef, Lashing, Nature hikes and instruction in Signs Signals and Codes merit badge. Rags Buchner brought a mockup of the Apollo 11 lander that was a big hit with the crowd.

This year’s program was chaired by Gretchen Kellaway and Steve Flood. Providing the Ham Radio communication and instruction in the Radio merit badge was the Tri County Radio Association and president Paul Biener and his crew. Thanks to all the other volunteers that helped to make the weekend a great success.

New Jersey Devils Star Wars Night

Friday, December 6th at 7:00 PM

Buy your tickets while they last

Due to the popularity of our most recent Scout Day, we have decided to host a 2nd night on StarWars Night! Come out and enjoy a night out with family and friends to watch the New Jersey Devils take on the Chicago Blackhawks. Tickets will sell fast make sure to purchase ASAP!


First 9,000 fans in the building will receive a Jack Hughes Jedi Bobblehead. This ticket purchase includes a Devils drawstring bag, Devils patch, troop welcome on the scoreboard, and post game ice access for a group photo! Once you have purchased your ticket, please share this link with your troop to sit together!


*Only first 200 to order through the link will receive a Scout patch. On-ice activities may sell out due to capacity. Please purchase tickets through the link ASAP.


*Must purchase through link to receive benefits listed above!


For any questions or issues, please contact Cole at [email protected] or 973-982-6321