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Leader Request – 2021 National Jamboree

The 2021 National Jamboree committee is seeking adult leadership to take part in our troops and crews.  Any interested leader should signup on the waiting list at https://ppcbsa.org/2021jambo.

You will be invited for an interview which will commence in first week of December.

Registration Requirements

Scout Leader Qualifications

All jamboree Scoutmasters/Advisors/Skippers and first-, second-, and third-assistant leaders must meet the following requirements:

  • Possess a current BSA membership with a Scouts BSA Troop, Venturing Crew, Exploring Post or Sea Scout Ship.
  • Scoutmasters/Advisors/Skippers and  first  assistant  Scoutmasters/Advisors/  Skippers must be at least 21 years old by the first day of the jamboree.
  • Second assistant Scoutmasters/Advisors/Skippers must be at least 18 years of age by the first day of the jamboree.
  • Third assistant Scoutmasters/Advisors/Skippers must be at least 18 years old by the first day of the jamboree. Councils may select an adult over 21, if necessary.
  • Scoutmaster/Advisor/Skipper applicants     must      be      currently     serving      as      a

Scoutmaster/Advisor/Skipper.

  • All Assistant leaders must be currently serving in a unit in an adult leadership position.
  • Scoutmaster/Advisor/Skipper applicants must have completed leader-specific training.
  • All Adult leaders must file a jamboree personal health and medical record.
  • All adult leaders must be approved by the local council.
  • All adult leaders must submit all registration fees per their local council’s payment schedule.
  • BSA Youth Protection Training must be current through the last day of the Jamboree.

 

Statement of Understanding

All participants (youth and leaders) are selected to represent their local councils based on qualifications in character, camping skills, physical and personal fitness, and leadership qualities. Therefore, all adult and youth participants and their parents or guardians are asked to read the Code of Conduct and Statement of Understanding as a condition of participation.

It is with the further understanding that serious misconduct or infraction of rules and regulations may result in expulsion (at the participant’s own expense) from the jamboree or during the jamboree tour. Each participant is responsible for his or her own behavior, and only when necessary will the procedure be invoked to send a participant home from the jamboree.

Code of Conduct

The unit’s adult leaders are responsible for the supervision of its membership, maintaining discipline, security, and the Jamboree Code of Conduct.

Leaders will be guided by the Scout Oath and Scout Law and will obey all U.S., local, and state laws.

  • I promise to obey the Scout oath and law.
  • I will be Scout-like in how we act and treat others.
  • I will set a good example by keeping myself neatly dressed and presentable.
  • I will attend all scheduled programs and participate as required in cooperation with other unit members and leaders.
  • In consideration of other unit participants, I agree to follow the bedtime and sleep schedule of the unit.
  • I will be responsible for keeping my tent and personal gear clean and neat and labeling all personal gear.
  • I will adhere to all recycling policies and regulations. I will not litter.
  • I understand that the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs is prohibited at The Summit.
  • I understand  that  serious  and/or  repetitive  behavior  violations,  including  cheating, stealing, dishonesty, fighting, and cursing, may result in expulsion from The Summit or serious disciplinary action and loss of privileges.
  • I understand that gambling of any form is prohibited.
  • I understand that possession of lasers of any type and possession or detonation of fireworks is prohibited.
  • I will demonstrate respect for The Summit and unit property and be personally responsible for any loss, breakage, or vandalism of property as a result of my actions.
  • Neither the unit leaders nor the Boy Scouts of America will be responsible for the loss, breakage, or theft of personal items. I will label all my personal items and check items of value at the direction of unit leaders. Theft will be grounds for expulsion.
  • I will obey the safety rules and instructions of all supervisors and staff members.
  • I understand that hazing has no place in Scouting; nor do running the gauntlet, belt lines, and similar acts of physical punishment.
  • I understand that participants may only bring items specified on the equipment list provided.
  • I understand that I can be sent home for bullying, cyberbullying, horseplay, fighting, stealing, off-color jokes, remarks or conduct, harassment of any kind – sexual, religious, race, cultural, national origin, disability, etc., being a “peeping tom”, being in an off-limits area and/or repeated failure to follow instructions.

Violation of this Code of Conduct, or any other conduct deemed to be inconsistent with the values of Scouting, may result in expulsion from The Summit at the participant’s own expense and could result in revocation of BSA membership.

 

Commitment to Safety

The safety and health of our youth, volunteers, service team, and employees is a key component of the 2021 National Jamboree experience. Youth develop traits of citizenship, character, fitness, and leadership during age-appropriate events when challenged to move beyond their normal comfort level and discover new abilities. In doing so, it is essential that risks are identified and mitigated.

The 2021 National Jamboree program, activities, and events integrate many safety features. However, no policy or procedure will replace the review and vigilance of trusted adults and youth leaders at the point of program, activities, and event execution.

In order to promote and secure a safe and healthy 2021 National Jamboree environment, all leaders are asked to:

  • Know and execute the BSA program as contained inappropriate jamboree publications and the Guide to Safe Scouting.
  • Properly plan pre/post jamboree tours, activities, and events and become familiar with the Sweet 16 of BSA Safety.
  • Set the example for safe behavior and equipment use during all programs, activities, and events.
  • Engage and  educate  participants  in  discussions  about  hazards  and  risks,  their identification, and mitigation.

Together we will ensure the 2021 National Jamboree provides an exciting and safe experience for everyone.

Munsee Cub Winter Event

Plans are in the works for a Cub Scout winter event Feb. 22, 2020, at Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation. Event specifics are being developed by Munsee District Program Chairman Dave Depczynski and Cub Activities Chair Trish Plummer. Stay tuned for further details.

Cub Scout Leader Position Specific Training

A training course for new Cub Scout leaders will be hosted by the Watchung Mountain District on Dec. 14, 2019.

This training will highlight the Cub Scout program. Three sessions will run concurrently.

Choose the session that matches your position:

  1. Den Leader and Assistant Den Leader Training
  2. Cubmaster and Assistant Cubmaster Training
  3. Committee Chair and Committee Member Training

The course will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at:

Vermuele Community Center

614 Greenbrook Road

North Plainfield, N.J.

Click Here to Register for Cub Leader Position Specific Training

Munsee District Webelos Klondike

All Webelos Scouts and Arrow of Light Scouts are invited to participate in this Webelos Klondike competition planned Feb. 8, 2020, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the “Loop” area at the Watchung Reservation.

The event will test Scouts’ skills as a patrol and their ability to show up prepared for the weather conditions. The event also will focus on requirements from five Webelos/Arrow of Light Adventures:

Event Conditions Preparedness
Building a Better World Adventure
Webelos Walkabout/Outdoorsman Adventure
Cast Iron Chef Adventure
First Responder Adventure 

Cost: $5 per Scout

Register at: https://ppbsa.doubleknot.com/event/2575968

 

Klondike Season is Coming

Watchung Mountain District: Jan. 25, 2020

Registration link coming

 

Raritan Valley District: Feb. 1, 2020

Pre-registration: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GFXKVRW

Registration is $10 per Scout

Registration: https://ppbsa.doubleknot.com/event/2583072

Registration deadline for all sleds is Jan. 26, 2020

 

Munsee District (Scouts BSA): Feb. 8, 2020

Foul weather date: Feb.22, 2020

Check-in is from 6:30 a.m. to 8:20 a.m.

Watchung Reservation, Mountainside, N.J., aka Alaska!

Cost is $10 per Scout until Jan. 12, 2020; after that the fee goes to $15 per Scout.

Registration: https://ppbsa.doubleknot.com/event/2575904

Blood Drives

On Nov. 29, 2019, Patriots’ Path Council will be supporting a number of blood drives in its service area. Please consider giving the gift of life during the holidays when the need is so critical.

Click here to register to donate.

 

Friday, Nov. 29, 2019

New Jersey Sharing Network

691 Central Avenue
New Providence, N.J. 07974

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 

Cranford United Methodist Church

201 Lincoln Avenue East
Cranford, N.J. 07016

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 

Patriots’ Path Headquarters

1 Saddle Road
Cedar Knolls, N.J. 07927

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

2021 National Jamboree

The 2021 National Jamboree – Powered by Scouts Like You

Join the waitlist and be in the know as soon as registrations come online!  We are expecting a great turnout for a limited number of spots:

Three (3) Boy Troops (40 people per troop)

One (1) Girl Troop (40 people)

Partial Venture Crew (20 people)

Jamboree dates physically at the Summit Bechtel Reserve are July 21-30, 2021, with overnight travel accommodations on July 20, 2021.

Be sure to join the waitlist and SAVE THE DATE!

Waitlist sign-up: https://ppcbsa.org/2021jambo

Any adult leader interested should visit the following blog post for more details.
https://signs-up.ppbsa.org/2019/11/22/leader-request-2021-national-jamboree/

Devils Scout Night

Due to the popularity of the most recent Scout Day, the New Jersey Devils have decided to host a second night on Star Wars Night! Come out and enjoy a night out with family and friends Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, at 7 p.m. to watch the New Jersey Devils take on the Chicago Blackhawks.

Tickets will sell fast, so make sure to purchase ASAP! Buy your tickets while they last at https://fevo.me/patriotpath

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, 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, contact Cole at [email protected] or 973-982-6321

Philmont 2021

Patriots’ Path Council has reserved 20 Philmont crews for 2021. Each crew must consist of 12 Scouts and Scouters, with a minimum of 3 adults and 9 youths, and a maximum of 4 adults and 8 youth.  A unit may submit more than one crew application, but if more than 20 crew applications are received, the additional crews will be placed on the waiting list in the order received.

Patriots’ Path Council units interested in participating as a group should complete a Patriots’ Path 2021 Philmont crew application (see link below) and submit the completed application online no later than Jan. 24.  The Watchu crew selection process will take place on Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. in the council office.

Selected crews will participate in the Watchu program – an 18-month long program designed to train and guide advisors on preparing for Philmont. Questions and inquiries can be addressed to Chief Watchu at [email protected]

Philmont Scout Ranch is the Boy Scouts of America’s premier High Adventure™ base. It provides programs and adventures over more than 219 square miles of rugged wilderness in the Sangre de Christo Mountains in northern New Mexico.

Get your application here: Crew application directions plus online registration or visit the High Adventure page.

Letter to Scouters

Dear Patriots’ Path Council Scouters,

We have heard from many leaders who are disappointed with the membership fee increase and frustrated with the late notice from the national office.  Having been Scoutmasters and Committee Chairmen we truly understand and want to help.  That is why we are committed to ensuring that all youth can experience the character-building benefits of Scouting regardless of their financial situation.  Please read the attached Letter to Scouters for more details.

For the order form, click here.