Monthly Archives: February 2020

Meet the Flintlocks

The Flintlocks are a volunteer group of 26 retired Scouters who work at the camps every week all year-round. They provide 5,000 hours of work every year and have built almost everything you see at the camps. Most of the members are Silver Beavers. They also volunteer to help run to the various council programs.

Last year the Flintlocks obtained a grant and built and equipped the Allamuchy STEM Lab at no cost to the council.

The Flintlocks Celebrate Joe Schott’s 98th Birthday

Joe Schott, who has been volunteering with the Flintlocks for 29 years, recently celebrated his 98th birthday. The Flintlocks, BSA, Inc., are 26 retired Scouters who are incorporated as a 501c3. They help build and maintain structures at the Patriot Path Council camps. Members work out of the shop in the first building at Camp Winnebago every Thursday, but they provide support to Allamuchy and Sabattis as well. The Flintlocks also make craft kits for the Scout shops. Joe has an ironic sense of humor. For example, why would you need a sign that says “Dry Paint”?

Congratulations to the 2019 Winners of the Community Service Award for Patriots’ Path Council

Winners are chosen with the highest amount of hours for the year and the highest average hours per Scout. So a unit may be the winner in one or both of the categories.

Each winning unit will receive a patch for each Scout and a streamer for its flag.

Congratulations and thank you for doing your good turns from the PPC Community Service Committee.


Black River

Pack 45       5.15 hours per Scout

Pack  147    194 hours

Troop 336    1960 hours/217.78 hours per Scout



Pack 40    401 hours/5.08 hours per Scout

Troop 79   69.00 hours per Scout

Troop 8     1691 hours

Crew 314   727 hours /363.50 hours per Scout



Pack 145    1345 hours /22.95 hours per Scout

Troop 23     53.55 hours per Scout

Troop 145   1613 hours


Raritan Valley

Pack 96     310 hours/6.20 hours per Scout

Troop 12    1345 hours

Troop 41    30.78 hours per Scout



Pack 183    1017 hour/13.93 hours per Scout

Troop 85     2333 hours/66.66  hours per Scout

Crew 85     123 hours/24.60 hours per Scout


Watchung Mountain

Pack 177    1630 hours/21.45 hours per Scout

Troop 73     3638 hours/72.76 hours per Scout

Raritan Valley Community Service at the Klondike

On February 1, 2020, Raritan Valley held its first winter clothing drive at the Klondike. Thank you to Dave Robbins for hosting and to everyone who donated to the total of 543 winter items collected.   The items were donated to SHIP in Somerville and the VA Hospital in Lyons.  They were so appreciative of our large donations.

Munsee District Community Service at the Klondike

During the Klondike held on February 8, 2020, we had almost full participation in the food drive and collected close to 1,600 food items that were split between four local food pantries.

We also collected 299 pairs of socks.  All the women’s and children’s socks went to Turning Point shelter in Irvington. The men’s socks were split between two shelters in Irvington and Newark run by Urban Renewal.  These shelters were very grateful and touched that we thought of them and said the socks will be very appreciated by their clients.

Raritan Valley District Awards Breakfast

Raritan Valley District Awards Breakfast

Saturday, March 21, 2020, 8:30 AM TO 11:00 AM

New Location
Pluckemin Presbyterian Church
279 Route 202/206, Pluckemin

This is a great opportunity for fellowship with great food.


  • $20 per person prior to March 2nd
  • $25 per person March 2nd through March 16th

Breakfast Registration closes March 16th

Click here to register.

Catholic Scout Awards & 2020 Award Recipients

Scouting BSA is another way to help Catholic youth do their duty to God and to their country. Scouting builds character and teaches devotion to God in an environment that provides wholesome fun under the guidance of strong adult role models.

Through the various awards, emblems and patches, it is the desire and hope of the Archdiocesan Office for Youth & Young Adult Ministry to help young men and women on their faith journey.

The office works in coordination with the National Catholic Committee on Scouting to help promote Catholic Scouting BSA through quality faith-based programs.

Currently, the following programs are available for Catholic Scouts BSA:

  • Light of Christ (for grades 1 and 2)
  • Parvuli Dei (for grades 3 to 5)
  • Ad Altare Dei (7th grade and above)
  • Pope Pius XII (9th grade and above)
  • Bishop Baley Award

The following awards are available for Scouts BSA units:

  • Pope Paul VI – Catholic Chartered Units
  • Pope John XXXIII – Non-Catholic Institution Chartered Units

The Archdiocese also awards leaders of Scouts BSA the following awards:

  • Fleur-de-Lis
  • Bronze Pelican Award
  • St. George Award
  • Archbishop’s Scouter Award

The following awards are available for Scouts BSA, leaders and families:

  • The Sword of St. George

To learn more about any of these programs for your pack, troop, crew or ship, please contact:

Rich Donovan

Associate Director

Office for Youth & Young Adult Ministry

(201) 998-0088 x 4150

[email protected]


Recipients of 2020 Religious Awards in Patriots’ Path Council include:

  • Youth Awards
    • Ad Altare Dei Award
      • Troop 73 – Holy Trinity Church, Westfield
        • Antonio Carrero
        • Gerard Cummings
        • Logan Shepherd
        • Joseph Slingerland
      • Troop 75 – Cranford United Methodist Church, Cranford
        • Eric Mason Kimball
      • Troop 80 – First Presbyterian Church, Cranford
        • Daniel Kennedy
      • Troop 203 – St. Bartholomew Parish, Scotch Plains
        • Oliver James Agar
    • Pope Pius XII Award
      • Troop 73 – Holy Trinity Church, Westfield
        • Ralph Carrero
        • Joshua Lang
        • Timothy O’Brien
      • Troop 75 – Cranford United Methodist Church, Cranford
        • Max Kapetanakis
        • Ryan Whyte
      • Troop 80 – First Presbyterian Church, Cranford
        • William Kennedy
        • Peter Marino
        • Patrick O’Shea
        • John Scheurer
        • Michael Scheurer
        • Samuel Tallon
    • Light of Christ Awards
      • Pack 30 – St. John the Apostle Church, Linden
        • Christian Deluca
        • Luigi DeLucia
        • Andrew Jackson
        • Logan McArthur
        • Jack Merlo
        • Vincent Nativo
      • Pack 70 – Cranford United Methodist Church, Cranford
        • Colin James Kimball
    • Parvuli Dei Award
      • Pack 47 – 1st Presbyterian Church, Rahway
        • Nathallia Magalhaes-Jardim
      • Pack 73 – Holy Trinity Church, Westfield
        • Kevin Aby
        • Andrew Demetrick
        • Charles Gosda
        • Ethan Gurango
      • Pack 101 – Our Lady of Fatima Church, Elizabeth
        • Tomas Jose Luis Costa
        • Matthew Magalhaes
        • Anthony Gabriel Santos
  • Adult Awards
    • Fleur-de-Lis Award
      • Pack 101 – Our Lady of Fatima Church, Elizabeth
        • Kathleen Magalhaes-Jardim
    • Saint George Emblem
      • Pack 101 – Our Lady of Fatima Church, Elizabeth
        • Alexandra Castainca-Costa

For the full list of award recipients, click here.

Electives Extravaganza 2020

The Electives Extravaganza is a full day of activities based on elective adventures in your Cub Scout handbook. Scouts will work on up to four (4) elective adventures during four sessions, with one hour for lunch. Almost all activities are rank specific, but some are just for fun. You may only choose Archery or BB Shooting to give others a great opportunity as well!

The event will be held Saturday, April 25, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Winnebago Scout Reservation, 102 Timberbrook Road, Rockaway, N.J. 07866.

Click here for the flyer.

Cub Scouts Start Your Engines

With March comes District Pinewood Derbies. Munsee District, Raritan Valley District and Watchung Mountain District are recruiting pack Pinewood Derby winners to compete in their district derby.

Munsee District will be holding its Pinewood Derby on Saturday, March 21, 2020, beginning at 8 a.m. at the Thomas Deverin Community Center located at 100 Cooke Ave. in Carteret, N.J. Here is the link for more details and to register for the event:

Competition is open to the top three finishers from each pack in each rank.

Raritan Valley Districts Pinewood Derby will be held on March 28, 2020, at the South Plainfield Middle School, 2201 Plainfield Ave., South Plainfield, N.J. Race-day registration begins at 9 a.m. Competition is open to the top five finishers in each rank in each pack in the district. Please go to the registration page at: for a complete list of rules and to register.

Watchung Mountain District will be holding its Cub Scout Pinewood Derby on March 28, 2020, at the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, 667 Westfield Road, Scotch Plains, N.J. Race-day activities begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at 2 p.m. Racing is open to the top three finishers in each pack in each rank. Full details and registration is at:

Raritan Valley Cub Camporee

The Raritan Valley District is planning a rootin, tootin return to the Wild West for its spring 2020 Cub Family Camporee. Winnebago Scout Reservation will be the site of this wild, Wild West weekend. Many activities are planned around the Old West theme including archery, BB guns, boating, field games, fishing, crafts, campfire entertainment and enjoying a nice spring day with the family at camp! Registration is open for this event at: