Monthly Archives: April 2020

A Big Thank-You!

Saying thank you is important, both to you as well as to all of our Scouting volunteers. Without this support Scouting would not thrive in our communities or across our nation.

It is also important to recognize and thank all of the first responders and medical professionals who are working tirelessly on our behalf so that we can all return to the things we love and appreciate.

We look forward to seeing you soon on the Scouting trail!

Scouts Can Show Their Thanks

Send us your Scouts’ Thank You pictures and we will add them to the collection on the council’s Facebook page every Monday.

Send to [email protected]

Scouting From Home

The Patriots’ Path Council website has a new page specifically designed to help Scouts and their units navigate these challenging times. Please be sure to check out our new “Scouting From Home” web page. You can find it at the following link: https://ppcbsa.org/programs/scoutingfromhome/

On this page we will be uploading useful tips and documents to help provide Scouting opportunities and activities from the comfort of your own home.

Cub Scout packs will find fun adventures for each cub rank and Scouts BSA troops will find online merit badge class opportunities. Please share this page with your units and let them know that Scouting continues, even while we are stuck at home!

Camporee VI Rescheduled

The 2020 N.J. State Police/National Guard Camporee, aka Camporee VI, has been rescheduled for the weekend of October 9–11, 2020, in Sea Girt.

Unit registration has been extended until August 15.

For more information, see the leadership guide

Tunes on Tuesday

In an effort to brighten things up during the week while most of us are stuck at home, the Patriots’ Path Council would like to give Scouts and their families an opportunity to share some Scouting spirit by singing a Scouting song.

If you would like to participate in Tunes on Tuesday, please email a video of your Scout (and family) singing a Scout song (https://www.scoutsongs.com/) to be shared with the packs and troops of Patriots’ Path Council.

Videos should be sent to Jeff Miller at [email protected].

To keep our Scouts safe, recordings should not include a Scout’s full name. If a recording is submitted for a Scout 13 years old or younger, we will assume it was recorded with parental permission.

Eagle Scout Recognition and Reunion Dinner

The 2021 Eagle Scout Recognition and Reunion Dinner will be held Wednesday, January 6, 2021, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Hanover Marriott, 1401 Route 10 East, Whippany, New Jersey.

The dinner will honor the 2020 Eagle Scout Class and the 2021 Eagle Hall of Fame inductees.

Formal invitations with complete details will be sent out in November 2020.

For more information, contact Jennifer Volz at 973-765-9322, ext. 249, or [email protected].

 

 

 
 

 

Do a Good Turn Daily

During this time many Scouts and leaders are doing “Good Turns.” 

Whether it is helping a sibling with school work, helping a neighbor, checking on family and friends or donating items or time, share your pictures with us so we can share the “Good Turns” with our Scouting family.

Email photos to Linda Cummings, community service chairperson, at  [email protected]

Share Some Cheer on Funny Friday

Although we may not be together in person, our Scouting spirits will never be apart. Help us showcase the Scout Law point of “Cheerful” by sharing and sending Scouts’ favorite jokes and skits! We would like to share your cheer on Fridays.

Email a recording of your Scout saying his or her favorite Boys’ Life joke, or your favorite Scout skit – you will need family help with this, http://www.boyscouttrail.com/skits.asp

To keep our Scouts safe, recording should not include a Scout’s full name. If a recording is submitted for a Scout 13 years old or younger, we will assume it was recorded with parental permission.

Link to Boys’ Life Jokes page “Think &Grin”: https://jokes.boyslife.org/

Send your submissions to Marc Maratea at [email protected]

 

Community Service Opportunities Still Available

During this difficult time many people are looking for ways to help. As Scouts and Scout families, we want to do a good turn. Many ways that we have traditionally helped are not possible right now, but you can still help while following the safe Scout guidelines as well as local and national guidelines.

Food Banks: Many food banks are not accepting drop-offs, but they are accepting online donations, and some are accepting delivered groceries. When restrictions have lifted many food banks will be depleted and looking for donations. You could tentatively plan and notify your unit that you will be collecting at the first in-person den meeting, pack meeting or troop meeting.

Helping Elderly Neighbors: You can call to check on your neighbors or talk to them from a safe distance. If they need groceries and your family can help, it would help keep them safer since they are at a high-risk group. You could even set up an online account and have food delivered to them since many may not have computers. With permission you could do some yard clean-up.

Be Kind: Delivery drivers are making sure that items that we order are being delivered. Consider leaving them some goodies to take when making a delivery to your house and a thank-you note.

A few years ago, the Kindness Rocks Project was a viral trend where people, commonly children, painted rocks and put them out in the community. You could surprise a neighbor by leaving a painted rock in their yard.

If Scouts have younger cousins or friends, they could help with homework or read a book to them via FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, etc. Everyone must follow BSA youth protection and BSA social media guidelines.

If you have any ideas on how to help or hear of any family or community outreach program needing help, please contact Linda Cummings, PPC community service committee chairperson, at [email protected].

If you are doing any service, please send Linda pictures so she can share them with our Scouting family. Pictures cannot include any Scouts’ names

 

Use BSA Neckerchief to Help Stop Spread of Virus

 

The CDC recommends the use of cloth face coverings in community settings to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 based on the following reasoning:

  • There is a growing body of evidence that people who are infected can spread the virus before they develop symptoms or in the absence of symptoms.
  • Wearing a cloth face covering may help prevent the spread of the virus by people who are infected and do not know it.

In addition to the CDC recommendation, Gov. Phil Murphy announced that he is now requiring all employees and shoppers at the essential businesses still open in New Jersey to wear face coverings until further notice to help fight the coronavirus outbreak.

We would like to take this opportunity to encourage all our members to use the BSA neckerchief for this purpose.  You can demonstrate Scout preparedness and pride while satisfying the requirement.