Monthly Archives: June 2020

New Scouts BSA Adult Training Available August 3

A new online Scouts BSA training for adult positions has been developed by the National office and will be available on August 3.

If you are currently in the middle of completing the training, please complete prior to this date as National will be changing the learning plans for all positions – Scoutmaster/assistant Scoutmaster, committee chair, committee member and merit badge counselor.

Any incomplete training will reset on August 3 when the new learning plans and modules are released.

The new online learning combines content resulting in fewer modules to streamline courses, making it easier to complete the training.

When you login to the training portal via https://my.scouting.org to confirm your training progress, you will also notice a complete redesign for the online training portal. Enhancements have been made by the National office to improve the overall training experience, including a robust refresh of training records across National’s various systems.

Woodsman’s Thong Planned in October

Woodsman’s Thong, planned October 24-25, 2020, at Winnebago Scout Reservation, is an  unique outdoor training course for adults and Scouts 13 years old and First Class rank.  For information and registration, visit Woodsman’s Thong registration.

Woodsman’s Thong, developed by Scouters from Patriots’ Path Council, is designed to increase your knowledge of the outdoors and the skills you need to keep your outdoor program exciting. It will provide a foundation for your unit’s High Adventure program.

Registration is open to youth that are 13 years old and First Class rank and above, Venturers, and to registered adult leaders.  Space is limited, so sign-up online as soon as possible.

Click here the course flyer here.

Plan a Scavenger Hunt for Cub Scouts

Cub Scout leaders are facing some challenges in recruiting new Cub Scouts – the COVID-19 virus and the fee increase that National will apply starting on August 1, 2020. Also, as the bankruptcy case involving our national organization goes forward, there could be negative publicity in September and October.

With that in mind, Patriots’ Path Council wants to encourage packs to bring in as many members as they can before August 1.

Click here for a plan to run a scavenger hunt for your pack that offers one activity that could attract families of Cub Scout-age children. It will be simple to run and can happen despite social distancing.

Patriots’ Path Council will help with:

  • flyers to promote your scavenger hunt
  • setting up an online registration so you have contact info for all the families that participate
  • providing a small prize for everyone who participates and a larger prize to raffle off
  • providing onboarding packets at your hand-in containing Adventures in Cub Scouting booklet, mini-Boys’ Life and youth application
  • providing the attached template of the scavenger hunt scorecard. You can edit this if you want youth to find different items or visit some landmark in your town. On the day of your scavenger hunt, at a set time, you will email the scorecard to everyone who has registered.

Adults Needed To Help With Chess Program

Calling all adults interested in creating a Patriots’ Path chess program. Jersey Jam, merit badges, summer camps, district and troop chess activities have shown that Scouts are interested in and enjoy chess.

Now is the time to put together a comprehensive chess program for our youth. Interested adults will come together via a Zoom call on July 18, 2020, at 10 a.m.

Email [email protected] so details on the Zoom call can be emailed to you.

Annual 5K Run/Walk is August 15

Can’t wait to break out and get outside? Plan to attend the rescheduled Patriots’ Path Family 5K Run/Walk and have some fun while supporting Scouting in Patriots’ Path Council, BSA! All funds you raise will be credited toward your unit’s FOS goal

The third annual Patriots’ Path Family 5K Run/Walk will now be held Saturday, August 15, 2020, at Duke Island Park in Bridgewater, New Jersey.

The event also will feature other fun-family activities.

Race information and runner/walker/family registration information is available here.

Membership Carnivals Coming Soon

In the past at this time of the year, everyone usually is finishing up their program year and preparing for the big summer break.

Recruiting has always been an integral part of our service to the youth and our communities and can have its difficulties during a normal year, let alone during a pandemic.

Patriots’ Path Council has organized some carnivals this summer to recruit new families into Scouting, welcome back our current Scouts and have some fun outside.

Do you have a suggestion for a carnival activity? Can you volunteer to help at one of the carnivals? Can you help promote the carnivals? Please contact your district membership chair or any of your executives for more information or to volunteer.

Fall Events Planned in Black River, Fishawack, Sussex

The Black River, Fishawack and Sussex districts have a very full fall 2020 calendar with lots of exciting and fun activities, so “save the dates” on your unit calendar:

The Black River Recognition Dinner, postponed from the spring, will be held on September 16 at Picatinny Arsenal.

The joint Fishawack/Sussex Scouts BSA Camporee will be held at Winnebago Scout Reservation on the weekend of September 25-27.

The Sussex Cub Scout Camporee will be held at Camp Somers on the weekend of October 2-4.

The Black River Cub Scout Camporee and Webelos Adventure will be held at Camp Somers and Camp Wheeler (Webelos) on the weekend of October 9-11.

The New Jersey State Police Scouts BSA Camporee will be held at the NJSP Academy in Sea Girt on the weekend of October 9-11.

The Fishawack Cub Scout Camporee and Webelos Adventure will be held at Camp Somers and Camp Wheeler (Webelos) on the weekend of October 23-25.

NYLT will be held at Winnebago on two weekends in November (November 6-8 and 13-15).

The Merit Badge Workshop will be held Brooklawn Middle School in Parsippany on Saturday, November 21.

The University of Scouting will held at Randolph Middle School on Saturday, December 5.

 

SERV Program Recognizes Service

Patriots’ Path Council has established its own service awards program called SERV. The award is available to participants in all of the council’s programs – Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturers, Explorers, leaders and parents – for all their hours of service each year.

Service hours are counted from December 1 to November 30.

The following levels can be achieved:

Scouts BSA: Bronze – 8 hours
Silver – 12 hours
Gold – 20 hours

Cub Scouts: Bronze – 4 hours
Silver – 6 hours
Gold – 10 hours

Please check the form below for more information.

https://ppcbsa.org/wp-content/uploads/SERV-Award-Tracking-Form-2019.pdf

If you have any questions, please contact Linda Cummings, PPC community service chairperson, at [email protected]

Popcorn Sale Moving Forward

2020 is an unprecedented year in popcorn sales. We couldn’t predict this virus and we can’t know what’s coming next. But we are a committed and resilient nation. We are persevering and finding ways to continue supporting our communities together.  And Patriots’ Path Council is here to support your show & sells and take orders in adherence with evolving state and Scouting guidelines.

CAMP MASTERS is also helping adapt our 2020 program to protect all families. They are strengthening our commitment to online selling, introducing new ways to promote popcorn, and adding some delicious new products to our offering. Plus, every online order now ships free to customers.

For additional information, click here.

We have a unique opportunity to teach our Scouts about uniting in the face of adversity. To not stand in fear of massive change, but to lead their community through it. Most importantly, we are preparing them for a world where resilience is their greatest asset.

Fall Activities Scheduled in Munsee, Raritan Valley, Watchung Mountain

A variety of fall activities are planned in the Munsee, Raritan Valley and Watchung Mountain districts.

MUNSEE DISTRICT

District Pinewood Derby
August – Location TBD

An opportunity for Cub Scouts to race for glory and the title of Munsee District Champion.

Fall Cubelos
October 9-11 at Winnebago Scout Reservation

An opportunity for Cub Scouts and their families to have fun in the great outdoors doing Scoutcrafts and learning Scout skills.

Jamboree on the Air (JOTA)
October 16-18 at Watchung Reservation

A way for Cubs and Scouts BSA members to have fun while communicating via short wave radio with other Scouts from different parts of the world.

Liger Day
November 7 – Location TBD

An opportunity for new Lion and Tiger Scouts and their parents to have fun and learn about the exciting adventures and opportunities that Scouting can offer the entire family.

RARITIAN VALLEY DISTRICT

Fall Cub Family Camping
October 2-4 at Winnebago Scout Reservation

Step back into the Old West with activities like BB shooting, archery and crafts of the Old West.

Webelos Woods
October 2-4 at Winnebago Scout Reservation.

Parent partners, Webelos and AOLs join us for a weekend to hone Scout skills.

Webelos First Responder
November 7 at Bound Brook Presbyterian Church

A way for Webelos and AOLs to receive instruction, watch demonstrations and work on requirements for First Responder recognition.

First Aid Meet
December 12 Location TBD

A competition of practical first aid scenarios that patrols are scored on based on their first aid knowledge.

WATCHUNG MOUNTAIN DISTRICT

Scouts BSA Camporee
October 9-11 Location TBD

Fall Cub Family Camping
October 16-18 Winnebago Scout Reservation

An opportunity to become one with nature. Participate in Scout crafts, archery, BB shooting, boating and many other fun activities.