Monthly Archives: November 2020

Youth Leadership Award Deadline Extended

The deadline for the 2020 Youth Leadership Award has been extended to December 15.

The Youth Leadership Award is presented for distinguished leadership by a youth member.

Click here for more information and the nomination form.

Flintlocks Support PPC’s Toys for Tots Program

Every year, the Flintlocks enthusiastically support the Patriots’ Path Council’s Toys for Tots program. The new toys are collected at the Flintlock Building at Camp Winnebago in Rockaway, New Jersey, and then Flintlocks President John Koneski delivers them to the council office.

The photo at left shows 12 of the 27 Flintlocks in disguise wearing their masks. The group was shut down for six months during the spring and summer COVID-19 shutdown, then worked a few weeks, but will stay closed through the holidays until the second wave is abated.

The Flintlocks are retired Scouter volunteers who provide services to help maintain the camps and build new structures. Members also volunteer at many of the council programs.

Pictured from left in the photo are Ted Marquardt, Bob Pysher, Jeff Huppert, Michael Hart, John Kazazis, Joe Schott, Frank Wallace (with hand up), George Van Dyke, Bill Debiec, Russ Jenkins, and Ron Jaremcak. John Koneski, Flintlocks president, is taking the photo.

Camping Opportunities Available

With new changes to the New Jersey guidelines for social distancing, Patriots’ Path Council is proud to offer Scouts of all ages and their families the chance to return the outdoors. Winnebago Scout Reservation in Rockaway and Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation in Stanhope are excited to open their gates. To make reservations, please contact Curt Haak at (973) 765-9322, ext. 415, for Winnebago Scout Reservation, and Tom Stoddard at (973) 765-9322, ext. 413, for Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation.

In addition, Patriots’ Path Council is gearing up for an exciting year of summer camp for boys and girls of all ages! Younger Scouts can go on the adventure of a lifetime with Bat Dan at Camp Wheeler. Regional day camps are great places to work on rank advancements. Ride across the 1,000-foot zip line at Winnebago Scout Reservation and check out the all new canopy tour. Explore the Adirondacks at Sabattis Adventure Camp while taking in the beautiful views. Can’t get enough of summer camp? Camp Somers has something for everyone! Trailblazer day camp, resident camp, and specialty camps are all available. Go on a different adventure each week this summer.

Mt. Allamuchy to Offer Archery and BB Gun Shooting

Following New Jersey state safety guidelines, Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation will offer indoor archery and BB gun shooting at the Kent Center, a heated facility, this winter.

Dates in 2021 include:

              • January 2, 16, 30
              • February 13, 27
              • March 13, 27
              • Additional dates may be available upon request (spring dates to follow).

Recommended best practices will be followed, including social distancing, sanitation, and masks (REQUIRED).

For more information (class times, fees) and/or to register, contact Tom Stoddard at 973-765-9322, ext. 413, [email protected]

Orion Project Adventure Planned in 2021

The Summit Bechtel Reserve is throwing open its gates to any Scout who wants to experience everything the Summit has to offer from July 18 to 24, 2021. The Summit has combined all its best programs into one adventure called the Orion Project for the 2021 season only. The program is open to all members of Scouts BSA, Venturing and Exploring.

The Orion Project is a seven-day overnight program that will give Scouts free reign of the Summit. The name of the game is adventure, and with so many great opportunities for BMX, skateboarding, mountain biking, zip lines, canopy tours, challenge courses, climbing, shooting sports, whitewater rafting, and fellowship with Scouts from across the nation, there’s lots to experience and choose from.

Departure will be early on July 18, 2021, and return late on July 24, 2021. The estimated cost is between $1,250 and $1,500.

The Summit staff knows that many plans have changed recently, and they are excited to offer this program to help Scouts enjoy the great outdoors. During 2020, the Summit Bechtel Reserve was open for programming, and it is expected the same will be true for 2021. The Summit staff is proud to offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience during your stay at the Summit.

Please register with a $100 non-refundable deposit to secure your spot! For more information or to register, click here.

Adults interested in attending should contact Dave Robbins at [email protected] for additional information.

Transfers Can Now Be Completed Online

My.scouting.org users can now transfer from one Scout unit to another without having to take a new application into the council service center.

On the “My Application” tab on my.scouting.org, you can transfer yourself as an adult volunteer or your youth member from unit to unit.

Unit leaders will be able to transfer youth by going to the new “Roster” feature in “Member Manager” and “Organization Manager,” selecting the youth who need to be transferred, then clicking the “Transfer” icon.

This will create a transfer application, which will be sent to the new unit with the ability to be approved in “Application Manager.”

Transfers will take 48 hours to sync with the new unit.

The “Roster” also allows unit leaders to email other leaders in the unit directly from the tool.

Editing youth/adult profiles and printing rosters/membership cards are also available in the updated tool.

Fishawack District Plans Annual Meeting

The Fishawack District Annual Meeting will be held virtually on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at 7:30 p.m.

The Fishawack nominating committee will present a slate of nominees for district member at large.

For more info, click here.

BSA Introduces Distinguished Conservation Service Award

Conservation and the Boy Scouts of America have been partners for a long time. Camping, hiking, and respect for the outdoors are a part of the Scouting heritage. Many of the requirements for advancement from Tenderfoot through the Eagle Scout rank call for an increasing awareness and understanding of the natural sciences.

Many former Scouts have become leaders in conserving the environment and protecting it from abuse. Right now, Scouts are involved in learning about environmental problems and actively working to make a difference.

The fundamental purpose of the BSA Distinguished Conservation Service Awards program is to encourage learning by the participants and to increase public awareness about natural resource conservation.  Understanding and practicing sound stewardship of natural resources and environmental protection strengthens Scouting’s emphasis on respecting the outdoors.

The goal of this awards program is to encourage and recognize truly outstanding efforts undertaken by Scouting units, Scouts and Venturers, adult Scouters, and other individuals, corporations, and institutions that have contributed significantly to natural resource conservation and environmental protection.

BSA Distinguished Conservation Service Award individual awards are granted by the National Council through the local council’s Conservation Committee to a member of a Scouts BSA, Sea Scout, or Venturing unit for exceptional and distinguished service to conservation and environmental improvement.

The BSA Distinguished Conservation Service Awards are presented for distinguished service in natural resource conservation. The award is given in one of three forms. The awards are:

Youth: BSA Distinguished Conservation Service Award

Adult: BSA Distinguished Conservationist

Organizations and Individuals: BSA Distinguished Conservation Service Award Certificate

A temporary award has been developed for Scouts who were working on the William T. Hornaday Bronze or Silver Awards and have already completed at least two service projects and had started on the third or fourth projects by October 13, 2020.  If the Scout meets these requirements, they have until June 30, 2021, to complete the following awards.  After these dates the awards will be retired and will not be available to be earned.

Youth: BSA Distinguished Conservation Service Award Bronze Honor

BSA Distinguished Conservation Service Award Silver Honor

For a complete list of the requirements for each award click here.

The award, the most distinguished in Scouting for exceptional conservation service, will be awarded for clearly outstanding efforts in planning, leadership, execution of plans, involvement of others, and opportunities taken to help others learn about natural resource conservation and environmental improvement.

The award includes the BSA Distinguished Conservation Service Award certificate and an embroidered square knot.  

Crews Can Submit Applications for Philmont 2022

Patriots’ Path Council has reserved 20 Philmont crews for the summer of 2022, with an estimated cost of $2,475 per person. 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 youths. A unit may submit more than one application, but priority will be given to every unit’s first application before any unit’s second application is considered.

Patriots’ Path Council units, and out-of-council units that actively participate in the Watchu program, interested in participating as a group should complete and submit the Crew Application no later than January 22, 2021. The Watchu crew selection process will take place on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at 7 p.m. in a virtual meeting.

For more information and to access the crew application, click here.

Shawnee Plans Scout Events in 2021

Shawnee Mountain Ski Area will hold its fifth annual Super Scout Sunday on Sunday, February 7, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The rain-or-shine event is for Scouts BSA youth and their immediate family members.

Online advance ticket sales only; no “day of” ticket sales.

For more information, click here for the event flyer.

The ski area in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania also will hold its 31st annual Scout and Family Ski Weekend March 13 and 14, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

This rain-or-shine event also is open to Scouts BSA youth and their immediate family members.

Early-bird pricing for the Scout and Family Ski Weekend in effect until March 5, 2021.

For details, click here for the event flyer.

To register for either event, click here.