Monthly Archives: February 2021

‘Spring Into Scouting’ Webinar Offered March 3

The Membership and Marketing Webinar Series will be offering a new “Spring Into Scouting” webinar on March 3 at 8 p.m., where you can learn five things you can do now to retain Cub Scouts and recruit new members!

Participants will talk about local guidelines and meeting safely, provide ideas on meeting locations, and discuss socially distanced recruitment ideas. Plus, your questions will be answered!

To watch the webinar through Microsoft Teams or on the web, click here.



Virtual Scout Shabbat Planned March 12

The Jewish Committees on Girl and Boy Scouting invite Scouts of all faiths to join them for a Scout Shabbat on Friday March 12, 2021, at 7 p.m. on Zoom, hosted by Temple Beth Am in Parsippany.

This event is like Scout Sunday. Scouts will participate in the service and have a chance to learn about how a Scout is reverent, one of the 12 points of the Scout Law.

Register to attend by clicking here. Scouts who register and participate in full Class A uniform will receive a patch.

A Zoom link will be sent to you when you register.

For more information, click here.

Time is Running Out to Save on Cub Scout Day Camp

Are your children ready for five weeks of archeology, archery, BB guns, boating, climbing, crafts, fishing, mountain bikes, swimming, Scoutcraft, and much, much more?

Camp Wheeler offers an outstanding summer camp program for boys, girls, Scouts, and non-Scouts grades 2-5. Bus transportation is provided from locations throughout Morris, Sussex, and northwest Somerset counties.

Camp Wheeler is nationally accredited and inspected by local, state, and national organizations.

The staff is fully trained and background checked, and our lifeguards are certified. Camp has an on-site, state- certified EMT or RN.

Sign up by March 1 and save on a full week or mini week at our Cub Scout summer camp! Register at

Eagle Scouts Hiking Appalachian Trail

Ryan Arndt, Garrett Arndt and Tyler Bishop, all Eagle Scouts from Troop 436 in Long Valley, recently embarked on hiking the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine.

The three Eagle Scouts, along with a friend, Eli Shepard, decided to take a gap year and hike the Appalachian Trail. Starting at the trailhead in Hiawassee, Ga., they began the 2,190-mile hike to Maine. It’s estimated that it will take them five months to complete the hike.

If anyone wishes to follow their adventure, they can be found on Instagram: appalachiantrail_2021.

The guys experienced their first ‘Trail Angel’ and were served homemade blueberry pancakes, eggs, bacon, and coffee! What a treat! Thanks so much to these awesome volunteers!


Stay Safe and Stay Healthy

An updated COVID-19 pre-event medical screening checklist (Revised December 2020) is available to help you determine whether to stay home or not during the pandemic. It shares symptoms to look for as well as defines “close contact.” According to the Centers for Disease Control, “close contact” means:

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period
  • You had direct physical contact with an infected person
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils
  • An infected person sneezed, coughed or otherwise got respiratory droplets on you

If any one of these happened to you prior to a Scouting event, stay home.

This checklist includes symptoms to look out for. If anyone in your household experiences any of these symptoms prior to an event, everyone in the household must stay home. Even if you think your symptoms are the result of allergies, stay home.

  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Fever of 100 degrees or greater
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea or vomiting

You should also stay home if you’ve had a COVID-19 test and are awaiting results. The virus can affect people differently; you can experience multiple symptoms or none.

Symptoms and close contact aren’t the only considerations you should take into account before meeting. National’s COVID-19 page provides a Restart Scouting Checklist, which provides guidance on group sizes, travel, and dining and tenting protocols. Review these pages and also check local and state COVID-19 guidelines. In case of an injury or illness, promptly report the incident, including COVID-19 exposures. Utilize Incident Reporting Resources, including COVID-19 instructions.

The COVID-19 FAQs page has also been updated this month to include additional guidance on advancement and extensions.

Again, if you are experiencing symptoms or are awaiting COVID-19 test results, don’t attend any meeting or activity. When you meet, wear a face covering that covers your mouth and nose, stay at least 6 feet apart from others, and wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.

Registration Open for Summer Camp

Patriots’ Path Council is excited to announce that registration is open for the 2021 summer camp season! Your children’s safety is our No. 1 priority.

The council plans to take many safety measures to ensure a worry-free summer, including daily temperature screening, sanitizer, social distancing, plenty of cleaning and disinfecting products at each of the program areas, and much more. Get your kids away from their computers this summer and get outdoors.

Please see the following letter from Camping Director Keith Dlugosz. For more information, please visit

Dear Parents,

We are excited to let you know that we plan to open camp this summer. We continuously monitor the CDC, N.J. State Department of Health and local health resources in order to keep abreast of the most up-to-date protocols, and adapt and implement those safety procedures to provide for the safest possible summer camp experience.

The health and safety of our campers and staff remain our top priority. Below you will find a summary of actions we are taking to help ensure we are lowering COVID-19 risk as much as possible. We are:

  • Asking parents to fill out a pre-COVID questionnaire daily prior to arrival at camp. Campers are screened for a temperature of 100.4 or higher and/or the presence of other COVID-19 symptoms that may have happened in the past two weeks. They are also asked if they have encountered someone with a confirmed case in the past two weeks. Attendance will not be permitted until the camper’s attendance poses no elevated risk for campers and staff.
  • Intensifying cleaning and disinfection practices within our facilities and premises. Each program area will be wiped down with a bleach solution prior to each group’s use. Each den leader will be provided with sanitizing spray for use during activities and promote washing hands/using hand sanitizer whenever possible. All program supplies are thoroughly cleaned in between programs. At the end of the day, the supplies, equipment and pool are all thoroughly sanitized with a bleach solution and left to dry for the following day’s activities.
  • Keeping campers in small groups. All camp activities, weather permitting, are held outside or under pavilions. Campers are required to wear masks when social distancing is not available. The dens do all the activities together, and Scouts will not switch groups throughout the week. All campers, within their groups, will be monitored to maintain the minimum of 6 feet safe social distancing. Floor markings and table markings will be use as visual reminders.
  • Promoting healthy hygiene practices by having the campers and staff wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds prior to entering each activity area and when they leave. Alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol will be used in areas where hand washing is not possible.

If a child/staff member does get sick at camp, the health office will be used as an isolation space should they exhibit signs or symptoms of COVID-19. Parent/guardian will be contacted to pick up the staff member/camper.

We ask that you help us protect the health of campers this summer. Anyone who is sick or was sick with COVID-19 or recently in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days — including staff, campers, and families — should not come to camp. Be on the lookout for symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, and loss of taste or smell. Call your doctor if you think you or a family member is sick.

If you have a specific question about this plan or COVID-19, please contact Keith Dlugosz at [email protected] for more information. You can also find more information about COVID-19 at or on CDC’s website for youth and summer camps.

We look forward to seeing you this summer.

Thank you and stay healthy.


Watchung Mountain Klondike Derby is February 27

The Watchung Mountain Klondike Derby is ON! Join us at Winnebago Scout Reservation on February 27 for the 65th annual Watchung Mountain Klondike Derby!

The district will be holding a safe, socially distanced Klondike where each unit will meet at the WSR parking lot, then trek with its sled to a reserved campsite to partake in a fun day of friendly competition, scored by traveling judges who will visit each site! The last day to register is February 22 at 11:55 p.m.

To register or for more information, click here.

All districts are welcome; hope to see you there!

2021 Youth Leadership Award Winners Named

Patriots’ Path congratulates the 2021 Youth Leadership winners.  The Youth Leadership Award is presented for distinguished leadership by a youth member.

Bridget Brady – Sussex Troop 1150, Crew 276

Luke Checchio – Watchung Mountain Troop 104

Liam Doherty – Black River Troop 36

Matthew Goldstein – Fishawack Crew 8

Griffin Price – NYLT

Anthony Wtulich – Sussex Troop 283

Special Needs Scouting Roundtable Planned in March

A Special Needs Scouting virtual roundtable will be held March 8, 2021, at 7:30 p.m.

Join other Patriots’ Path Scouters for an evening roundtable discussion on how we are, and can, serve our scouts with special needs.

Join Zoom Meeting at

Meeting ID: 258 545 6857

Password: 2021

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Black River Klondike Draws More Than 300

On January 30, the Black River District Klondike Derby was held at Winnebago Scout Reservation. Over 300 Scouts and their leaders enjoyed a beautiful, Artic-cold sunny day with enough snow on the ground to pull sleds and add to the feeling of a traditional Klondike.

Although the Scouts were confined to their sites during the day due to COVID-19 restrictions, everyone had a great time practicing their Scout skills and competing in a friendly way. Troop leaders acted as the judges, or mayors,  for their patrols.

This year’s Klondike was a critical program event the Scouts needed more than ever to get them outdoors to practice Scout skills, and provided a much-needed escape from growing COVID-19 fatigue and virtual Scout meetings.

Special thanks to Klondike team members Larry Gersten, Howard Gordon and District Chairman Dave Curtis, who adjusted the program content and agenda to meet current COVID-19 restrictions. The Black River District also would like to thank the following for their support of the event, and assistance with parking logistics and temperature checks at arrival, including Council Commissioner Archer Jones, District Commissioner Howard Wolkow,  and DOC members Jay Deboey, Pete Mullaney, Beth Draper, Mary Ann Simonenko, and Bill Stroh, who served as EMT for the day.