Monthly Archives: March 2021

Fishawack District Holds Klondike at Camp Somers

On March 20, the Fishawack District Klondike was attended by 180 Scouts BSA and 40 adults at Camp Somers.

To reduce any chance of COVID-19 transmission, everyone wore masks, sleds were omitted, and Scouts remained in pods.  Teams of between four and six Scouts visited eight stations spread out at two adjoining campsites.

Sixteen junior teams and 20 senior teams participated, demonstrating their skill in fire building, map and compass, first aid, pioneering, nature, Scout lore and shelter building.

The results:

Junior Division

First place – Team 9-J1 from Troop 280

Second place – Team 12A-J1 from Troop 41

Third place – Team 12B-J1 from Troop 69

Fourth place – Team 3A-J1 from Troop 8

Fifth place – Team 3B-J1 from Troop 8

 

Senior Division

First place – Team 3B-S2 from Troop 8

Second place – Team 5B-S1 from Troop 173

Third place – Team 3B-S1 from Troop 8

Fourth place – Team 5B-S2 from Troop 173

Fifth place – Team 6B-S1 from Troop 280

 

 

 

 

Be Sure to Print Membership Cards, Charter Certificate

Reminders from Council Registrar Mike Wellech:

PRINTING MEMBERSHIP CARDS AND CHARTER CERTIFICATES:

Now that your charter is posted, you’ll want to print your membership cards and your charter certificate. Here are two PDF’s showing you how to do that:

Printing Membership Cards

Printing Charter Certificate

UNIT ADVANCEMENT CHAIR:

This is your annual reminder to assign a unit advancement chairperson. Every year, after we post your charter, this position expires. A member of your Key 3 can assign a registered adult in your unit the position of the unit advancement chair by following these instructions.

  1. Log into https://my.scouting.org
  2. Click on “MENU”
  3. Click on your unit
  4. Select “ORGANIZATION SECURITY MANAGER”
  5. Click “UNIT ADVANCEMENT CHAIR”
  6. Click the green + sign
  7. Click the drop down arrow in the “PERSON” field
  8. Select a name you’d like to add as your unit advancement chair
  9. Leave the Effective Date, and the Expiration Date as is. It should read 1/1/2021 and 12/31/2021
  10. Click ‘SAVE’

NOTE: You will not see the person’s name you chose after clicking “SAVE” until the next day, but you should see a note pop up that says “SAVE SUCCESSFUL”. As long as you see that, you’ll be OK. You can always log in again the next day to confirm it worked.

SCOUT SHOP UNIT ACCOUNT AGREEMENTS:

Last year the Scout Shops updated their unit deposit account agreement form, and required every unit to complete the new form. The committee chairperson is the only person in the unit authorized to do so.

Now that the charters are posted for the new year, we recommend each unit review who is authorized to charge to their Scout Shop accounts. If you think you need to make changes, please use the unit deposit account agreement form here.

Registration Now Open for NYLT Programs

Patriots’ Path Council will be holding three NYLT programs this year at Camp Winnebago. Traditional week-long programs will be held in June and August, and a two-weekend program is planned in November.

National Youth Leadership Training is a rigorous youth leadership training program that provides skills for life, and is designed to benefit and enhance the leadership teams of troops and crews. It is fun, challenging and informative. The NYLT course centers on the concepts of what a leader must BE, what a leader must KNOW, and what a leader must DO. The key elements are taught with a clear focus on HOW TO. The skills come alive during the week as the participants go on a quest for the meaning of leadership.

NYLT is a seven-day course. Content is delivered in a troop and patrol outdoor setting with an emphasis on immediate application of learning in a fun, guiding environment. Interconnecting concepts and work processes are introduced early, built upon, and aided by the use of memory aids which allow participants to understand and employ the “Tool Box” of leadership skills much more quickly.

Scouts must be 13 years old (or completed seventh grade) and First Class to attend.

NYLT is a great opportunity for the leaders in your troop to enhance their leadership skills as Scouts and in their future activities whatever they may be.  For more information, click here.

 

Eagle Scout Brunch Planned at Camp Winnebago

The Patriots’ Path Council is inviting you to the 2021 Eagle Scout Recognition and Reunion Brunch honoring the Eagle Scout class of 2020 and the 2021 Eagle Scout Hall of Fame Inductees on Sunday, June 6th. This 17th annual recognition of Eagle Scouts will include the class of Eagles from January 1, 2020,  to February 8, 2021. This recognition brunch will give Eagle Scouts the opportunity to stand proudly and be honored together for what is one of the greatest achievements of their lifetime.

The Patriots’ Path Council will be following the precautions and regulations set by the New Jersey Department of Health and the CDC. Due to the capacity of the outdoor event tent and social distancing procedures, there will be two event seatings. In order to regulate the attendance for each seating, we ask that you choose the time to attend based on the district in which your unit is located. Pre-registration is required.

Schedule:

9:30 am (Black River, Munsee, and Sussex)

Noon – Hall of Fame Reception

12:30 pm (Fishawack, Raritan Valley, and Watchung Mountain)

Online registration and further information will be available on www.ppcbsa.org/special-events. For additional information, contact Jennifer Volz at [email protected]

Camp Somers to Host Black River Cub Camporee

The Black River Spring Cub Family Camporee Fun Day will be held on Saturday, May 1, 2021, at Camp Somers at Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation.

Break away from your laptop or desktop screens and come out for a fun pack outing in the woods at PPC’s own camp!

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Registration will open soon, and program details will be forwarded to packs via email.

Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, no meals will be served at camp. Pack families must bring their own bag lunch.

Questions?  Contact Marc Maratea,  [email protected], or call him at (973) 765-9322, ext. 240.

Fourth Annual Run/Walk is Virtual for 2021

In light of the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Patriots’ Path Council’s fourth annual 5K run/walk will be virtual for 2021.

A virtual 5K can be run or walked on your treadmill from any location you choose as long as all COVID-19 guidelines are practiced.

Get your run/walk in between May 22, 2021, beginning at 12:01 a.m., and May 31, 2021, ending at 11:59 p.m.

For more information and to register, click here.

Be Sure to Report Community Service Hours

All community service hours should be reported on Scoutbook (for your unit’s records) and through the PPC app or website.

Hours can be reported at any time during the year, but must be reported by December 31.

Below are hours that should be reported:

Scouts: Hours that are part of a unit project, Eagle Project or an individual project.

Adult Leaders: Hours that are part of a unit project or Eagle project. This can also include hours spent planning a service project/driving donations collected.

Hours for siblings and other adults that help a unit project or Eagle project should be counted as well.

The following hours do not count for service for your unit:

Adult Leaders/Adults: Hours for planning Scout events/activities/meeting, and volunteering for non-Scout events (such as volunteer firefighter, EMT , sports coach, PTA, etc.).

To report hours you will need:

Date

Project Description

# of Scouts

# of Youth non-Scouts

# of Adult Leaders

# of Adults

Total Number of Hours

For any questions on community service, go to this link to find your community service chairperson.

 

 

Fishawack Cub Adventure Day Scheduled for April 24

A Fishawack Cub Adventure Day will be held Saturday, April 24, 2021, at Lewis Morris Park.

Cub Scouts will be able to earn belt loops for elective adventures related to their rank. Morning session is from 9:30 a.m. to noon.  Afternoon session is from 12:30 to 3 p.m.

For more information and to register, click here.

 

April Offers Community Service Opportunities

The Patriots’ Path Council Community Service Committee is asking units to participate in projects for Earth Day, April 22, and National Parks Week, April 17-24.

Interested units should reach out to their local township/town/city/county/state and see if there are parks/recreation areas/schools in need of clean-up. This is a great opportunity for an outside project to help clean up the areas that have been used so much during this pandemic.

Please remember to report your hours, and please send pictures from your project to your district community service chairperson.  For more info on community service, click here.

 

Raritan Valley Recognition Breakfast Planned

The Raritan Valley District will hold a recognition breakfast for 2019 and 2020 on Saturday, May 22, 2021, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Duke Island Park in Bridgewater.

Registration information will be released shortly. If you registered for the breakfast in 2020, your registration will be rolled over to the new 2021 date.

Nominations for district awards will be accepted now through April 7. Please help recognize Scouters in the district who have given so much.

Complete this form to nominate someone from your unit or the district for one or more of the awards listed. The nominating committee reserves the right to move the nominee to another award if there is another award that is more fitting.

Each unit in the district also is invited to nominate one person from the unit for the Raritan Valley Hero Award, which recognizes someone who did that little extra, or a whole lot extra, to make Scouting happen in the unit during 2020. This must be a committee decision and the committee chair must submit one person from the unit for this award. Please do not inform the nominee; the recognition committee will do this.

Click here for the Hero Award nomination form.