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 Continues 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.

 

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.

 

 

Recruiting Tools Available for the Spring

A variety of recruiting tools are available for the spring. These resources include a Cub Scout recruiting materials form, “Den Meeting in a Bag,” and the BSA Brand Center.

For more information, click here.

Adventure Awaits at Summer Camp

As the seasons begin to change and the temperature begins to rise, it’s a great time to start thinking about summer camp!

Patriots’ Path Council has an exciting summer camp season planned for Cub Scouts, non-Scouts, Scouts BSA, and summer camp staff!

Join in the fun this summer by clicking here.

To apply to be a member of the camp staff, click here.

Stay up to date on the latest news from camp by visiting the PPC camping homepage for more information on health and safety procedures, refund policy, and Q & A section. Please join the email alert system to stay current on the 2021 summer camp season.

See you all this summer!

PPC Partners with Old World Meats for Fundraiser

Are you looking for a way to help fund your summer adventure? If so, Patriots’ Path Council has an opportunity for you.

PPC has partnered with Old World Meats to provide Meat Sticks as a fundraising opportunity. Old World Meats sticks come in 12 flavors and are priced to move at $1 per stick. Forty-nine percent stays local to support Scouting, and 30% of each stick goes directly to the unit!

Please use the simple interest form and someone will be in touch to discuss the opportunity with you.

For more information, contact Jason Dugan at [email protected].

 

2020 Merit Badge Ranking List Rewritten by the Pandemic

The pandemic didn’t stop Scouts from earning merit badges in 2020, but it did cause a dramatic shift in which merit badges Scouts earned most.

Ever since 2012, when the merit badge rankings where first published, the top of the list has been dominated by merit badges that are both on the list of Eagle-required merit badges and offered at most council summer camps.

But everything changed in 2020.

With the majority of summer camps not operating, the popularity of those merit badges fell. In their place, we saw an unprecedented rise in the popularity of merit badges that can be earned at home, often with a Scout’s family.

More than 1.1 million merit badges were earned in 2020 — and there’s a story behind each one.

Click here to look more closely at the numbers.

 

Community Service Efforts Recognized

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Community Service Patch. Winners are chosen from each district, and these honored units have the most hours for the year and/or the most hours per Scout.

Each winning unit will receive a patch and a flag ribbon.

The 2020 honorees are:

Black River: Pack 53, Troop 555

Fishawack: Crew 314, Pack 40, Pack 215, Troop 277

Munsee: Pack 103,  Troop 219, Troop 230

Raritan Valley: Pack 318,  Troop 88, Troop 154 (Pluckemin)

Sussex: Pack 88, Troop 1150

Watchung Mountain: Pack 135, Pack 273,  Troop 73

Thank you to all units  for your service. As a council, 57,680 hours were reported during a tremendously hard year.

Here are the hours by district:

Black River – 10,317

Fishawack – 8,573

Munsee – 3,070

Raritan Valley – 9,933

Sussex – 7,346

Watchung Mountain – 14,297

Order of the Arrow – 2,104

Flintlocks – 2,004

PPC Toys for Tots – 36

 

Members and friends of Scouts BSA Troop 154, Pluckemin, pictured at very top and above, lend a hand in the community.

 

Troop 154, Pluckemin, is one of PPC units to be recognized for its community service in 2020.