Monthly Archives: April 2021

April Community Service Project

Join Scouting families across the country in a spirited Summer of Service!  The Community Service Committee is asking units to participate in 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.

Upcoming Projects:
May – VA Hospital/Operation Jersey Cares
June – National Trails Day

Registration Open For Patriots’ Path Council Awards Celebration

On Saturday, June 19, 2021, Patriots’ Path Council will be presenting the 2021 SILVER BEAVER AWARDS plus the TRAILBLAZER AWARDS, YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARDS and OTHERS!

The celebration at Winnebago Scout Reservation will be held under a large event tent beginning with a gathering at 11:30 a.m. The luncheon and awards ceremony will be at 12:30 p.m. Seating is limited and registration is required. You can register online HERE. RSVP deadline is June 4, 2021.

For more information or questions, please contact Vicki Kallok at 973-765-9322, ext. 246, or [email protected]

The 2021 Award Recipients:

 SILVER BEAVER AWARD RECIPIENTS
Bruce Bauman
Barry J. Bird
Robert C. Brady
Michael A. Cantone
Gary Giampino
Dr. D. Michael Hart
Alan Thomas
Thomas A. Ventriglia

 TRAILBLAZER AWARD RECIPIENTS
Frank Caccavale
George Hemenetz
Ted Marquardt
Bob Pysher
Tom Temple

YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARD RECIPIENTS
Bridget Brady
Luke Checchio
Liam Doherty
Matthew Goldstein
Griffin Price
Anthony Wtulich

MEDAL OF MERIT AWARD RECIPIENTS
Oliver Agar
Manan Shah

WOODS SERVICES AWARD RECIPIENT
Deb Reidmiller

Munsee Pinewood Derby

Munsee District will hold its annual Pinewood Derby on Saturday, May 8, 2021.

The event will begin at 8 a.m. and wrap up at 2:30 p.m.  Each division will have a different starting time.

The location will be at the Watchung Reservation, Scout Camping Area, Pavilions A and B, located in Mountainside, New Jersey.

Registration fee is $14 per car. Late/walk-in registration is $16 per car. Trophies will be awarded to the top three finishers in each division.

For more information, please go to ppcbsa.org/districts/Munsee District calendar, or contact Orest Hrycak, event chair, at [email protected], or Richard Peterson at [email protected]

2021 Munsee District Pinewood Derby Flyer

2021 Munsee District Pinewood Derby Rules

Sussex-Fishawack Spring Cub Camporee – May 22 at Winnebago Scout Reservation

The Sussex-Fishawack Cub Scout Camporee will be held Saturday, May 22, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Winnebago Scout Reservation, 102 Timberbrook Road, Rockaway.

  • If camping is permitted — If New Jersey is permitting group camping by this date, camping will be allowed. Packs will need a BALOO-trained leader. Packs will be responsible for their own meals.
  • If camping is not permitted — This will be a day event, full of fun activities in the outdoors. If camping is not permitted, each pack will still be assigned a campsite as its base of operations for the day. The pack can build a campfire and enjoy the site. Checkout by 8 p.m. with fire dead and cold to the touch.
  • Stations — We expect to include BB, archery, rowboats, fishing, Cubmobile, bouldering wall, obstacle course, putt-putt golf and nature hike.
  • Fishawack will hold its district Pinewood Derby during this event. Sussex Cubs are welcome to race just for fun.
  • Staffing — Each pack will be asked to run a station for part of the day. Packs bringing 10 Cubs or less will run a 3-hour shift. Packs bringing more than 10 Cubs will run two 3-hour shifts. Packs bringing more than 20 Cubs will run three 3-hour shifts.
  • Stations will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All stations except for BB and archery will take a lunch break from noon to 1 p.m.
  • Registration is currently open at www.ppcbsa.org.  Choose calendars, Fishawack, and go to May 22.
  • Registration closes May 14.
  • One person from each pack should get a headcount and register everyone.
  • Fee $15 per Cub, adult and sibling.  Siblings 5 and under are free.
  • For more information, contact [email protected].

Non-Registered Adults Removed From ScoutBook

As of April 12, all adults who are not registered as a member in the BSA will have been removed from your unit’s Scoutbook adult leader roster.

This does not affect parent connections to their Scouts. Parents will still receive unit messages and have access to their Scouts as they do today.

If you notice adults now missing you thought were registered, please reach out to your district executive.

If you have questions about this change, you can ask them on the Using Scoutbook forum.

On the unit roster in Scoutbook, unregistered adult leaders will appear having a yellow triangle with an “!” next to their name. Often this is caused by the wrong BSA member ID in their Scoutbook profile. This can be changed by the user with Manage Member ID at https://my.scouting.org. For assistance, contact your local council or ask on the volunteer forums: http://discussions.scouting.org.

Note: Some executive officers (IH) may have an unregistered indicator next to their name because of how they are included in a unit’s registration. Even though they have an indicator, they will not be removed.

Note: Unit leaders can find correct member IDs in the Roster Tool at http://my.scouting.org or by contacting your local council.

If someone thinks they are registered in the unit and their name on the Scoutbook unit roster has a triangle on it, they probably are not registered correctly, and they should have their unit committee chair check the unit roster in https://my.scouting.com. If they are not on it, contact the council registrar.

A common problem that would cause the caution icon to appear next to a leader’s name is that the leader’s member ID in Scoutbook is not the same as the one he or she is registered under. The leader should find out his or her official member ID as it appears on the unit roster in https://my.scouting.org (the unit committee chair can find that), click on the menu in the upper left, then select manage member ID and add the correct member ID and make it primary.

Note: The connections between unregistered adults and Scouts are now limited to View Profile or View Profile and View Advancement. Only View Profile or View Profile and View Advancement connection types will be allowed for new or edited connections between unregistered adults and Scouts. All current connections between unregistered adults and Scouts, with the exception of parent/guardian to their own Scout, have been changed. Parents/guardians will continue to have non-revocable full control connections to their Scouts.

Outdoor Gathering Limit Increases

On Friday, April 2, 2021, the outdoor gathering limit will increase to 200 people.

The increase in the outdoor gathering limit combined with warmer weather and longer days offers more opportunities for dens and patrols to gather in a safe way.  It also now offers a safe way for troops and packs to meet to hold larger in-person events like courts of honor and pack meetings.

The indoor gathering limit remains at 25 people.

Please review the latest BSA COVID-19 Questions and Answers as well as the Restart Scouting Check List for additional information.

Summer is Just Around the Corner!

Summer is just around the corner, and so is PPC Cub Scout summer camp.

Watch the summer camp promo on YouTube by clicking the image below, or register for camp today by visiting PPCCubScoutCamps.org.

 

Deb Reidmiller Honored with National Award

Each year, the BSA presents the national Woods Services Award to an adult in Scouting who has demonstrated exceptional service and leadership in the field of Scouting for disabled people.

Given by the Woods Services in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, the Woods Services Award is the highest recognition awarded by the BSA in this area of service.

This year, Troop 1150’s Advancement Chair Deb Reidmiller has been honored with this award (of two nationally) for her work with the National Disabilities Committee of the BSA, where she is currently serving as the chair of the education and training subcommittee. Scouting is lucky to have Deb as a leader and a mentor.

Bob Brady and Mary Lynne Capen, who is also a recipient of the award, had the pleasure of notifying Deb during the Patriots’ Path Council Executive Committee meeting. Deb will be formally recognized during the national annual meeting of the BSA in May, and at the Patriots’ Path Council recognition event on June 19.

Make Memories to Last a Lifetime

Camps are more than just a week of badges and programs. There’s nowhere else in the world that offers so many new experiences.

The key to every camp is its staff. Apply to be a member of camp staff to help other Scouts make memories to last a lifetime. Visit https://ppcbsa.workbrightats.com/jobs/, or click the “Employment” option at the top of your favorite camp’s website to apply.

Raritan Valley Klondike Attended by More Than 350

A total of 33 units with over 370 Scouts, adult leaders and support staff participated in the Raritan Valley District Klondike on Saturday, March 20, at Winnebago Scout Reservation.

From older Scouts teaching Webelos and Scouts BSA troops competing against themselves to a troop getting restarted, the Raritan Valley Klondike was a success.

The district followed strict guidelines to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. Units competed in outdoor Scouting skills independently in their campsites spread across the entire camp. Masks were required to be worn. Everyone’s temperature was taken and they were obligated to fill out a COVID-19 questionnaire before participating. The day was filled with the sounds and smells of Scouting.