Monthly Archives: May 2021

Arrowmen Complete Induction into Vigil Honor

On May 15, Woapalanne Lodge celebrated 12 outstanding Arrowmen who completed their induction into the Vigil Honor.

The Vigil Honor, as described by the Order of the Arrow, is the highest honor that the Order of the Arrow can bestow upon its members for service to lodge, council and Scouting. Membership cannot be won by a person’s conscious endeavors.

Woapalanne Lodge is proud to share that the 2021 Vigil Class consisted of six youth and six adults:

Youth:                                                                        Adults:

Michael Fowler                                                              George Hemenetz

Will Murray                                                                    Dave McIntyre

Shlok Nayak                                                                    Emil Rufolo

Connor Neuhaus                                                            Mark Spaldo

James Oliveria                                                                Mark Tallmadge

Andrew Van Langen                                                      Les Wu

Congratulations to each of these deserving Arrowmen – and a big thank you to each of them for their years of service and dedication to the Scouting program.

Also, a special thanks to our lodge advisor and Executive Board member Marty Foy and associate lodge advisor and Presidents Council member Bill Stroh for their partnership with our youth leaders.

Simple Fix for Restoring Access to Record Advancement

A note from Mike Wellech, council registrar:

I’m still getting a lot of emails and phone calls about why a volunteer has lost his or her access to record advancement.

It’s a simple fix, but it can only be assigned by a member of your Key 3 (charter organization rep, committee chair, unit leader). This position expires every year and has to be reassigned after the charter is posted by the council.

A Key 3 member can follows the steps below:

  1. Log into
  2. Click “MENU”
  3. Click your unit
  4. Click “Organization Manager”
  5. Click “Position Manager”
  6. Select the “Functional Roles” tab at the top
  7. Click “ADD” under “Unit Advancement Chair”
  8. Select a name from the list. You will only see the names of the registered adult members of your unit.

It may take a day or two for this person to see his or her permissions change in ScoutBook.

If you wish to make it so your advancement chairperson can approve advancements, then click on the unit roster at the bottom of the page, click on “Connections Manager.” Click his or her name on the left and make sure he or she has at least “Edit Advancements” rights selected.

Black River District Holds Fun Festivals

This past weekend, the Black River District hosted two Cub Scout fun festivals to recruit new youth into local packs, and to showcase the fun Scouting has to offer. Twenty four new interested Scouts and their families attended.

On May 21 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, packs and troops from Roxbury and Mount Olive townships set up activity stations, including model campsites, campout cooking demonstrations, sand art, and corn toss games.

On May 23, packs and troops from Basking Ridge set up activity stations, including first aid demonstration, knot tying, and Pinewood Derby racing.

At both events, interested youth had fun with the inflatable BB range, Backyard Bass fishing activity, and building and launching stomp rockets.

Roxbury-Succasunna units participating in the May 21 event were Troop 159, Pack 159 and Pack 54, and Flanders Troop 156 also participated.

Basking Ridge units participating in the May 23 event were Troop 54 Liberty Corner, Troop 351, Troop 555 boy and girl troop, Pack 54 Liberty Corner and Pack 55.

Pack Camping Returns at Spring Camporee

Pack camping returned to Patriots’ Path Council on May 22-23 as packs from the Sussex and Fishawack districts held a spring camporee at Winnebago Scout Reservation.

Activities included BB, archery, rowboats, obstacle course, Cubmobiles, fishing and bouldering wall.

One hundred twenty-one Cub Scouts attended, and the total attendance with parents and siblings was 276.

Eagle’s Nest Program Needs Merit Badge Counselors

Patriots’ Path Council remains on the cutting edge of Scouting programs, and it needs your support to continue providing programs to the Scouts it serves.

Eagle’s Nest Online needs qualified merit badge counselors to help guide Scouts along their journey to Eagle. If you or someone you know is interested in helping Scouts earn Eagle required merit badges, please contact Keith Dlugosz at [email protected] for more information.

Know a Scout who would be interested in joining the Eagle’s Nest Online program this summer? Visit to register today!


Watchung Mountain Cub Scouts Enjoy Camporee

The Watchung Mountain District Spring Cub Camporee was held the weekend of May 14-16, 2021, at Winnebago Scout Reservation.

There were 332 attendees from 13 Cub Scout packs.

In addition to a variety of activities, the day featured a Scout earning a free week at camp for catching a 15-inch Largemouth Bass.

Special thanks to the Flintlocks, who assisted the Cub Scouts in building 53 birdhouses.

Raritan Valley District Holds Recognition Breakfast

On Saturday, May 22, 80 members of the Raritan Valley District joined together to celebrate the hard work in 2019 and 2020 of their adult volunteers.

There were 34 Hero certificates awarded, and 25 awards presented including seven District Awards of Merit. Mike O’Shea received his 50-year service pin, and Tony Sarao  received his 75-year service pin.

The event was held at Duke Island Park in Bridgewater, allowing everyone to gather safely. It was great to recognize the outstanding work of the volunteers, enjoy some good food, and see each other in person. Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you for all your hard work to make Raritan Valley District great.

PPC Collecting Needed Items for the Troops

Join Patriots’ Path Council in support of National’s Summer of Service.

PPC is collecting items for Operation Jersey Cares to support our troops with care packages.

Donated items can be brought to the Cedar Knolls council service center, or contact your district community service chairperson.

Acceptable items to donate (no glass or aerosol) include:

Canned pasta (Chef Boyardee)
Trail Mix
Canned Soup (Progresso)
Canned Nuts
Hand Sanitizer
Granola Bars
Protein Bars
Dental Floss
Canned or Instant Coffee
Small Mouthwash Bottles (plastic)
Tea Bags
Baby Wipes
Coffee Cream
Body Wash
Hot Chocolate
Squeeze Jelly
Lip Balm
Slim Jims
Bar Soap
Beef Jerky
Tissues (small packets)

In June, help support National Trails Day on June 5 by helping to clean Patriots’ Path Trail.

As the summer approaches and the school year comes to an end, don’t forget to record your service hours while they are fresh in your mind.

For more information on PPC projects and community service, go to

Popcorn Sale Helps Fund the Scouting Adventure

It is that time of year to start planning for the 2021-2022 Scouting year. This upcoming Scouting year has the potential to be a memorable year, with more beginning to open, and more Scouting activities taking place.

With units getting back to meeting, who knows how many new families we could be welcoming to our Scouting family this year. The question is how do we help all our families and their Scouts fund their adventure? The answer: Camp Masters Popcorn.

This council-approved, no-risk unit fundraising opportunity can help all your families make the Scouting adventure a reality. Your Scouts can earn up to 40% and pick up some cool prizes, which can include a free week at camp.

Here are this year’s training dates to start the 2021-2022 Scouting adventure:

Office and Scout Shop Closings in June

Both the Kurland Family Scout Shop in Cedar Knolls and the Mountainside Scout Shop will be closed on June 12, 2021, for the Tradeshow of Scouting.

On Tuesday, June 22, both Scout shops and the council office will be closed for a staff meeting and to assist with Winnebago set-up. Any volunteer who would like to help with camp set-up at Winnebago Scout Reservation is invited between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Also, the Mountainside Scout Shop will be closed on Saturday, June 26.