Monthly Archives: September 2021

Registration Open for Florida Sea Base Adventure

Patriots’ Path Council is offering a Florida Sea Base Exploring Adventure August 14-21, 2022, and registration is now open. Contingent size is limited.

The group will live onboard a sailing vessel, snorkel, and sail the waters surrounding the Florida Keys. The contingent will leave a day earlier on August 13 to tour Florida.

Participants must be 14 years of age, or 13 years old and have completed eighth grade, prior to arrival at Sea Base.

The trip will cost approximately $2,000, which is subject to a final payment to cover additional transportation costs.

Click here to register.

2022 PPC Awards Nomination Forms Now Available

Patriots’ Path Council is now accepting nominations for the awards listed below.  Deadline for submitting nominations is December 1, 2021. Click on the award name to link to the nomination form on the PPC web site.

Silver Beaver Award:  For distinguished and noteworthy service of exceptional character to youth by registered Scouters in any program area within the territory under the jurisdiction of the local council.  (List of past Silver Beaver recipients)

Trailblazer Award: Presented to Scouters who have achieved significant accomplishments on a council level over a 24-month period. The accomplishments should be directly related to the council vision statement and strategic plan. (List of past Trailblazer Award recipients)

Youth Leadership Award: Presented to youth members who have achieved excellence in scholastics, shown outstanding involvement in the community, and demonstrated exceptional dedication and outstanding leadership qualities in the council. (List of past Youth Leadership Award recipients)

Council Alumnus of the Year Award:  Scouting Alumni Association’s highest council recognition. The award was established to recognize alumni of the Boy Scouts of America who, over a sustained period of time, have used the skills and values they learned through their association with Scouting to make significant and long-lasting contributions to their local communities through their careers, avocations and Scouting. (List of past Alumnus of the Year Award recipients)

Eagle Scout Hall of Fame:  Recognizes Eagle Scouts who, after 25 years or longer of having received the Eagle Scout Award, have reached a high level of success in their chosen field. In addition, potential recipients have demonstrated a strong record of volunteer leadership service to the Patriots’ Path Council and their community. (List of past Eagle Hall of Fame Award recipients)

Recipients will be announced at the council’s annual meeting in February 2022. The awards (except for the Eagle Hall of Fame Award) will be presented at the 2022 PPC Awards Celebration to be held on Saturday, May 14, 2022, at Winnebago Scout Reservation.

Reminder that the deadline for submitting nominations for these awards is December 1, 2021. See the council web site for other available awards and their deadlines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Popcorn Season!

Now is the time to raise the money you need to fund your program for the year.

Popcorn order forms are available from your pack or troop’s Popcorn Kernel. Sell to family, friends and neighbors. Family and friends not close? Scouts can also sell online;  send a message with your key code so you get credit for the sale. No money to collect, no packages to deliver.

Pack or troop not selling popcorn? You can sell as a single seller. Earn money for summer camp, high adventure trips and Scouting supplies, and prizes too! Register as a Single Seller Scout with Patriots’ Path Council and participate in the show & sell, take order and online sales. Contact Beth Miller-Porter at [email protected] or 973-765-9322, ext. 259.

Popcorn sales continue through October 24, 2021, so there is still plenty of time to join the sale.

National Jamboree Planned in 2023

The next National Jamboree will occur July 19-28, 2023, at the Summit Bechtel Family Reserve in West Virginia.

Check out the Patriot Path Council’s National Jamboree website at https://ppcbsa.org/2023jambo, where the latest information will be posted.

Please also visit the site to fill out an interest form until the registration system is live.

Youth qualifications for the National Jamboree:

  • MUST have a current BSA membership.
  • MUST be at least 12 years of age by the first day of the Jamboree, but has not reached his or her 18th birthday by the last day of the Jamboree.
  • Be approved by the unit leader and local council.
  • MUST have appropriate parent/guardian to complete the online parental consent. (An email will be sent to the parent/guardian during the application process.)
  • Participate in pre-Jamboree training experience with local council and unit leader.
  • Submitted BSA Annual Health & Medical Record (AHMR) using the online Jamboree submission process. The AHMR must be dated on or after July 1, 2020.
  • Submit all registrations fees per the local council’s payment schedule.

 

Recruiting Incentive Program Offered

Patriots’ Path Council has a goal of recruiting 1,500 new youth to Scouting! Those 1,500 youth will help grow the council to more than 10,000 youth taking part in Scouting. PPC has decided to help every Scout unit by providing an incentive program that benefits not only the unit, but families as well.

If a pack or troop recruits 10 new Scouts and submits all applications, fees and a current unit roster by October 31, 2021, PPC will provide a 10% discount for every youth member of the pack or troop good at either Patriots’ Path Scout shops. This discount will be good for use for up to one year.

For Cub Scout packs that recruit 15 new Scouts and submit all applications, fees and a current unit roster by October 31, 2021, the council will provide a Pinewood Derby car for every youth member of the pack.

For Scouts BSA troops that recruit 15 new Scouts and submit all applications, fees and a current unit roster by October 31, 2021, PPC will provide a pocketknife for every youth member of the troop.

PPC will provide a form in October to let a unit know that it qualified. Also, by turning in the applications by October 31, 2021, a unit guarantees that those new Scouts will be on the unit roster when it begins the recharter process.

For a copy of the incentive flyer, click here.

 

Youth Protection Topics for Youth Recently Released

Just recently, the national office released resources for youth to participate in different topics with Youth Protection. Curriculum can be worked on either at home or with the different rank or age criteria. Any previous curriculum for youth has already been discontinued for several years and must not be used.

In the Cub Scout program, a preview Adventure is available for the topic “Protect Yourself Rules.” A preview Adventures is a soft rollout to test an Adventure prior to being fully released. The Protect Yourself Rules preview Adventure may be used as an elective Adventure OR it may be earned in place of the Cyber Chip requirement for the Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos and Arrow of Light badges of rank. If used in place of the Cyber Chip requirement for a rank, it may not be used as an elective Adventure for that rank. Check out the program by clicking here.

For the Scouts BSA program, there are two different series of videos for either a minimum Scout rank or age group. This Personal Safety Awareness may be used in place of the Cyber Chip requirement for the Scout and Star ranks. If used in place of the Cyber Chip requirement for a rank, Scouts are encouraged to inform their parents or guardians and unit leaders of the replacement prior to viewing the videos. Check out the program by clicking here.

In Venturing/Sea Scouting/Exploring, there is a single set of videos for individuals aged 14-17, which can be found here.

Any individuals 18 and over must continue to take the online Youth Protection Training program via my.scouting.org.

Woodsman’s Thong Course Planned at Winnebago

Woodsman’s Thong, a unique training course developed by Scouters from Patriots’ Path Council, will be held October 23 and 24, 2021.

The training course is designed to increase your knowledge of the outdoors and the skills you need to keep your outdoor program exciting. It will provide a foundation for your unit’s high adventure program.

The course will be held at Winnebago Scout Reservation.

Registration is open to youth who are 13 years old and Star rank and above, Venturers, and registered adult leaders.

Space is limited, so register here as soon as possible.

 

2022 Recharter System Opens October 15

A message from Mike Wellech, council registrar:

The 2022 recharter is being processed through Internet Advancement this year. The system opens to volunteers on October 15, 2021.

On September 22 there will be a sandbox version of this recharter portal available for volunteers to play around in. Your username is the same one you would use for My.Scouting or Scoutbook. But the password will be a generic password and will be distributed by National shortly before the sandbox version becomes available.

An instructional video walking users through each step of the new Internet Recharter 2.0 experience is scheduled on September 28 at 9 p.m. over Zoom. We’re under the impression the unit Key 3 will receive an email from National to register for the training session. If it’s being recorded, I will see if we can get a link to the website hosting it to distribute to you.

In the meantime, you can review the Internet Rechartering 2.0 FAQs and the Internet Rechartering 2.0 User Guide we’ve included here.

Please reach out to your district executives with any questions.

A few notes that are worth mentioning…

  1. Internet rechartering is done through https://Advancements.scouting.org
  2. The login is the same as for My.Scouting and Scoutbook.
  3. Only the Key 3 or the charter representative (CR) delegate have access to do the charter this year.
    1. The Key 3 consists of you charter representative, your committee chairperson, and your unit leader (Scoutmaster, Cubmaster, Skipper, Venturing crew advisor and Explorer post advisor).
    2. If the unit wishes to have someone other than the above to process its recharter, the charter representative and only the charter representative can log into https://my.scouting.org, click on the menu button, click “Organization Manager,” select “Position Manager,” and finally “Functional Roles.” Here they’ll be able to assign a registered member of the unit as a chartered organization representative (COR) delegate position.
  4. If adding new members to the charter who are not currently registered with your unit, you can scan and upload their applications as part of the process of rechartering.
  5. No paperwork is needed to be delivered to council if you’re processing your charter entirely online, with the exception of the confirmation page and payment, if you are choosing to pay with a check at council.
    1. We highly recommend you pay at council. If you pay using a credit card or e-check, it will cost you more money. In addition, if there’s a mistake it is that much harder for us to process the refund for you.

Updated Advancement Guide Features 11 Key Changes

A recent article from Bryan On Scouting explains key changes in the 2021 Guide to Advancement.

A total of 11 key changes are highlighted in the online article.

Feedback from volunteers from across the country was incorporated into the new and improved guide.

Click here for the article and for more information.

 

Only One Spot Left for November NYLT Program

At press time, only one spot remains for the the November National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) program, which will take place at Winnebago Scout Reservation on the weekends of November 5-7 and November 12-14, 2021.

If registration is full, please take advantage of the waitlist option; you will be notified if a spot becomes available.

This program will give Scouts an opportunity to learn leadership skills they can bring back to the troop, as well as skills they will use in their future endeavors.

To register, go to www.ppcbsa.org and then go to the Training menu under Programs. Cost is $310 with all meals included.

For additional information, click here.