Monthly Archives: October 2021

PPC Implements New Calendar

A new and improved calendar has been implemented that better integrates Patriots’ Path Council events and activities onto one calendar.

The calendar features a way to filter or categorize different types of event types, and a way to subscribe to the calendar feed.

Be sure to check it out at https://ppcbsa.org/calendar/.

Updates Made to Incident Reporting and Safety Guide

Scout safety is our top priority! Since the beginning of August, the Boy Scouts of America has made updates to incident reporting and to the Guide to Safe Scouting.

All incident reports must be filed with the Boy Scouts of America in Riskonnect within 72 hours of the incident. Incident reports are important to the Boy Scouts of America because information provided helps both National and the Patriots’ Path Council in assessing risk of our Scouts taking part in programs or use of facilities.

An incident report should be filed for any COVID-19 cases of registered Scouts or adult leaders, any injury or illness that requires attention beyond Scout rendered first aid, Youth Protection/membership infractions, and near miss incidents.

Information on and more detail of each of these incident reports can be found here. With the 72-hour reporting requirement, we need the help of all our Patriots’ Path families in getting information or reports filed.

Also, the Boy Scouts of America has released a new update to The Guide to Safe Scouting.

In the most recent update there are changes to the Age-Appropriate Guidelines and Transportation Policy. We are asking that every unit review the newest information. More information can be found here.

University of Scouting Will Be Held in December

Patriots’ Path Council will hold its University of Scouting on Saturday, December 4, 2021, in person at Our Lady of Peace Elementary School, located on South Street in New Providence.

Check-in will begin at 8 a.m., followed by the opening ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Classes are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

University of Scouting is a day-long training experience with great courses to pick from, as well as supplemental training, idea sharing, and fun, fun, fun!

The event is open to all Cub Scout leaders, Scouts BSA leaders and Venturing leaders, including youth leaders.

Courses for Cub Scout leaders include “Getting Cub Parents involved, “Outings and Trips,” “How to Run a Pinewood Derby,” “Role of a Pack Committee” and much more.

Courses for Scout BSA leaders include “Role of a Scoutmaster,” “Scout Leader Recruiting and Retention,” “New Scouts’ Path to First Class,” “Essentials of Merit Badge Counseling” and more.

Other general courses will be “How to Use SCOUTBOOK,” risk management, and several courses offered by PPC’s Disabilities Awareness Committee.

Registration opens Monday, October 18, 2021, at 9 a.m. Click here to register

For more information, call or email Rich Peterson at 862-354-0046 or [email protected].

Patriots’ Path Council Continues to Grow

As mentioned in the last Signs-Up!, we have a goal of recruiting 1,500 new families and growing the council back to 10,000 Scouts taking part in our program.

To help in this effort, we have released the information for units to claim their recruiting incentive rewards, and we look forward to publicly recognizing those units in future Signs-Up!

We also started a newsletter for our Cubmasters, Scoutmasters and committee chairs called Membership Mondays, in which we highlight our units that have had significant growth during that week, as well as keep them informed of where we are in this membership campaign.

Currently, the Patriots’ Path Council has welcomed 632 NEW families to Scouting since August 1, representing 42% of the 1,500 new families we strive to welcome to the Patriots’ Path family. Patriots’ Path Council also is at 9,128 Scouts, and we are closing in on 92% of our goal.

Thank you to all our units for getting those applications in and having recruiting events that give families the opportunity to take part in Scouting.

Submit News About Unit Projects

We want to hear all about the great projects your unit performs, and be sure to include a nice picture or two!

Check out the Community Service Page for information on submitting a description and picture of your service projects, other information on service, and how to contact your district community service chair.

 

Scouting for Food Helps Stop Hunger

Scouting for Food is the Boy Scouts of America’s nationwide service project to help stop hunger in our communities. It began as a Scout’s service project in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1985, and was adopted by the Boy Scout National Organization in 1988.

You are welcome to host a Scouting for Food Drive at any point during the year. This is an impactful service project that helps our communities. Please contact your district community service chair for more information on how to run a drive.

Please note that Scouting for Food plastic bags will not be available. As environmental initiatives are being implemented in our state to reduce single use plastic bags, our provider is no longer able to donate Scouting-branded Scouting for Food bags.

Your unit should plan on distributing flyers to promote the food drive. If you have any questions, reach out to your district community service chair or Linda Cummings at [email protected] for more information.

Scouting is in the Air!

Scouting is in the air!

Fall is more than crisp air and pumpkin spice; it is the start to the Scouting year.

The past two weekends have been packed with Scouting activities. We had over 1,250 people (Scouts, siblings and parents) take part in activities at both Winnebago and Mount Allamuchy Scout reservations.

And that is just the start, as there are Scout activities planned almost every weekend between now and Thanksgiving.

Munsee Breakfast Planned in January

The 2020/2021 Munsee Recognition and Farewell Breakfast will be held Saturday, January, 8, 2022, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Holy Spirit Church in Union, New Jersey. The breakfast will be a catered affair. Business casual attire recommended – uniforms always welcome. Please arrange for the honorees and friends from your unit to attend.

This is the perfect opportunity for the Scouters of Munsee District to recognize volunteers for their accomplishments and devotion, and a chance to celebrate the history of the district in a relaxed and cordial atmosphere.

Soon Munsee and Watchung Mountain districts together will begin a new tradition in Scouting. But we have a past to be proud of, and we will remember Munsee “With Attitude.” Come join us for a rousing farewell. And be prepared to share your war stories about the district.

Online registration for the breakfast will be open soon and will stay open until December 31, 2021. Registration is through the Munsee calendar at  www.ppcbsa.org.  The  event cost is $20 per person for early-bird registration. After December 24, 2021, the regular cost is $25, so sign up early.

For more information, contact Dan Turano, [email protected], 908-591-2893, or Rich Peterson, [email protected],   973-765-9322, ext. 227.

Individual Awards

For 2021, please select two volunteers in your unit to receive the Munsee Knot. We all know volunteers in our units who do that little (or not so little) extra to make Scouting happen. Isn’t it time that we recognize them? Name your honorees by sending them directly to Dan Turano ([email protected]) by December 1, 2021. Information must include name, unit, position, and a from three- to five-line write-up about your unit’s honoree.

District Awards of Merit (DAM) will also be presented. The District Award of Merit is presented to Scouters who render service of outstanding nature to youth in the community through Scouting and other programs. This is the highest award that a district may present. A DAM nomination form will be emailed to you upon request. Please forward the completed form and a support information page to Dan Turano, [email protected] by December 1, 2021, for final review by the district recognition committee.

Scouts who attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 2020 and 2021 are encouraged to attend. Those Eagle Scouts and their families will be recognized for this outstanding achievement.

Click here for the flyer

Union County’s Deserted Village to Come Alive

The Deserted Village of Feltville will once again host an annual open house featuring colonial games, cider pressing, an archaeological activity and guided tours as part of Union County’s Four Centuries in a Weekend event October 16 and 17, 2021, from noon to 5 p.m. each day.

All activities for the Four Centuries in a Weekend are rain or shine, and most are free of charge. Enter the Deserted Village from Cataract Hollow Road, off of Glenside Avenue (use GPS address 1 Cataract Hollow Road, Berkeley Heights). Free parking is available at the entrance to the site.

Visitors can pick up a free self-tour guidebook at the parking lot, or use their cell phones to take an audio tour.  A list of activities will be available at the reception table.

This year, the Deserted Village will feature new attractions including special presentations by a historian and an archaeologist, and a new display of historical photos.

The Deserted Village of Feltville is located in Union County’s Watchung Reservation. It was established in 1845 by the entrepreneur David Felt, who built a paper mill, housing for workers, and other buildings for communal use.

As part of the weekend’s festivities, the “ghost” of David Felt will stroll the grounds of the Deserted Village and converse with visitors, telling tales of the factory town he built and recounting memories of the people who worked in his mill, on his farm, and in his store and school. At 1 p.m. each day, Mr. Felt will also offer a 20-minute long armchair tour from the porch of his general store.

Activities for children will include old-fashioned games on the Deserted Village’s grass tennis court, pumpkin painting, using a quill pen and ink to write, and searching for artifacts at the site of the Felt house.

A small apple orchard has been recreated along Cataract Hollow Road to recall the 600-acre farm established by Mr. Felt to provide food for the villagers. A hands-on demonstration of apples being pressed into cider will be ongoing throughout the Four Centuries in a Weekend.

Visitors of all ages can also bring their “Passport to Your National Parks” to the general store and get it stamped in recognition of Union County as one of 14 counties formally designated for inclusion in the Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area.

While at the general store, visitors are invited to view exhibits of artifacts, photographs and maps depicting the history of the Deserted Village across four centuries. Nostalgic snacks, toys and games will be on sale at the store. Families are also invited to pack a picnic and use one of the nearby picnic tables.

The beautifully restored circa-1882 Masker’s Barn carriage house will be open for the weekend. Visitors can tour the premises and view a photo display celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the Union County Park System. Visitors are also welcome to linger outside Masker’s Barn and roast marshmallows around a campfire with the ghost of the original caretaker.

Moving even farther back in time, visitors can take a short walk to a small family graveyard on a hillside just beyond the general store. John Willcocks, a New Jersey militia soldier who fought in the Revolutionary War along with General George Washington’s regular army, will be there writing his will and telling stories of his relatives buried at the site.

The Deserted Village has seen many changes since its origin as David Felt’s business enterprise. Over the years it has been used as a resort, an artists retreat, and relief housing during the Great Depression.

By the 1970s the Deserted Village was all but forgotten, but in recent years several researchers, both self-taught and professional, have uncovered tantalizing details about the fascinating story of people who have lived, worked and even died at the site.

Special programming on October 16 and 17 will provide visitors with an up-close look at some of their work, through the eyes of historian Priscilla Hayes and archaeologist Carissa Scarpa.

On Saturday, October 16 at 2 p.m., Scarpa will discuss archaeological investigations at the homestead of the Raddin-Badgley family, and Hayes will add three mysteries from village history to the presentation.

On Sunday, October 17 at 2 p.m., Hayes will describe life in the late 1800s when the Deserted Village served as a summer resort called Glenside Park, with Scarpa providing additional details from the archaeological record.

For more information about the Deserted Village of Feltville, visit the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation online at ucnj.org/dv.

For locations, hours, special events and other details about more than 30 other historical sites participating in Four Centuries in a Weekend this year, visit the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs here or call  (908) 558-2550.