Monthly Archives: January 2022

2022 Woapalanne Lodge Officers Elected

The new class of Woapalanne Lodge officers serving for the 2021-2022 term was elected last week at the January lodge executive committee meeting. Let’s meet the chief.

Connor Neuhaus, pictured, is an Eagle Scout, assistant Scoutmaster, Venturer and Vigil Honor member. Hailing from Troop 76 in Lincoln Park, he’s spent the last four years working on various committees to observe, preserve and grow the Order of the Arrow at the council level. Stepping into this position as lodge chief, he is extremely excited to guide the lodge toward the future filled with many great events and opportunities.

In addition to serving as lodge chief, Connor is currently coordinating the 2022 Section NE-5 Conclave, hosted by Woapalanne Lodge at Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation. When asked about this year, he said “I can’t wait to continue advocating for the Order to all Scouts and Scouters in Patriots’ Path Council!”

The other officers elected were Bridget Brady as vice chief of program from Troop 1150, Sparta; RJ Bubnowski as vice chief of administration from Troop 155, Bernardsville; Brianna Brady as vice chief of lore from Troop 1150, Sparta; Frank Gazzillo from Troop 150, Sparta: and Patrick Bubniak from Troop 49, Jefferson Township.

The lodge is very excited to have this dedicated team of Arrowmen and it can’t wait to see what they will do next!!

A Message from Our Scout Shop

Click below to hear a message from Patriots’ Path Council’s Kurland Family Scout Shop in Cedar Knolls.

Remember to shop local, as all sales from our Scout shops stay local.

Summer Camp is Around the Corner

Patriots’ Path Council proudly offers a variety of programs for all ages, from day programs to resident camping for older Scouts. Bus transportation is provided from many locations throughout Morris, Sussex, Somerset, Union and Middlesex counties.

Younger campers, grades 2-5 this fall, have the option of attending Camp Wheeler, Watchung Reservation or Johnson Park. Each location offers a variety of activities such as crafts, games, hiking, archery, BB, sports and much more. For more information on these great camps, click here.

Older campers can attend day and/or resident programs at our summer camp facilities. Start your summer off at Trailblazer Day Camp at Camp Somers with options ranging from Dan Beard in the morning then cooling off in the afternoon with aquatics; or Dan Beard in the morning followed by merit badges in the afternoon. Journey on to Specialty Week where you can choose from aquatics, backwoods, climbing and shooting sports. Complete with Adventure Week and take advantage of all the programs we have to offer. Busing provided throughout Morris, Sussex and Somerset counties. Click here for more information.

Camp Winnebago boasts large private campsites for all outdoor activities. Take a walk down to Durham Pond where aquatic fun begins. Swimming, fishing, and boating just to name a few.  Experience summer fun, making lifelong friendships, all the while learning life hacks! For details, click here.

Looking for the adventure of a lifetime? Sabattis Adventure Camp is a 1,250-acre camp with 250-acre crystal clear lake located in the heart of the Adirondack Park in Long Lake, N.Y. Treks include hiking, canoeing or a combination of both. To learn more, click here.

Looking for an awesome job this summer? If you like being outdoors and working with kids, we have the job for you! We are currently accepting summer camp employment applications for multiple camp locations. Apply today by clicking here.

What Scouting Means to Me

By Jonah Lance
Scouts BSA Troop 173, Parsippany

It is an honor to share my story of Scouting with you. It all began 10 years ago when I was a 6-year-old boy who wanted to join Scouts simply because I thought the uniform was cool.

Little did I know then what an impact Scouting would have on my life! As an only child whose father was not an active part of my life, being he lived in North Carolina, Scouting became a second family to me. My fellow Scouts became my brothers who I have enjoyed camping, hiking and having fun with during all of our adventures.

The leaders became my role models, who guided and taught me so much not only about Scouting but more importantly about myself and life in general. Through Scouting, I have gained strong leadership skills that have helped me find success in all aspects of my life including academics, athletics, church and my community. For example, this past lacrosse season I received the Iron Man Award for dedication, determination, always giving 100%, and always being there for my teammates.

I credit Scouting for teaching me these important skills and helping earn this recognition. Scouting has also given me the opportunity to help and give back to others in need in my community through collections for the food pantry, coat and toy drives, and mowing lawns. Not only that, it also taught me basic life and survival skills I know I will carry with me throughout life, such as teamwork and collaboration.

This past summer at the National Youth Leadership Training Camp I had to work with a diverse group of Scouts to run a patrol by completing various tasks throughout the week. It was not always easy being we all had different ideas, strengths and weaknesses, but together we overcame our differences and found success. Scouting has taught me how to set up camp, start a fire, and navigational skills (what other 16-year-olds do you know that can use a paper map to guide himself and his friend through mountain bike trails in the woods … no help from Siri here).

Through Scouting, I have accomplished things I never thought I could do on my own like sleeping in a tent by myself in the middle of the woods for a week or cooking my very own meals over an open fire. At camp, I became known as Lunch Lady Jonah because I was the best cook there.

As you can see, Scouting has had a huge impact on my life. It truly has shaped me into the young man I am today, and I could not be more thankful and could not imagine what my life would be like today if I didn’t join just so I could get the cool uniform!



Collection for Toys for Tots Tops 1,100 Toys

A big thank you to all the units, Flintlocks, individuals and families that contributed to Patriots’ Path Council’s Toys for Tots collection this year.

A total of 1,106 toys were delivered to the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots drop-off location to help approximately 10,000 families.

Special thanks to the following people for their help in driving “sleighs” to deliver the toys: Robert Somes, Katie Manchisi, Jack Cummings and Maggie Atkins. Pictured at left helping out is Matthew Wright from Troop 1776 in the Raritan Valley District. Matthew is a senior patrol leader and recently passed his Eagle Scout board of review.

Thank you to the following units for their generous donations:

  • Raritan Valley: Pack 185 (25 toys), Troop 1776 (38 toys), Pack 69 (23 toys), Packs 53 and 26 (315 toys)
  • Fishawack: Troop 121 (28 toys), Troop 173 (120 toys)
  • Flintlocks (39 toys)

Scouts Share Helpful Tips on Merit Badges

The national BSA organization is implementing a way that Scouts can upload “HELPFULS” via the Scouting app. Scouts can share online websites, videos, etc., with other Scouts that are specific to merit badge requirements.

Basically, a youth member identifies a “HELPFUL,” attaches it to a merit badge requirement, and once approved it is made available for other Scouts to view.

This program is explained by a brief video here:

Newsletter to Highlight Community Service

The Patriots’ Path Council Community Service Committee is starting a newsletter to share all the wonderful service projects, Eagle Projects and ideas for service.

Please continue to share your service stories and pictures with the committee through the Jot Form on the PPC website.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your district community service chairperson.

Stay Warm This Winter with New PPC Hat

As we kick off 2022 and get ready for the cold weather and snow, stop in for your Patriots’ Path Council swag.

The hats are brand new and just $19.99 in both Scout shops.

Congratulations and Thank You!

Congratulations and thank you to all our volunteers who helped make the Patriots’ Path Council successful this year.

Because of the team’s hard work and dedication, we have exceeded the Family Friends of Scouting goals, conducted a successful popcorn sale with units earning over $350,000 in commission to support local Scouting, and we meet our goal of growing council membership back above 10,000 youth in these trying times.

Thank you again, and we look forward to having another great team effort for a successful 2022.

Hazardous Weather Training is Important Year-round

With ice and snow recently in the forecast, it is an important reminder to ensure there is adequate coverage with individuals in your unit with Hazardous Weather Training.

Please note Hazardous Weather Training is also applicable to any regular day too!

This training is part of the training series to be considered position trained as:

  • Cubmaster and assistant Cubmaster
  • Den leader and assistant den leader
  • Scoutmaster and assistant Scoutmaster
  • Crew advisor and associate crew advisor
  • Exploring advisor and associate Exploring advisor
  • Sea Scouting adult leader

Hazardous Weather Training can be completed through Scouting Learn Center through

Please note that The National Office recently was experiencing technical issues with the SCO 800 Hazardous Weather Training. At times the course would freeze (not because it was cold outside) and ultimately individuals were not able to complete the course.

After the National technical team analyzed the issue from several sources, it was discovered there is an issue with a vendor plug-in they have used in the past. As a result, National removed the plug-in and uploaded the new course to the Learn Center last week.