Monthly Archives: March 2022

New Video Focuses on the Yo-Yo

A new video is now available on YouTube.

This preview adventure gives Cub Scouts the opportunity to learn the concepts that make a yo-yo work and the basic physics of a pendulum.

To view the video, click here.

Visit for more information.

Newsletter Highlights Community Service

The second edition of Spotlight on Service, the Patriots’ Path Council Community Service Committee newsletter, was recently published.

Click on the pages below to view the newsletter.

Honor Your Eagle With a Unique Gift

Honor your Eagle Scout with a stunning mahogany box with Eagle top and engravable plate available for $49.99 at the Kurland Family Scout Shop in Cedar Knolls and at the Mountainside Scout Shop.

The box is a beautiful gift for the Eagle Scout in your life. It looks wonderful sitting on a bedroom bureau or living room side table. It’s a perfect way to present and/or store precious Eagle and Scouting mementos and honors.

Stop in today to get this box and to see all the other unique Eagle gifts like cufflinks, dog tags, knives, plaques, statues and more.

Ukrainian Catholic Church Welcomes PPC Scouts

On Sunday, March 13, 2022, the Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Catholic Church, Hillside, in Union County, New Jersey, was blessed and honored to have more than 35 Scouts BSA youth and adult leaders from Patriots’ Path Council, BSA, participating in the celebration of the Divine Liturgy and praying for Ukraine during this very difficult time.

Scouts from the Pioneer, Skylands and Fishawack districts of Patriots’ Path Council attended, representing troops from Elizabeth, Cranford, Westfield, Summit, Scotch Plains, Rahway, Sparta, Byram and Parsippany.

Several Scout executives were also in attendance, including: National Committee member Deb Reidmiller, Council Executive Vice President Bob Brady, Deputy Scout Executive Jason Dugan, Pioneer District Chair Terence Dwyer and Patriots’ Path Council Executive Board member and Pioneer District Religious Emblems Coordinator Jim Agar.

Before the Divine Liturgy began, the Scouts and the congregation sang “God Bless America.” This song is so deeply moving from a spiritual and patriotic perspective but also due to ties to the Scouting movement. Irving Berlin, the composer of “God Bless America” and his wife truly loved the Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of the USA and donated all of the royalties from this song to these Scouting organizations.

A very emotional flag ceremony was performed with the American, Ukrainian and Vatican flags – while several troop flags remained posted nearby. The Ukrainian National Anthem and “The Star Spangled Banner” were sung. Scouts Nicholas Shatynski read the Troparion and Kontakion, Arthur Hrycak read the Prokimenon and Brianna Brady read the Epistle.

Father Vasyl Vladyka tailored the sermon to the Scouts. Father Vasyl gave examples of how the Scouts were truly living the Scout Oath and were role models. Father Vasyl also explained similarities and differences between the Ukrainian Catholic Rite and the Roman Catholic Rite.

The Scouts BSA joined parishioners in singing “The Mournful Mother” during Communion. This solemn and somber song portrays how the Blessed Mother felt while she saw her son Jesus on the cross. This song also evoked great emotion as the Scouts BSA and parishioners reflected on how the mothers in Ukraine today feel of the loss of their sons and daughters dying in this unjust war – but powered by their faith and devotion to God and their country.

After the Divine Liturgy, as is customary during Lent (The Great Fast), the parish held its Sorokousty service during which Father Vasyl read each of the individual names of the deceased that are in the “Scroll Book of the Departed.” The Scouts added individual names of their deceased loved ones, which Fr. Vasyl also individually read, and remembered those who recently died in Ukraine due to the current war. Additionally, the parish added Irving Berlin’s name in appreciation of all that he did for Scouting and to bring unity and patriotism to the United States of America – a gift from Mr. Berlin that continues year after year, decade after decade and has inspired generations of Americans.

The Scouts truly helped the deceased by praying for the repose of their souls and the Scouts also gave alms to the poor in their behalf by collecting and donating funds for the suffering in Ukraine. By their actions, the Scouts truly shined as leaders and role models!

A short talk about the Plast Ukrainian National Scouting organization was held in the church basement while refreshments were served. Plast was founded in 1911 in Lviv as the Ukrainian Scouting Organization. In the USA, branches of Plast USA exist in communities with large numbers of Ukrainian Americans.

This truly was a very touching and spiritual day. Scouts BSA gave a special gift to the parish and all of the suffering in Ukraine. For that, the Hillside parish will be eternally grateful to the Scouts BSA!

Units March in St. Patrick’s Day Parade

On Saturday, March 19, 2022, Patriots’ Path Council participated in the Morris County St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Morristown.

Four troops and five packs participated, totaling about 100 Scouts and families. The weather was great, and everyone enjoyed the pipe bands, the Irish dancers and the firetrucks!

Participating units:

  • Troop 34 Morristown
  • Troop 340, Morristown
  • Troop 88, Hopatcong
  • Troop 1936, Morristown
  • Pack 34, Morristown
  • Pack 88, Hopatcong
  • Pack 54, Randolph
  • Pack 55, Basking Ridge
  • Pack 228, Morristown


Cub Scouts Look to the Stars During Program

On Friday, March 18, 2022, about 60 Cub Scouts and their families participated in an evening star gazing event at Camp Somers at Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation. The event was the initial activity sponsored by Patriots Path Council Adventure Programs.

Tim Carroll served as the “astronomer” and provided a fun lecture on the night sky. Following his presentation everyone enjoyed a snack and then participants headed to the dam at Frenche’s Pond to view the sky through the telescopes. Unfortunately, the sky clouded up a bit and limited visibility. The group saw some stars, but the moon was generally obscured. Nevertheless, all the Scouts had fun and learned about the night sky.

Deadline for Skylands District Award Nominations is April 5

The Skylands District will be honoring Scouters who go above and beyond in their service to Scouting at its awards recognition ceremony at the Club at Picatinny Arsenal on Wednesday evening, May 18, 2022.

Submit your suggestions for the Skylands Superstar Award, unit leader specific awards as well as the District Award of Merit nomination no later than Tuesday, April 5 (roundtable date).

Completed forms should be submitted to Bob Brady, [email protected], or Marc Maratea, [email protected].

Click here for the Skylands Superstar Award form.

Click here for the unit leader specific awards forms.

Click here for the District Award of Merit form.

For more information, contact Bob Brady at (973) 886-9358, or Marc Maratea at (973) 900-0919.

Munsee District Holds Final Volunteer Recognition

On Saturday, March 5, 2022, the Munsee District conducted its final volunteer recognition breakfast. There were over 100 people in attendance as volunteers were recognized for their hard work and dedication to Scouting.

Four Scouters received the Munsee District Award of Merit – Lea Sheridan and Hattie Warren for 2020, and Matthew Dohn and Robert Rousso for 2021.

There also were 47 Scouters from 23 units who received the Munsee Knot.





Camp 2022 – Back to Normal

Patriots’ Path Council is pleased to share that New Jersey summer camps will return to pre-COVID-19 operations for the 2022 season.

Governor Phil Murphy issued an Executive Order terminating the Public Health Emergency effective March 7, 2022. As a result of NJ Camp’s advocacy efforts, Governor Murphy has made specific reference in that Executive Order to sunset N.J. Department of Health’s Executive Directive 21-003 (camp directive), which removed the only pandemic public health authority left for NJDOH to regulate summer camps specifically as it relates to COVID-19 mitigation.

The action taken by Governor Murphy removes the authority of NJDOH to issue mandates on camps, including but not limited to cohorts, group sizes, quarantining, contact tracing, masks, additional cleaning/sanitizing, etc.

NJDOH will be focused mostly on dealing with any outbreaks at camp, but this is no different than its existing statutory authority in the N.J. Youth Camp Safety Act to address infectious/communicable disease at camp.

NJDOH may issue guidance specific to COVID outbreaks and PPC will be working closely with NJDOH on that prior to the season. It is also possible that NJDOH may issue “recommendations” that look very similar to the guidance of previous summers. NJDOH did this with schools and childcare last month – making it very clear it is issuing “recommendations” and not mandatory guidance.

Camping Season is Just Around the Corner

Spring over to Patriots’ Path Council’s camping page to get early bird specials for your Scout. Hurry, pricing ends midnight May 1. Camp programs are available for all ages and offer a wide variety of programs making learning fun and easy. Choose your adventure!

Mark your calendars for Beaver Day on April 23 at Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation, 750 Waterloo Road, Stanhope. All units are welcome. PPC needs your help getting its camps ready for the upcoming glorious camping season. No special skills needed, just a can-do attitude. Work clothes are recommended because projects may include painting, raking leaves, cleaning cabins and much more.

Just a reminder that Thomas A. Pepe adventureships are due by April 1. Every youth should be given the opportunity to take part in a Scouting adventure. The adventureship program has been established so PPC Scout families will find these programs within reach. Click here for the adventureship link.