Monthly Archives: March 2022

Venturing Program Uniforms Available at Scout Shops

Venturing is a wonderful BSA program for males and females, aged 14-21, to get more out of the Scouting experience and continue the high adventure into young adulthood.

PPC is proud to support its Venturing crews, and you will now find the complete array of men’s and women’s uniform sizes stocked at the Kurland Family Scout Shop in Cedar Knolls and at the Mountainside shop, offering one of the best selections in the area.

Please always feel free to let us know any other Venturing program items you would like to see regularly stocked in the shops.

Scouting Forward Reception Planned May 3

The Patriots’ Path Council is inviting you to hear Jack Ciattarelli’s story and his forecast for the next four years at the 2022 Scouting Forward reception at the Canoe Brook Country Club, 1108 Morris Turnpike, Summit.

The event will be held on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, starting at 6 p.m. with Bart Oates as the host and emcee. Click here to register!

2022 Eagle Recognition to be Held May 12

You’re invited to Patriots’ Path Council’s 2022 Eagle Scout Recognition and Reunion Dinner, where the council will be honoring the Eagle Scout Class of 2021 and the 2022 Hall of Fame honorees.

The dinner will be held on Thursday, May 12, 2022, at Olde Mill Inn in Basking Ridge. The Hall of Fame and general reception will begin at 6 p.m.

To register for the event, click here.

Scout Groups Rally Together to Help Ukraine

An emergency response is being coordinated by the World Organization of the Scout Movement together with the World Scout Foundation and in close collaboration with our Eurasia and European Scouting Regions and the National Organization of the Scouts of Ukraine (NOSU) to respond to the unfolding conflict situation in Ukraine which is impacting millions of people.

For more information or to donate, click here.

New Merit Badge Required for Eagle After June 30

Beginning July 1, 2022, the Citizenship in Society merit badge will be required for any youth seeking to achieve the Eagle Scout rank.

Any Scout who has not completed all rank requirements for Eagle, including Scoutmaster conference, by June 30, 2022, will be required to earn the Citizenship in Society badge to earn Scouting’s highest rank.

Please alert any Scouts who may be affected by this. A Scout who still needs one of the “90-day” merit badges should not wait until April 2 to begin, since it may take a few days to connect with his or her counselor and get signed off as completed.

Staff Changes Recently Announced

The Patriots’ Path Council has some recent and upcoming staff changes to announce to its volunteers.

Please click on the image below for details about these updates.

Registration Open For Skylands Scouts BSA Camporee

The Skylands District Scouts BSA Spring Camporee will take place at Winnebago Scout Reservation, Friday, April 22 through Sunday, April 24, 2022.

This year’s theme is First Responder/Emergency Services. Emergency service units from the area will showcase their equipment and answer questions on their roles in the community saving lives. The New Jersey State Forest Fire Crew is scheduled to attend with its equipment and may offer a helicopter fly over depending on current fire conditions for the day (it is brush fire season!)

Register your troop or crew now before it is too late. Camping is available Friday and Saturday nights. Units are responsible for their own meals. Cost is $15 per person for Scouts and adults.

Registration link:

Click here for event leaders guide, or click here for event flyer.

For more information, contact Katie Reidmiller, (973) 919- 5375, [email protected], or Marc Maratea, (973) 900-0919,  [email protected].

New YouTube Video Focuses on NYLT

Check out the new video created, directed and acted by some of Patriots’ Path Council’s NYLT staff members. Click here to view.

NYLT is a rigorous youth leadership training program that provides skills for life and is designed to benefit and enhance the leadership teams of troops, ships and Venture crews. It is fun, challenging and informative.

Equip your youth now with a course of their lifetime and register today by clicking here.


Troop 1571 Holds Pinewood Derby Races

Troop 1571, which is sponsored by the Westlake School and run by Jeff Shanfield, conducted its 2022 Pinewood Derby races this week.

The troop has 15 youth and is part of the Patriots’ Path Council Jockey Hollow district.


2022 Award Recipients Announced at Annual Meeting

During the council annual meeting on February 28, PPC’s 2022 award recipients were announced. Congratulations to the following individuals for their dedication to Scouting.

The Silver Beaver Award

The Silver Beaver Award is given for noteworthy service of exceptional character to youth by registered Scouters within the territory under the jurisdiction of the Patriots’ Path Council. It is the highest award a council can bestow upon an adult volunteer. The 2022 recipients are:

  • Frank Caccavale, Denville
  • Douglas Dzwonczyk, Somerville
  • Robert A. Fromtling, Sr., Westfield
  • William “Bill” Stroh, Flanders
  • Robert Reidmiller, Newton
  • David Robbins, Bridgewater
  • Tim Sugrue, Chatham

The Trailblazer Award

The Trailblazer Award is presented to Scouters who have achieved significant accomplishments on a council level over a 24-month period. The 2022 recipients are:

  • John Koneski, Cranford
  • Emil Rufolo, Summit
  • Adam Sonzogni, Lake Hiawatha

Eagle Scout Hall of Fame

This recognition is presented to Eagle Scouts who, after 25 years since earning the rank, have distinguished themselves in their life-work and who have shared their time and talents as volunteers with their communities. The 2022 inductees are:

  • Jim Agar – Eagle Scout Class of 1986
  • Joe Allegra – Eagle Scout Class of 1978
  • Tom Curnin – Eagle Scout Class of 1977
  • Robert Corcoran – Eagle Scout Class of 1969
  • Jeff Vohden – Eagle Scout Class of 1968

Youth Leadership Award

Patriots’ Path Council Youth Leadership Award is 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. The 2022 recipients are:

  • Kevin Soutar
  • Connor Neuhaus
  • Katelin Hanifan
  • Joshua Danus
  • Michael Minenna

Council Alumnus of the Year Award

The BSA’s Alumnus of the Year award is the Scouting Alumni Association’s highest council recognition and can be presented to only one recipient annually. The 2022 recipient is Mark Tallmadge, PPC’s immediate past council president. 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.

Congratulations to all these outstanding youth and adult volunteers. The ceremony for the Eagle Hall of Fame inductees and the Class of 2021 Eagle Scouts will be held on May 12 at the Olde Mill Inn.  All the other awards will be presented at the council awards celebration that will be held on May 14 at Winnebago Scout Reservation. Details about these events will be available soon, so please save the date to come and honor these deserving recipients.