Monthly Archives: April 2022

2022 Spring Membership Drive Video

In 2022, we will be working with all of our Scouting units to ensure that Scouting in all of our communities is more VISIBLE, more INVITING and more FUN!

Believe it or not, one of the most common questions we get is “Where is Scouting today?” The key to showcasing Scouting and growing excitement to be a Scout or to support Scouting is to be as visible, inviting, and fun as you possibly can.

In this video we talk about how to use the spring to catapult your spring membership drive to new levels.

2022 Spring Membership Video

Camp Early Bird Discount Ends Soon

The early bird special end date is on the horizon.  We are currently offering a discounted rate for Scouts and non-Scouts, to attend Summer Camp this year.  In case you haven’t heard, camp is back to normal after two long years. So please, don’t let this opportunity pass you by.  Register as soon as possible. The deadline is Sunday, May 1st.

The Thomas A. Pepe Adventureship is still accepting applications.  We encourage anyone who may be facing financial hardship to apply. No child should be denied an adventurous and educational week at camp. Sunday, May 15th, 2022, is the last day to apply for an adventureship.

Skylands District Holds First Scouts BSA Spring Camporee

The Skylands District held its first ever Spring Scouts BSA Camporee the weekend of April 22-24, 2022, at Winnebago Scout Reservation in Rockaway Township. The theme of the camporee was first responder/emergency services. Scouts from nine troops got close hands-on demonstrations of first responder life saving equipment and gear. Emergency service units from the following agencies were on hand to greet the Scouts:

  •  Andover Township Fire Department
  • Picatinny Arsenal Haz Mat
  • Rockaway Township Fire Department
  • Saint Clare’s EMS Ambulance
  • Morris County K-9 unit
  • Morris County Sherriff Office Bomb Squad and ESU units
  • Morris County MAB unit.

Paul Minenna, a NJ Certified Angler Instructor and Troop 160 Rockaway committee chair, assisted Scouts with fishing at Durham Pond. Congratulations to Katie Reidmiller for organizing her first district event as part of her Wood Badge ticket.

50% Off – All Popcorn on Sale!

Popcorn is going fast – some products are already sold out!

All remaining popcorn is on sale for 50% off the original price.  Sale prices are good while stock remains.  Below are some examples of price reductions:

Product Regular Price 50% Off Price
Caramel Corn Bag $10.00 $5.00
Summer Roasted MW 14 pack $15.00 $7.50
Kettle Corn MW $15.00 $7.50
Honey Roasted Peanuts $15.00 $$7.50
Sea Salt Bag $15.00 $7.50
White Cheddar Cheese Tin $15.00 $7.00
Salted Jumbo Cashews $20.00 $10.00
Classic Trail Mix $20.00 $10.00
Supreme Caramel Crunch $25.00 $12.50
Extra Butter 22 Pack MW $25.00 $12.50
Chocolate Covered Pretzels Tins $25.00 $12.50
3 Way Cheesy Cheese Tin $35.00 $17.50
5 Way Chocolate Treasures Tin $60.00 $30.00

PPC Adventure Programs for Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA

PPC Adventure Programs has several new activities scheduled in May and June.

Scouts BSA

During May and June, we have several merit badges offered with many sold out:

  • Astronomy Merit Badge will conclude on Tuesday June 14th at the Cedar Knolls Service Center. Scouts learned from counselor Kevin Alton in this adventure which involved three sessions to complete.
  • Engineering Merit Badge was offered at Camp Somers with an initial program on May 16th and June 6th. This program proved to be quite popular so we offered a second session which will be held on June 20th and 27th.  Tim Farrell is the counselor for both programs and both sold out!
  • Electricity Merit Badge will be offered at Camp Somers on Wednesdays June 15th and June 29th with MB counselor Ken Belli instructing 10 Scouts.
  • Electronics Merit Badge will be offered on Saturdays June 18th and June 25th at Camp Somers. MB counselor Jeff Winkler will lead the Scouts in their studies which will include the construction of a circuit board kit as part of the activity.  Cost is $40.00 which includes the cost of the kit.  Registration is still open.
  • Plumbing Merit Badge will be offered at Winnebago Scout Reservation on Wednesday evenings June 22 and 29. Jim Coffaro will teach the Scouts the rudiments of this area of interest.  Registration is still open at $20.00/pp.
  • Additional merit badges will be added as the summer progresses, so please check back at the link below for latest information.

The link for all the Merit Badges is:

Patriots’ Path Council Cub Scout Wins Scout Life Reading Contest

Congratulations to AOL Scout Constantin Bellmann of Pack 182 in Warren for winning first place in the 2021 national Scout Life Reading Contest. Constantin was featured in the May 2022 issue of Scout Life Magazine and was the recipient of a $100 Scout shop gift card. Constantin wrote a 500-word book report on one of his all-time favorites, The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart.

Constantin says the book reminds people to use their talents for good and to help people instead of harming them. “This book is about friendship, loyalty, honesty, truth and perhaps the most important – kindness. We are all unique and we all have a gift, but we need to work together to achieve greatness and make the world a better place.” Constantin will continue his Scouting Journey in Scouts BSA Troop 228 in Warren and hopes to achieve his Eagle Rank.

2022 Patriots’ Path Council Awards Celebration



Join us in celebrating some of the best in Scouting.  We will be presenting the 2022 SILVER BEAVER AWARDS, TRAILBLAZER AWARDS, YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARDS, COUNCIL ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR AWARD, TORCH OF GOLD AWARD, and VENTURING LEADERSHIP AWARDS. Please plan to come out and honor these dedicated volunteers and youth leaders!

The celebration will be held under a large event tent beginning with a gathering at 11:30 a.m. The luncheon and awards ceremony will be at 12:30 p.m.  Pre-registration is required. You can register on-line HERE. RSVP deadline is May 9, 2022.

If you can’t attend the event in person, consider placing an ad or congratulatory message in the journal. Details about all these options are available HERE

For more information or questions, please contact Vicki Kallok at 973-765-9322 x246 or [email protected]

The 2022 Award Recipients:

Frank Caccavale
Douglas Dzwonczyk
Robert A. Fromtling, Sr.
William “Bill” Stroh
Robert Reidmiller
David Robbins
Tim Sugrue

John Koneski
Emil Rufolo
Adam Sonzogni

Joshua Danus
Katelin Hanifan
Michael Minenna
Connor Neuhaus
Kevin Soutar

Mark Tallmadge

Jim Agar

Ronald “R.J.” Bubnowski, Jr.
Brianna Conlon
Peter Lefkowitz
Michael Conlon

Early Bird Deadline for NYLT Summer courses:

Calling all current and future Youth Leaders! NYLT summer courses are here again, and it’s a great opportunity to experience a great leadership training experience.

YOU MUST ACT SOON! Early Bird for June/July course ends on May 1st.

To register, click here:

2022 Patriots’ Path Council Family 5K Run/Walk

Join us during May 23—June 5, 2022, for this year’s 5K Run/Walk.

You can choose when and where you wish to participate. Invite your family and friends.

Scout units can make a fun day event and help raise funds for Patriots’ Path Council.

Funds raised by a unit will count towards their FOS goal! All proceeds will benefit

the local Scouting program here in Patriots’ Path Council.  This year we will be collecting

your virtual times and depending on your registration level, you may receive a patch

and/or a shirt.  To register, please click on this link:

Venturing Officers Association Elections Planned

The Venturing Officers Association was created late last year with a temporary set of officers. In order to formally establish a slate of officers that will go on to serve a one-year term, the Patriots’ Path Council VOA will hold elections on May 10, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. at the PPC Service Center in Cedar Knolls.

A single, transferable “ranked” voting system will be established, providing each crew president with the ability to cast a vote on behalf of the crew contingent present for the candidates of their choosing. Crew presidents (or their designees), along with the crew contingent, must be present at the meeting in person or virtually.

To be eligible for office, Venturers must be registered in the Patriots’ Path Council, not turn 21 before their term ends (i.e., May 31, 2023), and must have approval from their crew advisor. In addition, a “statement of intent” must be submitted via an online form.

We hope to have a good turnout at the May 10 meeting and we wish good luck to all who are running! For updates on the election process and other VOA endeavors, please follow our Instagram (@ppcvoa). All inquiries should be directed to Michael Conlon, the VOA’s advisor ([email protected]).