Monthly Archives: May 2022

Program Launch for 2022 to 2023 Scouting Year

Program Launch is our first event of the 2022-2023 Scouting year. In the past we have called this the Trade Show of Scouting. Last year, we thought that a Trade Show was thinking too small. We opened the event up to not only our unit leaders, but also to all of our families.

Program Launch now is an event to come out and visit one of our great camps, visit with all our council committees that provide program during the Scouting year and have fun. Come to camp to shoot archery and BB, do boating and fishing. As more programs are added we will update you. Food will be available to purchase.

See Video about Program Launch

You must register for this event, so we know how many people to expect, click here to register:

Fishawack Cub Circus Camporee A Success!

Fishawack had 372 Cubs and their parents at the Cub Circus Camporee on May 21-22 at Winnebago Scout Reservation.

Cubs enjoyed a hot day at camp doing bb, archery, rowboats, fishing and more.

Next Fishawack Cub camping event will be the Fall Cubelos on October 22-23, 2022 at Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation.

CPR / Wilderness First Aid Spots Available

There are currently spots available for CPR training on Friday, June 3rd and Wilderness First Aid on Saturday-Sunday, June 4-5.  The cost of the classes for Patriots’ Path Council members is $30 and $70 respectively.  Having a valid CPR certificate is a prerequisite for attending the Wilderness First Aid class.  Click on the Links below to register for CPR and Wilderness First Aid on the Council website.

National High Adventure bases and the National Jamboree require some unit members to be certified in both CPR and Wilderness First Aid.  Both are highly recommended for all outdoor activities.


Come on by the Scout Shops to purchase Scouting Graduation Honor Cords. We offer Exclusive Eagle Scout Honor Cords as well as Venturing Summit Honor Cords. They are worn around the neck with the Graduation Gown and feature an award medallion attached to one side. They are a resplendent way to show off your achievements at the highest levels of Scouting, to all your matriculating peers.

Ascend to the stage with well-earned pride, donning the colors of an elite achievement that took even longer and more work to earn than that high school diploma.

Camp Staff – Counselors Still Needed

We are still looking for counselors this summer at multiple camp locations. Become a mentor to younger kids and make memories with friends along the way.

If your Scout is interested please email [email protected]


Its Time to Register for Summer Camp!

Bring the Summer heat on! Grades 2 through 5 are welcome to join us this summer at Camp Wheeler for five weeks of fun in the sun. Get ready for archery, boating, mountain biking, fishing, swimming, and a lot more!

Bus transportation is available from many locations i  n Morris and Sussex counties.

Regional Day Camp brings summer camp to you! Watchung Reservation in Mountainside offers four weeks of day camp with bus transportation included from surrounding areas. Camp offers shooting sports, fishing, hiking, water fun, crafts, a new STEAM program area and much more. Small groups also get a tour of the Trailside Nature and Science Center.

All of our camps are open to boys and girls, Scouts and non-Scouts.


Grades 6 and up, Camp Somers is home to one of the best day camp and resident camp programs. Trailblazer day camp offers a great first year program and an awesome program for returning higher experienced youth. 

Bus transportation is included.

Resident camp options include camping with your troop for a week or attending one of our Specialty Programs the week of August 7-13. You can book multiple weeks for more fun! We promise the adventure will keep going!


Camp Winnebago offers unit based camping this summer with an all new canopy tour. Zip line across the lake and take in the views. Get ready to learn about blacksmithing and many other unique merit badges!


For these and other summer camp opportunities, please visit our website at


2022 Patriots’ Path Council Family 5K Run/Walk is HERE!

GET your running shoes!!   The Patriots’ Path Council 5K is off and running!

Units, raise funds that will count towards your units FOS Goal!!


Go to this link and sign up today and run before June 5th:


You can enter your time when you finish your run.   For those not sure how to set up a home course here are a few tips from our Chairman, Mike Murray.

Equipment needed: something that can reliably measure 100 feet (like a 100-foot extension cord), lap markers (I suggest light items like bingo chips or pencil stubs), course markers (paper slips big enough to hold some pebbles or cones), a collection bowl (like a sand pail), and a timer (or wristwatch).

Welcome to a virtual 5k run.  You have an adventure ahead of you and my goal would make your course set up easy and provide a simple and fun event in a “Do your best!” view.   SO … let’s go.

Road Course: In late May and early June, you could reapply a 5k course that may exist near you OR run 12 and a half laps on a 400-meter track.   You can consider a previously used course, but when that course was used, the roads were closed to traffic.  Be careful.

You could even do a measured course with a car odometer.  In a point-to-point course, you’ll add a little distance (12 yards) beyond 3.1 miles.  In an “out and back” course, you can make your 180 degrees turn 282 feet beyond the 1.5-mile point (short of three (3) extension cord lengths).

Existing tracks:   Om a 1/4-mile track, you can do 12 full laps plus 188 yards.  To keep it simple, that’s just 32 yards or 96 feet short of the 220-yard mark.  Use the 100-foot cord to find and mark your adjusted start line.

Your own track: I’ve used my own track on grass and in the shade at a park nearby.  The 5K is 16404.199 feet.  The 0.199 feet is about 2 1/2 inches, or less than a shoe width.  A 400-foot track would need a stride or two over 41 laps to get to 5k and an 800-foot track would need about 20 and 1/2 laps for the distance.

Make the track: You can nark out the course with weighted paper or cones. Start with the straightaways. I’d suggest that the two straightaways be parallel and at least 30 feet apart so that you can keep your pace through the turns at either end (the J’s).   For the 800-foot track, use three full cord lengths and make the fourth into a J shape for each side.   For the 400-foot track, use one full cord length and make the second into a J shape for each side.

As the track gets shorter, your lap count will go up, so a pocketful of bingo markers may be a light way to let yourself know when you are done.  Just place a big bucket or tray at your finish line and make a drop as you go past.  I would suggest starting with a partial lap (if any) and that keeps your finish line in a fixed spot.

Thanks for supporting Patriots Path Council.   Be safe and be well.

Enjoy the 5k.

Westlake Troop 1571 Builds Rain Regatta Boats

In preparation for their raingutter regatta race next week, Troop 1571 of Westlake School builds and paints their boats. Their pinewood derby took place in March and the regatta will be during May.

The troop under the leadership of Jeff Shanfield has faced many challenges during COVID, they also had to be moved to another location when their school was flooded in 2020. They continued to meet and conduct monthly meetings.

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. However,

YOU MUST ACT SOON! Fees will increase on June 1st.

Click Here to Register

Pioneer District 2022 Spring Cub Camporee

The first ever Pioneer District 2022 Spring Cub Camporee was held on Friday, May 13th to Sunday, May 15th. It was held at Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation with 323 youth participants and 18 packs. Participants got to participate in activities such as shooting sports (bb guns and archery), historic hiking, fishing, first aid skills, plant and animal identification, knot tying, and cub games. A big thank you to all those who volunteered to help teach and for making the first Pioneer District Cub Camporee a success.