Sussex Boy Scout Spring Camporee- May 4-6
The Sussex Boy Scout Spring Catastrophe-O-Ree will be held on the weekend of May 4-6 at Lodestar Park in Fredon. The Catastrophe-O-Ree will center on first aid and emergency response.  A variety of local Fire and EMS units will participate in the event.  Cost per person is $8.00.  Registration is open at on the Sussex Calendar.  Dave DiPietro and Gary Carlson are chairing the event.  For more information contact Mike Loughman 973-714-7308 or [email protected] . Or direct registration page link:

Sussex Cub Scout Spring Family Camporee- June 1-3
The Sussex Cub Scout Spring Family Camping event will be held at Camp Somers on the weekend of Jun 1-3.  The theme of the camp will be “Fun and Games and Scouting.”  A variety of activities are planned but this is a great opportunity to enjoy camp: fish, BB guns, archery, and other fun events.  There will be an evening campfire.  Cost per person is $12.00 and registration is open at on the Sussex Calendar.  Darlene Kishpaugh and Dave Bork are chairing the event.  For more information contact Mike Loughman 973-714-7308 or [email protected]Or direct registration page link:,2018-06-03/907/0/



As of December, our national office has started distributing a new youth and new adult application.

 This can be confirmed by looking at the bottom right hand corner of the cover page. For the adult applications you’ll find the number ‘1017’ and for the youth applications you’ll find the number ‘717’.

 Currently national is still accepting the old application. And although, they haven’t given us a deadline for when they’ll stop accepting them, Patriots’ Path Council has already purged its supply. You will only find the new applications at the council office and website.

 You’ll notice national did not redact the SSN field on the carbon copies. Although council receives the original version, please redact the SSN field on the unit copy. They are aware of the mistake and may have made the correction for the next printing. But for now, please take the extra step to cross out the SSN on the unit copy.




Membership Committee to hold Adventure Day for Boys Who Left Scouting-May 6

Many of us know that many Scouts decide to leave Scouting for a variety of reasons.  The membership committee has been following a plan to welcome those Scouts back into their local troops.

Boys who left Boy Scouting early will be invited to Adventure Day at MASR Camp Somers in Stanhope, New Jersey.  The event is targeted to males ages 11- 17.  Adventure day will take place on Sunday, May 6th from 1-4 pm at Camp Somers, MASR, located at 750 Waterloo Rd., Stanhope, New Jersey.

Activities will include fishing, shooting sports, rock climbing, geocaching, nature hikes, s’mores making, and more.   The event is sponsored by the membership committee of Patriots’ Path Council.

The cost per boy is $5.  Participants are encouraged to bring a friend and register by May 1.

To register, please visit Registration is required and will close on May 1.

For more information, please contact Bill SanFilippo, Youth Protection Staff Advisor at 862-777-2524 or [email protected]


Membership – Many helpful resources for spring recruiting can be found at, including PowerPoints on Family Scouting, Lions, new member coordinator position, and setting BeAScout pins.

Free Supplies Available to You for Spring Recruitment

Did you know the council membership committee has plenty of free supplies and materials to assist with your spring recruitment efforts?

We can make you flyers at no cost for Lions, Family Scouting, or traditional flyers in black and white.

We have lawn signs, cardboard Scout cut outs for flyer distribution, an inflatable Scout and more!

You can also borrow a popcorn machine to give out free popcorn at your recruitment event.

Need an activity do at your pack open house?  We have STEM kits, fishing kits, and archery set up, rain gutter regatta, and a Pinewood derby track that can be borrowed to bring excitement to your recruitment.

All of these materials are supplied by the many generous Friends of Scouting (FOS) donations families like you provide to Patriots’ Path Council.

For reservation and order forms, please visit

For questions or assistance with your recruitment efforts, please contact your membership team; Al Thomas at [email protected] for Black River, Fishawack, and Sussex districts.

Youth Fishing Challenge Recruitment Event – Black River District will run a site for the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Youth Fishing Challenge.  We will be at Parks Lake in Rockaway on Saturday, June 9th from 8:00 am to noon.  This is a statewide “free fishing” day – no licenses required.  Encourage members of your pack or troop to attend and bring a friend.  Boys and girls who join Scouting that day will receive a free fishing kit.  Register at  For information contact, [email protected], 973-765-9322 x229. Prizes will be awarded!

Family Scouting – Each pack must submit a “2018-2019 Cub Scout Unit Designation Form” declaring if you will accept all-girl dens or remain an all-boy pack.  We need this info to direct families to packs that will accept them.  The form must be signed by your charter organization executive officer, charter organization representative, Cubmaster and committee chair.  If you have questions about adding all-girl dens, contact Sussex Family Scouting Chair Robert Brady, [email protected], or Membership Executive Al Thomas, [email protected].  Each pack has the option of staying all-boy or adding all-girl dens.  If needed, we may start new packs that are all-girl.

Exploring Careers in Aviation – For young men and women, ages 14-20, who are interested in careers in aviation, Wednesday, May 2nd, at 6:00 pm, at DM Airports, 8 Airport Road, Morristown.  Future meetings will be on the first and third Wednesday of each month.  For more information, contact Al Thomas, [email protected].  Space is limited.  Register at

2018 Cub Scout Recruitment Order Form – We have new flyers for 2018.  Please see the attached order form for images of the flyers and use that form to order flyers, lawn signs, posters, Adventures in Cub Scout booklets, etc.

2018 Spring Membership – if your pack has sent in a “2018-2019 Cub Scout Unit Designation Form” and chosen to add all-girl dens, you can invite girls to your spring recruitment events.  Their registration becomes official on June 11th.  For help with spring recruiting, contact Sussex Membership Executive Al Thomas, [email protected].  See attached Unit Designation Form.

Boy Scout Recruiting – Our membership committee can give troops lists of AOLs who have not yet crossed over to a troop and of boys who left Cub Scouts in the last few years but are now old enough for Boy Scouts.  Send a letter or make a call to invite them to visit your troop. Contact Al Thomas at (973) 765-9322 X229, or [email protected]

Lions – Lions is not a pilot any more.  Effective for the 2018-2019 program year, all packs will have Lions dens.  Packs can begin promoting Lions this spring to rising kindergarteners.  If your town has upcoming kindergarten registration/orientation, ask if we can distribute a flyer (several towns that do not usually allow hard copy flyers have permitted it for kindergarten orientation).  Also, our council membership committee is mailing to all licensed child care centers asking permission to distribute a Lions flyer.


 New Member Coordinator – The official uniform for the new member coordinator is a distinctive polo shirt now available at  The role of the new member coordinator is to ensure that new members join and that youth and their families are engaged and feel welcomed in the unit.


 Leader Specific Training– If you have not yet taken leader specific training for your Scouting position/role, please register for an upcoming training as soon as your schedule allows. Trainings are run by experienced, fellow volunteers that want you to be better prepared in your Scouting role to deliver the best, enjoyable program our Scouts expect from us.

The next, upcoming trainings are:

Cub Scouts-Cubmaster and Assistant Cubmaster/Committee Members/Den Leaders

May 16, 2018 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm at Somerville Middle School

June 2, 2018 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at Cranford United Methodist Church in Cranford


BALOO Training- Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation- Packs must have a BALOO trained leader on all campouts

May 12, 2018 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at Cranford United Methodist Church

Boy Scouts- Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training

May 19, 2018 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at Pluckemin Presbyterian Church

Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (IOLS)

Annual Health and Medical Record Parts A & B are required for this course!

May 4-6, 2018 from 6:00 pm to 2:30 pm at Winnebago Scout Reservation – Register here

For all upcoming program specific leader trainings, please go to

Important, useful online trainings are also available via  Click on “BSA Learn Center”

Update on Youth Protection Training

In Scouting, our first obligation is to provide a safe environment where we can foster character and leadership in our youth.

As an organization, we are committed to continuous improvement.  This includes our approach to youth protection.  As our understanding of these threats has evolved, so has our approach to keeping youth safe.  We continue to rely on leading experts and the latest research to help us better understand threats facing young people and to design barriers to abuse.

The next generation of the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) Youth Protection program begins today.  Our updated Youth Protection training draws on research from experts in the field of child abuse and child maltreatment, as well as survivors, to identify the contributing factors and threats across the spectrum of child abuse including bullying, neglect, exposure to violence, physical abuse, as well as child sexual abuse.

The new training is available now on My. Scouting (  The training includes three modules and a content review/ test, so please allow at least 60 minutes to complete the course.  The BSA also recommends that you use Google Chrome and not Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge.  Training is a critical part of our strategy, but it’s only one part.  Along with the fully updated and revised Youth Protection training, the BSA is also implementing a comprehensive communications strategy that will provide ongoing information, training and resources across every aspect of Scouting.

 By October 1, 2018, ALL BSA registered individuals eighteen years of age and older will be required to complete the updated Youth Protection training. 

 REGISTER NOW: 2018 Youth Protection Symposium Opioid Awareness, Protecting Our Teens!

You can now register for the 2018 Youth Protection Symposium Opioid Awareness, Protecting Our Teens!

On a biannual basis, the Patriots’ Path Council hosts its Youth Protection Symposium. The event will take place on Friday, May 11, 2018 at the Boy Scouts of America Service Center in Cedar Knolls, NJ.

This year’s topic is Opioid Awareness, Protecting Our Teens! Any individual, including current youth workers, school counselors, camp directors, mental health workers, sports coaches, etc, interested in learning about protecting our local teenagers are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Be sure to open the attachment for the full details at

or contact Bill SanFilippo at 862-777- 2524 or [email protected]




First Popcorn Training

Thursday, May 16, 2018 at 10 am

PPC Cedar Knolls Service Center


Michael Beck Sales Training

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Birchwood Manor

111 N Jefferson Rd, Whippany, NJ 07981


Sussex Trainings

Tuesday, May 29 at 7pm

Sparta Presbyterian Church

 Tuesday, August 14 at 7pm

Sparta Presbyterian Church

 Friends of Scouting (FOS)

If you haven’t done so, you still have time to participate in FOS.

There is still time to reach your unit FOS goal. Remember, when you reach your goal you can get up to $150 at the Scout Shop and you will get an additional 4% commission in your popcorn sales.


Contact Maria Yosco for additional information and details.

[email protected] – 973-986-0178

 Adventure Card Update:

Just a reminder to sign up for the 2018 Adventure Card.  The Adventure Card sells for $10.00 and the unit keeps $5.00 to be used for Scout earnings accounts or for the general fund raising for the unit.  The cards carry popular coupons for major chain stores.  The real value this year is the mobile application which offers thousands of coupons nationwide.  For more info contact Mike Loughman at [email protected].

We already have two ‘Strive for 25’ winners from Black River and one from Raritan Valley.  On 4/12/18 Thomas Shaw from Black River Troop 1, and Alex Christian from Raritan Valley Troop 119, won and received a $50.00 gift card.  Scott Connelly from Black River Troop 113 won on 4/19/18 and earned a $50.00 gift card.  Keep up the good work!

Summer Camp Early Bird Deadlines:

  • The Boy Scout early bird registration period ends April 30, 2018.  By registering early, you save $30.00 per Scout.

Additional Upcoming Important District and Council Dates:


Roundtable– Thursday, May 3, 7:30-9 PM.  Walkill Valley HS.

Tradeshow of ScoutingJune 4, 2018, 5:45-9:00 PM

Birchwood Manor, Whippany.   The Tradeshow is your June roundtable!


Family Scouting – Implementation and details!

Youth Protection – National spokesperson has been requested.

Patriots’ Path Council New Program Guide 2018-19 published.

Vendor displays from locations of interest for Scouts and families.

Cub Scout Expo: Get everything you need in one evening, and in one location.  Den leaders / Cubmasters looking for ideas, inspiration and information. We can help you plan an outstanding year for your Cub Scouts!

*Yearly planning solutions     *Training     *Summer Camping     *Year Round Family Camping      *Den / Pack Activities     *STEM     *Advancement     *Trips / Outings and much more!!

And don’t forget …

Exhibit Hall:  Find new ideas to enhance your local programs.

Seminars:  Training sessions, how-to presentations or discussion groups.

District Tables:  Visit your district leaders… Tradeshow is your June roundtable!

Door Prize Mania: Prizes for visiting vendor and committee tables.

Boast and Brag Badges and Ribbons!

We’re on the web: and on Facebook at

For additional upcoming council or district activities, please visit the district website,

Great Scouting Stories– Do you have a great story to share showcasing Scouting and the great things your Scouts and adults accomplish in your community through Scouting (Cub Scouts/Boy Scouts/Venturing Crews)? We would love to hear and share the news at our roundtables! Please forward your stories to Marc Maratea,  [email protected]


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