Sussex District Bi-Weekly Newsletter-Week of May 7, 2018


Sussex Boy Scout Spring Camporee:
The Sussex Boy Scout Spring Catastrophe-O-Ree was held on the weekend of May 4-6 at Lodestar Park in Fredon. The Catastrophe-O-Ree centered on first aid and emergency response.  On Saturday morning each participating troop provided a training program to the other units on an aspect of first aid.  In the afternoon, a total of 13 local fire, EMS, search and rescue, NJ Forest Fire Service, ski patrol, Red Cross, Sussex County Fire Academy, and US Army medic units provided Scouts the opportunity to see their vehicles and equipment up close and work with rescue tools.  A highlight of the day was the arrival of the Atlantic One helicopter on the camporee grounds.  Approximately 100 Scouts and adult leaders enjoyed a great event.   Dave DiPietro and Gary Carlson chaired the event.

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. Contact Darlene at [email protected];  or Dave at [email protected]

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 – 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.

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 chartered organization executive officer, chartered 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.

Prepare for Fall Recruiting – Save the date.  Sussex’s membership team will hold a Membership Roadshow on June 13 from 7:00-8:30 pm, location TBA.   Everything you need for successful recruitment will be covered including Family Scouting, Lions, new member coordinator and recruitment best practices.

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 Membership Executive Al Thomas, [email protected].

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, Bedminster

Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (IOLS)

This course is for Scoutmasters, assistant Scoutmasters, junior assistant Scoutmasters, Webelos den leaders& assistants, Arrow of Light den leaders & assistants, committee members. This course is required to be a position trained Scoutmaster or assistant Scoutmaster. It is recommended for den leaders to enhance the outdoor program for their dens.
Annual Health and Medical Record Parts A & B are required for this course!

Courses will take place every Wednesday during summer camp at Winnebago Scout Reservation and every Thursday during summer camp at Camp Somers, MASR. To register and for more details go to Go to “Programs”, and click on “Training”, then register for your date of choice.

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-as of April 30
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. 
Please see important updated attached letter from our council YP committee chair and Scout Executive.

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)-  Winnebago Scout Reservation
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 and crews. It is fun, challenging, and informative. The NYLT course centers on the concepts of what a leader must BE, what a leader must KNOW, and what a leader must DO.  NYLT is a seven day course, or two weekends in late fall.

Who may attend?
Registered Boy Scouts 13 years of age or completed the 7th grade, until 18 years of age that have obtained First Class.
Registered Venturers 14 years of age, or completed the 8th grade, until 21 years of age.
Choice of course dates:
July 1-July 7, 2018
August 12-18, 2018
Weekends of November 9-11 and November 16-18 (must attend both weekends)

Registration details available at www.ppcnylt.orgContact Andrew Joiner, NYLT Staff Advisor,  [email protected] or
George Hemenetz, NYLT Course Director,  [email protected]


What is VEX???
Patriots’ Path Council has formed its very own VOA-like structure called the VEX (Venturing Exploring Experience)! VOA is an acronym for Venturing Officer Association. The purpose of VEX is to support Venturing, Exploring, and Sea Scouting on a council level. By adapting the traditional VOA structure to support Sea Scouting and Exploring as well, we hope to use the VEX to grow and support the older youth programs within our council.

Our meetings will be the third Sunday of the month, 6PM, at the council service center. We will be planning some exciting events and would like input from the youth in the council. Please pass this information on to the youth in your unit.

For more detailed information on VEX activities, contacts, and resources, please go to our websites:
Vex website: Group:!forum/venturing_exploringEmail:  [email protected]


Inaugural Patriots’ Path 5K Run/Walk
July 16, Duke Island Park, Bridgewater
Please join us for our inaugural Patriots’ Path 5K Run/Walk. This will be a fun event for the whole family. Invite your friends to participate with you.
Registration check in opens 8 AM
Race time 9:30AM
Race Awards 10:30 AM
Participation donation:
Runner: $30 (includes event tee shirt, timing bib)
Walker: $20 (includes event tee shirt)
Family (3 or more): $75 (includes event tee shirt, timing bib(s) for runners)

Race information and runner/walker/family registration at:
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].

Additional Upcoming Important District and Council Dates:

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

Please note there is no district sponsored roundtable in June. The Tradeshow of Scouting(above) on June 4, a council wide event, will serve as our roundtable for all districts. The Sussex roundtable will resume on September 6.

District Operating Committee Meeting (All are welcome to attend)

Thursday, May 17, 7:00 PM, Sparta First Presbyterian Church

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/Exploring)? 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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