ATTENTION ALL UNITS
NEW ADULT AND YOUTH BSA APPLICATIONS NOW IN USE 

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.

A sudden request for environmental community service-please help save our Delaware River natural ecosystem:

Last week there was a truck accident on Route 80 in the Poconos where hundreds of thousands of plastic airsoft-like pellets ended up in the Delaware Watershed.  The environmental impact is potentially disastrous.

A local organization, Brodhead Chapter, Trout Unlimited, is organizing a cleanup this coming Saturday, April 14. Originally from the Poconos, my wife knows some of the members, and they are hopeful that they can get participation from Scouts and Scouters.  Being that it does affect the Delaware Water Gap, an area that I know that our troop has certainly made use of, I was asked if our council may be willing to send out the attached flier asking for volunteers. I do understand that this is very short notice, but the group is essentially trying to “rally the troops” quickly due to the seriousness of the event.

Thanks for any assistance you may be able to provide.

Gerry Serpico, Scoutmaster
Sussex District Troop 151, Cranberry Lake
[email protected]

2018 Unit Charters-Available For Pickup Now

If your unit has not yet received its 2018 charter packet, which includes the charter certificate to present to your charter organization, membership cards, rosters, and other important items, you may arrange for a representative to pick it up at the Cedar Knolls Scout Shop during normal business hours, Monday-Thursday, 9 am-7:30 pm, Friday, 9am-5pm, Saturday, 9am-3pm. Please sign the cover sheet, and leave the cover receipt sheet with the Scout Shop. Charter packets will also be distributed at the April roundtable. To confirm if your charter has not yet been picked up, contact Marc Maratea, unit service executive, at (973) 765-9322 X240, or [email protected]

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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 http://ppbsa.doubleknot.com/event/2357413. 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] 

 

Youth Fishing Challenge, Saturday, June 9thPacks and troops can use the NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Youth Fishing Challenge as a recruitment event.  This is a statewide “free fishing” day – no licenses required.  Black River district is hosting an event at Parks Lake, 73 Academy St. in Rockaway, 8:00 am – noon.  Boys & girls who join Scouting that day will receive a free fishing kit.  Register at https://tinyurl.com/myfishchallenge.  For information contact, [email protected], 973-765-9322 x229.  Prizes will be awarded!

Exploring Careers in Aviation – For young men and women, ages 14-20, who are interested in careers in aviation.  Aviation Explorer Post 523 will hold its first meeting, Wednesday, April 18th, at 6:00 pm, at DM Airports, 8 Airport Road, Morristown.  Future meetings will be on first and third Wednesday of each month.  For more information, contact Al Thomas, [email protected].  Space is limited.  Register at https://tinyurl.com/aviationexploring.

Teens Exploring Careers in Law – For young men and women, ages 14-20, who are interested in careers in law.  Explorer Post 22 will have its next meeting on Saturday, April 21st from 10:00 am to 11:45 am at 1 Saddle Road in Cedar Knolls.  Post 22 meets monthly.  Explorers hear from guest speakers who are experts in the field of law.  Our guest speaker on April 21st will be Jaimie B. Field, Esq. who will speak on how lawyers market and advertise their services.  How does a lawyer get business?  What are the limitations and ethical issues?  For more information, contact Al Thomas, [email protected].

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 Breakfast – on Saturday, April 7th, volunteers from packs, troops and crews attended a meeting to equip them to attract new members.  And some volunteers watched from home through Facebook Live.  Topics covered included Family Scouting, the Lions program for Cubs, the new member coordinator position for all unit committees, and setting BeAScout pins.  If you missed the breakfast, the sessions can be viewed at https://m.facebook.com/PPCMembershipResources/.  Or contact Black River VC of Membership Lance Laing, [email protected], or Black River Membership Chair Debbie Minenna, [email protected], or Membership Executive Al Thomas, [email protected].

Family Scouting –If you pack needs info on adding all-girl dens this fall, contact 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.  The decision ultimately rests with your charter organization but pack leadership needs to decide which course they prefer.

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 Lion 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 https://ppcbsa.org/wp-content/uploads/NMC-Polo-Shirt-Order-Form.pdf.  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.

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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
April 17, 2018 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm at Vermeule Community Center in North Plainfield
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
https://scoutingevent.com/358-14080

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

April 14, 2018 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at Watchung Reservation
April 21, 2018 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at Winnebago Scout Reservation
May 12, 2018 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at Cranford United Methodist Church
https://scoutingevent.com/358-BALOO

Boy Scouts- Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training
May 19, 2018 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at Pluckemin Presbyterian Church
https://scoutingevent.com/358-SMSpecfics

Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (IOLS)
Annual Health and Medical Record Parts A & B are required for this course!
http://www.scouting.org/filestore/HealthSafety/pdf/680-001_AB.pdf

April 6-8, 2018 from 6:00 pm to 2:30 pm at Winnebago Scout Reservation – Register here
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 https://ppcbsa.org/committees/training/

Important, useful online trainings are also available via my.scouting.org.  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 (https://my.scouting.org).  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 https://ppcbsa.org/youthprotection/ or contact Bill SanFilippo at 862-777- 2524 or [email protected]

REGISITER HERE: http://ppbsa.doubleknot.com/event/2348522.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

Parsippany Good Scout Awards Dinner

April 25, 2018 at the Knoll Country Club West – 12 Knoll Dr, Boonton, NJ 07005

Honorees:

Carlos Guzman Sedgefield Civic Association & Scout
Mo Abdelhadi Local Business Owner
Al Goldberg Emergency Management
Carol Tiesi Retired Educator and Volunteer
Adam Kandil Director for the Islamic Center for Morris County
Assemblywoman Betty Lou DeCroce New Jersey State Assemblywoman 26th Legislative District

POPCORN
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 

Fishawack trainings
Thursday, July 5 at 7pm
Montville Library 

Thursday, August 9 at 7pm
Stanley Congregational Church
Chatham 

Friends of Scouting(FOS)

If you haven’t done so, you still have time to participate in FOS and help Fishawack keep its Gold district status.

There is still time to reach your 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].

Summer Camp Early Bird Deadlines:

  • The Cub Scout early bird registration ends on April 22, 2018.  By registering early, you save $47.00 per Scout.
  • The Webelos Resident Camp early bird registration ends on April 22, 2018.  By registering early, you save $30.00 per Scout.
  • The Boy Scout early bird registration period ends April 30, 2018.  By registering early, you save $30.00 per Scout.

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: https://ppcbsa.org/program/tradeshow/ and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/999065180227295/?ti=cl

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ADDITIONAL UPCOMING DISTRICT AND COUNCIL EVENTS 

Fishawack District Roundtable-
Wednesday, May 2, Council Service Center, Cedar Knolls, 7:30-9 PM.

Fishawack Commissioners Meeting
Wednesday, May 2, Council Service Center, Cedar Knolls, 6:30-7:15 PM.

College of Commissioner Science: Saturday, April 14
Brooklawn Middle School, 250 Beachwood Rd, Parsippany
Open to all commissioners who want to improve and adjust their skills to provide more valuable service to our youth, units, and districts. Open to anyone not yet a commissioner, but interested in learning what commissioner service is all about.

Register at http://ppbsa.doubleknot.com/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2171313&OrgKey=716
Or council website www.ppcbsa.org, click on council calendar, April 14.

Fishawack Pinewood Derby Championship: April 21

The Fishawack Pinewood Derby championship will be held on April 21st at Alfred Vail School in Morris Plains.  The event will be open to pack winners (1-3 place by age group).  Cost to register is $5.00.  For more information contact Michael Loughman at 973-714-7308 or [email protected].   Registration for the Cub Scout PWD is open at www.ppcbsa.org on the Fishawack Calendar.

2018 Cub Scout Electives Extravaganza-Saturday, April 28

Winnebago Scout Reservation. A day of activities based on Cub Scout elective adventures. Registration and classes are now available through the council calendar at www.ppcbsa.org,

Or direct registration link https://scoutingevent.com/358-EE

Sure to be a fun day for all Cub Scouts to earn many adventure requirements in one day!
For more info, contact council advancement chair Michael Merritt,  [email protected]
https://ppcbsa.org/2018/01/20/black-river-spring-cub-family-camporee-may-18-20-2018/

Bring the whole family!

Fishawack Cub Scout Spring Camporee: May 4-5

The 2018 Fishawack District Spring Cub Scout “Cinco de Scouting” Family Camporee will be held the weekend of May 4-5 at Winnebago Scout Reservation.  The camporee will be about traditional Scout activities – fishing, shooting sports, nature activities, along with a bouldering wall, mini golf, batting cages and fun for all.  The camporee cost will be $18.50 with dinner and $10.00 W/O dinner.  The event is being chaired by Bob Davidson and Jim Danis.  For more information contact Michael Loughman at 973-714-7308 or [email protected].   Registration for the Cub Scout camporee is open at www.ppcbsa.org on the Fishawack Calendar. 

Wood Badge Course N5-358-18 at Winnebago Scout Reservation

May 18-20, 2018
June 9-11, 2018

Every Scout Deserves a Trained Leader!  The objective of a Wood Badge course is to demonstrate as practically as possible the Aims and Methods of Scouting allowing you to provide a program which will have a profound influence on the lives of young men and women.  You also will enjoy the fellowship of learning alongside many other volunteers and professional Scouters, and along the way have a great deal of fun!

Visit our website at www.N5-358-18.org If you have further questions, please feel free to contact us through the contact information provided on the website or email the Course Director, Marty Foy  [email protected]

AdVenturee 2018!

May 4-6, MASR, Camp Somers. The AdVenturee is a get together for Venturers. A weekend of fun activities, meeting other Venturers, and even completing requirements for the Ranger Award and Discovery, Pathfinder, and Summit Venturing awards. Activities include ATV, COPE, Archery, Shotgun, Mountain Biking, Night-time Rock Wall Climbing, Stargazing, and more.  Cost $45 per person. For more information, contact Chris Rozek, President, (862) 266- 1881, or [email protected]. Register at https://tinyurl.com/y7oxjbek

Or visit the council calendar at www.ppcbsa.org, (click on council calendar and go to May 4)

For additional upcoming council or district activities, please visit the council website, www.ppcbsa.org
Click on “calendar” or “districts/fishawack”  https://ppcbsa.org/districts/fishawack-district/ 

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]