Sussex District Bi-Weekly Newsletter-Week of June 6, 2018

Membership Roadshows – The Sussex District Membership Roadshow will be on Wednesday, June 13th from 7:00-8:30 pm at the Lafayette Fire House, 126 NJ Route 15 in Lafayette Township.  You can also attend any of the other five Roadshows between June 9th and August 20th (see attached flyer).  Roadshows will cover topics of Best Recruitment Practices, Lions Program, Family Scouting, new member coordinator, BeaScout and online applications.  Register at https://scoutingevent.com/358-Roadshow.  

 POPCORN

Michael Beck Sales Training
Thursday, June 14, 2018- 6PM
Birchwood Manor
111 N Jefferson Rd, Whippany, NJ 07981

This workshop is great for new kernels because it helps them get “acquainted” with show and sells and provide you the tools for a successful sale. It is so worth it! Most units who applied the learned new knowledge, doubled and tripled their numbers from the previous year. It is the best workshop out there to help develop an effective and profitable sale.
Everyone is invited. You can bring as many adult members of your unit as you want. Den leaders are recommended, but any parent or committee members are welcome. (It’s part of the new commission structure for 2018)
This is a no-charge event and we will be serving dinner beginning at 6pm.
To register, please click here.

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  Sussex Cub Scout Spring Family Camporee- June 1-3

The Sussex Cub Scout Spring Family Camping event was held at Camp Somers on the weekend of Jun 1-3.  The theme of the camp was “Fun and Games and Scouting. On Friday evening there was an astronomy presentation that allowed Scouts to see Jupiter and other celestial bodies through high power telescopes.  On Saturday Scouts enjoyed a variety of activities: fishing, archery, BB guns, bouldering wall, Pinewood Derby and other fun events.  There was an evening campfire at Council Point followed by a movie in the dining hall.  Approximately 240 Scouts, siblings and adults participated.  Darlene Kishpaugh and Dave Bork chaired the event. 

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Inaugural Patriots’ Path 5K Run/Walk

June 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:
http://runsignup.com/race/NJ/Bridgewater/PatriotFamily5KRunWalk
Please See attached flyer.

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 Silver Beaver Nominations Due June 30!

It is never too early to submit your nominations.
June 30th is the deadline for nominations for the Silver Beaver Award.  Please take the effort to nominate a most worthy volunteer.
Please note that anyone who has been nominated in the past and did not receive the award must be re-submitted.

The Silver Beaver Award is for distinguished and outstanding service to the youth of the Patriots’ Path Council.  It is the highest award the Patriots’ Path Council presents.
CLICK HERE FOR THE NOMINATION FORM:  Silver Beaver Award Nomination Forms (PDF) or (Word)

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Membership

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.   

Membership Roadshows – The Sussex District Membership Roadshow will be on Wednesday, June 13th from 7:00-8:30 pm at the Lafayette Fire House, 126 NJ Route 15 in Lafayette Township.  You can also attend any of the other five Roadshows between June 9th and August 20th (see attached flyer).  Roadshows will cover topics of Best Recruitment Practices, Lions Program, Family Scouting, new member coordinator, BeaScout and online applications.  Register at https://scoutingevent.com/358-Roadshow.  
 

Specialty Nights at Camp Wheeler – Cub Scouts and potential Cub Scouts can attend Specialty Nights at Camp Wheeler on any Wednesday from July 11th to August 8th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.  Come do archery, bb, aquatics, science & nature, fishing.  Invite your friends who might decide to join your pack.  Register at https://scoutingevent.com/358-CampWheelerSpecialtyNights2018.

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 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. 

 

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 Leader Specific Training- August 25, 2018 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at Cranford United Methodist Church in Cranford
https://scoutingevent.com/358-14080BALOO Training- Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation- Packs must have a BALOO trained leader on all campouts
September 15, 2018 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at Winnebago Scout Reservation Winter Lodge
https://scoutingevent.com/358-BALOO
More dates to be announced, stay tuned.

Boy Scouts- Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training
September 15, 2018 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at Cedar Knolls
https://scoutingevent.com/358-SMSpecficsIntroduction 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, and 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!
http://www.scouting.org/filestore/HealthSafety/pdf/680-001_AB.pdfCourses will take place every Wednesday during summer camp at Winnebago Scout Reservation, Rockaway, NJ, and every Thursday during summer camp at Camp Somers, MASR, Stanhope, NJ. 
To register and for more details go to  www.ppcbsa.org,
Go to “Programs”, and click on “Training”, then register for your date of choice.

Venturing Leader Trainings:
Consult the council training page for upcoming trainings.
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”
 

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.
OR
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]
Guide to Safe Scouting Updates
Important information was just released on the updated requirements on Safe Scouting and Youth Protection.

Adult Supervision:  Two registered adult leaders 21 years of age or over are required at all Scouting activities, including meetings. There must be a registered female adult leader over 21 in every unit serving females. A registered female adult leader over 21 must be present for any activity involving female youth. Notwithstanding the minimum leader requirements, age- and program-appropriate supervision must always be provided. All adults accompanying a Scouting unit who are present at the activity for 72 total hours or more must be registered as leaders. The 72 hours need not be consecutive
Link to access updated Guide to Safe Scouting:
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34416.pdfIf you have any questions on this update, contact Marc Maratea, unit service executive,
(973) 765-9322X240, or [email protected]

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. 

 

 

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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: https://ppcbsa.org/committees/youth-executive/venturing-exploring-xperience/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ppcvexcommittee/Google Group: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/venturing_exploringEmail:  [email protected]
SAVE THE DATES!!! The Venturing, Exploring Xperience Advisors Committee (VEX) will be hosting an Advisors Meeting on Saturday, September 15. Location and time to be confirmed soon, but will likely be Hopatcong State Park.   Meet the VEX Advisors Committee as we talk about what VEX has done over the last year and the journey we are looking to take with your crews and posts over the next year!

Sunday November 18th, 2pm VEX will be hosting a Youth AND Advisors Training Day. Scout Troops are more than welcome to send youth to become better leaders for your troops today, and better leaders for tomorrow! A VEX Youth meeting will take place after both training sessions and trainees are encouraged to stay for the meeting! An in- person Youth Protection Training will also be offered during the training day. Location: council service center, 1 Saddle Road, Cedar Knolls.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

Inaugural Patriots’ Path 5K Run/Walk
June 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:
http://runsignup.com/race/NJ/Bridgewater/PatriotFamily5KRunWalk
Please see attached flyer.

POPCORN
Michael Beck Sales Training
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Birchwood Manor
111 N Jefferson Rd, Whippany, NJ 07981

Sussex Trainings
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:
The Sussex roundtable will resume on September 6, 7:30 PM, at Wallkill Valley Regional HS  in Hamburg.
For additional upcoming council or district activities, please visit the district website,  https://ppcbsa.org/districts/sussex-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/Exploring)? We would love to hear and share the news at our roundtables! Please forward your stories to Marc Maratea,  [email protected]