In the Patriots’ Path Council, more than 15,000 Scouts in northern and central New Jersey count on Scouting to instill character, develop skills and leadership, and build resilience.
COVID-19 robbed our young people of their sense of control and connection to peers and mentors as schools, athletic organizations and community centers suspended programs. Yet, Scouting’s programs continued, with more than 70% of our packs and troops reporting they continued to engage in the Scouting program.
Our council developed its Scouting From Home program, which shifted meetings and programs to online forums. This spring, our Scouts worked safely on important community service projects, such as making protective masks and providing food for the less fortunate. This summer we launched the Patriots’ Path Outdoor Academy, which saw virtual merit badge participation from over 1,300 Scouts, and we are proud to report we safely ran a total of six fun sessions of day camp!
Our volunteers and staff have been organizing membership recruiting carnivals to welcome both new Scouts and to also reengage with our current members. They are also working hard to assist units with both live and virtual meeting strategies and resources so that we have a strong launch to our Scouting year this fall. Finally, we are finalizing plans to launch fall programs and activities at our camps here in New Jersey.
The Patriots’ Path Council has organized a COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund – Campaign For Scouting. The goal of the campaign is $1.7 million to be raised by December 31, 2020.
We know there are better days ahead, but we also know that without identifying sources of funding to bridge the gap, Scouting programs and services will not be delivered in the future at the same level as in the past.
Your support will help ensure that doesn’t happen!
For more information and how you can support the Relief Fund, please contact:
Joseph A. Gonnella – Patriots’ Path Council
[email protected] or 973.765.9322 x242