RV path jpg 2015Raritan Valley District

Welcome to the Raritan Valley District Website, serving the communities of: Bound Brook, Bradley Gardens, Branchburg, Bridgewater, Dunellen, Edison, Finderne, Flagtown, Franklin, Franklin Park, Green Brook, Griggstown, Highland Park, Hillsborough, Lamington, Manville, Martinsville, Metuchen, Middlesex, New Brunswick, Neshanic, Neshanic Station, North Branch, Piscataway, Plainfield, Pluckemin, Princeton, Raritan, Somerset, Somerville, South Bound Brook, South Branch, and South Plainfield.

Raritan Valley Event Registrations and News:

Raritan Valley District Roundtable

will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 18th

Somerville Middle School

51 West Cliff Street, Somerville, NJ 08876

Friends of Scouting News Update will be featured!

Re-Charter Workshop – 8 p.m.

Drop-Off Sites for Re-Charters




2017 Recharter Drop-Off Schedule

Schedule is tentative…..Please pay attention for additional dates

Wednesday 10/18: RV RT: Somerville Middle School, 51 W Cliff St., Somerville, 7:30pm

Wednesday 11/1: RV DOC: Plukemin Presbyterian Church, 279 US-202, Pluckemin, 7:30pm

Saturday 11/4: RV 1st Responder: Bound Brook Presbyterian Church, 409 Mountain Ave,

Thursday 11/9: Mountainside Scout Shop, 1130 Rt. 22 West, Mountainside, 6-7pm

Wednesday 11/15: RV RT: Somerville Middle School, 51 W Cliff St., Somerville, 7:30pm

Tuesday 11/21-Deadline! Mountainside Scout Shop, 1130 Rt. 22 West, Mountainside, NJ, 4:00-7:00pm

Charters are due Tuesday, 11/21!

If you have any questions about the process please reach out to your unit commissioner, district commissioner, or district executive.


A great way to stay connected to everything popcorn and make the most of your unit’s 2017 Popcorn Sale

Popcorn Website – see for all updates!

If you sell $750 or more in popcorn in Fall 2017* you will get an Air Hunter Z-Curve Bow or a Multi-Tool with case and $25.00 in Scout bucks from Patriots’ Path Council

*You can combine online, take order and show and sell sales. Supporting documentation and registration form will be required. Subject to availability, maybe substituted as necessary. See details on flyer.


Cub Scouts who sell $1500 and Boy Scouts who sell $1700 can earn a FREE WEEK AT CAMP!


Free week at camp is for PPC camps only and does not include Sabattis Treks and BSA high adventure experiences. Camp COLEY is also not included. You can combine online, take order and show and sell sales. Supporting documentation and registration form will be required. See details on flyer.

Cub Scouts who sell $1500 and Boy Scouts who sell $1700 can earn a FREE WEEK AT CAMP!

Free week at camp is for PPC camps only and does not include Sabattis Treks and BSA high adventure experiences. Camp COLEY is also not included. You can combine online, take order and show and sell sales. Supporting documentation and registration form will be required. See details on flyer.


Selling Tips for Scouts and Units


  • Encourage your Scouts to try selling to the businesses in your town
  • Have Scouts try selling door to door in an office building
  • Sell online!



  • Sell in front of a large office building on Friday, when everyone is leaving work. You can post a sign in the lobby when you will be there
  • Sell in front of a store on a busy “Main Street” – not to catch those stores’ customers, but anybody walking past.
  • Sell at a favorite breakfast places on Saturday / Sunday morning.



October 2: Last date to qualify for the Friends of Scouting “Fair Share” commission

October 12: 50% RETAIL Show & Sell payment due in office

October 25: Take Order sale and Prize orders due online

October 26: Home Delivery sign-up sheets due in office (No grace period)

October 29: Last day to return used Show & Sell popcorn

    Welcome to the Boy Scout Roundtable Resource Site of the Raritan Valley District of Patriots Path Council (358) at http://rvd.scoutlander.com

Click on the above link to access the Roundtable Resource Website.

Our goal will be to provide information and resources to Scout leaders, both youth and adult, that will help them to run an instructive and fun program for their Scouts.  We shall seek to provide information, resources, and suggestions on how to use them to teach and inform others.  We are nominally calling ourselves “Troop 1” because we hope that we can become a primary source of help for your Troop.  Suggestions on how to improve our service are always welcome through the “Contact Our Troop” link above.

A general introduction to our Roundtable process may be found by clicking on the folder “September 2017,” in the left margin.

Our September 2017 Roundtable will be 7:30-9:00 PM, Wednesday, September 6, at the Somerville Middle School, 51 West Cliff Street, Somerville, NJ.  After that meeting, Roundtable dates will shift to the third Wednesday evening each month, unless noted otherwise.




Leave No Trace Training – October 25-27, 2017

For additional trainings see the Council Calendar







The following is a listing of requested Eagle Projects

Contact: Audrey Hertzberg, CTRS, Life Enrichment Director, ABINGDON CARE & REHABILITATION CENTER

303 Rock Avenue, Green Brook, NJ 08812  732-968-5500 Ext. 45216
  1. A  4 x 6 foot table that is wheelchair height (36”) so that we could build a slot car race track on it.  I have a Hobby Shop near me and identified the track that I want, but I need an appropriate space to build it on.
  2. Recreate a gardening area on our back patio.  In addition to disassembling the current raised garden beds, where the wood is rotting, I want to have it raked out and have wheelchair height garden boxes built along the patio area, which would be more functional.

Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage, 71 Somerset Street, Somerville, NJ 08876  908-725-1015

Contact: Hillary Murtha, Ph.D   e-mail:  [email protected]


The curator, who recently left, designed a Colonial garden space behind the 1751 Old Dutch Parsonage historic site; unfortunately, it was a very ambitious project that never reached its potential. The space is now seriously overgrown with weeds, and a handful of saplings are springing up, too. Would need to have someone dig out the saplings before they mature further. Eventually the entire space needs to be cleared, but I think this would require repeated efforts. I’d love to hear if there is a scout troop, or more than one scout troop, interested in taking the project on (that is, just clearing the space, not actually planting or maintaining the garden). Besides the garden area, there is a very small graveyard on the site (only about 6′ square, at a guess) that also needs clearing. I can provide an educational element to any scout project by explaining the features of colonial gardens, and why this one is designed to look the way it does (minus wild undergrowth!)


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September, 2017

The council’s new structure will increase the number of professional staff, and significantly change the organization and roles of our professional Scouters.  It will also change who our volunteers go to for support, depending on the function.

The team of professionals serving the districts will include a professional executive who will be the subject matter expert in a specific area – development, membership, program, and unit service.  The role of the membership executive is to be responsible for the effective organization and operation of all youth recruiting related functions, such as; boy talks, recruiting drives, for all the districts in the service area.

It’s a pleasure to introduce the two membership executives for Patriots’ Path Council:

Serving the districts of Black River, Fishawack, and Sussex will be Al Thomas.

  • Al joined our professional staff as a district executive in 2006.  He grew up in Brooklyn, where he was a Boy Scout for only 3 months when the troop disbanded.  Al returned to Scouting as soon as his son Tristan was old enough to join Cub Scouts.  He served as an assistant den leader in Pack 6 and later as an assistant Scoutmaster in Troop 8.  He was one of the advisors on a Philmont trek in 2011.  As a professional, Al was Sussex District executive from 2007-2010 and has been Fishawack District executive since then.  He has been the staff advisor to the Advancement Committee, Friends of Scouting Committee and Community Service Committee.

Serving the districts of Munsee, Raritan Valley, and Watchung Mountain will be Javier Juarez.

  • Javier has been a Scout all his life. He is the youngest of 4. He is an Eagle Scout from Troop 42 in San Juan, and is a member of the Order of the Arrow. He’s been a volunteer in the Puerto Rico council serving as a unit commissioner, district training committee member, and assistant Scoutmaster. He also served on the Wood Badge staff in two courses. Javier has a master’s and a bachelor’s degree in graphic design.

There will be questions, concerns and bumps along the way as we work to implement and refine this significant change.  As we proceed on this journey to excellence in our Scouting program, we welcome your input and appreciate your patience.

Additional details regarding this change will be communicated to you in the coming months through the council’s “Sign’s Up” e-newsletter, monthly round-tables and the website https://ppcbsa.org/districts/district-structure-2017/.  If you have any questions, please email Mark Spaldo at [email protected].

commissioners, and nominations, publicity and health and safety committee chairmen.

Contact Us

Field Director
Art Lobdell
(973) 765-9322 x228

District Chair
Hamilton Slye

District Commissioner
Karen Gough

District Roundtable


Cub Scout and Boy Scout Roundtables are held at 7:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month at the Somerville Middle School: 51 West Cliff Street, Somerville, NJ 08876.


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Many Thanks to All Our Scouts & Volunteers!