Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Cub Scouts & Friends Invited to Family Scouting Adventure Nights!

Time for the Whole Family to Experience Adventure this Summer! 

Ready for a summer evening of family fun?! Families are invited to attend one of four Family Scouting Adventure Nights at Camp Wheeler (Stanhope, NJ) or Watchung Cub Scout Day Camp (Watchung Reservation). 

Date #1 
Wednesday, 07-18-2018, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM 
Camp Wheeler, Aquatics 

Date #2 
Thursday, 07-26-18, 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM 
Watchung Day Camp, STEM & Campfire 

Date #3 
Wednesday, 08-01-2018, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM 
Camp Wheeler, BB and Archery Shooting Sports 

Date #4 
Thursday, 08-02-18, 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM 
Watchung Day Camp, BB /Archery Shooting Sports & Campfire 

Register Here: https://scoutingevent.com/358-FSJ . Prior registration is highly recommended. 

Children (ages 5-11) who are not Cub Scouts attend for free. Current Scouts are $5 each. Current Scouts who bring a friend not currently registered in a Cub Scout pack attend for free. Contact Bill SanFilippo, bill.sanfilippo@scouting.org for more information. 

For more information on Family Scouting, please visit: https://ppcbsa.org/membership/familyscouting/ or check us out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PPCMembershipResources/ 

Monday, June 4, 2018

Cool Activities to Get Youth Interested & Involved In Scouting!

There are many reasons why boys (and now girls!) decide that they want to participate in the Scouting program.  They may have been encouraged by their parents, expressed interest because they have friends in Scouting, or just wanted to become involved in a new activity.  But the biggest reason youth get into Scouting and stay in Scouting is because they want to have fun.  And, whether they are an 8 year-old Wolf or 14 year-old First Class Scout, a young person who isn’t having fun is not likely to stay in Scouting.  Thus, a major goal for every unit should be to plan “cool” activities that will get kids interested in Scouting and keep them interested in Scouting for years to come.
Camping overnights (the stereotypical Scouting trip) is an obvious activity that appeals to many, but it is certainly not the be-all and end-all of the program (and should not be!)  Outdoor activities, such as day hikes and fishing excursions, and indoor activities, such as a trip to a museum or rock-climbing facility are all great potential options.  Outings to sporting events can also be a big hit, and many of the professional and semi-professional local teams have special designated nights and/or group rates that make such outings more financially feasible.  Additionally, there are a myriad of events and activities available throughout the year at the council’s camps that are both great opportunities for fun and introduce young Scouts to the camps and get them excited about returning during the summertime.
Convincing boys and girls to join and remain in Scouting can sometimes be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be.  The best way to keep interest high and to keep Scouts (particularly younger Scouts) coming back for more is to plan a variety of fun activities that appeal to all the members of a pack or troop.  Ideas for specific activities to plan for your unit (like the Rutgers University Geology Museum and Jockey Hollow), and scheduled events at council camps, can be found on the council’s website (ppcbsa.org).  Scouting can provide so many positive benefits to boys and girls, but more than anything else, it should be fun!
A reminder to take these tips and make your recruitment events fun!  Free flyers and recruitment materials/ support is provided by the dollars donated to the Friends of Scouting campaign.  Take a look and order what’s provided to you at: https://ppcbsa.org/membership/currentmembers/resources/
Submitted By: Ryan O’Connor, Membership Committee Vice Chair

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Two Great Activities for Your New Scouts to Try This Spring!

The Patriots' Path Council is sponsoring two events for prospective families, brand new families, and current Scouting families!  The June 3rd Cub Academy Day and June 9th Fishing Tournament are bound to be great events to build off all the fun Scouting provides.

Cub Academy Day- June 3rd
If you like to challenge yourself, build adventure, go out on the lake, and catch a few fish, you’re invited to Cub Academy Day at MASR Camp Wheeler in Stanhope, New Jersey. The event is targeted to young females and males ages 6-11. Cub Academy Day will take place on Sunday, June 3rd from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the PPC Outdoor Academy (MASR Camp Wheeler) located at 750 Waterloo Rd., Stanhope, New Jersey.

Activities will include fishing, boating, nature hikes, field games, and more. Families will be able to tour the facility and learn about our Summer Day Camp and the many year-round programs at the PPC Outdoor Academy. The event is sponsored by the Patriots’ Path Council, Boy Scouts of America PPC Outdoor Academy.

The cost per child is $5, parents can attend at no cost. Participants are encouraged to bring a friend and register early.

To register, please visit https://scoutingevent.com/358-19196. For more information, please contact the PPC Outdoor Academy Director, Robert Davidson at robert.davidson@scouting.org or 973-765-9322 X266.

Youth Fishing Challenge– June 9th
Black River District will run a site for the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Youth Fishing Challenge.  We will be at Parks Lake in Rockaway on Saturday, June 9th from 8:00 am to noon.  This is a statewide “free fishing” day – no licenses required.  Encourage members of your pack or troop to attend and bring a friend.  Boys and girls who join Scouting that day will receive a free fishing kit. 

Register at https://tinyurl.com/myfishchallenge.  For information contact, al.thomas@scouting.org, 973-765-9322 x229. Prizes will be awarded!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

New Tool: Using Preschools to Recruit Lions

Passing the word to “Scout Me In!”  With the welcoming of kindergarten students and girls, we have so much new space to recruit from!  Check out one-way Sussex District tapped into a new market!

Sussex District hand delivered a cover letter with a Lions flyer to each of the 44 pre-schools in 21 towns within the district. 

These flyers are meant to spread the word that (1) our Lions program is open to all kindergarteners and (2) our Family Scouting program now allows girls to participate in the Cub Scout program. 

Flyers are to be further distributed by the schools to the parents of all boys and girls entering kindergarten in the fall.  These flyers are a follow-up to the letters sent out by Patriots’ Path Council earlier this year.  

Our flyers were well received and responses were very positive.

Free flyers and recruitment materials/ support is provided by the dollars donated to the Friends of Scouting campaign.  Take a look and order what’s provided to you at: https://ppcbsa.org/membership/currentmembers/resources/

Submitted By: Mary Comerford, Sussex District Membership Chair

Thursday, May 3, 2018

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, an 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 https://ppcbsa.org/membership/currentmembers/resources/

For questions or assistance with your recruitment efforts, please contact your membership team; Al Thomas at al.thomas@scouting.org for Black River, Fishawack, and Sussex Districts or Javier Juarez at Javier.juarez@scouting.org for Raritan Valley, Munsee, and Watching Mountain districts.