Friday, March 23, 2018

Using Social Media to Market Your Unit!

Here are some points on how to better market your unit through social media and the local press.

1.     Get Permission: There are permission release forms for parents to sign off in order for any child to be shown in any media.  Please be sure to have these signed annually by all Scouts.
a.     Action to include this release form with all parents that join Scouts.
b.     Those that opt out and don’t want their kid shown in anything we will have to know upfront and ensure all leaders are aware of this so we don’t accidentally share their kids’ image.

2.     Showcase Your Events: We can call News 12 to attend our bonfire event, Pinewood derby, Earth Day events, FOR SURE. If we go to the Battleship overnight, or any Cubelos type busy event… we should get some coverage of that.
a.     Outside of attending these events, we can collect all our pictures and use some of the templates in the manual you attached to write up press releases. Usually a quick 1-page summary will do the trick!

3.     Media Potential: Upload all your event summaries to the online paper sites and more!
                a.     Show and explain all the main benefits of Scouting life etc. Especially emphasizing the
          family camping and girls joining.
b.     Ask for all dens to take photos of each event they do together to create a file for each. This way, we have data to pick from when we are finalizing media articles for the newspaper, or blog for our Scouts.  This should be something that caters to the public.

4.     Engage the Community: We need to find some opportunities for the Scouts to interact with community members so we can have articles about “good turns” being done and what our boys/girls are contributing to the towns where they live.
a.     Have a drive for soldier care packages and have pictures taken and an article written up for the news to show, or to attend as the kids are putting them together.  We can have it be pack activity. “Assembly line of kids on tables” putting fun stuff in boxes for them, some kids taping them up, some kids writing addresses on boxes; visually seeing kids doing something in their community.
b.     Have Scouts participate in some sort of leadership activity at their own school or other social activity. Kids like to be involved in social issues and have their voices heard. Talk to the boys and girls about what they can do to make their school and community a better place, and what ideas they may have as mini projects to assist the teachers or others in some small community minded activity. Again, have us write up an article with pictures, and QUOTES from the kids and adults involved.

Thanks to Javier Juarez and Holly for contributing to this article.

Official NMC Uniform Shirts Available for Trainee New Member Coordinators!

That's right!  You can now purchase your official New Member Coordinator (NMC) polo uniform shirt.  The council is selling the shirts through the membership committee.

As it states in the NMC training, the official uniform shirt for the volunteer service in this position is the polo shirt.  This allows for a more friendly and open welcoming to families at a recruitment event.

To purchase a shirt, please find the order form here:

Sustaining strong membership in a unit depends not only on having new members join the unit, but also on engaging youth and their families in the unit experiences so that they feel Welcomed and want to stay. The role of the New Member Coordinator is to ensure that both keys to success take place.

For more information contact the council membership chair, John Cristadoro at or your membership executive.

Can Girls Attend a Patriots’ Path Council Summer Camp?

Summer Camp Fun for Girls!!
Patriots’ Path Council is proud to offer numerous summer day camp, evening camp, and overnight camp options for girls entering grades 2 - 5 in the fall. Your child does not have to be a Scout to register for Cub Scout day camp, evening camps, or Camp COLEY. All our camps emphasize fun, learning, and adventure in a safe environment. Our camps are nationally accredited and inspected by local, state, and national organizations. The staff are fully trained and background checked. Lifeguards are certified, and camps have an on-site, state certified, EMT or RN.             
Our summer day camps are conveniently located in Mountainside, NJ and Stanhope, NJ. Both locations welcome girls and boys  entering grades 2-5 in the fall. Camp runs for six weeks from July 2 through August 10 and offers outstanding activities for a full day of fun, learning, and adventure. Our campers are divided into small, well-supervised groups. Free busing is provided from many locations in the surrounding counties and we are working with local businesses to bring more bus stops to locations where parents work. If you work for a company that would be interested in this service, give Keith a call at 973-765-9322, ext. 412.

For families who are looking for evening camp adventures, we offer two programs at our Stanhope, NJ location.
Twilight Camp is designed for boys and girls entering kindergarten and first grade in the fall, and their parent. Each session runs for 4 days (except for July 4 week) from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm with a different activity each evening. Activities include aquatics, shooting sports, nature and the weekly family campfire.
Specialty Camp is an awesome evening adventure running on Wednesdays from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The camp is open to all boys and girls ages 5-11 and their parent. Activities include aquatics, shooting sports, and nature.

Webelos Resident Camp is an overnight camp experience for Webelos and their parents or adult leaders. The program is held at Winnebago Scout Reservation in Rockaway, NJ and gives each Webelos Scout an opportunity to start working on adventures or activity badges, to learn more about the world we live in, and to develop a greater appreciation for the outdoors. Webelos Resident Camp is not only an amazing bonding adventure for parents and their Scout, we also have special activities for parents! This will be an experience you will never forget.
Join us for one or both of our 4 days/3-night sessions. Camp takes place Sun 8/5 to Wed 8/8 and Wed 8/8 to Sat 8/11. Special Wednesday activities are available for those staying for the full week.
Camp COLEY is a one-week, co-ed, resident camp open to all boys and girls entering grades 3-12. Camp COLEY takes place August 5 - 12, 2018 at Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation in Stanhope, NJ and will have their annual Open House on April 21, 2018.
For more information on any of our camps, please visit or give us a call 973-765-9322.
Summer day and evening camps:  
Webelos Resident Camp:

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Watch LIVE! The 2018 Spring Membership Breakfast

Join the Patriots' Path Council Membership Committee to learn about the latest membership updates at our breakfast to be held at PPC Service Center on April 7, 2018 at 8:00 A.M.  

Hear the latest in membership: The new member coordinator position for all unit committees, Family Scouting, and the Lions program for Cubs. The event is free and includes a free breakfast.
Can't make it to the service center?  Register and watch it Live on Facebook.  It will be streamed at
Find out about the latest in recruitment resources. Be sure to invite your new member coordinator and pack leadership.
For more information contact John Cristadoro, membership chairman, at or Bill SanFilippo at 973-765-9322 x227.