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SERV AWARDS- New Recognition Program for Community Service

Service to others has been the heart and soul of Scouting since William Boyce met up with the Unknown Scout in the London fog.  However, apart from the Eagle Award, individual Scouts are not properly recognized for their hours of service.

The Community Service Committee of the Patriots’ Path Council has established a whole new service awards program called SERV which will recognize all participants in council programs each year for their hours of public service performed as a Scout.

More Information

Application Form

BSA Introduces New Cyber Chip

Studies have shown that kids spend more than 7.5 hours (in average) using some kind of electronic device – and a good amount of that time is spent online.

That’s why the BSA has introduced the new Cyber Chip (alongside the more familiar Whittling and Totin’ Chips) in an effort to help keep Scouts safe while they are online, and just like those other chips, every Scout should earn the Cyber Chip and carry it with them.

To earn the Cyber Chip:

  1. Visit the BSA Cyber Chip Web site to find requirements organized by grade (1-3, 4-5, 6-8, and 9-12)
  2. Visit the NetSmartz Cyber Chip portal, designed specifically for the BSA

All Cyber Chips expire annually. Each Scout will need to “recharge” the chip by going back to the NetSmartz Recharge area.

A summary of the Cyber Chip can be found at

2012 WMD Camporee at Round Valley Youth Center

The permission form for the October 12-14, 2012 WMD Camporee, has been added to the Forms and Documents section of the Troop 59 site, at

Please complete this form, including participant’s and parent/guardian’s signatures, and return it to the Troop at the Court of Honor on October 10, in order to attend the Camporee. 

The cost for the Camporee registration and food is $30.00/person, which is also due at the Court of Honor.



UPDATED 10-03-2012:  In addition to merit badges, Den Chief training will now be offered at the Merit Badge Workshop!  Registration for the workshop will open on October 9, via the Patriots’ Path Council wen site.  Stay tuned for more details!

The Patriots’ Path Council Advancement Committee announces the 2012 Merit Badge Workshop: Saturday, November 17 at Brooklawn Middle School in Parsippany. The workshop will offer some of the most needed merit badges but also strive to introduce the Scouts to some of the newest merit badges too,  in a classroom environment.

Mark the date on your calendar, and follow the Signs Up! e-newsletter to be alerted to open registration.  For more information, click here for the flyer.

US Flag Donations and Retirement

The United States Code, Title 36, Chapter 10 (Section 176) states:

No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America; the flag should not be dipped to any person or thing. Regimental colors, State flags, and organization or institutional flags are to be dipped as a mark of honor.

(k) The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.

Accordingly, BSA Troop 59 regularly conducts flag retirement ceremonies, to properly dispose of used and worn out US flags.  We accept donations of flags, to the First Presbyterian Church, Central Avenue, Stirling.

The flag should be displayed, from sunrise to sunset, on all days when the weather permits, especially on:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Inauguration Day
  • Martin Luther King’s Birthday
  • Lincoln’s Birthday
  • Washington’s Birthday
  • Easter Sunday
  • Patriots Day, April 19
  • National Day of Prayer, the 1st Thursday of May
  • Mother’s Day
  • Armed Forces Day
  • Memorial Day (half-staff until noon)
  • Flag Day
  • Independence Day, July 4th
  • Labor Day
  • Constitution Day
  • Columbus Day, October 12th
  • Navy Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day
  • Election Days

and such other days as may be proclaimed by the President of the United States.  Also, the flag should be flown on State and Local Holidays.


2012 WM-RV Olympic Catapult Fall Camporee

The 2012 Watchung Mountain District Camporee will be taking place on October 12-14, at Round Valley Youth Center in Lebanon, NJ.  The themes for this year’s Camporee are Catapult Building/Competitions and the WMRV Olympics.

The event flyer can be found at, and the complete Camporee guide can be found at

Cost for registration for the event is $13/person before 9/28, and $18/person after that date; cost for Troop 59 food will be additional, and we will let the Troop know the exact amount at the October 3rd Troop meeting.

Scout Service Hours

Scouts are reminded that all Service Hours completed need to be entered into the Journey to Excellence site, for accurate tracking of the service performed for the benefit of our community.  Please remember to keep track of all hours, and provide them to the JTE coordinator at the weekly Troop meetings.

The Devin Donnelly Papp Memorial Scholarship

The Devin Donnelly Papp Memorial Scholarship is a $40,000 award ($10,000 per year) awarded annually to an active Patriots’ Path Council Boy Scout who has demonstrated leadership in the Boy Scouts of America and who has shown fine academic achievement on the secondary school level. The Boy Scouts of America, Patriots’ Path Council, Florham Park, NJ administers the scholarship.

The successful candidate must be an active Boy Scout from Patriot’s Path Council, complete a scholarship application and be accepted as a full time student to Albright College.

The completed application is submitted to the Scout Executive of Patriot’s Path Council no later than November 15th for the next fall term.

The scholarship is awarded upon entrance to Albright College. It is contingent upon the recipient studying full-time on campus, maintaining good academic standing and being active with the Albright College Volunteer Center.

Albright College is an excellent liberal arts school located on a 110-acre suburban campus in northeast Reading, PA. The college established the scholarship in memory of Devin to acknowledge his contributions to Albright as a student and to our community as a junior leader and Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts of America.

Application Form Available at

For further information, call Bob Papp at (908) 658-4049.

Den Chief Training Offered at University of Scouting

On-line registration for the Patriots’ Path Council University of Scouting is NOW OPEN!!!  The 2012 University of Scouting will be held on December 1 at the Randolph Middle School, in Randolph, NJ.

Information about Den Chief Training is available at

The University of Scouting also offers a full day of essential training for adult leaders – For an overall view of the list of courses being offered and brief descriptions of their content go to

To register for University of Scouting, go to

Winter Camping Tips

The following list of items are essential for winter camping:

  • a warmer than usual sleeping bag, or sleeping bag liner, or double your sleeping bag
  • long underwear
  • hiking boots with wool socks and possibly snow boots – NO COTTON SOCKS
  • air mattress
  • tent
  • additional insulation (layers) above and below the sleeping bag


If you know you will be on snow of 2-3 foot depth, carry a snow shovel to aid in fixing a tent space and digging out a kitchen trench. Dig a trench about 2 feet deep and 2 feet wide. Sit on one side of the trench (on a pad), place your feet in the trench , and use the other side as a table top.

Put on dry socks as soon as camp is set up. Socks that are wet from hiking will not keep your feet warm for long.

To make putting frozen boots on easier the next morning, open them as wide as possible when you take them off at night. That will keep them from freezing in a closed position.

Insulated booties with closed cell foam insoles will keep your feet warmer around camp than wearing your hiking boots.

Carry a closed cell foam pad to sit on in camp. Frozen ground or a shelter floor will quickly pull body heat out through your rear end. You can also use your sleeping pad to sit on.

An insulated coffee mug will keep hot drinks hot much longer than regular cups. Large insulated mugs can also be used for soups, etc at mealtime.

Keep plenty of hot drinks available as you sit around camp in the evening. The extra fluids are helpful and the heat is welcome. Limit alcohol intake as alcohol thins your blood and inhibits the body’s ability to warm itself.

Avoid caffeinated drinks before going to bed. They may keep you awake and will tend to send you to the bathroom in the middle of the night.

Snack before you go to bed so that your body will have enough fuel to generate heat during the long winter night.

Exercise for a few minutes before getting in your sleeping bag. This will warm up your body and make it easier to warm up a cold sleeping bag.


Increase the comfort range of your sleeping bag by putting it inside of a bivy sack. Other options include cloth liners, vapor barrier liners or space blanket bags, and doubling up bags. Vapor barrier liners should only be used in temperatures well below freezing. Doubling up bags should only be done if you still have enough room to be comfortable in the bag.

Always use a pad under your sleeping bag in the winter. Many people suggest two pads. Insulating yourself from the ground is more important than insulating yourself from the cold air.

Sleep with a stocking cap or toboggan or balaclava on your head to help hold in your body heat. Cinching up your mummy bag so that only your eyes, nose, and mouth are exposed is another way to hold in heat.

Don’t breathe inside your sleeping bag at night. Breathe through a stocking cap or bandana instead. Moisture from your breath will wet your sleeping bag and reduce its insulating ability.

Putting a bottle of warm water in the foot of your sleeping bag will help keep your feet warm during the night. Don’t forget to seal it well.

Putting a bottle of warm water in your boots will help keep them from freezing overnight. It helps if the boots are then put in a stuff sack instead of being left out in the open.

To keep your boots from freezing at night, put them in a stuff sack (you can use your sleeping bag stuff sack) and put them inside your sleeping bag at the foot of the bag. A long sleeping bag is helpful if you do this. You can also put the boots in a sack and place them between your sleeping bag and the pad underneath.

Do not attempt to dry large articles of clothing such as pants or a sweater in your sleeping bag overnight. Too much moisture in your sleeping bag will wet the bag insulation and make you cold.

Vent your tent as much as possible at night to reduce condensation on the inside of the tent walls. The few degrees of warmth trapped by a sealed up tent are not worth the trouble of wet clothes, sleeping bag, etc that result from the condensation.

Put sealed water bottles in your sleeping bag to keep them from freezing at night. You can also put them beside your sleeping bag, away from the tent wall, to keep them from freezing.


Stay warm longer in the morning by staying in the sleeping bag as long as possible while cooking breakfast, packing, etc. (Don’t use a stove in a tent.)

Warm up socks, clothes, etc before putting them on in the morning by pulling them into your sleeping bag a few minutes before you get out of the bag.

To prevent your feet from getting cold when you put on cold boots in the morning, remove the insoles and warm them up in your sleeping bag or inside your coat before putting your boots on.

Remove part of your insulation layer before starting to hike so that you don’t overheat. Hiking will produce heat that you don’t have while standing in camp, so you may feel cold after removing the insulation layer and before you start hiking. But as soon as you start hiking you will warm up.