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Reminder To All Troop 59 Parents

The Oct 17th deadline to return registration fees as detailed in Mr. DeGenaro’s Sept 18th email has passed.  It’s essential that we complete this process as soon as possible, so if you have not returned payment and your personal data sheet, please have these brought either the October 24th meeting, or the following one.

If you did not receive the personal information sheet, please respond to Mr. DeGenaro and he will send another out for your review; do not hesitate to contact Mr. DeGenaro with any questions or concerns.

Patrol Leader Council Meetings

The next Patrol Leader Council Meeting will be held on Wenesday, October 24th at 7:00 at First Presbyterian Church.

Meetings are scheduled monthly, on the last Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM, just prior to the weekly Troop meeting.  Please refer tothe Troop calendar, as the December and January PLC meetings will be moved up one week, to accomodate the holiday break as wel as preparation for the Klondike Derby.

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.