WESTFIELD, NJ – On Friday, August 10, 2018 students at the Westlake School in Westfield participated in their annual Cub Scout Pinewood Derby. A Scouting volunteer group known as The Flintlocks cuts the traditional wood block Pinewood Derby kits into car shapes that the Westlake Students decorate and race on a hand-made track.

Patriots’ Path Council of the Boy Scouts of America has partnered with the Union County Educational Services Commission for over 5 years to provide Scouting programs to special needs youth in Union County at The Crossroads School (Pack 45) and The Westlake School (Troop 1571), both in Westfield. The Westfield United Fund sponsors the program and pays for the students’ registration and material costs.

During the school year, Troop 1571 at Westlake School is led by school social worker Daniel Balassone who enjoys using Scouting to give his students enrichment activities that they may not be able to participate in outside of a school setting. The troop holds regular meetings every two weeks during school hours.

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For more information about Special Needs Scouting in our area, please contact Program Executive Will Adams at will.adams@scouting.org or 973-765-9322 x234. To join Cub Scouts or Scouts BSA in your school please visit BeAScout.org

About Patriots’ Path Council

The Patriots’ Path Council, Boy Scouts of America (Council #358), is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preparing young people to make ethical choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of good character, citizenship and personal fitness. Each year, the council serves more than 16,000 youth members and 5,000 leaders in the counties of Morris, Somerset, Sussex, Union and parts of Middlesex, New Jersey. Some 400 local organizations have a Cub Scout pack, Boy Scout troop, Venturing crew, Varsity team or Explorer post as a part of their service to youth.