WESTFIELD, NJ — On Friday, July 27, students at the Crossroads School in Westfield participated in their annual “Raingutter Regatta,” the school’s summer version of their annual Cub Scout Pinewood Derby. In a raingutter regatta two students race handmade sail boats down a narrow channel, whoever reaches the end of the channel first is the winner. The students can decorate and name their boats before the race.

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.

Pack 45 at Crossroads school is led by school social worker, Ms. Elaine Liggeri, who enjoys using Scouting to give her students enrichment activities that they may not be able to participate in outside of a school setting. The pack will have its annual Pinewood Derby next winter.

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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

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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 16,500 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 Exploring post as a part of their service to youth.