Mary Lynne Capen Retirement Celebration

Please join us to celebrate Mary Lynne’s 25 year career with the Boy Scouts of America. Mary Lynne joined the Morris-Sussex Area Council in March 1993 as an assistant registrar. In 1994 More »

Spread the Word About Philmont Family Adventure

This summer, choose the ultimate family vacation. Choose Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico and skip the crowds, long lines, and expensive ticket prices. Philmont Family Adventure, new for 2018, gives families More »

3rd Annual Elective Extravaganza!

Saturday, April 28, 2018, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Winnebago Scout Reservation 102 Timberbrook Road, Rockaway, NJ 07866 NEW THIS YEAR: Condensed Tiger schedule   Check in starts at 8:00 am     Opening More »

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 More »

New Youth Protection Program Letter

March 1, 2018 To all Patriots’ Path Council families; In Scouting, our first obligation is to provide a safe environment for our youth.  As an organization, we are committed to continuous improvement.  More »

2019 Re-Charter Reminder

Hello Patriots’ Path Council Units, During the week of September 3, 2018: The committee chairperson and your unit leader (Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Venture Crew Advisor, and Skipper) will have received an email regarding the 2019 re-charter. Much like last year, this email included your unique access code and links to all the information needed to re-charter

2019 FRIENDS OF SCOUTING KICKOFFS

What is Friends of Scouting? What are the details of the 2019 FOS Campaign? Register today to attend an up-coming kickoff.  Register Today:  http://ppcbsa.link/2019kickoffs  Please send your Unit FOS Chair and Unit Committee Chair as well as other volunteers to a FOS Kickoff. District Committee Members, Unit Committee Members and FOS Presenters are also requested

Scoutbook Subscriptions will be free starting January 1, 2019

As released by the national office, August 31, 2018. In an effort to drive program consistency and deeper engagement with out youth and leaders, Boy Scouts of America is pleased to announce that effective January 1, 2019, Scoutbook subscriptions will be free to all BSA units. Scoutboook (https://www.scoutbook.com) is an online unit management tool that

Ordering Materials for Cub Scout Recruitment

The form for ordering Cub Scout Recruitment Materials is at https://ppcbsa.org/wp-content/uploads/Fall-2018-Cub-Recruitment-Materials-Order-Form.pdf   It has pictures of the flyers that are currently available.  You can also order lawn signs, posters, on boarding envelopes, etc.  All materials are free, paid for by Friends of Scouting donations.  The form can be faxed to 973-267-3406 or scan it/send a

The Time to Complete YPT 2.0 Is Now!

Even those Scout leaders who took the previous version of Youth Protection training must log into My.Scouting.org and complete the updated Youth Protection course before October 1, 2018. Don’t wait. A rush closer to the deadline could slow down the system as many Scouters try to complete their training during this busy season. Do not delay. Take YPT

Meet Your Membership Support Team

Ever wonder what some of the most successful Cub Scout packs and Boy Scout troops are doing to keep their Scouts in Scouting (Retention) and bring in new Scouts (Growth)? You might be surprised to know that along with the many thousands of volunteers just like you in the Boys Scouts of America, Patriots’ Path

Special Recognitions

The Patriots’ Path Council will be recognizing Scouters for their service to our Hispanic, Asian and low income youth members. The recognitions are listed below. Nominations should be submitted by October 15, 2018 The awards will be presented at the council annual meeting dinner. Vale La Pena Award – The purpose of the ¡Scouting …

Eagle Scout Parent Reception

Dear Eagle Scout Parents, We are inviting you to our new Eagle Scout Parent Reception on Monday, October 29,  2018, 7:00 p.m. at our council service center, 1 Saddle Road, Cedar Knolls, NJ. The purpose of the reception is to inform you of the many Eagle Scout scholarship opportunities available and the application process. Attending

Vehicle Donation

Do you have a vehicle you would possibly like to donate to Scouting? If you please contact Insurance Auction Auto- 1-877-577-1Car. Let them know you wish to donate the car with the proceeds going to the Patriot’s Path Council. They will pick up the car from the place you indicate.

Merit Badge Intro Workshop and Den Chief Training

Saturday, November 3, 2018, Brooklawn Middle School, 250 Beachwood Road at Route 202, Parsippany NJ. The purpose of the workshop is to introduce badges to the Scouts and to help them understand the merit badge process.  For most of the merit badges, Scouts will obtain a “partial” but will not be able to complete the merit badge at

Membership Road Show Update

Membership Road Shows – A recording of the Black River District Membership Road Show is posted at https://www.facebook.com/ppcbsa/videos/403215673538720/.  Technical difficulties limited how much we got on camera but our presenters gave a wealth of information about Best Recruitment Practices, Family Scouting, Lions, and New Member Coordinator.  On the recording, the different topics begin: New Member

Updated YPT Letter – Fall 2018

Walk to End Alzheimer’s 2018

Our Essex-Hudson-Union walk will be held on Saturday September 29th at the South Mountain Rec Complex- Clipper Pavilion in West Orange, which is probably the closest to you but there are several walks to chose from. We would love to see the younger generation get involved in the cause and should they chose to fundraise

2019 RE-CHARTER SEASON IS ALMOST UPON US

Hello Patriots’ Path Council Units,   During the week of September 3, 2018: The unit leader (Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Advisor, or Skipper) and your committee chairperson will receive an email regarding the 2019 re-charter. Much like last year, this email will include your unique access code and links to all the information needed to re-charter your

Fall Good Scout Events and Popcorn Sale

The following Good Scout events are currently scheduled to take place this fall.   Long Valley/Mt.Olive/Mendham Good Scout Awards Dinner The Chandelier in Flanders Valley October 18, 2018 – 7pm Confirmed honorees: Jim Maguire, Matt Morello, Ray Chimileski, Richard P. Diegnan   *Montville Good Scout Awards Dinner The Hanover Manor October 25, 2018 – 7pm

KEY STEPS TO PREPARE FOR A SUCCESSFUL FALL RECRUITMENT

There are a variety of steps that can boost your fall recruitment. The attached “Back Dated Steps for Fall Recruiting” lists these steps and back dates them based on the date of your fall recruitment event. But nothing can be promoted until the date, time and location of your event is confirmed. Some organizations are

Specialized Training for Incoming Youth Leaders for 2019 Start-Up Troops

October 26 – 28, 2019 Specialized Training for Incoming Youth Leaders for 2019 Start-Up Troops   Come on out and learn some of the basics of the Scouts BSA program (the new name for the Boy Scout program starting February 1, 2019). This course will show new Scouts what being in Scouts BSA is all

Official Pinewood Derby Car Kit in Gift Wrapped Packaging

Back for the 2018 holidays, the Official Pinewood Derby Car Gift Package. Pre-order yours now to ensure that you have them to give out this season. All orders must be in by September 15, 2018 and paid in full at time of ordering. Quantities are limited; therefore, orders will be fulfilled as they are received.

Scouts, Skiing, & Shawnee Mountain

Shawnee Mountain is planning for winter, are you? We have Scout-friendly 1-day ski/snowboard, snow tubing, budget-conscious overnight pkgs & 2 special Scout events: Super Scout Sunday (2/3/19) & Scout Weekend (3/9 – 3/10/19). Click Here for more information.

Upcoming Den Chief Training Classes

All Scouts who will definitely, probably, or even possibly be serving as den chiefs this coming school year need to complete Den Chief Training. Besides learning themselves how to be quality den chiefs, they also receive information to bring to their den leaders on how they are to work with a den chief. Patriots’ Path

Legal Eagle Event

On Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at 6:00 pm in conjunction with the Patriots’ Path Council, Boy Scouts of America, Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC will be hosting a “Legal Eagles” reception for Eagle Scout attorneys in northern and central New Jersey. The reception will take place at the offices of Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC

OPPORTUNITIES FOR EAGLE SCOUTS AND NESA COMMITTEES

NESA SCHOLARSHIP WINDOW NOW OPEN If you are an Eagle Scout looking for scholarships for post-secondary education (including vocational trade schools), the NESA scholarship window is now open. You must review the NESA Scholarship webpage prior to applying. The link to the scholarship application is in the  “HOW TO APPLY” section of the NESA Scholarship webpage (Eagle Scouts will

New BALOO Training Program!

What is it?  The new BALOO training program is an overnight curriculum (1.5 days) presenting BSA’s Cub Scout level camping policies along with instruction on basic camping skills.  The intent of the program is to enable Cub Scout adult leaders to plan and conduct a safe, exciting and fun overnight camping experience for their pack. 

Westfield Special Needs Students Participate in Scout Regatta

WESTFIELD, NJ – August 2, 2018—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

Popcorn Update!

We have begun our Popcorn Kickoffs for the 2018 sale. Over 40 units participated in our Micheal Beck training on June 14. The following trainings are being offered for the remainder of the summer. New this year we are requiring two leaders (the kernel and one other adult volunteer) to be trained in order for

Have Some Down Time This Summer? Update Your BeAScout Pin!

It’s so important to have an up to date BeAScout pin for your unit.  Why? Well, we run media ads, promotions, and direct interested families to this centralized website. New families want to know the latest and greatest about your unit.   It’s also important to check to see what genders your pack is serving. 

Membership Event Updates

Membership Road Shows – Our Membership Road Shows will prepare each pack to succeed in fall recruitment.  There are two remaining road shows this summer (August 18 in Somerset and August 20 in Succasunna).  Road shows will cover topics of Best Recruitment Practices, Lions Program, Family Scouting, New Member Coordinator, BeaScout and Online Applications.  Register

Is Your Post Recruiting for Exploring at Your Local National Night Out?

You may not be thinking about recruitment, but there’s a great opportunity if your community is hosting a national night out this summer on Tuesday, August 7th.   Sponsor a table, host an activity, spread the word with the community about why Exploring is such a cool program!   For free Exploring resources and recruitment

Security Career Opportunity – Seeking Star Scouts and Above

Learn a trade in a local community business.  Maffey’s Security Group based in Elizabeth and serving the region is seeking well qualified individuals to start as interns to advance into career positions.  Currently two Eagle Scouts are apprenticing.  Contact Andy Maffey for details today at  908-351-1172.

Yo Ho Ho and a Bucket of Fun

Pirates of the Caribbean was the theme for the recently held Raritan Valley District Cub Family Camporee. The event was held June 8-10 at Camp Akelaland (Minsi Trails Council, BSA) in Pennsylvania. Over 470 Scouts, siblings and parents from 15 packs gathered for a weekend of fun. Scouts and their families participated in BB shooting,

Knights of the Munsee Roundtable

Knights of the Munsee Roundtable was the theme for the recently held Munsee District Spring Cub-E-Los. The event was held June 8-10 at Winnebago Scout Reservation. Over 370 Scouts, siblings and parents attended. Scouts and their families participated in activities centered around the theme of the knights of old. Scouts got to try their hand

Raritan Valley District Flag Day Celebration

For many years when Somerville, NJ celebrates Flag Day the Raritan Valley District hosts a class of one of the citizenship themed merit badges. This year instruction was given to 69 Scouts for the American Heritage merit badge. Thanks to Troop 83 assistant Scoutmaster John DuBose for leading the instruction and Troop 83 committee member

The 2018 Boy Scouts of America Scout Scholar Athlete Award Nominations are Available!

Click here to find out more details or send in your nomination today for the 2018 Scout Scholar Athlete Award.

NY JETS Scout Nights

  8/10 vs. Atlanta Falcons   11/11 vs. Buffalo Bills   $40 each Upper Level ( Upgrades  are available for additional cost. )   Yellow Parking Pass available $25 additional   Portion of the ticket price benefits the Patriots’ Path Council   Contact: Malcolm Bremer Account Executive, Group Sales New York Jets Atlantic Health Jets

Cub Scouts Friends Invited to Family Scouting Adventure Nights!

Time for the Whole Family to Experience Adventure this Summer!   Ready for a summer evening of family fun?!  Families are invited to attend one of four Family Scouting Adventure Nights at Camp Wheeler (Stanhope, NJ) or Watchung Cub Scout Day Camp (Watchung Reservation).   Date #1 Wednesday, 07-18-2018, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Camp

Metuchen Troop 14 Honored at Memorial Day Celebration

Boy Scout Troop 14 and their chartering organization, American Legion Fugle-Hummer Post #65 were honored at the Metuchen, NJ 91st annual Memorial Day parade. Among the dignitaries speaking at the ceremony were Metuchen Mayor Jonathan Busch who paid tribute to the long years of service that Troop 14 has given to the borough. Projects like

Barriers to Abuse

SAFETY IS PARAMOUNT   Summer is a good time to regroup and make plans and changes for the next Scouting year. We strongly urge that unit committees and leadership teams meet and review the NEW Barriers to Abuse (Pages 1-4, Guide to Safe Scouting) that will be published during June.  Along with the requirement for

Membership Experts to Hit the Road This Summer, Train Local Unit Leaders

The council membership committee is pleased to launch the 2018 Membership Road Show!  All leaders are invited and highly encouraged to attend one of the six dates across our council territory. Our six stops will include: Wednesday, June 13 at Lafayette Fire House (126 NJ-15, Lafayette Township, NJ 07848) Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Pit

Somerset Patriots Scout Days

Scout Days   July 29th and August 23rd   Somerset Patriots – Bridgewater   Be a part of the Color Guard on the field before the game.

Staten Island Yankees Ball Park Sleepover

Sleep over at the Ball Park!   6/23 and 8/10   Pre-game team auto-graphs.   Fireworks and Movie after the game.   Sleep on the field!     Get your tickets today from:   Dave Budash | Group Sales Representative Staten Island Yankees | Class A Affiliate of the New York Yankees phone: 718.313.1316 | email:

New Tool: Using Preschools to Recruit Lions

  Passing the word to “Scout Me In!”  With the welcoming of kindergarten students and girls, we have so much new space to recruit from!  Check out one-way Sussex District tapped into a new market!   Sussex District hand delivered a cover letter with a Lions flyer to each of the 44 pre-schools in 21

Two Great Activities for Your New Scouts to Try This Spring!

The council is sponsoring two events for prospective families, brand new families, and current Scouting families!  The June 3rd Cub Academy Day and June 9th Fishing Tournament are bound to be great events to build off all the fun Scouting provides.   Cub Academy Day- June 3rd If you like to challenge yourself, build adventure,

Cool Activities to Get Youth Interested & Involved In Scouting!

There are many reasons why boys (and now girls!) decide that they want to participate in the Scouting program.  They may have been encouraged by their parents, expressed interest because they have friends in Scouting, or just wanted to become involved in a new activity.  But the biggest reason youth get into Scouting and stay

New Bug Protection Items for Sale!

Packing your bag for summer camp or Philmont? Don’t forget these items to keep your Scout protected from mosquitoes and ticks.     Natrapel provides eight hours of DEET-free protection from biting insects and ticks. Picaradin formula is recommended by the CDC to repel insects carrying illnesses such as West Nile virus and EEE. 3.5-oz.

Annual Beefsteak Dinner – July 21, 2018

Celebrate over 100 years of  combined service by Bob Morris, Chris Szymczak, and George Van Dyke for their dedication and legacy to the camping programs of Patriots’ Path Council! These individuals will be inducted into the PPC Camp Hall of Fame at 6:00 PM on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at the Camp Somers Dining Hall,

Our Most Popular Eagle Scout Gifts!

Eagle Scout Paper/Party Goods

Boy Scout Coil Bound Handbooks are Back in Stock!

Boy Scout Coil Bound Handbooks are back in stock! Item# 644786, $17.99 Stop by to get yours now! Can’t get to the Scout Shop? Place an order through our Personal Shopper service at 358scoutshopordersCedarKnolls@scouting.org or 358scoutshopordersMountainside@scouting.org. (Shipping/Handling fees may apply)

Recruiting at the Youth Fishing Challenge

Black River District will run a site for the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Youth Fishing Challenge.  We will be at Parks Lake in Rockaway on Saturday, June 9th from 8:00 am to noon.  This is a statewide “free fishing” day – no licenses required.  Encourage members of your pack or troop to attend

Popcorn Sales Updates & Events

Michael Beck Training Info: Register here: http://ppbsa.doubleknot.com/event/2343543   Popcorn Kickoff/Training Dates: Register here: http://ppbsa.doubleknot.com/event/2346328   Follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/1291256864223809/