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 »

Giving Tuesday

Start your holiday season with a great feeling by participating in the nationwide movement of #GivingTuesday. Share with us an act of kindness on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn and please remember More »

Youth Membership Campaign Progress Report for January 2019

We ended 2018 with 16,494 youth members. Our year end goal for 2019 is 16,995 youth members. The January month end numbers will reflect any gains or losses associated with rechartering. Please click here for the full report.

Youth Protection Updated Version

At the end of February, the online YP Course will be replaced with an updated version. If you have started—but not completed—the current Y01 Youth Protection Training: You must complete the training before March 1, 2019, or any progress you have made will not transfer, due to the new learning plan. Otherwise, you may simply

Order of the Arrow Unit Elections

The season of unit elections for the Order of the Arrow has started! With the implementation of chapters in Woapalanne Lodge, the Arrowmen of Patriots’ Path Council are moving toward holding unit elections in every unit in the council, and getting active members of Woapalanne Lodge more involved in the unit elections process. The lodge

2019 Annual Meeting

Join us for the 2019 Annual Year in Review and Awards Celebration on Monday, February 25 at the Hanover Manor in East Hanover. Click here for the flyer. As per our council by-laws, article III, section 3, the purpose of the meeting is to receive annual reports of the council committees and to elect council

Scouts BSA Launch

February 1, 2019 is the first time that girls ages 11 – 17 can register in a Scouts BSA troop. To celebrate we’re having a party that night to kick off this historic change in the BSA. Over 100 girls and parents are coming to learn about all the opportunities that Scouts BSA can offer.

FOS Campaign Progress Report

The FOS Campaign Progress Report as of 1/23/19. CONGRATULATIONS – Black River, Munsee, and Raritan Valley Districts and Council Campaigns.  You have met and exceeded the January benchmarks.  WAY TO GO!  KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!

2018 Year in Review

Click here for the 2018 Year in Review.

Sea Scouts Interested in Cruising on Board the USCG Barque Eagle

Do you want the adventure of a lifetime? Apply by March 31st each year to sail aboard the tall ship Coast Guard Barque Eagle! The Eagle is a three-masted barque-rigged ship used to train cadets and officer candidates in the U.S. Coast Guard. The Eagle was built in Germany in 1936 and was taken as

COUNCIL TO HOST SCOUTS BSA KICK OFF PARTY ON FEBRUARY 1st

The Patriots’ Path Council Family Scouting Committee is hosting a Scouts BSA Kick Off Party to welcome the members of the new female Scouts BSA troops into the Patriots’ Path Council family.  This free event will be held on February 1, 2019 from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm at the council service center in Cedar

Fostering Resilience in Scouts Coping with Loss

The SCOUTStrong Healthy Living Initiative brings attention to the emotional fitness of Scouts.  Supporting Scouts during and after any type of loss is an essential skill for all Scout leaders.  “Of all the injuries from the dozens of campouts that I have attended, the hardest to ‘mend’ were the emotional issues.” – Dr. Walter Menninger,

Upcoming 2019 Alumni Events

Please see below for the upcoming 2019 Alumni Events: (Click the links for the event flyers) 2019 District Alumni Gatherings Black River Date: Tuesday, March 12th Time: 7:00 PM Location: Rockaway River Barn Restaurant (11 Green Pond Rd., Rockaway, NJ) Cost: Free Fishawack Date: Tuesday, March 26th Time: 7:00 PM Location: H2Ocean (41 Ridgedale Ave.,

Raritan Valley District First Aid Meet

The Raritan Valley District held their annual First Aid Meet on Saturday, December 8 at the Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy in Hillsborough. Two hundred and nine Boy Scouts tested their first aid skills at various stations. The Scouts had to not only assess the situation, but also had to prioritize and then treat

2 SPECIAL SCOUT EVENTS AT SHAWNEE MOUNTAIN – “Come as a Troop or Better Yet, Come as a Family”

Shawnee Mountain continues to offer these great events to Scouts of all ages in 2019; Super Scout Sunday on February 3 and Scout Weekend, March 9 & 10.  The best Scout discounts of the season; buy advanced tickets to save more. New, free activities for 2019! Click here for more details.

Flintlocks Support Toys for Tots Campaign

Units of the Patriots’ Path Council, BSA participated in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. Units dropped off toys at the Cedar Knolls and Mountainside Scout Shops. Special thanks to the Flintlocks and the participants at Scouting University for their support. Thanks also to the council community service committee and Linda Cummings

Eagle Scout Association Merit Scholarship Recipient

We are pleased to announce that Stephen Rozek is this year’s Eagle Scout Association Merit Scholarship recipient. Thanks to all that read and scored applications. He will receive the scholarship on January 4th at the Eagle Scout Recognition and Dinner.

COUNCIL TO HOST SCOUTS BSA KICK OFF PARTY ON FEBRUARY 1st

The Patriots’ Path Council Family Scouting Committee is hosting a Scouts BSA Kick Off Party to welcome the members of the new female Scouts BSA troops into the Patriots’ Path Council Family.  This free event will be held on February 1, 2019 from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm at the council service center in Cedar

Scouts BSA Troops Coming in February

Our council is preparing for the launch of Scouts BSA girl-only troops in February.  New unit applications have been received for troops in Chatham, Edison, Long Valley, Morristown, Rahway, Rockaway and Sparta.  Other troops are working to gather paperwork so they are ready for the launch in February.

Counting Every Scout

If you receive new applications after submitting your charter renewal, those new Scouts should still be registered immediately.  Our registration department can add them to your charter so they are officially in Scouting and your leaders have liability insurance coverage.

Holiday Celebrations

Your pack’s holiday celebration is a great time for Cubs to invite friends to attend.  These meetings usually allow plenty of time for new parents to meet others and learn about your pack.

The 9 Days of Popcorn…

Popcorn makes great holiday gifts! Click here for the full flyer.

Patriots’ Path Council Scouting Family

You may have seen the recent Wall Street Journal article stating that National BSA has hired a bankruptcy attorney for consultation in light of the costs of defending sexual abuse lawsuits.  I anticipate learning additional information in the days and weeks ahead and, of course, will share anything I learn with you. In a communication

SHAWNEE MOUNTAIN 1-DAY SKI/SNOWBOARD & SNOW-TUBING SCOUT TRIPS – “Save up to 40% off Retail Rates!”

So, you only have one day available for winter fun? We have affordable, healthy, outdoor, low-tech winter fun trip options for Scouts, their leaders and family members. Ski/Snowboard “Learn How To” packages for beginners, 2-hour or 4-hour tubing sessions in the Pocono Plunge Park, and much more. EZ to organize, EZ to book and EZ

2019 FOS Supporting Families and Units

2019 FOS Supporting Families as of 12/02/18 Denise M. Acocella Russell D. Hill Charles E. Porter Micah A. Adair Johanna Hoecker Christopher A. Poulos Scott U. Adams Donald K. Hummel Catherine E. Pursell Richard M. Afflitto Andrew J. Iaci Manju Ravula James J. Agar Andrew J. Iaci William G. Reilly Carl W. Andreassen Mahesh Iyer

Scouts BSA Troops Coming in February

Plans are already in place for 13 Scouts BSA troops to accept girls starting in February.  Towns that will have Scouts BSA troops include Carteret, Chatham, Edison, Long Valley, Montague, Morristown, Rahway, Randolph, Rockaway, Sparta and Westfield.  And volunteers in other towns are wrapping up final details to add even more Scouts BSA troops to

Holiday Celebrations

Your pack’s holiday celebration is a great time for Cubs to invite friends to attend.  These meetings usually allow plenty of time for new parents to meet others and learn about your pack.

On-going Recruitment

New members are always welcome!  If a boy or girls join a pack late in the year, they can jump right in with what their den is doing and catch up on other requirements with Akela at home.  If your charter renewal has already been submitted, our registrar can still make additions as applications come

Jersey Jam 2019

Join 5,000 Scouts, Explorers, Venturers and Sea Scouts on Friday, October 4 until Sunday, October 6, 2019 for a weekend jam-packed with Scouting fun and adventure! These units have already signed up (as of 11/30/18): Patriots’ Path Council Black River Troop 1 Troop 17 Troop 36 Troop 49 Troop 50 Troop 67 Troop 109 Troop

Patriots’ Path Council Alumni & Friends Newsletter

Click here for the Fall 2018 Alumni and Friends Newsletter.

#GivingTuesday is on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 #ScoutMeIn

Join us in celebrating #GivingTuesday and the true spirit of the season, by making a donation to support Scouting in our community and by sharing this invitation with your friends and family to do the same. Use your social networks to share what Scouting means to you and encourage your friends and family to support

Raritan Valley District Holds Fall Boy Scout Camporee

The Raritan Valley District Fall Boy Scout Camporee took place over the weekend of September 28, 29 and 30 at Fort Hancock in the Gateway National Recreation Area at Sandy Hook, NJ. Fort Hancock is a former United States Army fort. The coastal artillery base defended the Atlantic coast and the entrance to New York

2019 Venturing Leadership Awards

Venturing Leadership Award for outstanding service to the Venturing program of the Patriots’ Path Council. We are pleased to announce our 2019 recipients Youth Members Brooke Lynne Dernier Carson Monk Adult Members Marty Foy Charlean Mahon

PPC 8th Annual Scout Scholar Athlete Award

Boy Scouts of America, Patriots’ Path Council Eighth Annual Scout Scholar Athlete Award Breakfast honors Scouts that excel in academics and sports. Join us on Sunday, December 16th at the Hanover Marriott in Whippany at 9:30 am to honor our 2018 award recipients! Advanced registration for the breakfast is required and due by Friday, December

2019 Youth Leadership Awards

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Youth Leadership Award on behalf of the Patriots’ Path Council. The Youth Leadership Award is presented to youth members in the Patriots’ Path Council for their leadership and service on a council level. We will celebrate and recognize the recipients at our Youth Leadership Brunch

PPC Eagle Scout Recognition & Reunion Dinner

Boy Scouts of America, Patriots’ Path Council Eagle Scout Recognition & Reunion Dinner honors the 2018 Eagle Scout Class and the 2019 Eagle Scout Hall of Fame Inductees. Join us on Friday, January 4, 2019 at the Hanover Marriott in Whippany at 6:00 pm to honor our award recipients! Advanced registration for the dinner is

Family Scouting Invitations

Our Family packs have had good results in their first round of recruitment.  But it would be great to build up their dens.  There is nothing like a Scout asking their friend.  This invitation can be edited and printed by you or you can send us your specific information and quantity needed and the Patriots’

On-Going Recruitment

New members are always welcome!  If a boy or girl joins a pack late in the year, they can jump right in with what their den is doing and catch up on other requirements with Akela at home.  If your charter renewal has already been submitted, our registrar can still make additions as applications come

Blue Bison Notes from the Back-O’-De-Bus

Patriots’ Path Council’s New Mexico Trip October 2018. Click here for the PDF.

Philmont 2020 Crew Applications

Patriots’ Path Council is currently accepting applications for crews to attend Philmont Scout Ranch in 2020 as part of one of five contingents on a 15 day trip to Colorado and New Mexico.  The trip will include an action-packed two-day tour of the front range of the Colorado Rockies (Air Force Academy, Garden of the Gods,

MUNSEE/BLACK RIVER/WATCHUNG MOUNTAIN 2019 RECHARTER DROP OFF/REVIEW SCHEDULE

Click here for the rechartering schedule.

BLACK RIVER/ FISHAWACK/ SUSSEX 2019 RECHARTER DROP OFF/REVIEW SCHEDULE

Click here to see the rechartering schedule.

Trunk or Treat 2018

Munsee District Troop 3 participated in the annual “Trunk or Treat” sponsored by the city of Perth Amboy. Over 350 youth dressed in various costumes enjoyed this fun activity. The youth were treated to pretzels and the opportunity to ring a ship’s bell that was part of a pirate ship display that “Rags” Buchner of

JerseyJam 2019 Registration Is Open…and Filling Quickly

Patriots’ Path Council has scheduled its JerseyJam 2019 – a jamboree for 5,000 Scouts, Explorers, Venturers and Sea Scouts – for the weekend of October 4-6, 2019, rain-or-shine – at Waterloo Village, a 70-acre National Historic District located in Byram Township, New Jersey. JerseyJam 2019 is open from the outset to ALL units in the

Fall Cub Scout Recruitment Challenge

Recruit a friend into your pack and enter into a drawing to receive a free week at day camp or a set of camping equipment from the Scout Shop.  https://247scouting.com/forms/form.php?OrgKey=BSA358&id=612.

Launching Scouts BSA

William Bryant, a membership coach from the national office, will discuss how to start Scouts BSA troops and have them succeed.  This meeting is open to everyone interested in growing Patriots’ Path Council and this great movement.  We will meet at the council service center in Cedar Knolls on November 15th from 7:00-8:30 pm.  Please

Camp Wheeler Fun Day

On Thursday, November 8th, just because you are home from school is no reason to stay home!  For boys & girls in grades K-5.  Parents are welcome to stay during their child’s session.  Parents of Kindergartners or First Graders must stay with them.  Choose between 9 am-noon or 1-4 pm.  Activities to include Archery, BB, Rock

Raritan Valley First Responder Event

On Saturday November 3, 2018 over 100 Webelos Scouts had the opportunity to put the Scout motto “Be Prepared” into action by learning and practicing first aid skills at the Raritan Valley District First Responder Event held in Bound Brook. Webelos went to four stations meeting with a first responder, learning about CPR, fire safety,

Registration is open for the Sussex Klondike

The Sussex District Klondike will be on the weekend of Jan. 25-27, 2019 at Camp Somers at Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation.  Registration is $18.00 per person and includes dinner on Saturday evening.  Cabins are available and will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Click here to register.  Registration closes Jan.15, 2019.

Registration is now open for the Fishawack Klondike

Registration is now open for the Fishawack District Klondike.  The Klondike will be held at Camp Somers at Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation on Saturday Feb. 2, 2019.  Registration is $10.00 per Scout with two adults at $10.00 as part of registration.  Cabins are available for rental if your unit wants to stay over on either

Registration is open for the Black River Klondike

The Black River District Klondike will be held the weekend of Jan. 25-27, 2019 at Camp Akelaland, Trexler Scout Reservation in Effort PA. Early bird registration is $17.00 per person until Jan. 11, 2019.   After that it will be $27.00 per person.  Registration closes on Jan 18, 2019.  Saturday dinner is included in registration.  Click

SHAWNEE PRESBYTERIAN HOSTEL OVERNIGHT PACKAGE – “Big on Fun, Small on Price!”

Looking for an affordable indoor winter camping experience? Our hostel overnight package is the “ticket”; stay one or two nights, you cook the meals and we’ll provide the mountain snow fun. Just $71.00/per person/night. Click here for more details.