The 2020 Tradeshow of Scouting

The 2020 Tradeshow of Scouting, planned for Monday, June 1, is about 67 days away. You don’t want to miss it. These council committees are already signed up, with all the info More »

Join the Patriots’ Path Council’s Scout Shop Staff- Immediate Opening

Click here for the job description: https://ppcbsa.org/…/Sales-Associate-Wanted-new-10-15-19-1.… Contact Steve Beirach at 973-765-9322 Ext. 241. Send resumes to Steve.Beirach@scouting.org More »

20th Anniversary of PPC Celebration Interview: George Barnard

George joined Scouting as a Cub and earned his Eagle Award in 1967. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing and boating with his family. George is a father of a married 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 »

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 »

Munsee/Raritan Valley/Watchung Mountain District Activities

The following is an updated list of activities in the Munsee, Raritan Valley and Watchung Mountain districts: Pinewood Derbies Munsee: Rescheduled to May 16; registration open  Watchung Mountain: Rescheduled to May 23; registration open  Raritan Valley: Rescheduled to May 30; registraion open  All Pinewood derbies have been rescheduled to the dates indicated. The locations remain

Rutgers Offers ‘Ask a Geologist’ Series

In light of recent events, the Rutgers Geology Museum is offering a new virtual series called “Ask A Geologist.” These online sessions will occur biweekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays. During each event, a geologist will first introduce the day’s geologic topic and then answer the audience’s questions about it. The next session is planned Tuesday,

Advancement Guidance Available

The Patriots’ Path Council advancement page https://ppcbsa.org/ committees/advancement/ contains the links to the Boy Scouts of America’s guidance on rank advancement during COVID-19 page, which is the official, temporary policies for advancement page provided by the BSA. This Q&A covers everything from Cub Scouts and tracking advancement remotely, to the temporary procedures for Eagle Scout extensions.

Patriots’ Path 5K Run/Walk Set for June

The Patriots’ Path 5K Run/Walk will be held June 13 at Duke Island Park in Bridgewater. This is a great way to get out and get some good exercise in while supporting Scouting! Units that come out and raise funds will have the funds raised credited to their unit FOS total. For more information and

April Roundtables Will Continue

For the month of April, all district roundtables will be virtual via Zoom. Each roundtable will be broken up into two calls: one for Cub Scouts and one for Scouts BSA. The roundtables will take place on their normally scheduled dates: Fishawack: Wednesday, April 1, 7:30 p.m. Watchung Mountain: Wednesday, April 1, 7:30 p.m. Sussex:

Learn More at National Jamboree Webinar

What is it? A giant gathering of 35,000 Scouts from around the country Where is it?  Summit Bechtel High Adventure Base in West Virginia When is it? July 20-31, 2021 What can I do there? BMX bikes, skateboard course, shotgun, rifle, pistol, archery, crossbow, SCUBA, SUP,  a giant waterfront, fishing, zip lines, canopy tours, rock

‘Scouting From Home’ Page Created

A new landing page has been created to help the Patriots’ Path Council Scouting community engage in BSA programs and resources right at home. Be sure to visit, like and share our “Scouting From Home” webpage https://ppcbsa.org/programs/scoutingfromhome/ and submit your creative ideas to Scoutingfromhome@gmail.com. Please consider this site as the official “Scouting from Home” resource for our council.

Membership Presentations to be Recorded

The Patriots’ Path Council Membership Committee will be recording the presentations that were intended for the membership breakfasts. These presentations will help units be prepared for recruiting as soon as normal activities resume and get you ready for successful fall recruitment. Topics will include: unit membership plans (packs and troops); recruiting resources and best practices;

Black River/Fishawack/Sussex District Events

 The Sussex District Freeze-o-ree was canceled. This event was scheduled for March 15.  The Sussex District Scouts BSA Spring Camporee has been canceled and will not be rescheduled. This event was originally scheduled for April 24-26 at Woodland Trails Campground.  The Sussex District Merit Badge University has been postponed for now. New dates will be

Flintlocks Building Mobile Sleeping Quarters Trailer

The Flintlocks are constructing a mobile sleeping quarters trailer for Camp Winnebago. The camp staff can move this trailer to where it needs more housing during the busy summer camp season, then put it away for the winter. The trailer will have four rooms with a double bunk bed in each room, so it will

Individual Philmont Opportunities for 2021

The High Adventure Committee is organizing a provisional, all-male Philmont crew for Scouts and Venturers who will be ages 15-18 in June 2021. There are openings for nine youth members to join this special Philmont crew. The crew will be organized and accompanied by three highly qualified adult volunteers. This is a 15-day trip that

Flintlocks Repair Dan Beard Treehouse

The Flintlocks repaired the Dan Beard Treehouse at Camp Somers in Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation over the winter. The Flintlocks are retired Scouters who volunteer every Thursday at Camp Winnebago. All it took was some lumber, some screws and some elbow grease. Since the Flintlocks are all volunteers with outstanding construction skills, it saves the

P.R.A.Y. Offers Eligibility Extension

Recognizing that church and Scout meetings have been suspended, Programs of Religious Activities with Youth (P.R.A.Y.) has adopted the following policy to ensure that young people do not miss the opportunity to earn their P.R.A.Y. emblem while maintaining eligibility for the Four-Star Award: At the request of clergy and counselors, a special eligibility extension is

The Patriots’ Path Cub Scouts need you!

The Electives Extravaganza, one of the premier Cub events of the year, needs a few more staff members to man a few stations: Art Explosion Roaring Laughter Make it Move AND one more Rangemaster The Electives Extravaganza typically draws between 200 and 300 Cub Scouts. As we can all appreciate – advancement and recognition are

Our New Scout Plaza

With the arrival of spring, construction is about begin on the new Scout Plaza at the Patriots’ Path Council Cedar Knolls service center. The project includes new signage identifying the building proudly facing both Horsehill and Saddle roads, as well as a new flagpole and of course the Mackenzie statue of the ideal Scout. The

The 2020 Tradeshow of Scouting

The 2020 Tradeshow of Scouting, planned for Monday, June 1, is about 67 days away. You don’t want to miss it. These council committees are already signed up, with all the info you need for your next Scouting activity or meeting:  advancement, alumni, camping, community service, COPE and climbing, membership, shooting sports, sustainability, and weekday/Saturday

District Events

The Sussex District Merit Badge University is scheduled over two Sundays, March 29 and April 19, 2020, at Camp Somers. Twenty-one merit badges are being offered.  Registration is open; $10 per Scout with a maximum of four MB slots available.  This event is almost sold out! The Scouts BSA Spring Camporee will be held April

Whitewater Challengers Raft-O-Ree

Whitewater Challengers and Patriots’ Path Council, BSA, will sponsor a Raft-O-Ree weekend April 17-19, 2020, in the Poconos in Pennsylvania. Cost is $70 per person and the weekend includes Friday and Saturday night camping, Saturday rafting on the Lehigh River, Saturday river lunch, Saturday evening entertainment, and a free Scout patch and certificate of achievement.

Whitewater Challengers Cub-O-Ree

A Cub-O-Ree featuring camping and other activities in the Poconos in Pennsylvania will be held April 17-19, 2020. The event is sponsored by Whitewater Challengers and Patriots’ Path Council, BSA. The cost is $49 per person and activities include two nights camping, a tour of the historic Eckley Miners’ Village, Saturday bag lunch, geocaching site,

Scout Days at Sesame Place

Sesame Place in Langhorne, Pa., offers Scout Days on select dates throughout the year. A day at the park includes a patch-earning scavenger hunt, live shows, a neighborhood street party parade, whirling rides and water slides (weather permitting), character story time, group dining and character photo opportunities. Tickets start at $15 per person plus tax

Rutgers Geology Museum Offers Programs for Scouts

Plan an outing for your troop or pack to Rutgers Geology Museum, 85 Somerset St., New Brunswick, N.J. 08901. The museum offers Geology merit badge and fun patch programs; tours, field trips and birthday parties also are options for visits. For more information, visit https://geologymuseum.rutgers.edu (Rutgers Geology Museum is a paid advertiser of PPC)

Morris County Park Commission Merit Badge Workshops

The Morris County Park Commission will offer two merit badge workshops for Scouts BSA members ages 11 and up. Both workshops will be held at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township. Bird Study will be offered Saturday, May 9, 2020, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Participants can learn about

N.Y. Mets Scout Day 2020 at Citi Field

Join Patriots’ Path Council and the N.Y. Mets at Citi Field for Scout Day 2020 on Sunday, May 3, when the Mets take on the Atlanta Braves beginning at 1:10 p.m. All Scouts in attendance will receive a limited-edition Mets Scout Day Patch. In addition, all Scouts and leaders in uniform will be invited onto

Scout Appreciation at Medieval Times

Medieval Times invites all Scouts to the castle in Lyndhurst for feasting and fun! As honored guests, Scouts and troop leaders receive a special rate, starting at $35.95, on select dates. Upcoming date is March 22. Tickets include the two-hour tournament and four-course feast. Medieval Times also offers a special discount rate for Scouts throughout

New York Knicks v. Miami Heat

Join Patriots’ Path Council for a night of NBA action when the New York Knicks take on the Miami Heat on Sunday, April 5, 2020, at 5 p.m. at Madison Square Garden. Tickets start at $92. To purchase tickets, visit https://fevo.me/3aOH8xA If you would like to purchase 12 or more tickets, contact Frank Coppola at

New York Red Bulls Scout Day

  The New York Red Bulls soccer team will sponsor a Scout Night on Saturday, May 2, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. at Red Bull Arena, 600 Cape May St., near the intersection of Frank E. Rodgers Boulevard, in Harrison. The match will feature the Red Bulls taking on Columbus Crew SC. Preferred Scout pricing is

The Franklin Institute’s Camp-In

Have you ever wanted to sleep below a giant heart or enjoy a private IMAX show? If so, The Franklin Institute’s Camp-In is the perfect sleepover event for children ages 6-13 and provides an unforgettable experience for families, Scout troops, school groups, birthday parties and more! For these special events, the museum lets attendees take

Munsee Chess Tournament

The seventh annual Munsee Chess Tournament took place on Saturday, February 22, 2020, in Cranford, New Jersey. Thirty-one Scouts BSA members representing Black River, Fishawack, Munsee, Raritan Valley and Watchung Mountain districts participated in this year’s event. The winners were: 1st Place    Joshua McDonald        Troop 90    Raritan Valley District 2nd Place    Alexander Beke           Troop 368 

New York Rangers Scout Night

If you don’t have tickets yet for Scout Night at the New York Rangers on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at 7 p.m. at Madison Square Garden, you may want to reconsider. Mika Zibanejad made five goals in one game for the Rangers on March 5, 2020, vs. the Washington Capitols, greatly changing the look of

Flintlocks make 32 new benches for camp

The Flintlocks recently made 32 new benches with pressure-treated lumber for the Council Ring at Allamuchy. The photos show the benches being assembled in the shop (where the magic happens), with Russ Jenkins and Chris Szymczak constructing the benches and carrying them outside. Also seen are Ted Marquardt and Joe Schott making struts. Not pictured

Flintlocks make Pinewood Derby cars for Scout Reach and Special Needs Kids

The Flintlocks obtained a grant and then purchased, cut and sanded Pinewood Derby cars, and donated them directly to schools with special-needs children. This is a good example of how the Flintlocks work with the council to provide outstanding services to the community. A $500 grant was obtained from the Westfield Service League last summer.

Patriots’ Path Council Chess Club

Calling all Scouters interested in developing a Patriots’ Path Council chess program.  Please gather with us at the service center, 1 Saddle Road, Cedar Knolls, on Saturday, May 2, 2020, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.  Clearly chess is on fire with Scouts. The Chess merit badge is the seventh most popular among all merit badge

Be part of the NNJC/PPC Powder Horn on April 23-26, 2020.

Powder Horn is designed to expose Scouting adults and youth to activities and resources necessary to operate a successful outdoor/High Adventure program. Program highlights may include: ATVs, backpacking, conservation, cycling/mountain biking, emergency preparedness, expedition planning, wilderness first aid, fly fishing, orienteering, geocaching, Leave No Trace, climbing/repelling, C.O.P.E., outdoor living history, scuba and/or snorkeling, shooting sports,

Boy Scout and Girl Scout Sunday Mass Award Recipients

Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts were presented with religious awards during the annual combined diocesan Boy Scout and Girl Scout Sunday Mass February 23, 2020, in the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Paterson, New Jersey.  The main celebrant and homilist of the Mass was Father Christopher Barkhausen.  Father Barkhausen, the pastor of St.

Jewish Encampment at Winnebago

During the summer of 2019, the Patriots’ Path Jewish Committee on Scouting organized the first Jewish Encampment at Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation.  During the week, the following Scouts worked on and received religious emblems: Andrew F., Joshua H., Lydia K., Lila O. and Daniel S. received the Ner Tamid award. Rebecca B., Ralph C., Kacie

Membership Breakfasts

The upcoming membership breakfasts are for anyone interested in increasing the number of youth who participate in Scouting at all levels, especially unit new member coordinators, unit commissioners and membership teams from all levels. Topics will include: 1) Unit Membership Plans (for packs and troops) 2) Recruiting Resources and Best Practices 3) Lions Recruiting (for

2020 Tradeshow of #ScoutingForward

SAVE THE DATE June 1, 2020 5:45 – 9:00 PM The Birchwood Manor, Whippany Click here for the flyer.

District Events

The Sussex District Cub Scout Freeze-O-Ree is being planned at the Skylands Ice Palace, March 15, 2020.  Registration is open.  $10.00 per person includes skates for one hour of open skating from 12:00-1:00 PM and various activities both indoors and outdoors until 3:00 PM. The Sussex District Merit Badge University is scheduled over two Sundays

Meet the Flintlocks

The Flintlocks are a volunteer group of 26 retired Scouters who work at the camps every week all year-round. They provide 5,000 hours of work every year and have built almost everything you see at the camps. Most of the members are Silver Beavers. They also volunteer to help run to the various council programs.

Scouts from PPC and Beyond Attend Devils Scout Night

The New Jersey Devils held a Scout Night on February 16, 2020, at the Prudential Center. For early arrivals there was a Photography merit badge workshop with Mikal Celentano from Somerville.  All participants received a patch. Early arrivals may have also been lucky enough to receive a bobblehead.  The Devils defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets,

The Flintlocks Celebrate Joe Schott’s 98th Birthday

Joe Schott, who has been volunteering with the Flintlocks for 29 years, recently celebrated his 98th birthday. The Flintlocks, BSA, Inc., are 26 retired Scouters who are incorporated as a 501c3. They help build and maintain structures at the Patriot Path Council camps. Members work out of the shop in the first building at Camp

Congratulations to the 2019 Winners of the Community Service Award for Patriots’ Path Council

Winners are chosen with the highest amount of hours for the year and the highest average hours per Scout. So a unit may be the winner in one or both of the categories. Each winning unit will receive a patch for each Scout and a streamer for its flag. Congratulations and thank you for doing

Raritan Valley Community Service at the Klondike

On February 1, 2020, Raritan Valley held its first winter clothing drive at the Klondike. Thank you to Dave Robbins for hosting and to everyone who donated to the total of 543 winter items collected.   The items were donated to SHIP in Somerville and the VA Hospital in Lyons.  They were so appreciative of our

Munsee District Community Service at the Klondike

During the Klondike held on February 8, 2020, we had almost full participation in the food drive and collected close to 1,600 food items that were split between four local food pantries. We also collected 299 pairs of socks.  All the women’s and children’s socks went to Turning Point shelter in Irvington. The men’s socks

Raritan Valley District Awards Breakfast

Raritan Valley District Awards Breakfast Saturday, March 21, 2020, 8:30 AM TO 11:00 AM New Location Pluckemin Presbyterian Church 279 Route 202/206, Pluckemin This is a great opportunity for fellowship with great food. Price: $20 per person prior to March 2nd $25 per person March 2nd through March 16th Breakfast Registration closes March 16th Click here to register.

Cub-O-Ree

A Cub-O-Ree featuring camping and other activities in the Poconos in Pennsylvania will be held April 17-19. The event is sponsored by Whitewater Challengers and Patriots’ Path Council, BSA. The cost is $49 per person and activities include two nights camping, a tour of the historic Eckley Miners’ Village, Saturday bag lunch, geocaching site, nature

Raft-O-Ree

Whitewater Challengers and Patriots’ Path Council, BSA, will sponsor a Raft-O-Ree weekend April 17-19 in the Poconos in Pennsylvania. Cost is $70 per person and the weekend includes Friday and Saturday night camping, Saturday rafting on the Lehigh River, Saturday river lunch, Saturday evening entertainment, and a free Scout patch and certificate of achievement. Optional

Commissioner Basic Training

A good commissioner can make the difference between a pack, troop, crew, ship or team that is struggling, and one that is ready to take on the world. Learn how to make this difference! After all, our Scouts deserve it! The training course will be held Saturday, March 7, 2020. Click here for the flyer.

Catholic Scout Awards & 2020 Award Recipients

Scouting BSA is another way to help Catholic youth do their duty to God and to their country. Scouting builds character and teaches devotion to God in an environment that provides wholesome fun under the guidance of strong adult role models. Through the various awards, emblems and patches, it is the desire and hope of

Electives Extravaganza 2020

The Electives Extravaganza is a full day of activities based on elective adventures in your Cub Scout handbook. Scouts will work on up to four (4) elective adventures during four sessions, with one hour for lunch. Almost all activities are rank specific, but some are just for fun. You may only choose Archery or BB Shooting