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 »

Robert Tunnell Memorial Fishing Tournament

Saturday May 11, 2019 at Winnebago Scout Reservation, Rockaway, NJ The Robert Tunnell Memorial Fishing Tournament is a fun filled day of fishing open to Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturers and their parents. The event is from 8 am till 3 pm. Lunch is also included for just $30.00 a person. Boats are available for

Scout Shop: Mosquito Oasis $49.99

The weather is getting warm and sooner than you know it, the mosquitoes will be coming out. The Mosquito Oasis is a must have for your next camping adventure. These fit a standard cot in a platform wall tents (Cot is not included). Great for summer camp! It comes with a carrying case for storage.

CBS Sunday Morning News Story on Scouts BSA

Please click here to see a fantastic news story this past weekend by CBS Sunday Morning.  Keep up the great work on providing our Scouting program to more and more Scouts BSA girls and boys!

Upcoming District Events

Black River The Black River Spring Camporee will be the weekend of May 3-5, 2019 at Camp Somers.  A variety of fun activities are being planned, BB guns, archery, fishing and more, and a good time is guaranteed.  Registration is open at www.ppcbsa.org and then go to the Black River Calendar.  Registration is $18.00 with

Prorated Activity Fee

The Patriots’ Path Council Finance Committee recently created a task force to review the annual activity fee of the council. Please click here to read more.

Membership Breakfasts

The Patriots’ Path Council Membership Committee will hold four Membership Breakfasts during March and April.  These breakfasts will equip your unit with Best Practices for Recruiting, Using Social Media to Recruit, Info on Family Scouting and Scouts BSA, and Resources Available from Patriots’ Path Council.  Everyone is welcome but your New Member Coordinator (or the

Be Prepared: Fostering Resilience in Scouts Coping with Loss

The SCOUTStrong Healthy Living Initiative brings attention to the emotional fitness of Scouts. Dr. W. Walter Menninger, M.D, (BSA National Advisory Board; Silver Buffalo) says, “Of all the injuries from the dozens of campouts that I have attended, the hardest to ‘mend’ were the emotional issues.” Supporting Scouts during and after any type of loss

JERSEY JAM 2019

Your Unit is Invited to Join Us October 4 -6, 2019, Waterloo Village State Park Patriots’ Path Council welcomes the participation of all Scouts, Explorers, Venturers and Sea Scouts — from all councils inside and outside of New Jersey — at a weekend jam-packed with Scouting fun and adventure. We’re working to make this a highlight of

Save the Date! Patriot Family 5K Run/Walk

Join us for the 2nd Annual Patriot Family 5K Run/Walk When: Saturday, June 15, 2019 Where: Duke Island Park, Bridgewater, NJ All proceeds benefit Patriots’ Path Council, BSA Friends of Scouting Campaign Click here for for the flyer.

20 Years of Patriots’ Path Council Eagle Scouts

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Patriot’s Path Council, we asked our Eagle Scouts “How did your Scout experience, specifically the Eagle Scout experience, shape the choices you made in your life?” Their answers can be found below. The full interview can be found by clicking their name. To see the video response compilation, click

Congratulations to our 2019 Silver Beaver Recipients!

E. Thomas Allen Alana Bird Antonio DeCaro Alan Gotliffe John Koneski Steven McCabe Deborah Reidmiller Joseph Schott John “Jack” Trainor, III Gary Treubig

“Your Own Winery” PPC Alumni & Friends Event

Join the PPC Alumni and Friends for an afternoon of fun, food, fellowship and wine making at “Your Own Winery” in Riverdale. The event is Sunday, March 31st at 3:00 PM, located at 92 State Rte. 23, Riverdale, NJ 070457. It is $75.00 per person. You’ll learn about the art of making and bottling wine

Mark M. Tallmadge Sr. – Council President 2019-2022

Mark began his Scouting career with a Cub Scout pack in Long Branch, New Jersey before joining Troop 145 in West Long Branch.  He attended summer camp five years at Forestburg Scout Reservation and participated in a Monmouth Council Contingent Crew Expedition to Philmont in 1973.  He is an Eagle Scout, Class of 1973. Mark

BSA No Longer Supplying Printed Membership Cards

For about 4 years, the BSA has made it possible for a unit’s key 3 to print membership cards and certificates for their units. Effective January 1, 2019, the BSA will no longer supply the councils with membership card stock, or charter certificate card stock. In an effort to streamline basic operations and put tools

Thank You

Thank you to our units and families that have supported the 2019  Friends of Scouting campaign. Click  here to see the list of supporters.

2019 Membership Breakfasts

Learn recruiting best practices and how you can use social media. Get an update on Family Scouting and Scouts BSA. See all the recruiting resources available from Patriots’ Path Council. Get all your recruiting questions answered. For more information contact – Al Thomas at Al.thomas@scouting.org, Javier Juarez at Javier.juarez@scouting.org Dates Include: March 16th, 9:00 am

“Be Prepared: Fostering Resilience in Scouts Coping with Loss” Seminars

The SCOUTStrong Healthy Living Initiative brings attention to the emotional fitness of Scouts. Dr. W. Walter Menninger, M.D, (BSA National Advisory Board; Silver Buffalo) says, “Of all the injuries from the dozens of campouts that I have attended, the hardest to ‘mend’ were the emotional issues.” Supporting Scouts during and after any type of loss

D-Day 75th Anniversary Trip

This trip is being organized by the Baltimore Area Council. 2 spaces are still available, but time is running out!  To secure your spot, please register ASAP.  Spaces will be given on a first come basis and payment is required. Departing on April 8th, arriving April 9th – 19th a group of Scouts will once again be visiting

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