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 »

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. Two classes,

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/

2018 RV Spring Green Bar Camporee

The Raritan Valley district held their fifth annual ‘Green Bar Camporee’, on April 20, 21, and 22 in the Scout camping area of the Watchung Reservation. The camporee was hosted by the Flint & Steel Assoc., celebrating its 95th anniversary in service to Scouting. Don Androwski served as chairman for the event, with senior Scouts

Adventure Cards in Full Affect

Have you always wanted a great way for your Scouts to build sportsmanship, raise funds for camping and program registration and learn financial responsibility? Does your unit love our annual popcorn sale? Or it is not your choice of movie snack? Wellll… no problem! Adventure Cards bring a new fundraising option for your Scouts. The

Are You Prepared to Integrate Lions Into Your Cub Scout Pack?

The National Executive Committee and Board voted that the Lion pilot has proven successful and is ready to officially join the Cub Scouting family!   Research and feedback says…   Developing character is the #1 reason to join Scouting, according to parents. 61% of Lion youth are new families to Scouting! Lions grew over 50%

Upcoming Den Chief Training

The next Den Chief Training class in on Saturday, May 19, from 1-4 pm at the council service center in Cedar Knolls. Please encourage any Scouts who currently have den chief assignments but are not yet trained, as well as any Scouts who will or may be serving as den chiefs in the fall, to

Free Supplies Available to You for Spring Recruitment

Did you know the council membership committee has plenty of free supplies and materials to assist with your spring recruitment efforts? We can make you flyers at no cost for Lions, Family Scouting, or traditional flyers in black and white. We have lawn signs, cardboard Scout cut outs for flyer distribution, an inflatable Scout and

Sussex County Miners Scout Sleepover

CAMP OUT AT SKYLANDS STADIUM! FRIDAY, JULY 13 (RAIN DATE: JULY 27) PACKAGE INCLUDES: · GAME TICKET · POST-GAME CAMPOUT ON FIELD · MOVIE ON THE VIDEO WALL · CAMPFIRE & S’MORES · 10% OFF COMPANY STORE COUPON · SCOUT PATCH · BREAKFAST THE NEXT MORNING Camp Out Package Reserved: $30 Field Level: $32 SUSSEX

NEW AT THE SCOUT SHOP: HAPPY SALMON

Happy Salmon is the simple, fast-paced card game packed to the gills with high-flying’, fin-flappin’ fun. Actions including the classic “high 5”, the unifying “pound it”, the frantic “Switcheroo”, and the delightful “happy salmon” will leave players doubled over in laughter. With so many mini-celebrations built into the play, it’s the happiest game ever! How

Promote Scouting and Win a Chance at a $25 or the Grand Prize

Promote Scouting in your local neighborhoods, schools, and communities for a chance to win a $25 gift card each week and a chance at winning the grand prize. It’s simple! Receive 1 entry to WIN when you: POST a picture doing Scouting on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Include #ChooseYourAdventure and mention BeAScout.org POST a “Join

DID YOU MISS THE MEMBERSHIP BREAKFAST?

All the resources you need for a successful spring recruitment.  It’s a crucial time to recruit families into our packs this spring.  There was a lot of resources we talked about including Family Scouting, New Member Coordinator, BeAScout Pins plans and more.   Download the latest resources, https://tinyurl.com/SP2018MB.  Get the latest updates at: facebook.com/PPCMembershipResource or

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 she was appointed trading post manager. In January 1995 she became the program specialist for Scouting for the Disabled. In 1996 she be-came

Patriot Family 5K Run / Walk

Patriot Family 5K Run / Walk June 16 Duke Island Park-Old York Rd, Bridgewater Please join the Patriots’ Path Council, BSA, for our inaugural Patriot Family 5K Run / Walk. This will be a fun event for individual runners, walkers and the whole family. We would encourage you to represent your unit individually or assemble

Membership Committee to hold Adventure Day for Boys Who Left Scouting

Many of us know that many Scouts decide to leave Scouting for a variety of reasons.  The membership committee has been following a plan to welcome those Scouts back into their local troops. Boys who left Boy Scouting early will be invited to Adventure Day at MASR Camp Somers in Stanhope, New Jersey.  The event

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 the chance to experience Philmont however they want. Hike or ride horses, craft or climb rocks, explore or simply enjoy an ice cream

REGISTER NOW: 2018 Youth Protection Symposium Opioid Awareness, Protecting Our Teens!

You can now register for the 2018 Youth Protection Symposium Opioid Awareness, Protecting Our Teens! On a biannual basis, the Patriots’ Path Council hosts its Youth Protection Symposium. The event will take place on Friday, May 11, 2018 at the Boy Scouts of America Service Center in Cedar Knolls, NJ. This year’s topic is Opioid

Looking for a Gift for Mom?

What’s new for Mom at your Cedar Knolls and Mountainside Scout Shops? -Best Scout Mom Ever t-shirt is available in lavender with yellow lettering. Perfect Mother’s Day gift. -Eagle Scout Mom t-shirt comes in royal blue. This is a great way to honor Mom at a court of honor or say special thanks from an

Looking for a Gift for Dad?

What’s new for Dad at your Cedar Knolls and Mountainside Scout Shops? -Best Scout Dad Ever t-shirt is available in dark grey with yellow lettering. Perfect Father’s Day gift. -Eagle Scout Dad t-shirt comes in heather grey. This is a great way to honor Dad at a court of honor or say special thanks from

SAVE ON TUITION FOR SUMMER STEM INSTITUTE BY April 15th!

Register for a week of Summer STEM Institute for just under $300 before the price increases April 15!  The price of $299 includes registration, tee shirt, supplies, safety equipment, disposable lab coat and a weekly field trip. Summer STEM Institute is an experience for the family.  Boys and girls entering grades 1-6 are welcome to

Pack 56 Roselle Park Blue and Gold

Pack 56, Roselle Park held their first Blue and Gold celebration. Ninety Scouts, Scouters, parents, other relatives and local dignitaries attended the celebration. Sponsored by the Roselle/Roselle Park Rotary club in July 2017 they are now 20 members strong. The Scouts received trophies for the pinewood derby and a case with which they could display

Official NMC Uniform Shirts Available for Trainee New Member Coordinators!

That’s right!  You can now purchase your official New Member Coordinator (NMC) polo uniform shirt.  The council is selling the shirts through the membership committee. As it states in the NMC training, the official uniform shirt for the volunteer service in this position is the polo shirt.  This allows for a more friendly and open