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 »

Hurricane María Relief


Last September, Hurricane María – a category 5 hurricane – slammed through Puerto Rico causing destruction throughout the island and significant damage to the Concilio de Puerto Rico – the local Boy Scout Council on the island. A patch set to commemorate the recovery efforts and to help Scouting in Puerto Rico return to operations,



All units do recruiting for new Scouts.  In fact, some units may have a committee member or parent who was unofficially designated as their “recruiter”. Well, now BSA has created a formal position on your committee for this job: “NEW MEMBER COORDINATOR or NMC.” BSA is excited to roll out this new position, and is

#GivingTuesday #WeAreTheBSA

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 is #GivingTuesday. Help your friends and family celebrate the season of giving by posting, tweeting, and sharing what you are thankful for and the charities that have made a difference in your life and the life of your families! The BSA aims to build Character, Citizenship, Personal Fitness, and Leadership for

Family Program Questions and Answers

For the full Q&A, click here.


For the first time ever, Shawnee Mountain Group Sales will offer “Learn for a Lifetime” Scholarships to Scout troops making ski/snowboard group trips. Contact Alycen at (570) 421-7231 x201 for details. Shawnee Mountain … Your #1 Scout Headquarters for Snow Sports Fun. Visit our Group Sales website.

New Items at Your Scout Shop

Scout Shop Sales Associate Wanted

-Part time, 15-25 hours per week. -Immediate opening available. -Day, evening and Saturday hours available. -Retail/ Scouting experience, as well as knowledge of Word, Excel, and Power Point is helpful, but not required. -Responsible for sales of merchandise, reconciliation and posting of sales, program receipting, and inventory restocking. -Cedar Knolls store, 1 Saddle Rd., Cedar

Wood Badge Registration More Than Half Capacity

Although Wood Badge registration is more than half full, some may say it is a little more than half empty.  The realistic approach is you might just be missing out.  Register today to reserve your spot for the training of a lifetime.

2018 Eagle Scout Recognition & Reunion Dinner

Boy Scouts of America 2018 Eagle Scout Recognition & Reunion Dinner-Friday, January 5, 2018 Join us as we celebrate the 2017 Eagle Scout Class and 2018 Eagle Scout Hall of Fame Inductees on Friday, January 5, 2018 at the Hilton Parsippany. Click here to register.

2018 Silver Beavers


  Robert Corcoran – Sussex District Mark Johns – Watchung Mountain District Daniel Kaufman – Sussex District David McIntyre – Watchung Mountain District Eduard Mostert – Fishawack District Karen Rozek – Sussex District Adam Sonzogni – Fishawack District Rick Weber – Black River District

Join VEX at Medieval Times!

On Sunday, November 19, 2017, the VEX committee will be running a trip to Medieval Times.  We are welcoming all Scouts ages 14-21 to join in the fun!  There will be a utensil-free dinner with a show of jousting and horsemanship in a castle-like arena.  For the cost of only $45, you will have an

STEM Adventure Held During Teacher’s Convention!

Week of NJ Teacher’s Convention Who All students in first through sixth grade (for both boys and girls, Scouts and non-Scouts) Where Boy Scouts of America Headquarters, 1 Saddle Rd., Cedar Knolls, NJ, 07927 Date/Cost/Activities Thursday, November 9 – 8:45 am – 3:45 pm – $40 Ozobots, astronomy, chemistry, math experiments, special robotics presentation, & more! Friday, November


In collaboration with County College of Morris, Patriots’ Path Council is inviting middle and high-school age Boy Scouts, Sea Scout, Venturing and Exploring members from all our council area to participate in a day of STEM related activities on the County College of Morris Campus in Randolph on November 4th, 2017. To register please visit:

Pinewood Derby: Ace the Race!

Tips for a better build, a faster finish, and a derby day filled with fun. For the flyer, click here.

Trick/Trunk or Treat Cards – Recruit on Halloween

trick or treat recruitment cards

Just when you thought you could wrap up recruiting for the fall, there’s one more way you could gain some more youth in your pack or troop. Think about attaching a “Join Cub Scout” card on each piece of candy you hand out on Halloween. Or attach the joining card to the candy you hand

Lion Program Materials in the Scout Shop

Lion is a national pilot program of the Boy Scouts of America for kindergarten-age boys (who have turned 5 by September 1). In this family-orientated program, a youth and his parent or caring adult partner join Scouting together. A group of six to eight boys and their adult partners meet together in a group called

Annual Black Friday Blood Drive

In partnership with the New York Blood Center the Patriots’ Path Council, Boy Scouts of America will host its Black Friday Blood Drive. Blood donations will be collected on Friday, November 24th from 10:00 am- 4:00 pm at Patriots’ Path Council, 1 Saddle Road, Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927. For more information, click here. To register

Top 6 Things to Know About Inviting Girls to the BSA

October 13, 2017 This week, BSA’s volunteer-led board of directors unanimously approved a plan to invite girls and young women into all Scouting programs. Starting in 2018, Cub Scouting will be available to both girls and boys in the first through fifth grades (or 6 to 10 years old). A program for girls ages 11 to 17

2018 Alumni Gatherings-Save the Date

District Alumni Gatherings for 2018. For more information, click here.

SHAWNEE MOUNTAIN SKI AREA – “Your #1 Scout Headquarters for Snow Sports Fun”

Winter’s coming … what’s your activity plan? Want to learn a lifetime sport, go indoor camping, take the snow tubing plunge or earn merit badge requirements? Shawnee Mountain offers Cub and Boy Scouts great options for one-day or overnight trips. Click here to save up to 45% off retail ticket rates.    

Devils Scout Night

Friday, December 29, 2017 at 7:00 PM. For more details, click here.

New Recharter FAQ’s

In a constant desire to make life simpler for our volunteers, the national office has been working effortlessly on making the internet rechartering website more user friendly. On Monday, October 2nd the new website went live, replacing the old website. A PDF of screenshots can be found here Internet Rechartering Website with Screenshots. Click here

Fiscal Policies and Procedures for BSA Units

Has your unit had questions about checking accounts, insurance, tax-exempt status, or other fiscal issues?  The attached document, found here, answers many of these questions and should be required reading for committee chairs and unit treasurer’s.   

Now Hiring: System Administrator (Information Technology)

Have an individual in mind who is highly motivated in the information technology field?  Please forward them this position description for an opportunity to join the Patriots’ Path Council’s team.  Position description can be found here. Qualified applicants should direct their interest and resume to Andrew Joiner ( by end of November for interviews in

2017 Ethan Giving Tree

Hello Leaders, The Patriots’ Path Council Scout Shops are providing an opportunity for the Scouting community to help local Scout members who may be in need of uniforms and uniform items. This help will be done through The Ethan Giving Tree program starting October 1 through December 1, 2017. The Ethan Giving Tree program works

Bullying Awareness


The idea that a Scout should treat others as he or she wants to be treated—a Scout is kind—is woven throughout the programs and literature of the Boy Scouts of America. When a Scout follows the principles of the Scout Oath and Scout Law, bullying and hazing situations should never occur. These fact sheets will

What’s New at Your Scout Shops?

Scout Shop Fall Hours NEW!!!Cedar Knolls – 1 Saddle Road M-T-W-Th 9 AM – 7:30 PM Friday 9 AM-5 PM Sat 9 AM-3 PM 973-765-9322 X241 Mountainside 1130 Rt. 22 West in the Verrex building M-F 9-2 PM and 4-7 PM, Sat 10 AM-3 PM 908-654-9191 Both shops closed on Sundays. Please check for

Message from the Northeast Region BSA regarding Scouting in Puerto Rico

As you probably are aware, Northeast Region Area 5 includes all of New Jersey, parts of Pennsylvania, Transatlantic Council, and Puerto Rico.   After a long period of silence due to lack of power, cellular and landline service, we have just recently received word how Puerto Rico Council BSA’s Office and Camp Guajataka fared due to

Four Centuries in a Weekend-Explore the Historic Sites of Union County!

October 21-22, 2017 Saturday 10 am – 5 pm | Sunday 12 – 5 pm More than 30 sites open to the public – many offering special activities & events! Bring your Scouts out for this awesome event!

Shawnee Mountain

Shawnee Mountain Ski Area - Ski Shawnee

October SHAWNEE MOUNTAIN SKI AREA – “Your #1 Scout Headquarters for Snow Sports Fun” Winter’s coming… what’s your activity plan? Want to learn a lifetime sport, go indoor camping, take the snow tubing plunge to earn merit badge requirements? Shawnee Mountain offers Cub and Boy Scouts great options for one-day or overnight trips. Click here

Scout Scholar Athlete Award Nominations

Nominate your Scout(s) for the Scout Scholar Athlete Award! Nominations must be submitted by midnight on Friday, October 13th! Nominate your Scout(s) today! The nomination form can be found here.

Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science

Friday, November 3, 2017 at 7:00 PM. For flyer, click here.

Patriots’ Path Council, BSA Scout Shops

Our annual 10% off sale dates have changed. It is now a week-long sale from 11-4 thru 11-11, excluding Sunday. This sale includes all items except awards/advancements, uniforms/insignia, and custom/special orders. Limited to store stock only. We will not be open Thanksgiving weekend. For flyer, click here.

PPC Outfitters: Cub Package

Cub Package Special Package Price $137.99 Package value $156.96 Package Includes: – Canyon 30 Liters Backpack – Headlamp – Sleeping Bag (35 degrees) – Nalgene Water Bottle 16 oz. To see the flyer, click here.  Click HERE to place your order now! Please contact Steve Beirach at for ordering or for more details. Colors

Holiday Greeting Cards Council-Wide Project

Patriots’ Path Council has partnered with Brighton Cromwell of Randolph, NJ, to deliver 1,300 holiday greetings to our servicemen and women around the world. We hope that your den, patrol and crew members would write / draw a letter, or card (see attached for an idea) offering your thanks and best wishes for them and

Mad Science Has a Program For You!

Entertainment for Blue & Gold Dinners, Science Nights & Badge Workshops, and much more. For more information, click here.

Registration Now Open for STEM University at CCM

In collaboration with County College of Morris, Patriots’ Path Council is inviting middle and high-school age Boy Scouts, Sea Scouts, Venturing and Exploring members from all our council area to participate in a day of STEM related activities on the County College of Morris Campus in Randolph on November 4, 2017. To register please visit:

Welcome Back Ian Craig!

Ian with Family

Returning for his 8th summer organizing the SAC Trek Program, Ian Craig is very excited for the 2018 season! He has been involved with BSA summer trekking programs in the Adirondacks for 10+ years and the BSA National Camping School Trek Leader (Voyageur) program as a staff member for 11 years. An Eagle Scout originally



On November 4, 2017, our council advancement committee will run our Merit Badge Intro Workshop & Den Chief Training at Brooklawn Middle School in Parsippany. Among new badges covered this year will be Medicine, Exploration, Law, and Backpacking. The purpose of the workshop is to introduce badges to the Scouts and to help them understand

Jack Frost Big Boulder Scout Sundays

Jack Frost Big Boulder Scout Sundays Sunday fun at special Scout prices at Jack Frost Big Boulder. Skiing/ Snowboarding. Groups of 15 more more/ Ages 8+. Advanced reservations required. Please call 570.443.8425 or email GroupSales@JFBBcom   Click here for flier.

2018 Scout Patch Design Contest For Whitewater Challengers


Submit your idea for the 2018 Scout Patch for Whitewater Challenger Deadline to enter: December 30, 2017 Guidelines: Please take into consideration the activities that we offer at the Whitewater Challengers Lehigh River Adventure Center. Designs must include: “2018”, “SCOUT”, and “Whitewater Challengers”. The design can be any shape no larger than 3″ x3″. We are suggesting

Red Bulls Scout Night

Red Bulls

Sunday, October 15, 2017  at Red Bulls Arena, 5 pm. Join your New York Red Bulls as they take on Atlanta United for Scout Night at Red Bull Arena. All Scouts in attendance will be recognized on the in-arena video boards and will receive a limited edition New York Red Bulls patch. As an added value,

New York Jets Scout Night

New York Jets vs. Jacksonville Jaguars October 1, 2017  at 1 pm. The first 5 units to get to 25 tickets sold will participate in the flag holder experience on the field! Click for more information.

Jamboree on the Air – October 20-22, 2017

Jambo on the air

Jamboree on the Air is an annual Scouting event that uses amateur radio to link Scouts around the world, across the country and in your own community. There are no official hours, so you have the whole weekend to make JOTA contacts. The event officially starts Friday evening during the JOTA Jump Start and runs through Sunday evening. Who: Scouts

The Great Pumpkin’s A to Z Hunt


Sunday fun for the entire family at Camp Wheeler. Check out after the hunt and enjoy a hot dog, juice and cookies. Fee $4 per Cub/adult/sibling. Dates available are: 9/24, 10/1, 10/15, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12. All registrations must be done by phone first. Call Tom Stoddard at 973-765-9322 X 413. Click for the sign up form.

Sussex Family Camping


October 6-8 2017, Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation Fee: $18 per person, including Saturday’s dinner. Children 5 and under are free. Registration is online only and must be completed by  September 30. The theme for this event is Vikings! Our Scouts will build Viking long boats and trebuchets and chuck apples into the lake. The events we have

Raritan Valley Rocket Launch – October 7, 2017

Rocket Launch

North Branch Park – Bridgewater. Fee: $13 per Scout which includes rocket and patch. Co-sponsored by the Radical Rocketeers.   For more information contact: or Deb Hopkins at (908) 444-2588 or e-mail: Click to register.

Cub Scout Adventure Day: October 7, 2017

Watchung CSDC

Adventure Day at Watchung Day Camp is a fun-filled event this fall for parents and children to come and see what summer camp and Scouting is all about. This event is absolutely free. Some of the activities included are Nature, Art and Crafts, Sports and Games, Scoutcraft, BB/Archery, Cooking, and STEM. Regular events will be running all day. Specialized events such

Fishing News


Information on the upcoming fall trout stocking season is available on the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife website. As in past years the fish will be 2-year old Rainbow Trout measuring 14″ up to 22″ in length and weighing one-and-a-half pounds to almost eight pounds. Visit for the schedule and more information.   CAI (Certified

Save The Date for the College of Commissioner Science

Saturday, April 14, 2018. For more information, click here.