Mary Lynne

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 »

Philmont Family

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 »

03.30.18 Elective Extravaganza

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 »

Two Special Scout Events at Shawnee Mountain – “Come as a Troop or Come as a Family”

Shawnee Mountain Ski Area - Ski Shawnee

Shawnee Mountain continues to offer these great events to Scouts of all ages in 2018: Super Scout Sunday on February 4 and Scout Weekend on March 10 & 11.  These events offer the best Scout discounts of the season; buy advanced tickets to save more. Hurry, tickets are limited. Click here for more details.

Summer STEM Institute

We are excited for the SSI program this summer.  Currently we are working on obtaining a larger facility to promote further expansion because of our great success over the years.  If you have a facility in mind, please check out the criteria to see if it would be a good match for us.  In the

Cub Scout Leader Training

Make your Cub Scout leader job EASIER and MORE FUN! An enthusiastic, trained leader can make the difference between a den or pack that is struggling, and one that is ready to take on the world. Find out how to use the “Cub Scout Adventure Leader Guides” and other resources available. After all, your Cub

Raritan Valley Klondike Trails

1.3.18 Raritan Valley Klondike Trails

TWO EVENTS ONE LOCATION! When: February 3, 2018 Where: Watchung Reservation For the Boy Scout Klondike Trail, click here. For the Raritan Valley Webelos Klondike Trail, click here. Girl dens are anticipated.   Any questions, please contact Dave Robbins, Governor at

Family Scouting – January 2018 start of girls in Cub Scouts!

To: All Patriots’ Path Council Cub Scout Packs Subject: Family Scouting – January 2018 start of girls in Cub Scouts! As you hopefully already know, the BSA’s Board of Directors recently approved a plan to invite girls and young women into all Scouting programs.  Requirements for females in the Scouting programs will be identical to

2018 Sussex District Klondike

2018 Sussex District Klondike Winnebago Scout Reservation Rockaway Twp., NJ Friday, Jan 26th- to Sunday Jan 28th A Junior and Senior Event This is Junior and Senior Scout event. A Junior Scout is a Scout from Scout rank to 1st Class rank, while a Senior Scout is one who is from 1st Class rank to

2018 Black River District Klondike Derby

BR Klondike

Where: Camp Akelaland, Trexler Scout Reservation, Effort, PA. When: January 26-28, 2018. Cost:  Before 1/12, $17.00 per person. After 1/12, $27.00 per person. Includes: Camping Facility Use, Klondike Patch, Dinner on Saturday, Campfire / Cracker Barrel and Movie on Saturday evening. Registration is online only.  See the Black River District calendar for more information, click here to register. Questions?

Philmont 2019

Patriots’ Path Council is currently accepting applications for crews to attend Philmont Scout Ranch in 2019 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

Sea Scout Ship 228

Sea Scout Ship 228 is preparing to embark upon a new year with exciting new opportunities for her crew and friends in Scouting.  The ship’s schedule has officially been released and we are happy to extend an invitation to our Scouting community to sail with us this year on one of our several scheduled excursions

Wood Badge: 15th Annual “Dining Out” Brunch

Mayfair Farms 481 Eagle Rock Ave, West Orange, NJ Saturday, January 20, 2018, 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  Special Guest Speaker: Bryan Wilson, M.D.  Cost:   $35.00 per Wood Badger $25.00 per Non-Wood Badge Guest $10.00 per Child  Register online: The idea of a “Dining-Out” was adopted many years ago by the British Army and

Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops

National just released a new version of Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops. This updated syllabus is in the format of a Facilitator Guide and should help enable boys and leaders to deliver a better course. You can find the new syllabus here.  

Patriots’ Path Council Holiday Video

Happy Holidays from Patriots’ Path Council, you can find our holiday video here.

Webelos First Aid Rally

February 10, 2018 This program is designed for the requirement “First Responder”. You and your Webelos Scout will be earning your basic First Aid card and your CPR Certification. Upon completion of the First Responder adventure, your Webelos Scout will have also earned the adventure pin. The program will be a 1 day event that

2018 Fishawack Klondike Derby

Fish Klondike

Where: Camp Somers, Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation When: February 3, 2018 from approx. 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Cost: $10.00 per Scout. Teams of Scouts will test their knowledge, skills, teamwork, physical endurance and mental ingenuity.  Scouts will not learn the actual events of the competition until the day of the Klondike. There will be

Family Scouting – January 2018 Start for Girls in Cub Scouts!

As you hopefully already know, the BSA’s Board of Directors recently approved a plan to invite girls and young women into all Scouting programs.  Requirements for females in the Scouting programs will be identical to the requirements for males. Starting in September 2018, girls will be able to join Cub Scouts.  Cub Scout dens will

Wood Badge Dining Out Breakfast: Keynote Speaker


Bryan Wilson MD to be keynote speaker at the January 20, 2018 Wood Badge Dining Out Breakfast at Mayfair Farms in West Orange. Bryan Wilson is an Eagle Scout from Troop 63 in Union, NJ, Munsee District, Patriots’ Path Council. He is also a Vigil Honor Member of Woapalanne Lodge #43. During his scouting tenure,

Alumni Trip to Colonial Williamsburg

We hope you and a guest will join us for the Alumni & Friends trip to Colonial Williamsburg. We will tour the wonderful Colonial Williamsburg throughout the weekend. The trip is from April 19 to April 22, 2018. For the full flyer, click here.

Alumni Trip to Westchester Broadway Theater

Join us for dinner and a show at the Westchester Broadway Theater on March 18, 2018. We will be seeing A Chorus Line while eating a delectable meal that is included in the price. For the full flyer, please click here.


Shawnee Mountain Ski Area - Ski Shawnee

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.       

Checklist for a Basic Cold Weather Outing

  You’re frantic. Panicked even. In exactly one hour, your troop is heading out the door on a cold weather outing — and you’re struggling to pack. What clothes do you need to bring? How about extra gear? No worries. Just take a deep breath and use this handy checklist. In addition to the basic

2018 LEDR

August 12-18, 2018. An exciting and educational week-long program, helping young men and women ages 15-20 years old connect with and become leaders in their community. Nominations open: January 15, 2018 For the full brochure, click here.

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!