PPC Implements New Calendar

A new and improved calendar has been implemented that better integrates Patriots’ Path Council events and activities onto one calendar. The calendar features a way to filter or categorize different types of More »

Updates Made to Incident Reporting and Safety Guide

Scout safety is our top priority! Since the beginning of August, the Boy Scouts of America has made updates to incident reporting and to the Guide to Safe Scouting. All incident reports More »

Patriots’ Path Council Continues to Grow

As mentioned in the last Signs-Up!, we have a goal of recruiting 1,500 new families and growing the council back to 10,000 Scouts taking part in our program. To help in this More »

Scouting for Food Helps Stop Hunger

Scouting for Food is the Boy Scouts of America’s nationwide service project to help stop hunger in our communities. It began as a Scout’s service project in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1985, More »

Scouting is in the Air!

Scouting is in the air! Fall is more than crisp air and pumpkin spice; it is the start to the Scouting year. The past two weekends have been packed with Scouting activities. More »

PPC Implements New Calendar

A new and improved calendar has been implemented that better integrates Patriots’ Path Council events and activities onto one calendar. The calendar features a way to filter or categorize different types of event types, and a way to subscribe to the calendar feed. Be sure to check it out at https://ppcbsa.org/calendar/.

Updates Made to Incident Reporting and Safety Guide

Scout safety is our top priority! Since the beginning of August, the Boy Scouts of America has made updates to incident reporting and to the Guide to Safe Scouting. All incident reports must be filed with the Boy Scouts of America in Riskonnect within 72 hours of the incident. Incident reports are important to the

University of Scouting Will Be Held in December

Patriots’ Path Council will hold its University of Scouting on Saturday, December 4, 2021, in person at Our Lady of Peace Elementary School, located on South Street in New Providence. Check-in will begin at 8 a.m., followed by the opening ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Classes are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. University of Scouting

Patriots’ Path Council Continues to Grow

As mentioned in the last Signs-Up!, we have a goal of recruiting 1,500 new families and growing the council back to 10,000 Scouts taking part in our program. To help in this effort, we have released the information for units to claim their recruiting incentive rewards, and we look forward to publicly recognizing those units

Submit News About Unit Projects

We want to hear all about the great projects your unit performs, and be sure to include a nice picture or two! Check out the Community Service Page for information on submitting a description and picture of your service projects, other information on service, and how to contact your district community service chair.  

Scouting for Food Helps Stop Hunger

Scouting for Food is the Boy Scouts of America’s nationwide service project to help stop hunger in our communities. It began as a Scout’s service project in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1985, and was adopted by the Boy Scout National Organization in 1988. You are welcome to host a Scouting for Food Drive at any

Scouting is in the Air!

Scouting is in the air! Fall is more than crisp air and pumpkin spice; it is the start to the Scouting year. The past two weekends have been packed with Scouting activities. We had over 1,250 people (Scouts, siblings and parents) take part in activities at both Winnebago and Mount Allamuchy Scout reservations. And that

Munsee Breakfast Planned in January

The 2020/2021 Munsee Recognition and Farewell Breakfast will be held Saturday, January, 8, 2022, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Holy Spirit Church in Union, New Jersey. The breakfast will be a catered affair. Business casual attire recommended – uniforms always welcome. Please arrange for the honorees and friends from your unit to attend. This

Union County’s Deserted Village to Come Alive

The Deserted Village of Feltville will once again host an annual open house featuring colonial games, cider pressing, an archaeological activity and guided tours as part of Union County’s Four Centuries in a Weekend event October 16 and 17, 2021, from noon to 5 p.m. each day. All activities for the Four Centuries in a

Registration Open for Florida Sea Base Adventure

Patriots’ Path Council is offering a Florida Sea Base Exploring Adventure August 14-21, 2022, and registration is now open. Contingent size is limited. The group will live onboard a sailing vessel, snorkel, and sail the waters surrounding the Florida Keys. The contingent will leave a day earlier on August 13 to tour Florida. Participants must be 14

2022 PPC Awards Nomination Forms Now Available

Patriots’ Path Council is now accepting nominations for the awards listed below.  Deadline for submitting nominations is December 1, 2021. Click on the award name to link to the nomination form on the PPC web site. Silver Beaver Award:  For distinguished and noteworthy service of exceptional character to youth by registered Scouters in any program

It’s Popcorn Season!

Now is the time to raise the money you need to fund your program for the year. Popcorn order forms are available from your pack or troop’s Popcorn Kernel. Sell to family, friends and neighbors. Family and friends not close? Scouts can also sell online;  send a message with your key code so you get

National Jamboree Planned in 2023

The next National Jamboree will occur July 19-28, 2023, at the Summit Bechtel Family Reserve in West Virginia. Check out the Patriot Path Council’s National Jamboree website at https://ppcbsa.org/2023jambo, where the latest information will be posted. Please also visit the site to fill out an interest form until the registration system is live. Youth qualifications

Recruiting Incentive Program Offered

Patriots’ Path Council has a goal of recruiting 1,500 new youth to Scouting! Those 1,500 youth will help grow the council to more than 10,000 youth taking part in Scouting. PPC has decided to help every Scout unit by providing an incentive program that benefits not only the unit, but families as well. If a

Youth Protection Topics for Youth Recently Released

Just recently, the national office released resources for youth to participate in different topics with Youth Protection. Curriculum can be worked on either at home or with the different rank or age criteria. Any previous curriculum for youth has already been discontinued for several years and must not be used. In the Cub Scout program,

Woodsman’s Thong Course Planned at Winnebago

Woodsman’s Thong, a unique training course developed by Scouters from Patriots’ Path Council, will be held October 23 and 24, 2021. The training course is designed to increase your knowledge of the outdoors and the skills you need to keep your outdoor program exciting. It will provide a foundation for your unit’s high adventure program.

2022 Recharter System Opens October 15

A message from Mike Wellech, council registrar: The 2022 recharter is being processed through Internet Advancement this year. The system opens to volunteers on October 15, 2021. On September 22 there will be a sandbox version of this recharter portal available for volunteers to play around in. Your username is the same one you would

Updated Advancement Guide Features 11 Key Changes

A recent article from Bryan On Scouting explains key changes in the 2021 Guide to Advancement. A total of 11 key changes are highlighted in the online article. Feedback from volunteers from across the country was incorporated into the new and improved guide. Click here for the article and for more information.  

Only One Spot Left for November NYLT Program

At press time, only one spot remains for the the November National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) program, which will take place at Winnebago Scout Reservation on the weekends of November 5-7 and November 12-14, 2021. If registration is full, please take advantage of the waitlist option; you will be notified if a spot becomes available.

Operating Hours at Scout Shops, Service Center

The Patriots’ Path Council Scout shops and service center recently updated their operating hours. PPC’s Cedar Knolls service center, located at 1 Saddle Road, will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Saturday and Sunday. The Scout shops will be open the following hours until further notice:     Kurland

Now’s the Time to Recruit New Scouts

It’s time to recruit new Scouts! School has begun and the Scouting year has started. With that comes families looking for activities for their youth to join. Scouting is a great family activity as you already know, and we have many resources to help you invite new families to join us as we get ready

Recharter Season is Just Around the Corner

A message from Mike Wellech, council registrar: Recharter season is coming. In September, your district executive will send an email out to the committee chairpersons, Scoutmasters, Cubmasters, Venture leaders, Skippers and Explorer Post advisors with information on how to recharter. So please be on the look out for this; it will arrive before the end

Scouts Enjoy All the Summit Has to Offer

Patriots’ Path Council had 30 youth and six adult advisors – representing all six PPC districts and 16 units – attend the Orion Project at Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia the week of July 18-24. The group participated in mountain biking, class 3 and 4 whitewater rafting the New River, kayaking, paddleboarding, skateboarding, BMX

Denville Troop 17 Honors 12 Eagle Scouts

Scouts BSA Troop 17 in Denville recently held an Eagle Court of Honor for 12 new Eagle Scouts. The event was held in Dragonetti Auditorium on the Randolph campus of County College of Morris. The ceremony featured a slideshow of the 12 Eagle Scouts as they trekked their trail to Eagle, as well as a

Watchung Reservation Reopens for Overnight Group Camping

The Union County Department of Parks & Recreation has announced that it has reopened the Scout Camping Area in the Watchung Reservation for overnight group camping, and applications are now being accepted. The Scout Camping Area can be utilized by any Scout group (and, in fact, by any nationally recognized youth-serving organization). The permit fee

Featured Scouts: Andrew and Alex Noviello

Andrew and Alex Noviello are twin brothers who recently became Eagle Scouts and earned the BSA William T. Hornaday Silver Medal. The brothers are pictured at left with Patriots’ Path Council Scout Executive Marc Andreo. Through completing numerous conservation-service projects around New Jersey for the Hornaday Award, Alex and Andrew realized the difficulty of fundraising

PPC Sends Record Number of Crews to Philmont

It has been an amazing summer so far as three of our seven contingents have either returned home or are preparing to leave Philmont in the days ahead. Our first contingent to travel to Philmont just returned. Between delayed crews and those planned for 2021, Patriots’ Path Council will be sending 28 crews and 326

Scouts Learn Leadership Skills at NYLT

During the week of June 27 through July 3, a total of 62 Scouts from PPC and several other councils attended the National Youth Leadership Training program at Winnebago Scout Reservation. The Scouts were split into two troops and learned leadership skills, which they will use back at their troops and in all their future

Scouts Enjoy Raritan Valley Rocket Launch

On June 27 at North Branch Park in Bridgewater, Raritan Valley District held its annual rocket launch. Both parents and Scouts had a great time, and with over 42 rockets successfully built and launched, this year’s rocket launch was a resounding success.

PPC Honors Adult Volunteers and Youth Leaders

Over 100 people came out to Winnebago Scout Reservation on June 19 for the Patriots’ Path Council Awards Celebration. The council presented the 2021 Silver Beaver Awards (recipients pictured at left), Trailblazer Awards, Youth Leadership Awards, Medal of Merit Awards, Woods Service Award, Silver Buffalo Award, PPC Alumnus of the Year Award, and Sea Scouting

Raritan Valley Cub Scouts Enjoy Pinewood Derby

Raritan Valley District held it annual district Pinewood Derby on June 19. It was a fun event for all the attendees, particularly for those Scouts that went home with a trophy. We hope to see you at next year’s district Pinewood Derby!  

Guidelines Help Provide a Safe Environment for Scouts

This year as we celebrate the National Safety Council’s 25th anniversary of National Safety Month, the Patriots’ Path Risk Management Committee encourages all Scouts and Scouters to review some of the important guidelines and procedures available to help you provide a safe environment for all involved in the Scouting program. We are spotlighting the following

Online Registration Transfers Available

Updates from Mike Wellech, PPC registration manager: Online Transfers Unit to Unit or Council to Council Moving out of the area? You can process your transfer to another council using your My.Scouting account. Just like transferring Scouts or adults to another unit within Patriots’ Path Council, you can now transfer yourself or your child, or

Fall Workshops to Focus on Merit Badges

The 2021 Merit Badge Introduction Workshop will be held on three separate dates – November 6, November 13 and December 11. Virtual classes will be available via Zoom on all three dates, and some in-person classes will be offered on November 6 and 13 at Camp Winnebago and Flanders Park in Mount Olive. Online registration

Raritan Valley Cub Scouts Have Fun at Camp

From June 4 to 6, Raritan Valley District held its spring Cub Scout family camporee event at Winnebago Scout Reservation. Over 250 Scouts, siblings and parents enjoyed a weekend of shooting sports, fishing, a petting zoo, and pony rides. Over the weekend, several Cub Scouts earned their Bobcat rank, created cards for kids in the

New Eagle Scouts Recognized at Brunch

The Patriots’ Path Council held its 2021 Eagle Scout Recognition and Reunion Brunch on Sunday, June 6, at Camp Winnebago. Over 300 guests were excited to be out and recognize the new Eagle Scouts and 2021 Hall of Fame Inductees. This 17th annual recognition included the class of Eagles from January 1, 2020,  to February

Virtual 5K Run Raises $4,800

A big thank you to the 100 participants, 23 donors and the top five sponsors who came together in May and raised over $4,800 during Patriots’ Path Council’s virtual 5K run/walk. The four key sponsors for the fourth annual event were:

Munsee Scouts Enjoy Weekend at Camp Somers

Munsee District conducted a joint Scout BSA and Cub Scout family camping overnight weekend at Camp Somers June 5 and 6. There were 142 youth and adults who participated. The main program was shooting sports, fishing and hiking. It was a great opportunity for families to get out and enjoy camping since the COVID-19 pandemic

Ford Units Show Their Support on Memorial Day

Cub Scout packs 26 and 53, along with Scouts BSA troops 26 and 53, sponsored by the Fords Fire Company in Fords, New Jersey, had a great turnout on Memorial Day to show their support for the Fords VFW, and to show their respect for those who served and sacrificed their lives to keep our

Arrowmen Complete Induction into Vigil Honor

On May 15, Woapalanne Lodge celebrated 12 outstanding Arrowmen who completed their induction into the Vigil Honor. The Vigil Honor, as described by the Order of the Arrow, is the highest honor that the Order of the Arrow can bestow upon its members for service to lodge, council and Scouting. Membership cannot be won by

Simple Fix for Restoring Access to Record Advancement

A note from Mike Wellech, council registrar: I’m still getting a lot of emails and phone calls about why a volunteer has lost his or her access to record advancement. It’s a simple fix, but it can only be assigned by a member of your Key 3 (charter organization rep, committee chair, unit leader). This

Black River District Holds Fun Festivals

This past weekend, the Black River District hosted two Cub Scout fun festivals to recruit new youth into local packs, and to showcase the fun Scouting has to offer. Twenty four new interested Scouts and their families attended. On May 21 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, packs and troops from Roxbury and Mount Olive townships set

Pack Camping Returns at Spring Camporee

Pack camping returned to Patriots’ Path Council on May 22-23 as packs from the Sussex and Fishawack districts held a spring camporee at Winnebago Scout Reservation. Activities included BB, archery, rowboats, obstacle course, Cubmobiles, fishing and bouldering wall. One hundred twenty-one Cub Scouts attended, and the total attendance with parents and siblings was 276.

Watchung Mountain Cub Scouts Enjoy Camporee

The Watchung Mountain District Spring Cub Camporee was held the weekend of May 14-16, 2021, at Winnebago Scout Reservation. There were 332 attendees from 13 Cub Scout packs. In addition to a variety of activities, the day featured a Scout earning a free week at camp for catching a 15-inch Largemouth Bass. Special thanks to

Raritan Valley District Holds Recognition Breakfast

On Saturday, May 22, 80 members of the Raritan Valley District joined together to celebrate the hard work in 2019 and 2020 of their adult volunteers. There were 34 Hero certificates awarded, and 25 awards presented including seven District Awards of Merit. Mike O’Shea received his 50-year service pin, and Tony Sarao  received his 75-year

PPC Chess Club Continues to Grow

Patriots’ Path Council has been hosting online chess tournaments for Scouts monthly since the onset of the pandemic, and more than 1,700 games have been completed. Chess, already a popular pursuit among Scouts (the second most popular merit badge not required for Eagle), has seen a real boost this year. Players of all skill levels

Update Email Addresses in ScoutBook

If you’ve noticed in ScoutBook that your email address has changed to [email protected], it generally means that when your account was synced to ScoutBook from ScoutNet, there was another ScoutBook account already utilizing your email address. This very likely happened because when your son or daughter was registered, they were using your email address. Then

Member Transfers Can Be Done Through My.Scouting Portal

A reminder from Mike Wellech, council registrar: Last November, National updated the My.Scouting.org portal to allow units to transfer members without submitting applications. Transfers cannot not be done using www.BeAScout.org, or ScoutBook. This will usually create a duplicate profile and is a headache to resolve down the line, plus data and records are sometimes lost

Black River Cub Scouts Enjoy Fun Day at Camp Somers

On Saturday, May 1, the Black River District held its spring Cub Scout Family Camporee Fun Day event at Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation, Camp Somers. Over 400 Scouts, siblings and parents enjoyed a day of shooting sports, fishing, disability awareness, knot tying skill development and nature hikes around Frenchie Pond.  The weather was spectacular, and

Arrowmen Hold Day of Service at Winnebago

The Woapalanne Lodge of the Order of the Arrow had a day of service at Winnebago Scout Reservation on April 17. Thirty-three Arrowmen zip-lined across Durham Pond to create a trail from the zip line to the start of the eight-platform challenge course and then zip-lined back. Several took on the challenge of the all-new