Scout Shops Offer Holiday Stocking Stuffers

Support your local Scout shop by purchasing your stocking stuffers for your Scouts and Scouters. The Scout shops in Cedar Knolls and Mountainside have gifts under $10 that would be great for More »

‘Just Ask One’ to Join Scouting

JUST ASK ONE! Help introduce one family to Scouting today! Ask a neighbor or friend with children to come to your meetings and see what Scouting is about. Have your Scouts ask More »

Youth Leadership Award Deadline Extended

The deadline for the 2020 Youth Leadership Award has been extended to December 15. The Youth Leadership Award is presented for distinguished leadership by a youth member. Click here for more information More »

Camping Opportunities Available

With new changes to the New Jersey guidelines for social distancing, Patriots’ Path Council is proud to offer Scouts of all ages and their families the chance to return the outdoors. Winnebago More »

Mt. Allamuchy to Offer Archery and BB Gun Shooting

Following New Jersey state safety guidelines, Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation will offer indoor archery and BB gun shooting at the Kent Center, a heated facility, this winter. Dates in 2021 include: January More »

Scout Shops Offer Holiday Stocking Stuffers

Support your local Scout shop by purchasing your stocking stuffers for your Scouts and Scouters. The Scout shops in Cedar Knolls and Mountainside have gifts under $10 that would be great for them. Click here for gift ideas. The Cedar Knolls Scout Shop is located at 1 Saddle Road in Cedar Knolls. It is open

‘Just Ask One’ to Join Scouting

JUST ASK ONE! Help introduce one family to Scouting today! Ask a neighbor or friend with children to come to your meetings and see what Scouting is about. Have your Scouts ask a friend to attend, follow up and sign them up! Please reach out and just ask one to join. MEMBERSHIP RECRUITING – FALL

Fishawack to Honor Its Finest at Dinner

Fishawack’s Finest Fellowship Dinner is planned for Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at the Hanover Manor, 16 Eagle Rock Ave. in East Hanover. Select one of the volunteers in your unit to receive the Fishawack’s Finest knot.  The only criteria for receiving the Fishawack’s Finest is the gratitude and affection of other leaders in your unit.

Youth Leadership Award Deadline Extended

The deadline for the 2020 Youth Leadership Award has been extended to December 15. The Youth Leadership Award is presented for distinguished leadership by a youth member. Click here for more information and the nomination form.

Flintlocks Support PPC’s Toys for Tots Program

Every year, the Flintlocks enthusiastically support the Patriots’ Path Council’s Toys for Tots program. The new toys are collected at the Flintlock Building at Camp Winnebago in Rockaway, New Jersey, and then Flintlocks President John Koneski delivers them to the council office. The photo at left shows 12 of the 27 Flintlocks in disguise wearing

Camping Opportunities Available

With new changes to the New Jersey guidelines for social distancing, Patriots’ Path Council is proud to offer Scouts of all ages and their families the chance to return the outdoors. Winnebago Scout Reservation in Rockaway and Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation in Stanhope are excited to open their gates. To make reservations, please contact Curt

Mt. Allamuchy to Offer Archery and BB Gun Shooting

Following New Jersey state safety guidelines, Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation will offer indoor archery and BB gun shooting at the Kent Center, a heated facility, this winter. Dates in 2021 include: January 2, 16, 30 February 13, 27 March 13, 27 Additional dates may be available upon request (spring dates to follow). Recommended best practices

Orion Project Adventure Planned in 2021

The Summit Bechtel Reserve is throwing open its gates to any Scout who wants to experience everything the Summit has to offer from July 18 to 24, 2021. The Summit has combined all its best programs into one adventure called the Orion Project for the 2021 season only. The program is open to all members of

Transfers Can Now Be Completed Online

My.scouting.org users can now transfer from one Scout unit to another without having to take a new application into the council service center. On the “My Application” tab on my.scouting.org, you can transfer yourself as an adult volunteer or your youth member from unit to unit. Unit leaders will be able to transfer youth by

Fishawack District Plans Annual Meeting

The Fishawack District Annual Meeting will be held virtually on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. The Fishawack nominating committee will present a slate of nominees for district member at large. For more info, click here.

BSA Introduces Distinguished Conservation Service Award

Conservation and the Boy Scouts of America have been partners for a long time. Camping, hiking, and respect for the outdoors are a part of the Scouting heritage. Many of the requirements for advancement from Tenderfoot through the Eagle Scout rank call for an increasing awareness and understanding of the natural sciences. Many former Scouts

Crews Can Submit Applications for Philmont 2022

Patriots’ Path Council has reserved 20 Philmont crews for the summer of 2022, with an estimated cost of $2,475 per person. Each crew must consist of 12 Scouts and Scouters, with a minimum of 3 adults and 9 youths, and a maximum of 4 adults and 8 youths. A unit may submit more than one

Shawnee Plans Scout Events in 2021

Shawnee Mountain Ski Area will hold its fifth annual Super Scout Sunday on Sunday, February 7, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The rain-or-shine event is for Scouts BSA youth and their immediate family members. Online advance ticket sales only; no “day of” ticket sales. For more information, click here for the event flyer.

Scout Shop Offers Socks Promotion

Continuing through January 2, 2021, the Scout Shop Thorlos promo is back! All Thorlos brand socks will be 25% off when you buy 2 or more! The promotion will be available in the Scout Shops in Cedar Knolls and Mountainside. Thorlos brand socks are official BSA uniform apparel. They’re also wonderful for hiking, running, athletics,

Giving Tree to Help Scouts in Need

The Patriots’ Path Council’s 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 accomplished through the Holiday Giving Tree program continuing through December 19, 2020. The Holiday Giving Tree program works on a donation basis.

Arboretum Offers In-Person Scout Workshops

The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, located at 353 East Hanover Ave. in Morris Township, is offering a variety of in-person workshops for Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA. The in-person Cub Scout elective/achievements workshops are tailored to all age levels and are available year-round. The staff of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum offers fun, hands-on programs that can help Scouts

Changes to Scoutbook Login Take Effect

Effective October 28, 2020, Scoutbook now uses the same login and password as my.scouting.org. Here’s how to tell if you are set up for Single Sign On (SSO) login into Scoutbook: If you ARE NOT set up for SSO you will receive a banner that will tell you that you are not set up for

Online Registration Portal to Run Continuously

New members who apply online through the BeAScout.org website are normally charged the prorated fee from the current month through the end of the current year. And in the past, National would disable the “Apply Now” button in BeAScout.org in December to force new members to use paper applications, so they’re not lost in the

Holiday Drive-In to Feature ‘Elf’

The Patriots’ Path Council is having a “Christmas In The Woods” drive-in movie night on Saturday, December 12, at Winnebago Scout Reservation in Rockaway. The movie “Elf” will be shown. Please share with friends and family. Arrival and concessions begin at 4:30 p.m., with Santa’s estimated time of arrival at 5 p.m. A tree lighting

Toys for Tots Drive Continues Until December 14

The Patriots’ Path Council Community Service Committee asks the packs, troops and crews of the council to assist with the annual drive of new and unwrapped toys. You can collect toys and donate to an organization of your choice, or drop off toys at the following locations for donation to the United States Marines Corps’ Toys for Tots

Munsee District to Hold Klondike Challenge

The Munsee District will hold its 2021 Klondike Challenge February 13, 2021. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Watchung Reservation. This year’s theme is “Masters of the North.” For additional information on the event, click here.

Reporting Community Service for PPC

With the National system for reporting discontinued, we are asking units to report service hours on Scoutbook (for your individual records and advancement) and also via the Patriots’ Path Council app, or via the PPC website by clicking here. The app and website are very user friendly.  You do not need a unit ID number

Park Commission Offers Scout Programs

The Morris County Park Commission is offering a variety of programs to Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA, including merit badge offerings. All the programs are offered at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, located at 247 Southern Boulevard in Chatham Township. Click here for more details and registration information.

There’s Still Time to Sell Popcorn Online

YES, you can still sell popcorn ONLINE – until December 21 – and earn funds for your unit, and the Scouts can earn prizes and start some advancement. The Scouts, our youth, gain the following from the popcorn sale: Increased personal skills Prizes Higher self-esteem Prizes AND earn money to pay for Scout expenses Greater

Camporees Enjoyed by Scouts and Their Families

The Joint Fishawack/Sussex Scouts BSA Camporee was held at Camp Somers on Saturday, September 26. Due to COVID 19 restrictions this was a “daytime only” event, but many troops decided to family camp after the program concluded. In total, 167 participants, including 13 troops from Fishawack and Sussex, enjoyed the program and excellent weather. In

Training Offered for Youth Leaders

In response to the needs of youth leaders in troops and crews, Scouting U has released two new virtual training programs for Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST), and Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews (ILSC). These new temporary instructional training programs are available by logging onto https://my.scouting.org and launching the BSA Learn Center. When the Learn Center opens you

Invite New Members to Your Unit Via Virtual Recruitment

A step-by-step plan is now available to guide unit leaders through running a recruitment event virtually. For more information, click here.  

Eagle Scout Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

The Patriots’ Path Council is proud and excited to announce the 2021 Eagle Scout Hall of Fame inductees! Congratulations to: Laurence T. Cleveland, Eagle Class 1984 Alvin and Andy Dietz, Eagle Class 1969 Joseph M. Fucito, Eagle Class 1974 David E. Setzer, Eagle Class 1950 Ernesto Soler, Eagle Class 1979 These six Eagle Scouts will be

Munsee Holds Membership Carnival

Munsee District held a membership carnival on October 3, 2020, at Ernest Oros Preserve Park in Woodbridge. About 150 people attended, with 41 new youth and their families participating in the day’s activities. A big thank you to Pack and Troop 53 from Fords for attending and helping to run the model campsite and stomp

2021 Individual Philmont Opportunities Still Available

Patriots’ Path Council currently has availability for individuals and small groups to join one of our 2021 contingents going to Philmont Scout Ranch between late June and early August. This trip will be a fun-filled 15-day adventure, which includes a two-day tour of the front range of the Colorado Rockies. Visit the Air Force Academy,

Scout Shops Update Fall Hours

Beginning Monday, September 28, 2020, the Patriots’ Path Council’s Scout Shops will have updated fall hours. The Cedar Knolls Scout Shop will be open: Monday – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday – 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Wednesday – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday – 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Friday – 9

Service Award Recipients Announced

Very belated CONGRATULATIONS to the recipients of the 2019 Community Service Award: Black River – Pack 45, Pack 147, Troop 312, Troop 390 Fishawack – Pack 40, Troop 79, Troop 8, Crew 314 Munsee – Pack 145, Troop 23, Troop 145 Raritan Valley – Pack 96, Troop 12, Troop 41 Sussex – Pack 183, Troop 85,

Chess Tournament Winners Named

Overdue CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of the August 22, 2020, Patriots’ Path Council Chess Club tournament: 1st – MegaRainyBull – Thomas M. 2nd – GladFullLava – Timothy V. 3rd – ZanyPastSand – Ethan A. The club can be even more successful by letting your chess playing friends know they can join the club and get

Community Service Continues through Pandemic

Thank you to all of our Scouting community for all the service you have been doing this pandemic. We would love to share your stories and pictures of how you have been helpful. Please send your pictures and stories to Linda Cummings at [email protected] For more information on the annual Scouting for Food campaign, click

BSA Membership Group on Facebook

A group of volunteers from New Jersey BSA councils has created this group on Facebook focused on membership growth. You can join the group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/802920240270209/?source_id=325959311231170. Please encourage other interested Scouters to join.

PPC Offers Historic Trails Hikes

Patriots’ Path Council has several historic trails within its council area that allow Scouts to explore New Jersey’s rich history. The historic trail hikes have options suitable for Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA and Venture Scouts. Historic hikes not only give Scouts the opportunity to learn about the history of the area they are hiking, they

Important Advancement Updates

This Scouts BSA COVID19 Updates pdf, eventually to be added to the National COVID-19 FAQ, includes temporary deferments on swimming and camping requirements and an update to the Eagle extension process.

Member Care Call Center Ceases Operations

As of September 1, 2020, the Boy Scouts of America no longer operates its Member Care Call Center and has shifted this responsibility to Patriots’ Path Council. We can be reached Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to  5 p.m. at 973-267-3407. Please be patient as our employees learn to navigate through these new responsibilities.

Plan a Scavenger Hunt for Cub Scouts

Cub Scout leaders are facing some challenges in recruiting new Cub Scouts. With that in mind, Patriots’ Path Council wants to encourage packs to bring in as many members as they can. Click here for a plan to run a scavenger hunt for your pack that offers one activity that could attract families of Cub

Restart Scouting Checklist

This Restart Scouting Checklist outlines several minimum guiding protocols that adult leaders/volunteers must consider while working with local and state health departments. If it is not practical to meet these minimal protocols, do not restart in-person activities. Additional information is available at https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/HealthSafety/pdf/680-693.pdf  

Shop with AmazonSmile to Support PPC

AmazonSmile customers can now support Patriots’ Path Council in the Amazon shopping app in iOS and Android mobile phones! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations: Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into “Settings” Tap “AmazonSmile” and

SERV Program Recognizes Service

Patriots’ Path Council has established its own service awards program called SERV. The award is available to participants in all of the council’s programs – Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturers, Explorers, leaders and parents – for all their hours of service each year. Service hours are counted from December 1 to November 30. The following

Remember Safety During Eagle Scout Projects

Easing COVID-19 restrictions now permits in-person unit activities under carefully monitored practices to ensure the safety of all participants. It is important that adult unit leaders take care that Eagle Scout service projects are carried out according to these same practices. Eagle candidates should plan for and endeavor to execute all aspects of their project

Troop 75 Honors First Responders

To honor local first responders, Scouts BSA Troop 75, Munsee District, recently collected donations through the sale of luminaries. Troop 75 Committee Chair Dennis Brown and Troop 75 Scoutmaster Orest Hrycak presented the Cranford’s troop donation check to Daniel Gómez Suárez, treasurer for the Cranford First Aid Squad (CFAS) in support of the CFAS service

Arrow of Light Crossover – Virtually

The Why of a Virtual Crossover  · Having reached the highest rank in Cub Scouts, Arrow of Light Scouts deserve the opportunity to become Scouts BSA. · Delaying crossover until face to face meetings are possible, or until fall, may cause these Scouts to drift away. · Scouts who attend summer camp with their troop (or other summer

Virtual Membership Breakfasts Offered

Since we were not able to hold our membership breakfasts in person, volunteers from Patriots’ Path Council’s Membership Committee recorded their presentations on unit membership plans, recruiting resources and best practices, Webelos/AOL recruiting and Lions recruiting. Links to each presentation are available here.  

Scouts BSA Brand Guidelines

As we come out of our current situation and reach out to recruit new youth, it’s important to remember that at all levels, from our members and volunteers to our professional staff, we take the brand and trademark rights of all organizations seriously and have worked proactively to differentiate our unique program offerings. That of

Relationships Committee Seeks Members

Are you affiliated with a school, service club, religious organization or special needs group as well as Scouting? The Relationships Committee is looking for individuals who are passionate about these organizations as we look to build stronger and better relationships for Scouting. The primary objectives for the Relationships Committee are: Establish and execute collaborative relationships

Pack’s Flags Project Salutes Area Heroes

Here’s another great example of the Scout spirit thriving in this unprecedented time. Cub Scout Pack 513 in Morristown is proud of its Scouts for their recent efforts to show support and thanks to the local healthcare and public safety professionals for their brave dedication and commitment to the community during the COVID-19  outbreak.  Ten-year-old

Eagle Scout Hall of Fame Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for Patriots’ Path Council 2021 Eagle Scout Hall of Fame Award. The Eagle Scout Hall of Fame Award is a recognition from the Patriots’ Path Council’s Alumni Committee. The award was established to recognize Eagle Scouts who, after 25 years or longer of having received the Eagle Scout Award, have