Scoutbook Expert to Present Training

On Tuesday, July 7, 2020, from 8 to 10 p.m., members of the Patriots’ Path Council will have the opportunity to hear from a leading national expert on using Scoutbook. The live More »

National Recruitment Webinar Planned July 9

A national recruitment webinar titled “Tech Hacks – Making BeAScout and Online Registration Work for You” will be presented Thursday, July 9, 2020, at 8 p.m. The webinar is for unit leaders, commissioners, More »

Den Chief Training Offered to Scouts

The August 30 session of Den Chief training will take place via teleconference from 1 to 4 p.m. Information will be sent to the registration contact prior to the start of the More »

NYLT Now Accepting Registrations for November Program

Patriot Path is still accepting registrations for the National Youth Leadership Training program (NYLT) in November. The dates are Nov. 6-8 and Nov. 13-15, and the program will be held at Winnebago More »

New Scouts BSA Adult Training Available August 3

A new online Scouts BSA training for adult positions has been developed by the National office and will be available on August 3. If you are currently in the middle of completing More »

Scoutbook Expert to Present Training

On Tuesday, July 7, 2020, from 8 to 10 p.m., members of the Patriots’ Path Council will have the opportunity to hear from a leading national expert on using Scoutbook. The live broadcast will feature Scott Fisher, the founder and current member of the national Scoutbook User Advisory Council (SUAC). Join Fisher on the Patriots’

National Recruitment Webinar Planned July 9

A national recruitment webinar titled “Tech Hacks – Making BeAScout and Online Registration Work for You” will be presented Thursday, July 9, 2020, at 8 p.m. The webinar is for unit leaders, commissioners, council staff and anyone involved in welcoming more youth into Scouting. The webinar will talk about BeAScout.org and online registration. There have been

Den Chief Training Offered to Scouts

The August 30 session of Den Chief training will take place via teleconference from 1 to 4 p.m. Information will be sent to the registration contact prior to the start of the course. While there is no cost, registration is required in advance. To register, visit https://scoutingevent.com/358-32797. No walk-ins are allowed without advance permission of

NYLT Now Accepting Registrations for November Program

Patriot Path is still accepting registrations for the National Youth Leadership Training program (NYLT) in November. The dates are Nov. 6-8 and Nov. 13-15, and the program will be held at Winnebago Scout Reservation. Participants must attend both weekends to be credited with completing the course. What is NYLT? NYLT is a rigorous youth leadership

The Franklin Institute Reopens to Visitors

The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia will open to visitors on July 8, 2020. Face coverings and no-touch temperature checks are required for staff and visitors ages 3 and up. Advance tickets are required for ALL guests, including museum members, with no online fees. This summer, the museum will offer “The Presidents by Madame Tussauds,” a

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

New Scouts BSA Adult Training Available August 3

A new online Scouts BSA training for adult positions has been developed by the National office and will be available on August 3. If you are currently in the middle of completing the training, please complete prior to this date as National will be changing the learning plans for all positions – Scoutmaster/assistant Scoutmaster, committee

Woodsman’s Thong Planned in October

Woodsman’s Thong, planned October 24-25, 2020, at Winnebago Scout Reservation, is an  unique outdoor training course for adults and Scouts 13 years old and First Class rank.  For information and registration, visit Woodsman’s Thong registration. Woodsman’s Thong, developed by Scouters from Patriots’ Path Council, is designed to increase your knowledge of the outdoors and the

Plan a Scavenger Hunt for Cub Scouts

Cub Scout leaders are facing some challenges in recruiting new Cub Scouts – the COVID-19 virus and the fee increase that National will apply starting on August 1, 2020. Also, as the bankruptcy case involving our national organization goes forward, there could be negative publicity in September and October. With that in mind, Patriots’ Path

Adults Needed To Help With Chess Program

Calling all adults interested in creating a Patriots’ Path chess program. Jersey Jam, merit badges, summer camps, district and troop chess activities have shown that Scouts are interested in and enjoy chess. Now is the time to put together a comprehensive chess program for our youth. Interested adults will come together via a Zoom call

Annual 5K Run/Walk is August 15

Can’t wait to break out and get outside? Plan to attend the rescheduled Patriots’ Path Family 5K Run/Walk and have some fun while supporting Scouting in Patriots’ Path Council, BSA! All funds you raise will be credited toward your unit’s FOS goal The third annual Patriots’ Path Family 5K Run/Walk will now be held Saturday,

Membership Carnivals Coming Soon

In the past at this time of the year, everyone usually is finishing up their program year and preparing for the big summer break. Recruiting has always been an integral part of our service to the youth and our communities and can have its difficulties during a normal year, let alone during a pandemic. Patriots’

Fall Events Planned in Black River, Fishawack, Sussex

The Black River, Fishawack and Sussex districts have a very full fall 2020 calendar with lots of exciting and fun activities, so “save the dates” on your unit calendar: The Black River Recognition Dinner, postponed from the spring, will be held on September 16 at Picatinny Arsenal. The joint Fishawack/Sussex Scouts BSA Camporee will be

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

Popcorn Sale Moving Forward

2020 is an unprecedented year in popcorn sales. We couldn’t predict this virus and we can’t know what’s coming next. But we are a committed and resilient nation. We are persevering and finding ways to continue supporting our communities together.  And Patriots’ Path Council is here to support your show & sells and take orders

Fall Activities Scheduled in Munsee, Raritan Valley, Watchung Mountain

A variety of fall activities are planned in the Munsee, Raritan Valley and Watchung Mountain districts. MUNSEE DISTRICT District Pinewood Derby August – Location TBD An opportunity for Cub Scouts to race for glory and the title of Munsee District Champion. Fall Cubelos October 9-11 at Winnebago Scout Reservation An opportunity for Cub Scouts and

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

Youth Membership Fees to Increase

The National Council, Boy Scouts of America’s Executive Board, at its annual business meeting, recently approved a youth membership increase that will be phased in over a three-year period. They also approved several increases to the national fee structure. Scouting is one of the only youth programs that has continued during this pandemic. We can

Register Now for National Jamboree

Next summer, 30,000 young men and women, members of Scouts BSA from all corners of the land, will descend upon Summit Bechtel Reserve, West Virginia, and participate in the quadrennial National Scout Jamboree. The event runs from July 20 through the 30, 2021, featuring a full slate of activities unparalleled in breadth and scope. The

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.  

Report Community Service Hours

Meaningful visible service projects show the community the value of Scouting and permit youth to learn leadership and demonstrate the Scouting spirit. Recording service hours enables Scouting to validate its contributions to youth and the community. Internally, it builds pride among participating units. Externally, it serves a valuable means to increase membership and to promote

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

A Big Thank-You!

Saying thank you is important, both to you as well as to all of our Scouting volunteers. Without this support Scouting would not thrive in our communities or across our nation. It is also important to recognize and thank all of the first responders and medical professionals who are working tirelessly on our behalf so

Scouts Can Show Their Thanks

Send us your Scouts’ Thank You pictures and we will add them to the collection on the council’s Facebook page every Monday. Send to [email protected]

Scouting From Home

The Patriots’ Path Council website has a new page specifically designed to help Scouts and their units navigate these challenging times. Please be sure to check out our new “Scouting From Home” web page. You can find it at the following link: https://ppcbsa.org/programs/scoutingfromhome/ On this page we will be uploading useful tips and documents to

Camporee VI Rescheduled

The 2020 N.J. State Police/National Guard Camporee, aka Camporee VI, has been rescheduled for the weekend of October 9–11, 2020, in Sea Girt. Unit registration has been extended until August 15. For more information, see the leadership guide. 

Tunes on Tuesday

In an effort to brighten things up during the week while most of us are stuck at home, the Patriots’ Path Council would like to give Scouts and their families an opportunity to share some Scouting spirit by singing a Scouting song. If you would like to participate in Tunes on Tuesday, please email a

Eagle Scout Recognition and Reunion Dinner

The dinner will honor the 2020 Eagle Scout Class and the 2021 Eagle Hall of Fame inductees. Formal invitations with complete details will be sent out in November 2020. For more information, contact Jennifer Volz at 973-765-9322, ext. 249, or [email protected]      

Do a Good Turn Daily

Share Some Cheer on Funny Friday

Although we may not be together in person, our Scouting spirits will never be apart. Help us showcase the Scout Law point of “Cheerful” by sharing and sending Scouts’ favorite jokes and skits! We would like to share your cheer on Fridays. Email a recording of your Scout saying his or her favorite Boys’ Life

Community Service Opportunities Still Available

During this difficult time many people are looking for ways to help. As Scouts and Scout families, we want to do a good turn. Many ways that we have traditionally helped are not possible right now, but you can still help while following the safe Scout guidelines as well as local and national guidelines. Food

Use BSA Neckerchief to Help Stop Spread of Virus

  The CDC recommends the use of cloth face coverings in community settings to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 based on the following reasoning: There is a growing body of evidence that people who are infected can spread the virus before they develop symptoms or in the absence of symptoms. Wearing a cloth face

Flintlocks and MACC Work Together to Build Quonset Hut

The Flintlocks and the Mount Allamuchy Construction Corps (MACC) worked together to build a Quonset hut storage building at Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation last year. The building is used to store the ATVs owned by the council, and for winter storage of the camp’s tent boxes and cots. It is located at Camp Somers near the

Flintlocks Review Year, Elect New Officers

The Flintlocks held their annual meeting on Thursday, February 6, 2020, and President John Koneski presented the “Flintlocks 2019 Year in Review.” Last year the group completed 13 major projects at Camp Winnebago; 14 more major projects at Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation, including obtaining a grant and building the STEM lab trailer; sent a team

Advancement Guidance Available

  The Patriots’ Path Council advancement page https://ppcbsa.org/committees/advancement/ contains the links to the Boy Scouts of America’s guidance on rank advancement during COVID-19 page, which is the official, temporary policies for advancement page provided by the BSA. This Q&A covers everything from Cub Scouts and tracking advancement remotely, to the temporary procedures for Eagle Scout

Membership Presentations to be Recorded

The Patriots’ Path Council Membership Committee will be recording the presentations that were intended for the membership breakfasts. These presentations will help units be prepared for recruiting as soon as normal activities resume and get you ready for successful fall recruitment. Topics will include: unit membership plans (packs and troops); recruiting resources and best practices;

Flintlocks Repair Dan Beard Treehouse

The Flintlocks repaired the Dan Beard Treehouse at Camp Somers in Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation over the winter. The Flintlocks are retired Scouters who volunteer every Thursday at Camp Winnebago. All it took was some lumber, some screws and some elbow grease. Since the Flintlocks are all volunteers with outstanding construction skills, it saves the

P.R.A.Y. Offers Eligibility Extension

Recognizing that church and Scout meetings have been suspended, Programs of Religious Activities with Youth (P.R.A.Y.) has adopted the following policy to ensure that young people do not miss the opportunity to earn their P.R.A.Y. emblem while maintaining eligibility for the Four-Star Award: At the request of clergy and counselors, a special eligibility extension is

Our New Scout Plaza

With the arrival of spring, construction is about begin on the new Scout Plaza at the Patriots’ Path Council Cedar Knolls service center. The project includes new signage identifying the building proudly facing both Horsehill and Saddle roads, as well as a new flagpole and of course the Mackenzie statue of the ideal Scout. The

Flintlocks make 32 new benches for camp

The Flintlocks recently made 32 new benches with pressure-treated lumber for the Council Ring at Allamuchy. The photos show the benches being assembled in the shop (where the magic happens), with Russ Jenkins and Chris Szymczak constructing the benches and carrying them outside. Also seen are Ted Marquardt and Joe Schott making struts. Not pictured

Flintlocks make Pinewood Derby cars for Scout Reach and Special Needs Kids

The Flintlocks obtained a grant and then purchased, cut and sanded Pinewood Derby cars, and donated them directly to schools with special-needs children. This is a good example of how the Flintlocks work with the council to provide outstanding services to the community. A $500 grant was obtained from the Westfield Service League last summer.

Meet the Flintlocks

The Flintlocks are a volunteer group of 26 retired Scouters who work at the camps every week all year-round. They provide 5,000 hours of work every year and have built almost everything you see at the camps. Most of the members are Silver Beavers. They also volunteer to help run to the various council programs.

The Flintlocks Celebrate Joe Schott’s 98th Birthday

Joe Schott, who has been volunteering with the Flintlocks for 29 years, recently celebrated his 98th birthday. The Flintlocks, BSA, Inc., are 26 retired Scouters who are incorporated as a 501c3. They help build and maintain structures at the Patriot Path Council camps. Members work out of the shop in the first building at Camp

Congratulations to the 2019 Winners of the Community Service Award for Patriots’ Path Council

Winners are chosen with the highest amount of hours for the year and the highest average hours per Scout. So a unit may be the winner in one or both of the categories. Each winning unit will receive a patch for each Scout and a streamer for its flag. Congratulations and thank you for doing

Raritan Valley Community Service at the Klondike

On February 1, 2020, Raritan Valley held its first winter clothing drive at the Klondike. Thank you to Dave Robbins for hosting and to everyone who donated to the total of 543 winter items collected.   The items were donated to SHIP in Somerville and the VA Hospital in Lyons.  They were so appreciative of our