Virtual Scout Shabbat Planned March 12

The Jewish Committees on Girl and Boy Scouting invite Scouts of all faiths to join them for a Scout Shabbat on Friday March 12, 2021, at 7 p.m. on Zoom, hosted by More »

Time is Running Out to Save on Cub Scout Day Camp

Are your children ready for five weeks of archeology, archery, BB guns, boating, climbing, crafts, fishing, mountain bikes, swimming, Scoutcraft, and much, much more? Camp Wheeler offers an outstanding summer camp program More »

Eagle Scouts Hiking Appalachian Trail

Ryan Arndt, Garrett Arndt and Tyler Bishop, all Eagle Scouts from Troop 436 in Long Valley, recently embarked on hiking the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. The three Eagle Scouts, along More »

Registration Open for Summer Camp

Patriots’ Path Council is excited to announce that registration is open for the 2021 summer camp season! Your children’s safety is our No. 1 priority. The council plans to take many safety More »

Watchung Mountain Klondike Derby is February 27

The Watchung Mountain Klondike Derby is ON! Join us at Winnebago Scout Reservation on February 27 for the 65th annual Watchung Mountain Klondike Derby! The district will be holding a safe, socially More »

‘Spring Into Scouting’ Webinar Offered March 3

The Membership and Marketing Webinar Series will be offering a new “Spring Into Scouting” webinar on March 3 at 8 p.m., where you can learn five things you can do now to retain Cub Scouts and recruit new members! Participants will talk about local guidelines and meeting safely, provide ideas on meeting locations, and discuss

Virtual Scout Shabbat Planned March 12

The Jewish Committees on Girl and Boy Scouting invite Scouts of all faiths to join them for a Scout Shabbat on Friday March 12, 2021, at 7 p.m. on Zoom, hosted by Temple Beth Am in Parsippany. This event is like Scout Sunday. Scouts will participate in the service and have a chance to learn

Time is Running Out to Save on Cub Scout Day Camp

Are your children ready for five weeks of archeology, archery, BB guns, boating, climbing, crafts, fishing, mountain bikes, swimming, Scoutcraft, and much, much more? Camp Wheeler offers an outstanding summer camp program for boys, girls, Scouts, and non-Scouts grades 2-5. Bus transportation is provided from locations throughout Morris, Sussex, and northwest Somerset counties. Camp Wheeler is

Eagle Scouts Hiking Appalachian Trail

Ryan Arndt, Garrett Arndt and Tyler Bishop, all Eagle Scouts from Troop 436 in Long Valley, recently embarked on hiking the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. The three Eagle Scouts, along with a friend, Eli Shepard, decided to take a gap year and hike the Appalachian Trail. Starting at the trailhead in Hiawassee, Ga.,

Stay Safe and Stay Healthy

An updated COVID-19 pre-event medical screening checklist (Revised December 2020) is available to help you determine whether to stay home or not during the pandemic. It shares symptoms to look for as well as defines “close contact.” According to the Centers for Disease Control, “close contact” means: You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19

Registration Open for Summer Camp

Patriots’ Path Council is excited to announce that registration is open for the 2021 summer camp season! Your children’s safety is our No. 1 priority. The council plans to take many safety measures to ensure a worry-free summer, including daily temperature screening, sanitizer, social distancing, plenty of cleaning and disinfecting products at each of the

Watchung Mountain Klondike Derby is February 27

The Watchung Mountain Klondike Derby is ON! Join us at Winnebago Scout Reservation on February 27 for the 65th annual Watchung Mountain Klondike Derby! The district will be holding a safe, socially distanced Klondike where each unit will meet at the WSR parking lot, then trek with its sled to a reserved campsite to partake

2021 Youth Leadership Award Winners Named

Patriots’ Path congratulates the 2021 Youth Leadership winners.  The Youth Leadership Award is presented for distinguished leadership by a youth member. Bridget Brady – Sussex Troop 1150, Crew 276 Luke Checchio – Watchung Mountain Troop 104 Liam Doherty – Black River Troop 36 Matthew Goldstein – Fishawack Crew 8 Griffin Price – NYLT Anthony Wtulich

Special Needs Scouting Roundtable Planned in March

A Special Needs Scouting virtual roundtable will be held March 8, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. Join other Patriots’ Path Scouters for an evening roundtable discussion on how we are, and can, serve our scouts with special needs. Join Zoom Meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2585456857 Meeting ID: 258 545 6857 Password: 2021 One tap mobile +16465588656,,2585456857# US (New

Black River Klondike Draws More Than 300

On January 30, the Black River District Klondike Derby was held at Winnebago Scout Reservation. Over 300 Scouts and their leaders enjoyed a beautiful, Artic-cold sunny day with enough snow on the ground to pull sleds and add to the feeling of a traditional Klondike. Although the Scouts were confined to their sites during the

Ship 228 to Hold First Virtual Open House

Are you interested in boating, sailing or mechanics? Come check out Sea Scouting and let the adventure at sea begin! The crew of Ship 228 will be hosting a virtual open house, taking place over Zoom, on Saturday, March 13 at 4 p.m., and featuring various activities that are bound to pique a young adult’s

Sussex Scouts Get Outside for Klondike Fun

The Sussex District Klondike was held at Camp Somers at Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation on January 30.  Thirteen troops with over 200 Scouts, Webelos and adult leaders participated in the event. Scout troops were assigned to campsites and the “mayors” rotated to the sites to maintain cohort integrity under current COVID-19 restrictions. Rather than focus

FOS Campaign Offers Unit Recognition

The 2021 Friends of Scouting (FOS) campaign recently announced its Progressive Recognition Program for Units. Support of the campaign through a unit’s campaign will add benefits to the unit in 2021. Three levels of recognition are offered: Friend of Scouting Patron of Scouting Benefactors of Scouting For additional information, click here.

PPC Seeks Torch of Gold Award Nominations

Patriots’ Path Council is now accepting nominations for the annual Torch of Gold. The Torch of Gold is a council-level distinguished award of the Boy Scouts of America to recognize adults for exceptional service and leadership in working with Scouts who have disabilities. Each council may recognize one Scouter per year with the Torch of

Special Needs Scouting Service Award Nominations Sought

Nominations are now being accepted for the Special Needs Scouting Service Award. The award recognizes and may be earned by adult volunteers and professionals whose active and outstanding service Involves working with Scouts who have disabilities or special needs Promotes awareness of disabilities and special needs in Scouting Advocates the recruitment, inclusion, and full participation of

Scoutbook’s Leader Invite Process to Change

Effective March 1, 2021, Scoutbook’s leader invite process will perform a check for a BSA issued Member ID and active BSA registration when being invited to connect with the unit roster. Prior to March 1, unit leaders should check their rosters in Member Manager at https://my.scouting.org to ensure all adult leaders listed in Scoutbook are

Eagle Scout Rescues Trapped SUV Crash Victim

On January 7, two Paramus police officers rescued a trapped driver whose SUV crashed on Route 17. One of the police officers was Nicholas Perna, Eagle Scout Class of 2007, Troop 186, Raritan Valley District. The driver’s vehicle ended up on overpass stairs and caught fire. Perna, pictured left and below, and his fellow officer

Order Online for Scout Shop Pick-Up

Are you ready to get your unit’s advancement order? Let us help! Please use this link below to fill out an online order form. When you submit, it will come directly to us, we’ll get your order together and let you know when it’s ready. We can either take payment over the phone and ship

Proposed Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Merit Badge Delayed

The introduction of the proposed Diversity, Equity and Inclusion merit badge is being delayed to allow for the careful consideration and evaluation of feedback received from a wide variety of commenters on the draft requirements. Until further notice, all Scouts working on the Eagle Scout rank should continue to use current rank requirements. Once the

Don’t Forget Your Pinewood Derby Emblems

Getting ready for the big race? Don’t forget to get your 2021 Pinewood Derby emblems. Contact Wayne at the Mountainside Scout Shop or Steve at the Kurland Family Scout Shop in Cedar Knolls to place your order. They can also be ordered online at https://www.ppcoutfitters.com.  

Limited Extensions Available to Earn Eagle Rank

Effective January 1, 2021, local councils will have the authority to grant limited extensions of time to complete Eagle, Quartermaster or Summit requirements. These extensions are available only to youth members who qualify under the three tests listed on BSA Form No. 512-077, available by clicking here. Council advancement committees are advised that after Dec.

EPA and BSA Create New Award for Youth

The Environmental Protection Agency, as part of a public awareness campaign to celebrate its first 50 years, has partnered with the Boy Scouts of America to create an award for members of troops, crews and ships. This new award will recognize youth who research and learn about the subjects of human health and the environment,

Woods Services Award Deadline Extended

The Woods Services Award is a national-level recognition for volunteer adults who provide outstanding service to Scouts with special needs. Nominees must be currently registered as a member of the Boy Scouts of America and have three or more years of service in any Scouting capacity related to Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, and/or Venturers with

Limited Number of Scout Sunday Patches Available

Celebrate Scout Sunday 2021 with a cool patch. Visit the Mountainside Scout Shop or the Kurland Family Scout Shop in Cedar Knolls. Can’t get to the Scout Shop? Email us at [email protected] to place your order. Patches are $2.99 each. A very limited quantity available. Not returnable. Must pay at time of ordering.

Showcase Your Community Service Projects

The PPC Community Service Committee would love to hear about your unit’s service projects so it can share and inspire. Please send any pictures and a brief description to: Linda Cummings, Community Service Committee chairperson, at [email protected]

Scouting U Modules Implement New Software

Scouting U is always looking for the latest in technology and tools to make learning the best it can be for its audience. Recently, the modules implemented a new and improved computer-generated audio software that is much more natural sounding than what was used previously. Check out the new modules at https://my.scouting.org and earn training

PPC Collects More Than 2,000 Toys for Toys for Tots

Thank you to everyone in Patriots’ Path Council who donated to the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. “Even though we were limited to only collecting at the Scout Shops this year, we collected the most toys ever,” said Linda Cummings, PPC community service chairperson. “In 2018 we collected 1,178 toys and in 2019

Watchung Reservation Available for Outdoor Meetings

Gov. Phil Murphy’s Executive Order No. 196 set a limit on indoor gatherings to 10 people or less.  That has created a dilemma for most Scout units, as they are now unable to hold meetings indoors, except by den or patrol.  Packs, troops and crews are scurrying to find outdoor meeting locations. Recognizing this problem,

Be Sure to Designate a Primary Unit for Registration

A Reminder from Council Registrar Mike Wellech: As a reminder to everyone, you can register in as many traditional units as you’d like, but you only pay once, annually. As the volunteer participating in multiple units, it is your responsibility to communicate with each of your units your decision on which will be your primary

Munsee District to Hold 2021 Klondike Challenge

The Munsee District will hold its 2021 Klondike Challenge on Saturday, April 17. This a day event with two sessions: morning and afternoon. The event will be held at “The Loop” at Watchung Reservation in Mountainside, New Jersey. Registration is $15 per Scout, and no registration is permitted after midnight on Sunday, March 28, 2021.

Scouts BSA Face Masks Now Available

Purchase your Scouts BSA face masks now! The reusable/washable masks are available for $5.49 each. The masks have two layers of protection and elastic straps/trim, and one size fits most. Less than 100 masks left! For more information, click here. Click here to order your face mask online.  

Blood Donations Urgently Needed

RWJ University Hospital Somerset, located at 110 Rehill Ave. in Somerset, is currently holding a blood drive for all blood types. New and returning donors are welcome. Blood and platelet donors are urgently needed to replenish the hospital’s blood bank during the pandemic. Appointments are required and are available at rwjuhdonorclub.org or by calling 908-685-2926.

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.

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

Register Now for Orion Project at the Summit

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

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

Shawnee Plans Scout Event March 13-14

Shawnee Mountain Ski Area will hold its 31st annual Scout and Family Ski Weekend March 13 and 14, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. This rain-or-shine event is open to Scouts BSA youth and their immediate family members. Early-bird pricing for the Scout and Family Ski Weekend in effect until March 5, 2021.

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

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.

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

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,

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.