Holiday Service Center, Scout Shops Hours Announced

With the holiday season officially here, we wanted to take this moment to remind everyone to consider shopping local as all Patriots’ Path Scout shops sales go to support Scouting in our More »

Meet the New Scout Shop Manager

Patriots’ Path Council is proud to announce the hiring of Matthew Isak as the new Scout Shop manager. Matthew joins the PPC team after an intense search. Matthew joins the team with More »

Programs Teach Scouts Leadership Skills

Last weekend, NYLT participants had a blast during the first part of the two-part November weekend course. This weekend, they will finish up their second weekend. NYLT is a great opportunity to More »

PPC Sponsoring Annual Toy Drive

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 More »

Nominations Sought for Eagle Scout Hall of Fame

The Eagle Scout Hall of Fame Award is a recognition awarded by the Patriots’ Path Council’s Alumni Committee. The award was established to recognize Eagle Scouts who, after 25 years or longer More »

Holiday Service Center, Scout Shops Hours Announced

With the holiday season officially here, we wanted to take this moment to remind everyone to consider shopping local as all Patriots’ Path Scout shops sales go to support Scouting in our local community. We also want to announce our service center and Scout shops closing schedule for this holiday season. The service center and

Meet the New Scout Shop Manager

Patriots’ Path Council is proud to announce the hiring of Matthew Isak as the new Scout Shop manager. Matthew joins the PPC team after an intense search. Matthew joins the team with a significant background in retail operations. He has worked for Lomax Carpet and Tile, Staples, Home Depot and Lowe’s. Matthew also brings to

Programs Teach Scouts Leadership Skills

Last weekend, NYLT participants had a blast during the first part of the two-part November weekend course. This weekend, they will finish up their second weekend. NYLT is a great opportunity to train Scouts with critical leadership skills to bring back quality knowledge to their home unit. Your unit can deliver it’s own leadership training

PPC Sponsoring Annual Toy Drive

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 you can drop off toys at the following council collection locations where they will be

Nominations Sought for Eagle Scout Hall of Fame

The Eagle Scout Hall of Fame Award is a recognition awarded by 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 reached a high level of success in their chosen field. In addition, potential recipients have

State Police Camporee Planned in 2022

The theme of the 2022 New Jersey State Police National Guard Camporee is “Remember the Fallen,” in honor of the fallen law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Join the event on June 3, 4 and 5, 2022, at the New Jersey National Guard Training Facility at Sea Girt. Any registered Scout troop,

Popcorn Sale Grosses More Than $1 Million

Thank you and congratulations to the 132 packs, troops and crews that took part in this year’s unit fundraising opportunity. This year’s popcorn sale grossed over $1 million! That means that close to $400,000 will go right back to help support the participating packs, troops and crews program, plus they all will receive prizes and

PPC Continues Recruiting Efforts

Patriots’ Path Council continues to race toward our goal of 10,000 youth and recruiting 1,500 new families to Scouting this fall. Our packs, troops and crews have recruited and submitted applications for 957 new Scouts and families joining! We are over 9,500 Scouts currently participating in our program. We are also coming to the end

Fishawack Cub Scouts Have Fun at Camp Somers

On October 23-24, 2021, the Fishawack Cubelos had 256 Cub Scouts and their parents at Camp Somers, Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation. Activities included BB guns, archery, fishing, bouldering wall, stomp rockets, soccer skills, monkey bridge and blacksmith.

Sussex District Camporee Held at Camp Somers

On the weekend of Oct. 15-17, 2021, Sussex District held its fall Cub Scout Camporee at Camp Somers. A total of 233 Cub Scouts, family members and adult leaders participated in the event. Cubs enjoyed archery, BB guns and fishing. In addition, the program included pumpkin painting, scarecrow building and a “songs and skits” program

Apply Now to Join Summer Camping Team

Patriots’ Path Council, Boy Scouts of America, employs over 250 people every summer at our five summer camp facilities. If you like being outdoors and working with kids, we have the job for you! For more information and sign-up link, click here.  

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 Registration Closes Soon

Patriots’ Path Council will hold its University of Scouting on Saturday, December 4, 2021, in person at Our Lady of Peace Academy, 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 is

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

Youth Waitlist Option Offered for Florida Sea Base Adventure

Patriots’ Path Council is offering a Florida Sea Base Exploring Adventure August 14-21, 2022. Youth registration is now full, but the waitlist option is available. 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

2022 PPC Awards Nomination Forms Now Available

Do you know an exceptional Patriots’ Path Council volunteer Scouter or youth leader?  Nominate them by December 1, 2021, for one of the following awards to recognize their accomplishments. Click on the award name to link to the nomination form on our web site. Silver Beaver Award:  For distinguished and noteworthy service of exceptional character

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

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,

2022 Recharter System Now Open

A message from Mike Wellech, council registrar: The 2022 recharter is being processed through Internet Advancement this year, and the system is now open to volunteers. You can review the Internet Rechartering 2.0 FAQs and the Internet Rechartering 2.0 User Guide we’ve included here. Please reach out to your district executives with any questions. A

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.  

Scout Shops, Service Center Operating Hours

The Patriots’ Path Council Scout shops and service center are open the following hours (please check for changes in operating hours during the holidays and for Scout Shop inventory.): PPC’s Cedar Knolls service center, located at 1 Saddle Road, is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Saturday and Sunday. The

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

Workshops to Introduce Scouts to 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