Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA Zoom Meetings Planned

Patriots’ Path Council will hold Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA council-wide Zoom meeting in September. Cub Scouts – On Tuesday, September 22, the Patriots Path Council will be having a special Zoom More »

Scout Shops Announce Fall Hours

Beginning on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, both the Cedar Knolls and Mountainside Scout Shops will have THE SAME NEW FALL HOURS: Monday – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday – 11 a.m. More »

Scout Shops Offer Uniform Discount

Continuing through October 10, 2020, the Patriots’ Path Council Scout Shops in Cedar Knolls and Mountainside will offer 25% off uniform shorts, pants or skorts with the purchase of a shirt from More »

Cub Scout Starter Kits Now Available

Patriots’ Path Council’s Scout Shop recently introduced Cub Scout Starter Kits for each Cub Scout rank. Each kit includes the Scout’s handbook, a drawstring bag, and other rank level items. The Cub More »

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. More »

Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA Zoom Meetings Scheduled

All Patriots’ Path Council leaders and families We are ZOOMMMMing direct to you!     Cub Scout Council Wide Zoom             Tuesday, September 22 7:00PM – 8:00PM followed by extended Q & A https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3j5kj-GLTO-VfpcbL_WiJQ Cub Scout specific topics to be covered include: Den leader resources Fall family camping opportunities Recruiting new families

“Hocus Pocus” to be Shown at Camp Winnebago

Patriots’ Path Council will hold a drive-in movie Saturday, October 17th, at Winnebago Scout Reservation, 102 Timberbrook Road, Rockaway. “Hocus Pocus” will be shown. Arrival and concessions begin at 5:30 p.m.; the movie starts at 6:30 p.m. Costumes and decorated cars are encouraged. Click here for more information or to sign up!

Family Camping Training Weekend

We have an exciting opportunity for adults to camp individually with our family camping opportunity at Winnebago Scout Reservation and either receive training for Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills or BALOO.  Check in morning of October 17 and depart October 18th. Any questions, please contact Andrew Joiner at [email protected]   BALOO This one-and-a-half day course

Membership, Membership, Membership!

Get your Signs Out for Scouting and you might win $50 for your unit!  I’m talking about our #SIGNSUPFORSCOUTING Contest.  Click on the link for more information, #SIGNSUPFORSCOUTING  OR put out up to 15 Join Cub Scouts or Join Scouting Yard Signs around your neighborhood(s).  Have everyone take a selfie with each sign.  Read the

BSA Membership Group on FaceBook

A group of volunteers from New Jersey BSA councils, have 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.

Hikes and Historic Trails

Patriots’ Path Council has several historic trails within our council area that allow Scouts to explore New Jersey’s rich history. Our 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 also provide opportunities to complete

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.

Merit Badge Workshop Coming in November

Merit Badge Introduction Workshop This will be a virtual event on Saturday, November 21st, 8:00 am to 1:10 pm.  We will have four sessions of one hour each for a total of 56 classes. Our platform will be Google Meets.  Registration will open on September 21st at 9:00 am through the council calendar.  The class

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.

Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA Zoom Meetings Planned

Patriots’ Path Council will hold Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA council-wide Zoom meeting in September. Cub Scouts – On Tuesday, September 22, the Patriots Path Council will be having a special Zoom meeting for Cub Scout leaders. Topics will include best practices for restarting your unit, supplemental programs for your pack and den, upcoming program

Scout Shops Announce Fall Hours

Beginning on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, both the Cedar Knolls and Mountainside Scout Shops will have THE SAME NEW FALL HOURS: 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 a.m. – 5

Fishawack Cubelos Planned for October

Save the date for the Fishawack Cubelos! The event is planned October 24 at Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation.  This will be a day event including BB, archery, climbing and more. In addition, packs will be able to arrange family camping for October 24-25. For info, contact Al Thomas at [email protected]

Black River Fall Cub Camporee Coming in October

The Black River District Fall Family Cub Camporee will take place on Saturday, October 10, 2020, at Camp Somers at Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation. This will be a day event with lots of fun activities for your pack, including shooting sports, nature, fishing, and more!  Packs and families will bring their own meals for the

Scout Shops Offer Uniform Discount

Continuing through October 10, 2020, the Patriots’ Path Council Scout Shops in Cedar Knolls and Mountainside will offer 25% off uniform shorts, pants or skorts with the purchase of a shirt from the same program. Click here for the flyer.

Sussex District Plans Activities in the Coming Months

The Sussex District of Patriots’ Path Council recently held some successful events, and it has more activities planned in the coming months: The Sussex District Campfire was held the evening at August 15 at Council Point, Camp Somers. This free event attracted approximately 60 people: Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, and adults. The weather was excellent

Cub Scout Starter Kits Now Available

Patriots’ Path Council’s Scout Shop recently introduced Cub Scout Starter Kits for each Cub Scout rank. Each kit includes the Scout’s handbook, a drawstring bag, and other rank level items. The Cub Scout Starter Kits start at $26. These can be picked up at the Cedar Knolls or Mountainside Scout Shops, or they are available

Popcorn Sale Helps Raise Funds

Families and leaders – Does your unit sell popcorn, but your families are understandably nervous? Our unit has never sold popcorn; we don’t know if we can sell wreaths and Christmas trees this year. COVID-19 has really hit us hard; our Scout(s) could use some help with Scouting expenses. Please click on this short video

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  

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

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.  

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

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. 

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

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