Mountainside Scout Shop Vacation Dates

Reminder: The Mountainside Scout Shop will be closed beginning August 22, 2022 for vacations. We will reopen on Wednesday September 7, 2022 at 2 PM, when the shop will return to normal More »

PPC Adventure Fall Program for Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA

Scouts BSA Program Opportunities Merit Badges – During the spring we offered a variety of merit badges to Scouts. These included Astronomy, Automotive Maintenance, Electricity, Electronics, Engineering (twice), Plumbing, and Programming.  Almost More »

Program Launch was a Success

Program Launch: Program Launch was a successful day at camp. We had families come take part in program and with the support of the District Operating Committees and council committees was able More »

Pack 94 (Branchburg) Plastic Bag Challenge

Over the last several months, Cub Scout Pack 94 has partnered with Trex, the maker of composite decking materials.  The company recently held a program in which participants were challenged to collect 500lbs. More »

Eagle Scout candidate refurbishes her father’s own Eagle project from decades earlier

Troop 19 (Rockaway, NJ) and Patriots’ Path Council’s very own Anika Zoeller is featured in Aaron on Scouting where she and her father, Geoff Zoeller are interviewed about her Eagle Scout project More »

How to purify water in the wild

There are few places in North America where you can safely drink water from a lake or stream. So unless you camp where safe drinking water is readily available, you’d best bring your own. But at about 8 pounds per gallon, water can be a real drag if you have to carry it far. The

RECRUITING IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER

Before we know it schools will be back in session and families will be looking for activities for their youth. Now is the time to have your Scouting unit begin to think about a Joining Event to welcome those new families. Below find a video with helpful information: 2022 Membership Drive Video Featuring Lawrence Morris,

POPCORN SEASON FOR SCOUTING IS HERE!

Last year popcorn helped Scout units to earn $396K to support Scouting locally. It is not too late io get in on the action. We currently have popcorn in stock if your unit wants to do Show and Sell (Booth Sales) or if you prefer we have materials for Take Order (traditional door to door

Successful Camp Season Ending Soon

Patriots Path Council BSA Accredited Summer Camp programs have entered their final week. This has been a successful summer returning to a full summer camp season. Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation in Stanhope, New Jersey, kicked off its summer camp season with Scouts BSA troops arriving at Camp Somers. Patriots’ Path Council Commissioner Archer Jones addressed

Mountainside Scout Shop Vacation Dates

Reminder: The Mountainside Scout Shop will be closed beginning August 22, 2022 for vacations. We will reopen on Wednesday September 7, 2022 at 2 PM, when the shop will return to normal shop hours. The Kurland Family Scout Shop will be open with summer hours until Labor Day. Please feel free to place your orders

PPC Adventure Fall Program for Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA

Scouts BSA Program Opportunities Merit Badges – During the spring we offered a variety of merit badges to Scouts. These included Astronomy, Automotive Maintenance, Electricity, Electronics, Engineering (twice), Plumbing, and Programming.  Almost all merit badge opportunities were sold out and feedback from counselors and participants was excellent! Over the summer we offered Personal Fitness in

Helping Inexperienced Scouts with Their Fear of Camping

Some Scouts are naturally adventurous, always willing and excited to try new things. Others? … Not so much. One is not necessarily better than the other. (We’ve seen plenty of the first type get themselves in trouble because of their lack of fear.) Both can be worked with. In an article from a 2011 issue of Scouting

2023 National Jamboree

We still have spots open, and it is not yet too late to register!  There are currently timely items for 2023 National Scout Jamboree planned July 18-28, 2023, at Summit Bechtel High Adventure Base in West Virginia. Get registered! (https://ppcbsa.org/2023jambo/) Spread the word. Schedule your unit’s presentation by contacting Don Fowler [email protected] Your jamboree leader

Share Your Camp Story

Have a great camping story this summer?  Let us know!  We encourage you to submit pictures of camp this year featuring our own Scouts and family’s so we can share them across various platforms and outlets. https://ppcbsa.org/story/

Reducing the Dangers of Insect Bites

Recently, the CDC has seen a rise in reports of reactions to insect bites and stings at summer camps across the country. While not all insect bites are life-threatening, some individuals can have more severe reactions to various types of bites than others, which may require additional medical attention. Learn how to help your campers

New Video for Online Program Resources

A new video has been created to help unit leaders navigate the Scouts BSA Resource Website. It’s a quick 10-minute tour of the website to guide you through the Troop Leader and Troop Program Re-source portion of the page. There is so much good information in these sections, but they are often overlooked or just

Unit Roster Clean-up

Now is the time of year your unit leaders should be focusing on their leadership team moving into the fall to prepare for the recharter season. Getting the right people in place now really helps for a smoother recharter season.   Q) Will any current registered adult’s youth protection expire before December? How can you

Summer Camp is in Full Swing

Our Summer Camp program is in full swing and there’s lots of photo’s to show the fun our Scouts are having. We still have availability at all our camps and bus transportation is offered from many locations. For more information, please visit our website at https://ppcbsa.org/camping/ Is your Scout in grades 2 – 5? Click here

Register for the NYLT November Course Now

The NYLT November course is a little over 3 months away and spots are filling up fast. Jump on our early bird discount before it expires on August 30. Scoutmasters, do you have new youth leaders this year? Do you wish your youth leaders had the training need to run their patrols? Do you wish

Somerset Patriots Scout Night

Come see the Somerset Patriots take on the Reading Fighting Phils. Enjoy a fun night out on July 23, 2022 with your friends and family by taking in America’s pastime at the Somerset Patriot’s Scout night. Take advantage of discounted tickets for the game! Plus, each Pack/Troop in attendance will be able to participate in

Program Launch was a Success

Program Launch: Program Launch was a successful day at camp. We had families come take part in program and with the support of the District Operating Committees and council committees was able to share lots of information about programing coming up for the 2022-2023 Scouting year.

New York Jets Scout Night

New York Jets Scout Night: The New York Jets have partnered with the Patriots’ Path Council to offer a Scout Night. Come join the Jets for a pre-season game against the Atlanta Falcons at Met Life Stadium. The game will take place on Monday August 22, 2022, that’s right, a Prime-Time Monday night game for

Pack 94 (Branchburg) Plastic Bag Challenge

Over the last several months, Cub Scout Pack 94 has partnered with Trex, the maker of composite decking materials.  The company recently held a program in which participants were challenged to collect 500lbs. worth of plastic bags.  The scouts worked hard to meet the challenge by collecting bags from our community and were rewarded after meeting

Fanwood-Scotch Plains Good Scout Awards Dinner

Patriots’ Path Council 4th Annual Fanwood-Scotch Plains Good Scout Awards Dinner The Patriots’ Path Council had their 4th annual Fanwood-Scotch Plains Good Scout Awards dinner on Thursday, June 9th at the Westwood in Garwood. The event had over 100 guests who enjoyed a fun evening with friends, family, and community members celebrating the 2022 honorees:

Elizabeth Coalition Raingutter Regatta

Elizabeth Coalition ScoutReach Pack and Troops 118 The year end program Raingutter Regatta races took place in Elizabeth where Pack 118 and both boys and girl’s troops 118 Elizabeth Coalition had a great time having Pizza, the regatta and a closing program and ceremony. Thank you all who participated and all who helped.  

Summer Camp is Starting Soon

In a few short weeks, our summer camps will be open! Get outdoors and enjoy the many programs we offer for kids grades 2 and up. Our staff is fully trained, background checked, and our lifeguards are certified.  We still have availability at our camps and bus transportation is offered from many locations. For more

Eagle Scout candidate refurbishes her father’s own Eagle project from decades earlier

Troop 19 (Rockaway, NJ) and Patriots’ Path Council’s very own Anika Zoeller is featured in Aaron on Scouting where she and her father, Geoff Zoeller are interviewed about her Eagle Scout project in which she gives her father’s very own Eagle project from 1985 a face lift.   See the full article here. Anika Zoeller’s

Patriots’ Path Pride

Patriots’ Path Pride! Summer is a season of patriotic holidays. Show your Patriots’ Path pride this Summer with a whole new line of exclusive custom PPC collectible merchandise. Branded leather belts, belt buckles, neckerchief slides, lapel pins, challenge coins, and more!  All featuring beautifully colored metalwork of the Patriots’ Patch Council CSP.   Collect them

Spotlight on Service newsletter

The third edition of Spotlight on Service, the Patriots’ Path Council Community Service Committee newsletter, was recently published. Check it out! Spotlight on Service newsletter

Raritan Valley Spring Cub Family Camping

This past weekend, Raritan Valley hosted their Spring Cub Family Camping. With over 360 attendees, Raritan Valley leadership had scouts shooting BBs and archery while holding arts and crafts about the Gold Rush. We want to thank all the units who attended and the leadership that helped make this event a successful one.

Raritan Valley Awards Recognition Dinner

Raritan Valley successfully celebrated its annual awards recognition. The district recognized over 30 unit leaders, presented their Cubmaster and Scoutmaster of the year, 4 District Award of Merit, along with the presentation of Doug Dzwonczyk’s Silver Beaver. We want to congratulate all the honorees and thank everyone who helps the district be successful.

Update: Jockey Hollow Special Needs Fish-O-Ree

Pack and Troop 118 from Central Park School sent a very nice thank you card for putting together their fish-o-ree. We’re happy they all had a nice time.   Sixty students, teachers, and parents from Central Park School participated in this years special needs Fishoree. It was a beautiful day to be outside and at

4th of July Closing

In observance of the holiday Patriots’ Path Council will be closed on Monday July 4th, 2022. This includes the Cedar Knolls Scout Service Center, The Kurland Family Scout Shop and the Mountainside Scout Shop.  

State Police Camporee

New Jersey State Police Camporee huge success! After 5 years and many hours of planning the New Jersey State Police Camporee is back. 4,000 Scouts from all over New Jersey took part, including 800+ from the Patriots’ Path Council. Scouts took part in both static and interactive active activities provided by the New Jersey State

Staff Updates

After 17 years of service, it is with mixed emotions that we announce Al Thomas has decided to spend more time at home in retirement with his wife, Grace, and his daughter Miranda. Al has begun his retirement on June 6. He and his family will continue to reside in Chatham. Al came to the

Regional Day Camp

Bring the Summer heat on! Grades 2 through 5 are welcome to join us this summer at Camp Wheeler for five weeks of fun in the sun. Get ready for archery, boating, mountain biking, fishing, swimming, and a lot more! Bus transportation is available from many locations i  n Morris and Sussex counties. Regional Day Camp brings summer camp to

PPC Adventures – Hooked on Fishing

On Sunday June 5th Patriots Path Council supported the ‘Hooked on Fishing’ program offered by NJ Fish and Wildlife.  About 50 Scouts, and their families enjoyed the morning fishing at Camp Somers, MASR, and Winnebago Scout Reservation.  Paul Minenna and Jay DeBoey were the lead volunteers at the respective locations.  Many fish were caught with

Program Launch for 2022 to 2023 Scouting Year

Program Launch is our first event of the 2022-2023 Scouting year. In the past we have called this the Trade Show of Scouting. Last year, we thought that a Trade Show was thinking too small. We opened the event up to not only our unit leaders, but also to all of our families. Program Launch

Fishawack Cub Circus Camporee A Success!

Fishawack had 372 Cubs and their parents at the Cub Circus Camporee on May 21-22 at Winnebago Scout Reservation. Cubs enjoyed a hot day at camp doing bb, archery, rowboats, fishing and more. Next Fishawack Cub camping event will be the Fall Cubelos on October 22-23, 2022 at Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation.

CPR / Wilderness First Aid Spots Available

There are currently spots available for CPR training on Friday, June 3rd and Wilderness First Aid on Saturday-Sunday, June 4-5.  The cost of the classes for Patriots’ Path Council members is $30 and $70 respectively.  Having a valid CPR certificate is a prerequisite for attending the Wilderness First Aid class.  Click on the Links below

Graduation!

Come on by the Scout Shops to purchase Scouting Graduation Honor Cords. We offer Exclusive Eagle Scout Honor Cords as well as Venturing Summit Honor Cords. They are worn around the neck with the Graduation Gown and feature an award medallion attached to one side. They are a resplendent way to show off your achievements

Camp Staff – Counselors Still Needed

We are still looking for counselors this summer at multiple camp locations. Become a mentor to younger kids and make memories with friends along the way. If your Scout is interested please email [email protected]  

Its Time to Register for Summer Camp!

Bring the Summer heat on! Grades 2 through 5 are welcome to join us this summer at Camp Wheeler for five weeks of fun in the sun. Get ready for archery, boating, mountain biking, fishing, swimming, and a lot more! Bus transportation is available from many locations i  n Morris and Sussex counties. Regional Day Camp brings

2022 Patriots’ Path Council Family 5K Run/Walk is HERE!

GET your running shoes!!   The Patriots’ Path Council 5K is off and running! Units, raise funds that will count towards your units FOS Goal!!   Go to this link and sign up today and run before June 5th: https://scoutingevent.com/358-5K   You can enter your time when you finish your run.   For those not sure how

Westlake Troop 1571 Builds Rain Regatta Boats

In preparation for their raingutter regatta race next week, Troop 1571 of Westlake School builds and paints their boats. Their pinewood derby took place in March and the regatta will be during May. The troop under the leadership of Jeff Shanfield has faced many challenges during COVID, they also had to be moved to another

Calling all current and future Youth Leaders!

NYLT summer courses are here again, and it’s a great opportunity to experience a great leadership training experience. However, YOU MUST ACT SOON! Fees will increase on June 1st. Click Here to Register

Pioneer District 2022 Spring Cub Camporee

The first ever Pioneer District 2022 Spring Cub Camporee was held on Friday, May 13th to Sunday, May 15th. It was held at Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation with 323 youth participants and 18 packs. Participants got to participate in activities such as shooting sports (bb guns and archery), historic hiking, fishing, first aid skills, plant

Woapalanne Lodge OA Upcoming Events Video

With so many different activities every year, its’ hard to keep track of what is next. Connor, Lodge Chief of the Woapalanne Lodge, together with Carson, chapter chief of Aihamikwen chapter help Order of the Arrow members keep track of upcoming activities and events. Woapalanne Lodge OA Upcoming Events Video

National Scout Jamboree June Open House

There are only 14 months left until the Jamboree, and around the country the excitement is building in Scouting!  Scouts in Patriots’ Path Council that have already registered are busy deciding which adventures they will do when they are there.  Pistol, crossbow, black powder rifle, rock climbing, BMX, skateboarding, zip lines, whitewater rafting and canopy

PPC Adventure Programs – Astronomy

Trustee, Kevin Alton, astronomy lover extraordinaire, shares his knowledge of the planets, sun, moon and more to Scouts, at his Astronomy Merit Badge sessions at the PPC Service Center. For more information about how your unit or an individual Scout can participate in PPC Adventure Programs, please visit https://www.ppcadventures.org/ for a listing of new and

4th of July Closure

In observance of the holiday Patriots’ Path Council will be closed on Monday July 4th, 2022. This includes the Cedar Knolls Scout Service Center, The Kurland Family Scout Shop and the Mountainside Scout Shop.  

New Jersey State Police and National Guard Camporee

Please join Patriots’ Path Council and numerous BSA councils across New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York for the 2022 New Jersey State Police Camporee in Sea Girt, NJ on June 3-5, 2022. Exclusive commemorative items for the Camporee can be preordered online at: https://www.ppcoutfitters.com/shop/camporee/50 Purchases can be picked up at the Camporee, the Cedar Knolls Scout

Sea Scouts Open House

Boy Scouts of America for more then 100 years has offered a great program for youth, but did you know we have a nautical program? Sea Scouts is a great opportunity for youth to get out on the high seas! This program not only opens youth eyes to other opportunities, but it also has all

Camp Staff Needed!

We are still looking for counselors this summer at multiple camp locations. Get outdoors! Learn new skills! Get paid! Email Bridget Capen at [email protected]  

Summer Camp is Around the Corner

Spring is officially here, which means summer camp is around the corner. Grades 2 through 5 are welcome to join us this summer at Camp Wheeler for five weeks of fun in the sun. Get ready for archery, boating, fishing, swimming in the pool, and a lot more fun! Bus transportation is available from many locations in Morris and