Tradeshow of Scouting Planned June 12

Patriots’ Path Council’s 2021 Tradeshow of Scouting comes just in time! As many things begin to open up with pandemic restrictions being lifted, so does our Scouting program. We have taken this More »

Popcorn Sale Training Dates Announced

It is that time of year to start planning for the 2021-2022 Scouting year. This upcoming Scouting year has the potential to be a memorable year, with more beginning to open, and More »

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 More »

Crews Prep for Philmont at Watchu Mountain Adventures Weekend

On Saturday morning, May 1, 309 Scouts, Venturers and advisors bound for Philmont this summer assembled at Camp Wheeler, Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation, to participate in Patriots’ Path Council’s annual Watchu Mountain More »

Fun Festivals Showcase Cub Scout Offerings

To help Patriots’ Path Council packs recruit new families, and get the Cubs outside, PPC districts are holding several fun festivals. The first festival was on May 1 at St. Ann’s Church More »

Munsee Camp-O-Rama is June 5 and 6

Munsee District will be holding its spring Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA joint camporee June 5 and 6 at Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation. The program will feature shooting sports, fishing and hiking. Come on out and enjoy a weekend of fun! Click here to register.

PPC Collecting Needed Items for the Troops

Join Patriots’ Path Council in support of National’s Summer of Service. This month, PPC is collecting items for Operation Jersey Cares to support our troops with care packages. Donated items can be brought to the Cedar Knolls council service center, or contact your district community service chairperson. Acceptable items to donate (no glass or aerosol)

Tradeshow of Scouting Planned June 12

Patriots’ Path Council’s 2021 Tradeshow of Scouting comes just in time! As many things begin to open up with pandemic restrictions being lifted, so does our Scouting program. We have taken this event from the confines of a hotel and have moved it to the best place for Scouting events … the outdoors! This year’s

Popcorn Sale Training Dates Announced

It is that time of year to start planning for the 2021-2022 Scouting year. This upcoming Scouting year has the potential to be a memorable year, with more beginning to open, and more Scouting activities taking place. With units getting back to meeting, who knows how many new families we could be welcoming to our

Updated Scout Shops Hours

Patriots’ Path Council is committed to quality customer service. As we strive to provide that service at the level we feel all our Scouting families need and deserve, sometimes it will require us to have our staff be away from the store and will cause us to not be open our normal hours. With that

Second Special Needs Roundtable Planned in June

Following up on the outstanding success of the March Special Needs Roundtable, Patriots’ Path Council announces the next session is planned Thursday, June 10, 2021, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. This roundtable’s will begin with a 30-minute camping presentation given by PPC’s own BSA National Special Needs Committee Member Deb Reidmiller. Mary Lynne Capen, Patriots’

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

Crews Prep for Philmont at Watchu Mountain Adventures Weekend

On Saturday morning, May 1, 309 Scouts, Venturers and advisors bound for Philmont this summer assembled at Camp Wheeler, Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation, to participate in Patriots’ Path Council’s annual Watchu Mountain Adventures. This is considered the “midterm exam” for all crews in the Watchu program to evaluate their readiness in team work, skills and

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

Fun Festivals Showcase Cub Scout Offerings

To help Patriots’ Path Council packs recruit new families, and get the Cubs outside, PPC districts are holding several fun festivals. The first festival was on May 1 at St. Ann’s Church in Parsippany. Four local packs participate, assisted by two local troops. Activities included archery, BB, stomp rockets, balloon popping, Pinewood Derby cars, cornhole

Member Transfers Can Be Done Through My.Scouting Portal

A reminder from Mike Wellech, council registrar: Last November, National updated the My.Scouting.org portal to allow units to transfer members without submitting applications. Transfers cannot not be done using www.BeAScout.org, or ScoutBook. This will usually create a duplicate profile and is a headache to resolve down the line, plus data and records are sometimes lost

Black River Cub Scouts Enjoy Fun Day at Camp Somers

On Saturday, May 1, the Black River District held its spring Cub Scout Family Camporee Fun Day event at Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation, Camp Somers. Over 400 Scouts, siblings and parents enjoyed a day of shooting sports, fishing, disability awareness, knot tying skill development and nature hikes around Frenchie Pond.  The weather was spectacular, and

Patriots’ Path Council Awards Celebration Planned June 19

Help us honor the council’s 2021 award recipients at the upcoming PPC Awards Celebration. Silver Beaver Awards, Trailblazer Awards, Youth Leadership Awards, Medal of Merit Awards and Woods Service Award will be presented at the event. DATE: June 19, 2021 TIME: Gathering at 11:30 a.m. Luncheon and awards ceremony at 12:30 p.m. PLACE:  Winnebago Scout

In-Person Youth Protection Training Offered

Patriots’ Path Council is offering two in-person sessions for Youth Protection Training at the council service center in Cedar Knolls. Sessions are planned Thursday, May 20, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, June 12, at 9 a.m. The training rooms are large enough to socially distance and satisfy YPT requirements in person. To register, click here.

Arrowmen Hold Day of Service at Winnebago

The Woapalanne Lodge of the Order of the Arrow had a day of service at Winnebago Scout Reservation on April 17. Thirty-three Arrowmen zip-lined across Durham Pond to create a trail from the zip line to the start of the eight-platform challenge course and then zip-lined back. Several took on the challenge of the all-new

Sussex Cub Scouts Have Fun at Winnebago

On Saturday, April 17, about 90 Cub Scouts, siblings and parents participated in the Sussex District Cub Scout Adventure Day at Winnebago Scout Reservation. Program areas included Duty to God, Scouts in the Wild, Scouting Necessities, and Duty To Country.  Rounding out the day, everyone got to try their hand at BB guns and archery.

Flintlocks Ready to Help This Summer

The Flintlocks, Boy Scouts of America, Inc., met for its annual meeting on April 15, 2021. The group elected the new slate of officers for the coming year, updated its bylaws and mission statement, reviewed the accomplishments of the previous year, and discussed projects Patriots’ Path Council needs to have done to prepare for summer

Packs Participate in Munsee District Webelos Klondike

The Munsee District Webelos Klondike was held on April 17, 2021, at the Scout Area of Watchung Reservation. Eight packs and 46 youth participated. The winning dens: 1st Place – The Bolt Cats – Pack 53B – Fords 2nd Place – The Red Tail Hawks – Pack 26G – Fords 3rd Place – The Tiger

Munsee Scouts Enjoy the Outdoors at Klondike Challenge

This year’s Munsee District Klondike Challenge was held on April 17, 2021, at the Loop Area of Watchung Reservation. COVID-19 forced the district to split the event into a morning and afternoon session, each competing in the same four skill towns. Nine troops and 97 Scouts participated with 16 sleds. Top finishers for the morning:

Fishawack Cub Scouts Earn Ranks at Adventure Day

On April 24, Fishawack District had 107 Cub Scouts gather at Lewis Morris Park to earn some of the electives for their rank. There were 12 stations at the Cubs Adventure Day offering electives from Lions doing Gizmos & Gadgets to Webelos building birdhouses and taking home saplings for planting. Everyone had a great time in

Sussex-Fishawack Spring Cub Camporee Planned May 22

The Sussex-Fishawack Cub Scout Camporee will be held Saturday, May 22, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Winnebago Scout Reservation, 102 Timberbrook Road, Rockaway. If camping is permitted — If New Jersey is permitting group camping by this date, camping will be allowed. Packs will need a BALOO-trained leader. Packs will be responsible

Non-Registered Adults Removed From ScoutBook

As of April 12, all adults who are not registered as a member in the BSA will have been removed from your unit’s Scoutbook adult leader roster. This does not affect parent connections to their Scouts. Parents will still receive unit messages and have access to their Scouts as they do today. If you notice

Are You Ready for Summer?

Summer is just around the corner, and so is PPC Cub Scout summer camp. Watch the summer camp promo on YouTube by clicking the image below, or register for camp today by visiting PPCCubScoutCamps.org.  

Deb Reidmiller Honored with National Award

Each year, the BSA presents the national Woods Services Award to an adult in Scouting who has demonstrated exceptional service and leadership in the field of Scouting for disabled people. Given by the Woods Services in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, the Woods Services Award is the highest recognition awarded by the BSA in this area of service.

Make Memories to Last a Lifetime

Camps are more than just a week of badges and programs. There’s nowhere else in the world that offers so many new experiences. The key to every camp is its staff. Apply to be a member of camp staff to help other Scouts make memories to last a lifetime. Visit https://ppcbsa.workbrightats.com/jobs/, or click the “Employment”

Raritan Valley Klondike Attended by More Than 350

A total of 33 units with over 370 Scouts, adult leaders and support staff participated in the Raritan Valley District Klondike on Saturday, March 20, at Winnebago Scout Reservation. From older Scouts teaching Webelos and Scouts BSA troops competing against themselves to a troop getting restarted, the Raritan Valley Klondike was a success. The district

Only Complete Adult Applications will be Accepted

A Reminder from Council Registrar Mike Wellech: We’re no longer accepting adult applications that are incomplete. If an adult application is handed to a district executive, Scout shop associate or any other employee, and is incomplete, they have been instructed to hand it back to the person to have it completed and then bring it

New Elective Adventure Offered for Bear, Webelos and AOLs

The Modular Design Preview Adventure is sponsored by Snap Ships. This new adventure is for Bear, Webelos and Arrow of Light Scouts as they learn the benefits of modular designing and building within the fun and exciting world of Snap Ships. Snap Ships has provided great video resources that can be used for virtual or

PPC Service Center and Scout Shop Hours

Our council service center and two Scout shops remain key components to our continued operations, and we are proud of the precautions our staff and customers have taken to ensure a safe visit. For the foreseeable future, we will maintain the following regular hours of operation:   Cedar Knolls Service Center Monday – Friday: 9

Fishawack District Holds Klondike at Camp Somers

On March 20, the Fishawack District Klondike was attended by 180 Scouts BSA and 40 adults at Camp Somers. To reduce any chance of COVID-19 transmission, everyone wore masks, sleds were omitted, and Scouts remained in pods.  Teams of between four and six Scouts visited eight stations spread out at two adjoining campsites. Sixteen junior

Be Sure to Print Membership Cards, Charter Certificate

Reminders from Council Registrar Mike Wellech: PRINTING MEMBERSHIP CARDS AND CHARTER CERTIFICATES: Now that your charter is posted, you’ll want to print your membership cards and your charter certificate. Here are two PDF’s showing you how to do that: Printing Membership Cards Printing Charter Certificate UNIT ADVANCEMENT CHAIR: This is your annual reminder to assign

Registration Continues for NYLT Programs

Patriots’ Path Council will be holding three NYLT programs this year at Camp Winnebago. Traditional week-long programs will be held in June and August, and a two-weekend program is planned in November. National Youth Leadership Training is a rigorous youth leadership training program that provides skills for life, and is designed to benefit and enhance

Eagle Scout Brunch Planned at Camp Winnebago

The Patriots’ Path Council is inviting you to the 2021 Eagle Scout Recognition and Reunion Brunch honoring the Eagle Scout class of 2020 and the 2021 Eagle Scout Hall of Fame Inductees on Sunday, June 6. This 17th annual recognition of Eagle Scouts will include the class of Eagles from January 1, 2020,  to February 8,

Fourth Annual Run/Walk is Virtual for 2021

In light of the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Patriots’ Path Council’s fourth annual 5K run/walk will be virtual for 2021. A virtual 5K can be run or walked on your treadmill from any location you choose as long as all COVID-19 guidelines are practiced. Get your run/walk in between May 22, 2021, beginning at

Be Sure to Report Community Service Hours

All community service hours should be reported on Scoutbook (for your unit’s records) and through the PPC app or website. Hours can be reported at any time during the year, but must be reported by December 31. Below are hours that should be reported: Scouts: Hours that are part of a unit project, Eagle Project

Recruiting Tools Available for the Spring

A variety of recruiting tools are available for the spring. These resources include a Cub Scout recruiting materials form, “Den Meeting in a Bag,” and the BSA Brand Center. For more information, click here.

Adventure Awaits at Summer Camp

As the seasons begin to change and the temperature begins to rise, it’s a great time to start thinking about summer camp! Patriots’ Path Council has an exciting summer camp season planned for Cub Scouts, non-Scouts, Scouts BSA, and summer camp staff! Join in the fun this summer by clicking here. To apply to be

PPC Partners with Old World Meats for Fundraiser

Are you looking for a way to help fund your summer adventure? If so, Patriots’ Path Council has an opportunity for you. PPC has partnered with Old World Meats to provide Meat Sticks as a fundraising opportunity. Old World Meats sticks come in 12 flavors and are priced to move at $1 per stick. Forty-nine

2020 Merit Badge Ranking List Rewritten by the Pandemic

The pandemic didn’t stop Scouts from earning merit badges in 2020, but it did cause a dramatic shift in which merit badges Scouts earned most. Ever since 2012, when the merit badge rankings where first published, the top of the list has been dominated by merit badges that are both on the list of Eagle-required

Community Service Efforts Recognized

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Community Service Patch. Winners are chosen from each district, and these honored units have the most hours for the year and/or the most hours per Scout. Each winning unit will receive a patch and a flag ribbon. The 2020 honorees are: Black River: Pack 53, Troop 555 Fishawack:

Annual Women’s Golf Outing is May 17

Area golfers are invited to the Patriots’ Path Council’s third annual Women’s Golf Outing for Scouting. The event will be held Monday, May 17, 2021, at the Basking Ridge Country Club, 185 Madisonville Road, Basking Ridge, New Jersey. This is a nine-hole golf outing, and a boxed continental breakfast and lunch buffet are included. The

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

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

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