Don’t Miss Out This Summer!

Our summer camps are on the go, bringing kids lots of fun and excitement this summer. Our Cub Scout camps are preparing kids to become superheroes by testing their mask-making abilities and More »

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 More »

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. More »

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 More »

Scouting Forward Breakfast to Feature Bart Oates

The Patriots’ Path Council is inviting you to hear Bart Oates, three-time Super Bowl champion, at the 2021 Scouting Forward Breakfast. It will be held on Friday, September 24, 2021, starting at More »

Eagle’s Nest Workshop Planned at Camp Somers

Eagle’s Nest Workshop will be held Saturday and Sunday, August 14 and 15, at Camp Somers at Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation. The weekend schedule features Emergency Preparedness offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Citizenship in the Nation offered from 9 a.m. to noon, and Citizenship in the World offered from noon to 4 p.m. Don’t register for

Don’t Miss Out This Summer!

Our summer camps are on the go, bringing kids lots of fun and excitement this summer. Our Cub Scout camps are preparing kids to become superheroes by testing their mask-making abilities and agility at the obstacle course. Archery, BB guns, fishing and fire building have also been fun challenges for these young superheroes. Our Scouts

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

A Big THANK YOU to All

We want to say THANK YOU to all of our Patriots’ Path Council packs, troops, crews and families! We are at 90% of our 2021 Friends of Scouting Family Campaign. With 2021 having all of the challenges that it has put in front of us, this is great news. In the next addition of Signs-Up!,

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

Welcome to Start of 2021 Popcorn Season

Patriots’ Path Council is halfway through its schedule of virtual popcorn trainings, but there is still plenty of time to sign up. Learn about the different types of sales, what the products are, and how to use the Camp Masters website. If the popcorn kernel attends training, the pack/troop/crew will earn an extra 1% in

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.

Fowler Passes OA Lodge Reins to VanLangen

This year the Woapalanne Lodge of the Order of the Arrow has provided great service to our New Jersey camps. Most recently, members set up canvas tents in preparation for resident camp at Winnebago Scout Reservation. Lodge Chief Mike Fowler, left, was elected to take leadership of Section NE-5, which encompasses 11 councils. As a result, Mike

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

Scouting Forward Breakfast to Feature Bart Oates

The Patriots’ Path Council is inviting you to hear Bart Oates, three-time Super Bowl champion, at the 2021 Scouting Forward Breakfast. It will be held on Friday, September 24, 2021, starting at 6:30 a.m. with Lee Rouson, a two-time Super Bowl champion, as the emcee. The event is planned at the Park Avenue Club, located

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. In this edition of Signs-Up!,

Watchung Reservation Reopens for Overnight Group Camping

The Union County Department of Parks and Recreation has announced that it is reopening the Scout Camping Area in the Watchung Reservation for overnight group camping.  Applications are being accepted now for overnight camping that will occur on or after July 9. The Scout Camping Area can be utilized by any Scout group (and, in

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

Fall Workshops to Focus on Merit Badges

This year’s Merit Badge Introduction Workshop will include four virtual Saturday morning sessions this fall – November 6, November 13, December 11 and December 18. Online registration will open on September 30 through the council calendar at www.ppcbsa.org. The purpose of the workshop is to introduce badges to the Scouts and to help them understand

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

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

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

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 Camp?

Summer is here, and so is PPC Cub Scout summer camp. The first sessions begin July 5, 2021. 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.

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

Summer Hours in Effect at Service Center, Shops

Our council service center and two Scout shops remain key components to our continued operations. For the summer, we will maintain the following hours of operation: Cedar Knolls Service Center Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Saturdays and Sundays   Kurland Family Scout Shop in Cedar Knolls Monday – Friday from

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

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