Monthly Archives: July 2020

Zoom In for Answers to Popcorn Sale Questions

Have a question about this year’s popcorn sale?

Popcorn Zoom Q & A sessions are open to anyone – unit leader and/or parent. Just Zoom in on the following dates at the times noted and ask your question(s):



Friday, August 14 – 11-11:30 a.m.,

Monday, August 17 – 7-7:30 p.m.,

Wednesday, August 19 – Noon-12:30 p.m.,

Thursday, August 20 – 1-1:30 p.m.,

Monday, August 24 – 8-8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, August 25 – 7-7:30 p.m.,

Thursday, August 27 – 7:30-8 p.m.,

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 to be shipped.

Orders can be sent to [email protected]

The following kits are available:

Lion Starter Kit

Tiger Starter Kit

Wolf Starter Kit

Bear Starter Kit


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 to view an important message about fall fundraising opportunities. The link to register is in the video and can also be accessed at


Black River and Fishawack Districts Plan Events

Black River District Upcoming Events:

  • The Black River Recognition Dinner, postponed from the spring, will be held on September 16, 2020, at Picatinny Arsenal.  Registration is open and the cost is $30 per person. No walk-ins will be permitted.

Fishawack District Upcoming Events:

  • The joint Fishawack/Sussex Scouts BSA Camporee will be held at Camp Somers on Saturday, September 26, 2020. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this will be a daytime only event. Details will be forthcoming.

Chess Club Plans Second Online Tournament

The newly formed Patriots’ Path Council Chess Club held its first online chess tournament on July 25, and for participants already in the club, the next tournament is Saturday, August 22, 2020, at 9 a.m.

A way to make the club successful is to let chess-playing friends know they can still join the club and get in on the next online tournament! Chess friends can use this link to join the club:

For more information, contact Tom Andrea, PPC Chess Club advisor, at [email protected]



Virtual 5K Race To Benefit Relief Fund

Do you run? Do you walk? Can you do .19 miles a day for 16 days? Then let your feet do the talking for Scouting!

In light of the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Patriots’ Path Council’s annual 5K race is going virtual for 2020. Through this unique event, PPC hopes to unite participants as they engage in a common activity and provide a feeling of togetherness while apart.

A virtual race can be ran or walked on your treadmill or from any location you choose as long as social distancing and all COVID-19 guidelines are practiced. Get your run/walk in between August 15, 2020, at 12:01 a.m. through August 30, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. You will need to upload your time through the registration process.

An event special for a team of two recently was announced. For $50 ($38 registration fee and a donation of $12), the team will receive as a gift one each of the Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation and Winnebago Scout Reservation 2020 summer camp patches.

JUST ADDED: Every registered participant will receive three music playlists to help your feet keep the beat!

All proceeds from this event will go toward Patriots’ Path Council’s COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund – Campaign For Scouting. This fund will help continue to serve 15,000 Scouts in northern and central New Jersey that count on Scouting to instill character, develop skills and leadership, and build resilience.

For information, visit


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 Scout-age children. It will be simple to run and can happen despite social distancing.

Patriots’ Path Council will help with:

  • flyers to promote your scavenger hunt
  • setting up an online registration so you have contact info for all the families that participate
  • providing a small prize for everyone who participates and a larger prize to raffle off
  • providing onboarding packets at your hand-in containing Adventures in Cub Scouting booklet, mini-Boys’ Life and youth application
  • providing the attached template of the scavenger hunt scorecard. You can edit this if you want youth to find different items or visit some landmark in your town. On the day of your scavenger hunt, at a set time, you will email the scorecard to everyone who has registered.

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

Den Chief Training Offered to Scouts

The August 30 session of Den Chief training will take place via teleconference from 1 to 4 p.m.

Information will be sent to the registration contact prior to the start of the course.

While there is no cost, registration is required in advance.

To register, visit No walk-ins are allowed without advance permission of course director.

Several days before the class, take the online course, “Den Chief Training Fast Start,” It should take about 30 minutes to complete.

Those who should take this training are:

  • Scouts already serving as den chiefs, who are not yet trained.
  • Scouts who will be serving as den chiefs in the near future.
  • Scouts who are thinking about asking to serve as den chiefs.

NOTE: Even if you do not actually become a den chief, much of what you’ll learn will be useful to you as a Scout when serving in other leadership positions, such as troop guides and patrol leaders.

To receive credit for completing the course, Scouts must take the online class, again located at AND attend the Zoom session on August 30 from 1 to 4 p.m.

For the Zoom session:

  • Make sure you bring a pen or pencil.
  • Wear your class “A” uniform.
  • Obtain your own Den Chief handbook. It’s available at the Patriots’ Path Council Scout shops in Cedar Knolls and Mountainside.

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 training program that provides skills for life and is designed to benefit and enhance the leadership teams of troops and crews. It is fun, challenging and informative.

The NYLT course centers on the concepts of what a leader must BE, what a leader must KNOW, and what a leader must DO. The key elements are taught with a clear focus on HOW TO. The skills come alive during the week as the participants go on a Quest for the Meaning of Leadership.

NYLT is a seven-day course. Content is delivered in a troop and patrol outdoor setting with an emphasis on immediate application of learning in a fun, guiding environment. Interconnecting concepts and work processes are introduced early, built upon, and aided by the use of memory aids which allow participants to understand and employ the “Tool Box” of leadership skills much more quickly.

Who may attend NYLT? Registered Scouts BSA 13 years of age or completed the seventh grade until 18 years of age who have obtained First Class and who have completed Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops at their home unit.  OR: Registered Venturers and Sea Scouts 14 years of age and completed the eighth grade who have completed Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews or Ships at their home unit. Highly recommended to have one year of camping experience.

The cost is $295 for early bird registration (by August 31, 2020), $310 for regular registration, and $340 for late registration (after October 15, 2020).

Registers at