Monthly Archives: September 2020

2021 Individual Philmont Opportunities Still Available

Patriots’ Path Council currently has availability for individuals and small groups to join one of our 2021 contingents going to Philmont Scout Ranch between late June and early August.

This trip will be a fun-filled 15-day adventure, which includes a two-day tour of the front range of the Colorado Rockies.

Visit the Air Force Academy, Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak, and enjoy whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River.

This will be followed by a 12-day backpacking trek at Philmont Scout Ranch near Cimarron, N.M.

You will part of a crew that selects its backcountry adventure based on the program activities you want to do and the peaks you want to hike.  Many consider a Philmont trek to be the highlight of their Scouting experiences.

The estimated cost of the trip is $2,400 and includes roundtrip airfare to Denver, the Colorado tour, Philmont trek, and all meals and ground transportation in Colorado and New Mexico.

For additional information including specific dates and openings, please contact Eduard Mostert ([email protected]) or Alan Gotliffe ([email protected]).

To register, please click on the Individual Application link.

Scout Shops Update Fall Hours

Beginning Monday, September 28, 2020, the Patriots’ Path Council’s Scout Shops will have updated fall hours.

The Cedar Knolls Scout Shop will be open:

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 p.m.

Saturday – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Sunday – Closed


The Mountainside Scout Shop will be open:

Monday – Closed

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 p.m.

Saturday – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Sunday – Closed

Don’t have time to spend picking out awards for your next pack meeting or court of honor? Let your Patriots’ Path Scout Shops’ Staff do it for you. We will have your order bagged, rung up and ready to pick up and pay for. Shipping is available as an option as well.

Please give us at least 48 hours notice.

We will email or call you when your order is ready.

For information, call (973) 765-9322, ext. 233 (Cedar Knolls) or (908) 654-9191 (Mountainside).

Click here for flyer.

Service Award Recipients Announced

Very belated CONGRATULATIONS to the recipients of the 2019 Community Service Award:

Black River – Pack 45, Pack 147, Troop 312, Troop 390

Fishawack – Pack 40, Troop 79, Troop 8, Crew 314

Munsee – Pack 145, Troop 23, Troop 145

Raritan Valley – Pack 96, Troop 12, Troop 41

Sussex – Pack 183, Troop 85, Crew 85

Watchung Mountain – Pack 177, Troop 73

The award patches and streamers are in each unit’s mailbox.


Chess Tournament Winners Named

Overdue CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of the August 22, 2020, Patriots’ Path Council Chess Club tournament:

1st – MegaRainyBull – Thomas M.

2nd – GladFullLava – Timothy V.

3rd – ZanyPastSand – Ethan A.

The club can be even more successful by letting your chess playing friends know they can join the club and get in on the next online tournament!  Chess friends can use this very simple form to join the club:

New on the website is the ability for players to analyze their games!  When you login to the website, move your mouse over the word “Learn” on the left side of the screen, then click on “Analyze Games.”  You should then see a list of the games you played, click on the magnifying glass under the “Analyze” heading to analyze a particular game. As you step though your chess game each move will be evaluated, and you’ll be able to see the best moves to make.  This is an extremely valuable tool to help you improve your chess games and is available for free on the website.

For more information, call Tom Andrea, Patriots Path Council Chess Club advisor, at (973) 839-5241.


Community Service Continues through Pandemic

Thank you to all of our Scouting community for all the service you have been doing this pandemic.

We would love to share your stories and pictures of how you have been helpful. Please send your pictures and stories to Linda Cummings at [email protected].

For more information on the annual Scouting for Food campaign, click here.

BSA Membership Group on Facebook

A group of volunteers from New Jersey BSA councils has created this group on Facebook focused on membership growth.

You can join the group here: Please encourage other interested Scouters to join.

PPC Offers Historic Trails Hikes

Patriots’ Path Council has several historic trails within its council area that allow Scouts to explore New Jersey’s rich history. The 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 advancement and merit badge requirements. Scouts can learn how to prepare for an outing, safety and the Buddy System, how to apply Leave No Trace principles, as well as learning about the environment they will be exploring. The Victory Trail Historic Hike and Walking Tour provide Scouts these learning opportunities in an urban setting.

For more information, click here.

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.