Monthly Archives: September 2020

Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA Zoom Meetings Scheduled

All Patriots’ Path Council leaders and families

We are ZOOMMMMing direct to you!



Cub Scout Council Wide Zoom            

Tuesday, September 22

7:00PM – 8:00PM followed by extended Q & A

Cub Scout specific topics to be covered include:

  • Den leader resources
  • Fall family camping opportunities
  • Recruiting new families during COVID
  • Leader training opportunities
  • Success stories from other packs in the areas’ of:
    • Meeting plans
    • Recruiting
    • Fund raising


 Scouts BSA Council Wide Zoom         

Wednesday, September 30

7:00PM – 8:00PM followed by extended Q & A

Scouts BSA specific topics to be covered include:

  • Fall program / Camping ideas
  • Advancement update for COVID
  • Summer camp / High adventure 2021 highlights
  • Recruiting new Scouts during COVID
  • Leader training opportunities
  • Success stories from other troops in the areas’ of:
    • Meeting plans
    • Recruiting
    • Fund raising



Have an idea or a question?  Share it with us ahead of time so we can answer it during the Council wide Zoom meetings? Let us know by emailing it to  [email protected]

“Hocus Pocus” to be Shown at Camp Winnebago

Patriots’ Path Council will hold a drive-in movie Saturday, October 17th, at Winnebago Scout Reservation, 102 Timberbrook Road, Rockaway. “Hocus Pocus” will be shown. Arrival and concessions begin at 5:30 p.m.; the movie starts at 6:30 p.m. Costumes and decorated cars are encouraged.

Click here for more information or to sign up!

Family Camping Training Weekend

We have an exciting opportunity for adults to camp individually with our family camping opportunity at Winnebago Scout Reservation and either receive training for Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills or BALOO.  Check in morning of October 17 and depart October 18th.

Any questions, please contact Andrew Joiner at [email protected].



This one-and-a-half day course is designed as an introduction to the Cub Scout outdoor program for leaders interested in adding a camping component to their Pack activities. BALOO training consists of an online pre-requisite component in addition to an overnight (Family Camping Style) individual hands-on practical. BSA’s Cub Scout level camping policies will be taught in a social distancing setting along with the discovery of the necessary tools to help units carry out a successful camping experience. Completion of this course is mandatory for a MINIMUM OF ONE adult on a Pack overnighter.


Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills

This course is required to be considered a position trained scoutmaster or assistant scoutmaster.

What will I learn?

  • The outdoor skills a Scout must learn in order to reach First Class rank; including first aid, building fires, cooking, rope-whipping, tying and lashing, using a compass and map, working with woods tools, identifying plants and animals and lots of other skills.
  • How to function using the patrol method.
  • How to teach these skills to both youth and adults.

Membership, Membership, Membership!

  • Get your Signs Out for Scouting and you might win $50 for your unit!  I’m talking about our #SIGNSUPFORSCOUTING Contest.  Click on the link for more information, #SIGNSUPFORSCOUTING  OR put out up to 15 Join Cub Scouts or Join Scouting Yard Signs around your neighborhood(s).  Have everyone take a selfie with each sign.  Read the flyer for the rest.





BSA Membership Group on FaceBook

A group of volunteers from New Jersey BSA councils, have created this group on Facebook focused on membership growth .   You can join the group here:  .  Please encourage other interested Scouters to join.

Hikes and Historic Trails

Patriots’ Path Council has several historic trails within our council area that allow Scouts to explore New Jersey’s rich history. Our 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 visit out webpage.

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.

Merit Badge Workshop Coming in November

Merit Badge Introduction Workshop

This will be a virtual event on Saturday, November 21st, 8:00 am to 1:10 pm.  We will have four sessions of one hour each for a total of 56 classes.

Our platform will be Google Meets.  Registration will open on September 21st at 9:00 am through the council calendar.  The class list and schedule will be posted on the council calendar several days prior to registration opening.

For information, contact Al Thomas at [email protected].