Monthly Archives: October 2020

PPC to Sponsor Toys for Tots Drive

The Patriots’ Path Council Community Service Committee asks the packs, troops and crews of the council to assist with the annual drive of new and unwrapped toys.

You can collect toys and donate to an organization of your choice, or drop off toys at the following locations for donation to the United States Marines Corps’ Toys for Tots program.

Council collection locations – during normal Scout Shop hours:

Council Service Center lobby in Cedar Knolls through December 14

Mountainside Scout Shop through December 14

Drop-offs at other locations can be arranged; please contact Linda Cummings.

For more information on the toy collection drive, contact Linda Cummings at [email protected]

Munsee District to Hold Klondike Challenge

The Munsee District will hold its 2021 Klondike Challenge February 13, 2021.

The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Watchung Reservation.

This year’s theme is “Masters of the North.”

For additional information on the event, click here.

Reporting Community Service for PPC

With the National system for reporting discontinued, we are asking units to report service hours on Scoutbook (for your individual records and advancement) and also via the Patriots’ Path Council app, or via the PPC website by clicking here.

The app and website are very user friendly.  You do not need a unit ID number to enter hours.

This will be the only way PPC will be able to track Eagle project hours and other service hours moving forward.

For 2020, we have a service hours report for Eagle projects and other service hours that were previously reported on the National site prior to May 31, 2020.

Eagle project hours should be reported on the app or website. Certificates for Eagle Boards of Review are no longer needed.

Any service hours, including Eagle projects, that have occurred after May 31 or that were done before May 31 but not reported on the National site will need to be reported via the website or app. Remember, you can report hours from any project done during the year prior to December 31, 2020.

If you have any questions, please reach out to PPC Community Service Chairperson Linda Cummings at [email protected].

Park Commission Offers Scout Programs

The Morris County Park Commission is offering a variety of programs to Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA, including merit badge offerings.

All the programs are offered at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, located at 247 Southern Boulevard in Chatham Township.

Click here for more details and registration information.

Online Popcorn Sales Continue

YES, you can still sell popcorn ONLINE – until December 21 – and earn funds for your unit, and the Scouts can earn prizes and start some advancement.

The Scouts, our youth, gain the following from the popcorn sale:

            • Increased personal skills
            • Prizes
            • Higher self-esteem
            • Prizes AND earn money to pay for Scout expenses
            • Greater self-confidence
            • Prizes AND advancement
            • Better communication and public speaking skills

The following tools are available:

Scouts Guide to the Camp Masters System to Sell Online & 2020 Scouts Only Popcorn Guide from Camp Masters


Circle of Friends – Cubs /Scouts BSA

  • Use this Circle of Friends to identify all the people you want to contact via email or social media and ask to purchase popcorn. It’s a fun way to collect the names and who you have had a response from.

Facebook Party There are Facebook Parties for everything – WHY NOT POPCORN!

  • Click HERE for the complete guide to hosting a Popcorn Facebook Party, including:
  • A welcoming post you can customize
  • Facts that you can post about the important relationship with Scouting and popcorn
  • Fun facts
  • Recipes
  • Images of the Camp Masters products
  • DON’T FORGET – All your postings should include
  • com AND
  • Your Scouts Key Code (to insure they get the credit)

Door Hangers Page 1, Page 2 – You can distribute the door hangers around the neighborhood, the community, the office. Page 1 lists all the products, and Page 2 has the address to or a QR code that will take them direct to It also has your Camp Masters key code, which will identify you in the system.

You can find this and more at our website – PPCBSA.ORG/GIVE/POPCORN

Membership Fees and Recharter Reminder

An announcement went out last spring announcing national’s membership fee increase. This is just a reminder that on August 1, 2020, the increase went into effect.

The current price to register an adult:

Traditional unit: prorated $72

Explorer Post: prorated $54

The current price to register a youth:

Traditional unit: prorated $96 + the non-prorated $25 new youth joining fee.

Explorer Post: prorated $54

This new youth joining fee will be excused if the youth has ever been registered with the BSA. If the prior registration was with our council, we’ll have a BSA ID number for him or her. If the youth is from another council, he or she will have to supply us with that information in order to be excused from paying that new youth joining fee. A gap in registration will not prevent you from having to pay the new youth joining fee.

If your unit is set up in the BeAScout website to accept online applications, the portal now charges the correct national and council rates. When applying online, the family or volunteer will be required to make the payment immediately using a credit card in order to submit the application.

For more information about the online application portal and the BeAScout website, please click this link:

2021 Recharter

On October 1, an email was distributed to all committee chairpersons, Scoutmasters, Cubmasters, Venture advisors, Skippers, and Explorer advisors. The email included the access code to allow access to the recharter portal ( and this link to help you renew your charter. Please reach out to your district Key 3 if you have any questions.

Camporees Enjoyed by Scouts and Their Families

The Joint Fishawack/Sussex Scouts BSA Camporee was held at Camp Somers on Saturday, September 26.

Due to COVID 19 restrictions this was a “daytime only” event, but many troops decided to family camp after the program concluded. In total, 167 participants, including 13 troops from Fishawack and Sussex, enjoyed the program and excellent weather.

Camporee Photos by Dave Angell

In conjunction with the Joint Fishawack/Sussex Scouts BSA Camporee, the Sussex District Cub Scout Camporee also was held at Camp Somers on September 26. Cub packs were invited to enjoy archery, BB guns, boating, fishing, and other fun activities. COVID- 19 restrictions limited this event to a daytime-only event, but various packs took advantage of the free family camping and stayed the night. A total of 173 Scouts, siblings and family members enjoyed a great program and perfect weather.

Upcoming events:

  • The Sussex District Merit Badge University has been canceled due to a host of schedule conflicts for the merit badge counselors. We anticipate rescheduling in the spring.
  • The Sussex District Freeze-O-Ree will be held at Skylands Ice Palace on Sunday December 13. We will have ice time from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., and other activities will be available during the afternoon.  Registration will open soon with the cost at $10 per person (includes skates) and $15 per person at the door.
  • The Sussex District Klondike will be Saturday January 30, 2021, at Camp Somers. This will be a daytime event only. More details will follow.

Training Offered for Youth Leaders

In response to the needs of youth leaders in troops and crews, Scouting U has released two new virtual training programs for Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST), and Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews (ILSC).

These new temporary instructional training programs are available by logging onto and launching the BSA Learn Center.

When the Learn Center opens you can select the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST) or Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews (ILSC) from Programs, as applicable to you. In the programs are two learning plans – Introduction and Tools of Leadership – you will need to complete both. When selecting a learning plan, it will open with a description and course listing – click the Enroll button to record your completion progress. For courses within the learning plan, simply click the Start button and take the course until you complete it. Both the learning plans and course will show your percentage of completion.

Module 1 is a brief five-minute introduction to the organizational structure of the unit. In Module 2, participants will spend approximately 36 minutes learning about the Tools of Leadership, designed to help Scouts and crew members develop their leadership, knowledge, skills, and abilities. Specific topics include Creating a Vision, Goal Setting, Communication, Planning and Delegation, and the Stages of Team Development.

Upon completion of these two modules, a certificate of completion will be available, and should be printed for their unit leader. The completion certificate allows Scouts an opportunity to complete the third and final module in a virtual online environment.

Using a Zoom or similar online video conferencing program, Module 3 provides Scouts an opportunity to virtually interact with their fellow Scouts and leaders to expand and integrate their leadership expertise. Topics covered in the final one-hour module, include Team Development and Characteristics, Group Decisions, Leadership Styles and Tools, Ethics and Values and the EDGE method.

Unit leaders interested in offering this new Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops and Crews can contact [email protected] to request the directions, PowerPoint, and script for Module 3.

Invite New Members to Your Unit Via Virtual Recruitment

A step-by-step plan is now available to guide unit leaders through running a recruitment event virtually.

For more information, click here.


Eagle Scout Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

The Patriots’ Path Council is proud and excited to announce the 2021 Eagle Scout Hall of Fame inductees! Congratulations to:

Laurence T. Cleveland, Eagle Class 1984

Alvin and Andy Dietz, Eagle Class 1969

Joseph M. Fucito, Eagle Class 1974

David E. Setzer, Eagle Class 1950

Ernesto Soler, Eagle Class 1979

These six Eagle Scouts will be inducted into the hall of fame during the annual Eagle Scout Recognition and Reunion Dinner, which will be held in the spring of 2021.

Thank you Laurence, Alvin, Andy, Joseph, David, and Ernesto for your years of service to Scouting and to the community!