Monthly Archives: November 2021

Holiday Service Center, Scout Shops Hours Announced

With the holiday season officially here, we wanted to take this moment to remind everyone to consider shopping local as all Patriots’ Path Scout shops sales go to support Scouting in our local community.

We also want to announce our service center and Scout shops closing schedule for this holiday season.

The service center and Scout shops will be closed at the following times:

November 25-27, 2021

December 1, 2021, from 9 a.m. to noon

December 17, 2021, from noon to 5 p.m.

December 24-27, 2021

December 31, 2021 – January 2, 2022

Please check back as we will also be doing Scout Shop inventory and this may affect some hours of operations on a limited basis.

Meet the New Scout Shop Manager

Patriots’ Path Council is proud to announce the hiring of Matthew Isak as the new Scout Shop manager. Matthew joins the PPC team after an intense search.

Matthew joins the team with a significant background in retail operations. He has worked for Lomax Carpet and Tile, Staples, Home Depot and Lowe’s. Matthew also brings to the team a background in digital media.

Matthew’s Scouting experience as a youth was in Washington Crossing Council, where he served on the staff at Ockanickon Scout Reservation and was a Life Scout.

Matthew’s main office will be in Cedar Knolls. Please feel free to stop in and say hello and welcome him to the Patriots’ Path Council family.

Programs Teach Scouts Leadership Skills

Last weekend, NYLT participants had a blast during the first part of the two-part November weekend course. This weekend, they will finish up their second weekend. NYLT is a great opportunity to train Scouts with critical leadership skills to bring back quality knowledge to their home unit.

Your unit can deliver it’s own leadership training prior to sending your Scouts to NYLT as a solid foundation.

In Scouts BSA, Introduction to Leadership Skills is a great opportunity for your unit and can be delivered on an annual basis within your unit.

The purpose of the ILST course is to teach Scouts with leadership positions about their new roles and how to most effectively reach success in that role. It is intended to help Scouts in leadership positions within their troop understand their responsibilities and to equip them with organizational and leadership skills to fulfill those responsibilities.

ILST is the first course in the series of leadership training offered to Scouts and is a replacement for Troop Leadership Training. Completion of ILST is a prerequisite for Scouts to participate in the more advanced leadership courses.

Find out about more training for youth in Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouting including unit lead syllabus at

PPC Sponsoring Annual Toy 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 you can drop off toys at the following council collection locations where they will be donated to the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program:

Council Service Center lobby in Cedar Knolls through December 11

Mountainside Scout Shop through December 11

University of Scouting at Our Lady of Peace Academy, South Street, New Providence, on December 4

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

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

Nominations Sought for Eagle Scout Hall of Fame

The Eagle Scout Hall of Fame Award is a recognition awarded by the Patriots’ Path Council’s Alumni Committee.

The award was established to recognize Eagle Scouts who, after 25 years or longer of having received the Eagle Scout Award, have reached a high level of success in their chosen field.

In addition, potential recipients have demonstrated a strong record of volunteer leadership service to the Patriots’ Path Council and their community. The nomination deadline is December 1, 2021.

Click here to fill out the nomination form.