Monthly Archives: November 2022

Philmont 2024 – Registration is Open!!!

With the end of 2022 fast approaching it is time to start the planning and preparations for your unit’s 2024 adventure at the “Pinnacle of Scouting” – Philmont Scout Ranch in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in New Mexico.

The applications to join one of the Patriots’ Path Council Philmont contingents for the fifteen (15) day (14 night) adventure can be done online on the council’s website at

The link is also available on the council’s High Adventure website and at


The departure dates for the 4 council contingents are:

  • Tuesday, June 25, 2024 (returning Tuesday, July 9, 2024)
  • Wednesday, June 26, 2024 (returning Wednesday, July 10, 2024)
  • Thursday, June 27, 2024 (returning Thursday, July 11, 2024)
  • Thursday, July 11, 2024 (returning Thursday, July 25, 2024)

The allocations of the crew numbers will be done at the Patriots’ Path Council service center in Cedar Knolls on January 24 (the fourth Tuesday in January). A Philmont crew consists of 12 members – 8 youth and 4 adults, or 9 youth and 3 adults. For the initial application a minimum of 6 youth and 2 adult names are required. Units may register for multiple crews and units can create a combined crew with neighboring units. No payments are needed with the applications. The deposits are only due by the middle of February 2023.

All Patriots’ Path Council crews will participate in the Watchu Training program – an 18-month “get ready” program, which consists of:

  •         five (5) advisor briefings,
  •         one (1) advisor skills training session and
  •         a full weekend simulated Philmont program for the whole crew.

In addition, the council will manage your payments, make the airline reservations and distribute payments to Philmont, the airlines and the Colorado tour operator. Any units that do not have enough interest for a full crew, but have members that would like to go to Philmont, can send an email to Chief Watchu ([email protected]) stating the number of scouts and adults that are interested. Council will work with partial crews to create combined crews.

For all enquiries or questions, please email Chief Watchu at [email protected].


PPC Eagle Scout Merit Scholarship Application Deadline 12/1

Patriots’ Path Council Eagle Scout Merit Scholarship is awarded to a graduating high school senior or an undergraduate college student not beyond their junior year.  All applicants must be an Eagle Scout registered with the Patriots’ Path Council and have demonstrated strong leadership and a spirit of service to others in or outside of Scouting.  The application form is available on our website here: PPC Eagle Scout Merit Scholarship.

The Holiday Shopping Season Is Here!!!!

If you are looking for the perfect gift for your Scout, Volunteer, or Parent… stop by our Scout Shops for unique Scouting Themed Holiday Items you won’t find anywhere else!

We have Nutcrackers, Mugs, Stockings, Gift Bags, and a dozen different ornaments to choose from.

Most are unique collectables no longer available for order, so get them now while supplies last for a Verry Merry Scouting Holiday!


Office and Scout Shop Closing Dates for the Holidays

With the holidays here, we wanted to announce the days our office and Scout shops will be closed……

Council Service Center and
Kurland Family Scout Shop

November 24-27, 2022 — Closed for Thanksgiving
December 7, 2022 — 12-5 PM Closed
December 23-26, 2022 — Closed Christmas
December 27-29, 2022 — Closed for Inventory
(Kurland Family Scout Shop Only)
December 30, 2022 -January 2, 2023 — Closed for New Years

Mountainside Scout Shop

November 24-27, 2022 — Closed for Thanksgiving
December 7, 2022 — Closed
December 23-26, 2022 — Closed Christmas
December 27-29, 2022 — Closed for Inventory
December 30, 2022 -January 2, 2023 — Closed for New Years

Commissioner Podcast

Patriots’ Path Council now has its very own Commissioner Podcast.

Check it out here Patriots’ Path Commissioner Podcast


Klondikes – Register / Save the Dates

Your district’s annual Klondike is fast approaching. We’ll have the registration sites open soon. Please see below for the Save the Dates, or if you’d like to register for the Skylands District’s Klondike, that one is ready to go.

Fishawack: Save the Date
Scouts BSA and Webelos / AOL are both on 2/4 at Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation

Pioneer: Save the Date
Scouts BSA will be held on 1/28 at Watchung Reservation. There is limited space at this location, so the district has decided to offer 2 different sessions on the same day. There will be a morning session and an afternoon session. You can only register for one session.

Raritan Valley: Save the Date
Scouts BSA will run the weekend of 2/3 – 2/5 at Winnebago Scout Reservation
AOLs will be on 2/4 at Winnebago Scout Reservation

Skylands: register here Skylands District 2023 Klondike
Scouts BSA will run the weekend of 1/27 – 1/29 at Winnebago Scout Reservation

PPC Adventure Fall Program for Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA

Cub Scouts Program Opportunities

Join in the fun! PPC Adventure Programs are now available for Cubs. The Holiday Workshop for CUBS has sold out.

Star Gazing, For the Birds (build a bird house), and Rockets date will be updated soon. BB Guns and Archery Shooting Sports, Compass, and Knots dates for Winter and Spring 2023 have been updated. Registration opens on Dec. 1, 2022.

Check out the site here.

Scouts BSA Program Opportunities

Looking for a great way to get outdoors or earn more merit badges? PPC Adventure Programs has you covered. We have a vast offering of supplemental programs to help you along your Scouting adventure. PPC Adventure Programs are now scheduled directly through the council with Mike Loughman. Schedule Shooting Sports, Backwoods Engineering, COPE (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience) and Climbing, Zipline, and more!

Check out the site here.

Merit Badge Workshop Last Chance to Register!!!!

The Merit Badge Workshop registration closes this Sunday, December 4th at 11:59 PM. Many sessions have sold out.

Please visit the link below soon to learn more.

Patriots’ Path Council – Merit Badge Introduction 900031 (

The purpose of this workshop is to introduce badges to Scouts and help them understand the merit badge process. For most of the merit badges, Scouts will obtain a partial but will not be able to complete the merit badge at this event.

Share Your Story

Boy Scouts of America is a great story to tell. Please share your story, your story is one that will help sell Scouting to other families. Your story can be as simple as going to the Scout Shop with your Scout and purchasing a new uniform or what you did during your Troop camping trip. Click to start sharing.

Whether it’s a:

Camp story
Camporee Story
Community Service Story
Eagle Scout Story

or even just a general story. We want to hear about it. Visit our site below to Share Your Story

Patriots’ Path Council YouTube Channel

New Videos

If you have not been to our council Youtube channel in a while, you should check it out Here. We have a bunch of new content. Please feel free to like and share.