Virtual Scout Shabbat Planned March 12

The Jewish Committees on Girl and Boy Scouting invite Scouts of all faiths to join them for a Scout Shabbat on Friday March 12, 2021, at 7 p.m. on Zoom, hosted by More »

Time is Running Out to Save on Cub Scout Day Camp

Are your children ready for five weeks of archeology, archery, BB guns, boating, climbing, crafts, fishing, mountain bikes, swimming, Scoutcraft, and much, much more? Camp Wheeler offers an outstanding summer camp program More »

Eagle Scouts Hiking Appalachian Trail

Ryan Arndt, Garrett Arndt and Tyler Bishop, all Eagle Scouts from Troop 436 in Long Valley, recently embarked on hiking the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. The three Eagle Scouts, along More »

Registration Open for Summer Camp

Patriots’ Path Council is excited to announce that registration is open for the 2021 summer camp season! Your children’s safety is our No. 1 priority. The council plans to take many safety More »

Watchung Mountain Klondike Derby is February 27

The Watchung Mountain Klondike Derby is ON! Join us at Winnebago Scout Reservation on February 27 for the 65th annual Watchung Mountain Klondike Derby! The district will be holding a safe, socially More »

Member Care Call Center Ceases Operations

As of September 1, 2020, the Boy Scouts of America no longer operates its Member Care Call Center and has shifted this responsibility to Patriots’ Path Council. We can be reached Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to  5 p.m. at 973-267-3407. Please be patient as our employees learn to navigate through these new responsibilities.

Plan a Scavenger Hunt for Cub Scouts

Cub Scout leaders are facing some challenges in recruiting new Cub Scouts. With that in mind, Patriots’ Path Council wants to encourage packs to bring in as many members as they can. Click here for a plan to run a scavenger hunt for your pack that offers one activity that could attract families of Cub

Shop with AmazonSmile to Support PPC

AmazonSmile customers can now support Patriots’ Path Council in the Amazon shopping app in iOS and Android mobile phones! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations: Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into “Settings” Tap “AmazonSmile” and

SERV Program Recognizes Service

Patriots’ Path Council has established its own service awards program called SERV. The award is available to participants in all of the council’s programs – Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturers, Explorers, leaders and parents – for all their hours of service each year. Service hours are counted from December 1 to November 30. The following

Remember Safety During Eagle Scout Projects

Easing COVID-19 restrictions now permits in-person unit activities under carefully monitored practices to ensure the safety of all participants. It is important that adult unit leaders take care that Eagle Scout service projects are carried out according to these same practices. Eagle candidates should plan for and endeavor to execute all aspects of their project

Troop 75 Honors First Responders

To honor local first responders, Scouts BSA Troop 75, Munsee District, recently collected donations through the sale of luminaries. Troop 75 Committee Chair Dennis Brown and Troop 75 Scoutmaster Orest Hrycak presented the Cranford’s troop donation check to Daniel Gómez Suárez, treasurer for the Cranford First Aid Squad (CFAS) in support of the CFAS service

Arrow of Light Crossover – Virtually

The Why of a Virtual Crossover  · Having reached the highest rank in Cub Scouts, Arrow of Light Scouts deserve the opportunity to become Scouts BSA. · Delaying crossover until face to face meetings are possible, or until fall, may cause these Scouts to drift away. · Scouts who attend summer camp with their troop (or other summer

Virtual Membership Breakfasts Offered

Since we were not able to hold our membership breakfasts in person, volunteers from Patriots’ Path Council’s Membership Committee recorded their presentations on unit membership plans, recruiting resources and best practices, Webelos/AOL recruiting and Lions recruiting. Links to each presentation are available here.  

Scouts BSA Brand Guidelines

As we come out of our current situation and reach out to recruit new youth, it’s important to remember that at all levels, from our members and volunteers to our professional staff, we take the brand and trademark rights of all organizations seriously and have worked proactively to differentiate our unique program offerings. That of

Relationships Committee Seeks Members

Are you affiliated with a school, service club, religious organization or special needs group as well as Scouting? The Relationships Committee is looking for individuals who are passionate about these organizations as we look to build stronger and better relationships for Scouting. The primary objectives for the Relationships Committee are: Establish and execute collaborative relationships

Pack’s Flags Project Salutes Area Heroes

Here’s another great example of the Scout spirit thriving in this unprecedented time. Cub Scout Pack 513 in Morristown is proud of its Scouts for their recent efforts to show support and thanks to the local healthcare and public safety professionals for their brave dedication and commitment to the community during the COVID-19  outbreak.  Ten-year-old

Eagle Scout Hall of Fame Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for Patriots’ Path Council 2021 Eagle Scout Hall of Fame Award. The Eagle Scout Hall of Fame Award is a recognition from 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

A Big Thank-You!

Saying thank you is important, both to you as well as to all of our Scouting volunteers. Without this support Scouting would not thrive in our communities or across our nation. It is also important to recognize and thank all of the first responders and medical professionals who are working tirelessly on our behalf so

Scouting From Home

The Patriots’ Path Council website has a new page specifically designed to help Scouts and their units navigate these challenging times. Please be sure to check out our new “Scouting From Home” web page. You can find it at the following link: https://ppcbsa.org/programs/scoutingfromhome/ On this page we will be uploading useful tips and documents to

Eagle Scout Recognition and Reunion Dinner

The dinner will honor the 2020 Eagle Scout Class and the 2021 Eagle Hall of Fame inductees. Formal invitations with complete details will be sent out in November 2020. For more information, contact Jennifer Volz at 973-765-9322, ext. 249, or [email protected]      

Do a Good Turn Daily

Community Service Opportunities Still Available

During this difficult time many people are looking for ways to help. As Scouts and Scout families, we want to do a good turn. Many ways that we have traditionally helped are not possible right now, but you can still help while following the safe Scout guidelines as well as local and national guidelines. Food

Use BSA Neckerchief to Help Stop Spread of Virus

  The CDC recommends the use of cloth face coverings in community settings to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 based on the following reasoning: There is a growing body of evidence that people who are infected can spread the virus before they develop symptoms or in the absence of symptoms. Wearing a cloth face

Flintlocks and MACC Work Together to Build Quonset Hut

The Flintlocks and the Mount Allamuchy Construction Corps (MACC) worked together to build a Quonset hut storage building at Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation last year. The building is used to store the ATVs owned by the council, and for winter storage of the camp’s tent boxes and cots. It is located at Camp Somers near the

Flintlocks Review Year, Elect New Officers

The Flintlocks held their annual meeting on Thursday, February 6, 2020, and President John Koneski presented the “Flintlocks 2019 Year in Review.” Last year the group completed 13 major projects at Camp Winnebago; 14 more major projects at Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation, including obtaining a grant and building the STEM lab trailer; sent a team

Advancement Guidance Available

  The Patriots’ Path Council advancement page https://ppcbsa.org/committees/advancement/ contains the links to the Boy Scouts of America’s guidance on rank advancement during COVID-19 page, which is the official, temporary policies for advancement page provided by the BSA. This Q&A covers everything from Cub Scouts and tracking advancement remotely, to the temporary procedures for Eagle Scout

Membership Presentations to be Recorded

The Patriots’ Path Council Membership Committee will be recording the presentations that were intended for the membership breakfasts. These presentations will help units be prepared for recruiting as soon as normal activities resume and get you ready for successful fall recruitment. Topics will include: unit membership plans (packs and troops); recruiting resources and best practices;

Flintlocks Repair Dan Beard Treehouse

The Flintlocks repaired the Dan Beard Treehouse at Camp Somers in Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation over the winter. The Flintlocks are retired Scouters who volunteer every Thursday at Camp Winnebago. All it took was some lumber, some screws and some elbow grease. Since the Flintlocks are all volunteers with outstanding construction skills, it saves the

P.R.A.Y. Offers Eligibility Extension

Recognizing that church and Scout meetings have been suspended, Programs of Religious Activities with Youth (P.R.A.Y.) has adopted the following policy to ensure that young people do not miss the opportunity to earn their P.R.A.Y. emblem while maintaining eligibility for the Four-Star Award: At the request of clergy and counselors, a special eligibility extension is

Our New Scout Plaza

With the arrival of spring, construction is about begin on the new Scout Plaza at the Patriots’ Path Council Cedar Knolls service center. The project includes new signage identifying the building proudly facing both Horsehill and Saddle roads, as well as a new flagpole and of course the Mackenzie statue of the ideal Scout. The

Flintlocks make 32 new benches for camp

The Flintlocks recently made 32 new benches with pressure-treated lumber for the Council Ring at Allamuchy. The photos show the benches being assembled in the shop (where the magic happens), with Russ Jenkins and Chris Szymczak constructing the benches and carrying them outside. Also seen are Ted Marquardt and Joe Schott making struts. Not pictured

Flintlocks make Pinewood Derby cars for Scout Reach and Special Needs Kids

The Flintlocks obtained a grant and then purchased, cut and sanded Pinewood Derby cars, and donated them directly to schools with special-needs children. This is a good example of how the Flintlocks work with the council to provide outstanding services to the community. A $500 grant was obtained from the Westfield Service League last summer.

Meet the Flintlocks

The Flintlocks are a volunteer group of 26 retired Scouters who work at the camps every week all year-round. They provide 5,000 hours of work every year and have built almost everything you see at the camps. Most of the members are Silver Beavers. They also volunteer to help run to the various council programs.

The Flintlocks Celebrate Joe Schott’s 98th Birthday

Joe Schott, who has been volunteering with the Flintlocks for 29 years, recently celebrated his 98th birthday. The Flintlocks, BSA, Inc., are 26 retired Scouters who are incorporated as a 501c3. They help build and maintain structures at the Patriot Path Council camps. Members work out of the shop in the first building at Camp

Congratulations to the 2019 Winners of the Community Service Award for Patriots’ Path Council

Winners are chosen with the highest amount of hours for the year and the highest average hours per Scout. So a unit may be the winner in one or both of the categories. Each winning unit will receive a patch for each Scout and a streamer for its flag. Congratulations and thank you for doing

Raritan Valley Community Service at the Klondike

On February 1, 2020, Raritan Valley held its first winter clothing drive at the Klondike. Thank you to Dave Robbins for hosting and to everyone who donated to the total of 543 winter items collected.   The items were donated to SHIP in Somerville and the VA Hospital in Lyons.  They were so appreciative of our

Munsee District Community Service at the Klondike

During the Klondike held on February 8, 2020, we had almost full participation in the food drive and collected close to 1,600 food items that were split between four local food pantries. We also collected 299 pairs of socks.  All the women’s and children’s socks went to Turning Point shelter in Irvington. The men’s socks