Tradeshow of Scouting Planned June 12

Patriots’ Path Council’s 2021 Tradeshow of Scouting comes just in time! As many things begin to open up with pandemic restrictions being lifted, so does our Scouting program. We have taken this More »

Popcorn Sale Training Dates Announced

It is that time of year to start planning for the 2021-2022 Scouting year. This upcoming Scouting year has the potential to be a memorable year, with more beginning to open, and More »

PPC Chess Club Continues to Grow

Patriots’ Path Council has been hosting online chess tournaments for Scouts monthly since the onset of the pandemic, and more than 1,700 games have been completed. Chess, already a popular pursuit among More »

Crews Prep for Philmont at Watchu Mountain Adventures Weekend

On Saturday morning, May 1, 309 Scouts, Venturers and advisors bound for Philmont this summer assembled at Camp Wheeler, Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation, to participate in Patriots’ Path Council’s annual Watchu Mountain More »

Fun Festivals Showcase Cub Scout Offerings

To help Patriots’ Path Council packs recruit new families, and get the Cubs outside, PPC districts are holding several fun festivals. The first festival was on May 1 at St. Ann’s Church More »

Order Online for Scout Shop Pick-Up

Are you ready to get your unit’s advancement order? Let us help! Please use this link below to fill out an online order form. When you submit, it will come directly to us, we’ll get your order together and let you know when it’s ready. We can either take payment over the phone and ship

Proposed Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Merit Badge Delayed

The introduction of the proposed Diversity, Equity and Inclusion merit badge is being delayed to allow for the careful consideration and evaluation of feedback received from a wide variety of commenters on the draft requirements. Until further notice, all Scouts working on the Eagle Scout rank should continue to use current rank requirements. Once the

Limited Extensions Available to Earn Eagle Rank

Effective January 1, 2021, local councils will have the authority to grant limited extensions of time to complete Eagle, Quartermaster or Summit requirements. These extensions are available only to youth members who qualify under the three tests listed on BSA Form No. 512-077, available by clicking here. Council advancement committees are advised that after Dec.

EPA and BSA Create New Award for Youth

The Environmental Protection Agency, as part of a public awareness campaign to celebrate its first 50 years, has partnered with the Boy Scouts of America to create an award for members of troops, crews and ships. This new award will recognize youth who research and learn about the subjects of human health and the environment,

Showcase Your Community Service Projects

The PPC Community Service Committee would love to hear about your unit’s service projects so it can share and inspire. Please send any pictures and a brief description to: Linda Cummings, Community Service Committee chairperson, at [email protected]

Scouting U Modules Implement New Software

Scouting U is always looking for the latest in technology and tools to make learning the best it can be for its audience. Recently, the modules implemented a new and improved computer-generated audio software that is much more natural sounding than what was used previously. Check out the new modules at https://my.scouting.org and earn training

PPC Collects More Than 2,000 Toys for Toys for Tots

Thank you to everyone in Patriots’ Path Council who donated to the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. “Even though we were limited to only collecting at the Scout Shops this year, we collected the most toys ever,” said Linda Cummings, PPC community service chairperson. “In 2018 we collected 1,178 toys and in 2019

Watchung Reservation Available for Outdoor Meetings

Gov. Phil Murphy’s recent executive order set a limit on indoor gatherings to 10 people or less.  That has created a dilemma for most Scout units, as they are now unable to hold meetings indoors, except by den or patrol.  Packs, troops and crews are scurrying to find outdoor meeting locations. Recognizing this problem, the

Be Sure to Designate a Primary Unit for Registration

A Reminder from Council Registrar Mike Wellech: As a reminder to everyone, you can register in as many traditional units as you’d like, but you only pay once, annually. As the volunteer participating in multiple units, it is your responsibility to communicate with each of your units your decision on which will be your primary

Munsee District to Hold 2021 Klondike Challenge

The Munsee District will hold its 2021 Klondike Challenge on Saturday, April 17. This a day event with two sessions: morning and afternoon. The event will be held at “The Loop” at Watchung Reservation in Mountainside, New Jersey. Registration is $15 per Scout, and no registration is permitted after midnight on Sunday, April 4, 2021.

Scouts BSA Face Masks Now Available

Purchase your Scouts BSA face masks now! The reusable/washable masks are available for $5.49 each. The masks have two layers of protection and elastic straps/trim, and one size fits most. Less than 100 masks left! For more information, click here. Click here to order your face mask online.  

Blood Donations Urgently Needed

RWJ University Hospital Somerset, located at 110 Rehill Ave. in Somerset, is currently holding a blood drive for all blood types. New and returning donors are welcome. Blood and platelet donors are urgently needed to replenish the hospital’s blood bank during the pandemic. Appointments are required and are available at rwjuhdonorclub.org or by calling 908-685-2926.

Fishawack to Honor Its Finest at Dinner

Fishawack’s Finest Fellowship Dinner is planned for Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at the Hanover Manor, 16 Eagle Rock Ave. in East Hanover. Select one of the volunteers in your unit to receive the Fishawack’s Finest knot.  The only criteria for receiving the Fishawack’s Finest is the gratitude and affection of other leaders in your unit.

Camping Opportunities Available

With new changes to the New Jersey guidelines for social distancing, Patriots’ Path Council is proud to offer Scouts of all ages and their families the chance to return the outdoors. Winnebago Scout Reservation in Rockaway and Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation in Stanhope are excited to open their gates. To make reservations, please contact Curt

Mt. Allamuchy to Offer Archery and BB Gun Shooting

Following New Jersey state safety guidelines, Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation will offer indoor archery and BB gun shooting at the Kent Center, a heated facility, this winter. Dates in 2021 include: January 2, 16, 30 February 13, 27 March 13, 27 Additional dates may be available upon request (spring dates to follow). Recommended best practices

Register Now for Orion Project at the Summit

The Summit Bechtel Reserve is throwing open its gates to any Scout who wants to experience everything the Summit has to offer from July 18 to 24, 2021. The Summit has combined all its best programs into one adventure called the Orion Project for the 2021 season only. The program is open to all members of

Transfers Can Now Be Completed Online

My.scouting.org users can now transfer from one Scout unit to another without having to take a new application into the council service center. On the “My Application” tab on my.scouting.org, you can transfer yourself as an adult volunteer or your youth member from unit to unit. Unit leaders will be able to transfer youth by

BSA Introduces Distinguished Conservation Service Award

Conservation and the Boy Scouts of America have been partners for a long time. Camping, hiking, and respect for the outdoors are a part of the Scouting heritage. Many of the requirements for advancement from Tenderfoot through the Eagle Scout rank call for an increasing awareness and understanding of the natural sciences. Many former Scouts

Shawnee Plans Scout Event March 13-14

Shawnee Mountain Ski Area will hold its 31st annual Scout and Family Ski Weekend March 13 and 14, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. This rain-or-shine event is open to Scouts BSA youth and their immediate family members. Early-bird pricing for the Scout and Family Ski Weekend in effect until March 5, 2021.

Arboretum Offers In-Person Scout Workshops

The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, located at 353 East Hanover Ave. in Morris Township, is offering a variety of in-person workshops for Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA. The in-person Cub Scout elective/achievements workshops are tailored to all age levels and are available year-round. The staff of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum offers fun, hands-on programs that can help Scouts

Changes to Scoutbook Login Take Effect

Effective October 28, 2020, Scoutbook now uses the same login and password as my.scouting.org. Here’s how to tell if you are set up for Single Sign On (SSO) login into Scoutbook: If you ARE NOT set up for SSO you will receive a banner that will tell you that you are not set up for

Online Registration Portal to Run Continuously

New members who apply online through the BeAScout.org website are normally charged the prorated fee from the current month through the end of the current year. And in the past, National would disable the “Apply Now” button in BeAScout.org in December to force new members to use paper applications, so they’re not lost in the

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.

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 https://my.scouting.org and launching the BSA Learn Center. When the Learn Center opens you

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

2021 Individual Philmont Opportunities Still Available

Patriots’ Path Council currently has availability for individuals and small groups to join one of our 2021 contingents going to Philmont Scout Ranch between late June and early August. This trip will be a fun-filled 15-day adventure, which includes a two-day tour of the front range of the Colorado Rockies. Visit the Air Force Academy,

BSA Membership Group on Facebook

A group of volunteers from New Jersey BSA councils has created this group on Facebook focused on membership growth. You can join the group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/802920240270209/?source_id=325959311231170. Please encourage other interested Scouters to join.

PPC Offers Historic Trails Hikes

Patriots’ Path Council has several historic trails within its council area that allow Scouts to explore New Jersey’s rich history. The 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

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.

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