PPC Implements New Calendar

A new and improved calendar has been implemented that better integrates Patriots’ Path Council events and activities onto one calendar. The calendar features a way to filter or categorize different types of More »

Updates Made to Incident Reporting and Safety Guide

Scout safety is our top priority! Since the beginning of August, the Boy Scouts of America has made updates to incident reporting and to the Guide to Safe Scouting. All incident reports More »

Patriots’ Path Council Continues to Grow

As mentioned in the last Signs-Up!, we have a goal of recruiting 1,500 new families and growing the council back to 10,000 Scouts taking part in our program. To help in this More »

Scouting for Food Helps Stop Hunger

Scouting for Food is the Boy Scouts of America’s nationwide service project to help stop hunger in our communities. It began as a Scout’s service project in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1985, More »

Scouting is in the Air!

Scouting is in the air! Fall is more than crisp air and pumpkin spice; it is the start to the Scouting year. The past two weekends have been packed with Scouting activities. More »

Sussex Cub Scouts Have Fun at Winnebago

On Saturday, April 17, about 90 Cub Scouts, siblings and parents participated in the Sussex District Cub Scout Adventure Day at Winnebago Scout Reservation. Program areas included Duty to God, Scouts in the Wild, Scouting Necessities, and Duty To Country.  Rounding out the day, everyone got to try their hand at BB guns and archery.

Flintlocks Ready to Help This Summer

The Flintlocks, Boy Scouts of America, Inc., met for its annual meeting on April 15, 2021. The group elected the new slate of officers for the coming year, updated its bylaws and mission statement, reviewed the accomplishments of the previous year, and discussed projects Patriots’ Path Council needs to have done to prepare for summer

Packs Participate in Munsee District Webelos Klondike

The Munsee District Webelos Klondike was held on April 17, 2021, at the Scout Area of Watchung Reservation. Eight packs and 46 youth participated. The winning dens: 1st Place – The Bolt Cats – Pack 53B – Fords 2nd Place – The Red Tail Hawks – Pack 26G – Fords 3rd Place – The Tiger

Munsee Scouts Enjoy the Outdoors at Klondike Challenge

This year’s Munsee District Klondike Challenge was held on April 17, 2021, at the Loop Area of Watchung Reservation. COVID-19 forced the district to split the event into a morning and afternoon session, each competing in the same four skill towns. Nine troops and 97 Scouts participated with 16 sleds. Top finishers for the morning:

Fishawack Cub Scouts Earn Ranks at Adventure Day

On April 24, Fishawack District had 107 Cub Scouts gather at Lewis Morris Park to earn some of the electives for their rank. There were 12 stations at the Cubs Adventure Day offering electives from Lions doing Gizmos & Gadgets to Webelos building birdhouses and taking home saplings for planting. Everyone had a great time in

Non-Registered Adults Removed From ScoutBook

As of April 12, all adults who are not registered as a member in the BSA will have been removed from your unit’s Scoutbook adult leader roster. This does not affect parent connections to their Scouts. Parents will still receive unit messages and have access to their Scouts as they do today. If you notice

Deb Reidmiller Honored with National Award

Each year, the BSA presents the national Woods Services Award to an adult in Scouting who has demonstrated exceptional service and leadership in the field of Scouting for disabled people. Given by the Woods Services in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, the Woods Services Award is the highest recognition awarded by the BSA in this area of service.

Raritan Valley Klondike Attended by More Than 350

A total of 33 units with over 370 Scouts, adult leaders and support staff participated in the Raritan Valley District Klondike on Saturday, March 20, at Winnebago Scout Reservation. From older Scouts teaching Webelos and Scouts BSA troops competing against themselves to a troop getting restarted, the Raritan Valley Klondike was a success. The district

Only Complete Adult Applications will be Accepted

A Reminder from Council Registrar Mike Wellech: We’re no longer accepting adult applications that are incomplete. If an adult application is handed to a district executive, Scout shop associate or any other employee, and is incomplete, they have been instructed to hand it back to the person to have it completed and then bring it

New Elective Adventure Offered for Bear, Webelos and AOLs

The Modular Design Preview Adventure is sponsored by Snap Ships. This new adventure is for Bear, Webelos and Arrow of Light Scouts as they learn the benefits of modular designing and building within the fun and exciting world of Snap Ships. Snap Ships has provided great video resources that can be used for virtual or

Fishawack District Holds Klondike at Camp Somers

On March 20, the Fishawack District Klondike was attended by 180 Scouts BSA and 40 adults at Camp Somers. To reduce any chance of COVID-19 transmission, everyone wore masks, sleds were omitted, and Scouts remained in pods.  Teams of between four and six Scouts visited eight stations spread out at two adjoining campsites. Sixteen junior

Be Sure to Print Membership Cards, Charter Certificate

Reminders from Council Registrar Mike Wellech: PRINTING MEMBERSHIP CARDS AND CHARTER CERTIFICATES: Now that your charter is posted, you’ll want to print your membership cards and your charter certificate. Here are two PDF’s showing you how to do that: Printing Membership Cards Printing Charter Certificate UNIT ADVANCEMENT CHAIR: This is your annual reminder to assign

Be Sure to Report Community Service Hours

All community service hours should be reported on Scoutbook (for your unit’s records) and through the PPC app or website. Hours can be reported at any time during the year, but must be reported by December 31. Below are hours that should be reported: Scouts: Hours that are part of a unit project, Eagle Project

Recruiting Tools Available for the Spring

A variety of recruiting tools are available for the spring. These resources include a Cub Scout recruiting materials form, “Den Meeting in a Bag,” and the BSA Brand Center. For more information, click here.

Adventure Awaits at Summer Camp

As the seasons begin to change and the temperature begins to rise, it’s a great time to start thinking about summer camp! Patriots’ Path Council has an exciting summer camp season planned for Cub Scouts, non-Scouts, Scouts BSA, and summer camp staff! Join in the fun this summer by clicking here. To apply to be

PPC Partners with Old World Meats for Fundraiser

Are you looking for a way to help fund your summer adventure? If so, Patriots’ Path Council has an opportunity for you. PPC has partnered with Old World Meats to provide Meat Sticks as a fundraising opportunity. Old World Meats sticks come in 12 flavors and are priced to move at $1 per stick. Forty-nine

2020 Merit Badge Ranking List Rewritten by the Pandemic

The pandemic didn’t stop Scouts from earning merit badges in 2020, but it did cause a dramatic shift in which merit badges Scouts earned most. Ever since 2012, when the merit badge rankings where first published, the top of the list has been dominated by merit badges that are both on the list of Eagle-required

Community Service Efforts Recognized

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Community Service Patch. Winners are chosen from each district, and these honored units have the most hours for the year and/or the most hours per Scout. Each winning unit will receive a patch and a flag ribbon. The 2020 honorees are: Black River: Pack 53, Troop 555 Fishawack:

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 with a friend, Eli Shepard, decided to take a gap year and hike the Appalachian Trail. Starting at the trailhead in Hiawassee, Ga.,

Stay Safe and Stay Healthy

An updated COVID-19 pre-event medical screening checklist (Revised December 2020) is available to help you determine whether to stay home or not during the pandemic. It shares symptoms to look for as well as defines “close contact.” According to the Centers for Disease Control, “close contact” means: You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19

Black River Klondike Draws More Than 300

On January 30, the Black River District Klondike Derby was held at Winnebago Scout Reservation. Over 300 Scouts and their leaders enjoyed a beautiful, Artic-cold sunny day with enough snow on the ground to pull sleds and add to the feeling of a traditional Klondike. Although the Scouts were confined to their sites during the

Sussex Scouts Get Outside for Klondike Fun

The Sussex District Klondike was held at Camp Somers at Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation on January 30.  Thirteen troops with over 200 Scouts, Webelos and adult leaders participated in the event. Scout troops were assigned to campsites and the “mayors” rotated to the sites to maintain cohort integrity under current COVID-19 restrictions. Rather than focus

FOS Campaign Offers Unit Recognition

The 2021 Friends of Scouting (FOS) campaign recently announced its Progressive Recognition Program for Units. Support of the campaign through a unit’s campaign will add benefits to the unit in 2021. Three levels of recognition are offered: Friend of Scouting Patron of Scouting Benefactors of Scouting For additional information, click here.

Scoutbook’s Leader Invite Process to Change

Effective March 1, 2021, Scoutbook’s leader invite process will perform a check for a BSA issued Member ID and active BSA registration when being invited to connect with the unit roster. Prior to March 1, unit leaders should check their rosters in Member Manager at https://my.scouting.org to ensure all adult leaders listed in Scoutbook are

Eagle Scout Rescues Trapped SUV Crash Victim

On January 7, two Paramus police officers rescued a trapped driver whose SUV crashed on Route 17. One of the police officers was Nicholas Perna, Eagle Scout Class of 2007, Troop 186, Raritan Valley District. The driver’s vehicle ended up on overpass stairs and caught fire. Perna, pictured left and below, and his fellow officer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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