Scout Shops Offer Holiday Stocking Stuffers

Support your local Scout shop by purchasing your stocking stuffers for your Scouts and Scouters. The Scout shops in Cedar Knolls and Mountainside have gifts under $10 that would be great for More »

‘Just Ask One’ to Join Scouting

JUST ASK ONE! Help introduce one family to Scouting today! Ask a neighbor or friend with children to come to your meetings and see what Scouting is about. Have your Scouts ask More »

Youth Leadership Award Deadline Extended

The deadline for the 2020 Youth Leadership Award has been extended to December 15. The Youth Leadership Award is presented for distinguished leadership by a youth member. Click here for more information More »

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 More »

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 More »

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