Month of Service In the spirit of the BSA Slogan, “Do a Good Turn Daily,” Patriots’ Path Council is excited to announce that we have designated October 2022 as a Month of More »

PPC Adventure Fall Program for Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA

Scouts BSA Program Opportunities Merit Badges – In the fall we will have approximately 20-25 merit badge offerings some of which are already open on our web page. Current merit badge offerings More »

Mountainside Scout Shop Vacation Dates

Reminder: The Mountainside Scout Shop will be closed beginning August 22, 2022 for vacations. We will reopen on Wednesday September 7, 2022 at 2 PM, when the shop will return to normal More »

Program Launch was a Success

Program Launch: Program Launch was a successful day at camp. We had families come take part in program and with the support of the District Operating Committees and council committees was able More »

Pack 94 (Branchburg) Plastic Bag Challenge

Over the last several months, Cub Scout Pack 94 has partnered with Trex, the maker of composite decking materials.  The company recently held a program in which participants were challenged to collect 500lbs. More »

Scouting Forward Reception Planned May 3

The Patriots’ Path Council is inviting you to hear Jack Ciattarelli’s story and his forecast for the next four years at the 2022 Scouting Forward reception at the Canoe Brook Country Club, 1108 Morris Turnpike, Summit. The event will be held on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, starting at 6 p.m. with Bart Oates as the

2022 Eagle Recognition to be Held May 12

You’re invited to Patriots’ Path Council’s 2022 Eagle Scout Recognition and Reunion Dinner, where the council will be honoring the Eagle Scout Class of 2021 and the 2022 Hall of Fame honorees. The dinner will be held on Thursday, May 12, 2022, at Olde Mill Inn in Basking Ridge. The Hall of Fame and general

Scout Groups Rally Together to Help Ukraine

An emergency response is being coordinated by the World Organization of the Scout Movement together with the World Scout Foundation and in close collaboration with our Eurasia and European Scouting Regions and the National Organization of the Scouts of Ukraine (NOSU) to respond to the unfolding conflict situation in Ukraine which is impacting millions of

New Merit Badge Required for Eagle After June 30

Beginning July 1, 2022, the Citizenship in Society merit badge will be required for any youth seeking to achieve the Eagle Scout rank. Any Scout who has not completed all rank requirements for Eagle, including Scoutmaster conference, by June 30, 2022, will be required to earn the Citizenship in Society badge to earn Scouting’s highest rank.

Staff Changes Recently Announced

The Patriots’ Path Council has some recent and upcoming staff changes to announce to its volunteers. Please click on the image below for details about these updates.

Registration Open For Skylands Scouts BSA Camporee

The Skylands District Scouts BSA Spring Camporee will take place at Winnebago Scout Reservation, Friday, April 22 through Sunday, April 24, 2022. This year’s theme is First Responder/Emergency Services. Emergency service units from the area will showcase their equipment and answer questions on their roles in the community saving lives. The New Jersey State Forest

New YouTube Video Focuses on NYLT

Check out the new video created, directed and acted by some of Patriots’ Path Council’s NYLT staff members. Click here to view. NYLT is a rigorous youth leadership training program that provides skills for life and is designed to benefit and enhance the leadership teams of troops, ships and Venture crews. It is fun, challenging

Troop 1571 Holds Pinewood Derby Races

Troop 1571, which is sponsored by the Westlake School and run by Jeff Shanfield, conducted its 2022 Pinewood Derby races this week. The troop has 15 youth and is part of the Patriots’ Path Council Jockey Hollow district.  

2022 Award Recipients Announced at Annual Meeting

During the council annual meeting on February 28, PPC’s 2022 award recipients were announced. Congratulations to the following individuals for their dedication to Scouting. The Silver Beaver Award The Silver Beaver Award is given for noteworthy service of exceptional character to youth by registered Scouters within the territory under the jurisdiction of the Patriots’ Path

Early Bird Camping Deals Still Available

The early bird catches the worm, and Patriots’ Path Council’s early bird camping deals are still in effect. Trailblazer Day Camp choices range from day camp and a residential option to Adventure Week. Camp Wheeler Day Camp is filled with all kinds of Scout fun for younger camps. Get your discount today! For information on

Spring Camporee Season Kicks Off in March

Spring starts on March 20, 2022, so PPC Scouts will kick off the spring camporee season in March this year. Spring camporees are another great opportunity to get Scouts outdoors. Here is a list of upcoming opportunities: Raritan Valley Scouts BSA Camporee: March 25-27 Cub Scouts Camporee: June 3-5 Skylands Scouts BSA Camporee: April 22-24

Morris Scout Units Invited to Participate in Parade

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Morristown will be stepping off at noon sharp on Saturday, March 12, 2022, and all Morris County Patriots’ Path Council Scout units are invited to participate. The parade begins at the Morristown Town Hall at 200 South Street (opposite Kings). The parade route itself is about 1 mile from

Flintlocks Help Joe Schott Celebrate 100th Birthday

The Flintlocks celebrated Joe Schott’s 100th birthday on Thursday, February 17, 2022. Joe has been active in this volunteer group for 33 years since retiring from Bells Labs. He recruited many of his friends to join, and even a few relatives. Joe is a Navy World War II veteran; he helped prepare the ships for

Register Now for 2023 National Jamboree

Registration is now open! Get ready for the 2023 National Scout Jamboree planned July 18-28, 2023, at Summit Bechtel High Adventure Base in West Virginia. Depart July 18, 2023, by coach bus, stop overnight on the way, and get to the Jamboree on July 19. Scouts, Venturers and Sea Scouts ages 12-17 can attend; troop

National Retires Space Derby Program

Unfortunately, due to ongoing supply chain issues, Space Derby kits were eliminated by the supplier, and after reviewing membership participation over the last several years, the decision to retire the Space Derby program has been made by National. If a pack or den is planning a Space Derby event, there is still inventory at the

Fishawack District Plans Pinewood Derby

The Fishawack District Pinewood Derby will be held Saturday, April 30, 2022, at Patriots’ Path Council Service Center, 1 Saddle Road, Cedar Knolls. Cost is $15 to participate. The derby is open to any Cub Scout who came in first, second or third for their rank at their pack’s Pinewood Derby. Registration opens April 1;

Save the Date for Family 5K Run/Walk

Join Patriots’ Path Council from May 23 to June 5, 2022, for this year’s Patriot Family 5K Run/Walk. You can choose when and where you wish to participate. Invite your family and friends. Scout units can make a fun day event and help raise funds for Patriots’ Path Council. Funds raised by a unit will

Klondike Derbies Cross the Finish Line

Scouts from Patriots’ Path Council made good use of this winter season. PPC held eight different Klondike Derby events, with 1,266 Scouts and 438 adults participating. The council also had many adults who took part as volunteers for the event, running towns/stations. What a great way to get the Scouts outdoors!

New Video Highlights 2021 Events

A new video posted on YouTube highlights the many events Patriots’ Path Council held in 2021. Click here to view the year in review video.  

Register Now for Trip to NOAC in July

Are you a member of the Order of the Arrow? Do you like to travel? Do you want to have the time of your life with 8,000 other Scouts at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee? If so, you should consider attending the 2022 National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) with Patriots’ Path

A Scout is Reverent

February is a special month for the Boy Scouts of America. Not only do we celebrate the founding of an organization that has been in existence for 112 years, but many of our Cub Scout packs have Pinewood Derbies, and Scouts BSA take part in Klondike derbies. In addition, we also celebrate Scout Sunday and

Scouts Brave the Cold During Annual Klondike Derbies

Klondike Derby 2022 season is off to a strong start. We have had six events take place, with over 900 participants both Scouts BSA and Webelos. We also had Scouts from at least three different districts attend each event, making all of them truly council-wide events. With a few more weeks of winter left we

Patriots’ Path Forms New Venturing Association

As of January 11, 2022, multiple Venturing crews throughout Patriots’ Path Council united to provide for and support Venturers in a fully realized Venturing program, in accordance with Council Standards of Venturing Excellence. With this need, the Patriots Path Council Venturing Officer’s Association (VOA) was formed. With the creation of a council level board, an

Community Service Newsletter Released

Check out the brand new community service newsletter! Additionally, help Patriots’ Path Council in its March community service project. It is collecting new boxes of fun designs and character Band-Aids for RWJ-New Brunswick hospitals. If your unit is interested in collecting, please reach out to your community service chairperson listed on the newsletter to arrange

Scout Shops Stocked for Pinewood Derbies

Pinewood Derby season is in full gear! The Kurland Family Scout Shop in Cedar Knolls and the Mountainside Scout Shop are still well stocked with cars, performance parts and creative decorations to make your cars fast and fun! The shops also offer 2022 Pinewood Derby patches, awards, medals and trophies, which can be custom engraved.

New District Names, Leadership Announced

As many know, we have been working on a district realignment since middle of last year. As we continue down that path, we have some great news to announce – we have new names and leadership in the two new districts. So, the former Sussex and Black River districts have selected Skylands District as the

2022 Silver Beaver Award Recipients Announced

The Patriots’ Path Council is pleased to announce its 2022 Silver Beaver Award recipients. The Silver Beaver Award is given for noteworthy service of exceptional character to youth by registered Scouters. It is the highest award a council can bestow upon an adult volunteer. Congratulations to the 2022 Silver Beaver recipients: Frank Caccavale, Denville Douglas

PPC Camps Have Something for Everyone

Summer. Who isn’t looking forward to summer? With camp season right around the corner, we are super stoked to share the exciting programs we have to offer for our young adventurers. Patriots’ Path Council has three camps to chose from: Camp Wheeler offers crafts, sports, fishing, swimming and boating;  Johnson Park’s program consists of shooting

PPC Launches New YouTube Series

Patriots’ Path Council announces the start of its YouTube series, which will cover a variety of timely topics. See below for the first three videos.  Don’t forget to Like and Share these videos. Cub Scout Day Camp Cub Scout Day camp is where you will find fun in the sun. Archery, BB shooting and fishing

Patriots’ Path Council Scout Featured in Magazine

Congratulations to Edison Life Scout Dhruv Rungta, who is featured in the January-February 2022 issue of Scout Life magazine. Dhruv is 17 years old and in Troop 66 in Edison. He is included in the SL Headlines section for being the national champion in broadcast journalism at the 2021 Future Business Leaders of America National

Popcorn Available in Both Scout Shops

Have you finished all your Scout popcorn? Looking for more? The Scout Shops in Cedar Knolls and Mountainside are fully stocked with all your favorite varieties. There are even some new items like honey roasted peanuts and chocolate covered pretzels. And remember, 70% is returned to local Scouting!

Raritan Valley District Accepting Award Nominations

Nominations for the district awards for Raritan Valley District are being accepted now through March 4, 2022. This is an excellent opportunity to recognize all those great adults who help your unit succeed. Every unit should nominate one adult leader from the unit who does a little extra or a whole lot extra to help

Scouts Hit the Snow at Black River Klondike

The final “Black River District” Klondike was held this past Sunday, January 30, 2022, at Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation, Camp Somers. The event was rescheduled from the day before due to the anticipated snowstorm and statewide state of emergency declaration. After a bitter cold and snowy Saturday, 370 Scouts and leaders from 23 troops came

Beefsteak Dinner Raises $38,000 for Adventureships

The Patriots’ Path Council Beefsteak Dinner, established to help raise scholarships and camperships for the Thomas A. Pepe Adventureship Fund, has raised $38,000! The dinner welcomed Tom’s wife, Donna, and their two Eagle Scout sons, Jonathon and Christopher. The beefsteak raised a significant amount for the fund, reached record attendance, and celebrated the life of

2022 Woapalanne Lodge Officers Elected

The new class of Woapalanne Lodge officers serving for the 2021-2022 term was elected last week at the January lodge executive committee meeting. Let’s meet the chief. Connor Neuhaus, pictured, is an Eagle Scout, assistant Scoutmaster, Venturer and Vigil Honor member. Hailing from Troop 76 in Lincoln Park, he’s spent the last four years working

A Message from Our Scout Shop

Click below to hear a message from Patriots’ Path Council’s Kurland Family Scout Shop in Cedar Knolls. Remember to shop local, as all sales from our Scout shops stay local.

Summer Camp is Around the Corner

Patriots’ Path Council proudly offers a variety of programs for all ages, from day programs to resident camping for older Scouts. Bus transportation is provided from many locations throughout Morris, Sussex, Somerset, Union and Middlesex counties. Younger campers, grades 2-5 this fall, have the option of attending Camp Wheeler, Watchung Reservation or Johnson Park. Each

What Scouting Means to Me

By Jonah Lance Scouts BSA Troop 173, Parsippany It is an honor to share my story of Scouting with you. It all began 10 years ago when I was a 6-year-old boy who wanted to join Scouts simply because I thought the uniform was cool. Little did I know then what an impact Scouting would

Collection for Toys for Tots Tops 1,100 Toys

A big thank you to all the units, Flintlocks, individuals and families that contributed to Patriots’ Path Council’s Toys for Tots collection this year. A total of 1,106 toys were delivered to the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots drop-off location to help approximately 10,000 families. Special thanks to the following people for their help

Scouts Share Helpful Tips on Merit Badges

The national BSA organization is implementing a way that Scouts can upload “HELPFULS” via the Scouting app. Scouts can share online websites, videos, etc., with other Scouts that are specific to merit badge requirements. Basically, a youth member identifies a “HELPFUL,” attaches it to a merit badge requirement, and once approved it is made available

Newsletter to Highlight Community Service

The Patriots’ Path Council Community Service Committee is starting a newsletter to share all the wonderful service projects, Eagle Projects and ideas for service. Please continue to share your service stories and pictures with the committee through the Jot Form on the PPC website. If you have any questions, please reach out to your district

Stay Warm This Winter with New PPC Hat

As we kick off 2022 and get ready for the cold weather and snow, stop in for your Patriots’ Path Council swag. The hats are brand new and just $19.99 in both Scout shops.

Congratulations and Thank You!

Congratulations and thank you to all our volunteers who helped make the Patriots’ Path Council successful this year. Because of the team’s hard work and dedication, we have exceeded the Family Friends of Scouting goals, conducted a successful popcorn sale with units earning over $350,000 in commission to support local Scouting, and we meet our

Hazardous Weather Training is Important Year-round

With ice and snow recently in the forecast, it is an important reminder to ensure there is adequate coverage with individuals in your unit with Hazardous Weather Training. Please note Hazardous Weather Training is also applicable to any regular day too! This training is part of the training series to be considered position trained as:

Get Ready for the 2023 National Jamboree

Get ready for the 2023 National Scout Jamboree planned July 18-28, 2023, at Summit Bechtel High Adventure Base in West Virginia. More than 17,000 Scouts from around the country and the world will attend the event, which will include stadium shows with bands like Plain White T’s and Imagine Dragons, as well as whitewater rafting

Calling All Campers for Summer Programs

Calling all campers! Patriots’ Path Council has programs for all ages, from day programs to resident camping for older Scouts. Bus transportation is provided from many locations throughout Morris, Sussex, Somerset, Union and Middlesex counties. PPC is big on safety when it comes to its camps, which are nationally accredited and inspected by local, state

COVID-19 Modifications to be Rolled Back

As of March 1, 2022, all temporary changes made to Scouts BSA advancement requirements to address the COVID-19 pandemic will expire, and there will be a return to the standard rules for Scouts BSA advancement. This includes deferment of some swimming requirements for First and Second class, virtual activities for Tenderfoot, Second and First Class,

Fishawack’s Finest Dinner Moved to May

Fishawack’s Finest Fellowship Dinner has been rescheduled to May 17, 2022.  Fishawack packs, troops and crews are encouraged to honor one of their volunteers with the Fishawack’s Finest award. Nominations and registration are open here. To view the event flyer, click here.

Give the Gift of Adventure

Is there a birthday, graduation or special event coming up? Maybe a “just because” opportunity? Now for a limited time, you can obtain a gift certificate for a Scout to use on a variety of Patriots’ Path Council-sponsored programs. This may include day camp, summer camp, Philmont, NYLT, NOAC, Sea Base or the National Jamboree. 

Recharter Online Fee Calculation Issue Addressed

A note from Mike Wellech, council registrar: We apologize for the frustration everyone is experiencing. Processing a recharter is time consuming, and to run into roadblocks that are out of your control is simply intolerable. We’re keeping in touch with National and we’re following the threads of posts in the Registrars group on Workplace about