Klondikes – Register / Save the Dates

Your district’s annual Klondike is fast approaching. We’ll have the registration sites open soon. Please see below for the Save the Dates, or if you’d like to register for the Skylands District’s More »

2023 PPC Award Nominations Due This Week!!!

This is a final reminder to submit an award application for deserving Scouts or Scouters who go above and beyond in their dedication to Scouting. Nominations are being accepted for the following More »

EXTENDED: MONTH OF SERVICE

#MonthofService  Based on wanting to give as many units as possible the opportunity to participate, we are extending the service and recognition opportunity through year-end!!  See our PPC Video Series production to More »

2023 National Jamboree Early Bird ends October 31st!!!

Book your spot before by October 31st, to avoid National’s $215 increase! We still have spots open, and it is not too late to register! There are currently timely items for 2023 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 »

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

University of Scouting: Training at Its Best

The 2021 University of Scouting, under the leadership of David Walsh and his deans, was a huge success, as Patriots’ Path Council continues to move forward with in-person meetings, trainings and events. There were over 135 Scouters in attendance at a new location in New Providence, part of the Watchung Mountain District. Some of the

PPC Seeking Program Administrative Assistant

We are currently seeking a full-time program administrative assistant to provide customer support directly to our volunteers and internally to our staff team at our Cedar Knolls Scout service center. Click here for more information. Please submit a resume indicating your qualifications to Beth Miller-Porter at [email protected]

Meet the New Scout Shop Manager

Patriots’ Path Council is proud to announce the hiring of Matthew Isak as the new Scout Shop manager. Matthew joins the PPC team after an intense search. Matthew joins the team with a significant background in retail operations. He has worked for Lomax Carpet and Tile, Staples, Home Depot and Lowe’s. Matthew also brings to

Programs Teach Scouts Leadership Skills

Last weekend, NYLT participants had a blast during the first part of the two-part November weekend course. This weekend, they will finish up their second weekend. NYLT is a great opportunity to train Scouts with critical leadership skills to bring back quality knowledge to their home unit. Your unit can deliver it’s own leadership training

Flintlocks Support Toys for Tots Campaign

The Flintlocks enthusiastically support the Patriot’s Path Council Toys for Tots campaign every year. Pictured are the happy group of Flintlock volunteers donating toys to the program. The Patriots’ Path Council Community Service Committee also asks the packs, troops and crews of the council to assist with the annual drive of new and unwrapped toys.

State Police Camporee Planned in 2022

The theme of the 2022 New Jersey State Police National Guard Camporee is “Remember the Fallen,” in honor of the fallen law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Join the event on June 3, 4 and 5, 2022, at the New Jersey National Guard Training Facility at Sea Girt. Any registered Scout troop,

Popcorn Sale Grosses More Than $1 Million

Thank you and congratulations to the 132 packs, troops and crews that took part in this year’s unit fundraising opportunity. This year’s popcorn sale grossed over $1 million! That means that close to $400,000 will go right back to help support the participating packs, troops and crews program, plus they all will receive prizes and

Fishawack Cub Scouts Have Fun at Camp Somers

On October 23-24, 2021, the Fishawack Cubelos had 256 Cub Scouts and their parents at Camp Somers, Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation. Activities included BB guns, archery, fishing, bouldering wall, stomp rockets, soccer skills, monkey bridge and blacksmith.

Sussex District Camporee Held at Camp Somers

On the weekend of Oct. 15-17, 2021, Sussex District held its fall Cub Scout Camporee at Camp Somers. A total of 233 Cub Scouts, family members and adult leaders participated in the event. Cubs enjoyed archery, BB guns and fishing. In addition, the program included pumpkin painting, scarecrow building and a “songs and skits” program

Apply Now to Join Summer Camping Team

Patriots’ Path Council, Boy Scouts of America, employs over 250 people every summer at our five summer camp facilities. If you like being outdoors and working with kids, we have the job for you! For more information and sign-up link, click here.  

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 event types, and a way to subscribe to the calendar feed. Be sure to check it out at https://ppcbsa.org/calendar/.

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 must be filed with the Boy Scouts of America in Riskonnect within 72 hours of the incident. Incident reports are important to the

Submit News About Unit Projects

We want to hear all about the great projects your unit performs, and be sure to include a nice picture or two! Check out the Community Service Page for information on submitting a description and picture of your service projects, other information on service, and how to contact your district community service chair.  

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, and was adopted by the Boy Scout National Organization in 1988. You are welcome to host a Scouting for Food Drive at any

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. We had over 1,250 people (Scouts, siblings and parents) take part in activities at both Winnebago and Mount Allamuchy Scout reservations. And that

Munsee Breakfast Planned in January

The 2020/2021 Munsee Recognition and Farewell Breakfast will be held Saturday, January, 8, 2022, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Holy Spirit Church in Union, New Jersey. The breakfast will be a catered affair. Business casual attire recommended – uniforms always welcome. Please arrange for the honorees and friends from your unit to attend. This

Youth Waitlist Option Offered for Florida Sea Base Adventure

Patriots’ Path Council is offering a Florida Sea Base Exploring Adventure August 14-21, 2022. Youth registration is now full, but the waitlist option is available. The group will live onboard a sailing vessel, snorkel, and sail the waters surrounding the Florida Keys. The contingent will leave a day earlier on August 13 to tour Florida. Participants must

Youth Protection Topics for Youth Recently Released

Just recently, the national office released resources for youth to participate in different topics with Youth Protection. Curriculum can be worked on either at home or with the different rank or age criteria. Any previous curriculum for youth has already been discontinued for several years and must not be used. In the Cub Scout program,

2022 Recharter System Now Open

A message from Mike Wellech, council registrar: The 2022 recharter is being processed through Internet Advancement this year, and the system is now open to volunteers. You can review the Internet Rechartering 2.0 FAQs and the Internet Rechartering 2.0 User Guide we’ve included here. Please reach out to your district executives with any questions. A

Updated Advancement Guide Features 11 Key Changes

A recent article from Bryan On Scouting explains key changes in the 2021 Guide to Advancement. A total of 11 key changes are highlighted in the online article. Feedback from volunteers from across the country was incorporated into the new and improved guide. Click here for the article and for more information.  

Scouts Enjoy All the Summit Has to Offer

Patriots’ Path Council had 30 youth and six adult advisors – representing all six PPC districts and 16 units – attend the Orion Project at Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia the week of July 18-24. The group participated in mountain biking, class 3 and 4 whitewater rafting the New River, kayaking, paddleboarding, skateboarding, BMX

Denville Troop 17 Honors 12 Eagle Scouts

Scouts BSA Troop 17 in Denville recently held an Eagle Court of Honor for 12 new Eagle Scouts. The event was held in Dragonetti Auditorium on the Randolph campus of County College of Morris. The ceremony featured a slideshow of the 12 Eagle Scouts as they trekked their trail to Eagle, as well as a

Watchung Reservation Reopens for Overnight Group Camping

The Union County Department of Parks & Recreation has announced that it has reopened the Scout Camping Area in the Watchung Reservation for overnight group camping, and applications are now being accepted. The Scout Camping Area can be utilized by any Scout group (and, in fact, by any nationally recognized youth-serving organization). The permit fee

Featured Scouts: Andrew and Alex Noviello

Andrew and Alex Noviello are twin brothers who recently became Eagle Scouts and earned the BSA William T. Hornaday Silver Medal. The brothers are pictured at left with Patriots’ Path Council Scout Executive Marc Andreo. Through completing numerous conservation-service projects around New Jersey for the Hornaday Award, Alex and Andrew realized the difficulty of fundraising

PPC Sends Record Number of Crews to Philmont

It has been an amazing summer so far as three of our seven contingents have either returned home or are preparing to leave Philmont in the days ahead. Our first contingent to travel to Philmont just returned. Between delayed crews and those planned for 2021, Patriots’ Path Council will be sending 28 crews and 326

Scouts Learn Leadership Skills at NYLT

During the week of June 27 through July 3, a total of 62 Scouts from PPC and several other councils attended the National Youth Leadership Training program at Winnebago Scout Reservation. The Scouts were split into two troops and learned leadership skills, which they will use back at their troops and in all their future

Scouts Enjoy Raritan Valley Rocket Launch

On June 27 at North Branch Park in Bridgewater, Raritan Valley District held its annual rocket launch. Both parents and Scouts had a great time, and with over 42 rockets successfully built and launched, this year’s rocket launch was a resounding success.