Klondikes – (Registration is almost closed)

Klondike Derbies are a great opportunity to get outside in the winter months. Not only do they allow our Scouts that winter experience, but they also allow them to compete against other 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 »

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.

PPC Honors Adult Volunteers and Youth Leaders

Over 100 people came out to Winnebago Scout Reservation on June 19 for the Patriots’ Path Council Awards Celebration. The council presented the 2021 Silver Beaver Awards (recipients pictured at left), Trailblazer Awards, Youth Leadership Awards, Medal of Merit Awards, Woods Service Award, Silver Buffalo Award, PPC Alumnus of the Year Award, and Sea Scouting

Raritan Valley Cub Scouts Enjoy Pinewood Derby

Raritan Valley District held it annual district Pinewood Derby on June 19. It was a fun event for all the attendees, particularly for those Scouts that went home with a trophy. We hope to see you at next year’s district Pinewood Derby!  

Guidelines Help Provide a Safe Environment for Scouts

This year as we celebrate the National Safety Council’s 25th anniversary of National Safety Month, the Patriots’ Path Risk Management Committee encourages all Scouts and Scouters to review some of the important guidelines and procedures available to help you provide a safe environment for all involved in the Scouting program. We are spotlighting the following

Online Registration Transfers Available

Updates from Mike Wellech, PPC registration manager: Online Transfers Unit to Unit or Council to Council Moving out of the area? You can process your transfer to another council using your My.Scouting account. Just like transferring Scouts or adults to another unit within Patriots’ Path Council, you can now transfer yourself or your child, or

Workshops to Introduce Scouts to Merit Badges

The 2021 Merit Badge Introduction Workshop will be held on three separate dates – November 6, November 13 and December 11. Virtual classes will be available via Zoom on all three dates, and some in-person classes will be offered on November 6 and 13 at Camp Winnebago and Flanders Park in Mount Olive. Online registration

Raritan Valley Cub Scouts Have Fun at Camp

From June 4 to 6, Raritan Valley District held its spring Cub Scout family camporee event at Winnebago Scout Reservation. Over 250 Scouts, siblings and parents enjoyed a weekend of shooting sports, fishing, a petting zoo, and pony rides. Over the weekend, several Cub Scouts earned their Bobcat rank, created cards for kids in the

New Eagle Scouts Recognized at Brunch

The Patriots’ Path Council held its 2021 Eagle Scout Recognition and Reunion Brunch on Sunday, June 6, at Camp Winnebago. Over 300 guests were excited to be out and recognize the new Eagle Scouts and 2021 Hall of Fame Inductees. This 17th annual recognition included the class of Eagles from January 1, 2020,  to February

Virtual 5K Run Raises $4,800

A big thank you to the 100 participants, 23 donors and the top five sponsors who came together in May and raised over $4,800 during Patriots’ Path Council’s virtual 5K run/walk. The four key sponsors for the fourth annual event were:

Munsee Scouts Enjoy Weekend at Camp Somers

Munsee District conducted a joint Scout BSA and Cub Scout family camping overnight weekend at Camp Somers June 5 and 6. There were 142 youth and adults who participated. The main program was shooting sports, fishing and hiking. It was a great opportunity for families to get out and enjoy camping since the COVID-19 pandemic

Ford Units Show Their Support on Memorial Day

Cub Scout packs 26 and 53, along with Scouts BSA troops 26 and 53, sponsored by the Fords Fire Company in Fords, New Jersey, had a great turnout on Memorial Day to show their support for the Fords VFW, and to show their respect for those who served and sacrificed their lives to keep our

Arrowmen Complete Induction into Vigil Honor

On May 15, Woapalanne Lodge celebrated 12 outstanding Arrowmen who completed their induction into the Vigil Honor. The Vigil Honor, as described by the Order of the Arrow, is the highest honor that the Order of the Arrow can bestow upon its members for service to lodge, council and Scouting. Membership cannot be won by

Simple Fix for Restoring Access to Record Advancement

A note from Mike Wellech, council registrar: I’m still getting a lot of emails and phone calls about why a volunteer has lost his or her access to record advancement. It’s a simple fix, but it can only be assigned by a member of your Key 3 (charter organization rep, committee chair, unit leader). This

Black River District Holds Fun Festivals

This past weekend, the Black River District hosted two Cub Scout fun festivals to recruit new youth into local packs, and to showcase the fun Scouting has to offer. Twenty four new interested Scouts and their families attended. On May 21 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, packs and troops from Roxbury and Mount Olive townships set

Pack Camping Returns at Spring Camporee

Pack camping returned to Patriots’ Path Council on May 22-23 as packs from the Sussex and Fishawack districts held a spring camporee at Winnebago Scout Reservation. Activities included BB, archery, rowboats, obstacle course, Cubmobiles, fishing and bouldering wall. One hundred twenty-one Cub Scouts attended, and the total attendance with parents and siblings was 276.

Watchung Mountain Cub Scouts Enjoy Camporee

The Watchung Mountain District Spring Cub Camporee was held the weekend of May 14-16, 2021, at Winnebago Scout Reservation. There were 332 attendees from 13 Cub Scout packs. In addition to a variety of activities, the day featured a Scout earning a free week at camp for catching a 15-inch Largemouth Bass. Special thanks to

Raritan Valley District Holds Recognition Breakfast

On Saturday, May 22, 80 members of the Raritan Valley District joined together to celebrate the hard work in 2019 and 2020 of their adult volunteers. There were 34 Hero certificates awarded, and 25 awards presented including seven District Awards of Merit. Mike O’Shea received his 50-year service pin, and Tony Sarao  received his 75-year

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 Scouts (the second most popular merit badge not required for Eagle), has seen a real boost this year. Players of all skill levels

Update Email Addresses in ScoutBook

If you’ve noticed in ScoutBook that your email address has changed to [email protected], it generally means that when your account was synced to ScoutBook from ScoutNet, there was another ScoutBook account already utilizing your email address. This very likely happened because when your son or daughter was registered, they were using your email address. Then

Member Transfers Can Be Done Through My.Scouting Portal

A reminder from Mike Wellech, council registrar: Last November, National updated the My.Scouting.org portal to allow units to transfer members without submitting applications. Transfers cannot not be done using www.BeAScout.org, or ScoutBook. This will usually create a duplicate profile and is a headache to resolve down the line, plus data and records are sometimes lost

Black River Cub Scouts Enjoy Fun Day at Camp Somers

On Saturday, May 1, the Black River District held its spring Cub Scout Family Camporee Fun Day event at Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation, Camp Somers. Over 400 Scouts, siblings and parents enjoyed a day of shooting sports, fishing, disability awareness, knot tying skill development and nature hikes around Frenchie Pond.  The weather was spectacular, and

Arrowmen Hold Day of Service at Winnebago

The Woapalanne Lodge of the Order of the Arrow had a day of service at Winnebago Scout Reservation on April 17. Thirty-three Arrowmen zip-lined across Durham Pond to create a trail from the zip line to the start of the eight-platform challenge course and then zip-lined back. Several took on the challenge of the all-new

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.,