Patriots’ Path Council Volunteers and Families:

In light of ongoing and increasing concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak, the Patriots’ Path Council would like to take the opportunity to update everyone on our Scouting activities locally. Going forward we will provide an update each Monday so that we are in regular communication with our Scouting family.

MARCH 23, 2020 UPDATE

Scouting Activities
For all Scouting activities, please follow Governor Murphy’s order to stay at home, thus all Scouting related activities that are in person of any size or scope, should cease. All Council, District and Unit activities should be postponed or moved to an online or conference call format.

Please continue to follow the recommendations of the CDC https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html, state https://www.nj.gov/health/ and local health authorities https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/ncov.shtml

“Scouting from Home”
A new landing page has been created to help the Patriots’ Path Council Scouting community engage in BSA programs and resources right at home. Be sure to visit, like, and share our “Scouting From Home” webpage https://ppcbsa.org/programs/scoutingfromhome/ and submit your creative ideas to [email protected]. Please consider this site as the official “Scouting from Home” resource for our Council.

Advancement
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, to tracking advancement remotely, to the temporary procedures for Eagle Scout extensions. Additionally, the BSA has provided supplemental information on best video conferencing practices and resources.

In spite of the challenges we are all facing, Scouting can be a great outlet for us during this difficult time. Let’s encourage families to work on rank advancement and other activities at home and for our units to meet remotely via online or conference call methods so that we can maintain our positive momentum.

Council Service Center
The Council Service Center will remain closed and unable to accommodate any visitors or staff through at least March 31st.

Despite the service center being closed, volunteers and families can still utilize USPS, email and online methods to conduct Scouting business. In the spirit of encouraging everyone to stay at home, we will no longer put out the large mailbox for daily drop-offs.

  • Our staff will be working from home, but all staff are still available to assist you via phone or email and through normal contact methods.
  • Charters, crossovers and new applications are still being processed. Please continue to send us any missing information needed so we can process your registration materials.
  • Summer resident and day camps are accepting applications through normal methods. Similarly, short term camping reservations and changes will still be processed as usual.
  • Registrations for events and paperwork for advancement will still be accepted and processed.

Cedar Knolls & Mountainside Scout Shops
Will be closed for walk in business through at least March 31st, however we will continue to accept orders via phone, email or online. Once an order is placed, we will arrange shipping.

Council Camps
All council camps are closed and all events at our camps are postponed until Monday, May 11th. Your unit is welcome to re-schedule, obtain a credit or request a refund on a reservation as well as the ability to make new reservations.

Summer Camp
Things are full steam ahead for our summer activities and we need both units and Scouts focusing on their summer adventures. Please continue to utilize usual registration methods for both your unit and individual registrations. Our Rangers will continue to work on the many projects at our camps while getting ready for a great summer camp season.

Of course, this remains an evolving situation and guidance will change as more information becomes available.

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MARCH 16, 2020, UPDATE

Unit Meetings
For your unit activities, please exercise good judgment and follow the recommendations of the CDC https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html, and by state https://www.nj.gov/health/ and https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/ncov.shtml and local health authorities.

In spite of the challenges we are all facing, Scouting can be a great outlet for us during this difficult time. Let’s encourage families to work on rank advancement at home and for our units to meet remotely via online or conference-call methods so that we can maintain our positive momentum.

Council Service Center
We will operate our council service center tomorrow, March 17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Beginning March 18 through at least March 31, the council service center will be closed and unable to accommodate visitors.
Despite the service center being closed, volunteers and families can still utilize USPS, email or online methods. In addition, an extra-large mailbox for daytime drop off will be located at the Cedar Knolls council service center.
• Many of our staff will be working from home, but all staff are still available to assist you via phone or email through normal contact methods.
• Charters are still being processed. Please continue to send us any missing information needed so we can process your unit’s charter.
• Summer resident and day camps are accepting applications through normal methods. Similarly, short-term camping reservations and changes will be processed as usual.
• Registrations for events and paperwork for advancement will be accepted and processed. Any information from the national office will be included in the Monday update.
Council or District Meetings, Fundraisers or Gatherings held at the Council Service Center or Offsite

Beginning March 18 through at least April 15, all group meetings, fundraisers or gatherings of any size will be postponed or moved to an online or conference-call format. The appropriate staff or volunteer will be in touch with you to share connectivity details.

Cedar Knolls and Mountainside Scout Shops
Will be closed for walk-in business until at least April 1; however, we will continue to accept orders via phone, email or online. Once an order is placed, we will provide a pick-up appointment or arrange for shipping.
For the safety of both our volunteers and staff, no exceptions will be made for walk-in business.

Council Camps
All council camps are closed and all events at our camps are postponed until Monday, May 11. Your unit is welcome to reschedule, obtain a credit or request a refund on a reservation, as well as have the ability to make new reservations.

Council and District Programs
All council and district programs are postponed until Monday, May 11. The appropriate volunteers and staff will be in touch with guidance on the rescheduling of these events.

Summer Camp
Things are full steam ahead for our summer activities and we need both units and Scouts focusing on their summer adventures. Please continue to utilize usual registration methods for both your unit and individual registrations. Our rangers will continue to work on the many projects at our camps while getting ready for a great summer camp season.

Virtual Program
Our volunteers and staff are working on innovative program ideas that would allow your Scouts to participate remotely. Stay tuned for more information on this.

Of course, this is an evolving situation and guidance will change as more information becomes available.