Patriots’ Path Council Volunteers and Families:
Welcome to our Monday message. When we began this communication with you back in March, we never anticipated it going this long. However as we continue to plan for upcoming Scouting activities, we have appreciated the positive response to our messages and everyone’s continued patience in returning to the things we enjoy, especially Scouting!
June 1, 2020 – UPDATE
Patriots’ Path Council Volunteers and Families:
We continue to be encouraged that Patriots’ Path Council’s Scouting spirit is strong and that our units are continuing to take advantage of digital platforms to meet and interact.
With the State continuing its phased reopening plan, Patriots’ Path Council is also making plans by preparing “Standard Operating Procedures” that are consistent with New Jersey’s requirements and recommendations. These “Standard Operating Procedures” are being developed for our service center, camps, district events, council events and our units to adhere to during scouting events and activities. Stay tuned for what we all hope will be great news for our Scouts!
PPC Town Hall – Monday Night!!
Please consider attending our virtual town hall hosted by Council Commissioner Archer Jones on Monday, June 1 at 7 p.m. Our Council Key 3 along with various operating committees will present up-to-the-minute information on our summer adventures as well as exciting program plans for this fall and beyond!! Registration is required to receive the meeting information. Receive a code (at the end of the town hall meeting) for 10% off all purchases made online between June 2nd and June 14th at PPCOutfitters.com https://www.ppcoutfitters.com/
Please click here – https://ppcbsa.link/71meet – to register now.
Scout Shops  
Beginning Monday, June 8, the Cedar Knolls and Mountainside Scout shops will be open alternate days and reduced hours to accommodate curbside pick-up of your camping, merit badge pamphlet, uniform, gift and other Scouting supplies. Cedar Knolls will be open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Mountainside will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. To prevent a delay in pick-up, please be sure to pre-order your supplies by emailing [email protected] or by calling Steve Beirach at 973-765-9322, ext. 233, the evening before pick-up.
Summer Camp
Please be sure to visit our website for all things camping related and to register at  https://ppcbsa.org/camping/
PPC Outdoor Academy – Has been launched and provides a full catalog of merit badges to be offered throughout the summer at https://www.ppcoutdooracademy.org/home
Cub Day Camps – Will be offered at Wheeler and Watchung Mountain.
Scouts BSA – We continue to encourage our troops to make their arrangements to have a week of summer camp at Winnebago Scout Reservation.
Scouts BSA Specialty Camps – Will be offered at Somers in August.
Of course, this remains an evolving situation and guidance will change as more information becomes available.
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May 18, 2020 – UPDATE
Please click below to view our Monday message from our Council President, Mark Tallmadge and Scout Executive, Marc Andreo. They will be sharing a message about how Patriots’ Path Council intends to operate our 2020 summer camps. In addition to offering limited in person camping we are also excited to announce the Camp Somers staff will be providing a virtual camp through PPC Outdoor Academy which will provide merit badges and program experiences for this summer and beyond.

Please be sure to visit our website for all things camping related and to register at  https://ppcbsa.org/camping/
Of course, this remains an evolving situation and guidance will change as more information becomes available.
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May 4, 2020 – UPDATE
In lieu of our Tradeshow of #ScoutingForward, scheduled for June 1 at 7 p.m., Patriots’ Path Council will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting/Webinar that is open to all leaders and parents. A formal invitation and registration link will be sent over the next few days, but in the meantime please consider joining us to find out up-to-the-minute updates on our summer adventures as well as program planning for this fall and beyond.
Boy Scouts of America National “Camp-In”
This past weekend the BSA had incredible success with the National Camp-In program, which received tens of thousands of views across the globe! Scouts, families and friends participated in a daylong program while learning and interacting with big names including NASA astronauts and a co-founder of Apple Inc. Patriots’ Path Council was also highlighted during the virtual 5K segment by Troop 1150 Scoutmaster Bob Brady while broadcasting live at an Eagle project with Troop 95 Sparta. Many Scouting families also set up their campsite either in their backyard or living room and kept many of the Scouting traditions alive. Great job everyone in active participation and living up to the true Scouting Spirit!
Summer Camps
The Patriots’ Path Council continues to plan for our summer activities and we need both units and Scouts focusing on their summer adventures. Please be sure to visit our website for all things camping related and to register: https://ppcbsa.org/camping/
Frequently Asked Questions About Summer Camp
Will the rules change for camp this year? The CDC and the state health department have not issued guidelines or rules yet, but yes, things will certainly be managed more strictly to protect campers, leaders and staff. We will have to be licensed by the state to operate as well as pass an inspection. We have attended several webinars with the American Camping Association, the N.J. Camp Directors Association, the N.J. Department of Health as well as the Boy Scouts of America. All information was in depth but inconclusive; camps are phase two in the federal plan and the state’s plan so we will continue to prepare for camp while monitoring the latest developments. In the meantime, below are some answers (as of today) to frequently asked questions we have received from leaders and parents:
Will kids need to wear masks? CDC says they will not be required.
Will social distancing be required? Yes, class sizes will be limited and large camp-wide gatherings will most likely be limited.
Will school buses be one child per seat? We have not been advised as of yet.
Will it be one camper per tent? We anticipate two Scouts to a tent however we are awaiting official guidelines.
Will testing be required? Some states say yes, other states say no. We are leaning toward yes.
Will temperatures be taken? Upon check-in and on Wednesday (midweek).
Will there be a sanitizer team like the supermarkets have? Yes, we plan to have a dedicated cleaning team and have developed SOPs for sanitizing public spaces.
Will there be hand sanitizer stations? We have had them for 10 years.
Will they be identified better and will more be added? Yes.
What happens if there is an outbreak at camp? Based on the duration the Scouts stay in camp, it is unlikely an outbreak will occur with Scouts. Our concern is for our staff. Staff will wear masks and have specific policies to adhere to. We do have a communicable disease plan in place.
Will the medical form policy be adjusted to not require a health provider signature? No. However an E signature will be acceptable from a virtual doctor’s visit.
Will visitors be allowed in camp? At the present time the answer is no. Visitors will not be allowed in camp; Sunday check-in will be a scheduled drop-off and Saturday will be scheduled pick-up times.
Will the staff be tested? The staff will be tested prior to attending camp and will be quarantined on the camp property for the duration of the camping season. (Subject to state guidelines changing).
Will there be more Health Lodge staff? Our plan is to have more trained health care providers on staff. We plan to have at least one registered nurse or physician’s assistant on duty as well as our EMTs and paramedics.
Will the dining hall be practicing social distancing and what about food service? How will that be safe? Our present plan is to not utilize the dining hall for meals but to have some meals grab and go. Some meals will be delivered to the campsites in individual portion packages. Our food service staff is fully trained by Servsafe and we will employ a full-time Servsafe food protection manager to oversee the food service operation.
Will swimming be allowed? We are waiting on guidelines from the state as to the swimming restrictions.
How will shooting sports handle sharing eye protection, etc.? All equipment that is shared by participants will be sanitized by the staff after each use prior to the next person touching the equipment. We will add more safety equipment to accommodate sanitization.
In the next two weeks we anticipate having state guidelines and will share them.
It’s a very interesting time for everyone but our goal is and always has been to get our Scouts outdoors and safety is our No. 1 priority. We will not operate this summer if it is unsafe and we will do everything humanly possible to keep every Scout safe and healthy during their stay at camp.
Of course, this remains an evolving situation and guidance will change
 as more information becomes available.

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Patriots’ Path Council Volunteers and Families:

Welcome to our Monday message. Patriots’ Path Council is anxious to once again offer all of the great outdoor adventures our Scouts are looking forward to. As we plan for that, please take a read to find out what is new and exciting in Scouting,

April 27, 2020 – UPDATE

Summer Camps

The Patriots’ Path Council continues to plan for our summer activities and we need both units and Scouts focusing on their summer adventures.

EARLY BIRD DEADLINE – Time is running out to take advantage of the Early Bird discount. Save $50 per week if you register and pay in full before midnight May 1st. Don’t wait, summer camp is just around the corner. Webelos crossing over into the Scouts BSA program have an extension available till June 1st. Please be sure to visit our website for all things camping related and to register:  https://ppcbsa.org/camping/

Boy Scouts of America National “Camp-In” on Saturday, May 2nd

The Boy Scouts od America invites families with children of all ages to join in on the Scouting fun by participating in the National “Camp-In” on Saturday, May 2nd.

The BSA National Camp-In, a day-long livestreaming event, now has a website where new information is being shared regularly. The schedule will include camping tips from adventure professionals, STEM session with co-founder of Apple Inc., interaction with a NASA astronaut and much more!  Find the latest at www.scouting.org/campin

Additionally, the official Facebook Event for the National Camp-In can be found here: Camp-In Facebook Event   

See the National News Release about the Camp-In here: Camp-In News Release

Scouting from Home 

Brand new on the Scouting From Home page is a resource of Cub Scout requirements with links to supplemental videos which can be helpful in completing them right at home.  Be sure to check that out and more at: https://ppcbsa.org/programs/scoutingfromhome/

Advancement

As a reminder, there has been new temporary policy changes for Advancement on April 13, 2020 specific to earlier ranks in Scouts BSA.  Please be sure to check out the National Statement on April 13th on our Advancement site which will list all of the current advancement updates for all program levels: https://ppcbsa.org/committees/advancement/

Council Service Center, Scout Shops and Camps

The council service center and both our Cedar Knolls and Mountainside Scout shops as well as our camps will remain closed and unable to accommodate any visitors or staff until we receive procedures for opening. Once we do receive more information we will be sure to pass it along!!

Despite the service center and Scout shops being closed, volunteers and families can still utilize USPS, email and online methods to conduct Scouting business.

  • Our Scout shops are still processing orders and arranging for shipping. Please contact Steve Beirach at [email protected]
  • 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 paperwork 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.

 

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Patriots’ Path Council Volunteers and Families:

Hoping this Monday message finds you and your loved ones healthy and safe. As we all look forward to brighter days ahead, so does our Patriots’ Path Council family as we are anxious to once again offer all of the great outdoor adventures our Scouts are looking forward to.

In the meantime both Patriots’ Path Council and the BSA are keeping our youth engaged with a series of opportunities including our Scouting at Home program that can be found on www.ppcbsa.org

April 20, 2020, UPDATE

Save the Date

Boy Scouts of America National “Camp-In” on Saturday, May 2nd 

The Boy Scouts of America invites families with children of all ages to join in on the Scouting fun by participating in the National “Camp-In” on Saturday, May 2nd.

Whether in your backyard or in your living room – the National Camp-In will be fun-filled digital event that captures Scouting’s spirit of adventure, fun, service and community with a variety of exciting activities for all families so please plan to join us and invite your neighbors and friends to do so, as well.

The schedule will be posted on www.scouting.org soon, so mark your calendars and stay tuned for exciting updates.

Summer Camps

The Patriots’ Path Council continues to plan for our summer activities and we need both units and Scouts focusing on their summer adventures. Please be sure to visit our website for all things camping related:

https://ppcbsa.org/camping/

A few specific items both units and families should know about:

  • Camp Promotion – If your Pack or Troop would like a camp promotion or would like to have a Q&A via Zoom, please contact Bridget Capen at [email protected]
  • Camp Payments – Our “Early Bird” discount is a $50 discount (per week) for all Scouts who pay for camp in full by May 1, with an extension available to Webelos crossing over into the Scouts BSA, until June 1.  We base the timing for this on camps opening dates.
  • Camp Scholarships – Understanding these are difficult financial times for many, we have extended the deadline for Warren Wheeler Adventureship (camp scholarship) requests until May 1. Please access our application by clicking here: Adventureship Requests 
  • Camp Refunds – While our intention is to run our summer programs as scheduled, we understand there may be restrictions that Patriots’ Path Council is unable to control or a Scouting unit or family may have concerns about attending camp. Below are our intentions regarding refunds that are available:
    • Due to COVID-19, we have adjusted our refund policy to provide some flexibility and support to our Scout families during this time of uncertainty. If refunds are necessary, one may apply for a refund beginning June 1, and receive a 100% refund. The deadline to submit for a full refund is June 30. An online form for refunds will be developed and distributed shortly. After June 30, our standard refund policy will apply. Please access our standard refund policy by clicking here: Standard Policy
    • If our traditional camps are unable to open this summer, we will honor a full refund on all registrations. Scouts BSA troops will have the option to apply their 2020 site deposit towards 2021 or receive a full refund.
    • If summer camps operate this summer and a family is uncomfortable sending their Scout, we ask for a refund request in writing, either by mail or email between the dates noted above to receive a full refund. For a troop, we would need to know the troop number, week, and individual’s name that is canceling.

Hopefully, this will help your Scouts and their families come to the best decision for them regarding summer camp. We hope we’ll get to see you all this summer!

Council Service Center, Scout Shops and Camps

The council service center and both our Cedar Knolls and Mountainside Scout shops as well as our camps will remain closed and unable to accommodate any visitors or staff until we receive procedures for opening. Once we do receive more information we will be sure to pass it along!!

Despite the service center and Scout shops being closed, volunteers and families can still utilize USPS, email and online methods to conduct Scouting business.

  • Our Scout shops are still processing orders and arranging for shipping. Please contact Steve Beirach at [email protected]
  • 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 paperwork 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.

 

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

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Patriots’ Path Council Volunteers and Families:

Hoping this Monday message finds you and your loved ones healthy and safe. As we all look forward to brighter days ahead, so does our Patriots’ Path Council family as we are anxious to once again offer all of the great outdoor adventures our Scouts are looking forward to.

April 13, 2020, UPDATE

Summer Camps

The Patriots’ Path Council continues to plan for our summer activities and we need both units and Scouts focusing on their summer adventures. Please be sure to visit our website for all things camping related:
https://ppcbsa.org/camping/

A few specific items both units and families should know about:

  • Camp Promotion – If your pack or troop would like a camp promotion or would like to have a Q and A via Zoom, please contact Bridget Capen at [email protected].
  • Camp Payments – Our “early bird” discount is a $50 discount (per week) for all Scouts who pay for camp in full by May 1, with an extension available to Webelos crossing over into the Scouts BSA until June 1.  We base the timing for this on camps opening dates.
  • Camp Scholarships – Understanding these are difficult financial times for many, we have extended the deadline for Warren Wheeler Adventureship (camp scholarship) requests until May 1. Please access our application by clicking here: Adventureship Requests. 
  • Camp Refunds – While our intention is to run our summer programs as scheduled, we understand there may be restrictions that Patriots’ Path Council is unable to control or a Scouting unit or family may have concerns about attending camp. Below are our intentions regarding refunds that are available:
    • Due to COVID-19, we have adjusted our refund policy to provide some flexibility and support to our Scout families during this time of uncertainty. If refunds are necessary, one may apply for a refund beginning June 1 and receive a 100% refund. The deadline to submit for a full refund is June 30. An online form for refunds will be developed and distributed shortly. After June 30, our standard refund policy will apply. Please access our standard refund policy by clicking here: Standard Policy
    • If our summer camps are unable to open this summer, we will honor a full refund on all registrations. Scouts BSA troops will have the option to apply their 2020 site deposit toward 2021 or receive a full refund.
    • If summer camps operate this summer and a family is uncomfortable sending their Scout, we ask for a refund request in writing, either by mail or email, between the dates noted above to receive a full refund. For a troop, we would need to know the troop number, week, and individual’s name who is canceling.

Hopefully, this will help Scouts and their families come to the best decision for them regarding summer camp. We hope we’ll get to see you all this summer!

Council Service Center and Scout Shops

The council service center and both our Cedar Knolls and Mountainside Scout shops will likely remain closed and unable to accommodate any visitors or staff through May 7, 2020.

Despite the service center and Scout shops being closed, volunteers and families can still utilize USPS, email and online methods to conduct Scouting business.

  • Our Scout shops are still processing orders and arranging for shipping. Please contact Steve Beirach at [email protected].
  • 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 paperwork 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.

“Scouting From Home”

As you know, 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]. The page is being updated by our volunteers and staff all the time including new features such as “Tunes on Tuesday” and “Funny Friday,” which are sure to engage our Scouts.

Membership Recruiting Carnivals

The membership committee and staff are working on plans, post pandemic, for “recruiting carnivals” for new Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA members. The plan calls for two carnivals, one in July and one in August, in each district. We need your ideas for carnival-type games and activities that are FUN! FUN! FUN!  If you have ideas please send them to [email protected]. If you would like to volunteer, THANK YOU; send your contact info to [email protected].

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

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Patriots’ Path Council Volunteers and Families:

Hoping this Monday message finds you and your loved ones healthy and safe. As we all look forward to brighter days ahead, so does our Patriots’ Path Council family as we are anxious to once again offer all of the great outdoor adventures our Scouts are looking forward to.

Things are certainly not what we are used to in Scouting, but it has been inspiring to see everyone adapt and thrive to ensure Scouting continues! We encourage you to hit on the link below for a great video that was just released by the BSA – “We are Scouts!”

We are Scouts! Video – Click Here

April 6, 2020, UPDATE

“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]. The page is being updated by our volunteers and staff all the time including new features such as “Tunes on Tuesday” and “Funny Friday,” which are sure to engage our Scouts.

Membership Recruiting Carnivals
The membership committee and staff are working on plans, post pandemic, for “recruiting carnivals” for new Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA members. The plan calls for two carnivals, one in July and one in August, in each district.  We need your ideas for carnival-type games and activities that are FUN! FUN! FUN!   If you have ideas please send them to [email protected].  If you would like to volunteer, THANK YOU; send your contact info to [email protected].

Summer Camp
The Patriots’ Path Council continues to plan for our summer activities and we need both units and Scouts focusing on their summer adventures. Please be sure to visit our website for all things camping related:

https://ppcbsa.org/camping/

A few opportunities you and your Scouting unit should know about:

  • All Scouting Families Understanding these are difficult financial times for many, we have extended the deadline for Warren Wheeler Adventureship (camp scholarship) requests until May 1 by clicking here: Adventureship Requests – Click Here
  • Scouts BSA If you are meeting via Zoom or other online platforms, please let us know if you would like us to have a promotion or Q&A for summer camp or the 2021 National Jamboree by contacting Bridget Capen at [email protected].
  • Scouts BSA If you are unable to get a meeting set up online, we invite you to utilize one of the council’s Zoom accounts. We can “host” the meeting for you by creating a unique link that you can share by email or text to have a summer camp and 2021 National Jamboree promotion or Q&A by contacting Bridget Capen at [email protected]. We can also provide a basic tutorial on Zoom so your unit can continue its meeting after the promotion.
    Cub Scouts If your pack, den or family would like a promotion or more information on our summer weekend and/or day camps, please contact Bridget Capen at [email protected].

Council Service Center and Scout Shops

The council service center and both our Cedar Knolls and Mountainside Scout shops will likely remain closed and unable to accommodate any visitors or staff through April 30.

Despite the service center and Scout shops being closed, volunteers and families can still utilize USPS, email and online methods to conduct Scouting business.

  • Our Scout shops are still processing orders and arranging for shipping. Please contact Steve Beirach at [email protected]
  • 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 paperwork 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.

Internet and Online Safety Tips

Cyber Chip is an active program introduced by the Boy Scouts of America to help families and volunteers keep children safe while online.  Thanks to a strong partnership with Netsmartz®, videos and resources are available from grades one to 12!  Although Cyber Chips expire annually, now may be a great time to recharge given the increased use of technology right from your couch for both schoolwork and Scouting! For Scouts in grades nine through 12, now is a great time to also renew your contract for rules using the computer and mobile devices.  For more information on the Cyber Chip Program, please visit: https://www.scouting.org/training/youth-protection/cyber-chip/.

Videoconferencing is being utilized within most units and within our council to conduct meetings.  Please check out the guidelines from the National office: https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/safety-moments/digital-safety-and-online-scouting-activities/

Here are a few tips and rules to keep Scouting safe:

  • All virtual meetings must adhere to the latest youth protection and social media guidelines as outlined in the Guide to Safe Scouting including:
  • At no time should personal information be collected online. When required it should only be collected via communication from the confirmed parent/guardian of the youth.
  • Cub Scouting and Scouts BSA: Two over 21-year-old registered leaders where at least one leader must be a female for units with girls.
  • Venturing: Two over 21-year-old registered leaders where at least one leader must represent each gender represented in the crew.
  • All Scouts must obtain parental consent to attend a video meeting.
  • Eliminate risk by simply not recording meetings with youth.
  • Meeting invitations should never be posted on any social media and should only be distributed via the unit’s internal communication methods.
  • Allow meeting to start only after the host arrives and verifies adults fulfilling youth protection requirements are present
  • Scouts age 13 and above must work with a parent or guardian on internet safety rules.
  • Scouts age 13 and above can use their partial name to join a conference. Example: John S. Scouts under age 13 should use have a parent/guardian or adult delegate login with their name.

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

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Patriots’ Path Council Volunteers and Families:

It has been an inspiration seeing our volunteers and Scouts work together to make sure Scouting continues despite the restrictions associated with the COVID-19 outbreak. The Patriots’ Path Council will continue to provide an update each Monday so that we are in regular communication with our Scouting family.

MARCH 30, 2020 UPDATE

Scouting Activities
For all Scouting activities, please continue to 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.

Council Service Center and Scout Shops
The council service center and both our Cedar Knolls and Mountainside Scout shops will likely remain closed and unable to accommodate any visitors or staff through April 30.

Despite the service center and Scout shops being closed, volunteers and families can still utilize USPS, email and online methods to conduct Scouting business.

  • Our Scout shops are still processing orders and arranging for shipping. Please contact Steve Beirach at [email protected]
  • 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 paperwork 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.

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. Your unit also has 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.

“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 and tracking advancement remotely to the temporary procedures for Eagle Scout extensions. Additionally, the BSA has provided supplemental information on best videoconferencing 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.

Internet and Online Safety Tips
Cyber Chip is an active program introduced by the Boy Scouts of America to help families and volunteers keep children safe while online. Thanks to a strong partnership with Netsmartz®, videos and resources are available from grades one to 12! Although Cyber Chips expire annually, now may be a great time to recharge given the increased use of technology right from your couch for both schoolwork and Scouting! For Scouts in grades nine through 12, now is a great time to also renew your contract for rules using the computer and mobile devices. For more information on the Cyber Chip Program, please visit: https://www.scouting.org/training/youth-protection/cyber-chip/.

Videoconferencing is being utilized within most units and within our council to conduct meetings. Please check out the guidelines from the National office: https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/se-packet/2020-03-30/Digital-Safety-Advisory-for-local-councils-FINAL-3-27-2020.pdf

Here are a few tips and rules to keep Scouting safe:

  • All virtual meetings must adhere to the latest Youth Protection and Social Media guidelines as outlined in the Guide to Safe Scouting including:
    • At no time should personal information be collected online. When required it should only be collected via communication from a the confirmed parent/guardian of the youth.
    • Cub Scouting and Scouts BSA: Two over 21-year-old registered leaders where at least one leader must be a female for units with girls.
    • Venturing: Two over 21-year-old registered leaders where at least one leader must represent each gender represented in the crew.
  • All Scouts must obtain parental consent to attend a video meeting.
  • Eliminate risk by simply not recording meetings with youth.
  • Meeting invitations should never be posted on any social media and should only be distributed via the unit’s internal communication methods.
  • Allow meeting to start only after the host arrives and verifies adults fulfilling youth protection requirements are present.
  • Scouts 13 and above must work with a parent or guardian on internet safety rules.
  • Scouts 13 and above can use their partial name to join a conference. Example: John S. Scouts under 13 should use have a parent/guardian or adult delegate login with their name.

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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.