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image Our core objective is to build strong personal values, family values and character in young people by providing program activities that teach, support and encourage such values.

Read our mission statement-click here.

But most of all, youth members and their families, come to us for a great time and for adventures that will be cherished for a lifetime.

The Patriots' Path Council serves youth in Morris, Somerset, Sussex, Union and portions of Middlesex counties in New Jersey. Within the Council towns in these counties are grouped into six districts; Black River, Fishawack, Munsee, Raritan Valley, Sussex and Watchung Mountain. Each district is served by a paid executive and a district operating committee made up of volunteers.

Cub Scouts

Boys in grades grades 1-5 join a Cub Scout den specifically for their grade. All the dens are organized in a unit called a pack.

First grade boys are in a Tiger den. Second grade boys are in a Wolf den. Third grade boys are in a Bear den. Fourth and fifth grade boys are in a two year program called Webelos. This program transitions from leader led to partially boy led which which helps the Scouts prepare for Boy Scouts. Usually in February or March of the second year the Webelos cross over to Boy Scouts.

Each level has a handbook for requirements that the Scouts work through to earn their rank. Read more about Cub Scouts in the Cub Scout Adventures booklet.

Boy Scouts

Boys ages 5-12 join Boy Scouts are organized together in a unit called a troop. You can join Boy Scouts at any grade. You do not need to have been a Cub Scout to join Boy Scouts.

In Boy Scouts, older Scouts plan the meetings and outings for the troop. Volunteer trained adult leaders support the youth leaders. The Scouts work through rank requirements in the Boy Scout hand book which teaches them life skills - first aid, community service, citizenship, character and more. The ranks are Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life and Eagle. Read the Boy Scout Adventures booklet for more information.

Venture Crews

Venture Crews are co-ed programs for youth 14-21 that specializes in hobby interests, such as Community Service, High Adventure, Arts, Sports, Youth Ministry, Youth Leadership Development and more.

Sea Scouts

Sea Scouting serves young men and women 14-21 who have interests in boating activities of any kind including sailing, motor boating, small boats, large boats, oceanography, all things marine and more.

Ship 228 Rahway Yacht Club image

For more information visit the
Ship 228

Ship 243 Marine Corps League Linden

For more information visit the
Ship 243
website or visit their facebook page.

Ship 191 Lake Hopatcong Elks

National Sea Scouts website,
click here.


Exploring is a career based program for co-ed youth ages 14-21. Explorer Posts typically meet twice a month. Exploring is youth led and advised by adults. Posts can be organized in any career field, but the most popular in Patriots' Path Council are Law Enforcement, Aviation, Law, and Medical Careers.

Career Clubs

Career Clubs are junior high school based programs similar to Explorer posts. Boys and girls in grades 6-8 can join Career Clubs.

Jockey Hollow

The basic premise of Scouting for youth with special needs is that every young person wants to participate fully and be respected like every other member of the troop, pack or crew. While there are, by necessity, units exclusively composed of Scouts with disabilities, experience has shown that Scouting usually succeeds best when every youth is part of a den or patrol in a traditional unit. We provide support with a committee comprised of parents of special needs youth and professionals from a diverse range of expertise in working with individuals with disAbilities. For more on Jockey Hollow Scouting, click here.

Scouting and Soccer

Scouting and Soccer is a specialized Cub Scout pack that uses Soccer in addition to the traditional Cub Scout advancement program. An emphasis is placed on the sport over outdoors, though outdoor programs are still included.

Ready to join the fun?

You can join any unit anytime. If the unit in your school or town does not meet at a convenient time for you, check out when other nearby units meet.

Use the links on the side bar under Getting Started for applications to join and other information if you know which pack you would like to join.

Find a local Scout unit!

Find a unit near your home or school by searching with your zip code on the BeAScout beAscout.org website.

Family Fun for All

Look for activities and programs for your Scout or den on Cub Opportunities. Many organizations offer discounts to Scouts and they are listed on this website.

Summer camp!

Patriots' Path operates two day camps for Cub Scouts. Camp Wheeler in Stanhope and Watchung Cub Scout Day Camp in Mountainside offer six weeklong sessions in July and early August. Bus transportation is included. For more information, view the summer camp page.


Question: The unit in my town meets when I have other commitments. What can I do?
Answer: Use the beAscout.org website to search for other units nearby. You can join any unit.