Monthly Archives: June 2015

Check Out the Latest National Venturing & Sea Scouting Forum & Newsletter!

The FORUM is a National cluster concept and a friendly way to help Scouting leaders exchange ideas and programs among our troops, crews, ships, posts, councils, areas, regions and National. The FORUM is shared by volunteers and professionals across the country. “The FORUM” has been published monthly since 2003 and is not an official publication of any council, area, region or National. It is the leaders and professionals newsletter. Help support our teenage program by sending the FORUM your stories, newsletters, council articles, by-laws, questions and best practices to share with others. As always, articles, questions and comments are welcome. Promote Venturing, Sea Scouting and Exploring by promoting your unit and council. The FORUM is received in over 185 councils, nationally and internationally.

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This newsletter contains some valuable information. I’ve learned a lot from it, and I’m sure you will too. My crew has even been fortunate enough to have the articles we submitted to them included in the newsletter.

-Katie Rozek, Council Venturing President

Open Spots in Philmont Special Treks!

I am writing to let you know about the Roving Outdoor Conservation School (ROCS) and Trail Crew Trek (TCT) opportunities at Philmont Scout Ranch. These treks are an incredible opportunity for outstanding individuals in the council that are interested in natural resource management and I would appreciate your support in spreading information about this program and encouraging youth to apply.

Each year thousands of Boy Scouts and Venturers head to Philmont Scout Ranch in northern New Mexico to backpack in the beautiful and rugged Sangre de Cristo Mountains.  Although the majority of Scouts come to this National High Adventure Base with their troops, several special treks programs allow individual Scouts to experience Philmont as they join a crew of other Scouts from across the nation.  Sometimes crews must wait for the opportunity to trek at Philmont as a home crew, however each summer spots are available in Philmont’s special treks programs for individuals who want to come to Philmont. This summer the Conservation Department still has spots open for ROCS and TCT treks and would greatly appreciate your support in filling these programs.

ROCS, is a 21-day outdoor education backpacking experience rooted in conservation and environmental science education. TCT is a 14-day experience with half of the time spent building trail and learning about project management, and half of the time on a 7-day special trek of Philmont. Throughout both ROCS and TCT participants have both structured and spontaneous lessons rooted in environmental science, visits from guest speakers, and the opportunity to work on various conservation projects with the Conservation Department and the U.S. Forest Service in the Valle Vidal unit of the Carson National Forest.  Participants learn about ecology, forestry, geology, botany, fire ecology, wildlife management, and environmental policy.  Participants hone their stewardship as they practice Leave No Trace principles throughout both Philmont and the Valle Vidal.  Both male and female ROCS sessions are available throughout the summer, and TCT is a co-ed experience.  For a look at what ROCS participants have to say about their time on the trail, check out the REI promotional video at and hear from TCT participants at

For more information, including session dates and fees, please consult the applications (ROCS & TCT). The cost for experiencing Philmont as a ROCS (~$525) or TCT (~$325) participant is significantly lower than that of trekking at Philmont as part of a troop or council contingent. If you would like some promotional materials or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

All the Best,

Taylor B. Anderson
Conservation Dpt – Sustainability Specialist, 97

Sarah Burgess
Associate Director of Conservation for Environmental Education
(440) 567-7745

Philmont Camping Headquarters
(575) 376-2281


Join the Patriots’ Path Council and the Order of the Arrow for the ArrowTour and Alumni BBQ on July 7, 2015 at Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation and join the Patriots’ Path Council as we honor the 2015 Camping Hall of Fame Induction and Alumni BBQ on July 23, 2015 at Winnebago Scout Reservation.

Please see the flyer for full details!

Newton First Robotics Team to Attend the 2015 Liberty Jamboree!

Newton High School’s Varsity First Robotics Team will be attending #libertyjamboree  -signing autographs and speaking Saturday!

Scouts will have the opportunity to check out several robotics that students their age planned, developed, made, and competed with around the globe!

Its purpose is to encourage students to be science and technology leaders by providing programs and mentors that cultivate science, engineering and technology skills as well as inspire innovation, confidence, communication, and leadership.

Each year, teams of high school students spend six weeks designing and building robots that weigh no more than 120 pounds. Then, during the FIRST Robotics Competition, the robots compete in events such as basketball, bridge balancing, golf, frisbee, and other sports.

Learn more about Newtons Robotics Programs at:

Also, don’t forget to like us on Facebook for the latest updates on the Jamboree!  Our Facebook page is called “2015 Liberty Jamboree”

For more information, contact Bill SanFilippo, Staff Advisor, at (973) 765-9322 x227 or or please visit

Boy Scouts Honor Community Leaders with Lifetime Achievement Awards

ELIZABETH, NJ – Five community leaders, three of whom have strong ties to Elizabeth, are the recipients of the 2015 Union Lifetime Achievement Awards given by the Boy Scouts of America at a dinner held at the Shackamaxon Country Club, June 4.

Source, full store, and pictures: Boy Scouts Honor Community Leaders with Lifetime Achievement Awards – Elizabeth NJ News