New District Structure

The purpose of a Boy Scout council is to organize Scouting units, promote Scouting, recruit youth members and adult leaders, coordinate and administer the program, and raise the financial and other resources necessary to support the quality Scouting program. To accomplish those goals, the council works to build and support its units, and employs a staff of trained and motivated professionals.

Over the past year, a task force of volunteers and professionals has taken an in-depth look at how Patriots’ Path Council can improve our development, coordination, support, and promotion of quality Scouting programs.

As a result of that rigorous study, at the September, 2016 executive board meeting a new district professional staff organization was proposed, to be phased in beginning January of 2017, with full implementation scheduled for January of 2018.  The proposed new structure was unanimously accepted by the board.

The council’s new structure will increase the number of professional staff, and significantly change the organization and roles of our professional Scouters.  It will also change who our volunteers go to for support, depending on the function.

Currently, one district executive supports ALL the functions in a district (for example: activities, training, membership drives, new unit organization, FOS, popcorn, roundtable, DOC and commissioner meetings.)  This model gives our district executives 24 major job responsibilities, and requires them to be a jack of all trades.  Juggling so many assignments at the same time makes it extremely difficult for them to adequately support our units and volunteers.

Under our new structure, our executives will specialize in a smaller set of job skills, but will provide those services for 3 districts in the service area.  So instead of going to one staff person for all subjects, you will have four staff members with specialized skills and training to help you, depending on the subject. Here’s how it will work:

We will divide our 6 districts into 2 “Service Areas”.  Each Service Area will consist of 3 districts.

        The North Service Area will include Black River, Fishawack and Sussex Districts.

        The South Service Area will include Munsee, Raritan Valley and Watchung Mountain Districts.

We are NOT merging districts; we are simply putting them into 2 Service Areas.  This will provide each district with four executives to address its needs. Each executive will have a different specialty, and each executive will provide their specialty to all districts in their Service Area.  The 4 major “specialties” cover: Membership, Unit Service, Program and Development.  In addition, each Service Area will be led by an experienced field director who will provide guidance, training, and support to the specialty executives.  The field director for each Service Area will also have responsibilities to the district chairman and district commissioner in each of their 3 districts.

The direct and immediate benefits with this new organizational structure are that:

  • Council staff will become better trained, more focused, and better qualified to serve your needs.
  • Volunteers will also benefit from a better trained and more focused staff.
  • Levels of service to units, and overall staff morale will improve.

There will be questions, concerns and bumps along the way as we work to implement and refine this significant change.  As we proceed on this journey to excellence in our Scouting program, we welcome your input and appreciate your patience.

Additional details regarding this change will be communicated to you in the coming months through the council’s “Sign’s Up” enewsletter, monthly roundtables and the website https://ppcbsa.org/districts/district-structure-2017/.  If you have any questions, please email me at Mark.spaldo@scouting.org.