Monthly Archives: April 2017

New District Structure – Staffing Plan to Support New Structure, Effective January 1, 2018

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.
The team of professionals serving the districts will be led by a field director. The role of the field director is to supervise and give guidance and leadership to professionals that are part of the service area team. This team includes membership, unit service, and program professionals, who service all the districts in the service area. The field director is also responsible for the leadership of the Journey to Excellence objectives for all the districts in the service area and will work directly with the district chairmen, district commissioners, and nominations, publicity and health and safety committee chairmen.

Please check out the full document.

2017 Abilities Digest Spring Issue

Please check out the 2017 Spring Issue of Abilities Digest. We hope you will find it helpful.

The following articles are included in this issue:

  • Adapting Activities
  • Awareness Events
  • Enhancing Awareness
  • Adapting Advancements
  • Recognizing Abilities
  • A Peek Ahead
  • Helpful Links


It’s not too late to begin making plans for the Summer of 2018. There are openings for 2 full crews for Philmont 2018. A crew consists of 12 crew members – 8 or 9 youth and 3 or 4 adults. The travel dates are June 28 – July 12, 2018 or July 11 – July 24, 2018.  The approximate cost for the trip is $2,270. Below is the link to the crew application.

CAMP COLEY OPEN HOUSE ~ April 22, 2017

Don’t miss the annual Camp COLEY open house! Come meet Camp COLEY staff, leaders & CITs and enjoy a great day of food & fun.  There will be lots of Super Hero activities for the kids and a camp tour with a Q&A session for the adults. The day concludes with a BBQ and s’mores!!

Camp COLEY is a week-long resident camp open to all boys and girls entering grades 3-12 in the fall. The Open House takes place Saturday, April 22 from 2 pm to 6 pm at Camp Somers.  Register now and bring a friend to share the fun!



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The Commissioner’s Corner

Why do we need commissioners?

I had the privilege of being newly elected as council commissioner of Patriots’ Path Council at the annual meeting this past February 27.  It is my honor to serve for the next three years and I will do my best to work with our council to continue the excellent programs for all youth.

So you get to know me better, here is my Scouting career.

I am an Eagle Scout and have been involved in Scouting for over 35 years. I am married and have two adult sons who are Eagles. I have served as a den leader, Webelos leader, Cubmaster, assistant Scoutmaster and Scoutmaster. I have served as council vice president of finance and sit on various council committees and task forces. I am Wood Badge trained. I have been a Scoutmaster for several years in the council’s National Youth Leadership Training program and served as course director for the past two years. My goal is to once a month write a column for the newsletter on various topics. I invite you to send me your comments and questions and I will do my best to respond. Below is my email contact.

At the council annual meeting, a good Scouting friend of mine jokingly asked “Why do we need a council commissioner?” A good question. I will ask one better…why do we need any commissioners?

I think we can all agree that each unit has its own character. Some units work very well, some not so well. Some have much adult support, some have no or little support. Some have extensive programs, some have a small amount of program. When Scouting first started in America it was understaffed. There were no Scouting professionals outside the national office. Volunteers, then known as commissioners, helped start, register, and serve units. This continues today as the function of the volunteer unit commissioner (UC) is to do whatever it takes to help units succeed.

The UC’s most important role is to be a friend to the unit leadership. They’re not a spy for the council, or there to tell you what to do. Rather they use their knowledge and resources to support the unit in providing a quality, correct Scouting program. UCs use the EDGE (explain, demonstrate, guide, enable) method to support units needing any help. Some units may feel they do not need a UC, but I believe at some point even the most successful units will benefit having a relationship with their UC. Problems can arise with a parent or a uniformed adult or between the youth. Issues with membership or training can weigh heavily on a unit leader working to provide a quality program. UCs can be supportive of all these things. Remember the UC is the unit’s access to the district and council level volunteers and professional staff. They have direct and indirect access to numerous individuals that have years of experience. They can provide guidance and suggestions that may save time and energy not to mention a sense that the unit leader is not alone to deal with any issue.

The UC is also the pipeline to the district, providing information on how the units are doing. Ideas are shared and important concerns such as Youth Protection training are addressed. Information then flows  up to council and this is how I can get a reading on our council programs. As a member of the council key 3, I represent all uniformed Scouts and leaders. My voice is your voice and I can speak to council strategic goals concerning program, operations, and membership. The most important thing for me is to ensure our youth are receiving the best Scouting program we can offer. As a good friend of mine always says, “Scouting occurs at the unit level.” The UC is my ambassador to your unit. It all starts with them. The commissioner core plays a vital role in supporting a great Scouting program at all levels.

By the way we can always use more UCs.

Next month J.T.E.

Yours in Scouting,

Emil Rufolo


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Tour and Activity Plan Terminated

A cross-functional team (at the National level) has completed an evaluation of the BSA’s Tour and Activity Plan, resulting in a recommendation to terminate the plan effective April 1, 2017.

Please take an opportunity to check out the FAQ’s.

CUB SCOUT EXPO at the Tradeshow of Scouting!

Don’t Miss the Inaugural CUB SCOUT EXPO
at the Tradeshow of Scouting!

June 5, 2017
5:45 pm to 9:00 pm

Birchwood Manor • Whippany, NJ

For the first time we are bringing together and providing you easy access to all your Cub Scout resources – both council resources and vendor resources – in one location.

Get everything you need in one evening whether you are a parent who is new to Scouting (or thinking about registering a child), or a den leader/Cubmaster looking for ideas, inspiration and information. We can help you plan an outstanding year for your Cub Scouts!

Don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity! Register for the Tradeshow of Scouting now using this link or scan the QR code below.


Scouts Day at One World Observatory

Come SEE FOREVER at One World Observatory. Start at the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, where you can truly feel the city’s invincible spirit! The package includes a Limited Edition OWO Scout Patch and a ticket to the Observatory.

Scouts of all ages are invited to this fun and educational outing at the top of the world on April 22nd and May 13th.

To purchase, call (212) 602-4063 or email .


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