New District Structure

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

September, 2017

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 include a professional executive who will be the subject matter expert in a specific area – development, membership, program, and unit service.  The role of the membership executive is to be responsible for the effective organization and operation of all youth recruiting related functions, such as; boy talks, recruiting drives, for all the districts in the service area.

It’s a pleasure to introduce the two membership executives for Patriots’ Path Council:

Serving the districts of Black River, Fishawack, and Sussex will be Al Thomas.

  • Al joined our professional staff as a district executive in 2006.  He grew up in Brooklyn, where he was a Boy Scout for only 3 months when the troop disbanded.  Al returned to Scouting as soon as his son Tristan was old enough to join Cub Scouts.  He served as an assistant den leader in Pack 6 and later as an assistant Scoutmaster in Troop 8.  He was one of the advisors on a Philmont trek in 2011.  As a professional, Al was Sussex District executive from 2007-2010 and has been Fishawack District executive since then.  He has been the staff advisor to the Advancement Committee, Friends of Scouting Committee and Community Service Committee.

Serving the districts of Munsee, Raritan Valley, and Watchung Mountain will be Javier Juarez.

  • Javier has been a Scout all his life. He is the youngest of 4. He is an Eagle Scout from Troop 42 in San Juan, and is a member of the Order of the Arrow. He’s been a volunteer in the Puerto Rico council serving as a unit commissioner, district training committee member, and assistant Scoutmaster. He also served on the Wood Badge staff in two courses. Javier has a master’s and a bachelor’s degree in graphic design.

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” e-newsletter, monthly round-tables and the website  If you have any questions, please email Mark Spaldo at