The Commissioner’s Corner – Our Scouting Summer

Well, here we are toward the end of August. I trust your summer was enjoyable. Soon we will be starting again with all our yearly Scouting activities. Our council’s Scouting summer has been very active and our camps have been bustling with activities; Cub Scout day camp, the new Wildflower program for girls, Boy Scout summer camps, STEM, Camp Coley, NYLT and the LEDR program just to name a few. Our council’s National Jamboree contingent is back with many exciting stories and experiences and we now look forward to the World Jamboree in 2019. Let’s not forget units back from Philmont treks.

Our council president and myself have also been busy making weekly visits to our camps to speak to Scouts and Scouters. It was great to hear how our youth enjoy the many exciting camp programs. Adults expressed how pleased they were with not only our facilities but how the camps are managed. On every visit, I made, I would hear comments of excellence about our camp staffs. Oh, and the food!!

Every August our council key 4 consisting of our President, George Bernard, Executive Vice President, Mark Tallmadge, Commissioner, Emil Rufolo, and Scout Executive, Dennis Kohl, along with key council employees, come together for a day of evaluation and planning. One of our key topics this year was the new staffing plan going into effect in January 2018.

The conference agenda included; Field Operations, Revenue Development, Camping, Budget Panning, Task Force Updates, 2019-2021 Strategic Plan, Talent Management, and Calendar Review. Sub categories exist in each area and every item is provided whatever time is necessary to review and complete the discussion.

This process has a single important purpose. That is to provide the best Scouting experience to the units and individuals within our council. It is the fundamental element of all our planning and discussions.

Patriots’ Path Council continues to serve a large and diverse cross section of New Jersey. Many challenges are faced to provide Scouting to the 16,000 plus youth and the 5,000 adults we serve. We have maintained a Gold level council for the past three years and have held that distinction for four, of the six years, Journey to Excellence has been in existence. This could not have been accomplished if it were not for all the dedicated staff and supportive volunteers that are part of Patriots’ Path Council.

I know I speak for the key 4 in saying THANK YOU ALL for supporting our council this summer by supporting council activities and programs. It helps us build a winning Scouting program.


Yours in Scouting,

Emil Rufolo

Council Commissioner

Patriots’ Path Council