Patriots’ Path Forms New Venturing Association

As of January 11, 2022, multiple Venturing crews throughout Patriots’ Path Council united to provide for and support Venturers in a fully realized Venturing program, in accordance with Council Standards of Venturing Excellence.

With this need, the Patriots Path Council Venturing Officer’s Association (VOA) was formed. With the creation of a council level board, an initial cabinet of officers was needed to step up and serve. Let’s meet these Venturers!

Serving as VOA president is RJ Bubnowski, pictured, an active Venturer from Crew 890 in Parsippany and Crew 17 in Rockaway. Alongside his roles as VOA president, he serves as Woapalanne Lodge’s vice chief of administration and an active ceremonialist.

Outside of the VOA, RJ dedicates his time as a C.O.P.E. and climbing instructor at Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation. Stepping into this role as president, RJ states, “I am committed to building connections between crews to help each other grow as well as advocate a program for not only Venturers but to all Scouts in Patriots’ Path Council to bring awareness to Venturing, the BSA’s best kept secret.”

Joining RJ are three vice presidents, in their respective fields of program, administration and communication, which create a web of responsibilities that help the VOA put on training opportunities, fellowship events, promotional campaigns, membership resource materials and more.

Serving as vice president of program is Brianna Conlon from Crew 276 in Byram Township. Outside of her duties, she serves as a prominent Patriots’ Path Council NYLT staff member.

Serving as vice president of administration is Connor Neuhaus from Crew 17 in Rockaway. Outside of his duties, he serves as the lodge chief of Woapalanne Lodge No. 43.

Serving as vice president of communication is Daphne Kunukcu from Crew 28 in Chatham. Outside of her duties, she serves as the Territory 13 Sea Scout boatswain and chair of the National Sea Scout Communications Committee.

These four individuals are only a piece of the puzzle, as every Venturing crew president serves alongside them in planning, developing and executing the vision and goals established by the VOA.

On behalf of the Venturers of Patriots’ Path Council, you are invited to join them at their meeting on March 3, 2022, at 7 p.m. in the council service center in Cedar Knolls.