Venturing Exploring Xperience – VEX
Patriots’ Path has formed its very own VOA-like structure called the VEX (Venturing Exploring Xperience)! VOA is an acronym for Venturing Officers Association. The purpose of this structure is to support Venturing on a council level. The VEX is also open to Scouts from the Sea Scout and Exploring programs. By adapting the traditional VOA structure to support Sea Scouting and Exploring as well, we hope to use the VEX to grow and support the older youth programs within our council.
There are a few key positions in this structure, but most of it is made up of representatives from each unit. The VEX is here to support our crews and help them out whenever they need. To do that, we need youth from each crew at our meetings! The representative doesn’t have to be the same person at each meeting, and while it would be preferable to have a crew officer there, they don’t need to be one. There can even be multiple representatives from each crew.
Our meetings will be the 3rd Sunday of the month, 6 PM, at the council service center! We will be planning some exciting events and would like input from the youth in council. Please pass this information on to the youth in your unit.
I hope to see representation from all the crews, posts, and ships!
Stephen Rozek, PPC VEX President
September COPE Day
Come join us for a day of fun and teambuilding activities on Sunday, September 17th. Stay for the monthly VEX meeting immediately after the event. See the flyer for details.
2017 / 2018 Calendar of Activities and Meetings
Take note of these dates when planning your unit calendar for next year!
September 17, 2017 – COPE & VEX Meeting Day @ Camp Somers
November 19, 2017 – Medieval Times Trip
December 2, 2017 – University of Scouting Training Day
January 19 & 20, 2018 – Lock-In w/ Movies & Games & Meeting *
February 18, 2018 – Training Day
March 18, 2018 – Volleyball Tournament
May 4th – 6th, 2018 – AdVenturee *
June 17, 2018 – Chili Cook Off
* Tentative date
2016/17 Venturing & Exploring Awards
Explorer of the Year Award
Venturer of the Year Award
Venturing Leadership Award
Sea Scout Leadership Award
Thomas J. Handley
Exploring Spurgeon Award
The Youth Leadership Brunch is where we recognize youth and adult leaders who have made a difference from around the council. Join the celebration by clicking below to register for the brunch at Perona Farms.
Venturing / Exploring Email List
As part of this process, a Google group has been created. The purpose of this group is to share information and ideas between the various units (crews, ships and posts) in our council. To join, visit:
You must have a Google account to join through the link. Alternately, send a request to join email with your name, email address and unit information to [email protected]
FORUM National Newsletter
The FORUM is a National cluster concept and a friendly way to help Scouting Leaders exchange ideas and programs among our Troops, Crews, Ships, Posts, Councils, Areas, Regions, and National and International organizations. The FORUM is shared by Scouters and Professionals across the country. The FORUM has been published monthly since 2003 and is not an official publication of any Council, Area, Region or National. It is the Scouters and Professionals newsletter. Help support our teenage program by sending the FORUM your stories, newsletters. Council articles, unit By-Laws and questions, to share with others.
The current FORUM and all attachments can be found on the FORUM Website maintained by Scouter Bernie Suess, Web Editor.
The current FORUM newsletter:
The FORUM Attachments
FORUM Back Issues
Area 5, Northeast Region
Web page: http://www.ne5venturing.org/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Area-5-Venturing-338401331620
Northeast Region Venturing (NERVE)
Meet the VEX Officers
- Christopher Rozek, President
- Hannah Lefkowitz, VP of Administration
- Sam Brothman, VP of Program
- Katie Reidmiller, VP of Communications
- Jeff Schnebelen, Exploring Liaison
- Martin Szypulski, Sea Scouting Liaison
- Stephen Rozek, Past President
Christopher Rozek has been in scouting for most of his life. Earning Eagle Scout, Silver Award, Ranger Award, and quickly approaching his Summit Award, Chris stays involved in scouting. He joined the YEC in 2012 and is now the president of the VEX committee. Chris has served many positions in scouting including, Assistant Scout Master in Troop 150, past president and founder of Crew 276, Camp Somers and Camp Wheeler aquatics staff, and Vice President of Program in the YEC.
Sam Brothman is a member of Patriots’ Path Council located in Cedar Knolls, New Jersey which is part of Area 5 in the Northeast Region, and is currently registered in Crew 276. Samuel became involved in Scouting at the age of 5 with Pack 181 and attributes his time in scouting for having helped develop his leadership skills while making lifelong friends.
• Venturing Crew 276 Treasurer – 2016-17
• Venturing Crew 276 Historian – 2015-16
• Troop 81 Leave No Trace Trainer – 2014-16
• Troop 85 Troop Guide – 2012-13
• Troop 85 Patrol Leader – 2013-14
• Troop 151 Junior Asst. Scout Master – 2017
• Youth Executive Committee Member – 2015-17
• PPC VEX Vice President of Program – 2017
• Active Ordeal Medal Woapalanne 43 – 2017
• National BSA Medal of Merit Recipient – 2014
• Venturing Award
• Gold SERV Award for community
• Attended Philmont Scout Ranch 2014
• Venturing Participant 2017 National Jamboree
• Completed multiple leadership courses including ILSC, Mentoring, Leave No Trace, Goal Setting & Time Management, Project Management
• Completed Trainings to include Wilderness First Aid, Backwoods Engineering, C.O.P.E./Climbing, Active Shooter Response and Tactical Trauma Care and, New Jersey State Fire Police
• Plays Percussion, Hand Bells, Tuba, Sousaphone, Bass Trombone and, Timpani
• Brass Captain of Newton High School Marching Band
• Member of Newton High School Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band and Percussion Ensemble
• Student Council
• German Club
• Technical Student Association
• Debate Team
• Andover Borough Historical Society
• Science League
Sports & Hobbies
• Varsity LaCrosse
• Rock Climbing
• Andover Borough Volunteer Fire Department
• Camp Somers – 2014 – C.I.T.
• Camp Somers – 2015 – Water Front Life Guard
• Camp Somers – 2016 – C.O.P.E / Climbing Staff
• Crossed Keys Inn – 2017 – Asst. Garde Manger Station
Katie Reidmiller joined the VEX Committee in January of 2017. Katie joined scouting as a Daisy Girl Scout with Troop 762 in Andover. She went on through the ranks of Girl Scouts and along the way earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. On January 31, 2016, Katie was awarded her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.
In January of 2016, Katie joined Venture Crew 276 out of Byram, NJ., quickly being named as interim Secretary of her Crew, filling an unexpired term that had been vacated. In September 2016, she was elected to her own term as Crew Secretary. She has attended ILSC, Time Management, Goal Setting and Time Management trainings. While a member of Crew 276, Katie has earned her Venturing Award, Discovery Award and her Interpreters strip for German. In early 2017 she was awarded her Pope Pius Religious Award. She has also received 2 Gold SERV award pins. Katie worked at Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation as a counselor at Camp Wheeler. In August, Katie is looking forward to her first trip to Philmont Scout Ranch to participate in a cavalcade with her Crew.
In March of 2016, Katie joined the Lakeland Emergency Squad (her crew’s Charter Organization) as a member of their Cadet Corps. She has been trained in CPR and as a First Responder. Summer of 2017 will find her spending her time in an intensive Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy in Morristown, NJ. While a member of Lakeland, Katie has been awarded 2 CPR Save Pins and serves on the Wednesday night duty crew.
Katie is a Junior at Newton High School, where she has played on the Field Hockey and Softball teams. She is also a Peer Leader, a member of the Yearbook Committee and is active in the Newton High School Chapter of Future Farmers of America. In May 2017, she will be representing Newton FFA at the State Convention, at Momouth University. Katie recently placed 3rd individually and her team placed 1st in the the State of NJ for FFA Career Development Event Meats Identification and Technology. She will compete at the FFA National Competition to be held in Indianapolis, IN in October.
In the future, Katie is looking forward to attending college and earning a degree in Environmental Science. She would like to share her love of the outdoors with others as a Federal Park Ranger.
Jeffrey Schnebelen joined the YEC in January of 2016. He was selected Vice President of Communications for the VEX Committee in April of 2016. He joined scouting as a Tiger Scout in Vernon Pack 283 and completed his Cub Scout career with Vernon Pack 404, earning his Arrow of Light and crossed over to Troop 153 in Wantage. Eventually he made the move to Troop 150 in Sparta, where he is currently active. Presently, he is a Life Scout, Patrol Leader, Order of the Arrow Troop Representative and working on his Eagle Scout project. Not only is Jeffrey active in his troop, he is also a Brotherhood member of Woapalanne Lodge 43 where he holds the position of Sussex District Order of the Arrow Representative. In December 2015, Jeffrey joined Venturing Crew 276 in Byram as well as Explorer Post 234 in Hopatcong.
Stephen Rozek joined the YEC in April of 2014 and served as Vice President of the Communications committee. He was selected as President of the VEX Committee in April of 2016. He is also serving as Northeast Region Area 5 VP of Communications. Stephen joined Scouting as a Tiger Cub with Pack 181 in Andover. He completed Cub Scouts with Pack 150 in Sparta. He then proceeded to become a Boy Scout with Troop 150 in Sparta where he is still a very active member. Stephen achieved the rank of Eagle Scout on December 3, 2013, has earned 10 Eagle Palms, 126 Merit Badges and continues to earn more with the vision of earning all of them. Stephen is a Brotherhood member of Woapalanne Lodge 43 and currently the Treasurer. He is a member of the Corps of Discovery. Stephen also has various trainings such as NYLT, ILSC, CPR & First Aid. He is a founding member of Crew 276, and he has earned the Arts and Hobbies, Sports, Outdoor and Religious Life Bronze Awards, the Venturing Gold award and the Venturing Silver Award. Stephen has served on staff as MASR and will be serving on staff for the 2017 National Jamboree. He went to Sea Base this summer for the second time and will be going to Philmont in 2017. Stephen is active in 4-H, sports and in his church. He is currently a 16 year old homeschooled junior. Stephen enjoys helping others and always looks for the next great adventure!
Law Explorer Post Seeks New Members
Explorer Post 629 looks to engage and enable males and females to learn and practice various skills in fields of law. Anyone age 14-20 is welcome to join. An interest night will be held on Friday (usually each week) from 6-8pm. More details can be found here.
More training courses coming soon!
Upcoming Events and Activities
Next VEX Meeting
Sunday, June 18th, 6 PM
Conference dial-in number:
Participant access code:
Award Nomination Forms
Recruitment Material Request Forms
Christopher Rozek, President
Katie Reidmiller, VP Communications
Hannah Lefkowitz, VP Administration
Sam Brothman, VP Program
Jeff Schnebelen, Exploring Liaison
Martin Szypulski, Sea Scouting Liaison
Stephen Rozek, Past President