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

2016/17 Venturing & Exploring Awards

Explorer of the Year Award

Alex Benno

Venturer of the Year Award
Christopher Rozek

Venturing Leadership Award
Ken Schwemmer
Stephen Rozek
Karen Rozek

Sea Scout Leadership Award
Thomas J. Handley

Exploring Spurgeon Award
Tony Giardina
Branden Fasano

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
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.

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Meet the VEX Officers

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!

Katelyn Bereheiko joined Venturing as a founding member of crew 885 where she has served as Vice President of Program and is currently Vice President of Administration. She is working towards the Venturing Summit award and completing her Girl Scout Gold Award. She has already earned her Girl Scout Bronze and Silver awards.

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.

Ken Schwemmer started his scouting career in 2006 as a wolf in Pack 188. Over the years in Cub Scouts he earned the ranks of bear, weblos, and finally the arrow of light. It was in 2010 when Ken Schwemmer crossed over in to Boy Scouts and joined Troop 188. Ken Schwemmer would enjoy many camp outs and events that his troop had as well as raising through the ranks along the way. In the fall of 2011 Ken Schwemmer completed his ordeal for the Order of the Arrow and became a member of Woapalanne Lodge 43. In the fall of 2012 Ken would earn the brotherhood honor in the Order of the Arrow. During the later course of his scouting career Ken went to NYLT, NLS, ILSC, and even joined the Youth Executive Committee. Continuing his career in the OA Ken has served as a district representative, Vice Chief of administration, and Vice Chief of Program. These things furthered Ken’s maturity and devotion to the scouting movement. In 2014 Ken completed his eagle project and was also in charge of the annual Black Friday Blood Drive. When 2015 came along Ken Schwemmer was awarded two of the biggest honors in scouting, Eagle Scout rank and the Vigil Honor. Since earning those honors Ken has been awarded a bronze, gold, and silver palm as well as been an active member of the Youth Executive Committee. Ken looks forward to serving as the Vice President of Administration for the VEX committee this year.

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, April 23rd, 5 PM in person annual planning meeting for officers.

Award Nomination Forms

 Recruitment Material Request Forms

 VEX Officers

Stephen Rozek, President 
Jeff Schnebelen, VP Communications 
Ken Schwemmer, VP Administration 
Katelyn Bereheiko, VP Program


2016 AdVenturee Photos

2017 VEX Volleyball Tournament