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 – 7:30 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.

We hope to see representation from all the crews, posts, and ships!

2018 / 2019 Calendar of Activities and Meetings

Take note of these dates when planning your unit calendar for next year!  Details for each event will be coming soon.

9/16/2018 Evening Rock Climbing
10/5 – 10/8 Sabattis Hike
11/18/2018 VEX Training  &  Meeting
12/16/2018 VEX Meeting / Sporting Event
1/18 – 1/19/19 Lock-In / Meeting
3/24/2019 Volleyball / Meeting
4/14/2019 VEX Training  &  Meeting
5/3 – 5/5/19 AdVenturee
6/23/2019 VEX Meeting
9/15/2019 VEX Meeting
10/20/2019 VEX Meeting

See the YEC page for additional activities and events.

Venturing & Exploring Awards

Patriots’ Path Council is proud to have achieved gold level for the 2017 Council Standards of Venturing Excellence award.


2019 Youth Leadership Award Recipients
We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Youth Leadership Award on behalf of the Patriots’ Path Council.  The Youth Leadership Award is presented to youth members in the Patriots’ Path Council for their leadership and service on a council level. We will celebrate and recognize the recipients at our Youth Leadership Brunch on February 24, 2019.

Charles Foy- For his outstanding leadership to the Youth Executive Committee
Katie Reidmiller- For her outstanding leadership with the Venturing/Exploring Committee and the Youth Executive Committee
Brad Rindos- For his outstanding leadership with the Order of the Arrow and the National Youth Leadership Training Program
Christopher Rozek-For his outstanding leadership to the Venturing/Exploring Committee
Colin Sabol-For his outstanding leadership to the Youth Executive Committee


2019 Venturing Leadership Awards
Venturing Leadership Award for outstanding service to the Venturing program of the Patriots’ Path Council.
We are pleased to announce our 2019 recipients:

Youth Members
Brooke Lynne Dernier
Carson Monks
Adult Members
Marty Foy
Charlean Mahon

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:!forum/venturing_exploring

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

Marketing Toolbox

Marketing Toolbox

Sharing your experiences of the amazing adventures you’ve completed and posting exciting pictures on social media can definitely help to get the word out to your peers. To assist with this effort, a Venturing Recruiting Toolbox has been put together with helpful resources you may need to recruit new members. They are intended for an individual crew member to hand flyers or brochures to prospective members. Councils and crews may use these materials to promote recruitment.

Meet the VEX Officers

Bio Coming Soon!

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.

Bio Coming Soon!

Christopher Rozek has been in scouting for most of his life.  Earning Eagle Scout, Silver Award, Ranger Award and recently, the Summit Award, Chris stays involved in scouting.  He joined the YEC in 2012 and was the president of the VEX committee for 2017/18.  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.

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 the current Northeast Region Area 5 President.  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 16 Eagle Palms and all 138 Merit Badges.  Stephen is a Brotherhood member of Woapalanne Lodge 43 and has served two terms as 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 staff for the 2017 National Jamboree.  He has attended high adventure camps at Sea Base and Philmont.  Stephen is active in 4-H, sports and in his church.  Stephen enjoys helping others and always looks for the next great adventure!

Upcoming Events and Activities

Training Day

November 18, 2018 @ 1:00 PM
Council Service Center
1 Saddle Road, Cedar Knolls, NJ


Award Nomination Forms

 Recruitment Material Request Forms

 VEX Officers

Colin Sabol, President
Jeff Hostak, Committee Chair
Katie Reidmiller, VP Communications

Michael Bittner, VP Program
Martin Szypulski, Sea Scouting Liaison
Christopher Rozek, Immediate Past President
Stephen Rozek, Past President


AdVenturee Photos

VEX Volleyball Tournament