District Structure Updates

September, 2017

The council’s new structure will increase the number of professional staff, and significantly change the organization and roles of our professional Scouters.  It will also change who our volunteers go to for support, depending on the function.

The team of professionals serving the districts will include a professional executive who will be the subject matter expert in a specific area – development, membership, program, and unit service.  The role of the membership executive is to be responsible for the effective organization and operation of all youth recruiting related functions, such as; boy talks, recruiting drives, for all the districts in the service area.

It’s a pleasure to introduce the two membership executives for Patriots’ Path Council:

Serving the districts of Black River, Fishawack, and Sussex will be Al Thomas.

  • Al joined our professional staff as a district executive in 2006.  He grew up in Brooklyn, where he was a Boy Scout for only 3 months when the troop disbanded.  Al returned to Scouting as soon as his son Tristan was old enough to join Cub Scouts.  He served as an assistant den leader in Pack 6 and later as an assistant Scoutmaster in Troop 8.  He was one of the advisors on a Philmont trek in 2011.  As a professional, Al was Sussex District executive from 2007-2010 and has been Fishawack District executive since then.  He has been the staff advisor to the Advancement Committee, Friends of Scouting Committee and Community Service Committee.

Serving the districts of Munsee, Raritan Valley, and Watchung Mountain will be Javier Juarez.

  • Javier has been a Scout all his life. He is the youngest of 4. He is an Eagle Scout from Troop 42 in San Juan, and is a member of the Order of the Arrow. He’s been a volunteer in the Puerto Rico council serving as a unit commissioner, district training committee member, and assistant Scoutmaster. He also served on the Wood Badge staff in two courses. Javier has a master’s and a bachelor’s degree in graphic design.

There will be questions, concerns and bumps along the way as we work to implement and refine this significant change.  As we proceed on this journey to excellence in our Scouting program, we welcome your input and appreciate your patience.

Additional details regarding this change will be communicated to you in the coming months through the council’s “Sign’s Up” e-newsletter, monthly round-tables and the website https://ppcbsa.org/districts/district-structure-2017/.  If you have any questions, please email Mark Spaldo at [email protected].

Who do I call if I have a unit related question?
The unit service executive will be the primary contact for all unit volunteers

Who do I call if I have a district related question?
In the first 6 months you will probably call the Field Director for support. As the plan is implemented you
can call the membership, unit service, membership or development executive depending upon your
question.

When will I know who my team supporting the district will be?
It is anticipated that by March 31, 2017 or sooner the executive teams will be announced.

Why is the Council proposing a District Structure Change? 

The purpose of a Boy Scout council is to organize Scouting units, promote Scouting, recruit youth members and adult leaders, coordinate and administer the program, and raise the financial and other resources necessary to support the quality Scouting program. To accomplish those goals, the council works to build and support its units, and employs a staff of trained and motivated professionals.

Over the past year, a task force of volunteers and professionals has taken an in-depth look at how Patriots’ Path Council can improve our development, coordination, support, and promotion of quality Scouting programs.The council’s new structure will increase the number of professional staff, and significantly change the organization and roles of our professional Scouters. It will also change who our volunteers go to for support, depending on the function.

Currently, one district executive supports ALL the functions in a district (for example: activities, training, membership drives, new unit organization, FOS, popcorn, roundtable, DOC and commissioner meetings.) This model gives our district executives 24 major job responsibilities, and requires them to be a jack of all trades. Juggling so many assignments at the same time makes it extremely difficult for them to adequately support our units and volunteers.

How will this change impact our District & Unit Operations?

3 districts in the area. So instead of going to one staff person for all subjects, you will have four staff members with specialized skills and training to help you, depending on the subject.

Here’s how it will work:
We will divide our 6 districts into 2 “Areas”. Each  Area will consist of 3 districts.

Click Here for Organizational Chart
Black River, Fishawack and Sussex Districts.
Munsee, Raritan Valley and Watchung Mountain Districts.

Are we merging Districts?

We are NOT merging districts; we are simply putting them into 2 Areas. This will provide each district with four executives to address its needs. Each executive will have a different specialty, and each executive will provide their specialty to all districts in their Area. The 4 major “specialties” cover: Membership, Unit Service, Program and Development.  In addition, each Area will be led by an experienced field director who will provide guidance, training, and support to the specialty executives. The field director for each Area will also have responsibilities to the district chairman and district commissioner in each of their 3 districts.

What are the advantages of this new plan?

The direct and immediate benefits with this new organizational structure are that:
a. Council staff will become better trained, more focused, and better qualified to serve your needs
b. Volunteers will also benefit from a better trained and more focused staff.
c. Levels of service to units, and overall staff morale will improve.

How will the Council Communicate to the Districts and Unit Leadership?

Additional details regarding this change will be communicated to you in the coming months through the council’s “Sign’s Up” enewsletter, monthly roundtables and the posted on this webpage.

Why are we changing for a traditional DE role to this plan?

The role of a district executive today has a total of 24 key responsibilities. We expect the list will be
growing in the future. This plan helps the executive in a focus area to support three districts.
Corporations have been organized this way for decades and it’s time to change the role of the DE.

Are we also changing the district volunteer structure?

There will be no district volunteer or district boundary changes in the plan.

 

 

 

Org Chart 3-2017
Mark Spaldo, Director of Field Service
[email protected]
(973) 765-9322 x251