Spring 2016

Why do I donate my time and money to Scouting and Patriots’ Path Council?

There are many reasons I donate to Scouting, but let me first answer why I donate to Patriots’ Path Council. Put simply, governance and fiscal responsibility. Council committees, such as the finance management committee, continually evaluate how to utilize the donor’s dollar to do the most good for the youth and adult volunteers they serve. I rest easily knowing that my donations are utilized correctly and efficiently.

Why Scouting? Growing up was not like today. I had much free time and not being very good at sports, most of my time was spent on the street corner with a large group. You can imagine where I was headed. My parents did a smart thing and dragged me to a Scout meeting. I did not want to go, but after a few meetings I saw that the Scouts were pretty cool. They were self-sufficient and supported each other. What really impressed me was the respect they had for each other and how the older boys passed their knowledge on to me. Needless to say, my friends changed and I spent less time on the street corner. Scouting instilled its values in me. One of my proudest days was when I achieved Eagle Scout.

Scouting has changed somewhat but all the things that impressed me as a youth are still apparent in Scouting today. As a Cubmaster, Scoutmaster and now course director of NYLT I have so many stories about youth development; self-reliant, awareness, compassion, leadership, team support, living the Scout Oath and Law. Some of the most gratifying experiences I have had as an adult leader have been watching a youth conquer a challenge or seeing an older youth support a younger one. I have had the privilege of seeing youth enter as a Tiger Cub Scout and leave as an Eagle Scout. From time to time I run into Scouts who are now young college men. They thank me for the contribution Scouting has had in their lives. Contributing to Scouting is an investment in our future and it is, in my opinion, the best way to make a difference in a life.


The endowment fund has been established to provide perpetual funding to the Patriots’ Path Council from the annual interest earned. The council bylaws allow the use of 4-5% of the interest earned to be used in the operating fund. These funds are used as additional income to the council to support outdoor programs, capital improvements, program supplies, and other opportunities to deliver the Scouting program to the council’s youth.

The endowment increases principal by generous contributions from donors. Many levels of giving can earn a type of recognition. The different levels are James E. West Fellow, Second Century Society, and Presidents Leadership Council. More information about these levels can be found online at ppcbsa.org/give

The endowment is valued at $3,019,220 as of March, 2016.


Current and former Scouts have always felt that Scouting has made a difference in their lives, and now a study out of Tufts University has found that Scouting does in fact have a measurable, positive impact in the character development of young people.

The study, funded by the John Templeton Foundation, involved nearly 1,800 Cub Scouts and 400 non-Scouts under the age of 12, and was conducted over three years. It sought to measure the difference Scouting makes in young people’s lives as those positive changes were happening.

Participants were assessed at five intervals during the study to see if and how character changes were taking place. At the beginning of the study, there was no statistically significant difference in character between those in Scouting and those who weren’t—ruling out the possibility that Scouting simply attracts people of higher character to begin with.

“After three years, Scouts reported significant increases in cheerfulness, helpfulness, kindness, obedience, trustworthiness, and hopeful future expectation,” said Dr. Richard M. Lerner, who led the study at Tufts University.  “In our control group of non-Scouts, there were no significant increases, and in some cases (e.g., religious reverence) there was an observed decrease, which was quite striking.”

In addition, the study found a direct correlation between the amount of time boys spent in Scouting and the positive impact realized—those who spent more years in the program reported higher character attributes. Scouts who were more engaged also reported higher character attributes. And those who attended regular meetings reported higher character attributes compared to those with lower attendance.

“Each and every day we get to see the positive influence Scouting makes in young people’s lives,” said Michael Surbaugh, Chief Scout Executive, Boy Scouts of America. “And while we weren’t surprised by the study’s results, it is great to be able to quantify the impact of the program and show parents the value of participation.”

With Scouting’s focus on providing pro-social experiences, young people are able to build a foundation of positive character attributes that allow them to embrace opportunity, overcome obstacles, and be better prepared for life. You can learn more about the study at www.tuftscampstudy.com/.


The following individuals became a James E. West Fellow during the first quarter of 2016. Patriots’ Path Council would like to thank these individuals and those who made a gift on their behalf.


Eastern Propane and the Nicholson Family            Lawrence F. Rosello
Martin T. Foy, Jr.                                                  Amy Joy Schwartz
Douglas N. Gabel                                                Kenneth F. Schwemmer, III
Harry A. Hansen, Jr.                                            Bill G. Sherman
Edward W. Katona, Jr.                                         Eric J. Shick
Stanley Krieger                                                    George M. Telschow
Kathryn L. Mantell                                                Tristan Thomas
Stephen Minett                                                    Brian Vohden
Kathy Mary Perna                                                Richard Wellbrock
Leo Daniel Redmond, III