hiker statue

Hiker statue at Philmont's Base Camp
near the Logistics building.

Tracking your crew's progress against the Crew Preparation Checklist will assure you have done everything necessary to prepare for your adventure.

2022 Contingent/Crew Selection Process
January 28, 2021 (Tuesday) 7:00pm

2021 Watchu Mountain Adventure Fast Pass certification night
April 13, 2021 (Tuesday) 7:00-9:00pm

Both held at the Patriots' Path Council office
Patriot's Path Council Service Center, 1 Saddle Road, Cedar Knolls, NJ

Tuesday February 9, 2021 7:30pm to 9:30pm - Agenda
(snow date February 16, 2021)
Patriot's Path Council Service Center, 1 Saddle Road, Cedar Knolls, NJ

All adult advisors for each crew should attend.

Each crew MUST turn in applications and deposits for all members of your crew before or at the start of this orientation.  We are assuming all crews will do so, but in the event one or more crews do not, the remaining crews will have the option of changing to a more preferred contingent.  This process is described in detail below, and the main point is this: if your crew did not get its #1 ranked continent assignment, you MAY have the opportunity to change to a more preferred contingent. BUT, if offered a more preferred contingent Saturday morning, you MUST decide on the spot whether to accept it or stay in the contingent you were assigned to the night of the lottery.

The orientation will concentrate on the first phase of the Watchu Experience, from now until September. This is the time to begin building your crew into a team, raising funds (both on an individual and crew basis) for your Watchu Experience and Philmont trek, and training.

We look forward to seeing all of the adult advisors at this breifing. Should the weather turn bad, an e-mail will be sent by 5:00pm advising whether the Orientation is still on, or being postponed.

Scout uniforms are expected at all briefings.

Process to Re-assign Contingent Allocations if a Crew Fails to Submit Applications and Deposits

Any crew failing to turn in applications and deposits (a minimum of 8, divided between youth and adults as specified on the Crew Application you turned in to participate in the lottery to assign contingent allocations) WILL forfeit their contingent allocation.

Several crews in the second half of the lottery likely did not receive their preferred contingent assignment.  If any crew(s) fails to submit the necessary applications and deposits, the first order of business at the Orientation will be to allow crews the option to change to a more preferred contingent/travel dates.  IF A MORE PREFERRED CONTINGENT IS AVAILABLE, CREWS MUST DECIDE ON THE SPOT IF THEY WISH TO CHANGE FROM THEIR CURRENT ASSIGNED CONTINGENT.  Otherwise, they will remain in their current contingent.  Understand that this has the potential to "snow ball" - if a crew opts to switch, THEIR contingent allocation is then available.  If another crew then switches, the second crew's contingent allocation is then available.

Also understand that this is not another lottery - the order drawn on the night of the lottery will be used.  It also is not an opportunity to change your rankings of the five contingents - the order shown on your crew application will be used.  It only is an opportunity for each crew that did not get their #1 contingent preference to change to a more preferred (though not necessarily their first choice) contingent, if one is available.

After going through the crews with current lottery assignments, any open crew allocations in contingents will be offered to crews in the order of the Waiting List developed the night of the lottery, followed by crew submitting Crew Applications after the lottery deadline in the order they were received.



October 13, 2020 (Tuesday) 7:30 to 9:55pm - Agenda
Zoom briefing, not at Council Service Center

January 13, 2021 (Wednesday) 7:30 to 9:55pm (snow date January 20) - Agenda

March 9, 2021 (Tuesday) 7:30 to 9:30pm (snow date March 16) - Agenda

For 2022 Advisors May 15, 2021 (Saturday) 10:00am to 2:00pm
Watchu Advisor Outdoor Skills

June 9, 2021 (Wednesday) 7:30 to 9:55pm (backup date June 16) - Agenda
Bring your youth Crew Chief to the final briefing in June.

All in person briefings are held at Patriot's Path Council Service Center, 1 Saddle Road, Cedar Knolls, NJ

All crew advisors should attend, wearing full, official BSA uniforms (unofficially called Class A), with no "look-alikes" or exceptions.

April 30, 2021 (Friday) 5:00pm to May 2, 2021 (Sunday) 1:00pm
Camp Wheeler, Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation.
GPS coordinates (entrance road): 40° 55.004 North, 74° 46.033 West
or in UTM at (NAD 27) 18 T 519603 E, 4529327 N
Friday/Early Saturday Schedule for all crews
Sample Saturday-Sunday Schedule – note the actual schedule varies crew by crew

All crew members should attend the entire weekend, wearing full, official BSA uniforms (unofficially called Class A), with no "look-alikes" or exceptions.

2021 Travel Dates

Airline flight information will be provided at the June Advisor Briefing.

Depart for
Arrive at
Return to
New Jersey
626 June 24 June 26 July 8
701 June 29 July 1 July 13
702 June 30 July 2 July 14
715 June 13 June 15 July 27
716 June 14 June 16 July 28
717 July 15 July 17 July 29
724 July 22 July 24 Aug 10
High Adventure Committee Meetings, Patriots' Path Council Office, Cedar Knolls
4th Tuesday of month, 7:00 to 9:00pm
September 22, 2020
October 27, 2020
November 24, 2020
December – no meeting
January 26, 2021 (following Watchu Selection Process)*
February 23, 2021
March 23, 2021
April 27, 2021
May 25, 2021
June 22, 2021

Advisor Briefings, Patriots' Path Council Office, Cedar Knolls
2021 crews
Tuesday, October 13, 2020, 7:30 to 9:55pm
Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 7:30 to 9:55pm
Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 7:30 to 9:55pm
Wednesday, June 9, 2021, 7:30 to 9:55pm

Watchu Selection Process, Patriots' Path Council Office, Cedar Knolls
2022 crews - Tuesday, January 26, 2021, 7:00pm (snow date 1 week later)

Advisor Orientation, Patriots' Path Council Office, Cedar Knolls
2022 crews - Tuesday, February 9, 2021, 7:30 to 9:30pm (snow date 1 week later)

Wait List Advisors Briefing, Patriot’ Path Council Office, Cedar Knolls
2022 crews - Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 7:30 to 9:00pm (snow date 1 week later)

Fast Pass Night, Patriots' Path Council Office, Cedar Knolls
2021 crews - April 13, 2021, 7:00 to 9:00pm

Beaver / Badger Days, Watchu Mountain, MASR

Watchu Mountain Adventure, Watchu Mountain, MASR
2021 crews (24th year) - Friday April 30 to Sunday May 2, 2021

Watchu Advisor Outdoor Skills, Watchu Mountain, MASR
2022 crews - Saturday May 15, 2021

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