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.

OTHER IMPORTANT DATES
2023 Contingent/Crew Selection Process
January 25, 2022 (Tuesday) 7:00pm

2022 Watchu Mountain Adventure Fast Pass certification night
April 12, 2022 (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 8, 2022 7:30pm to 9:30pm - Agenda
(snow date February 15, 2022)
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 12, 2021 (Tuesday) 7:30 to 9:55pm - Agenda
Zoom briefing, not at Council Service Center

January 12, 2022 (Wednesday) 7:30 to 9:55pm (snow date January 19) - Agenda

March 8, 2022 (Tuesday) 7:30 to 9:30pm (snow date March 15) - Agenda

For 2023 Advisors April 30, 2022 (Saturday) 8:00am to 2:00pm
Watchu Advisor Outdoor Skills

June 8, 2022 (Wednesday) 7:30 to 9:55pm (backup date June 15) - 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 29, 2022 (Friday) 5:00pm to May 1, 2022 (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.

2022 Travel Dates

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

Philmont
Expedition
Depart for
Colorado
Arrive at
Philmont
Return to
New Jersey
628 June 26 June 28 July 10
630 June 28 June 30 July 12
711 July 9 July 11 July 23
713 July 11 July 13 July 25
715 June 13 June 15 July 27
High Adventure Committee Meetings, Patriots' Path Council Office, Cedar Knolls
4th Tuesday of month, 7:00 to 9:00pm
September 28, 2021
October 26, 2021
November 23, 2021
December – no meeting
January 25, 2022 (following Watchu Selection Process)*
February 22, 2022
March 22, 2022
April 26, 2022
May 24, 2022
June 28, 2022

Advisor Briefings, Patriots' Path Council Office, Cedar Knolls
2022 crews
Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 7:30 to 9:55pm
Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 7:30 to 9:55pm
Tuesday, March 8, 2022, 7:30 to 9:55pm
Wednesday, June 8, 2022, 7:30 to 9:55pm

Watchu Selection Process, Patriots' Path Council Office, Cedar Knolls
2023 crews - Tuesday, January 25, 2022, 7:00pm (snow date 1 week later)

Advisor Orientation, Patriots' Path Council Office, Cedar Knolls
2023 crews - Tuesday, February 8, 2022, 7:30 to 9:30pm (snow date 1 week later)

Wait List Advisors Briefing, Patriot’ Path Council Office, Cedar Knolls
2023 crews - Wednesday, February 9, 2022, 7:30 to 9:00pm (snow date 1 week later)

Fast Pass Night, Patriots' Path Council Office, Cedar Knolls
2022 crews - April 12, 2022, 7:00 to 9:00pm

Beaver / Badger Days, Watchu Mountain, MASR
TBD

Watchu Mountain Adventure, Watchu Mountain, MASR
2022 crews (25th year) - Friday April 29 to Sunday May 1, 2022

Watchu Advisor Outdoor Skills, Watchu Mountain, MASR
2023 crews - Saturday April 30, 2022

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