Come Get Trained!

Hi Everyone!

The Area 5 Team will be presenting several trainings in Northern New Jersey Council on Saturday, July 25th, 2015 from 10:00 am to 3:00pm

There will be seperate training for both adult leaders and youth so that everyone can get a full venturing experiance! Youth, we will be training on "How to Run an ILSC in your crew" and  present training on the SOP. Adults, we will be presenting the official new Advisor Position-Specific Training (VAPST) as well as an informal "How to run an Effective Program“ training. 

The training will be held at:1073 Westbrook Road,

West Milford, NJ 07480
West Milford Teen Coffee House

This training is hosted by Crew 289 from Northern New Jersey. So to RSVP please speak to their crew committee chair, Glenn Huber at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 973-570-8654 (C).

Space is Limited so please call ASAP!

Please register # of youths/adults from each crew, and let Mr. Huber know if you will be joining the pot luck dinner.
Important Information: Bring a Bag Lunch or $5-6 for pizza. BYO Snacks Pot Luck dinner after training. Crew 289 will supply the grill, place and bug juice. Each Crew brings enough food and sides for themselves. We’ll share it on 
a communal table.

See the official flyer from Crew 289 here.

Thank you and I look foward to seeing you all on July 25th!

Joshua Sepcoski

NER Area 5 Venturing President

4th of July Update

Hey guys,

I hope everyone is having a fantastic summer, and is having an amazing time as our country celebrates its independence. Also, be sure to be on the lookout for our newsletter, which will be coming out shortly.

The first of the Area 5 bi-monthly phone calls will be held on July 11th at 7:00pm. I would like for every council president and Advisor to be on the call. If you have any questions, or if you would like to submit an article for our upcoming newsletter, please email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Joshua Sepcoski

Area 5 Vice Presidents

Hello everyone,
I would like to introduce the Area 5 Vice Presidnets for 2015-2016:

Anne Shelvin- Annie is the 2015-2016 term’s Vice President of Program.

Christopher Curtis- Chris is the 2015-2016 term’s Vice President of Administration.

Katie Rozek- Katie is the 2015-2016 term’s Vice President of Commumications. 

Christopher Wells- Chris is the 2015-2016 term’s Vice President of Membership.

I am truly happy with the team that has come together. They have a diverse skill set that will be used to make the 2015-2016 term a great one.  
For additional information on each of the officers please go to the “Meet the Officers” page on our website.  
Today I have been updating the website and calendar. The calendar is completely up to date as far as NYLT, Wood badge, and Powder horn trainings go. I also have my VP of administration working to add all the council’s events to the calendar.  
Yours in Scouting,
Joshua Sepcoski
NER Area 5 VOA

NER 2015-2016 Officers


John Zanin from Area 2 has staffed the NYLT Leadership Academy and is a scholar athlete. He is also a die hard Mets fan and his hammock's name is Delilah.

Conor Russo from Area 2 also staffed the NYLT Leadership academy. He's a SCUBA diver, loves Dave Mathews Band and has a fake turtle named Holly.

Sarah Gromala from Area 5 is the outgoing Area 5 VOA President and is going to East Stoudsburg in the Fall for Business. She is also starting a home bakery this summer. Sarah's Region Advisor is Cara Sepcoski, Former Area 5 President from 2012-2013.


A letter from the President Select

A letter from the President Select
"I need YOU to be the next VP"
I would like to take this time to personally thank everyone for their efforts on the Area 5 Selection Call. I will try to fulfil the duties and obligations of the position of Area 5 Venturing President to the best of my abilities.  I will strive to be a good servant leader. I will make mistakes, but I’ll try to make as few as possible. And hopefully with diverse and capable vice presidents from around area 5, we will form a team that will make the 2015-2016 term the best ever.  We will do this through clear streams of communication, bi-monthly calls with all councils, a quarterly newsletter, a new and expanded resource section on our website containing PSA's and customizable fliers, by asking each council to share their best practices, and adding training videos for the new awards available to all councils and crews.   
    I would like to invite all Area 5 Venturing youth to apply for a vice president position. Send your application by May 16th telling what position you would prefer and why you believe you would be a good officer.  I am hoping to have a committee member per vice president.  So, the more applicants the better.  I hope to have all selections made prior to the 2015 Rendezvous.
   In addition, please send a list and any electronic information you may have on any venturing activity in your councils from now until May 31st of 2016 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    We are even accepting articles about Venturing activities for out upcoming  newsletter.
Yours in Scouting,
Joshua Sepcoski