CLARK — Arthur L Johnson High School freshman Andrew Kamichoff, an Eagle Scout of Troop 310 in Clark, attended a week-long leadership retreat last month that was presented by the Team Eagle Foundation and the Patriot’s Path Council of the Boy Scout of America.
Kamichoff, 14, who is a member of the Patriots’ Path Council Youth Executive Committee, was nominated by Dennis Kohl, Patriots’ Path Council Scout Executive and Elsie Hemmings, Development Director of Connecticut Yankee Council and Advisor of the YEC, PPC.
Leadership Excellence – Direct Results (LEDR) was developed over the past two years as a weeklong retreat designed to give students a chance to explore career/educational opportunities and their leadership skills while connecting with peers on various levels. Fifty young people from 14 counties throughout New Jersey attended this initial program. The one-week camp effort was hosted at Camp Winnebago during the week of Aug. 12 to 18.
This year’s program included:
- Hands-on environmental programs on the Hackensack River
- High-tech medical experiences at Overlook Hospital and Liberty Science Center
- Cutting-edge educational program at County College of Morris
- State House visit w/ senators, assembly members, and governor’s staff
- Criminal Justice Day at the Morris County Jail with first responder demonstrations
The overall goal of the partnering between Team Eagle Foundation and Patriots’ Path Council, BSA was to provide learning opportunities and programs at “no cost” to all youth and young adults that were candidly nominated and accepted. These nominations focused on well-rounded individuals that excelled in school, sports, music, and especially in their communities.
Support for this program has come from various sources, but the NJ County Sheriff’s Association, NJ Elks (especially the Madison and Boonton Lodges), and the Madison Rotary were vital to the development and implementation of LEDR – both as financial and curriculum partners.