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January 15, 2013

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2013 Pilgrimage & Encampment
2013 Council Recognition Dinner
Women in Scouting Event
Resident Camp News
Campmaster Training
Council Calendar Workshop
Updated Eagle Service Project Workbook
Troop 358 News
In Lincoln's Footsteps Speech Contest
Venturing Update
Rechartering News
Training Corner
Health & Safety Tip
USA Scouter Tour 2013
Gentleman's Merit Badge Series
Program Partner Events
BSA Discover Card
Scout Shop News

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Given the comments and questions received regarding the introductory article in the last newsletter, I thought it appropriate to do a follow up on BSA Cold Weather Camping Guidelines.


The statement that "Cubs are not permitted to do Cold Weather Camping" comes from the BSA-published Age-Appropriate Guidelines for Scouting Activities.  This is an easy-to-read compact chart listing a wide variety of activities and, for safety reasons, the minimum age recommended for participation.  This handy reference should be at the fingertips of all Scout leaders.  Click on the link above for your very own copy.  The last item listed under Outdoor Skills is Winter Camping.


Please understand that Winter Camping, or more precisely Cold Weather Camping, is referring to outdoor or tent camping.  Indoor overnight camping in a heated, permanent structure is permitted and a great opportunity to get those Cubs out enjoying winter activities such as snow tubing, ice fishing, skiing, or snowboarding that may not be available in the communities where they live.  Of course to me there is nothing like hiking through snowy woods on a cold day and experiencing the beauty and silence of the sleeping nature all around.


Boy Scouts and Venturers on the other hand are permitted to go outdoor camping in the winter.  For the ultimate winter camping experience, try an Okpik Cold Weather Camping trek at Northern Tier, the BSA's premier winter camping program.  For information on this or for a comprehensive guide to winter camping preparation, check out Northern Tier's website at www.ntier.org.  I just did and noticed that the current temperature is -11 degrees Fahrenheit; kind of makes winter camping in this area seem almost balmy!

Happy winter adventures,

Dave Bryan




Visit www.colbsa.org often for the latest news on activities, training, and special events.  Don't forget to take a look at the 2012-2013 Program Planning Calendar to help your unit plan fun and exciting activities.  


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2013 Pilgrimage & Encampment   

February 15th - 17th, 2013 at Valley Forge National Historic Park

Join Scouts and Scouters from across the nation as they hike, drive, and fly to the 101st Pilgrimage and Encampment.  The longest running Scouting event in the world, honoring our Revolutionary War soldiers, is hosted right in our backyard at the Valley Forge National Historic Park.  All Venturing Crews and Boy Scout Troops are invited to camp the weekend of February 15th to the 17th at the Encampment.  All Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers are invited to attend the Pilgrimage on the 16th. This year's Pilgrimage and Encampment will be honoring the Women Of The Revolutionary War.


The 2013 Pilgrimage & Encampment will be the "Centennial Pilgrimage," the 101st visit by the Boy Scouts to Valley Forge National Historic Park.  Registration is now open for all Cubs, Webelos, Scouts, Venturers, Adult Leaders, Parents, Friends and Family.

 For m
ore information and to register, visit http://s.colbsa.org/pe.


2013 Council Annual Recognition Dinner  

Silver Beaver Come celebrate last year's accomplishments and help us recognize the distinguished service and achievements of some very special area Scouts and Volunteers.  Included will be the presentation of the Silver Beaver Award to a very deserving group of dedicated Scouters - Jeffrey Aster, Jack Coughlin, David Karr, Mark Kenney, Terry Moyer, Ron Pleis, & Alicia Tryon.  


When:     Thursday, February 21, 2013

6:30pm Gathering, 7:00pm Dinner


Where:   Conshohocken Marriott (Philadelphia Marriott West)

111 Crawford Avenue

West Conshohocken, PA  19428


Click here for the event flyer and registration form


Upcoming Women in Scouting Event!   

Let's Play Outside!


Saturday, April 6, 9 AM - 4 PM

$10pp, BYO Lunch @ Camp Hart

(Click here for flyer)


One-Day Women in Scouting FUN Event

Cradle of Liberty Women in Scouting (COLWIS) was formed to encourage women to get to know each other, to build up Scouting skills and knowledge, and increase the participation of women and Venturing girls in the wide world of opportunities in the BSA.


2013 Summer Resident Scout Camps


Resica Falls Logo Hart Patch Resident Camps in 2013

It's cold out! Is it summer yet? Check out this link for details on the dates Boy and Cub resident camp will be offered in 2013.  Also included are prices and contact information for the summer camping team!



Please note that summer camp at Resica Falls Scout Reservation is filling up quickly.  Weeks 1, 3, & 4 are already filled to capacity and are closed.  Openings still remain for Weeks 2, 5, 6, & 7, but get your reservation in soon to secure your spot.  Please contact our Camping Assistant Tracy Launders with any questions or to make a reservation.


Hot Off the Presses:  Resica Falls Leaders Guide

Attention all Boy Scout Leaders!  Take a look at the Resica Falls Leaders Guide! This guide has all of the program and administration details for camp this summer.  Not yet signed up for camp?  Bet this gets you excited to come to Resica.  Call Tracy in the camping department at (484) 654-9213. See you at camp!  


Campership Applications

Don't forget, to receive a youth campership (camping scholarship) numerous signatures are required.  The Campership Application can be downloaded here.  Don't miss out. Remember, campership money is limited, so apply on time.


CampCard 2013 Camp Cards - How does 50% commission sound?

Swing for the Fences!  Send a Scout to Camp!  Don't miss out on the highly successful program taking the Scouting world by storm.  Learn more here!  


Camp Card Coaches and Captains Wanted - Help units earn 50% commission!

Are you leading YOUR unit with its Camp Card sale?  Can you help OTHER units earn 50% commission on an easy to start (and manage) sale?  Step up to the plate as a Camp Card Captain or Coach! 


Hart Patch Cub Pack Camp Promotions - Schedule one now and earn a $50 Gift Certificate to the Camp Trading Post!

Want to know more about Summer Camp, but don't know where to look?  Look no further.  We want to come to you!  Request a Pack Camp Promotion... now!  What are you waiting for?  Click the link!



Cub Camp Promotion Presenters - Earn $100 to send YOUR Scout to camp!

Have you been to camp and seen the magic of Scouting in action?  Would you consider talking with Cub Leaders and Packs near you about their MANY camping options?  Cub Scouts are begging to go to camp.  Help us spread the magic of Cub Camping! 


Hart Logo Resident Camp Staff Application - Share with future staff members in your unit!

Have you always wanted to spend your summer at camp, teaching the youth of our great program?  Do you know a Boy Scout or Venturer who would be a great camp counselor?  Apply here... today! 


Campmaster Training - March 21st  


Our annual recruitment and training event for anyone interested in joining the ranks of the Council Campmasters is a great night of fellowship and sharing of best practices.  Learn about the opportunities to earn a $100 credit toward future camping events through your service.
Click here for more information.


Calendar Planning Workshop 


Calling All District Leaders and Council Committee Chairs 

Don't miss out on your opportunity to put District and Council events on the 2013-2014 Program Planning Calendar (see colbsa.org/activities for this year's copy). The event will be the morning of February 23, 2013, location TBA. More details to follow!


Updated Eagle Service Project Workbook 


The National Advancement Team has issued two new versions of the Eagle Service Project Workbook on the BSA web site.


A new "expandable" version has new functionalities including expandable text boxes and the ability to insert images in JPEG, GIF, TIF, and PNG formats.  The National Advancement Team is interested in receiving comments that may further improve the experience with this version, email comments to the National Advancement Team.


The older "fillable" version has been updated with some minor changes.


Links to both versions of the workbook and other information for the final steps on the Trail to Eagle are available at https://www.colbsa.org/eagle-scouts/life-to-eagle/life-to-eagle-packet.html

Troop 358 to March in the 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade

Congratulations to Troop 358 of the Northern District in the Cradle of Liberty Council.  They have been selected to represent the Boy Scouts of America in the 57th Presidential Inauguration Parade on January 21st, 2013 in Washington, D.C.  Troop 358 also participated in the Presidential Inauguration Parade in 2009. 

As an active troop of 60 years, Boy Scout Troop 358 is one of the oldest African-American troops in the nation and has produced close to 60 Eagle Scouts along the way. As recorded in the United States Library of Congress, one remarkable fact about the troop is that it advanced 13 Eagle Scouts in a single year!  The troop currently has approximately 30 members and meets every Wednesday at its sponsoring church, Grace Baptist Church of Germantown.  Camping at least once a month to help the boys advance in Scouting, the troop continues to be a place where young African-American men from Philadelphia can gain the Scouting experience and develop leadership skills to become great citizens.

PA Speech Contest to Mark 150th Anniversary of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address 

The In Lincoln's Footsteps contest is open to any high school student who will be in 10th-12th grade during the 2013-14 academic school year and is enrolled in a public, parochial, private, charter or home school within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Students will be asked to submit a 270 word contemporary version of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address focusing on themes such as freedom, bravery, sacrifice, dedication and national purpose.  The winner will be part of the official 2013 Dedication Day ceremonies in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and receive a $5,000 scholarship.


Rules and additional information about the contest is available at www.inlincolnsfootsteps.com.

Venturing Update

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Please mark your calendars for another great Venturing year to come!   

Saturday, February 23 - Venturing Leader Specific Training - Aldan Union Church, Aldan, Delaware County


And of course...please hold the weekend of April 26-28, 2013 for another exciting Venturing Weekend at Camp Hart!


Rechartering News   

Recharter Nights 

Does the thought of rechartering your unit make your head spin?  Have you been asked to help with the recharter process and are unsure what you got yourself into?   


Our professional staff is here to help!


The Cradle of Liberty Council will be hosting six Recharter Nights to answer your questions and provide a more efficient way to complete and submit your unit's charter.  Remaining dates are:


Monday, February 4th -- Firestone Office

Wednesday, February 6th -- Marks Building


Time slots will be available from 4:30pm to 8:00pm each night.  To make an appointment or for any questions, contact Kerri-Ann Buchanan at kerri-ann.buchanan@scouting.org.   


Unit Charter Fee Increase 

The Unit Charter Fee and Post Participation Fee for all local Scouting units and Exploring posts will increase from $20 to $40 effective January 1, 2013.  


This means that the new fee will begin with units that have a December 31, 2012 expiration date (a charter period beginning January 1, 2013).

In addition, the Unit Charter Fee and Post Participation Fee will now be called the Unit Liability Insurance Fee. 


Trying to recharter and can't decide what to do with those 18-20 year old Scouts who are away at college and can't complete training?

Well we have an answer for you!  Have them fill out an adult application and list position code 92 which happens to be College Scouters Reserve. This is a Council position not a unit position and it will keep them active so they can be with you during the summer, or breaks, or whenever they are at home. But it does defer their obligation to complete Position Specific and IOLS Training until they finish school.  


Training Corner - Every Scout Deserves a Trained Leader!   


Range Safety Officer Class - (needed by one Scouter to open Rifle Range) January 19, 2013 at the Firestone Office. This class is for adults 21 years of age or older and will cost $90.00.  To register go to nrainstructors.org and look for the RSO Class in Wayne, PA. If  you have questions or need help Contact Lambert Liebel Jr. at cliebel@aol.com or 610-899-0130.


Trainer's EDGE -- February 23, 2013 at the Firestone Office.  Click here for more information.  


Venturing Leader Specific Training - There are two upcoming opportunities for this training.  Saturday, February 23, 2013 at Aldan Union Church, Aldan, Delaware County (Contact Jim Foster) and Saturday, March 2, 2013 at the Firestone Office (Contact Janet Hunter). 


National Youth Leadership Training 2013 -- June 23-28, August 11-16, September 27-29 & October 4-6.  Click here for more information.


Wood Badge 2013 -- September 7-9 and October 12-14

It's never too early to start thinking about Wood Badge!  Registration will be online soon, including the option of making monthly payments.  As a special offer for the holidays, a limited number of Wood Badge Gift Certificates will be available at a discounted fee.  Click here for a flyer with more information.


Philmont Training Center 2013

The conferences at Philmont Training Center (PTC) are conducted each summer and fall by the various departments and committees of the National Council.  The beauty of Philmont and the outstanding program offered to family members make a PTC conference a tremendous atmosphere for learning, sharing, fellowship, family togetherness, and Scouting spirit.  Volunteers who attend return better trained and further motivated to serve their local Scouting programs.


For a full list of 2013 conferences, visit www.philmonttrainingcenter.org.  To register, visit www.myscouting.org and click on "Event Registration."  


Mandatory Training Update:

  • Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster Specific Training - Now required for all Scoutmasters, and by the end of 2013 for all Assistant Scoutmasters.
  • All Unit Committee Chairs are to be fully trained by the end of 2012.
  • Venturing Committee Chairs are exempt from position-specific training because the training will not be available until 2013.

Health & Safety Tip of the Week:  Outdoor Safety in Winter 


A number of cold-weather activities present challenges to the Scout and leader, such as cross-country skiing, ice skating, sledding, snowmobiling, ice fishing, and snowshoeing.  Essential ingredients for fun include skill training and an awareness of the hazards unique to these activities.  Snow conditions, hazardous terrain, special clothing needs, and emergency survival are important issues for a safe and successful experience.  Be sure your winter outdoor activities always follow the safety guidelines found in the BSA's Guide to Safe Scouting.


For more information on winter activity safety, check out http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/HealthandSafety/GSS/gss12.aspx.


USA Scouter Tour 2013  

Interested in visiting the 2013 National Scout Jamboree this summer?  Why not join tour hosts David and Cindy Cooper from the Cradle of Liberty Council on this first class, 4-day vacation tour through the Virginias featuring the National Scout Jamboree at the grand opening of the BSA's newest high adventure base The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia.  For trip details, please click here for the USA Scouter Tour 2013 brochure.  To sign up, download the reservation form here.

COL Eagle Scout Alumni Association 


Eagle Scout PatchThe COL Eagle Alumni Association meets the 4th Monday of each month at the Marks Scouting Resource Center.  The group gathers informally at 6pm for food, and the meeting starts at 7pm.  Topics and plans include support for the Eagle Recognition and Reunion Dinner in May, a new scholarship for Eagle Scouts, a service day at Camp, and networking events.


Please feel free to join us at these meetings or contact Chairman Mark Chilutti at chilutti2000@aol.com for more information.

The Gentleman's Merit Badge Series    


Announcing the kickoff to the Gentleman's Merit Badge Series and Young Professional Networking Group for Scouting Alumni in the Greater Philadelphia Area

Join us Feb. 27th from 6:30- 8p.m. at The Duke Barber Co., The Piazza at Schmidt's, 1001 N 2nd St  Philadelphia, PA 19123.

Program will feature:

  • Networking with up and coming professionals
  • Complimentary Straight Razor Shaves
  • Refreshments Courtesy of Yards Brewing Co.
  • Fine Grooming and Shaving Technique presented by Master Barber William Brown
Note:  Members in attendance will receive 25% off a future grooming appointment.


Please RSVP if you would like to attend.  This event is open to all Scouting Alumni ages 22-40 who are looking to develop themselves professionally and enhance their careers at extraordinary networking events.  Registration will open online soon at www.colbsa.org.  For more information about this event or information about joining our young professional alumni group, contact Development Director Mark Saxon at mark.saxon@scouting.org.


Philadelphia Soul Scout Night    


Philadelphia Soul Logo Join the Philadelphia Soul for this year's Soulful Scout Night.  The Soul have put together an inexpensive, and let's not forget fun night, and yes your Scouts can also earn a badge.  Tickets are just $15 and includes an event patch.  The post-game event just for Scouts has 3 speakers to help the Scouts earn sportsman badges - coach, player and personal trainer for the team.  Also there will be a fun filled obstacle course.  Call John Tabourn, Manager of Group Sales, at 215-253-4900 X176 or email him at jtabourn@philadelphiasoul.com now to book your troop.


As they embark on their ninth season, the Philadelphia Soul are committed as ever to giving you a unforgettable fan experience on and off the field.  One of the principles the team was originally founded on was making a difference in Philadelphia by giving groups a chance to have a personable experience with the team.  In 2013 and beyond, the Philadelphia Soul would like to be remembered for their tremendous effort on the field and giving you all they had to make your SOUL experience a great one.

Scout Events at the Wells Fargo Center & Tower Theatre   


Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus - Friday, February 15th at the Wells Fargo Center
The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is back with a brand new show, so don't miss out on the fun with your troop!  Scout tickets on this night are just $18 for units of 15 or more and include a patch.

Harlem Globetrotters - Friday, March 8th at 7pm, and Saturday, March 9th at 1pm at the Wells Fargo Center
Bring your Scouts out to see the world famous Harlem Globetrotters when they bring basketball back to Philadelphia next year.  Scout tickets are just $18 for units of 10 or more and include a patch. Also, don't forget to ask about the chance for your group to be a part of the show such as participating in halftime high five tunnels, meet and greets, and more!

For more information or to purchase your tickets for either of these events, please call Stephanie Nassib at 215-952-5637 or email snassib@comcast-spectacor.com.

Scout Activities at The Franklin Institute


Just for Scouts!



Spend the night at The Franklin Institute and join us on a design quest!  Camp-Ins offer unique opportunities for Scouts and parents to work toward the requirements for a variety of achievements. Click here for more information.


Scout Days

Special themed programming days just for Scouts!  The day may include General Admission to the Museum, an explosive live science show, a film in one of our three theaters, skygazing in the Joel N. Bloom Observatory, and a variety of activities to work toward the requirements for badges, belt loops, and pins!


Saturday, March 2, 2012 -- "What's in the Weather?"


For more information, call 215-448-1200.


BSA Discover Credit Card -- Now Available!


What is the Boy Scouts of America Discover® Credit Card (the "BSA Card")?
The Boy Scouts of America Discover Credit Card is a personal credit card with cash rewards on every purchase.  Designed for adult members, volunteers, parents, and alumni to use everywhere Discover cards are accepted, the card is a great way to be rewarded for everyday purchases and support the BSA in the process.

Where can I use my Boy Scouts of America Discover Credit Card?
You can use your BSA Card to make purchases everywhere Discover cards are accepted. You can also use your BSA Card to get "Cash Over" at participating retail locations with no cash advance fees most credit cards charge.

Why would I get the Boy Scouts of America Discover Credit Card instead of using my current
credit card?
With the BSA Card, not only do you receive all of the benefits and cash back rewards Discover cards
offer, but you also support Scouting with every purchase. The BSA receives a percentage of all purchases with 50 percent of this revenue share benefiting local councils. Additionally, cardholders will have the ability to donate their cash back rewards to the BSA, as well as visit a Scout Rewards section where a selection of BSA products is available for purchase with their points.

Where can I get the Boy Scouts of America Discover Credit Card?
The BSA Card is available online at www.BoyScoutCreditCard.com.

What if I already have a Discover card?
The BSA Card is a new product, so you have to apply for it the same way you do for any new card.
Please visit www.BoyScoutCreditCard.com to apply.

What's in it for the Boy Scouts of America?
Imagine 1 million people using the BSA Card every day in the marketplace. With millions of swipes
taking place in thousands of locations nationwide, the Boy Scout brand will be presented to moms and dads, brothers and sisters, who might not otherwise have the Boy Scouts at top of mind. Having the Scout Card in a wallet injects the Boy Scout brand into places not normally reached.

Does the Boy Scouts of America receive any of the revenues?
Yes. The Boy Scouts of America receives a percentage of every purchase. The national council and local councils split the revenues 50/50.


Scout Shop News:  More Fun Yet to Come

The Valley Forge Scout Shop and the Philadelphia Scout Shop wish to thank all those who helped with our special event on December 1st or 8th. The Santa Scout Shop event was fun and full of holiday spirit. The volunteers from Valley Forge Scout Shop, pictured on right, were from Packs 1918 and 170 and are Keegan Fonder, Timothy Launders, Benjamin and Evan Holladay, and Cameron Musser. We thank our Holiday Helper Scouts who helped make crafts, play music and play games. Everyone had a great time.


Even though the holidays are over, the fun never ends and there are many events yet to come for the Scout Shops and all Scouts. Scout Sunday will be here before you realize it. Blue and Gold Banquets and Courts of Honor will be gearing up. Camporees and Klondikes will be happening. The council and district dinners will be on the calendar soon. Many days of training for all kinds of things from leadership positions to staff positions are planned. Then of course, the National Jamboree is moving in fast and is the biggest event of the year. Your Scout Shops are here for all your needs for any event.


Right now the Scout Shops are celebrating Pinewood Derby season. January 12th was Pinewood Derby day when you could bring in your built car, weigh it to see how close you are to the correct weight, and run it down a practice track to see how you would do and what adjustments you need to make. We also had free decals to give to anyone who came in and weighed their car. We will have those decals for anyone who weighs their car through January 31st so you still can your decals to decorate your entry. At the shops you can find and learn about all the tools available to make your derby car look cool and go fast. There are display cases, pennants, scales, several decals, sanding tools, boring tools, presses, straighteners, adjusters, extra pieces, weights, and books to tell you how available in both Scout Shops. You have to see it to believe it. Don't miss out, bring in your assembled car, weigh it, visit the Pinewood Derby section to see everything waiting for you, and get your free decals.


Did you know that the Scout Shops have email addresses? What an easy convenient way to get information on items, sales, and what is happening. In addition, you can place orders through the email to make it easy for you to get what you want without leaving your home and still help your council out by purchasing through the shops. You can place your order by sending all the details of what you are looking for, advancements must have a completed signed advancement form attached. You can have your order shipped for a shipping fee or you can visit the store to pick up the order. Please do not send any personal payment information over the email for security reasons, call the shop to provide the necessary information to complete your order. Include a phone number in case there are any questions about your order, we want to be sure it is correct. The email addresses are valleyforgescoutshop@scouting.org and philadelphiascoutshop@scouting.org.


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