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March 15, 2013

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Membership Survey
College of Commissioner Science
News from the Campin Department
Resident Camp News
Women in Scouting Event
2013 Wood Badge
Jewish Scout Opportunities
National Jamboree Patches
USA Scouter Tour 2013
Updated Eagle Service Project Workbook
In Lincoln's Footsteps Speech Contest
Venturing Update
COL Eagle Scout Alumni Association
Schuylkill Center Scout Programs
Program Partner Events

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Update from Tufts University
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Note from the research team at Tufts University:


We would like to offer our sincere thanks to the Cradle of Liberty Council for their continued support, and to all the families and Scout leaders who have made this study possible. We have been welcomed into your Den and Pack meetings, District-wide Roundtables, and other Council-wide celebrations of Scouting! With funding from the John Templeton Foundation and the support of staff and volunteers in the Cradle of Liberty Council, we are continuing our exciting study of the impact of Scouting on the academic and personal development of Cub Scouts.

The Tufts Team, with the invaluable assistance of Pack leaders, has gathered pertinent information from Scouts, parents, and leaders throughout the Cradle of Liberty Council. We have completed our first round of data collection in January, and have already begun preparing for Wave 2. Through interviews, short-answer surveys, and focus groups discussions, leaders have shared their views about the role of Scouting in the development of character, as well as of the overall impact of Scouting on youth. We have also received thoughtful feedback on how to improve our data collection process. This information will be incredibly helpful as we plan for future waves of this study.

For those who participated in Wave 1, we will be contacting you in the near future about the upcoming second wave of data collection with Scouts, which will begin in May 2013. We are committed to meeting the unique needs of each unit so that participating in the study is as easy as possible. 


For information about the study, visit www.tuftscampstudy.com , If you are interested in getting your Pack involved in the next wave of the study, please send us an email attuftsbsa@gmail.com.


From all of us at the Tufts Team, thank you so much for your support! We look forward to seeing many of you at Scouting events in the near future! 



Membership Survey

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Please take 5 minutes to complete our survey, if you haven't already, by clicking on the link below. Responses are confidential and will be summarized and reported as a group. 

   To ensure your voice is heard, please respond by March 27, 2013

We are currently in the process of a careful and deliberate review of our membership policy. Scouting is a family and we believe it is important that every voice is heard. We are dedicated to the integrity of this process and trust that our 1,400 voting members of the national council will fairly and accurately determine the most appropriate path forward. 


The best way to ensure that your local feedback is received is to complete this survey by clicking here.


For the National BSA survey, you can still get the survey by clicking here to register your email.  You will need your membership ID number to register (if you don't know it the council can help).  


College of Commissioner Science Now Rescheduled!   

We now have a new date and location for the Commissioner College that was postponed on February 9, 2013 because of the snow storm. The College will now be held on April 27, 2013 at the Firestone Service Center in Wayne.  No need to re-register for those already signed up, but for those unable to make the initial event because of a conflict we are reopening registration.  Click here to find more information.

Camp Service Days at Musser Scout Reservation 

Join hundreds of other volunteers at Musser Scout Reservation on Saturday April 20 OR Saturday April 27.  To register for this event, click here



 NEW THIS ISSUE from the Camping Department...   

BB and Archery Range Master Training Dates - Mark your calendars to attend these training courses. Range Masters are able to run their ranges for up to 8 Cub Scouts at a time at District and

Council Outdoor Programs. Registrations will go LIVE here on March 20.

April 6: BB Range Master Training @ Firestone Office, 9AM-12PM.

April 13: Archery Range Master Training @ Firestone Office, 10AM-12PM.

May 11: BB Range Master Training @ Firestone Office, 9AM-12PM.

May 25: BB & Archery Range Master Training @ Marks Office, 9AM-3PM.


2013 Cub Scout Bait & Bull's-eye Event at Camp Hart - We are pleased to announce another opportunity to enjoy a fun day of Cub Scout programming at Camp Hart! Join us either June 15 OR June 16, 2013. Register for the event here starting April 1.


2013 Camp Cards - Swing for the fences, send a Scout to camp!

Camp  CampCardCard sales have officially begun! Support your local Scout unit and use your Camp Card at ShopRite, Applebee's, McDonalds, or any number of other vendor locations! Tell your friends and let's help our Scouts earn their way to camp! Contact your District Executive and Head Coach to manage cards throughout the coming 2 months!


A new addition this summer at Resica Falls will be the opportunity for units to experience our In-Site Dining! Units have the option to enjoy their meals delivered to their site, where you can eat in the peace and beauty of the outdoors. This is a great way to spend quality time with your unit. Click here for more details of this exciting program!




Camping Department Reminders 


Hart Patch

Cub Adventures at Camp Hart is open and ready for registrants!  Sign up now so you can qualify for the Early Bird Discount.  What is there to think about?  THIS is why your Cub Scouts signed up for Scouting!


Resica Falls Scout Reservation is filling up quickly.  The Dining Hall option is only available in week 2.  Every week still has space for our In-Site Dining OptionResica Falls Logo Please contact our Camping Assistant Tracy Launders with any questions or to make a reservation.


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 Falls. Call Tracy in the camping department at (484) 654-9213. See you at camp!  

Ca ll for Leave No Trace Certifications!This 30 second survey will help us determine if there are more Trainers and Master Educators available to continue to spread the word!


Call for Shooting Sports Certifications - If you have shooting sports qualification from BSA BB range master to NRA Training Counselor, please let us know!  It takes less than 60 seconds!


Campmaster Training March 21- 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.


Blue and Gold Placemats available NOW

Need placemats to complete your decorations for your Pack's upcoming Blue and Gold Banquet? Stop by the Firestone Office and pickup as many as your group needs!  They are first come, first serve!


Upcoming Women in Scouting Event!   

Let's Play Outside!


Saturday, April 6, 9 AM - 4 PM

$10pp, BYO Lunch @ Camp Hart

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                                                Click here for to sign up online 


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 Wood Badge Training - Registration Now Open!   

For more information, click here. 


Jewish Scout Campership and Scholarship Opportunities 

Attention Jewish Scouts!  The Jewish Committee on Scouting offers a scholarship to reimburse the costs of attending Cub or Boy Scout Summer Camp.  Please see this document for all the details!  A college scholarship is also available to Eagle Scouts of the Jewish faith who have completed their Ner Tamid or Etz Chaim Religious Awards.  More information on the Henry and        Lorraine Addison Scholarship is located here.


National Scout Jamboree Collector Patch Sets Now Available   

The 2013 National Scout Jamboree Cradle of Liberty patch sets and the new Unami Lodge Order of the Arrow Jamboree flap are now available for purchase.  Jamboree Scouts please contact your Jamboree Scoutmaster to place an order.  The Standard Set of nine patches sells for $50; the limited edition Stealth Set (SOLD OUT) and the OA Set sells for $16.  Click on the highlighted links for order forms.  All prices include shipping.

The 2013 CRADLE OF LIBERTY COUNCIL NATIONAL JAMBOREE Council Shoulder Strips are alsostill available for purchase.  These sell for $10 each and are available for purchase either at the Valley Forge Service Center front desk or from any Scout signed up to attend the jamboree.  All proceeds go toward our local council National Jamboree campership fund. 


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.

Updated Eagle Service Project Workbook 


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


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.  Submissions will be accepted beginning February 12, 2013 and no later than April 1, 2013. 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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Zombies attack at Camp Hart on April 26-28, 2013 .... if you want to learn to survive this Zombie attack, then follow this link to learn more


Training Corner - Every Scout Deserves a Trained Leader!   


For current training opportunities, click here


Health & Safety Tip of the Week:

In-Home Safety Warning - Single-load Liquid Laundry Packets   


The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is advising parents and caregivers to lock up single-load liquid laundry packets and keep them away from children.  Liquid laundry packets are attractive to children because they are soft and colorful and resemble familiar items like candy and teething products.  These items also dissolve quickly when placed in the mouth or are handled with wet hands. Children who are exposed to the chemicals are at risk of serious injury because they can be toxic.  In 2012, CPSC staff have learned of about 500 incidents involving children and adults who were injured by the packets.  Learn more about the dangers of single-load laundry packets at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/390.pdf  Source: USA.gov.



COL Eagle Scout Alumni Association 


Eagle Scout PatchPlease note that the COL Eagle Alumni Association has changed their monthly meeting night from the 4th Monday of each month to the 3rd Monday of each month.  The group gathers informally at the Marks Building in Philadelphia 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.


Boy Scout Public Health Day and Mini Merit Badge College  


Calling all Boy Scouts, Leaders and Parents!  On Saturday, April 27th,the Montgomery County Health Department is hosting a great opportunity for Scouts to participate in The Boy Scout Experience: an overview of public health to earn the Public Health Merit Badge; and in the Afternoon, Scouts will have the opportunity to earn either Medicine or Composite Materials.  This is a great opportunity to get a better understanding of Public Health, while also having the opportunity to earn a couple merit badges.  For more information please click HERE.  Registration Cut-off is April 17.

Be sure to register soon, space is limited to only 75 Scouts!!


Camden Riversharks


Camden River Sharks

What: Sleep in the outfield of Campbell's field, pre-game parade, 200 level ticket,, chips and water, post game fireworks show, movie on video board and a snack, sleep in the outfield, breakfast Saturday morning and baseball clinic

When: There sre four great dates to choose from, see below

       Friday June 7, 2013 at 7:05pm

  Friday June 28, 2013 at 7:05pm

          Friday July 26, 2013 at 7:05pm

          Friday August 2, 2013 at 7:05pm

Where: Campbell's Field, 401 N. Delaware Ave, Camden, NJ 08102

Cost: $25.00

Who: Contact Kim Perno to order at 856-831-0431 or email at kperno@riversharks.com

Philadelphia Soul Scout Night    


Philadelphia Soul Logo Join the Philadelphia Soul for this year's Soulful Scout Night on May 11, 2013.  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 or click here for a registration form.


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