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April 1, 2013

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Young Professional Scouts
College of Commissioner Science
News from the Campin Department
Resident Camp News
Women in Scouting Event
Scout Shop needs HELP
Tractor Rebuild by Volunteers
Training Corner
2013 Wood Badge
Pack Planning Summit
Jewish Scout Opportunities
National Jamboree Patches
USA Scouter Tour 2013
Updated Eagle Service Project Workbook
Venturing Update
COL Eagle Scout Alumni Association
Scout Public Health Day & Merit Badges
Camden River Sharks
Philadelphia Soul
Navy Lacrosse
Estern Mountain Sports

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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


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! 



Young Professional Scouts 

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Young Professional Scouts rolls into the summer with a full slate of events to help connect alumni in their 20s and 30s. If you are interested in attending any of the following Gentleman's Merit Badge Series networking events or other opportunities please contact Mark Saxon at mark.saxon@scouting.org for details about how you can join the more than 100 engaged young alumni living and working in the Greater Philadelphia Area.


YPS 2013 Spring Semester Schedule

  • GMBS - April 17 Custom Suit Design @ Henry A. Davidsen with Bluecoat American Gin (25 Members)
  • Service - April 20 and 27 Comcast Service Day @ Musser Scout Reservation  (Unlimited participation with meals and tools provided)
  • Access - May 2 3rd Annual Cradle of Liberty Gala @ Sheraton Downtown Hotel (Membership Status Determines Participation)
  • Fellowship - May 11 Scout Night at the Soul @ Wells Fargo Center (5 Members Luxury Box)
  • Service - May 15 Eagle Scout Dinner @ TBD (Membership Status Determines Participation with additional mentorship opportunities available)
  • Camping/Service - June 8-9 YPS Service Day/Camping Night @ Musser Scout Reservation (40 members)
  • Access/GMBS - June 17thBusiness Golf Etiquette/Pro Tips and Richie Ashburn Golf Classic @ Commonwealth (10 members)

... Coming this Fall

  • GMBS - September TBD Craft Beer Selection and Brewing @ Yards Brewing Co. (50 Members)


You can also find out more about the group by connecting with Young Professional Scouts on LinkedIn groups.

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.

 NEW THIS ISSUE from the Camping Department...   

  Hart PatchSIGNUP NOW - Cub Adventures at Camp Hart is open and ready for registrations! Year after year volunteers clamor to hear about our Cub Scout resident camp. If you haven't been convinced by one of the more than 150 Pack presentations given in the last 3 months, please don't delay in committing to Cub Resident camp this summer. RESIDENT CAMP is why your Scouts signed up for Scouting!


REGISTRATION LIVE Cub Scout Bait & Bull's-eye Event - Join us either June 15 OR June 16, 2013 at Camp Hart for this great event. Last year's event sold out in just 3 days. Don't delay, register here. 


BB and Archery Range Master Training Dates -Range Masters are able to run their ranges for up to 8 Cub Scouts at a time at District and Council Outdoor Programs. Registrations are LIVE.

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.


Camping Department Reminders 


Camping Committee Meeting Dates - Please note the following date changes for the Council Camping Committee. April's meeting will be held at a breakout of the Council Coordinated Meeting, April 15 at Valley Forge Middle School, beginning with dinner at 6:00pm. The Group breakouts will occur at about 8:00PM. May's meeting has been rescheduled to 7:30pm, May 9 at the Firestone Service Center due to the Cradle of Liberty Gala on May 2. Contact chairman Ted McDonald with any questions.


HOW HIRING: Summer Camp Health Officers - Cub Adventures management is still looking for individuals who would like to interview for a job as a Health Officer at Camp Hart this summer. Numerous professional certifications qualify. Commitment is June 30 through August 8. Contact the Camp Director, Brian Bauer, if interested.


Camp Rental Policy Approved - Over the past few months, Camping Committee members at both the District and Council levels have worked to approve the following Camp Rental Policy for Scouting Groups. Please refer to it as your Scouting group, District, or Council event plans any weekend events in the future. Direct questions to the COL Camping Department.


Resica Falls Logo 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 Option. 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!  


HUGE SUCCESS at Campmaster Training March 21- Volunteers filled the room for our annual Council Campmasters recruitment and training event. We shared numerous resources to help open the camp on weekends and are now working to build up the Campmaster webpage. Thanks to all those who attended. Contact Brian Bauer for more information.


Call for Camping Certifications! We're doing our best to better coordinate the strengths of COL volunteers. Are youLeave No Trace trained? How about Shooting Sports trained? Please let us know!


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

Camp Card sales have officially begun! EVERY CARD the Council ordered has been distributed to local units. Contact your District Executive and Head Coach to manage cards throughout the coming 2 months!



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

                                                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.


Scout Shop Look for HELP  

For more information, email - Robin Crowl


Henkels and McCoy Volunteers Rebulid Boy Scout Tractor  

The Cradle of Liberty Council recognizes the volunteers from Henkels & McCoy in Blue Bell, PA who recently completed the rebuild of a Ford 3000 farm tractor from Musser Scout Reservation (see picture). Thank you for your time and expertise expended on this worthy cause. This is the second tractor that these volunteers have graciously rebuilt for our camps. Both tractors are used extensively for lawn mowing and other preparations as staff and volunteers ready the camp for Scouts.  


If your company or Scout unit would like to get involved with the revitalization of our camps, please contact Michael Oehmke, Director of Support Services at michael.oehmke@scouting.org.


Training Corner - Every Scout Deserves a Trained Leader!   

For all current training opportunities, click here


2013 Wood Badge Training - Registration Now Open!   

For more information on the 2013 Course, click here. 


2013 Pack Planning Summits  

There will be a total of FIVE Pack Planning Summits to choose from this year with breakouts specific to both new and advanced leaders alike!

NOW is the time to prepare for your Pack's next year of Scouting!

Come get all the training, resources, and information you need in one place!


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.


The Mervin Sluizer,Jr. Scholarship Fund was created in 1992 by alumni of Philadelphia Troop 185, Boy Scouts of America, for the purpose of helping worthy scouts pursue higher education. This is a scholarship in the amount of $1,000 which maybe re-applied for each year throughout the applicant's higher education. Scholarship recipients will be selected from active Scouts, click here for application and more information.


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-packet.html


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


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.


Navy Lacrosse Scout Day    


 Join the Navy Lacrosse team for this year's Scout Day on April 13, 2013 at 2pm.  Click here for a registration form.


Eastern Mountain Sports Spring Club Day   

It's that time of the year when Eastern Mountain Sports as a company honors and supports those who are going that extra mile, planting that seed, creating, cleaning and promoting the wondrous world of the great outdoors. Welcome Spring Club Day 2013!


Visit the EMS in Collegeville on Friday May 3rd and Saturday May 4th for two fabulous days of discounts and clinics. Just present a form of ID (BSA membership card, copy of this newsletter, etc.) in our store.   

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