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May 3, 2013

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News from the Campin Department
Resident Camp News
Young Professional Scouts
NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award
Scout Shop needs HELP
Scout Shop News
Continental District's 79th Annual Dinner
Training Corner
2013 Wood Badge
Pack Planning Summit
Jewish Scout Opportunities
National Jamboree Patches
Updated Eagle Service Project Workbook
Pathmark Perks
Camden River Sharks
Philadelphia Soul
Estern Mountain Sports

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 Major Improvements to Musser Scout Reservation Have Begun 


The strategic plan of the Cradle of Liberty Council calls for major investment in the Musser Scout Reservation. The future includes new cabins, shower houses, flush toilets, program improvements and much more. Projects under way include renovated flush toilets near the dining hall, removal of unsafe structures, 7 miles of brand new hiking trails.  To stay up to date with the coming improvements at view this page to see what's happening at Musser. 


To see more improvements at Musser, click here 


Comcast Cares HUGH SUCCESS 

Thanks to the nearly 1000 volunteers who came out to Musser Scout Reservation over the past two weekends!

 THIS ISSUE from the Camping Department....

Early Bird Rate has Past - May 1st was the early bird date for all payments for Day Camp, Cub Adventures, and Resica Falls summer camp activities. If you haven't paid in full by May 1st, your unit will have to pay the balance on our regular camping rate.



Camp Card Sale - THE FINAL INNINGS! Units have over a week left to participate in the ! The final day of sales is May 12, 2013 and by May 31, $2.50 per sold card is due back to the Valley Forge Scout Service Center. Money for sold cards AND unsold cards not collected is due back to council to receive full 50% commission. ALL UNSOLD CARDS are due to council on May 31! Make sure Scouts go out at least ONE MORE TIME before May 12! 


Cub Camping - We need your Scouts to operate! While Resica Falls is currently expecting a bigger and better year than ever before, we need our Cub Scout families to to attend our amazing Day Camp and Resident Camp programs this summer! Over 170 presentations have been given to our 

Cub Packs around the Council and we hope that you go online NOW and register to attend! Even if you cannot pay today, please REGISTER so we plan on seeing you this summer! Contact Tracy Launders with questions about either of these great camping opportunities!


Cub Scout Fall Festivals 2013 - Dates & Pricing After some amazing double-event weekends in 2012, volunteers are ready to announce dates for the 2013 Fall Festivals at Camp Hart. Your Pack may attend October 19th, 20th, 26th, or 27th. Registration will go live HERE on May 15. Price for Cub Scouts: $20, Adults: $5, Siblings: $5. Each day of activities will be limited to 250 Cub Scouts.


Shooting Sports Committee - Next Meeting Scheduled Interested in helping to ensure our Scouts receive access to a strong year-round shooting sports program? Join us at 7:30pm on May 30 at the Firestone Service Center.


Camping Department Reminders 

Camping Committee May BBQ -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. Chairpersons and members of ALL Unit, District, and Council Camping and Outdoor Program-related committees are welcome! Contact chairman Ted McDonald with any questions, and send RSVP to Brian Bauer by May 7. We will celebrate a great year of Scouting in the AMAZING outdoors! **Non-uniform event.**


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.


Out of Camp Cards? MORE AVAILABLE NOW! - Cradle of Liberty Council still has approximately 10,000 Cards on hand that any unit may claim to sell by May 12! If your unit needs more cards, email Diane Campman at Diane.Campman@scouting.org.


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.

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

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


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.

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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!  




Young Professional Scouts 

Young Pro Scouts

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

  • 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 - Service Day/Camping Night @ Musser Scout Reservation (40 members)
  • Access/GMBS - June 17th - Business 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.

 NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award

Robert "Bob" John, who earned the rank of Eagle in 1962 with Hatboro Troop 3 and later spent 40 years as the troop's Scoutmaster was selected to receive the National Eagle Scout Association's Outstanding Eagle Scout Award by the Cradle of Liberty Council. He will receive the award at the Eagle Recognition Dinner on May 15th at the Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall, 1301 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, Pa from 6:00 - 9:00 PM.  Contact Bob Hayes at (215) 988-9811 Ext 157 for more information.


Robert John

Scoutmaster Troop 3

Hatboro Baptist Church

Eagle Class of 1962 


Scout Shop Look for HELP  

The Valley Forge and the Philadelphia Scout Shops are looking to add new people to their staff who are able to work about 15 to 20 hours a week between the hours of 8:30am and 7:00pm Monday through Friday and Saturdays between 9:00am and 4:00pm.  More hours can be had when the manager or full time associates are on vacation or off for other reasons.

All you have to do is stop in the store to see the manager for details and an application or send an email to valleyforgescoutshop@scouting.org or philadelphiascoutshop@scouting.org to request the application.  Call the Valley Forge Scout Shop at 610-989-9626 or the Philadelphia Scout Shop at 215-564-0785 and ask for the manager if you have questions.  We need new staff to start right away.

This is an opportunity to earn some extra funds, to have fun working with people who have the same interest that you have, and to meet new people, learn new things, and enjoy your time.



Scout Shop News  

May Has Arrived, Big Events are Here!


     To best serve your needs, to provide you with a lot of information and opportunities, the Valley Forge and the Philadelphia Scout Shops are busy getting ready for many events. Some of these events include information. Some include free gift cards with a purchase. Some include fun events and prizes. Some include sales and clearance events.   

     Mother's Day is coming faster than you think and we know there are a lot of great mothers out there, volunteering, helping, cooking, cleaning, working, mowing grass, and all the other things mothers do. The Scout Shops will have a special offer from April 29th through May 12th to let your mother know how important and loved she is. During this time, when you purchase a Mother's Day card at the Scout Shops you will receive a free patch. We all like free things and mothers love cards from their children, husbands, friends, and anyone who is important in their lives.   Don't miss out, the offer will be available from April 29th through May 12th.

     May 11th will be an important date. That is the date the Scout Shops will both be holding the Get Ready For Camp event. When visiting either the Valley Forge or Philadelphia Scout Shops you will be able to learn how to choose a backpack, how to size one, and how to pack a backpack. There will be packing lists available for summer camp and there will be events going on so you can see how some things are done. The events will be held in the shops or close by and will be available for you to enjoy during regular hours at both shops.

Continental District's 79th Annual Dinner 

East Greenville Boy Scout Troop 108's Chuck Tomlin and Palm Troop # 79's Joe Brook were presented the James E. West Fellowship Award at Continental District's 79th Annual Recognition Dinner held Saturday evening April 27, 2013.  There can be no finer honor paid to a Scouter than to be named a


James E. West Fellow, indicating that the nominee is in the same spirit and dedication to Scouting as was James E. West, who was appointed to the position of Chief Scout Executive in 1910.  Mr. West worked with the founding leadership of Scouting in America to form the National Council, B.S.A. on January 2, 1911.  His leadership and foresight exemplified Ralph Waldo Emerson's observation that "....an institution is the lengthened shadow of one man."  Those who are recognized by the James E. West Fellowship award will cast their own "lengthened shadow" as they help continue the Scou ting legacy.


     Chuck has been part of the Scouting movement which dates back to his years as a Scout when he received his Eagle back in 1966. He rekindled his love for Scouting when his boys began their Scouting careers starting in 1989. There have been a total of 13 Tomlin Eagle Scouts related to Chuck including his father and 3 sons. Chris, the eldest, is now the Assistant Council Executive of the Greater Philadelphia Council of the Boy Scouts (The Cradle of Liberty Council) and his second Son, Matt, is currently the Scoutmaster of the East Greenville Boy Scout Troop #108 following his father's legacy who was Scoutmaster of 108 from 2001-2004. His third son, Peter, is a Boswains Mate in the United States Coast Guard stationed in Ocean City Maryland. Kudos to Chuck for this prestigious achievement.  


Joe has been a Scouter since he was asked to be a leader of a troop at the air base when he was in the Air Force.  Under past Troop 79 SM George Windish, Joe was his key ASM. Joe played the part of SM many times for George when his business kept him from being at meetings or campouts or summer camp. Joe has also been involved with Unami Lodge, where he earned his Vigil in 2000, received the Dave Fortunato award in 1999 and the highest award a Lodge can give one of its members, the Founders' Award in 2002.


Chuck and Joe have been Scouting brothers for decades.


Training Corner - Every Scout Deserves a Trained Leader!   

For all current training opportunities, click here

   Upcoming Training -  

2013 Wood Badge Training - Registration Now Open!   

For more information on the 2013 Course, click here. 


S.T.E.M.(Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) 

On April 20th and 27th the Cradle of Liberty Council S.T.E.M. Committee participated in the Philadelphia Science Festival's, Science Carnival on the Ben Franklin Park  way and Discovery Day at Clark Park. Members of the  committee ran science experiments on the theme "Is there STEM in Scouting?". Along with providing the experiments, the committee promoted the B.S.A. Nova, Supernova awards, and provided recruiting  information to over 40,000 people at the two events. We were joined by Pack 133 at Discovery Day. Anyone interested in working with the S.T.E.M. committee please contact Craig Lauer at clauer0522@gmail.com 


For more information and pictures, 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.


2013 National Scout Jamboree Patches -  Now Available   



  • The new Tait McKenzie JSP patch will be worn by all contingent and staff members and sells for $5. Jamboree Troop members will receive two each, supplied by the Scoutmasters.
  • The Fundraiser patch is $10, the OA set sells for $15 and the nine piece Trader Set sells for $50.  

This link will take you to the order form.    


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


Pathmark Perks - New Program with COL   

You can help the Cradle of Liberty Council


Register your Pathmark PERKS Card and every time you shop at Pathmark the Cradle of Liberty Council automatically earns 1% of your purchase amount.


For more information and how to signup or register your Pathmark Perks Card, click here

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.


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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