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May 16, 2013

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2013 Jambo Visitor and Group Passes
Ultimate Frisbee Scout Day
News from the Campin Department
Camping Department Reminders
Young Professional Scouts
NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award
Eagle Scout Council Shoulder
Scout Shop News
Continental District's 79th Annual Dinner
Training Corner
2013 Wood Badge
S.T.E.M.(Science, Technology, Engineering & Math)
Jewish Scout Opportunities
National Jamboree Patches
Updated Eagle Service Project Workbook
Monster Jam
Pathmark Perks
Camden River Sharks

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Update - Mark's Building
After nearly 10 years of legal disputes, the Cradle of Liberty Council and the City of Philadelphia have reached a settlement regarding the Boy Scout office at 22nd & Winter Streets in Philadelphia.


The settlement involves the Council's professional staff vacating the property by June 30th, and the Scout Shop vacating by October 31st.  In turn, the City will pay the Council $825,000 for capital improvements we have made to the building over the years.


To learn more please, click here.

Updates added to Major Improvements at Musser Scout Reservation 

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 view this page to see what's happening at Musser

We need your help creating our annual Program Magazine 
The Cradle of Liberty Council, BSA needs help creating our annual Program Magazine.  We are looking for articles and pictures sharing stories about resourcefulness and reinforcing the message that a Boy Scout is "Prepared. For Life." Articles should be between 500 and 1500 words, include at least one image (JPEG format), and sent to ariel.baker@scouting.org by 5/29/13.
MyScouting 101: How to Use the BSA's Best Online Tool 

 Many times you are directed to take training online or to look-up training records, but do you know how to take advantage of these great online resources? Please take a moment to look at this MyScouting Fact sheet to learn how to like your online profile to the national server, take training, and research training records

MyScouting Fact Sheet 

2013 Jambo Visitor and Group Passes  

Visitor tickets are now available for purchase online. 


Invite your family, friends, neighbors, and any other Scouts to come and visit this summer's greatest thing ever-the 2013 National Scout Jamboree!

Visitors can do everything that is available in the Scott Summit Center-including BMX, skating, climbing, and zip lines, view all the exhibits, and even attend the Saturday night AT&T Stadium Show. And they can do it all together with you ... if you want them to.


Tell everyone to go to www.visitjambo.org. Here they will find everything they need to know about schedules, pricing, and how to register for their visitor ticket today. It's easy!

 Ultimate Frisbee Scout Day with Philadelphia Spinners  

SAVE THE DATE Belt Loop and Skills Clinic Are your Cub Scouts looking for a COOL belt loop activity? Are your Boy Scouts playing Ultimate before, during, and after their meetings? The Philadelphia Spinners will host a Scout Day on June 22, including a clinic for both Cubs and Boys. Join us at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School Saturday afternoon! Scouts will get lessons from the professional athletes themselves and all Scout families will receive discounted ticket prices. Registration will be available later this month on our website. Contact Brian Bauer for more information. 

 THIS ISSUE from the Camping Department....

Ca mp Card Sale - Tally your Scorecards and Pay! Our sale is now over! 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!


Made Father's Day plans yet? Are you looking for something fun to do Father's Day weekend? Want to be outside? Join us for a fun filled day at Camp Hart for the Bait and Bull's-eye! We have spots available for Saturday and Sunday. Why not spend the day fishing and practicing your aim with someone important in your life?Don't delay, register here. 


Boy Scout Fishing Merit Badge Are you looking to work on your fishing merit badge and looking to fulfill service hours? You can volunteer for the Bait and Bull's Eye Derby! Members of our staff are Merit Badge Counselors and can help complete your merit badge while you also teach cub scouts what you have learned. Contact Mark Davis if you're interested.


Leave your mark at Musser! Last month you read about some of the GREAT stories of improvement at Musser Scout Reservation. Want to get your unit involved? Tis the season to do service projects. Contact Musser Ranger Brian Texter  if your unit wants to lend a hand at camp.


Camping Department Reminders 

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.


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


Cub Scout Fall Festivals 2013 - SAVE THE DATE Your Pack may attend October 19th, 20th, 26th, or 27th. Registration will go live HERE later this month. Contact Kim Bauer with questions: 610-222-0384.


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.


Resica Falls Scout Reservation is filling up quickly.  The Dining Hall option is only available in Resica Falls Logo 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!  


Get your Kids to Camp!! - The Summer is upon us, and it is time to make the final push to get as many Scouts to camp as possible! Outdoor Adventure is the true "Promise of Scouting", and we want to ensure that every Scout gets to a resident camp this summer. Remember, the Scouts that go to camp are highly likely to stay in the program, so encourage your scouts to go to camp. Share your best practices for getting 100% of your unit to camp on our COL Facebook Page!

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

  • 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. Last night he received the award at our Annual Eagle Recognition Dinner, which was held at the Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall, 1301 S. Columbus Blvd., in Philadelphia.  Contact Bob Hayes at (215) 988-9811 Ext 157 for more information.


Robert John

Scoutmaster Troop 3

Hatboro Baptist Church

Eagle Class of 1962 


Eagle Scout Council Shoulder Patch 

The Cradle of Liberty Council Eagle Scout Alumni Association is pleased to announce the

release of a special limited edition Eagle Scout Council Shoulder patch that can be worn by Eagle Scouts. The se special edition Council patches will support the Annual Eagle Scout Scholarship fund. For more information please contact Mark Chilutti at chilutti2000@aol.com or click here to download order form 

Scout Shop News  

May Has Arrived, Big Events are Here!


Made in the USA tees and Baseball cap SALE, click here for more information



Merit Badge Pamphlet's SALE, click here to learn more


Scout shop is still looking for help, for more information, click here


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 -  

Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster Specific Training

May 11, 2013 at Aldan Union Church. 
June 15, 2013 at Troop 84 Cabin.   

2013 Wood Badge Training - Registration Open!   

Your 2013 Wood Badge Staff has been pounding the pavement, speaking at roundtables and targeting prospective participants for the September-October Wood Badge Course. We have spoken to many interested Scouters and answered many, if not all, your questions. We stand ready to answer many more.


The major questions relate to two categories, one how long do I have to make up my mind and two, what about the Ticket. I will answer both:

  1. National requirements state that there must be 32 fully paid participants one month before the scheduled start of the course. This means if we do not have 32 fully paid by the beginning of August the course will not happen. Staff has been through three development sessions preparing to present a fantastic course where all participants are guaranteed a fantastic experience. May and June end the Roundtable season and we will not be around groups of Scouters to press our case for participation. We are asking you to sign up and pay before the end of June so that we can all have a pleasant summer and come back in the fall for a full 48 participant course.
  2. The Ticket, a unique aspect of Wood Badge Training developed by Baden Powell, to have participants practice some of the skills learned at the Wood Badge Course. It is comprised of five SMART goals, developed by each participant to advance scouting in their units toward their personal vision. (S - Specific, M - Measurable, A - attainable, R - Relevant, T - Timely). Each individual participant will develop their goals with the help of the WB Staff and will have 18 months to complete. Each participant will be assigned a Ticket counselor to guide their journey to Ticket Completion. Ticket items are not "cast in Stone" they may be adjusted as a participant's vision may evolve or they change positions within Scouting.

Just think a full course of 48 Scouters, each performing 5 goals to better their Units, District or Council,

Please help us reach our vision to better our Units, Districts and Council by participating in Wood Badge.


The Course will be conducted September 7, 8, & 9th and October 12, 13, & 14th, 2013. The Cost is $250.00. Any questions please contact Gerry Myers, Course Director at 215-815-1865 or thepamyers@msn.com and we will respond.


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


Monster Jam    


Monster Jam - Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia

  • Scout Night - Friday, October 4th 7:30 pm.
  • Scout and family tickets just $20.00/person. $8.00 off the box office price.
  • All Scouts Receive Monster Jam Scout Patch for attending

Please contact Tom McCarthy at 215-952-2935 or tmccarthy@comcast-spectacor.com for more information.

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

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

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