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2013 Continental District Cub Day Camp
Washington District Day Camp
Leaders - 2013 Guide to Advancement
News from the Camping Department
East Greenville Scout
2013 Wood Badge - UPDATE.
Young Professional Scouts
BSA Today Health and Safety Tip
Eagle Scout Council Shoulder
Scout Shop News
Training Corner
Monster Jam
Navy Football Scout Day
Pathmark Perks
Camden River Sharks

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Announcement - Our New Scout Executive

We are pleased to announce the selection of Michael Kaufman as Scout Executive of the Cradle of Liberty Council, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, effective September 1, 2013.

Mike began his career in 1988 as a District Executive for the Middle Tennessee Council, Nashville, Tennessee,where he successfully served as District Executive, District Director, and Field Director.  He was promoted in 1996 to serve the Dan Beard Council in Cincinnati, Ohio, serving as the Director of Support Services, having the responsibility for leading the Finance and Support Service departments.  Among Mike's achievements for the Dan Beard Council were the successful $14.5 million capital campaign, and the design/build component for the development of a long term Boy Scout resident camp.

Council Wide Roundtable

Don't miss the 2013-2014 Scout Year Kickoff!  

 Featuring Free Food, Fun, Prizes, New Recruitment Ideas& Materials, Camping & Training Info, Calendars, the State of the Council Address & more!



Passport Midway (collect stamps for entry to dinner) 5:45- 7:00

Dinner 6:00-7:00 PM  General Session 7-8  Program Breakouts 8-9 



SHINE - Camp Garrison           RAIN - Camp Hart

4021 Upper Ridge Road          1300 Camp Road

Pennsburg, PA 18076              Pennsburg, PA 18076



from 5:30-7:00 for info, deals & giveaways!


Please Register Online Here: www.colbsa.org/cwrt


Don't Forget Your Class A Uniform & Camp Chair!

Summer Hours Change for the Firestone Service Center in Wayne, PA
From July, 1, 2013 until August 30, 2013 the summer hours will be - 
Monday - Thursday - 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
 Friday - 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM 

Philadelphia Scout Shop

Attention:  The Philadelphia Scout Shop is still open at the Marks Building just as it has been and will have all the exciting things the Valley Forge Shop has!!!

Fall Recruitment

     Hope this article finds everyone well and enjoying this wonderful summer. As August rolls around we at Cradle of Liberty look to the fall and our busy recruitment season.

Many of you already have been chomping at the bit and sent us when you plan to have your "Sign up Night" or Roundup or Back to school night or one of the 100000 different names we have for recruitment night. If you haven't please send your District Executive an email of when you plan to have yours.


 If this is new to you, let us know and we can walk you thru this fun process. If you feel your "big enough" please let us know as well. If you feel you can't handle any more kids because you don't have enough parents (everyone?) let us know and we will work with you to get more parents involved.  We are starting to schedule times to go into the schools and talk to the boys so the sooner you tell us when your recruitment night is the sooner we can lock up a "Boy Talk" in school.


We have some brand new flyers, posters, signs, bookmarks and giveaways for new Scouts so sign up for a recruitment event while these great supplies last!!!!

Thanks and as always we are here to serve you so please let us know how we can help.



2013 Continental District Cub Day Camp

     The Continental District held their annual Cub Scout Day Camp at Camp Hart the last week of June.  As campers showed up early Monday morning, they were welcomed by eager Parent-Den-Leaders, Youth Volunteers, and Program Leaders.


     The theme this year was Native American.  Ms. Carol May, Program Director, out did herself again this year, but not without the help of all the Program Leaders.  The campers had the chance to create tee-pees to show their tribe names and what they had learned about their tribe during the week.  Their knowledge of their tribe was also reflected in the ornaments they displayed on the famous Spirit Stick.  The Spirit Stick encourages dens to show the Cub Scout Spirit by singing songs, chants, and cheers either they have found or created themselves.  Each day the winner of the Spirit Stick was decided by a spirit shout off.  Mr. Jeff Miller had the honor of presenting the Spirit Stick each afternoon.


     Each rank had individualized tasks to be completed each day in order to earn a Beltloop, Pin, or Activity Badge.  All Bears earned the Whittling Chip award and even some new Webelos and Arrow of Light earned the award as well!

On the Parade Field, American Indian games were held along with Sports.  At Handicraft, paintings and clay projects were created.  Thank you to Mr. Kevin Crilley and Mrs. Stacey Spizziri as Nature was buzzing!  Campers also earned the Swimming, Fishing, Nutrition, Archery, BB Guns, and Music Beltloops; and the Aquanaut, Showman, Readyman, and Forester Activity Badges; and a WHOLE LOT of book achievements.


     Scouts also had fun with a special challenge.  SPL Gracie Cooper, met up with dens along the trail to time them to see how long it would take to build a tee-pee out of cardboard planks.  Bear Den 1 took the win with a time of 1:36 and each camper received a special bead for their efforts!

Friday morning brought us a very special guest.  Mr. Brett Davis, Troop 108 and Order of the Arrow, astounded campers and volunteers alike when he dressed as an authentic Lenape Indian and migrated around Camp sharing his knowledge with campers and engaging in multiple photo ops.


     During the Friday Afternoon Program, the dens put on skits and sang songs and cheers along with the Den Chiefs performances.  The campers were SO excited to have a visit from Mr. Cannon, who could not attend Camp this year due to having to be a responsible grown up.


     A HUGE thank you to Mr. Jeff Miller, Camp Cubmaster; Mrs. Karen Bieber, Administrative everything; Mr. Kris Kepplinger, Gator driver extraordinaire; and Mrs. Maryann Leary, Health Officer for their participation and contributions at Camp!  Thank you SO much to all of the Parent Volunteers for their time and talents! Thank you to the parents who allowed us to have the best time with your campers for a week at Day Camp! None of this works with any of you!  Oh and one last BIG thank you to everyone for putting up with Carol all week!


          Submitted by Gracie Cooper, SPL

Washington District Day Camp 

This past week we had an amazing group of volunteers and scouts enjoy a tremendous experience at the 
Washington District Day Camp, held at the Bryn Athyn School. We had over 175 scouts attend with nearly 100 youth and adult volunteers working night and day to ensure the best possible program. Our camp saw an amazing shooting range with BB guns, Wrist Rockets, and Archery, capped with a Top Shot Competition. Our Scouts not only experienced a strong Sports, Art, Nature, and Scoutcraft program, but also were engaged by the
Briar Bush Nature Center, Leave No Trace Trainers, The Bryn Athyn Fire Department, The Glencairn Museum, and Ms. Sheila Arnold. Our Scouts fired off rockets, played Native American games, built "warrior shields," baskets, and totem poles, and painted each other's faces in the warrior tradition.


You are invited to check out our Day Camp's photos on our Facebook site (www.facebook.com/washingtonbsa) and clicking on our Photo Albums.

Unami Lodge, One 


          Friday, September 27th 3pm-11pm

          Saturday, September 28th 8am-2pm

     All proceeds directly benefit the youth of Unami Lodge, One and      the Cradle of Liberty Campership fund.

  For more information, click here



                                    Fall Fellowship

                                       October 2-4 at Resica Falls. 

                                       To register online for this event, click here

 Leaders - 2013 Guide to Advancement

I would encourage all unit leaders to review the newly revised "BSA Guide to Advancement" link below. The summary of changes in the beginning is helpful.  While it's a blog, it is written by Bryan Wendell, who is the Senior Editor for Scouting Magazine.  


 THIS ISSUE from the Camping Department....

Cub Scout Fall Festivals 2013

     Come out for a great day celebrating Scouting in the great outdoors. Seasonal cooking and activities will entertain Cub Scouts alongside classics stations like BBs shooting and Archery. Hundreds of Cub Scouts have participated at this fantastic event in the past and plan to attend again this year. Will you join in the fun this fall? The dates are: October 19th, 20th, 26th, or 27th.

This event is for Cub Scouts - at every station all Scouts will participate FIRST. However, your whole family, den, or Pack is welcome to attend and all who register will eat their fill in the Dining Hall and receive an event patch! This event is "Rain or Shine!"


Event Location:
Camp Hart, Musser Scout Reservation
1425 Camp Road, Pennsburg PA 18073


Each day is limited to 250 Scouts participating. Scouts must attend as part of a group or with their parent and be accompanied by adults throughout the event. Scout fee is $20 and adults/siblings pay $5. Click here to register for this event.


Additional questions about the Fall Festival events can be directed to the 2013 Fall Festival Camp Director, Dave LeBlanc. Or he can be reached at home (484) 231-8199.


This registration is for the DAY of one of the two 2013 Fall Festival weekends; October 18-20 & 25-27. If your unit would like to camp overnight the weekends of the Fall Festival events, reserve a site at Camp Delmont or Garrison through the Cradle of Liberty Camping Department. Remember, ground sites and cabins are limited. Availability of sites and reservations can be made at www.colbsa.org


Any question please contact, Camping Assistant Tracy Launders


Resica Superstar Volunteers 

  Resica Falls would like to send at HUGH THANK you to Don Potts, SR and Dan Murphy. Who took time out of their busy schedules to help finish all the beaches at the Richards Arena. Please join us in thanking them for their dedicated service to Resica Falls!

 If you would like to lend your skills to help as we improve our camps, please e-mail John Bickel.  We appreciate any volunteer help in providing the best facilities possible for the Scouts that use our camps!


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.

East Greenville Scout one of 22 to complete Summit SEAL Challenge

MOUNT HOPE, W.VA. - After several delays due to inclement weather, a select group of Boy Scouts from the 2013 National Scout Jamboree took part in the Summit SEAL Challenge in West Virginia. This event was derived from the test that the Navy administers to recruits interested in securing a contract in order to begin training as a SEAL, and was designed to promote exercise and proper nutrition.


Read more, click here

2013 NYLT SPOTS still OPEN 

NYLT is an exciting, action packed program designed to provide youth members of the Boy scouts of America with Leadership skills and experience they can use in their home Units and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others. NEW this year: opened to Venturing, male and female.

Through activities, presentations, challenging discussions, and audio-visual support, you will be engaged in a unified approach to leadership that will give you the skills and confidence to lead well.


Through a wide range of activities, games, and adventures, participants will work and play together as they put into action the best that Scouting has to offer.


For more information and to sign up for this great event, click here

2013 Wood Badge Training - Help NEEDED


2013 Wood Badge - UPDATE


Thanks to all the Scouters who offered help to our Scouter Participant, Brian Woznicki, who will need help and support to attend and complete this year's Wood Badge Course, September 7, 8, 9 and October 12, 13, & 14 at Musser Scout Reservation.


The Wood Badge Staff is still recruiting as we still do not have sufficient paid participants to hold the course. We are in need of 6 to 8 additional sign ups.  If you are a Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity, or Venturing Leader and have not completed Wood Badge Training please consider participating. All of us want to provide the finest program for the Youth in our units. To accomplish this BSA recognizes that Leadership Training is key. Wood badge is the premier training course, the course is designed to fulfill the needs of course participants. Participants learn techniques that make them better leaders, and how to lead groups to achieve objectives.


For Boy Scout, Varsity and Venturing leaders your Wood Badge Training will compliment the NYLT training provided to your youth, Wood Badge will teach you what your youth have learned.


Remember, it is about the youth.


Every Scout deserves a trained leader.


We sincerely hope we get the needed signups by the end of July in order for the course to proceed.


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.

Young Professional Scouts 

Invites you to join us.....   
      Wednesday, September 25 
                      Program will feature
                                                       Craft Beer guided tasting
               Brewery Tour
               Home Brewing Information

Young Pro Scouts

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.


... Coming this Fall

  • GMBS - TBD Insider's Guide to Jewelers' Row and Stone Selection

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

BSA Today Health and Safety Tip 

Be Lightning Safe


Lightning Safety week may be  June 23-29th  but good safety practices are essential all year round.   To find out more about lightning safety, visit the National Weather Service's website, at http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/
.  Also be sure you and your fellow Scouters have completed BSA's hazardous weather training!  Log into MyScouting.org to take this important, free training.  Every trip or outing with your unit requires at least one adult present who has completed hazardous weather training within the preceding two years. 

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  

Just Around the corner..............

 Yes, that is right, just around the corner school will be open again and you will be back with your friends and teachers.  The Scout Shops will be in full swing with clearance sales for your wardrobe including an extra discount, and a back to school sale to get you ready.  For all your friends that join Scouting we have a uniform incentive to take advantage of and the special includes a free patch, their first patch.


Two Days Only!!! 
             Friday, August 9th and Saturday August 10th
Extra 15% off all Clearance items already priced low!!



 Show your Scouting Spirit.  This is your opportunity to stop in the Scout Shops and find all the things you will need for school.   Show off your Scouting adventures from the summer and show all your friends and teachers the great times you had at summer camp and other Pack or Troop events..



For August Promotions ...... click here

For New Items for August ...... click here 



Attention:  The Philadelphia Scout Shop is still open at the Marks Building just as it has been and will have all the exciting things the Valley Forge Shop has!!!

Training Corner - Every Scout Deserves a Trained Leader!   

For all current training opportunities, click here


Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills

     Don't Forget - All Assistant Scoutmasters need to be fully trained by December 31, 2013. To be considered fully-trained, a leader must have Youth Protection Training, Position Specific Training, and Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (IOLS). If you need to take the IOLS training, we have several opportunities coming up over the next several months. Click HERE For a list of upcoming Training Opportunities. Please Note: We will have an IOLS Opportunity in Philadelphia in Two Location on November 9 and 10. This will be a two-day course without an overnighter, and we hope many Leaders will take advantage of these opportunities.


Leave No Trace Trainer Course

     September 14 & 15 at Musser Scout Reservation, for more information click here

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.

Navy Football Scout Day 

Navy Football Scout Day

  • Scout Day - Saturday, November 16th.
  • Scouts tickets just $12.00/person. 
  • Adult tickets just $25.00/person
For more information on how to get tickets, please go to www.colbsa.org/navy_scout_day

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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