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October 1, 2013

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1st Philadelphia Encampment
2013 University of Scouting
Scout Shop News
Fall Recruitment Information
Training Corner
Unami Lodge
2013 Guide to Advancement
THIS ISSUE from the Camping Department
Rifle Instructor Training
Catholic Sponsored Units
Catholic Scouters
2013 Jamboree Patches
Join the Movement to End Texting
Internet Advancement
Young Professional Scouts
BSA Today Health and Safety Tip
Cub Scout Day at the Philadelphia Zoo
Lowes Eagle Scout Project
Eagle Scout Council Shoulder
Philadelphia College Hockey
Monster Jam
Navy Football Scout Day
Pathmark Perks

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MyScouting Tools  - Updated

The National Office has recently updated the MyScouting Tools Features at www.my.scouting.org

In this release, members of a Unit Key 3 (Committee Chair, Chartering Organization Representative & Cubmaster/Scoutmaster/Advisor) use the following features:

  • Training Manager - view dashboard of position trained leader status and Youth Protection Training status by organization level, add training, and print member's training certificate(s).
  • Organization Manager - create and manage unit's organizational structure (dens, patrols, groups, crews, squads, committees, etc.)
  • Member Manager - assign functional roles to members in each unit's organizational structure, and manage roster.

Members can also update additional profile details under My Profile without contacting the council or the National Support Center.


Click here to access MyScouting Tools and start using these new tools today!


  To view support materials on these new tools, click on a link below:               Training Manager   

Organization Manager

My Dashboard  

Member Manager

2013-14 Council Program Calendar
Want to know what your district and or council is doing this weekend, then click here to download a copy of the 2013-14 Council Program Calendar

Help Wanted

We currently have several open positions available with our Council. For more information and how to apply, click here


On the weekend of October 11th-13th, for the first time more than 30 years, the boy scouts of Philadelphia will assemble for a special city-based camping experience at the Inaugural Philadelphia Encampment Camporee, located at the Lighthouse Field in Philadelphia. Scouts and scouters from traditional boy scout units, along with a contingent of Scoutreach youth, will come together for a weekend of camping, scout activities, competitions, and overall fun. Participants in the weekend event will also enjoy activities ranging core scout skills and advancement, to archery, first aid competitions, and special pioneering features such as a rope bridge and a working two-story Ferris wheel.      


"The 15 acre Lighthouse Field is a wonderful place to have a camporee", commented Peter Walts-chairman for the event. " The field is been a part of Philadelphia sports history for close to 100 years, it's the ideal spot to host a successful weekend program like this one."


"I'm also happy to announce that we have been able to reconfigure the camping and program areas so that now we can offer registration beyond Triune, Roosevelt and Northern districts to include scout units from the suburban districts. Space is limited, and will allocated on a first come/first served basis, so if your troop is interested in joining us at the Encampment, please go to the website and register while there's still space available". Use this link to register today: https://www.colbsa.org/philadelphia-encampment/philadelphia-encampment.html

In addition to the Encampment, a weekend IOLS program is also being offered, with space limited to the first 50 participants to register. IOLS partipants should also register online using the Encampment link, and an additional $10 will also be assessed at the event to cover other costs for the training. 

Questions re: IOLS training should be directed to Mike Birkbeck directly at by email at: mbirbcp463ddcol@hotmail.com , or by contacting your District Executive.  


2013 University of Scouting 

      Saturday, November 2, 2013 (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM)


This is the premier training opportunity for all adult volunteers!

Do not miss out!


Early bird fee of $20 expires on 10/15.

After 10/15, the cost goes up to $30. Registration ends on 10/22.

No email or phone registrations will be accepted after 10/22.

Walk-Ins will be accepted with the caveats that lunch, a patch and desired courses cannot be guaranteed.


New courses have been added & favorites are returning!

Approximately 50% of the 2013 courses were not offered in 2012!

To learn more and to register for this event, click here

Scout Shop News  

Before You Know It.... The Holidays!

     Now everyone is settled back in school, back to normal but time flies and before you know it, the holiday season will be right in front of us.  Your Scout Shops are getting ready with advance sales that you can take advantage of now to begin scratching items off your lists.  Or if you are looking for items other than camping and shirts, new items are arriving weekly including holiday items, books, science kits and much more.


Did you know.......?

Read More................ click here



The Philadelphia Scout Shop is open for all your needs.  They have the same great sales and lots of camping items on sale you may need.  But you are going to have to hurry.


You only have until October 22, 2013 to visit the shop in the grand old building.  This will be our last day there and we know you will want to say goodbye to all that has been and took place there over the years.  After October 22nd we will be moving forward to new different things for new and exciting events, news, and shopping.  Come on down!!



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.



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.


-       October 5 & 6, 2013 

Location: Smedley Park, Delaware County     

Contact:   Muriel Hons                    murielhons@mhmcinc.com


-       October 11-13, 2013                                   

Location: Philadelphia Encampment at Lighthouse Field    

Contact:   Mike Birkbeck                  Michael.birkbeck@comcast.net


-       October 25-27, 2013        6:00 PM Friday to 1 PM Saturday                          

Location: Nelson Training Center at Musser Scout Reservation    

5505 Upper Ridge Road, Pennsburg, PA 18073

Contact:   Jim Foster            215-519-8695           fosterj@elwyn.org


-       November 15 - 17, 2013         7:00PM Friday to Noon Sunday

Location: Lighthouse Field   Front St & Erie Ave    Philadelphia, PA

Contact:   Jack Coughlin                215-519-8695           captjack@doze.net

Surveyor Wanted  

The Cradle of Liberty properties committee is in search of a surveyor who would be able to assist us in reviewing a 12 acre parcel near Musser Scout Reservation. Our intent is to have a complete survey including drawings of this Scout owned property. If you have the ability and are able to donate your services to assist our team please contact Michael Oehmke, Director of Support Services at Michael.Oehmke@Scouting.org or on 484-654-9226


Unami Lodge, One 

Fall Fellowship


October 4-6, 2013 at Resica Falls. 

Join us in a weekend of service and fellowship as we gather at Resica Falls for another exciting weekend! 

It's important to give-back service to our camps, and the Fall Fellowship is always a fun event that you won't want to miss! See you at the Falls for this fun event!

                                       To register online for this event, click here

Lodge Annual Dinner

January 5,2014

Join us for our Annual Lodge Dinner were we induct or 2014 Officers and celebrate the past year. Non-Members welcome with an OA member. Go to www.unamilodge.org for more information.

 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....

Volunteer Recognition - Thank You Kim!

  The Camping Committee would like to recognize Kim Bauer for all of her efforts as the Cub Camping Chair. Kim has worked tirelessly to bring our Cub Camping programs to the forefront of our outdoor programs, and she is the reason we have great events like Fall Fest, Bait and Bulls-Eye and the excellent Resident Camp Program. Thank You Kim for your years of dedication on the Camping Committee, and we wish you well on your next chapter of your exciting life.


Cub Scout Fall Festivals 2013


Are your Cubs Excited for more adventure this fall? Do they want to shoot BB Guns, Archery, cooking, Slingshots and other cool activities? Come out for a great day celebrating Scouting in the great outdoors. Will you join in the fun this fall? The dates are: October 19th, 20th, 26th, or 27th.


Event Location:  

Camp Hart, Musser Scout Reservation
1125 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/rentals


Any questions about cabin or campsite rentals please contact , Camping Assistant Tracy Launders



CO PE/Shooting Sports Days - Open to Boy Scouts and Venturers!

   If you enjoy COPE and Shooting Sports, or hangin' out with fun people, this is an event you won't want to miss!! Join us at Musser for a fun day of High Adventure and Shooting Sports on November 16 OR 17. In addition to Shooting sports, we will be providing lunch, cooking demonstrations, and other exciting opportunities! Stay posted for the online registration!

If your unit would like to camp overnight for the weekend, reserve a site at Camp Delmont or Hart 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 


COPE Instructor Training

  The COL COPE Committee is offering a COPE Instructor Training weekend on October 18-20. If you are someone that enjoys COPE and teambuilding, this is a great Course. The weekend fee is $25 to cover food costs. Contact Steve Thomson to sign up at sthomson1200@gmail.com


Service Project Opportunities

Is your troop looking for service opportunities this Fall? We have several service projects at Musser that could be completed by Scouts and Leaders, including:

-       Trail Drainage

-       Lean-to Roofing

-       Wheel Barrow Repair

-       Picnic Table Repair

-       Brush Clearing on Dams

-       Trail Marking

Contact Musser Ranger Brian Texter at brian.texter@scouting.org or (267) 416-0724 to schedule your units' service project!


Rifle Instructor Training

A NRA Rifle Instructors Course is being offered on October 12th, 13th and November 2nd 
and 3rd. 


All candidates must attend all sessions. Registration is at nrainstructors.org (location is Green Lane, PA), after registering on line candidates will receive an e-mail with payment instructions (where to send $30.00 non-refundable deposit), times and other pertinent information. The total cost of this course is $180.00. If you have questions, scoutmail4us@gmail.com or Lambert at 610-899-0130.

Catholic Sponsored Units - Please Read

All Catholic Chartered Unit Leaders (Pack, Troop, Crew, & Ship), the Archdiocese of Philadelphia currently requires all volunteers (of all faiths) working with Catholic Chartered Scouting Youth (<18) on a regular basis to attend the "Office for Child & Youth Protection" training offered by Virtus 
To read more and to fill out where and how to register for one of these training events, 

Catholic Scouters 

A Scout is Reverent.


To assist Catholic Scouts in their endeavor to be reverent, four religious emblem programs are available.


Two Catholic religious emblems are available to Cub Scouts:

Light of Christ for Tigers & Wolves (1st & 2nd grade)

Parvuli Dei for Bear & Webelos (3rd to 5th grade)

They are designed for the Cub & parent to work together.


Two Catholic religious emblems are available to Older Scouts:

Ad Altare Dei for 13-14 years old Boy Scouts.

Pope Pius XII for Boy Scouts & Venturers 15 years old and older.

The involvement of a trained religious emblems counselor is required.



An Ad Altare Dei course is being offered on Sunday nights (7:00 - 8:30) this fall from September (9/15) to December (12/15) in Havertown, PA.


For more information or to assist with the Catholic religious emblems program, go to http://phila-ccs.bsa225.org/index.html


For more information, contact Stephen Dominski, at IK-Slop@msn.com


In the Cub Scout Promise and the Scout Oath, we promise to do our duty to God.

All Scouts are encouraged to strengthen their faith by earning a religious emblem.

2013 Jamboree Patches


 There are still some Fundraiser patches $10 and the nine pieces Trader Set sells for $50.  

This link will take you to the order form.    

 Join the Movement to End Texting and Driving in Philadelphia

 To put an end to texting and driving, AT&T launched the It Can Wait campaign, which Cradle of Liberty Council is proud to be a part of. When it comes to texting and driving, the attitude of "do as I say, not as I do" widely persists. Today, more drivers than ever recognize the dangers of texting while driving, but continue to engage in this risky behavior. Originally introduced in 2009, the program aims to educate millions of wireless users, employees and the general public - particularly teens -about the dangers of texting while driving. In 2012, "No Text on Board" pledge day on September 19th brought consumers, policymakers, groups like ours, and companies together to help end this dangerous behavior.


This year, we're excited to help take the It Can Wait movement one step further with "Drive 4 Pledges Day"on September 19, 2013. On this day, It Can Wait advocates will be asking every driver to join us in making a personal commitment not to text and drive - and recruiting others to do the same. To succeed in making texting and driving a thing of the past, we're going to need everybody's help.   


Read more, click here 

Internet Advancement Training Webinar is now available for Boy Scout units! 

Cradle of Liberty Council is now running Internet Advancement training webinars using Google+ / Hang out.


With all the troops are coming back from summer camp with loads of merit badges and rank advancement to award to their scouts, why not take advantage of this training from the comfort of your home!?!?


Boy Scout leaders interested in internet advancement, please email District Advancement Chair Shaun Carpenter at secarps@gmail.com to RSVP your attendance prior to the event. There is a limit of 8 attendees per session, so please select a second date should the first one be filled.


Dates are:


Monday, Sept 16th, @ 8:30PM
Monday, Oct 7th, @ 8:30PM
Sunday, Oct 20th, @ 8:30PM
Monday, Nov 4th, @ 8:30PM

Sunday, Nov 17th, @ 8:30PM


Google hangout interface on Google+ is a free service allowing video and voice chat, file sharing and screen sharing. More information upon RSVP.

Young Professional Scouts 

Young Professional Scouts invites you to connect with Scouting Alumni this fall

 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.

Young Pro Scouts



Th e Gentleman's Merit Badge Series continues this fall Wednesday, November 13 with an Insider's Guide to Jeweler's Row and Jewelry Selection hosted by Safian Rudolph.


Attendees will enjoy:

  • Diamond Selection Primer and Q&A session with Rich Goldberg
  • Networking with Young Alumni
  • Wine, Craft Beer and other light refreshments
  • Discount on future purchase
  • Door Prizes including a Bulova Precisionist Men's watch

Registration will be limited to just 25 participants so be sure to make the calendar. 


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

BSA Today Health and Safety Tip 

Shooting Sports Safety


With shooting sports as with any other Scouting activity, safety is our primary concern -- and the BSA has developed materials to ensure that your council can operate its ranges in a safe manner while offering an exciting program for our youth.  Visit the BSA's "Shooting Sports Safety" health and safety alert issued in June 2013 at http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/HealthandSafety/Alerts/ShootSportsSafety.aspx

Cub Scout Day at the Philadelphia Zoo

Calling all Cub Scouts. Do you want to earn your Wildlife Conservation Belt Loop and Pin?

See the new Treetop Trial? 
Then join us on Sunday, November 3, 2013.

Lowes Eagle Scout Project



During 2012 more than 3,000 Scouts received $100 grants for their Eagle Scout service projects through the generosity of the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation. The Boy Scouts of America is pleased to announce that the foundation has offered to continue its support with a similar number of grants beginning in July 2013. 


For more information, click here

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 

Philadelphia Education Fund/DesignPhiladelphia 

This fun workshop is for classroom teachers, out-of-school time providers, and activity directors who want to incorporate design, art, science, and math into their repertoire.  You or your office provided the information below regarding dissemination and I am hoping you will be able to post this out to your community several times during the next few weeks.  The end date for registration is October 11 and the event will be held on October 16.  


Read more, click here

Disney On Ice 

Disney on Ice- Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia

  • Scout Nights- Friday, December 27th 7:00pm & Friday, January 3rd 7:00pm
  • Scout and family tickets just $18.00/person. $15.00 off the box office price.
  • All Scouts Receive Disney on Ice Scout Patch for attending.

Please contact Rebecca Courter at 215-952-5637 or rcourter@comcast-spectacor.com for more information. 

Philadelphia College Hockey  

Philadelphia College Hockey Faceoff - Penn State vs. Vermont - Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia.


  • Scout Discounts - Saturday, October 26th  @ 5:00 pm.
  • Scout and family tickets start at just $10/person. $2 off the box office price
  • Bring your troop down to present the colors on the ice during the                                     anthem!

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

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
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