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December 1, 2013

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Merit Badge College and Counselors
Golden-winged Warble
Scout Shop
Young Professional Scouts
Venturing Leadership Award
THIS ISSUE from the Camping Department
Pilgrimage and Encampment
Training Corner
Scouts helping Philadelphia
Unami Lodge
Heroism Award
2013 Guide to Advancement
Hope Lodge
Catholic Sponsored Units
Join the Movement to End Texting
BSA Today Health and Safety Tip
Lowes Eagle Scout Project
Eagle Scout Council Shoulder
2013 Jamboree Patches
Philadelphia Belt Loop
Flyers Scout Suite Special
Disney On Ice

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2013-14 Training Requirements

Beginning in December 2013, all Assistant Scoutmasters and Assistant Venturing Crew Advisors must complete their basic training or they will not be registered in that position.  Assistant Scoutmasters and Assistant Venturing Crew Advisors age 21 and older can register and function as a member of the Troop or Crew Committee if they choose to not complete the training. 


To read more, click here

BSA Membership Increase

Top leadership from Scouting Councils across the nation gathered together during the last week of August at an annual meeting to discuss relevant matters facing the Scouting Movement.  Among these topics were improving volunteer resources and program development.  The National Council of the Boy Scouts of America has been working to create tools and resources aimed at enabling volunteers to better organize and operate strong, healthy units, as well as preserving Scouting's relevancy for the next 100 years.  Some of these advancements are: 


For more information, click here

Cradle of Liberty Merit Badge College and Counselors

Cradle of Liberty is holding its first Council Wide Merit Badge College on Saturdays February 22 and March 15, 2014 at the Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades on RT 352 near the Granite Run Mall. A scout can earn up to four Merit Badges by completing pre-requisites in advance of the first session, completing additional requirements between the two sessions, and of course by attending and participating in the two Saturday class sessions. Forty two badges are being offered (Click on this link to see the flyer) including seven Eagle Required Badges, many STEM badges, and other seldom offered badges. There is a limit of 280 scouts and registration starts December 1, 2013 so use this link to get to registration today. Be flexible with your selections as some badges will reach the limit of 20 scouts to a class quickly. The cost is ten dollars per scout and you will need to bring a bag lunch.


              To register for this event, click here


Calling all Merit Badge Counselors


We need ten additional Counselors to staff our upcoming MB College (see announcement above). If you are free those two Saturdays and are a Counselor for Astronomy, Emergency Preparedness, Energy, First Aid, Genealogy, Public Speaking, Pulp and Paper, Space Exploration, Weather, or Welding, please contact Steve Perrone (Sperrone@ppciga.org)


 Boy Scouts Awarded Grant to protect Golden-winged Warbler

     WAYNE, PA (October 8, 2013) - The Cradle of Liberty Council of the Boy Scouts of America has been awarded a federal conservation grant through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) to create and improve the habitat for the golden-winged warbler, an at-risk species, at its Resica Falls Scout Camp in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

     The golden-winged warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera) is a migratory species that breeds in the Northeastern United States, preferring early successional habitats for nesting. The vast forested lands, grasslands, and forb-rich landscape of the Appalachian Mountains was once considered a population stronghold for the golden-winged warbler. Today, however, the population is at risk to be listed as an endangered species. Recently-abandoned farm fields and clear-cuts are ideal habitats; however, they do not last long, and the warbler often quickly disappears from an area. 

     To read more, click here

Scout Shop - Celebrations of All Kinds!!


Celebrate Christmas, celebrate New Years, and celebrate Scouting with the Pinewood Derby Event.  The Scout Shop will have a drawing for a 4 foot stocking filled with Scouting gear on December 13th, the Scout Shop will be celebrating the new year with a new markdown madness event,  and you can get help with your Pinewood Derby car at workshops and weigh ins  January 11th.



Read more...... click here

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



and Coming in 2014...

  • Return to Resica Falls Camping and Service Trip
  • Advanced Firearms and Urban Defense Training
  • Social Networking for Professionals
  • ...and more

You can also find out more about the group by connecting with Young Professional Scouts on LinkedIn groups and visiting our Facebook Page.


Nominations sought for Venturing Leadership Award

The Venturing Leadership Award Committee is seeking nominations for youth who have made exceptional contributions to Venturing and who exemplify the Venturing Code and Oath.


To be eligible for consideration for this award, a nominee must:


.        Be registered and involved as a Venturer for at least one year.


.        Be a youth member when nominated for the award.


.        Hold a leadership position or an office at the unit, district,

council level.


.        Show exceptional dedication and give outstanding leadership and

service to Venturing and to Venturers.


Nominations must be accompanied by two or three letters of reference from school, church, clubs, etc.  Self-nominations are not accepted, and nominees should not be informed that they have been nominated.


The deadline (postmarked) for submission of all nomination material is December 16, 2013.  Any recipients of the award will be honored at the annual Council dinner in 2014.


For more information and a link to the official nomination form, visit the Council website.

 THIS ISSUE from the Camping Department....

Camp Staff Alumni Gathering - December 30th, 7pm

All Camp Staff Members Past and Present are invited to attend the Annual Camp Staff Alumni Gathering. This year, the gathering will take place on Monday, December 30 at the Council Office starting at 7pm. Join us for an evening of Food and Fellowship with other staff members. Please RSVP your attendance by December 27th HERE so we know how much food to purchase. An initiative we are starting this year is to have an Alumni Camp Improvement Project that each Alumni can donate towards. This year, our project will be outfitting both camps with Genesis Bows. When you register, please consider donating so we can continue to improve our Shooting Sports opportunities for the Scouts!


Hot Off the Press - Boy Scout and Venturing Specialty Summer Opportunities

Are your Boy Scouts and Venturers looking for more excitement this summer? Have they been to summer camp, but want to try something new this summer? Make sure you get them signed-up for one of our Specialty Programs:

Fawn Run at Resica Falls - Enjoy a week of hiking in the beautiful Pocono Mountains and participating in exciting program along the trail.

Specialty Camp at Musser - Enjoy a week working on Merit Badges or exploring career opportunities in the Medical and STEM Fields. Boy Scouts will have the opportunity to earn four merit badges, and Venturers can explore four career paths.

Paddlerama at Resica Falls -  Enjoy a week of Canoeing on the picturesque Delaware River. The Trip is approximately 70 miles, and the Scouts will have the opportunity to earn parts of Whitewater Merit Badge.


Cub Scout Medieval Adventures in 2014

Here  ye, here ye! The King and his court invite you to Medieval Adventures for Summer Camp in 2014. Cubs and their pack will have the opportunity to attend camp for half-week resident session, full week day camp, or stay the whole week as part of our full week resident program! Our prices this summer make it hard to find a better value for your sons time this summer. Register and pay early to save up to $50 off last years' prices!


 Pack Commitment Form - Fill this out to reserve your spots at camp!




 LEADER'S GUIDE - The resource for all Cub Leaders attending camp!

Resica Falls Summer Camp 2014Resica Falls Logo

Make sure that your troop has Resica Falls on its' radar for your 2014 Summer Camp! With over 60 merit badges in more than 12 program areas, and a High Adventure program second to none, Resica offers something for everyone! New this year will be a program area for welding merit badge and othe r Mr. fix-it badges. Sign-up today at www.colbsa.org/camping 


Camp Promotion Presenters

We are looking for some energetic presenters in each district to help promote all of our Summer Camping opportunities. If you are interested in serving as a Camp Promotion Presenter, please e-mail John Bickel


SPARK Lodge Fall 2013 Merit Badge Courses - Radio and Electricity

SPARK Lodge merit badge courses for this Fall are already filling up. Radio merit badge will be offered on Saturday, November 23, 2013 and Electricity merit badge will be offered on Saturday, December 14, 2013.  Both courses will begin at 9:00 a.m. sharp.  These are provisional courses and limited to no more than three Scouts from one troop or crew per badge. For more information and to register for one of these courses can be found at: http://www.k3bsa.org.     

Pilgrimage and Encampment  

The 102nd P&E will be held in 2014 on Friday through Monday, February 14-16/2014.


The Pilgrimage is a one day event on Sat. 2/15/2014 with the full P&E weekend, 2/14-16/2014.  


The website is open with new unit leader guides and registration on line for the event. Click here for more information

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.

Scouts helping Philadelphia  

Philadelphia own Bernard Hopkins and Danny Garcia give out 400 turkeys to the community in West Philadelphia yesterday.  


Big shout out to American Red Cross for allowing us to be a part of this great  effort!

Unami Lodge, One 

Brotherhood Blitz


December 7, 2013 at Delmont Scout Reservation 

 Are you an Ordeal member for at least 10 months, then come out and seal the bond of Brotherhood in ONE day!!! 

For more information, 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.  To register for this event, click here


Go to www.unamilodge.org for more information.

Heroism Award  

Christopher Limbert of East Greenville Troop 108

Last November, Scout Christopher Limbert of East Greenville Troop 108 arrived at his job at a local dog kennel to start another typical work day on the weekend. He noticed his boss was not working in the kennel like she typically is. The kennel was on the same property as the owner's house. Because Chris was a Scout, the owner trusted Chris with a key to the back door to her home.

After knocking for a while, Chris entered the house finding the owner in a chair not feeling well. Despite his boss's reassurances that she was fine, using his Scout Skills, Chris knew there was something wrong and recognized his boss was having a stroke. Chris treated her for a stroke and called 911. Paramedics arrived and rushed her to the hospital.

Doctors explained to her that of Chris had not acted in the manner that he did, she  very well may not be alive today.

Chris is to be awarded the National Boy Scouts of America Heroism Award at his Eagle Ceremony on October 27th.

Luke Mingioni  Pack 260

This incident occurred outside of Luke's home.  Luke was outside his house and his mother was working in the garage.  Luke and his mother both heard a loud noise.  Luke ran into the garage and told his mom that a man had fallen off of the roof of a nearby house.  Mom at first did not believe Luke who was six years old and a Tiger Cub at the time.  Luke persisted in telling his mom what he had seen and she decided to go with him to check out his story.


They found the man on his deck.  Mr. Till was unconscious.  Mom sent Luke to tell his older brother and older sister to call 911.  Luke again had to persuade his brother and sister that he was telling the truth.  They called 911.  The police and EMS arrived shortly thereafter.


Luke knew from his scouting experience that Mr. Till should not be moved and should be immobilized.  He assisted his mother in bandaging the man's head and in immobilizing him until emergency help arrived.


Luke told the emergency team that Number 27 in his Cub Scout book is to have an Emergency Plan.


The man was treated at the medical facility for traumatic head injury.

 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.  


Hope Lodge Welcomes Cub Scouts


Hope Lodge welcomed Cub Scout pack 173 on Sunday, October 20. It was a beautiful day and we had 26 scouts, family and friends turn out to help with projects. Shrubs were pruned, weeds pulled, ground hog holes filled in, many bird houses, made by the scouts, were put up around the property, and bricks were reset. Also, one fence was scraped and sanded and painting started. We really appreciated all the hard work and the scouts had a great time learning new skills and helping others in the community.




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, 

 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 

BSA Today Health and Safety Tip 



Hunting is not an authorized Cub Scout or Boy Scout activity, although hunting safety is part of the program curriculum.  The purpose of this policy is to restrict chartered packs, troops, and teams from conducting hunting trips. However, this policy does not restrict Venturing crews from conducting hunting trips or special adult hunting expeditions provided that adequate safety procedures are followed and that all participants have obtained necessary permits and/or licenses from either state or federal agencies. While hunter safety education might not be required prior to obtaining a hunting license, successful completion of the respective state voluntary program is required before participating in the activity.  Source: BSA's Guide to Safe Scouting

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 

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.    

Philadelphia Belt Loop

Save the Date ------ January 11th, 2014


Flyers Scout Suite Special! 


  Reserve a private luxury suite for a Flyers game in October/November and receive the following:

  • Ticket in a private luxury box on the balcony level
  • Snacks/soft drinks provided by UTZ
  • Private bathroom and concierge service
  • Autographed stick for the group to take home

 Each suite comes with 24 total tickets. Tickets are just $55 per person!


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

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. 

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