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December 15, 2013

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Merit Badge College and Counselors
Scout Shop
Young Professional Scouts
Norman Rockwell
Range Safety Officer Training
Citizen Honors
Venturing Leadership Award
THIS ISSUE from the Camping Department
Pilgrimage and Encampment
Young Professional Scouts
Training Corner
Baden Powell Cubs go on TV
Unami Lodge
Heroism Award
BSA Today Health and Safety Tip
Lowes Eagle Scout Project
Eagle Scout Council Shoulder
2013 Jamboree Patches
Philadelphia Belt Loop
Disney On Ice

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Happy Holidays
Cradle of Liberty Council would like to wish our Scouts and Scouters and 
their families a warm and safe holiday season.


The COL office in Wayne PA will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec 24th, 25th, 31st and Jan 1st.


2013-14 Training Requirements

All leaders on 2014 Cradle of Liberty Council Charters must be position specific trained, along with having current Youth Protection Training.  This includes all Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters, Cubmasters and Assistant Cubmasters, Den Leaders and Assistant Den Leaders, Venturing Crew Advisors and Assistant Advisors, Varsity Coaches and Assistant Coaches, Ship Mates and Skippers, Committee Chairs, and Committee Members. 

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 their classroom-style leader training.

All Cub Scout Leader training and Committee training for both troops and packs is available online at myscouting.org.

Venturing Committee Training is expected to be available from National in spring of 2014 and will be mandatory for Crew Committee Members at that time.

By dedicating 30 minutes of your time to complete this training, we are helping to ensure a quality program for all of our children.

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

Coming Soon - COL Online Store

Please watch for the Grand Opening of the Cradle of Liberty Online Store where you will be able to order the following:

Valley Forge Trail Pamphlet and medals

Philadelphia Freedom Trail Book, medals and patches

Benjamin Franklin Trail Book, medals and patches

Cradle of Liberty Merit Badge College and Counselors

Over 230 scouts have already signed up for Cradle of Liberty's 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 which has a link to registration) including seven Eagle Required Badges, many STEM badges, and other seldom offered badges. There is a limit of 280 scouts so remaining space is limited. Be flexible with your selections as some badges have already reached the limit of 20 scouts to a class. In response to your requests we have added second Game Design and Sustainability class and third Citizenship in the Nation and Emergency Preparedness class. Most badges have Pre Requirements, for example First Aid is a pre requisite for Emergency Preparedness, so check the pre requirement link before selecting classes. 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 three additional Counselors to staff our upcoming MB College (see announcement above). If you are free those two Saturdays and are a Counselor for Public Speaking, Pulp and Paper, or Weather, please contact Steve Perrone.

Scout Shop - Celebrations of All Kinds!!

There is Still Time Remaining!

     There is still time for you to get those last minute items for all those wonderful people on your list.  Whether you are looking for collector's items, new items, clearance items to stock up on or your thoughts are turning toward that Pinewood Derby race that will be here before you know it, we have it at your Scout Shop.


Read more.....


Did You Know....... click here


Trained Today: New Council Training Newsletter

We are happy to announce the launch of our sister publication, Trained Today, focusing on the training needs of Scouters in Cradle of Liberty Council. This newsletter will be distributed electronically on the second Wednesday of each month. To see the first edition please

click here. 

If you're not already subscribed, click here to start receiving Trained Today.


In case the links didn't show up for the article above:

First link:


Second link: http://colbsa.doubleknot.com/openrosters/Public_Member_Logon_Or_Create_Profile.asp?orgkey=541

Norman Rockwell: Boy Scouts at the Reading Public Museum

Through January 12, 2014, the Reading Public Museum is celebrating Norman Rockwell's life-long collaboration with the BSA. This exhibition features selected works by America's quintessential illustrator, Norman Rockwell. Drawing upon the archival collections of the Norman Rockwell Museum, as well as additional oil-on-canvas paintings from the National Scouting Museum,

this special exhibition offers a glimpse into the artist's body of work for the Boy Scouts of America. With over 75 pieces including paintings, drawings, gelatin silver prints, book covers, personal artist's supplies, early Scouting artifacts and more, this fascinating installation celebrates the organization's century-plus history. At the same time, the museum is also hosting an additional display of Scouting memorabilia titled Scouting Through the Years, presented in partnership with the World of Scouting Museum. The museum is located at 500 Museum Road, Reading, PA. For more information go to:   http://www.readingpublicmuseum.org/museum/exhibits/exhibitions/norman_rockwell.php


Range Safety Officer Training 

The Shooting Sports Committee is hosting a Range Safety Officer Course on January 18, 2014 at the Council Office in Wayne. If you are interested in taking the training, please register for this course at nrainstructors.org  or for more information, contact Lambert Liebel at cliebel@aol.com

Courage. Sacrifice. Selflessness. Patriotism.


Do those words describe an act of service performed by a Scout, Venturer or Scouter you know?

Chances are, they do. And you'll need to act quickly to recognize this person by nominating him or her to the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation's Citizen Honors awards. The nomination deadline is Jan. 10, 2014.


The same foundation that honors acts of wartime valor (with the Congressional Medal of Honor) seeks to also celebrate "unsung heroes" or citizens who've selflessly put the lives of others first through an act of heroism. And, as Scouts pledge to "help other people at all times," it's likely that you know of a Scout, Venturer or fellow Scouter deserving this great distinction.


Nominate this person today - the Jan. 10 deadline is approaching fast. Nominees must be age 18 or older, and this person's act of selflessness must have occurred in the last three years. Find more details regarding the nominating criteria here.

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


Summer Camp Positions Available

We are looking for the best Scouts, Venturers and Leaders to be on our camp staffs this summer. If you like to work with kids in an exciting, outdoor environment while meeting new people and making new friends, this is a great job for you! Please fill-out an online application if you are interested. Those in the health/health services fields: We are looking for people with Health training to be a Health Officer.


Pilgrimage and Encampment  

What are you doing President's Day Weekend?


With live canon fire, musket demonstrations, music, and much more, the Pilgrimage & Encampment is a great Winter camping opportunity. You can enjoy this event as a single day trip, or a 2-night camping trip. The event is open to Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Ventures, Families, Scouters, & Guests. Older Scouts can camp overnight & choose to participate in the Pilgrimage event or trek out on their own adventure in the Valley Forge Historic Park.


Join the over 1,200 Scouts attending this year and sign up today! Learn more by navigating over to http://colbsa.org/valleyforge to download a flyer for your unit, leader's guide, training info, and registration!

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.


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.

Baden Powell Cubs go on TV

The Tiger Dens from Oreland Pack 88 and Jarrettown Elementary Pack 405 recently joined  together for a Go See It. 

Under the leadership of Ed Grivner and Staci Emery, the Dens met at Upper Dublin High School to learn about the magic of television. Tour Guide Jason Trantas showed the Tigers how the control room speaks to the studio, the importance of lighting and sound and how the green wall can transform reality.


By Alison Smith http://upperdublin.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/photo-gallery-tiger-dens-get-tv-tour

Unami Lodge, One 

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



2014 Lodge Dues

All members should have received their 2014 membership renewal information. Please check that all your information is correct and then pay by mail or online by

January 31st, 2014 to avoid a late fee.


If you did not receive your renewal information, please email membership@unamilodge.org. More information at unamilodge.org/dues-card


Go to www.unamilodge.org for more information about these events and any Lodge 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.

BSA Today Health and Safety Tip 



A letter to the FDA from a group of medical experts expressed doubts that energy drinks are safe for youth.  An article in the March 2011 issue of Pediatrics revealed that, in addition to heart risk, energy drinks have been linked to seizures, behavioral disorders, and obesity in young people. Until it is determined that energy drinks are safe, the latest BSA Health and Safety newsletter notes that experts recommend youth use caution when consuming them.




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


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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