February 1, 2014

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New BSAT Schedule
Council Recognition Dinner
Camp Cards
Camping News
Pilgrimage and Encampment
Campbell's Field
Merit Badge College and Counselors
Eagle Scout Scholarship
Eagle Scout Council Shoulder
Unami Lodge
NYLT Help Wanted
Health and Safety Tip
2014 Training Requirements

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New Distribution Schedule for the BSAT
Effective this month, the BSA Today will be be distributed on the first and third Wednesdays of each month (as opposed to the 1st and 15th). This change is to better facilitate communication in the council, including accommodating other program-specific newsletters. We'll also be updating the look and feel of the BSAT over the next several months, so stay tuned! If you have comments or suggestions, please email Greg Osborn, Director of Marketing.
Attend the Council Recognition Dinner on Feb. 27
The Cradle of Liberty Council is pleased to announce that six dedicated Scouters have been selected to receive the council's highest recognition for service to youth, the 

Silver Beaver Award:

  • James "Jim" Baker
  • Mark Furey
  • Robin Mazzanobile
  • Gerard Myers
  • Bartholomew "Bart" Poindexter
  • Torpey White

Please join us in congratulating these recipients and other dedicated Scouts and Scouters at the Council Annual Recognition Dinner on February 27.


Register Today, click here


Cradle of Liberty Council Annual Recognition Dinner

      Thursday, February 27, 2014  7:00pm

      Crowne Plaza Philadelphia - Valley Forge

      260 Mall Boulevard, King of Prussia, PA  19406


To download a flyer, click here 

Camp Cards are Heating UP!

  Excitement is building as we near the beginning of the 2014 Camp Card. This is great opportunity to assist your Scouts in paying their own way to summer camp. 

To learn more about this program as well as get an update on Vendors, Restocking Fees, Unit Commitment and Building Unit Goals or to order cards for your unit visit www.colbsa.org/campcard

Camping News

Early-bird sign-up prices still in effect!
All of our summer camping opportunities still have the early bird registration available! Be sure to register your unit NOW for camp this summer to take advantage of up to $50 off the regular camp fee!

Leader's Guides Online!

Are you attending one of the Cradle of Liberty Council summer camping opportunities? Are you aware of our summer camping opportunities but want to learn more? Check out the Leader's Guides:

Resica Falls Guide | APEX Guide | Cub Adventures Guide


2014 Events - Save the Date!!

We are excited to announce our 2014 events that will happen at the Musser Scout Reservation, like COPE/Shooting, Cub Scout Carnival, Fall Fest, and more! Save the date and make plans to attend these exciting events! Check out www.colbsa.org/musserevents for more details and to register.


Boy Scout and Venturing Summer Camp Specialty 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:

  • APEX Week 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.
  • Provisional Week at Resica Falls - Can't attend camp with your troop? Want to go for a second week to have more fun and earn more badges? Attend Resica Falls as provisional Scout and meet new friends!
  • Fawn Run at Resica Falls - Enjoy a week of hiking in the beautiful Pocono Mountains and participating in exciting program along the trail.
  • 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.

Financial Aid "Camperships"

Financial Aid "Campership" forms are available to help Scouts be able to attend camp. Forms can be found online at www.colbsa.org/campership and are due back to the council office by March 1.


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! Get more information at www.colbsa.org/cubadventures


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 other Mr. fix-it badges. Sign-up today at www.colbsa.org/resica


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 adults 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.

Shooting Sports

Check out the shooting sports training opportunities HERE, including range officer, shotgun, rifle, and pistol courses.


Campmaster Reunion - March 11

Have you spent a weekend (or several!!) helping out as a campmaster at Musser or Resica Falls? Come join us on March 11 at 7:30PM for fellowship with other campmasters as we plan the fall of 2014 and 2015 schedules and talk about the new exciting things happening at camp. Please RSVP your attendance to Jerry Rafter at allaboard007@verizon.net  

Pilgrimage and Encampment - Registration Ends 2/13!

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, Venturers, families, Scouters, and guests. Older Scouts can camp overnight and 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 www.colbsa.org/valleyforge to download a flyer for your unit, leader's guide, training info, and registration!

Sleep in the Outfield of Campbell's Field! 
Camden River Sharks
  Want to learn more information, click here


Cradle of Liberty Merit Badge College

Registration is now closed for Cradle of Liberty's first ever 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. All Pre requirements have been posted so please use this pre requirement link to see what you need to complete prior to the first class. Please also check the reminders link to see what else you need to bring and do to ensure a successful result. 


Please direct any questions to Stephen Perrone at Sperrone@ppciga.org 

Eagle Scout Scholarship

The Cradle of Liberty Council Eagle Scout Alumni Association is pleased to announce the guidelines and application for the 2014 Eagle Scout Scholarship. The Alumni Association will once again distribute at least $2,500 in scholarships to Eagle Scouts headed to college or post-high school technical school in the Fall of 2014. Completed applications must be received at the council resource center by noon on March 3, 2014. For more information please contact Mark Chilutti at chilutti2000@aol.com or Bob Hayes at robert.hayes@scouting.org


To learn more and to download a scholarship form, 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 

Unami Lodge, One 

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 bJanuary 31st, 2014 to avoid a late fee.


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


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

NYLT Help Wanted

The Training Committee is looking for dedicated Scouters interested and committed to the advanced Leadership training for our young adults. NYLT is the BSA's premier leadership training for Scouts. The course is held over three time periods each year. The 2014 schedule is as follows:

  • June Course - June 22 - 27, 2014 - Start time is Wednesday, June 18 @ 7PM; End time is Saturday, June 28 @ 12pm
  • August Course - August 3 - 8, 2014 - Start time is Wednesday, July 30 @ 7PM; End time is Saturday, August 9 @ 12pm
  • Autumn Course - September 19 -21 (precourse), September 26 -28, 2014 and October 3 - 5, 2014 - Start times for both weekends- Friday 5:30pm; End time first weekend - Sunday 5:30pm, second weekend Sunday 3pm

In order to prepare for the courses both youth and adult staff convene over three weekends in March, April and May to prepare in staff development weekends starting around 7:30 Friday evening and concluding Sunday around Noon on the following weekends; March 21-23, 2014, April 18-20, 2014, May 16-18, 2014.



  • BSA registered adult Scouter
  • Trained for your registered position in Scouting
  • Commitment to attending the development sessions, pre-course (typically Thursday through Sunday for the week long courses and the weekend prior to the first course weekend) and the course.
  • Wood Badge training is preferred but not an absolute.

If you are interested and willing to dedicate the time please reply to NYLT_gw@comcast.net. Please include name and contact information, BSA registration number, summary of your Scouting experience, and any other information that would be helpful.


Should you have questions please contact George Witmayer at the above address and he can have one of this year's course directors respond: 

  • June - Mark Furey, Brenda Conallen
  • August - Gerry Myers, Ann Marie Unger
  • October - Jeff Baer

The course directors will contact volunteers.

BSA Today Health and Safety Tip 

Digital Privacy


A key ingredient for a safe and healthy Scouting experience is the respect for privacy. Advances in technology are enabling new forms of social interaction that extend beyond the appropriate use of cameras or recording devices.  Although most campers and leaders use digital devices responsibly, educating them about the appropriate use of cell phones and cameras is a good safety and privacy measure.  It is inappropriate to use any device capable of recording or transmitting visual images in shower houses, restrooms, or other areas where privacy is expected by participants.  See the BSA Guide to Safe Scouting

2014 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

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