February 19, 2014

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Council Recognition Dinner
Camp Cards
Camping News
Quality Unit Executive Position
College of Commissioner Science
Philmont Training Center
Florida Sea Base Trip
Sustainability Merit Badge
Campbell's Field
Eagle Scout Scholarship
Eagle Scout Shoulder Patch
Unami Lodge
NYLT Help Wanted
2014 Training Requirements
my.Scouting Tools Updates
New BSAT Schedule

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Still Time to Register for the Council Recognition Dinner on Feb. 27 - Registration Ends This Monday!

Please join us in congratulating the following Silver Beaver Award recipients and other dedicated Scouts and Scouters at the Council Annual Recognition Dinner on February 27:

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

Randy Cline, Northeast Region Commissioner for the Boy Scouts of America, will be the dinner's featured speaker.


Register today, click here


 Cradle of Liberty Council Annual Recognition Dinner

Thursday, February 27, 2014, 7:00 PM

Crowne Plaza Philadelphia - Valley Forge

260 Mall Boulevard, King of Prussia, PA 19406


To download a flyer, click here 


Are You Signed-Up to for the Camp Card Sale?

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


To learn more about this program and to sign-up your unit, please visit www.colbsa.org/campcard

Camping News

Are You Registered for Summer Camp Yet?

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 

The Cradle of Liberty Council is Hiring!

We're looking for a strong candidate to fill an opening focused on providing a quality program experience to our Cub Scouts. This full-time position will provide support and guidance to packs in an assigned area of the council with an overall goal of retaining more youth in Cub Scouting and delivering on the promise of Scouting. The applicant must be a skilled communicator, a motivated self-starter, a hard-worker, supremely organized, and willing to operate on a flexible schedule that includes night and weekend work. For more information on requirements of the job and how to apply, click here

College of Commissioner Science Rescheduled for March 29

The Cradle of Liberty and Bucks County Councils are hosting a College of Commissioner Science on Saturday, March 29 at the Firestone Scouting Resource Center (originally scheduled for Feb. 8 but was postponed due to weather). This excellent course is a great opportunity for all commissioners to get the tools they need to support successful Scouting units!


For more information and to register, please visit www.colbsa.org/cmsrcollege

Be the Best - Learn from the Best at the Philmont Training Center 

Philmont Training Center (PTC) is open to all Scouters who want to "deliver the promise" of a great program to your den, pack, troop or crew. What's more, it gives you and your family the opportunity to experience Philmont together. Conference registration is now open for the 2014 PTC season which runs week-long programs starting June 8 through mid-August and into September.


For more details on opportunities at PTC, contact Craig Lauer at clauer0522@gmail.com. Craig is one of the newly appointed PTC Ambassadors who can help you plan your experience at Philmont, give travel tips and provide numerous insights. The PTC schedule is available by going to www.myscouting.org and selecting the "Event Registration" tab.  

Sea Base Trip
Troop 191 of Garnet Valley, PA, would like to invite three Scouts from any troop(s) in the Cradle of Liberty Council to join them on their Sea Base Bahamas adventure. Cost is $1500 per Scout, which includes airfare and accommodations in the Bahamas. Scouts must be age 14 by September 1st, 2014, have a USA Passport and pass the BSA swimmer test. You can find a itinerary here.


The troop can give the slots to the first three Scouts that respond with a $700 non-refundable deposit with the $800 balance due in three payments, $300 on March 1, $300 on April 1 and $200 by May 1. Please contact Ron Graf at rgrafs.home@gmail.com for more information.

Sustainability Merit Badge at the Philadelphia Zoo 
Philadelphia Zoo
On March 8, 2014 the Philadelphia Zoo will hold a Sustainability merit badge class, for more information, click here


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


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. These 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 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.

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

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 George Witmayer at 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.

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, Sea Scouting 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 BSA 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 the youth we serve through Scouting.


To read more, click here 

my.Scouting Tools Makeover
my.Scouting Tools has a new look. The new design is faster and more dynamic, and now supports Internet Explorer 10 and 11. Additional enhancements in this release include:
  • A revamped News section provides more space to post pertinent and relevant information about my.Scouting Tools, along with other Scouting news.
  • Each Tool icon is in a drop-down list under the Home button to select rather than in a row of large icons after logging in.
  • My Dashboard is now comprised of My Profile and My Training details. Address, contact information, phone numbers, etc., are in separate editable sections instead of one long section to accommodate and adjust to most mobile screens.
  • New My Organization Dashboard tool located under the unit or district organization level contains My Calendar and My Announcements details. 

The Training Manager, Member Manager, and Organization Manager still maintain existing functionality and look that will be updated in the coming weeks.

The following new features are planned in the coming months:

  • Redesign of Organization Manager (assignment of functional roles and security, including Plus 3)
  • Commissioner Tools (replaces UVTS)
  • Advancement Manager
  • Targeted communication

Log into my.Scouting to see the new changes.

New Distribution Schedule for the BSAT
Effective this month, the BSA Today will 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.
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Thank you for being a part of the Scouting movement and the Cradle of Liberty Council! If you have news or information you'd like to see in upcoming issues of the BSAT, please don't hesitate to e-mail news@colbsa.org.


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