April 2, 2014

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Blood Drive
Camp Card Sale
Spring "Join Cub Scouts" Night
Summer Camp
Weekend Events
Friends of Scouting
Cradle of Liberty Gala
Eagle Dinner
Young Professional Scouts
Unami Lodge
Easter Egg Hunt
Health & Safety Tip
Training Requirements
Eagle Scout Shoulder Patch
New Message Board

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Scouting for Life Blood Drive  

 Service is part of the lifeblood of Scouting.

Here's a chance to give back in more ways than one.


The Cradle of Liberty Council is partnering with J.P. Mascaro & Sons and the American Red Cross to maximize participation in the Francesco A. Mascaro Memorial Blood Drive. This is a great way for Scouts and Scouters to provide service hours and support a critical need in the community! 


During weekends in late August (a high-need month for blood donation), drives will be conducted throughout the council. Scouts and Scouters will be able to provide service in a several ways:

  • By giving blood (donors must be at least 17 years old or 16 with parental consent form)
  • By promoting the drive prior to family, friends, colleagues, business associates, and the community-at-large
  • By volunteering at the drive (limited opportunities available)
Visit www.colbsa.org/blooddrive for more information. Details including locations and registration information will be posted over the next several weeks, so please stay tuned!

Blood Drive Patch Contest
To kick things off, the Cradle of Liberty Council is launching a patch contest for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers. The contest winner will receive a $50 gift card to the Scout Shop! Deadline for submissions is Friday, May 30, 2014. Please download the submission form for more details and get those entries in!

Camp Cards Sale Off to a Great Start! 

"Strive for 25" Drawing 

With more than 90 entries for last week's drawing, we are off to a fantastic start for the Camp Card Sale! Keep those entries coming each week for a chance to win fabulous prizes. 


Congratulations to last week's winners:

  • Jacob H. from Troop 178, General Nash - $25 Gift Card
  • Isaiah G. in Pack 195, Triune - $50 Gift Card
  • Shane M. in Pack 155, Roosevelt - $75 Gift Card
  • Max F. in Troop 355, Conestoga - 50% Campership to a Cradle of Liberty Camp

Entries for upcoming drawings are due to the council office each Wednesday by 5pm; use any of our 12 collection points.


Success Stories from Around the Council: Visit www.colbsa.org/campard to see some Camp Card success stories from around the council. You can also find more information about the sale and details about the weekly collection points.

Council-Wide Spring "Join Cub Scouts" Night

On May 15, the Cradle of Liberty Council will be hosting a council-wide
Join Cub Scouts Night
at different locations throughout the districts. There will be giveaways for boys who sign up that night and they will also have the opportunity to attend our
Cub Scout Carnival
(June 14 or 15 at Musser Scout Reservation) for half price!

This is an opportunity your pack does not want to miss out on. Be sure to contact your district membership chair and/or your district professional to ensure you get the specific details for your unit.

Packs: Make sure to put this date in your calendar and stayed tuned for more details!

Summer Camp is Right Around the Corner! 

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 


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.


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 


Be sure to register each Scout for the merit badges that they plan to take at Resica this summer! Click here for the online registration guide that will help walk you through the process of adding merit badges for each Scout.


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.
Upcoming Weekend Events

Cub Scout Bait & Bull's-Eye: May 3 or 4

These one-day events are for Cub Scouts and siblings that want to experience camp for a day. Scouts will go from station to station in a structured  group and participate in activities like BB and Archery Shooting, Nature, Handicraft, fun games and Outdoor Skills. Visit www.colbsa.org/musserevents for more details and to register. 


Webelos Woods Weekend: June 6 - 8

This full weekend event is targeting current Bears and First-Year Webelos as they prepare for the excitement of Webelos and Boy Scouting. Scouts will sleep in a tent all weekend and learn how to cook food, set-up a campsite, hike, and enjoy many other outdoor activities. Visit www.colbsa.org/musserevents for more details and to register.


Cub Scout Carnival: June 7 or 8

These one-days events are for Cub Scouts and their siblings that want to experience camp in a more relaxed, unstructured atmosphere. Scouts will go to the stations that they wish, and activities will include Fishing, BB and Archery Shooting, Boating, inflatables and other fun activities. Visit www.colbsa.org/musserevents for more details and to register.  


COPE Instructor Training

Are you someone that has taken COPE and wants to get more involved? Do you like heights and need an excuse to learn how to teach others to conqueror their fears?!! Join us on April 4-6 at Musser Scout Reservation for COPE Instructor Training! Click here for more details and to register.


Philmont Trek Opportunity

Do you know anyone that would be interested in joining one of the 2014 Philmont Treks? We have one opening on a crew for a trek at Philmont this summer. If you or someone you know are interested, please have them contact John Bickel at john.bickel@scouting.org


Shooting Sports

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

Friends of Scouting 

Please consider supporting the youth and programs of the Cradle of Liberty Council by making an investment in the annual Friends of Scouting Campaign. We need everyone's help to achieve the goal and close-out a successful campaign over the next several months.


Friends of Scouting gives Scouters, parents, alumni, and community members the opportunity to financially support Scouting. Investments made through the campaign assist the Cradle of Liberty Council in offsetting program costs and providing quality service. The true cost of Scouting is much greater than what local dues and event or camping fees cover.


Yearly registration fees directly support the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America and help provide program development and research, literature, and local council support. The Cradle of Liberty Council uses contributions made through the annual Friends of Scouting campaign to:

  • Maintain camp properties and a service center.
  • Organize new Scouting units and support existing ones.
  • Provide professional support and leader training.
  • Distribute program resources and regular communications.
  • Organize activities and events.
  • Offset general liability insurance costs to chartered organizations.
  • Criminal background checks for adult leaders.

Each unit is asked to schedule a presentation date for this campaign between January and April. If your unit hasn't scheduled a presentation yet, please firm-up a date as soon as possible so district volunteers to have enough time to plan for this critical campaign. Your unit may schedule a presentation by contacting your district Family FOS chair or your district professional. Thank you for your support!

4th Annual Cradle of Liberty Gala  

As the organization's signature special event, the Cradle of Liberty Gala recognizes business and community leaders who exemplify the ideals of the Scout Oath and Law. This event brings together leaders from the construction and real estate, health and pharmaceutical, communications and media, and legal and consulting industries to recognize leaders in their fields. Please click here for more information and to register

2014 Eagle Scout Reunion & Recognition Dinner  

This year's dinner to recognize the 2013 Cradle of Liberty Council Class of Eagle Scouts will be held on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at the Union League in Philadelphia. Eagle Scouts attend free of charge and will be seated with a mentor to discuss future endeavors and desired career paths. Family and friends are welcome to attend for $75 per person. Highlights of the evening will include the induction of Charlie Manuel into the Cradle of Liberty Eagle Scout Hall of Fame and awarding this year's Eagle Scout Scholarships.

Please click here for more information and to register

Young Professional Scouts Invites You to Connect with Scouting Alumni

The Gentleman's Merit Badge Series continues on Tuesday, April 22 at 6 p.m. with "A Gentleman's Guide to Shooting Sports" hosted by Clayton's in Horsham, PA.
Thank you for your interest but due to popular demand, registration has been closed for this event.
Young Pro Scouts


For questions, or for waiting list details, please contact Mark Saxon at mark.saxon@scouting.org 

Still to come in 2014...

  • Return to Resica Falls Camping and Service Trip May 2-4
  • 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. Young professional Scouts also invites you to visit its website to learn more about how you can get involved at http://yps.colbsa.org/

Unami Lodge, One 

Service Weekends

Spring Service 1, April 11-13 at Musser Scout Reservation, to register online, click here 

Spring Service 2, May 16-18 at Resica Falls, to register online, click here 


2014 Lodge Dues: Cards have been mailed, so if you haven't received yours, 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.

Valley Forge Scout Shop News 

Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 19th
10AM - 2PM
Valley Forge Scout Shop
1485 Valley Forge Road
Wayne, PA 19087
Lots of Fun for Kids 12 and under!

Health & Safety Tip of the Month 

April is Youth Protection Month

Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse


All persons involved in Scouting shall report to local authorities any good faith suspicion or belief that any child is or has been physically or sexually abused, physically or emotionally neglected, exposed to any form of violence or threat, exposed to any form of sexual exploitation including the possession, manufacture, or distribution of child pornography, online solicitation, enticement, or showing of obscene material. No person may abdicate this reporting responsibility to any other person. Notify your Scout executive of this report, or of any violation of BSA's Youth Protection policies, so that he or she may take appropriate action for the safety of our Scouts, make appropriate notifications, and follow-up with investigating agencies. See the Guide to Safe Scouting for more information.
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. To receive monthly email updates about training opportunities offered throughout the council, subscribe to TrainedToday or view past editions here.

Eagle Scout Council Shoulder Patch 

The Cradle of Liberty Council Eagle Scout Alumni Association is offering 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 

New Message Board - Thank You to Unami Lodge!  

A big thanks to the Cradle of Liberty Council's Order of the Arrow Lodge,
Unami Lodge, One for their generous donation of the new display board in the lobby of the Firestone Scouting Resource Center! The board will display information about upcoming events and initiatives and the building's busy Scouting meeting schedule.

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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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