April 16, 2014

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Blood Drive
Spring "Join Cub Scouts" Night
Camp Card Sale
Summer Camp Early-bird Rates Extended
Provisional Summer Camp Opportunities
Hot Off the Press... Summer Camp Improvements
New Annual Health and Medical Record
Weekend Events
Camping & Outdoor Program Reminders
Friends of Scouting
Eagle Dinner
Cradle of Liberty Gala
Golf Tournaments
Program Partners
Unami Lodge
Jewish Committee on Scouting
Health & Safety Tip
Training Requirements
Easter Egg Hunt
Eagle Scout Shoulder Patch
Commissioner Day

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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)
*** Commit Your Unit to the Drive! ***
Visit www.colbsa.org/blooddrive and click the link at the top of the page to complete a short survey.

Location and registration information will be posted soon.

Blood Drive Patch Contest
To kick things off, the Cradle of Liberty Council has launched 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!

Council-Wide Spring "Join Cub Scouts" Night - May 15

On Thursday, 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 7 or 8 at Musser Scout Reservation) for half price!

Make sure your pack doesn't miss-out on this opportunity! 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. Stayed tuned for more details at:

Camp Card Sale


"Strive for 25" Drawing 

Each week the quantity of submissions for the drawing is increasing--this past week we surpassed 100 submissions! Keep those entries coming each week for a chance to win fabulous prizes. You can find the weekly winners listed here or on our Facebook page.


If you are a winner and have not been contacted yet, please email Bill Waters or call 484-654-9229 to choose your gift card type or email Tracy Launders or call 484-654-9213 to have a campership applied to a summer camp reservation.


Raise Money for Your Unit
It is not too late to get your unit involved in the sale or to get additional cards. To join in or get additional cards visit www.colbsa.org/campcard to see our council-wide weekly distribution locations.

Success Stories from Around the Council
Visit www.colbsa.org/campcard to see some Camp Card success stories from around the council.

Summer Camp Early-bird Rates Extended - Don't Miss the Savings! 

Due to the awesome success of our Camp Card sale so far, we are extending the Early Bird rates to support all of our units that are participating in the sale. All Early Bird rates are extended until May 15, 2014. To get the Early Bird rates, all fees must be paid in full by May 15, 2014. Be sure to register for your summer camps now - many sessions and weeks are filled or approaching capacity! We have programs that are exciting for Scouts of all ages, so don't miss out on a summer of adventure!

Provisional Summer Camp Opportunities 

Are any of your Boy Scouts or Venturers not able to attend camp with your unit? Or enjoy camp so much they want to go for another week? We have exciting provisional (individual) opportunities for them this summer!
  • 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.
  • Paddle-Rama 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.

Hot Off the Press... Summer Camp Improvements

Cub Adventures at Musser Scout Reservation is excited to welcome your Cub Scouts to camp! Some improvements this summer include: 
  • Expanded archery range to accommodate more Scouts participating
  • Theme related program to keep the Scouts engaged their entire stay
  • New sit-upon kayaks for Webelos to use on the lake
  • Renovated camp office and trading post to provide better customer service
  • For more information or to register for camp, visit us at www.colbsa.org/cubadventures 
Resica Falls Scout Reservation is excited to welcome your Boy Scouts and Venturers this summer! Some improvements for this summer include:   Resica Falls Logo
  • Several new merit badges, including Search and Rescue, Plumbing, Digital Photography and others
  • Expanded AquaPark at Lake Roger
  • New Shooting Sports attraction: Sporting Arrows!
  • New kayaks and sailboats at Lake Roger
  • Cooking and Welding merit badges are back by popular demand
  • For more information or to register for camp, visit us at www.colbsa.org/resica

New Annual Health and Medical Record Released

The Boy Scouts of America recently updated the Annual Health and Medical Record and made some updates as to when different parts are required. Please review closely to ensure a safe and fun adventure this summer.
  • Day Camps: Parts A and B are required.
  • Weekend Events: Parts A and B are required.
  • Resident Camps: Parts A, B, and C are required. Part C is the physical examination and this is new for Cub Scout resident camp.
  • National High Adventure Bases: Parts A, B, C and D are required.
The new Annual Health and Medical Record can be found here.
Upcoming Weekend Events

Please visit www.colbsa.org/musserevents for more details and the register for these great events! 


Watch a video about the upcoming Cub Scout weekend events here


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.


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.


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. 


APEX Weekend: Ropes, Barrels, Bows and Boats: June 14 or 15

These one-day events are for Boy Scouts and Venturers that want to get a taste of some high adventure activities. Scouts will participate in exciting activities that will include rifle shooting, archery, boating, Low COPE, and Climbing. Scouts over 13 can participate in High COPE as well! Fishing will be available for Scouts the bring a rod and a fishing license (if over 16).


Camping & Outdoor Program Reminders 

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 


Merit Badge Sign-up Reminder

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


Shooting Sports

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


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.

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.

Thank you for your support!


Make sure to check with your employer to see if your company participates in matching gift programs. You can make your investment in Scouting go even further to make a positive impact in the lives of the youth we serve.


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

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

Golf Tournaments

Do you enjoy playing golf? Does your company support charitable golf tournaments? The Cradle of Liberty Council has two top-notch golf classics in June held at the Commonwealth National Golf Club in Horsham, PA:

Aqua Golf Classic 
Monday, June 2, 2014 

Richie Ashburn Golf Classic

Monday, June 30, 2014

Program Partners

Our Program Partners offer a variety of opportunities and discounts to Scouting families and are continuous supporters of our council.  





Please Touch Museum Scout Day 

Saturday, May 24, 2014 

Click here for more info






Dorney Park Scout Night

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Click here for more info

Unami Lodge, One 

Service Weekend

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.


Jewish Committee on Scouting 

The Henry and Lorraine Addison Award Scholarship was created in 2011 to annually provide a higher educational scholarship of $1,000 to an Eagle Scout of the Jewish Faith. If an Eagle Scout has earned his Jewish religious emblem and is heading off to college, he may be eligible for this scholarship opportunity. For more information and the application please click hereApplications are due May 16.

The Jewish Committee on Scouting in Cradle of Liberty Council is proud to once again be able to sponsor camperships for Jewish Cub and Boy Scouts attending camp this summer.  The Scout must be of the Jewish faith and registered in either Cradle of Liberty, Bucks, or Chester Council.  Please click here for the application and for more details.

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.


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!

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


2nd Annual Commissioner Day 

Commissioners in the Cradle of Liberty Council are cordially invited to attend a very special event just for them on Sunday, June 1 at Musser Scout Reservation. For more information and to register, please click here


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