May 21, 2014

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Blood Drive
Camp Card Sale
Summer Camp Registration
Summer Camp Improvements
Cub Scout Carnival & Webelos Woods
Ropes, Boats & Barrels
Camping & Outdoor Program Reminders
Program Partners
Unami Lodge
Friends of Scouting
Eagle Dinner
Cradle of Liberty Gala
Golf Tournaments
Health & Safety Tip
Liquid Gas Lantern Safety Recall
Annual Health and Medical Record
Online Merit Badge Counselor List
Training Requirements
Jewish Committee on Scouting
Commissioner Day
Eagle Scout Shoulder Patch
Kosher Sabbath-observant Wood Badge Course
International Committee
Council-Wide Roundtable

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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.


As you may know, the Cradle of Liberty Council has launched a new community service project for this spring and summer called "Scouting for Life." In partnership with J.P. Mascaro & Sons and the American Red Cross, we will be holding blood drives throughout the tri-county area during the last three weekends of August, a high-need month for blood donations.


We need your help to make this drive successful! The Scouts, Scouters and families in your unit can help in several ways:

  • By promoting the drive to family, friends, colleagues, business associates, and the community-at-large and securing blood donor commitments.
  • By giving blood (donors must be at least 17 years old or 16 with parental consent form).
  • By volunteering at the drive (limited opportunities available).
Every two seconds, a patient in the U.S. relies on blood and platelet donors for a fresh start. Just one Scout in your unit securing a blood donor commitment has the potential to save up to three lives!

For more details about the drive, including information about locations, local contacts, and incentives, please visit A Unit Leader Guide, donor commitment cards and promotional posters are available to download. You may also contact your local district blood drive chair or district professional to get the materials you need to help promote the drive and help save lives! 

Blood Drive Patch Contest
Time is running out! 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!

Camp Card Sale


Two Weekends Remaining - Let's Get Out and Sell!
With just a few weekends left, it is a great time to schedule a couple of unit blitz days to finish your sale with a bang. Get the whole unit out and canvas neighborhoods to garner the support of your communities. Remember we are selling the experience of Scouting, not just a discount card. Don't have enough cards left? No problem - contact our staff to secure more cards. 


SEPTA Partners with the Boy Scouts of America 

SEPTA has partnered with the Cradle of Liberty Council to allow camp card sales at select SEPTA locations. If you are interested in selling at one of these sites please contact your district professional. Please note that all sites require a SEPTA permit which only can be obtained from your district professional. If you have SEPTA sites you would like added to the approved list please contact

"Strive for 25" Drawing
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 to see our council-wide weekly distribution locations.

Success Stories from Around the Council
Visit to see some Camp Card success stories from around the council.

There's Still Time to Sign-Up for Summer Camp!

Be sure to register for your summer camps now--many sessions and weeks are full or approaching capacity! We have programs that are exciting for Scouts of all ages, so don't miss out on a summer of adventure!

Summer Camp Improvements for 2014

Cub Adventures at Musser Scout Reservation is excited to welcome your Cub Scouts to camp! Some improvements this summer include: 
  • Expanded 32 station archery and BB gun 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
  • Every camper gets a camp t-shirt
  • For more information or to register for camp, visit us at 

Resica Falls Scout Reservation is excited to welcome your Boy Scouts and Venturers this summer! Some improvements for this summer include:  

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  • Several new merit badges, including Search and Rescue, Plumbing, Digital Photography and others
  • Expanded AquaPark at Lake Roger -  Welcome our trampoline!
  • New Shooting Sports attraction: Sporting Arrows!
  • New kayaks and sailboats at Lake Roger
  • Expanded rifle range to 16 positions
  • Expanded archery range to 32 positions
  • Expanded shotgun stations
  • Cooking and Welding merit badges are back by popular demand
  • For more information or to register for camp, visit us at
Upcoming Cub Scout Weekend Events

Please visit for more details and to register for these great events! 


Cub Carnival: June 7 or 8

Scouts will get to enjoy a day at camp participating in exciting programs like BB and archery shooting, bounce house, fishing, nature, crafts and much more! Siblings are encouraged to attend, and lunch is included.


Webelos Woods Weekend: June 6-8

This weekend trip is the perfect end of year activity for current Bears and 4th-grade Webelos! Scouts will get to enjoy a weekend at camp that will prepare them to be Boy Scouts and feel more comfortable in the outdoors. Throughout the weekend Scouts will participate in different activities that work on pins such as Outdoorsman, naturalist, forester and others! Give your Scouts a head-start on fun and advancement with this fun event.


Ropes, Boats & Barrels APEX Weekend

Please visit for more details and to register for this great event! 


Boy Scouts & Venturers: Are you looking for a day of high adventure and excitement at camp? Do you enjoy high-ropes, shooting sports and boating? Join us on June 14 or 15 for an APEX Day at camp! Scouts will be able to participate in COPE or climbing, rifle shooting, archery, and boating! We hope to see you at camp!


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 | 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 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.


Camp Garrison: Unit Camping OPEN this summer!

We are excited to announce that Camp Garrison will be open to units that would like to camp this summer! Be sure to reserve your spot at Fort Akela, Safeguard Castle, the USS Cradle of Liberty or the Native American Village before it is too late.


COPE Instructor Training: Sept. 5-7

Are you interested in learning more about COPE and being able to help others enjoy the COPE experience? Save the date for the next COPE Instructor Training at Resica Falls. More details to follow next month!


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 

This Saturday, May 24, 2014!

Click here for more info





Philadelphia Soul Scout Night

Sunday, June 1, 2014 

Click here for more info





Dorney Park Scout Night

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Click here for more info

Unami Lodge, One 

NE-5B Conclave

You have until June 1st to register for the Section Conclave. If you want to see how our lodges do their ceremonies and indian dance, this is the place. To register online, click here


2014 Lodge Dues: Cards have been mailed, so if you haven't received yours, please email More information at


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


Friends of Scouting 


Friends of Scouting is the annual giving campaign of the Cradle of Liberty Council and is critical to funding the services and resources provided to Scouting units each year. We need your help to ensure that Scouting stays strong in the Delaware Valley as we work to finish-out the campaign strong before June.


Send in your pledge card today or click here to make a secure donation online


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. Join us to hear special guest speaker Charlie Manuel, Senior Advisor to the Phillies General Manager.

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

Health & Safety Tip of the Month: Tick Safety

The black legged tick (also called the deer tick) is common throughout the Eastern United States and can infect a person with Lyme Disease, which can make you sick. The treatment for Lyme Disease requires antibiotics that you get from your healthcare provider. Click here for more information. 


Liquid Gas Lantern Safety Recall

Coleman recalls Northstar lanterns due to fire hazard: An incorrect gas feed tube was installed on the lantern. When lit, the tube can release too much fuel, posing fire and burn hazards. This recall involves NorthstarŽ liquid fuel lanterns with model number 2000B750 and date codes 10 13 or 11 13. The model number is printed on the base of the lantern, under the lighting instructions. The date code is stamped on the underside of the lantern. A Coleman logo sticker is affixed to the front of the lantern base. The green lanterns measure about 13" tall by 7" wide by 7" deep.  The firm has received two reports of lanterns catching fire when fuel unexpectedly leaked from the bottom of the unit. No injuries have been reported.  Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled lanterns and contact The Coleman Company, Inc. for a replacement lantern.


For more information:


Annual Health and Medical Record

The Boy Scouts of America updated the Annual Health and Medical Record in March 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 Annual Health and Medical Record can be found here.

Online Merit Badge Counselor List

The Council Advancement Committee has been working for some time to make the list of registered Merit Badge Counselors available online to troop leadership so they can better support their Scouts in the Merit Badge Program.


The list of all registered Merit Badge Counselors has been posted under the advancement tab at


In accordance with BSA policy, the list is password protected. Scoutmasters and unit advancement chairs can get the user ID and password from their district advancement chairs, merit badge deans, or district professionals. If any errors are discovered, please notify your district advancement chair so he or she can work with you to register or reregister any individuals who should be listed.


Scouts who wish to reach out to a merit badge counselor should contact their Scoutmaster or Scoutmaster's designee within their troop, as prescribed in the BSA Advancement Guidelines.


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
  • 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.


Jewish Committee on Scouting 

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.


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


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 or click here to download order form


2014 Kosher Sabbath-observant Wood Badge Course

The Baltimore Area Council will be conducting a Kosher Sabbath-observant Wood Badge Course in June 9-13, 2014 at Camp Spencer on the Broad Creek Memorial Scout Reservation This is an opportunity for Jewish Scouters to take this special training and to have fun as they learn leadership skills.


Please send you inquiries to the Course Director, Ed Cross at or the Baltimore Area Jewish Committee on Scouting at


International Committee

The Cradle of Liberty Council is forming an international committee to broaden our relationship with Scouting associations around the world. Below is a brief description of the committee's responsibilities:

  • Become familiar with all international program enrichment services available to councils.
  • In coordination with the council leadership, make an effort to see that an international emphasis is included in unit and council programs.
  • Promote and communicate to units international program enrichment services.
  • Advise and assist unit leaders who are planning international activities.
  • Promote and assist council leadership with World Scout Jamboree recruitment.
  • Promote and assist with planning and participation in the Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA) and Jamboree-on-the-Internet (JOTI).
  • Promote and assist local council with the nomination of quality youth and adults to represent BSA in tours and exchanges with other Scout associations.

For more information about the committee and how to get involved, please contact Frank Yeung or Michael Green. 


Save the Date for the 2014 Council-Wide Roundtable!

Council Wide Roundtable
August 25, 2014, 6-9 PM, Musser Scout Reservation
  • Food
  • Program Partner & Council Committee Fair
  • Program Updates & Resources
  • Fellowship & More!
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