June 4, 2014

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Blood Drive
Camp Card Sale
Popcorn Sale Training
Summer Camp Registration
Ropes, Boats & Barrels
Camping & Outdoor Program Reminders
Program Partners
Unami Lodge
Cub Scout Program Updates
Friends of Scouting
Cradle of Liberty Gala
Golf Tournament
Health & Safety Tip
Annual Health and Medical Record
Online Merit Badge Counselor List
Training Requirements
Jewish Committee on Scouting
Eagle Scout Shoulder Patch
Kosher Sabbath-observant Wood Badge Course
International Committee
Council-Wide Roundtable
Summer Hours

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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.


Has your unit committed to promote the blood drive yet? It's easy and a great way to provide an invaluable service to the community. Plus, you'll be helping to save lives!


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 www.colbsa.org/blooddrive. 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!

Camp Cards - Close of Sale Process 


The weekly collection points for Camp Cards and monies are staffed until 6/13/2014. After that you will need to contact your district professional or visit the council office. 

Please remember that there is an incentive to pay for your cards on-time. 

  • Payments are due by 6/13/2014 to earn the full 50% commission on cards sold.
  • Payments are due by 6/27/2014 to earn 35% commission on cards sold
  • Payments after 6/27/2014 earn 25% commission

For details on collection locations please visit www.colbsa.org/campcard


Thank you for your participation in the sale! Many Scouts are going to summer camp at little or no cost to their families because of their efforts.

Save the Date: Popcorn Sale Training

Attention Unit Leaders and pack410popcornPopcorn Kernels! It's almost time for our yearly popcorn training, so be sure to pencil these dates into your calendar and come out to learn about the exciting changes for the popcorn sale in 2014. There are new products, a new prize program, new unit incentives, not to mention the brand new Fish Club!  We'll also be providing units with more resources for their own unit kick-offs and sales than ever before! Come out to a training to pick up your leader's guide, resources, and learn how the 2014 popcorn sale can pay for your unit's ideal year of Scouting!  


Each county will host a training from 6-8 PM, at a location near you!

  • Montgomery County: July 29
  • Philadelphia County: July 30
  • Delaware County: July 31
Contact brian.burkhard@scouting.org for more details. See you there!


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!

Ropes, Boats & Barrels APEX Weekend

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 Saturday, June 14 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! Registration ends this Monday, June 9 so register today!


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.


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.  




Unami Lodge, One 

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.


Get the Latest Scoop on Cub Scouts

You may have heard, the Cub Scout Program will be different starting May 2015. If you are interested in knowing what to expect; you can visit this website.




What will you find there?

  • The final requirements for all Cub Scout adventures
  • Direction on transitioning from the current program to the new one
  • Overview presentations suitable for unit committees, roundtables, and others
  • Frequently asked questions
  • An overview of each of the new Cub Scout adventures

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.


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 Tournament

Do you enjoy playing golf? Does your company support charitable golf tournaments? The Cradle of Liberty Council will be holding the Richie Ashburn Golf Classic on June 30 at the Commonwealth National Golf Club in Horsham, PA. Join us and meet our special guest Ryne Sandberg, Phillies Manager. 

Health & Safety Tip of the Month: Lighting Safety

The statistics are scary: Each year in the United States, an average of 53 people die from lightning strikes, and hundreds more are permanently injured. To date in 2013, there have been seven lightning deaths: two in Florida and Illinois and one each in Louisiana, Missouri, and Texas.


But remembering just five words could mean the difference between life and death: "When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors." Click here to read more. 


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 www.colbsa.org


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 Adult Leader 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.


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.


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


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 hampsteaddoors@comcast.net or the Baltimore Area Jewish Committee on Scouting at jewishscouts@aol.com


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!

Summer Hours at the Firestone Scouting Resource Center

From June 30, 2014 until August 29, 2014 summer hours will be 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday to Thursday, and 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM on Friday. 


The Service Center will be closed on Thursday, July 4 and Friday July, 5 in observance of the 4th of July holiday.

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