July 16, 2014

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Blood Drive
Popcorn Sale Training
Fall Recruitment Kickoffs
Council-Wide Roundtable
Summer Camp Registration
Thank You ACME
New Blog
Program Partners
Unami Lodge
Health & Safety Tip
Training Requirements
Online Merit Badge Counselor List
International Committee
World Jamboree
Veterans Wheelchair Games
Eagle Scout Shoulder Patch
Online Store
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.


We've partnered with the American Red Cross and J.P. Mascaro & Sons to help meet a critical need for blood donation this summer.


 Help Save a Life...

Give blood at one of our 12 drives in August or at any Red Cross Blood Drive from now until September.


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! 

Hook Your Unit to the 2014 Popcorn Sale!

Make sure your unit kernel (coordinator) or at least one representative from your unit is attending one of the following Popcorn Sale Kick-Offs happening at the end of July so you've got all the resources you need to run a successful sale this fall and raise the funds your unit needs to have an Ideal Year of Scouting!


(Kick-offs start at 6 PM and end by 8 PM)

  • Tuesday, July 29 -  Montgomery County: 
    J.P. Mascaro & Sons-Corporate | 2650 Audubon Rd, Audubon, PA 19403
  • Wednesday, July 30 - Philadelphia County: St. Martin Of Tours Church | 5450 Roosevelt Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19124
  • Thursday, July 31 - Delaware County: Pennsylvania Institute of Technology | 800 Manchester Ave, Media, PA 19063
Click here to sign-up your unit for the sale and RSVP for one of the kick-offs located in your county (or that's convenient for you).


Learn about the improvements to the sale, new products, a better prize program, and the new FISH CLUB!

Have questions? Please visit colbsa.org/popcorn for more information including important dates, product line-up and more. You may also contact your district popcorn kernel, district professional, or email popcorn@colbsa.org. See you at a kick-off!

Fall Recruitment Kickoffs

Save the date for this year's Fall Recruitment Kickoffs/Unit Training Sessions! The fall is prime time for recruitment, especially for Cub Scout packs. Make sure your unit sends at least one representative to receive the tools you need to invite youth and families to join Scouting. Sessions will run in the evening. Specific times and more details will be posted soon at colbsa.org/recruitment.



Delaware County: Tuesday, August 12 

Pennsylvania Institute of Technology

800 Manchester Ave

Media, PA 19063


Montgomery County: Wednesday, August 13

J.P. Mascaro & Sons

2650 Audubon Rd

Audubon, PA 19403


Philadelphia County: Wednesday, August 20

St. Martin of Tours

5450 Roosevelt Blvd

Philadelphia, PA 19124 


Save the Date for the 2014 Council-Wide Roundtable!

Council-Wide Roundtable
Monday, August 25, 2014
Camp Garrison, Musser Scout Reservation
  • Food
  • Program Partner & Council Committee Fair
  • Program Updates & Resources
  • Planning Calendar
  • Fellowship & More!
Registration coming soon!

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!

Thank You ACME Markets!

A big Thank You! to ACME Markets for sponsoring the food at the "Scoutmasters' Suppers" being held throughout the summer at Resica Fall Scout Reservation. Because of ACME's generosity, steak dinners will be provided to Scoutmasters at camp at no cost to the council or campers, as part of a once-a-week program led by our Scout Executive Mike Kaufman.


New Blog

Visit AdventureForLife.org to check out the Cradle of Liberty Council's new blog. The intended audience for the blog is the community-at-large as well as existing Scouting members and families. It will serve as a platform to share compelling Scouting stories, service projects in our communities, research on the program's impact, and how we can help build stronger families.

Topics highlighted on the blog will be categorized into the following sections: Family Activities, Exceptional Kids, Community Service, Outdoor Adventures, Strong Leaders, and Scouting Around.

The blog is part of our continuing efforts to get the word out about Scouting and better communicate with the community and our membership. Another part of this effort will be to overhaul the content on the council's website over the summer and fall so information about topics specific to unit leaders--such as activities, training, advancement, camping, fundraising, and program resources--is concise, up-to-date and easy to find.

Please share your thoughts about the blog or content ideas at blog@colbsa.org.

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 

2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference(NOAC): August 2-8, 2015: The Order Of The Arrow National Conference is held every three years at a major University. It features morning training sessions in extensive subject fields including computers, web site design, leadership, regalia, Indian dance, ceremonies, lodge interactions, lodge activities and more. Afternoons are reserved for competitions in ceremonies, Indian dance, sports (volleyball, basketball, swimming, track and field, lip sync, and many others), as well as free time, fellowship and interacting with Arrowmen from all over the world. 


For more information, 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.


Health & Safety Tip of the Month: Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system.
For more information, click here

Sign-Up for Wood Badge!

Wood Badge is a fun leadership experience for all adults in Scouting. If you are a leader, whether in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing, or Varsity, you don't want to miss out on this great opportunity! Many leaders, including those that have taken corporate leadership training programs, have said that Wood Badge is one of the most valuable experiences they've ever had.


Through leader specific training, you learned the basics of your position; now let's take the next step and become a great leader. Wood Badge is a leadership program that immerses participants in a variety of group activities and discussions about important topics including conflict management, team building, attaining goals, and the leading and teaching EDGE. During the two weekends, participants hear presentations, interact with others, play games, and have FUN.


Please click here for more information and to register for the upcoming course starting on Friday, September 12.


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.


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.


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. 


2015 World Jamboree

The World Scout Jamboree is a Scouting jamboree of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, (WOSM) typically attended by several tens of thousands of Scouts from around the world, aged 14 to 17 every 4 years.


The BSA Contingent is now open for registration - Don't miss out the biggest Scouting event in the world.


World Jamboree 2015

The 23rd World Scout Jamboree will take place at Kirara-hama, YamaguchiJapan in 2015. The theme will be 和 Wa: A Spirit of Unity. The kanji , meaning harmonyunity or togetherness, is also a part of the theme. Wa is also an early name for Japan.

Follow links below for more information: 

or Contact

Mr. Frank Yeung, lonewolffy@verzion.net

Mr. Michael Green, Michael.Green@scouting.org


2014 National Veterans Wheelchair Games 

If you are going to be in or around Philadelphia, August 12-17, 2014, a great experience awaits you! The Department of Veterans Affairs and Paralyzed Veterans of America are co-presenting the 34th National Veterans Wheelchair Games.  Over 600 athletes from around the United States and Great Britain will visit the City of Brotherly love to compete in 19 wheelchair sporting events.


It will take more than 2,500 volunteers to make this week a success, and the area American Legions are asking for help from the Boy Scouts and Venturers of the Cradle of Liberty Council. Our Veterans need you! There are many opportunities ranging from sporting events, greeters and assistance at the airport and dozens of other critical jobs to make the event run smoothly. The minimum volunteer age is 14-years old. However, individuals younger than 14 can join the "fans in the stands" and cheer on our athletes to victory.


Come one, come all. With the sports town that Philadelphia is, what a great way to share Philly pride!!!


34th National Veterans Wheelchair Games Volunteer Opportunities Listing  For more information about volunteer opportunities, please contact NVWGPhillyVolunteer@va.gov 


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


Cradle of Liberty Online Store


Visit our online store at www.colbsa.org/historicaltrails to order the books, medals, and patches for these trails.


Any questions, please contact Carol Trupe at 484-654-9233 or email carol.trupe@scouting.org.


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.


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