August 20, 2014

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Blood Drive
Council-Wide Roundtable
Fall Recruitment
Popcorn Sale
Philadelphia Encampment
Wood Badge
Fall Fest
APEX Weekend
Program Partners
Unami Lodge
Training Requirements
Online Merit Badge Counselor List
Shofar Award
World Jamboree
Eagle Scout Shoulder Patch
Health & Safety Tip
Online Store
Summer Hours

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Scouting for Life Blood Drive  

We Need Your Help!
Give Blood | Ask a Friend | Raise Awareness


There's currently a shortfall in blood donations and the Scouts are working to help meet the need by promoting the Mascaro Memorial Blood Drive this summer.

Thank you to the 121 people that made it out to our first four drives this past weekend! The bulk of our drives are scheduled for this coming weekend throughout Philadelphia, Montgomery and Delaware Counties, so there's still time to help make a difference.

If you've been considering becoming a blood donor, now is the time sign-up!

Because all but one of our drives are taking place this weekend, please sign-up to give blood directly though the American Red Cross website ( Here's how the scheduling process works:
  • Click here to get a list of the Scouting for Life/Mascaro Memorial Blood Drive locations*
  • Find the drive where you'd like to donate and click on the link "Click here to schedule an appointment to donate"
  • You will be asked to login or register. Click on the "Register Now' button if you're a new user.
  • You will be directed to the "Schedule an Appointment" page for the drive you selected. Select a time and you're good to go!
  • If you're not directed to the scheduling page once you've logged-in or created an account, please enter the sponsor code boyscout mascaro in the blue search box at the very top of the page.

*If you can't find your drive on the page or would like to donate at any other Red Cross drive, please click "Start a new search " near the top of the page or enter your zip code in the blue search box at the very top of the page.


You may also call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to schedule your donation appointment

Whether you choose to become a blood donor or not, please consider helping us get the word out to family, friends and co-workers.

Thank you for making a difference this summer!

Council-Wide Roundtable

Don't Miss the 2014-2015 Program Year Kick-Off!
Free food, fun, prizes, popcorn sale training, program updates, recruitment resources, Program Partners, and this year's edition of "Prepared. For Life." Magazine!

Program Partner & Council Committee Midway: 5:30 - 6:50 PM
Dinner: 5:30 - 6:50 PM
General Session: 7:00 - 7:30 PM
Program Round Robins: 7:30 - 9:00 PM


To register for this great event and for more information, click here

Cub Scout Fall Recruitment 


Didn't get a chance to attend the Delaware or Montgomery County Fall Recruitment Kick-Offs last week? There's still time to get the info you need.


Wednesday, August 20

St. Martin of Tours

5450 Roosevelt Blvd

Philadelphia, PA 19124

7:00 - 8:30 PM 


RSVP here


Popping Off!

Today marks the official opening of the Trail's End Popcorn system for units to edit and submit their $10,000 and Show and Sell Orders. You can view past sale history, edit the list of selling Scouts in your unit and much more at Please contact or your district popcorn kernel or professional for help with logging into the system.


Did You Know?

  • We have more than 200 packs and troops already committed to joining your Scouts in this year's popcorn sale.
  • We have secured ACME in addition to Wawa as a corporate partner in this year's sale. Contact your district popcorn kernel or professional if you need help securing Show and Sell locations.
  • Units that order more than $10,000 in popcorn benefit from higher commissions, door-to-door delivery and other incentives. $10,000 orders are due Wednesday, August 27 by 5 PM through the popcorn system (please note this is a change from the published popcorn leaders guide). Let us roll out the red carpet for you!
  • Thank you to the units that participated in Wawa lottery. Units that are selected through the lottery to sell at Wawa locations will be notified before the end of August

Have a specific need? We can help. Let's make this a year of opportunity for your Scouts by paving the way to great program!



For the Leaders Guide, order forms and other resources, please visit 


Philadelphia Encampment


Are you a Scoutmaster or Cubmaster looking for an exciting new program opportunity for your troop or pack? Then save the date and sign up for the 2014 Philadelphia Encampment. This year's Encampment will offer exciting programs for both Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, including merit badges, junior leader training and our exciting new Webelos program, Project Crossover.   


For more details about the Encampment, including program details, registration forms, and contacts, please visit


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.


Fall Fest

Who: All Cub Scouts and their families

What: A fun-filled day in camp featuring 10 activity stations and includes lunch

Where: Musser Scout Reservation; Camp Hart Dining Hall; 1125 Camp Road, Pennsburg, PA 18073

When: Fall Fest is a combination of six 1-day events across three weekends. The dates are October 18, 19, 25, 26 and Nov 1 & 2

Cost: $20 for Scouts and siblings, FREE for new Cub Scouts, $5 for Adults

Capacity: 288 Scouts and siblings per day


Activities will include:

BB range, archery, slingshots, apple chucking, pumpkin carving, relay races, cooking demo, nature, handicraft and much, much more!


Registration is open online and set to close the Monday prior to each event. Visit to register today!


APEX Weekend: Ropes, Bows & Barrels

September 27 or 28 

Come join us for a day of fun on the COPE course, archery range and rifle range! Scouts will have the opportunity to get a half-day taste of low COPE, either high COPE or climbing, and a half-day taste of rifle shooting with a .22 rifle and archery target shooting. All of this for just $25 for participants (youth and adults) or $8 for onlookers (includes lunch!). This event is open to all Boy Scouts and Venturers and is capped at 64 spots, so be sure to sign-up before registration fills-up!


Registration opens on August 22 at 


Program Partners

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


Current Offers:


Scout groups of 15 or more can visit

Sesame Place for just $15 per person!


Visit Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays through 8/28/14 and any operating day beginning 9/6/14 - 10/26/14.

Tickets must be purchased online



Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire

Thursday, October 2 | 8:00 PM

East Sideline Tickets Available for Only $20 each!

(face value = $38)


Click here for more information 



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


Online Store.... want to purchase Unami Lodge properties, then click here


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


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
  • 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


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.


Shofar Award

The National Jewish Committee on Scouting established the Shofar Award to recognize outstanding service by adults in the promotion of Scouting among Jewish youth. Just as the Shofar (Ram's Horn) calls people to the service of God, so the Shofar Award is a recognition of the individual who has answered the call to serve Jewish youth in Scouting. Self and spouse nominations will not be accepted.


For more information, click here


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,


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


Health & Safety Tip of the Month: Bike Safety

BSA has a list of bike safety guidelines on the site. The guidelines and procedures apply to all BSA unit, council and national program activities involving bicycling.

For more information, click here

Cradle of Liberty Online Store


Visit our online store at to order the books, medals, and patches for these trails.


Any questions, please contact Carol Trupe at 484-654-9233 or email


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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