September 3, 2014

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Fall Recruitment
Popcorn Sale
Council-Wide Roundtable Recap
Blood Drive
Philadelphia Encampment
APEX Weekend
Fall Fest
Wood Badge
Young Professional Scouts
Program Partners
Unami Lodge
Tufts University
Training Requirements
Shofar Award
World Jamboree
Health & Safety Tip
Online Store

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It's Fall Recruitment Season!

School's in session or will be soon, so that means it's time to recruit families to experience the fun and adventure of Scouting!


Thousands of new Cub Scouts and their families will be joining this fall. The membership committee and professional staff are hard at work to ensure that each and every youth who wants to join the program has the opportunity to do so. Word-of-mouth is still the most effective recruitment method, so please make sure to recommend Scouting to others and encourage them to sign-up.


Although most new Scouts will be joining Cub Scouting this fall, this time of year is still a great opportunity to recruit Boy Scouts and Venturers. Webelos transition is right around the corner, so make sure your unit has a plan. The resources of the Cradle of Liberty Council stand ready to assist.


If your Cub Scout pack has not received its Fall Recruitment Kit yet, please contact your district membership chair or professional. Also make sure to let them know the details of your Join Scouting Rally. The council office will coordinate school talks, produce and distribute fliers, and assist with other recruitment methods.


We'll be announcing a "Show Us How You Recruit" contest on our Facebook page early next week. Get out those yard signs, posters or do something really creative, post pictures or videos of your display and win some cool stuff for your unit! Like our page so you'll get the details when they're released!


Please visit for the latest Cub Scout recruitment resources. Thank you for your support as we work together to get as many youth and families as possible involved in the best youth development program around!


Don't forget that every new Cub Scout who joins this fall gets to attend a day of Fall Fest at Musser Scout Reservation FOR FREE!

Please visit for details.

Popping Off!

For those units that did not take part in the $10K Show and Sell Order but plan on participating in Show and Sell, please be sure to log in to the Trail's End Popcorn System and place your unit's order right away to ensure that it is delivered on September 20! If you have any issues logging in, please contact your district popcorn kernel or professional, call our office (610-688-6900), or email

If you're a unit popcorn kernel (coordinator), make sure to check out our weekly email newsletter, Kernel Connection. If you didn't receive the first edition on September 2 and want to be on the mailing list, please click on the newsletter and select "Join Our Mailing List."


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


Thank You for Attending the Council-Wide Roundtable!

Thank you to the more than 230 Scouters who attended the 2014 Council-Wide Roundtable on August 25!

If you haven't had a chance yet, please take a few minutes to complete a survey to let us know how you think it went so we can improve this event and others like it for the future. Your input is appreciated!

Here are links to some of the resources distributed at the event:

Scouting for Life Blood Drive  

Thank You!
A huge thank you to the hundreds of donors who participated in the Scouting for Life/Mascaro Memorial Blood Drives over the past three weekends. Your generosity helped save lives!

Patches will be distributed to participants over the next several weeks and we'll have a full report of the results once everything is tabulated.

Units: please don't forget to record your service hours towards promoting the drive, helping at a location and/or giving blood on the Journey to Excellence Service Hours Reporting website.

There's still a critical need for blood donations, so please consider registering for a drive near you through the American Red Cross website ( or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Thank you for making a difference this summer!

Philadelphia Encampment

Is your unit looking for an exciting  program opportunity for your troop or pack? Then save the date and sign-up for the 2014 Philadelphia Encampment happening on October 17-19 at Lighthouse Field. This year's event 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 Online registration is currently open for Webelos dens and Boy Scout troops. Registration for the Cub Scout day program will be available soon.


APEX Weekend: Ropes, Bows & Barrels

September 27 or 28 | November 8 or 9

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 open at 


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!


New Cub Scouts who join in Fall 2014 get to attend one Fall Fest day for FREE!


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


Spots Still Available for Wood Badge!

Thanks to some sign-ups last week, the fall Wood Badge course has met its number of minimum participants, but there's still more room for Scouters to experience one of the best training courses the BSA has to offer!


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.


Please click here for more information and to register for the upcoming course starting on Friday, September 12. The last day to register online is September 10!


YPS - Young Professional Scouts 

Young Pro Scouts

Young Professional Scouts (YPS) is a membership-based professional development organization for young Scouting alumni living or working in the Greater Philadelphia Area. Members enjoy opportunities to network with peers at extraordinary events, gain access to top community leaders, give back in service and develop themselves for future board service.

For our upcoming events, click here.

Program Partners

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


Please visit the website to see all the great offers available from our Program Partners!




Unami Lodge, One 

Want to learn more about patch trading? Want to learn from true patch vendors and sellers? Then dont miss this event.
When - Friday, September 12th from 3PM - 11PM and
             Saturday, September 13th from 8AM - 2PM
Where - Philadelphia National Guard Armory
2700 Southampton Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154
  Cost -   Youth - FREE
               Adults - $5.00   
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.


A Message from Tufts University

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Hello Pack Leaders! Thank you for welcoming members of our team to this year's Kick-Off, and for sparing a few minutes of time for our announcements. We had a blast getting to know new leaders and sharing updates about the Tufts-BSA Study. We wanted to remind you again that some of you will receive study materials from us in the mail in the very near future. Thank you again for your continued participation in the study, and for supporting the study. Best of luck as you begin this year of Scouting.


-Tufts Research Team


Curious about the research study?



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.


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,


Health & Safety Tip of the Month: Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse

The Boy Scouts of America places the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for our youth members. To maintain such an environment, the BSA has developed numerous procedural and leadership selection policies and provides parents and leaders with resources for all levels of the program.


Being a leader in the BSA is a privilege, not a right. The quality of the program and the safety of our youth members call for high-quality adult leaders. The adult application requests background information that should be checked by the unit committee or the chartered organization before accepting an applicant for unit leadership. Additionally, national criminal background checks are conducted on all adult leaders through the council.


Youth Protection Training is required for all registered volunteers in the Boy Scouts of America and must be taken every two years. New adult leaders cannot register unless they submit proof with their application that they have completed Youth Protection Training, which is available online at


All persons involved in Scouting shall report to local authorities any good faith suspicion or belief that any child is or has been abused. No person may abdicate this reporting responsibility to any other person.


Steps to Reporting Child Abuse:

  1. Ensure the child is in a safe environment.
  2. In cases of child abuse or medical emergencies, call 911 immediately. In addition, if the suspected abuse is in the Scout's home or family, you are required to contact the local child abuse hotline.
  3. Notify the Scout executive or his/her designee.

 Find out more at


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