September 17, 2014

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Fall Recruitment
Show Us How You Recruit!
Philadelphia Encampment
Popcorn Sale
Fall Fest
Fall Fest Event Staff
APEX Weekend
Cabin and Campsite Rentals
Program Partners
Unami Lodge
Young Professional Scouts
Kinnus & Scout Retreat
Shofar Award
Training Requirements
University of Scouting
2015 Pilgrimage & Encampment
World Jamboree
Health & Safety Tip
Online Store
Employment Opportunities

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It's Fall Recruitment Season!

School's in session, 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, along with hundreds of unit leaders, 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.


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.



Let's Get Out the Word About Scouting!

Get out those yard signs and posters, set-up a recruitment display or do something really creative to encourage youth and families to join Scouting!
  • Take a picture or video and post on our Facebook page or to Twitter: or tweet @colbsa - use hastag #beascout
  • Make sure to tell us the unit type and number (e.g. Cub Scout Pack 123) and location of the sign or display.
  • The council membership committee will select winners and results will be posted on October 15. The top winning unit will receive a $50 gift card to the Scout Shop/ and runners-up will receive a $25 gift card.
If you need yard signs or other recruitment materials, please contact your local district membership chair or professional or contact the service center at 610-688-6900.


Philadelphia Encampment

The 2nd Annual Philadelphia Encampment is just one month away! 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 open for the weekend event and Cub Day event, so sign-up today!


The October issue of Boys' Life will feature an article on last year's Philadelphia Encampment. Click here to see a preview.


Popcorn Sale

Show & Sell Product Pick-up

The popcorn is in and this Saturday, September 20 is unit pick-up day. Units have been slotted to pick-up their popcorn at their district satellite locations beginning at 8 AM this Saturday. Please click here to see the schedule to confirm the timeslot your unit has been assigned for pickup.


Phillies Fish Club First-Week Fill-a-Form Finale!

The first 50 members of Fish Club will receive two tickets to the September 28th Phillies season finale at Citizens Bank Park!


3 Ways to Claim Your Scout's Tickets:

  • Tweet @colbsa with a photo of your Scout holding a completed take order form using the #fishclub and #popcorn hashtags
  • Email a completed take order form to
  • Fax your Scout's completed take order form to 610-788-3338 (include contact info)

The first 50 Scouts to submit proof of a completed take order form by 5 PM on Friday, September 26 will receive two (2) tickets to cheer on the Phillies as they close the season against the Atlanta Braves!


The average completed take order form is valued at $540 which will qualify most Scouts for the Fish Club limited edition BSA Fishing Lure!


Weekly Popcorn Newsletter

If you're a unit popcorn kernel (coordinator), make sure to check out our weekly email newsletter, Kernel Connection, which is distributed each Tuesday. If you haven't been receiving the newsletter and want to be on the distribution list, please click on the link and select "Click here to subscribe"


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


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!


Fall Fest - Event Staff Recruiting

The Fall Fest weekends are fast approaching, and we are looking for top-notch Scouts and Scouters to help provide the program for the Cubs that are excited to participate in the activities! Looking for service hours for school or Scouts? 


This is a great opportunity for several hours of service.


Fall Fest Weekends are October 17-19, 24-26 and October 31-November 2.


Staff will be given a campsite and all meals, so this is a great unit camping opportunity! If you or your troop are able to help serve as part of the event staff, please contact Dave LeBlanc at


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 


Cabin and Campsite Rentals

Checking Availability and Making a Reservation


Property descriptions, maps and program ideas are available at:

1. To check availability and make a reservation go to

2. Click on the "Book Now" Green Button for either Resica Falls Scout Reservation or Musser Scout Reservation.

3. Select a category: choose if you want a lodge or a tent site and then click on the facility you are interested in. It will highlight the facility and then you can check what openings exist for your weekend of choice. Availability is confirmed if the date blocks show in grey.

4. Select your arrival and departure dates by clicking on the appropriate dates, it will then give you a "reserve' button to click.  This will create a reservation box at the top right of the calendar with an orange check out box. Click there and follow the steps to complete your registration.

5. Use your current Doubleknot user ID and password. If do not have one you will need to create a profile-use your "Unit #, Council", and your contact information.

6. Follow the steps to check out and select the appropriate payment type-pay online with a credit card or mail in a payment.

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 

Fall Fellowship
The Highland Games are coming to the Fall Fellowship Weekend. Test your strength while tossing the caber and have some fun in our sumo wrestling suits, in addition to many other exciting games. Don't forget, this is the weekend we hold the officer elections, so make sure your voice is heard!
When - Friday, October 10th, 6pm until Sunday, October 12th, 11am
Where - Musser Scout Reservation, Hart Scout Camp
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.


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

Kinnus & Scout Retreat

October 24-26, 2014 | Camp Briarwood


"Comparative Religion"
Kinnus and Scout Retreat

An Interfaith Scouting Event

Sponsored By The Cradle of Liberty Council Jewish Committee On Scouting & The Archdiocese of Philadelphia Catholic Committee On Scouting


For more information - 

REGISTRATION: Gerry Zaretsky

EVENT CHAIR: Barry Kauffman

CCS CHAIR: Bob Gabage


To download the event flier, click 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


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.


University of Scouting 

2015 Pilgrimage & Encampment

Save the dates! More information and online registration will be available soon at questions, please contact Event Chair Barry Kauffman.

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


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


Employment Opportunities

Quality Unit Executive


The Cradle of Liberty Council is seeking service-minded, personable individuals with a commitment to the ideals of the BSA who are interested in having a positive impact on the lives of local elementary school-aged boys by serving as a Quality Unit Executive. The successful candidate will have a thorough understanding of all aspects of the Cub Scout program, have gone through the program as a youth and/or have had a son go through the program, have experience as a registered Cub Scout leader, and have ties both within and outside of the local Scouting community.


The Quality Unit Executive position is a full-time, paid position that involves assisting local Cub Scout packs with unit leader selection, leader training, membership recruitment and retention, unit program planning including fundraising and advancement, and camp promotion. This service role as a coach, counselor, mentor, and teacher requires a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, personal transportation, and the flexibility to work evenings and weekends.


Training and mileage reimbursement is provided, as well as paid vacation and holidays, and a full benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, 403B plus employer match and a retirement plan. 


If you are interested in joining the Cradle of Liberty field staff as a QUE, please email your resume and cover letter to


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