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Welcome to the Lafayette Leaflet, a monthly newsletter for the Lafayette District. In each edition there will be information on what activities, events, and meetings are going on in the district and the Cradle of Liberty Council.
All words in blue are hyperlinked and will take you to more information on that topic. For anything not hyperlinked, stay tuned to the next Lafayette Leaflet for more information!
October 31, 2014



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In This Issue:
District Roundtable
Merit Badge College, 2015
District Committee Chair Note
American Legion Awards
Merit Badge Counselor Training
Scouting for Food!
Around the Tree
Lafayette District Leadership


District Chair

Wayne Motsek



District Commissioner

Ken Houseal



District Executive

Open Position


Quality Unit Executive

Tesha Omeis



Click here for a full list of Lafayette District Leaders.

  • Scouting For Food Bag Drop-11/8
  • Scouting For Food Bag Pick-11/15
  • Thanksgiving Day Parade-11/27
  • OA Brotherhood Blitz 12/6
  • University of Scouting 12/13
  • Klondike 1/16-1/18
  • Merit Badge College 1/31
  • Pilgrimage and Encampment 2/13-15
  • Bob Berger First Aid Meet 3/7     


District Roundtable
by Kim Motsek
Please join us for Lafayette District's Roundtable on Wednesday, November 12th at JP Mascaro's office in Audubon at 7:30 pm

We will be discussing Camping options in our Council (as requested by YOU at our last Roundtable!)

CUB SCOUTS will be presented with ideas for your Blue & Gold Banquet.

BOY SCOUTS will get updated on our elite Order of the Arrow!

SPL's who are invited to ALL Roundtables , will be going over ideas for upcoming events and planning future ones. Scoutmaster, let's get our SPL's or their alternate to Roundtable!

ORDER OF ARROW also meets at this time.

There is a reason for everyone to attend Roundtable.

I look forward to seeing you there!!!
Merit Badge College, 2015
by Laurie Gibbons

MBC 2015

January 31, 2015

Click here for PDF that I'd like you to share with all the people in your unit. We still need more counselors and more badges to offer at MBC on January 31. If not, this year will have less variety for the boys.

What we have so far...

Bugling, Chemistry, Cit Nation, Cit Comm, Cit World, Communications, Dog Care?, Snow Sports?, Dentistry, Family Life, Fingerprinting, First Aid, Law, Medicine, Music, Personal Fitness, Personal Management, Pets, Public Health, Railroading, Safety, Scouting Heritage?, and Sustainablity.


Read the attachment and reply to me PLEASE!!!!!!!
 District Committee Chair Note
by Wayne Motsek

Happy Halloween...where has 2014 gone it is almost over.

SFF bag distribution is in 2 weeks...Merit Badge College and Klondike are less than three months away.

Thank you all for helping our Scouts.


2015 will have a World Jamboree taking place in Japan...and we will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Order of the Arrow!!!


Some big changes are coming in 2015:

For Cub Scouts some of the changes coming are -

*Oath & Law changes to the Boy Scout versions

*Tiger with new image

*Arrow of Light will no longer require earning the Webelos rank

*No more Academics & Sports program as of May, 2015

*One Den Leader Guide per rank


For Boy Scouts, at the end of 2015:

*Scout becomes a rank

*Service will be a requirement for all ranks, including a conservation related requirement for Life

*Physical fitness requirements for each rank -

*Duty to God incorporated in the requirement to show Scout Spirit


Hope to see you all at Roundtable...


 American Legion Awards
by Clament Newport
Director of Field Service, Cradle of Liberty Council


The American Legion in Pennsylvania offers a number of awards to Scouting members and units.  As a strong partner of Scouting, it is in our best interest to do what we can to ensure a strong pool of applicants for these awards.  I'm sure each of you have individuals and units deserving of these recognitions.  Could you please pass this information and/or see that it is communicated in your council.  All applications are available on the website and are due on March 1 of each year.


Click here for more information

Calling All Prospective and Veteran Merit Badge Counselors!

by Kim Motsek

A Merit Badge Counselor is More than a box-checker!


  • What are the Qualifications?
  • Is Specific Training or Certification Required?
  • Do Scoutmasters have blanket approval to Sign-Off on all Merit Badges?
  • Who Approves Counselors?
  • How does an Individual apply to Become a Merit Badge Counselor?
  • Is there a Limit to the Number of badges one Individual may counsel?
  • Can a Counselor Work with His or Her Own Son?
  • Do Different Rules Apply to Summer Camp and Merit Badge Fairs?
  • Do Counselors Have to Register Each Year?
  • Can Counselors offer Workplace Tours and Other Opportunities?
  • How Can Counselors Get Trained!

All great Questions! Do you plan on being a Councilor for Merit Badge College in January, or in the District, or even for your Troop?

DO you know the answers to these questions, or just think you do?


Come find out on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, at 7 PM at J.P. Mascaro's (room across from the Roundtable Location)!  Lafayette District will be offering a short, informative session for all current and prospective Merit Badge Counselors prior to the Dec. 10 Roundtable Meeting! The class will begin at 7 PM. After you have completed this session, you can come over to Roundtable - just across the hall!


This Orientation will provide new and veteran Merit Badge Counselors with basic knowledge and skills needed to get started, and provide up to date information to veteran Counselors. Topics to be covered offer tips for counseling, group instruction and camp settings. Helpful methods will be discussed on resources, process of counseling, qualifications to be a counselor, what special certifications and trainings are required for some BSA Merit Badges, and more! Current BSA policy and Requirements will be reviewed.


All Merit Badge Counselors need to re-sign up each year, so this is a perfect opportunity to get registered and maybe learn something new! Perfect session for all those planning to be Counselors at our Merit Badge College!

To Sign-Up for this class, please email Gerry Myers at or Kim Motsek at by Dec. 8, 2014.


by Kim Motsek

Scouting For Food (SFF) is the largest Good Turn effort sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America each year.  Across the country, nearly 4 million scouts and their leaders take part in this important Good Turn for America by collecting food for needy families in their community.

Scouting For Food was first conducted on a national level, as a National Good Turn, by the BSA in 1988 and collected more than 60 million food items in that year!

In the Cradle of Liberty Council, Lafayette District, we will be participating in the Scouting For Food Drive in November.  On Saturday, November 8th, we will be distributing SFF bags in our neighborhoods. On November 15th, we will be collecting our bags and dropping them off at our food banks, soup kitchens and your local charities. Please remember to send in your report as soon as possible! Reporting forms will be emailed to every Unit Leader.

The Scouting For Food map and boxes of bags were presented at the October Roundtable.  If your unit has not signed up yet, or needs SFF bags, please contact Kim Motsek at

In the past, only 50% of our units have participated in this very worthy service - let's try to Do Our Best and get everyone out for to help those in need on our community!

Thank you all for all you do for Scouting, and your Community!

Around the Tree--Meet our new Unit Executive, Tesha Omeis


Orginally from Howard, Pa, Tesha went to Penn State University to study Environmental Education.  She started her Scouting experience in 2002 by assisting with merit badges and cub scout advancement at the Shaver's Creek Environmental Center.  Between 2006-2013, she served  for five summers as the Ecology Director at Camp Mountain Run for the Bucktail Council in DuBois, Pa.  During the school years of that period of time, she developed curricula for merit badge instruction and taught classes in Alabama with the Black Warrior Council.  Since 2001, she has educated youth in Connecticut, New Mexico, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and Ohio!  When not scouting, you can find Tesha outside enjoying every season and what it has to offer!



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