October 15, 2014

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Fall Recruitment
Philadelphia Encampment
Fall Fest
Voice of the Scout
Unit Rechartering Update
Popcorn Sale
APEX Weekend
Scouting for Food
Thanksgiving Day Parade
Cabin and Campsite Rentals
Hunting at Resica Falls
Cub Day at the Philadelphia Zoo
Program Partners
Unami Lodge
Catholic Committee on Scouting
Kinnus & Scout Retreat
Shofar Award
Young Professional Scouts
Council Youth Protection Champion
Health & Safety Tip
Paddle Ready App
Training Requirements
University of Scouting
2015 Pilgrimage & Encampment
International Committee
World Jamboree
Online Store
Employment Opportunities
Summer Camp Staff

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Free Bobcat Badges for New Cub Scouts: For packs that turn-in their new Scout applications for this fall no later than October 31, 2014, each new Scout who earns his Bobcat badge will receive it for FREE!  Please click here for the details.

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

 Please visit colbsa.org/musserevents for details.



Does your unit have a Membership & Marketing Chair? This volunteer oversees your unit's membership efforts and works to raise your unit's profile in the community through marketing. View the video below for an introduction and visit www.scouting.org/membership for more information.

Membership Chairman Introduction

Is Your Unit's BeAScout.org Pin Up-to-Date? BeAScout.org is used extensively in local and national marketing materials, so it's critical that your unit's contact information and details are current so families can find you. Unit leaders (Cubmasters, Scoutmasters etc.), committee chairs and chartered organization representatives have access to update the information through MyScouting.org.

Philadelphia Encampment

The 2nd Annual Philadelphia Encampment is this weekend! 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.

Online registration closes tonight at midnight!


For more details about the Encampment, including program details, registration forms, and contacts, please visit colbsa.org/phila. Online registration is open for the weekend event and Cub Day event, so sign-up today!


Also, make sure to check out the October issue of Boys' Life for a great article entitled, "Learning Scout skills at the Philadelphia Encampment." Click here to see a preview, along with a video and pictures.


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


Registration is open online and set to close the Monday prior to each event.


Visit colbsa.org/musserevents

to register today!

 Please note that registration for the first two dates is now closed.


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!


Voice of the Scout Surveys

Here's a message from Chuck Bolger, Council Commissioner, about the latest "Voice of the Scout." If you received a survey in your email inbox, please help answer Chuck's question, "How are we doing?" For more info, please click here. Units with high participation could win $500 for their programs!


Message from Council Commissioner Chuck Bolger

Unit Rechartering Update

Our Commissioner Staff has been working hard to make the rechartering process more efficient. Please read this letter from Council Commissioner Chuck Bolger regarding some upcoming changes.


Popcorn Sale

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 colbsa.org/popcorn 


APEX Weekend: Ropes, Bows & Barrels

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 colbsa.org/musserevents 


2014 Scouting for Food 

Bag Distribution - Saturday, November 8, 2014
Food Collection - Saturday, November 15, 2014

On Saturday, November 8, 2014 Scouts and Leaders will be out in Philadelphia, Delaware and Montgomery Counties putting out Scouting for Food collection bags to as many houses as possible. Please keep track of the area your Unit distributes the Scouting for Food bags for pickup on November 15th.

On Saturday, November 15, 2014 the Scouts and Leaders will again be out to collect the generous donation of food by the good people of our communities.

After covering your area with Scouting go to www.colbsa.org/food and let us know how many youth and adults participated and on November 15th how many food items you collected.

Scouting for Food Bags are available through your district professional.


2014 Thanksgiving Day Parade

November 27, 2014
The Cradle of Liberty Council is honored to have 150 Scouts and Scouters march in the 6ABC Thanksgiving Day Parade. Please only register the number of Scouts & Scouters that have made a commitment to attend. We will be carrying Banners in front of Floats and Balloons, collecting food along the parade route and manning the Acme Float and NEED all that are registered in attendance. You will be assigned to one of these areas on the morning of the Parade.

For more details and to register click here

Cabin and Campsite Rentals

Checking Availability and Making a Reservation


Property descriptions, maps and program ideas are available at: www.colbsa.org/rentals

1. To check availability and make a reservation go to www.colbsa.org/rentals

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.

Have You Always Wanted to Hunt at Our Camps? 

Resica Falls Scout Reservation has limited spots remaining in our annual hunting program. If you would like to learn more about hunting on our properties please contact Tracy at tracy.launders@scouting.org or Ranger Hutch at david.hutchinson@scouting.org.


Philadelphia Zoo

Cub Scout Day at the Philadelphia Zoo
Sunday, November 2, 2014


Do you want to earn your Wildlife Conservation Belt Loop and Pin!

See the new Treetop Trail exhibit!

Learn about the animals from the zookeepers!
See the new KIDZOOU!

Go to www.colbsa.org/zoo to register and more information.

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 

Brotherhood Blitz... Have you been a Ordeal member for the past 10 months or more, then come out and join us for a one day event to achieve your Brotherhood. For more information, click here


Online Store... want to purchase Unami Lodge properties, like the new holiday ornament, then click here





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


Catholic Committee on Scouting

Visit the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Catholic Committee on Scouting website for more information and details about upcoming events or contact Catholic Committee Chair Bob Gabage.


Scout Mass is scheduled for Saturday, February 7, 2015, 11 AM at the Cathedral of SS. Peter & Paul. You can download a flier here.


Information about the Philmont St. George Trek for Summer 2015 is posted 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


YPS - Young Professional Scouts 

Young Pro Scouts

Volunteers Needed - Friends and Do-Gooders Welcome!
Young Professional Scouts will be assisting with the 2nd Annual Philadelphia Encampment. We need 10-15 members and friends to join us to help serve lunch to some great kids Saturday, October 18th at the Lighthouse Field (Front and Erie Streets). 

Last year more than a dozen YPS members and friends attended. It's a great way to give back. We are seeking volunteers from 11 AM to 1 PM. Please contact Mark Saxon to RSVP.
Council Youth Protection Champion

Youth Protection is of paramount importance to the Boy Scouts of America and relies upon the shared involvement of everyone in Scouting. Recognizing that this commitment requires sustained vigilance, the BSA has continued to develop and enhance its efforts to protect youth. In support of this focus and awareness, the National Youth Protection Committee has initiated the Youth Protection Champions program.


The Cradle of Liberty Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Geoffrey F. Sasso to the position of Council Youth Protection Champion. In this role, Geoffrey will assist in recruiting Youth Protection leadership, support Youth Protection strategy development, assist in increasing the implementation of new Youth Protection programs, policies, and reports, and will ensure that Youth Protection training is available and presented various times throughout the year.


Geoffrey earned his Eagle Scout rank in 1999 while with Troop 240 in Bucks County, PA.  He is currently an attorney with a major Philadelphia law firm. In addition to his role as Youth Protection Champion, Geoffrey is also a member of the Council's Advisory Board and is the President and one of the co-founders of the Council's Young Professional Scouts alumni organization.


Geoffrey can be reached at youthprotection@colbsa.org and encourages anyone with a question, concern, or comment to not hesitate in contacting him.  


More information on the Youth Protection Champions Program can be found at http://www.scouting.org/Training/YouthProtection/YPChampions.aspx


Health & Safety Tip of the Month: Storing, Handling and Using Chemical Fuels and Equipment

An adult knowledgeable about chemical fuels and equipment should always supervise youths involved in the storage, handling, and use of chemical fuels and equipment.


Operate and maintain chemical-fueled equipment according to the manufacturer's instructions and in facilities or areas only where and when permitted.


Using liquid fuels for starting any type of fire-including lighting damp wood, charcoal, and ceremonial campfires or displays-is prohibited.


No flames in tents. This includes burning any solid, liquid, gel, or gas fuel-including tents or teepees that feature or support stoves or fires; and any chemical-fueled equipment or catalytic heaters.


Store chemical fuels in their original containers or in containers designed for immediate use. Securely store any spare fuel away from sources of ignition, buildings, and tents.


During transport and storage, properly secure chemical fuel containers in an upright, vertical position.


For more information, refer to the Guide to Safe Scouting.


New 'Paddle Ready' App Available for Paddlers
We're thrilled to announce the release of Paddle Ready-a free, user-friendly iPhone/Android mobile app designed just for paddlers. This resource for a safer aquatics program has been provided by one of our partners-American Canoe Association.

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 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.


University of Scouting 

Online registration with course selection will be available soon.
Courses and times are currently being finalized.

2015 Pilgrimage & Encampment

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

Council International Committee   

The committee is open for Scouts and leaders with international Scouting experience to join our next conference call to share ideas and initiatives. If you are interested, please contact Mr. Frank Yeung (Chairman of International Committee) at lonewollfy@verizon.net or Robert (RJ) Wiechecki at robert.wiechecki@scouting.org for more information.


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


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.


Employment Opportunities


Mobile Scout Shop Sales Associate

Coming soon to the Philadelphia area is our new mobile Scout shop. We are currently accepting resumes for motivated, customer service and sales oriented people to assist on a part time basis with our shop. This position would be ideal for college students or stay at home parents that are looking for a little extra income. Visit www.colbsa.org/jobs to learn more and to submit a resume.


Administrative Assistant - Support Services

The Boy Scouts of America, Cradle of Liberty Council has an outstanding opportunity for a motivated administrative assistant in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment. This person contributes to the successful daily operation of the Firestone Scouting Resource Center in Wayne, PA by performing multiple administrative tasks on behalf of the Director of Support Services.


Full benefits package includes medical, dental, vision, 403B plus employer match, a retirement plan as well as paid vacation and holidays. Visit www.colbsa.org/jobs to learn more and to submit a resume.


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 jobs@colbsa.org.


Cradle of Liberty Summer Camp Staff

The Cradle of Liberty Council is looking for the most enthusiastic and friendly scouts to help us staff our summer camp operations at Musser and Resica Falls! 


If you or a Scout you know is interested, go to www.colbsa.org/campstaffapp to fill out an application or email John Bickel for more information.


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