November 5, 2014

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Scouting for Food
Thanksgiving Day Parade
Service Hour Reporting
Voice of the Scout
Unit Rechartering Update
Popcorn Sale
Membership & Marketing
APEX Weekend
University of Scouting
Silver Beaver Nominations
Philadelphia Encampment Survey
Program Partners
Color Guard with the 76ers
Washington District Webelos College
Unami Lodge
Employment Opportunities
Summer Camp Staff
Cabin and Campsite Rentals
Hunting at Resica Falls
2015 Pilgrimage & Encampment
Catholic Committee on Scouting
Shofar Award
Health & Safety Tip
Scouting Builds Character
Paddle Ready App
Training Requirements
International Committee
World Jamboree
Online Store

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2014 Scouting for Food 

Bag Distribution is this 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 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.


Please contact your district Scouting for Food chair, district professional or if you have any questions. Thank you for your cheerful service!


2014 Thanksgiving Day Parade

The Cradle of Liberty Council is honored to have 150 Scouts and Scouters march in the 6abc Thanksgiving Day Parade. Limited spots are still available, so please sign-up today! Please only register the number of Scouts & Scouters that have made a commitment to attend and meet the requirements (see page for details). If your unit has already signed-up, the unit contact will be notified by early next week and will receive the releases that need to be signed and returned.

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

Service Hour Reporting

Please don't forget that one of the objectives on the unit Journey to Excellence (JTE) scorecard deals with service projects. Giving back to the community goes to the heart of what Scouting is all about, and reporting your unit's service hours helps us share a compelling story with the community about the impact that you and your Scouts make each and every year. It'll also help your unit "Go for the Gold" when it comes to the JTE program.

So please make sure to log in to the Service Hours website before the year is out (preferably by the end of November if you can) and let us know about how your unit helped with the blood drive, Scouting for Food, Eagle projects, and all other service projects conducted throughout 2014.

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

Take Order Pick Up Day

This Saturday, November 8th, units that submitted Take Orders will be able to pick up their popcorn at the same district-specific locations as earlier this fall.

Please refer to the schedule and arrive on time. Thanks!


Reads Moving Systems

(Baden-Powell, Washington & Roosevelt)

2600 Turnpike Drive, Hatboro ,PA


BBL Pipe Company

(Continental & General Nash)

2194 Detwiler Road, Kulpsville, PA


Delaware County Chamber of Commerce

(Conestoga & Minquas)

1001 Baltimore Pike, Springfield, PA 19064


Keystone First

(Northern, Triune, ScoutReach & Roosevelt)

200 Stevens Drive, Philadelphia, PA


Valley Forge Scout Office

(Constellation & Lafayette)

1485 Valley Forge Road, Wayne, PA


Prize Orders: Due November 8th

Unit Kernels should have received login instructions from PRIZEMANIA (National Supply Division) two weeks ago regarding ordering prizes for their Scouts on www.bsasupplymarketing.orgIf you've had any problems logging into the system, please contact your district professional for assistance in logging in and approving your prize order.  Note: Online selling counts!




Payment Due: December 1st

All unit invoice payments are due to the council by Monday, December 1st.  Please contact your district professional if you have questions or need your unit invoice.


Your online sales are tabulated separately and you will receive a check for this commission amount at the end of the sale from the council. 


Thank you for your continued hard work in helping our Scouts pay their way! 


Membership & Marketing

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  for more information.

Membership Chairman Introduction

Is Your Unit's Pin Up-to-Date? 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

APEX Weekend: Ropes, Bows & Barrels

Spots Still Open on November 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!


Register at Registration closes tonight at 11:55 PM! 


University of Scouting 

University of Scouting 2014

Saturday, December 13, 2014

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Valley Forge Military Academy & College, Wayne 


This is the premier training opportunity for all adult volunteers! Do not miss out!

 New courses have been added & favorites are returning.


Visit for more information, course catalog and online registration >


Register before November 28 and get a $10 discount!


Silver Beaver Nominations

The Silver Beaver Award is the highest national award presented by a local council to individuals for noteworthy service of exceptional character to youth. Each local council may present only a limited number of Silver Beavers each year, which makes this a very prestigious award for those whose record of service to youth is most outstanding!


Nominations must be received by noon on November 30, 2014. 

Philadelphia Encampment Survey 

Did your unit attend the 2nd Annual Philadelphia Encampment? To help us better serve you in the future, we are asking unit leaders to assist us by completing a short post-event feedback survey.



Please read a letter from the event co-chairs and follow the link to take the survey >


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!


Welcome to our newest Program Partner...

Scout Climbing Programs:
Outdoor Merit Badge | Indoor Merit Badge | Troop Climb

 Cradle of Liberty Merit Badge Days:

 Saturday, January 31 oSaturday, April 18

Click here for more information >


Be Part of the Color Guard at a Sixers Game!

Throughout their season, the Philadelphia 76ers are offering Scouts the opportunity to conduct the flag presentation during the national anthem and get discounted tickets. Each game, four to five Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts or Venturers, preferably in full uniforms, may participate in the ceremony and the unit must provide the flags. Participants will be able to watch warm-ups court side! Color guard Scouts, as well as other Scouts and their families, will get a special discounted price and a 76ers drawstring backpack. All Scouts will also receive a special patch. Discounted tickets start at $15 to $16; pricing varies depending on the game and seats. 


If your unit is interested, please complete this short online survey  requesting contact information and your first and second preferences for game nights. The information for interested units will be provided to the Sixers and the team's group events staff will be in contact directly with the unit to make arrangements.


Washington District Webelos College

Do you have a Webelos Scout that is interested in obtaining one of the following activity badges?

  • Handyman
  • Readyman
  • Engineer
  • Scientist
  • Geologist

On November 8, 2014, the Washington District is sponsoring a Webelos College at St. Catherine's of Sienna, 321 Witmer Rd, Horsham, PA 19044.


Two sessions will be offered from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM and 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM with 25 Scouts per session, and each Scout is able to take one session per time period. 


There is an $8.00 fee per Scout. Water is provided. Webelos Scouts should bring a bag lunch. 


To register for this event, click here (closes Nov. 7)


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 for more information about these events and any Lodge information.


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 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 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


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 to fill out an application or email John Bickel for more information.


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.

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 or Ranger Hutch at


2015 Pilgrimage & Encampment

Online registration is available at

For questions, please contact Event Chair Barry Kauffman

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.

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


Health & Safety Tip of the Month: BSA Incident Reporting Policy

The Boy Scouts of America provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness. A key responsibility that we all share is providing an effective program that meets the needs of young people and provides the proper health and safety of everyone concerned.


It is important that we sustain the safe operation of our programs and promote continuous improvement through organizational learning. Timely and complete incident reports support analysis that is critical to identifying needed improvement of the programs offered by the Boy Scouts of America.


The Cradle of Liberty Council provides supplemental insurance (the $2 per year that each registered member pays at recharter). To file a claim, the form must be completed by the unit leader, signed by a district executive (or other professional staff member) and a parent and mailed directly to the insurance company at the address on the form. We recommend that copies of all paperwork submitted are kept by the parents. 


For more information, please click here


Scouting Builds Character 


Based on the principle of duty to God and country, the Scouting program is for all youth, ages 6 through 21, regardless of ethnic background, creed, or physical or mental ability. In cooperation with organizations like the Pennsylvania American Legion, Scouting offers a way for you and other dedicated volunteers of your Post and community to bring fun, adventure, and leadership skills to young people. Scouting provides effective character building, citizenship training, and personal fitness opportunities for youth.


For more information and the applications for the awards, click here


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
  • 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.


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 or Robert (RJ) Wiechecki at 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,


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


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