December 17, 2014

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Happy Holidays!
Camp Card Program
Service Hour Reporting
Cub Scout Camp Promotions
Boy Scout Summer Camp
Pilgrimage & Encampment
Friends of Scouting
Program Updates
Program Partners
Unami Lodge
Merit Badge College
Flying Squirrel Protection
Applying for Summer Camp Staff
Camp Staff Annual Holiday Party
Cradle of Liberty Scout Band
Catholic Committee on Scouting
Health & Safety Tip
Silver Beaver Nominations Deadline Extended

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Best Wishes This Holiday Season!

From the executive board and staff of the Cradle of Liberty Council, we wish you and yours a joyous and safe Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.
Thank you for all you do for Scouting!

2015 Camp Card Program

For  the fourth year, Cradle of Liberty Council will be providing a unit fundraising opportunity through the Camp Card Program.  These $5 discount cards can be sold by Scouts, with 50% of each sale will be retained by the unit for use toward camp and other Scouting activities.


Last year, Scouting units in Cradle of Liberty earned $142,500 for these purposes! We are pleased to partner once again with several local retailers including Shoprite, Modell's Sporting Goods, Philly Pretzel Factory and Applebee's -- and in 2015 we have added a partnership with ACME Markets!


The Camp Card Program features:

  • No up-front cost to units
  • Minimal risk to units
  • 50% commission for units ($2.50/card)
  • More than $50 value in discounts on each card
  • Enables units to ensure all Scouts have the opportunity to attend camp

The sale of cards will be conducted by Scouts and units from February 1 to April 17, 2015.


Units who wish to participate can learn more and sign up at coordinators should also plan to attend one of the two Camp Card Kickoff Orientation & Card Distribution nights on January 20 or 21.

Service Hour Reporting

Help us get the Journey to Excellence dashboard up to at least four hours of community service per participant!

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 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.

 Cub Scout Camp Promotions 

Are you and your Cubs looking forward to another exciting summer of activities? Look no further than the Cradle of Liberty Council camping opportunities. We offer everything from a week of day camp in your local area to a half or full-week resident camp where the boys can sleepover at camp!


Schedule a promotion night and our trained promotion team will come to your meeting with updated information about camp, fliers and plenty of camp excitement. The presentation only takes about 10-15 minutes, and is sure to get your Cubs excited about attending camp! 


Contact John Bickel to schedule your camp promotion! If you loved your experience at camp last summer, we hope you will join us in spreading the good word about camp by helping as a camp promoter! If you want to help spread the word, contact John Bickel.


 Boy Scout Summer Camp at Rescia Falls

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We are making preparations for next summer after a successful 2014 summer camp season. Our theme is the Wild West, so gather your boots, jeans and cowboy hats!


We are revising our Dan Beard first-year camper schedule and modifying our merit badge schedule as well. We will offer 67 merit badges this year. New badges include skating, plant science, oceanography, American cultures, and metalwork (replacing plumbing).


Plans are underway to add beach volleyball, human foosball, and a half-court basketball surface.


We appreciate your past support and hope you will consider a return trip this summer. If you haven't joined us at Resica Falls recently, please consider us for your troop's summer camp adventure. Reservations are being made now; email Tracy Launders or call 484-654-9213 to reserve a week. If you are rotating this year, send us a friend!


2015 Pilgrimage & Encampment

Online registration is available at

Required Cold Weather Training:
Please remember that Cold Weather Seminar or equivalent training is required for at least one adult per unit every two years for the full weekend event and every three years if attending just the Pilgrimage day event. These training sessions are approaching fast and will be held at the Firestone Scouting Resource Center in Wayne: Sat. January 3 for the Encampment (weekend) and Thu. January 8 for Pilgrimage-only (day). More information and online registration is available on the website at

For questions, please contact Event Chair Barry Kauffman

2015 Friends of Scouting Campaign

The annual Friends of Scouting campaign provides Scouters, parents, alumni, businesses, and community members with an opportunity to support the programs and facilities of the Cradle of Liberty Council. 


The true cost of Scouting is much greater than what local dues or event and camping fees cover. Yearly registration fees directly support the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America and help provide program development and research, literature and other resources. Instead of charging a fixed cost to support local council operations, the Friends of Scouting Campaign gives individuals and businesses the option to contribute at a level of their own choosing. 


We're excited for this year's theme, "Lighting the Way." Recognition items and an exciting event are currently being planned around the theme. Unit guides will be available soon at outlining the 2015 plan.


Each unit is asked to schedule a presentation date for this campaign during the months of January, February and March. If your unit hasn't scheduled a presentation yet, please firm-up a date so district volunteers to have enough time to plan for the campaign. Your unit FOS coordinator may schedule a presentation by contacting your district Family FOS chair or your district professional, or may schedule your unit's presentation online by completing a short form.


Thank you for your support!


Upcoming Program Updates

January 17 Webcasts on the New Cub Scouting Program:

A new Cub Scouting program is launching June 1, 2015, that will be more fun and exciting for boys, and easier to implement for unit leaders. To ensure you are ready to make the transition, a number of webcasts will be hosted on January 17 to outline the coming changes, how to prepare, and when resources will be available.


Cubmaster Webcasts

Saturday, January 17, at 9 AM (Eastern), or

Saturday, January 17, at 4 PM (Eastern)


Den Leader Webcasts

Saturday, January 17, at 10:30 AM (Eastern), or

Saturday, January 17, at 5:30 PM (Eastern)


LDS-Specific Considerations*

Saturday, January 17, at 12 PM (Eastern), or

Saturday, January 17, at 7 PM (Eastern)


*It is recommended that those interested in the LDS session view one of the role-specific sessions first.


Although the content will be geared to the roles listed, anyone with an interest in learning about the new Cub Scouting program is welcome to attend. The sessions will be recorded for later viewing.


It's easy to attend! Just navigate your Internet browser to and you are ready to view the webcast! As always, for more information on the new Cub Scouting program, please go to


Help spread the word about the webcasts to ensure others are ready for the new Cub Scouting program!

Venturing Updates:

There are lots of questions regarding the Venturing program with the release of new program updates effective January 1. Here are a few answers to the most commonly asked queries:



There is now training for Crew advisors and the Crew committee. Training syllabi can be found at (Venturing Advisor Position Specific and Crew Committee Challenge).


In the new award structure, Venturers are to complete some new training courses. They can be found at These trainings are:

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!


The Academy of Natural Sciences has applied a special discount for Scout program registrations until May 2015; Register 10 Scouts, one Scout gets in for free!  (Promo Code: Scouts)

 Click here for more information >


Unami Lodge, One 

99th Annual Lodge Dinner... Join us the the kick off of our 100th Anniversary year. You will get a special gift at the dinner for all that attend. For more information, click here


Online Store... want to purchase special 100th Anniversary Unami Lodge properties, like the this flap and Pre-order items , then click here



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


2015 Merit Badge College

Hold the dates as Cradle of Liberty Council presents its second Merit Badge College on Saturdays April 11 and May 2, 2015 at the Valley Forge Military Academy. A Scout will be able to earn up to four Merit Badges by completing prerequisites in advance of the first session, completing additional requirements between the two sessions, and of course by attending and participating in the two Saturday class events.


Fifty badges are being offered including seven Eagle-required badges, many STEM badges, and other seldom-offered badges. There will be a limit of 500 Scouts so continue to monitor the BSA Today and the council website for further information. The badges being offered and sign-up instructions which will be forthcoming shortly. The cost is $26 per Scout which will include lunch for both days and a patch.


Calling all Merit Badge Counselors

We are need of merit badge counselors to staff the college. If you are free those two Saturdays and can teach a badge on those days, please contact Steve Perrone at with your name and the badge.


Flying Squirrel Protection at Musser Scout Reservation

While Pack 105 from Schwenksville was camping at Musser this fall, some of their Scouts and leaders noticed unusual squirrels in the trees! They quickly learned that they were actually flying squirrels, and notified our council conservation committee. After speaking with the PA Game Commission, it was determined that these may in-fact be the Northern Flying Squirrel. The Northern Flying squirrel is a Pennsylvania endangered species, so the Cub Scouts built 30 squirrel boxes so they could provide a habitat for the flying squirrels, while also having a chance to examine them to positively identify the species.


We want to give a big THANK YOU to Pack 105 and their Cubmaster, Rob Ribelin for their work in helping to protect the wildlife in our camp! 


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! Camp staff gives young people the opportunity to meet new friends, learn skills and teach the future generation of leaders! This is a great opportunity to spend your summer with great people in a fun, outdoor atmosphere! Interviews will start in Mid-January, so be sure to put in your application ASAP!


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


Camp Staff Annual Holiday Party - December 30 

We are excited to announce that the Annual Camp Staff Holiday Party will take place on Tuesday, December 30 at 7pm at the Council Office!  This is a fun time for campstaff current or past to get together and reminisce about the great time you had on staff! We will have light snacks, so be sure to join us for the fun and fellowship! 


Cradle of Liberty Scout Band

The Cradle of Liberty Council is exploring the possibility of starting a council Scout band. The band would meet periodically to rehearse in preparation to play at Scouting and community events. The band would be open to all registered Scouts and Scouters age 14 and up. Musicians would need to play at a high school level or better. The band is not intended to replace or reduce a Scout's participation in their home unit.

Additionally, there is a need for adults who play and can help with organizational duties. To express your interest in participating in a council band, please send an email to the band director George Pinchock with your age and instrument(s) played. 


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.

Health & Safety Tip of the Month: Winter Camping Safety

There is magic to camping in winter. It is one of the most challenging of outdoor adventures.The Boy Scouts of America operates the National Cold-Weather Camping Development Center at Northern Tier through the Okpik program. 


Visit for comprehensive winter camping preparation information. For more information on winter camping, click here

Silver Beaver Nominations - Deadline Extended

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 January 15, 2015. Please click here for more information >

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