January 7, 2015

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Camp Card Program
Resource Center Renovations
2015 Fish Club
Pilgrimage & Encampment
Cub Scout Camp Promotions
Boy Scout Summer Camp
Friends of Scouting
Upcoming Program Updates
2015 Merit Badge College
Program Partners
Unami Lodge
Scout Shop News
Applying for Summer Camp Staff
Cradle of Liberty Scout Band
Catholic Committee on Scouting
Silver Beaver Nominations Due Jan. 15

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Happy New Year!

We're looking forward to a great Scouting year for the Cradle of Liberty Council in 2015!


2015 Camp Card Program


For the fourth year, the 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! 


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 that wish to participate can learn more and sign-up at www.colbsa.org/campcard. In order to allow all units ample opportunity to sign-up and be trained in the camp card program, the original kickoff dates with orientation and card distribution have been moved. The new dates will be announced as soon as possible to all units who are signed up at the website above.


2015 Vendors & Discounts Announced

This year, we are pleased to partner again with several past vendors and welcome new vendors to the Camp Card Program in 2015:


  • ACME Markets  - $5 off a purchase of $50* - NEW
  • Shoprite - $5 off a purchase of $50*
  • Modell's Sporting Goods - 10% off or 15% during specified dates
  • Philly Pretzel Factory - $5 off a party tray
  • Papa John's Pizza - buy a large pizza, get a medium free - IMPROVED
  • Rita's Italian Ice - buy two Italian ices, get the third free (multi use) - NEW
  • Camden Riversharks - $5 off 200 level ticket (multi use) - NEW
  • Adventure Aquarium - save $3/ticket (multi use) - NEW
  • Applebees - 10% your purchase (multi use)

    *Two versions of the card will be available, one with ACME and the other with Shoprite.


    A full map of vendor locations and sample images of the 2015 Camp Card including all offer details and restrictions are available at www.colbsa.org/campcard
    Resource Center Renovations
    From Tuesday, January 13 to Thursday, January 15, the Firestone Scouting Resource Center in Wayne will be undergoing renovations. The front lobby will be temporaily moved as a result. If you need any services, please come to the back office area and we will be happy to assist you.

    Announcing the 2015 Fish Club

    Congratulations to the 538 inaugural members of the Cradle of Liberty Fish Club! By now most units should have received their patches, rods and lures. More than 200 Scouts qualified as full members of the 2015 Fish Club and are invited to the annual Fish Fest event at the USS Cradle of Liberty on Saturday, June 20 at Musser Scout Reservation. This all-day extravaganza is free to all full members of the Fish Club who sold at least $750 of popcorn and will feature music, food and of course FISHING! Save the date. Registration will be posted soon on the www.colbsa.org/popcorn site.


    Congratulations Council Top-Seller Robbie Spiller!

    Robbie Spiller of Pack 371 in Constellation District earned a brand new iPad Air after selling a whopping $9,180 in popcorn! The Webelos Scout filled forms by taking a house-by-house and block-by-block approach this fall. Congratulations and good luck on your Scouting Trail.


     Online Commissions - On the Way!

    The council is currently processing checks for 2014 online commissions. If your unit participated in the online sale, please be sure to alert your unit committee chair that payments will be sent in their care this month. Further questions on this process can be directed to Mark Saxon at mark.saxon@scouting.org.


    2015 Pilgrimage & Encampment

    Online registration is available at colbsa.org/valleyforge

    For questions, please contact Event Chair Barry Kauffman

     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 Resica 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 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 colbsa.org/donate 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 www.livestream.com/bsanationalcouncil and you are ready to view the webcast! As always, for more information on the new Cub Scouting program, please go to www.scouting.org/programupdates.


    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 www.scouting.org/training/adult. (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 www.scouting.org/training/youth. These trainings are:

    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.


    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 >



    Service Weekends.... April 17-19, 2015 Spring Service 1 - Musser Scout Reservation, 

                                          to register click here

                                         May 15-17, 2015 - Spring Service 2 -Resica Falls Scout Reservation,                                       to register 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 www.unamilodge.org for more information about these events and any Lodge information.


    Scout Shop News

    Pinewood Derby Workshop


    Saturday January 24, 2015

    9 AM - 12 PM: workshop w/test track




    New Hours

    Monday, Thursday and Friday: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

    Tuesday: 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM

    Wednesday: 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM

    Saturday: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

    Sunday: Closed


    We were hiring two (2) part time postions. Email valleyforgescoutshop@scouting.org or stop in for more information.


    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 www.colbsa.org/campstaffapp to fill out an application or email John Bickel for more information.


    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.

    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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