January 21, 2015

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Pilgrimage & Encampment
Friends of Scouting
Cub Scout Camp Promotions
Boy Scout Summer Camp
Program Updates
Program Partners
Area V Conference
College of Commissioner Science
Merit Badge College
Unami Lodge
Scout Shop News
Council Recognition Dinner
Summer Camp Staff
Catholic Committee
Scout Band

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2015 Camp Card Program

Unit Camp Card Coordinators: 

Attend a Kickoff Orientation & Card Distribution next week!


Wednesday, January 28

7-8 PM

St. Martin of Tours - Gymnasium, Philadelphia 

Thursday, January 29

7-8 PM

Firestone Scouting Resource Center, Wayne


Click here and sign-up today



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.


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

    2015 Pilgrimage & Encampment

    This great event is less than a month away!

    Online registration is available at colbsa.org/valleyforge
    2015 Pilgrimage & Encampment
    Watch the Promo Video
    For questions, please contact Event Chair Barry Kauffman
    If you were unable to attend the required Cold Weather Seminars,
    please contact Barry to discuss options.

    2015 Friends of Scouting Campaign

    Help us "Light the Way" for Scouting in 2015! 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. 


    Does your unit have a family presentation scheduled?


    Units that schedule their presentation to occur prior to the end of April and achieve their goal will receive a $50 gift card to the Scout Shop/ScoutStuff.org in addition to recognition in the council newsletter and on the council website. Ask your district's Family Friends of Scouting chair or district professional for your unit's goal.


    If your unit hasn't scheduled a presentation yet, please firm-up a date so district volunteers have enough time to plan. Your unit Friends of Scouting coordinator may schedule a presentation by contacting your district Family Friends of Scouting chair or your district professional, or may schedule your unit's presentation online by completing a short form.


    Families that pledge any amount to the Friends of Scouting Campaign will receive this self-powered LED flashlight at their unit's presentation. 


    Want to find out more about the 2015 Family Friends of Scouting Campaign? 

    Please download the Unit Leader Guide and visit www.colbsa.org/donate


    Thank you for your support!


     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!


    Program Updates

    The New Cub Scouting Program:

    A new Cub Scouting program is to 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 to outline the coming changes, how to prepare, and when resources are available.


    Cubmaster Webcasts

    To view the webcast, click here


    Den Leader Webcasts

    To view the webcast, click here


    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:

    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!


    "Scavenger Hunt" - February 28, 2015
    Discover a night of teamwork with this exciting hunt!

    Scout Day:

    "Boy Scout Appreciation Day" - March 28, 2015

    Celebrate being a Boy Scout with a day of hands-on activities!


    Units and individuals welcome. Information and booking:
    610-515-8000 (press 4) | GroupReservations@crayola.com


     Click here for more information >


    Area V Conference 

    Northeast Region Area V will hold their JTE Conference - The Tools for your Journey on March 7, 2015 at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg New Jersey. For registration click here. National, Region and Area speakers will discuss the five components of Journey to Excellence and how your unit, district and council can improve in areas such as membership and finance.


    College of Commissioner Science

    Commissioners: Get the tools you need to support s
    uccessful Scouting units!

    Saturday, March 28, 2015

    Check-in Begins at 8:00 AM

    College Runs Until 4:30 PM

    Firestone Scouting Resource Center, 1485 Valley Forge Road, Wayne, PA 19087

    $20 per person; includes continental breakfast and hot lunch 


    Who should come?
    • New Commissioners
    • Experienced Commissioners
    • Degreed Commissioners

    Course list, flier and registration available at:

    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 & College in Wayne. 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 and registration opens at colbsa.org/mbc on February 1. 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 MB Counselors to staff our upcoming MB College (see announcement above). If you are free those two Saturdays and can teach a badge on those days please contact Steve Perrone (sperrone@ppciga.org) with your name and the badge.


    Unami Lodge

    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 with 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.


    Save the Date - 2015 Council Recognition Dinner


    2015 Annual Cradle of Liberty Council

    Recognition Dinner 

    Monday, April 20, 2015

    6:30 PM Reception

    7:00 PM Dinner


    Crowne Plaza Valley Forge

    260 Mall Boulevard

    King of Prussia, PA 19406


    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 have started, 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.


    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.

    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. 


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