February 18, 2015

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2015 Membership Recruitment Campaign
Cradle of Liberty Website
Unami Lodge, One 100th Anniversary
Camp Cards
Cub Scouting Program Updates
Friends of Scouting
Cub Scout Camp Promotions
Boy Scout Summer Camp
APEX Weekend
Upcoming Cub Scout Weekend
COPE Instructor Training
Shooting Sports Training
Summer Camp Staff
Unami Lodge
College of Commissioner Science
Area 5 Conference
Council Recognition Dinner
Program Partners
Van Transportation
Scout Band

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2015 Membership Recruitment Campaign

Something Big is Getting Ready to Launch... 





A coordinated fall recruitment plan is in the works that is being designed to: 

  • Simplify the sign-up process for families and leaders,
  • Develop and implement a balanced approach to membership and marketing,
  • Provide consistency in programming across the council, and
  • Build excitement in healthy units to drive retention.

Why is this something we need to do? 

  • Youth membership has been declining for years and was down 8% last year.
  • The leadership of our council and its districts recognizes the need to better support our units, specifically as it relates to providing training and planning resources so volunteers have all the necessary tools to provide high-quality programs.
  • Youth and families need Scouting now more than ever and this plan represents an opportunity we can all get behind to ensure that we're getting the word out about joining our great programs.

What's in it for our unit?

  • Council-wide marketing efforts to reinforce local promotions.
  • Large council financial investment.
  • Campaign Blast-Off slated for April with seminars for calendar, budget and promotion planning.
  • Personal meetings with Cub Scout pack leadership to listen to your needs and develop a plan.
  • Simplified sign-up event with less work for the unit.
  • Turn-key den, pack, troop, and crew meeting plans based around a rocket theme that will incorporate new program updates and STEM.
  • Camp events supporting the recruitment theme and providing excitement and program.
  • More program = More FUN!

Stay tuned at roundtables and colbsa.org over the next several months for more details!

Build An Adventure: Rocketman
Build An Adventure: Rocketman

Cradle of Liberty Council Website

We are currently looking for volunteers who are interested in helping and providing guidance to the redevelopment of our council's website, www.colbsa.org.


If you currently are involved in website development, database creation and maintenance, website hosting, or graphic design and would like to be on our task force, please email webmaster@colbsa.org to find out about our next meeting.


Unami Lodge, One 100th Anniversary 

On a warm summer night on July 16, 1915 young Scouts were inducted into a unique organization that has grown to more than one million members. Today we call this organization the Order of the Arrow. It was founded by Dr. E. Urner Goodman and Carroll A. Edson at Treasure Island Scout Camp on the Delaware River, which is in our council. This year on July 16, 2015, Unami Lodge will celebrate 100 years of service the Cradle of Liberty Council, BSA.


On May 29 to 31, 2015, Unami Lodge will host the NE5B Conclave, which is a gathering of other lodges in our area, to celebrate our past 100 years and to look forward to the next 100. If you are an Unami Lodge member and would like to join in this celebration, then go to www.unamilodge.org/conclave. If you are not a member of Unami Lodge, One but would like to attend, then go to www.conclave2015.org. At the conclave we will be doing the normal conclave activities, like training, indian dance and ceremony competition. But we will also have a history museum, an audible tour of Treasure Island, and the National Order of the Arrow will begin its ArrowTour at Rescia Falls on Sunday, May 31, 2015. If more information on ArrowTour, go to  http://arrowtour.oa-bsa.org


If you cant make the conclave weekend but would like to still celebrate our 100th anniversary, then come up on Sunday afternoon and still see the history museum, a reenactment of the original ceremony which was done on that warm night at Treasure Island on July 16, 1915. And you will still be able to visit the ArrowTour from the National Order of the Arrow. For more information about our Sunday celebration, go to www.unamilodge.org/100.


2015 Camp Card Program

Sales are Underway!


Our Scouts are Earning Their Way!


The Camp Card Program continues, and hundreds of Scouts are now earning money for their Packs, Troops and Venturing Crews so they can all attend camp this summer and support their other Scouting activities!  The sale continues through April 17 and it's not too late for your unit to participate, contact campcards@colbsa.org with any questions or to get started. 


Additional information and resources are available at www.colbsa.org/campcard.  You can also sign up for the Camp Card Newsletter which is sent each Friday with ongoing program information.  Click here to edit your newsletter subscriptions and select "Camp Cards" in addition to your other selections.


Congrats to our first Strive for 25 winners  - Scouts who submitted entries for each 25 cards they sold.  More winners will be drawn each week!

  • Samuel R. of Pack 125, Northern District will receive a 50% Campership to a Cradle of Liberty Camp this summer!  
  • The first Amazon gift card winners are: 
    • Sam M. of Troop 91, General Nash, $75
    • Joseph S. of Troop 542 Baden Powell, $50
    • Connor B. of Troop 219, Constellation, $25

Cub Scouting Program Updates

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, orientation videos are available:

Cubmaster New Program Orientation
Cubmaster New Program Orientation
Den Leader New Program Orientation
Den Leader New Program Orientation
LDS New Program Orientation
LDS New Program Orientation
History of Cub Scouting
History of Cub Scouting

For more information, please visit scouting.org/programupdates

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!


APEX: Wilderness Cooking and Survival Challenge 

April 11-12, Musser Scout Reservation


The APEX: Wilderness Cooking and Survival Challenge is a Saturday-Sunday event that promises to be a delicious mix of learning wilderness cooking and survival skills and putting them to the test! Scouts will spend Saturday during the day learning these skills, and then spend Saturday night and Sunday Morning putting the skills to use as they cook their dinner and breakfast, and stay overnight in a shelter they build! This is a rain or shine event!  Registration open at colbsa.org/musserevents


Upcoming Cub Scout Weekend Events 


Bait and Bull's-Eye: May 2

Bait and Bulls-Eye is a fun event for the whole family! Cub Scouts and their siblings can participate in a Fishing Demo, practice fishing along our creek and lake, learn how to cook fish over a fire, and enjoy Shooting Sports activities like BB Shooting, Archery and Slingshots! Don't miss out on this day of fun!


Cub Carnival: June 13

The Cub Carnival is all about having fun in camp! We don't structure the day, so the Cubs and their siblings can go around camp at your leisure to the stations you enjoy the most! Stations will include a bounce house, Handicrafts, Nature, Fishing, Archery, BB Shooting, Gaga and Lassoing! 


Webelos Woods Weekend: September 26-27

This weekend trip is the perfect activity to kick-off the Fall for current Bears and 4th-grade Webelos! Scouts will get to enjoy a weekend at camp that will prepare them to be Boy Scouts and feel more comfortable in the outdoors. Throughout the weekend Scouts will participate in different activities that work on the new adventure tracks! Give your scouts a head-start with this fun event.


Save the Date:

Fall Fest will be October 17,18, 24, 25, 31 and Nov 1


Please visit www.colbsa.org/musserevents for more details and to register for these great events! 

COPE Instructor Training - April 10-12  

Do you enjoy COPE and want to help others to have a great COPE experience? 


Then join us on April 10-12 for the COPE Instructor Training at Resica Falls. 


For more information and to download an event flier, click here 

Shooting Sports Training Opportunities 

Do you have an interest in Shooting Sports and want to be able to provide more opportunities for Scouts to enjoy Shooting Sports? Take a look at the many different shooting sports trainings available at www.colbsa.org/shoottrain

Trainings available include BB and Archery Rangemaster certifications, Range Safety Officer, Rifle Instructor, and more! 


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.


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.


College of Commissioner Science

Commissioners: Get the tools you need to support successful 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:

BSA Northeast Region Area 5 Conference 


Northeast Region Area 5 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.


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  

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!


Van Transportation - New Requirements 

Effective Sept. 1, 2015, the use of 15-passenger vans manufactured before 2005 will no longer be allowed in connection with Scouting programs and activities. 15-passenger vans manufactured in 2005 or later may be used, as long as they are equipped with Electronic Stability Control and seat belts for all passengers and the driver. This applies to all vehicles, regardless of ownership (privately owned, owned by chartered organization, rentals, etc.).   CLICK HERE to go to the full article in "Bryan on Scouting."


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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