March 4, 2015

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Mobile Scout Shop
Council Recognition Dinner
Camp Cards
Membership Recruitment Campaign
Council Website
Eagle Scout Reunion and Recognition Dinner
Unami Lodge, One 100th Anniversary
Area 5 Conference
Friends of Scouting
Merit Badge College
College of Commissioner Science
Cub Scout Camp Promotions
Boy Scout Summer Camp
APEX Weekend
Upcoming Cub Scout Weekend
COPE Instructor Training
Shooting Sports
Cub Scouting Program Updates
Summer Camp Staff
Unami Lodge
Eagle Scout Scholarship
Venturing Spring Weekend
Venturing Questionnaire
Program Partners
Van Transportation

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Mobile Scout Shop


To serve Scouts and Scouters in Philadelphia, the Cradle of Liberty Council is conducting a pilot project with a Mobile Scout Shop deployed across the city to bring needed Scouting supplies closer to our members.

The Mobile Scout Shop is a trailer stocked with Scouting supplies such as uniforms, program books, advancement awards, recognition items, and program supplies. The objective of the pilot program is to house the trailer at various community organizations throughout Philadelphia providing our members with an easily accessible location to purchase Scouting supplies.


March 2015 Schedule & Locations


Hours of Operation: Saturdays 9 AM to 12 PM



St. Cecilia's Catholic Church

535 Rhawn Street, Philadelphia, PA 19111



The African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas

6361 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19151



St. Martin's of Tours Catholic Church


Visit our website for schedule updates:


2015 Council Recognition Dinner

2015 Cradle of Liberty Council

Annual Recognition Dinner


Monday, April 20, 2015

6:30 PM Reception | 7:00 PM Dinner


Crowne Plaza Philadelphia - Valley Forge

260 Mall Boulevard, King of Prussia, PA 19406   


Please join us as we celebrate last year's accomplishments and recognize the distinguished service and achievements of some special Scouts and volunteers, including this year's class of Silver Beaver recipients: 


Patrick Brala
Jeffrey McHoul
Lawrence "Larry" Neibauer
Jules "Jay" Eibner
John "Jack" McLaughlin
Lisa Racz
Paul Garvey
Joshua Nay
Brian Wallace


For more information and to register online, go to 


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 with any questions or to get started. 


Additional information and resources are available at 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.


The Strive for 25 incentive gives top-selling Scouts an opportunity to be entered into a prize drawing for every 25 cards they sell. In addition to these prizes, their troops have earned 50% commission on all their camp card sales--ensuring a great Scouting program! Congrats to our Week 2 & 3 Strive for 25 winners!

  • Robert G. of Troop 120, Roosevelt District & Owen C. of Troop 122, Constellation District will receive 50% Camperships to a Cradle of Liberty Camp this summer! 
  • Jesse B. of Troop 246, Roosevelt District & Edward S. of Troop 179, Roosevelt District will receive $75 Amazon gift cards.
  • Max F. of Troop 44, Conestoga District & David C. of Troop 140, Baden Powell District will receive $50 Amazon gift cards.
  • Dakota M. of Troop 461 General Nash District & Ethan G. of Troop 43, Conestoga District will receive $25 Amazon gift cards.

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 over the next several months for more details!

Build An Adventure: Rocketman
Build An Adventure: Rocketman

Save the Date for the Rocket Into Scouting "Blast-Off" Event:
Saturday, April 18, 2015
We're planning something big and it's almost ready to announce...
we'll let you know all the details very soon!

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,


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 to find out about our next meeting.


2015 Eagle Scout Reunion and Recognition Dinner - May 26

The Cradle of Liberty Council is pleased to announce that the Annual Eagle Scout Reunion and Recognition Dinner will be held on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at the Union League of Philadelphia starting at 6:00 PM. This dinner recognizes the Class of 2014 Eagle Scouts from the Cradle of Liberty Council.


One of the additional highlights of the evening will be the induction of Pat Gillick, President, Philadelphia Phillies into the Cradle of Liberty Eagle Scout Hall of Fame. Pat earned the rank of Eagle Scout in Troop 30 in California. This will be the second Hall of Fame that Pat has been inducted into; Pat was inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame on July 24, 2011, along with Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven.


The Cradle of Liberty Council will also be presenting the National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award at the dinner. This award is presented to adult Eagle Scouts who have demonstrated outstanding achievement at the local, state, or regional level. This can include exemplary volunteer service to Scouting and/or in the community, achievement in their professional field, distinguished military service, or other accomplishments over an extended period of time. The nominee must currently live within the boundaries of the council, but does not have to have earned his Eagle Scout Award as a member of our council. The council is currently accepting nominations for this award, click here for more information.


The dinner is open to all Eagle Scouts, Scouters, family and friends. There are opportunities to sponsor and/or mentor an Eagle Scout from the Class of 2014. For more information about the dinner or nominating an adult Eagle Scout for the National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award, please contact Bob Hayes at or (484) 654-9244.


Go to to register for the dinner online.


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 If you are not a member of Unami Lodge, One but would like to attend, then go to 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


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


BSA Northeast Region Area 5 Conference 


Northeast Region Area 5 will hold their JTE Conference - The Tools for your Journey this weekend 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. 

Registration closes tomorrow (March 5)!


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/ 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


Thank you for your support!


Merit Badge College  

If you were one of the 500 Scouts who has been admitted to the Merit Badge College, congratulations as registration is now full and no more Scouts can be admitted. Please be sure to take advantage of this opportunity by printing the Merit Badge workbooks and completing the pre-requirements in those workbooks.


Merit Badge Counselors


We are still looking to add faculty to the staff so if you can teach one of the following Badges on April 11th and May 2nd please contact The badges are American Heritage, Art, Journalism, Movie Making, Nuclear Science, Photography, Scouting Heritage, and Space Exploration.


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:

 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

Resica Falls Logo

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


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 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

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


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

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 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 for more information about these events and any Lodge information.


Eagle Scout Scholarship 

The Cradle of Liberty Council Eagle Scout Alumni Association is pleased to announce the guidelines and application for the 2015 Eagle Scout Scholarship. The Alumni Association will once again distribute at least $5,000 in scholarships to Eagle Scouts headed to college or post-high school technical school in the Fall of 2015. Completed applications must be received at the Council Resource Center by noon on April 5, 2015.


To download the scholarship form and more information, click here


For more information please contact Mark Chilutti at or Bob Hayes at


Venturing Spring Weekend

"Halloween in April"

  • Tomahawk Throwing
  • Rifle Shooting, Pistol Shooting, Archery,  
  • Camp Fire, Costume Contest, Bobbing for Apples  
  • and MORE!


April 24-April 26






Because of the Halloween theme, we ask that everyone wear a costume all weekend!  



Register now, click here 


Venturers, Adults, and Scouts 14 years old and up are invited!


Venturing Questionnaire 

What is Venturing? Ever hear that word and wonder what it means? Please take a couple minutes to fill out this quick survey about Venturing! 

Thank you!

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."


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