April 15, 2015

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New Scout Executive
THIS SATURDAY: Blast-Off & Planning Expo
Council Recognition Dinner
Venturing Leadership Awards
Camp Cards
Eagle Scout Reunion and Recognition Dinner
Unami Lodge, One 100th Anniversary
Program Partners
Cub Scouting Program Updates
Friends of Scouting
Cub Scout Summer Camp
Upcoming Cub Scout Weekend
Boy Scout Summer Camp
Valley Forge Scout Shop
Shooting Sports
National Jamboree Leader Announcement
Summer Camp Staff
Unami Lodge
Eagle Scout Scholarship
Venturing Spring Weekend

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Welcome New Scout Executive

Dan Templar!

We are pleased to announce the selection of Daniel A. Templar as Scout Executive of the Cradle of Liberty Council. He will start on May 16.

We look forward to welcoming Dan, his wife Andria and two children to the Cradle of Liberty Council family.

Dan will be speaking at the Annual Recognition Dinner on Monday, April 20.

To read more, please click here.


Rocket Into Scouting 

Campaign "Blast-Off" & Planning Expo

 All adult leaders and their families are invited to join us on April 18 from 1 to 5 PM as we kickoff this exciting membership and program campaign! Admission to the Blast-Off is FREE. Purchase Philadelphia Soul Scout Night tickets and make a day of it!


This event is designed around providing your Scouting unit the tools to plan a great program for the next Scouting year!

Training seminars and resources for adult leaders:
  • Program & Calendar Planning
  • Budget Planning
  • Communicating Your Plan

Plus, you'll have the opportunity to visit with Program Partner organizations and representatives from council camps, activities and more! Leaders who attend will receive the spring edition of our program magazine!


Open to all Scouting programs--Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity, Venturing, and Sea Scouting. While all adult leaders are welcome to attend, please make sure your unit leader, committee chair and membership & marketing chair attend!

Make it a day of family fun and stay for the Philadelphia Soul arena football game by purchasing discounted Scout and family & friends tickets! 
Scouts who attend the game get a special patch.

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 www.colbsa.org/dinner 


2015 Venturing Leadership Award Recipients

The Cradle of Liberty Council is pleased to announce this year's class of       recipients of the Venturing Leadership Award:


Peter A. Mazzanobile

Robin Mazzanobile

Bridget Wilby

Mark Rosenberg


The Venturing Leadership Award is given annually to Venturers who have made exceptional contributions to Venturing and who exemplify the Venturing Code and Venturing Oath.  The awards will be presented at the Annual Recognition Dinner on Monday, April 20. 


For more information and to register online, go to www.colbsa.org/dinner 


2015 Camp Card Program


Cashing in on Camp Cards!


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 8 & 9 Strive for 25 winners!

  • Scouts Jaevyen P. of Pack 316, Minquas District, and Conor M. of Troop 367, Continental District, received 50% Camperships to Cradle of Liberty Camps!
  • Scouts Anthony Z. o f Troop 339, Conestoga District, and Ethan F. of Pack 304, Washington District, received $75 Amazon gift cards
  • Scouts Amir P. of Troop 358, Northern District, and Trevor H. of Pack 105, Lafayette District, received $50 Amazon gift cards.
  • Scouts Qudir E. of Troop 224, ScoutReach District, and Max S. of Troop 334, Northern District, received $25 Amazon gift cards.

Congratulations to all these Scouts and our previous winners on the prizes, as well as all their success with their Camp Card


Important Upcoming Dates:

  • 4/15 - Deadline for final entries into weekly Strive for 25 program (for $25, $50, $75 Amazon gift cards and 50% Campership)
  • 4/17 - Official close of the Camp Card Sale
  • 4/30 - All money and unsold cards due  (Units and Scouts may continue to sell past the 17th, provided all money and unsold cards are returned by April 30th)
  • 5/15 - Strive for 25 SUPER drawing, winners will be drawn from all entries received during the sale.  Prizes are two of each of $150, $100, $50 Amazon gift cards and two 100% Camperships!
  • 5/15 - early bird deadline for all Cradle of Liberty camps

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 robert.hayes@scouting.org or (484) 654-9244.


Go to www.colbsa.org/eagleclassof2014 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 to 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. For more information on ArrowTour, go to http://arrowtour.oa-bsa.org


If you can't 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, and a reenactment of the original ceremony which was done on that warm night at Treasure Island on July 16, 1915. 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.


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!


 Philadelphia Soul Scout Night

Saturday, April 18, 2015, 7:00 PM

Discounted Tickets: $20/Scout | $25/family & friends

Scouts get a special patch!

Seats will be in lower corner/end zone sections subject to availablity.

The Cradle of Liberty Council will be responsible for distributing tickets. You'll have the option of will call (pick-up at the arena) or the tickets can be mailed to you for an additional charge.

Come to the arena at 1:00 PM for the Rocket Into Scouting Blast-Off & Program Expo!

Registration for both the Blast-Off and the Soul Scout Night here > 


Dorney Park Scout Night Campout 2015

Saturday, June 6, 2015


Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom is again teaming up with Cradle of Liberty Council for a special night of fun and excitement for Scouts and their families! Enjoy starlight admission with an all you can eat catered meal and camp overnight in the Park! Enjoy exclusive ride time when the Park closes and "Dinosaurs after Dark" Excursion! Plus, get a patch for the event!

More information and registration here >


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 Summer Camp Sign-up 

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, and each of the camps has a WILD WEST Theme!  


Click on one of these links to find out more information about our exciting  camp opportunities!


Cub Adventures at Musserwww.colbsa.org/cubadventures

Community Day Campwww.colbsa.org/daycamp 

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!

 Boy Scout Summer Camp at Resica Falls Scout Reservation

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 and human foosball.


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!


Valley Forge Scout Shop



Valley Forge Scout Shop
1485 Valley Forge Road * Wayne, PA 19087


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!


National Jamboree Leader Announcement 

Cradle of Liberty Council is tentatively planning to send ten (10) Boy Scout troops and one (1) Venture crew to the 2017 National Scout Jamboree at The Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia. The dates of the Jamboree are July 19- 28, 2017. This will require 10 Scoutmasters and a Crew Advisor along with 33 assistant leaders.

Clink on this link for more information  and our Adult Leader Interest and Qualification forms.

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! 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 Reservatiion                                              to register click here 


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



Go to www.unamilodge.org 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 17, 2015.


To download the scholarship form and more information, click here


For more information please contact Mark Chilutti at chilutti2000@aol.com or Bob Hayes at robert.hayes@scouting.org.


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!  



To find out how to register and to download a flier with more information, click here


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


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.


Information about the Philmont St. George Trek for summer 2015 is posted here.


Information on the Catholic Retreat in October, click here 

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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