May 20, 2015

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In Memoriam
Child Protective Services Law
Rocket Into Scouting
Eagle Scout Reunion and Recognition Dinner
Cub Scouting Program Updates
Wood Badge
Friends of Scouting
Cub Scout Summer Camp
Upcoming Cub Scout Weekend
Boy Scout Summer Camp
Fly Fishing
Shower House Project Update
National Jamboree Fundraiser
National Jamboree Leader Announcement
FishFest 2015
Unami Lodge
Catholic Committee on Scouting
Program Partners
Philadelphia Encampment
Pilgrimage & Encampment
Valley Forge Scout Shop

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In Memoriam: Dr. Jack Templeton
We are deeply saddened to share the news of the passing of Dr. John "Jack" Templeton. Jack passed away on Saturday, May 16 at the age of 75.

Dr. Templeton was a long-time supporter of the Scouting program, both personally and professionally. He was one of the longest-tenured members of the Cradle of Liberty Council's Board of Directors. He also served as the chair of the council's Health & Safety Committee, and continued to attend their annual summer camp visitations until 2013. Resica Falls Scout Reservation held a special place in his heart, and as such he led a campaign to fund the expansion of the dining hall to accommodate Resica's growing summer camp attendance. The addition was complete in 2010 and the dining hall was renamed for his father, Sir John Templeton. Dr. Templeton rarely missed an Eagle Dinner, and would always bring colleagues to join him as mentors to Eagle Scouts who were interested in the medical profession. Dr. Templeton and his wife Pina were also responsible for providing seed funds to launch some of the largest council initiatives in recent history, including the redevelopment of ScoutReach, the initial Quality Unit Executive program, and the Planning Study for the Capital Campaign. 


Dr. Templeton was President & Chairman of the John Templeton Foundation, which has funded two major research studies on Scouting: Cradle of Liberty Council's current study with Tufts University on Scouting's impact on character development, and the 2010-2012 national study on Eagle Scouts conducted by Baylor University.  The results of these studies will continue to have a far-reaching impact on the way we share Scouting's story for years to come. 


Jack was a dear, dear friend to the Scouts who truly believed in the values and mission of the Boy Scouts of America. He will most certainly be missed. 


Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 27, from 5pm to 7pm at Chadwick and McKinney Funeral Home, 30 East Athens Avenue in Ardmore.

Pennsylvania Child Protective Services Law

Recently the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania passed a new law known as the Child Protective Services Law. The intent of this law is to protect the youth of Pennsylvania. All youth serving organizations within the Commonwealth are covered under this new law. Volunteers, registered and unregistered, in the Cradle of Liberty Council are affected in two ways; we are mandated child abuse reporters and required to provide background check clearances.


Please visit our information page at for more information and for the steps volunteers need to take in order to get clearances and submit them to the Cradle of Liberty Council.


Rocket Into Scouting

Rocket Into Scouting is the Cradle of Liberty Council's coordinated fall membership campaign with the aims of simplifying the sign-up process, strengthening our programs, and improving youth and family recruitment and retention. Most importantly, it's about FUN!


The Rocket Into Scouting page at has been updated with a host of resources to help your unit plan for the campaign.


We'll be offering training sessions and webinars over the next several months, so stay tuned! If you have any questions, please contact your district membership chair, district executive, or


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. We are pleased to announce that this year's recipient is Chris Brenner, Resica Falls Camp Director and Eagle Scout from Troop 387 in Philadelphia. This award is presented to adult Eagle Scouts who have demonstrated outstanding achievement at the local, state, or regional level.


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, please contact John Bickel at or (484) 654-9244.


Go to
to register for the dinner online. Registration ends on 5/22!


Cub Scouting Program Updates

The new Cub Scouting program is launching on June 1! 
Youth handbooks and leader books are now available to purchase in the Scout Shop. Click the links below for some of the latest resources:

For quick reference, download this presentation that overviews the Cub Scout program updates: PowerPoint | PDF


For more information, please visit

Attend Wood Badge

Wood Badge is Scouting's premier adult leader training course. The Cradle of Liberty Council will be holding its 2015 course over two weekends at Musser Scout Reservation in the fall:

September 11-13 and October 3-5

We're Looking For Leaders Who Want To Make Scouting The Best It Can Be... 

  • Cub Scout Pack Leaders
  • Boy Scout Troop Leaders
  • Varsity Team Leaders
  • Venturing Crew Leaders
  • Sea Scout Ship Leaders
  • District & Council Leaders
And Outstanding Youth Members (18+) To Make Scouting's Future The Best It Can Be...

Sea Scouts - Venturers - NYLT Staffers


For more information and to register, please visit

NYLT (National Youth Leadership Training) 

NYLT is an exciting, action packed program designed to provide youth members of the Boy scouts of America with Leadership skills and experience they can use in their home Units and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others. NEW this year: opened to Venturing, male and female.


Through activities, presentations, challenging discussions, and audio-visual support, you will be engaged in a unified approach to leadership that will give you the skills and confidence to lead well.


 Through a wide range of activities, games, and adventures, participants will work and play together as they put into action the best that Scouting has to offer.


For more information and for a list of the upcoming class, click here


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. 


We'll be holding a special "Lighting the Way" recognition event on Friday, June 19 starting at 6 PM at Musser Scout Reservation. This event is FREE for contributors and their immediate families who make a gift of $150 or above to the 2015 Cradle of Liberty Council Friends of Scouting Campaign. Click here for more information and to RSVP for the event.


If you have not made your 2015 pledge yet, please talk with your unit FOS coordinator, district FOS chair, or click here to make a secure gift online.


We'll have an announcement in the next edition of the BSA Today recognizing the units who achieved this year's Family Campaign incentive of holding a presentation prior to the end of April and meeting or exceeding their goal. These units will receive a $50 gift card to the Scout Shop or!


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

Community Day 

Upcoming Cub Scout Weekend Events 

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!

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.


NEW! Visit our YouTube page to view pre-camp information!


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!


Fly Fishing at Resica Falls Scout Reservation

The Bushkill Creek at Resica Falls is one of the leading areas for fly fishing on the East Coast of the US.Cradle of Liberty Council, BSA offers anglers the opportunity to fish on a six mile stretch of the Creek. For more information, click here


Resica Falls Shower House Project Update

The new showerhouse in the Great Bend section of Resica Falls is nearing completion! Crews have gutted the old Great Bend Kitchen area and all of the plumbing and stud-work is complete. We are excited to have the new showerhouse complete in time for our campers to use this summer. Take a look at the photos, and be sure to stop-by Resica this summer to see it for yourself! 


COL National Jamboree Fundraiser

Th is is the 2017 National Jamboree Fundraiser Patch. All proceeds go for camperships for Cradle of Liberty Scouts that need financial assistance to attend the 2017 National Jamboree. Additionally a donation from the sales will be made to support Breast Cancer Research

To purchase one of these flaps you can visit our eBay store, click here or the Valley Forge Service Center in Wayne PA.

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.

FishFest 2015 is Now Accepting Registrations  

More than 250 Scouts qualified as full charter members of the Cradle of Liberty Council Fish Club by selling $750 of popcorn last fall. Registration is now open for the 2015
FishFest event which will be held Saturday June 20 at Musser Scout Reservation at the newly renovated USS Cradle of Liberty! For more information, click here

Unami Lodge

Service Weekends...  Fall Fellowship, October 9th - 11th at Resica Falls Scout Reservation, click here to register


At this event will be the elections of the 2016 Lodge officers and our 2015 Vigil Honor class. 


Trade-O-Ree... Sept 18th & 19th at the Philadelphia National Guard Armor. More details, click here


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

Go to for more information about these events and any Lodge 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.


Information on the Catholic Retreat in October, click here 

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!  


Dorney Park Scout Night Campout 

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 >


Whitewater Challengers Raftoree Weekend

July 11-12, 2015


Weekend includes Saturday guided rafting trip, three meals, Saturday night activities, and a Scout patch and certificate. Optional activities also available.

More information and registration here >


2015 Philadelphia Encampment - Save the Date

Please visit for more information.
Registration opens June 21.

2016 Valley Forge Pilgrimage & Encampment - Save the Dates


Saturday, February 13, 2016
One-Day Event

For: Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, Parents, Families, Scouters, and Guests

February 12-14, 2016
Weekend Event
(includes the Pilgrimage)

For: Boy Scouts, Venturers and Scouters only

More information and registration available on October 1, 2015 at:

Valley Forge Scout Shop 

The Scout Shop runs monthly promotions. To see what promotions are going, click here

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