June 3, 2015

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Rocket Into Scouting
Website Survey
Child Protective Services Law
Tufts CAMP Study Findings
Wood Badge
Cub Scout Summer Camp
Upcoming Cub Scout Weekend
Boy Scout Summer Camp
Fly Fishing
Lighting the Way
Cub Scouting Program Updates
National Jamboree Fundraiser
National Jamboree Leader Announcement
Eagle Scout Fundraiser
Unami Lodge
Catholic Committee on Scouting
Program Partners
Philadelphia Encampment
Pilgrimage & Encampment
Valley Forge Scout Shop

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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!


Please visit the Rocket Into Scouting page at colbsa.org/rocket for a host of resources to help your unit plan for the campaign. Check out the timeline, frequently asked questions, and other materials available to help you get ready to launch!


Next Steps for Cub Scout Packs:

  • Mark Wednesday, September 30 in your calendars.
  • If your pack leadership hasn't meet with your district executive to review and commit to the plan, please schedule that meeting prior to the end of this month.
  • Recruit a coordinator for your pack.
  • Working with your district membership chair and district executive, secure a location (preferably your local school or other highly-visible location) for the September 30 sign-up night.
  • Attend a webinar or training session this summer for tips on conducting both the sign-up night on September 30 and parent orientation at your following meeting (we'll be publishing a schedule of training sessions before the end of this month).
  • Remember, the coordinated sign-up night on September 30 is meant to enhance your pack's recruiting efforts, not replace them. Make sure your pack has a presence at community and back-to-school events prior to September 30. You can start recruiting now!

We're also putting the finishing touches on the turn-key rocket-themed meeting plans for dens/packs (and for troops and crews, too) that your unit can use in October. New Scouts will receive a rocket at their first meeting and your unit can purchase rockets at cost for existing members to use with the meeting plans. More details on purchasing rockets will be available soon.


If you have any questions, please contact your district membership chair, district executive, or Greg.Osborn@scouting.org.


Great job to Pack 119 from the Lafayette District for getting into the Rocket Into Scouting spirit!



Order of the Arrow Conclave & 100th Anniversary Celebration

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the Order of the Arrow Conclave and 100th Anniversary of the Unami Lodge, One this past weekend at Resica Falls Scout Reservation. It was truly a memorable event as Arrowmen from throughout the area and beyond gathered to celebrate 100 years of cheerful service.


Many thanks to the dedicated volunteers who made the event happen, especially Conclave Chairman Matthew McGovern.


We'll have pictures from the event posted in our photo gallery soon.


Website Survey

A volunteer committee is currently working on redeveloping our council's website, www.colbsa.orgWe've developed a brief survey to assess our current site and get your thoughts on what you'd like to see on the new site.


Please take a few minutes to complete the survey so we can develop a website that meets your needs and serves as a platform to grow Scouting in the Cradle of Liberty Council. 


Take the survey here

Thank you for your input!


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 colbsa.org/PAlaw 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.


Tufts University Character and Merit Project (CAMP) Research Study: Roll-out of Findings

In 2012, Tufts University began conducting a study in collaboration with the Cradle of Liberty Council. Funded through a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, the purpose of the study was to gauge the impact of the Boy Scouts of America programs on the development of elementary-school aged youth. Some of the questions examined during the course of this study included:

  • Does Cub Scouting represent an exemplary character development program?
  • Do youth who participate in Cub Scouting have higher levels of character than their peers who are not in Scouting?
  • What characteristics of Cub Packs promote character development?
  • What characteristics of Cub Packs promote Cub Scout retention?

All Scouts, families, and members of the community are invited to join Dr. Richard M. Lerner and members of Tufts University's Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development as they discuss findings from our three-year study on character development among Cub Scouts. The event will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 4010 City Ave, Philadelphia, on June 30th at 6:30pm. 


All are welcome to attend, but space is limited. Therefore, please RSVP to ensure your seat!  Light appetizers and refreshments will be provided.  


Please RSVP online here


Additional information on the study can be found at www.tuftscampstudy.com.


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.

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


Registration ends on June 30, so sign-up today!

For more information and to register, please visit colbsa.org/woodbadge

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)

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.


Upcoming Courses:

June 21-26 (registration ends 6/12) | August 2-7 | September 25-27 & October 2-4


Visit colbsa.org/nylt for more information and to register.


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 Camp - www.colbsa.org/daycamp 

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! 


Register here

Registration ends June 10!


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


 for more details and to register for these great events!

Boy Scout Summer Camp at Resica Falls Scout Reservation

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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). 


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!

Have you ever been to summer camp at Resica Falls? Or has it been a while since your unit has camping there for the summer?

Then why not join us for free lunch or dinner during the week and bring some of your unit's leadership to see the camp in action. If this sounds like something you and your unit leadership would like to do then click here to registered so we can hold a spot for you and your friends.


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


Lighting the Way

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.


Thank you for your support!


2015 Family Friends of Scouting Unit Incentive Qualifiers

Congratulations and thank you to the following units that 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 ScoutStuff.org! (Cards will be mailed before the end of June to your unit's committee chair.)


Baden Powell District

Pack 117

Pack 408

Pack 498

Troop 12

Troop 356

Troop 540

Troop 542

Troop 577

Troop 665


Constellation District

Pack 19

Pack 110

Pack 151

Pack 212

Pack 315

Pack 371

Pack 462

Pack 468

Pack 500

Pack 581

Troop 122

Troop 144

Troop 219

Troop 243

Troop 284

Troop 300

Troop 468


Continental District

Pack 99

Pack 146

Pack 170

Pack 291

Troop 99

Troop 108

Troop 129

Troop 367

General Nash District

Pack 9

Pack 10

Pack 14

Pack 78

Pack 84

Pack 414

Pack 654

Troop 51

Troop 61

Troop 84

Troop 141

Troop 214

Troop 303

Crew 401

Ship 461


Lafayette District

Pack 87

Pack 105

Pack 119

Pack 200

Pack 268

Pack 313

Pack 531

Pack 551

Pack 707

Pack 724

Troop 87

Troop 105

Troop 133

Troop 230

Troop 267

Troop 406

Troop 622

Troop 7155

Crew 623

Minquas District

Pack 77

Pack 112

Pack 225

Pack 228

Troop 112


Roosevelt District

Pack 18

Pack 100

Pack 179

Pack 372

Troop 251

Troop 290


Washington District

Pack 1

Pack 38

Pack 39

Pack 97

Pack 304

Pack 437

Pack 438

Pack 802

Pack 1884

Troop 1

Troop 3

Troop 72

Troop 208

Troop 304

Troop 427

Troop 437



Cub Scouting Program Updates

The new Cub Scouting program has officially launched! 
Youth handbooks and leader books are 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 scouting.org/programupdates

COL National Jamboree Fundraiser

This 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.

Eagle Scout Fundraiser

The Cradle of Liberty Eagle Alumni Committee has released a new "Once an Eagle Always an Eagle" Council shoulder patch with a striking red, white and blue border. The patches are $10 each plus postage and available by using the attached order form. All proceeds support Eagle Scout Scholarships that are awarded each year at the Eagle Dinner. These patches are a great way to recognize a new Eagle Scout or for adult Eagle Scouts to wear on their uniforms. 


Thank you in advance for your support!


To order this patch, 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 Armory. More details, click here


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

Go to www.unamilodge.org 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!  


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 colbsa.org/phila 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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