Official Monthly Leadership Training Newsletter
July 2015
Sorry to send this out again, but a correction was made to the Wood Badge article. Registration for Wood Badge is open until September 4. 

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)

 Friday, August 14 to

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Nelson Training Center,
Musser Scout Reservation


 This hands-on training program gives adult leaders the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the out-of-doors.


This is the final course needed to be considered basic leader trained for Scoutmasters, Asst. Scoutmasters, Venturing Crew Advisors and Assoc. Advisors.


Spend a weekend in the outdoors and learn all the up-to-date information to make you successful in your leadership role. This course will help you build your network of resources.



In This Issue
Quick Links
Wood Badge

Wood Badge is Scouting's premier leader training course.


The Cradle of Liberty Council will be holding its 2015 course over two weekends at Musser Scout Reservation this 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


Space is limited, so sign-up today!


For more information and to register, please visit:

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.


Next Rocket Into Scouting Webinar

Tomorrow! Thursday, July 23, 2015


Conducting a Parent Orientation:

Scouting works best and has the greatest impact when families are engaged and involved. That's why it's critical to hold a Parent Orientation after your unit's sign-up to establish expectations and communicate the program plan and financial commitment/fundraising. This webinar will provide your unit with the information and tools to conduct an effective parent orientation based on best practices from around the country.


Registration is required to participate.


Click here to learn more about Rocket Into Scouting

Program Updates

The new Cub Scouting program has officially launched!

The program is now simpler to execute for unit leaders and more fun for boys! Youth handbooks and leader books are available to purchase in the Scout Shop.


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


For more information and resources, please visit



A new set of Boy Scout requirements will become effective on January 1, 2016.


Please visit under the "Boy Scouting" section for more details.


Has your troop planned its program for the upcoming Scouting year? Click here for the steps and links to resources to help your troop plan.


The Cradle of Liberty Council online training calendar will be updated over the summer with more information and registration for Boy Scout leader training courses happening in the fall.



There are lots of questions regarding the Venturing program with the release of new program updates effective this past January.


Please visit under the "Venturing" section for more details.


New Training Syllabi:

Sea Scout Leaders: Have you seen the Fast Start Training module yet?
PA Child Protective Services Law

Important Update Based On Pennsylvania Act 15:

The new law, as of July 1, 2015, has made several changes to volunteer compliance and clearances. While there have been changes to school based employees and foster parents, the following is related only to BSA volunteer compliance. Below are a few of the items that have changed with the passing of this new law. Please visit for the most up-to-date information.


What has CHANGED?

  • August 25, 2015 is now the compliance deadline for new volunteers to secure their clearances and FBI criminal history (if required).
  • There is no cost for volunteer clearances (PSP Criminal History and DHS Child Abuse) after July 25, 2015.
  • The FBI criminal history clearance (for volunteers who have not been residents of Pennsylvania for the past ten years or residents of other states) is required only once upon establishing residency and when first applying for volunteer service.
  • The cost of the FBI criminal history clearance through DHS has been reduced to $25.75 after July 25, 2015.
  • Volunteer clearances (PSP Criminal History and DHS Child Abuse) are valid for 60 months.
  • Volunteer clearances may be applied for, at no cost to the volunteer, every 57 months.
  • Organizations are permitted to accept non-original copies of the required documents from volunteers.
More information including FAQs are available at


Other Training Opportunities

Philmont Training Center: The Philmont training Center offers a variety of training courses, some of which are available only at that location. See for more information.


Cubcast and Scoutcast: has a great page at with podcasts on topics of interest to any Scouter.


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