August 5, 2015

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Rocket Into Scouting
Philadelphia Encampment
Unit Commissioners
Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) Training
Wood Badge
Upcoming Cub Scout Weekend
2017 National Jamboree Registration is OPEN
National Jamboree Leader Announcement
National Jamboree Fundraiser
Cub Scouting Program Updates
Fly Fishing
Eagle Scout Fundraiser
Unami Lodge
Catholic Committee on Scouting
Israel Scouts Around Philadelphia
Scouting Band
Office Help Needed
Program Partners
Pilgrimage & Encampment
2016 Merit Badge College
Summer Hours

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"The Big Launch"

Council-Wide Roundtable

10 AM - 2 PM | Valley Forge Middle School, Wayne

No cost to attend!


All leaders are invited to join us for free food, fellowship, fun, prizes, and important information!

  • Program Partner & Council Committee Midway
  • Remarks from the Council Leadership
  • Popcorn Sale Information & Product Pick-Up
  • Rocket Into Scouting Materials
  • Program Resources
  • Commissioner Service
Please encourage at least one representative from your unit to attend!

Rocket Into Scouting

Join us for two upcoming Rocket Into Scouting Roundtable webinars where we'll be available to take your questions, share information, and talk about best practices:

You can also watch the training webinars that have been previously held:
Please visit the Rocket Into Scouting page at 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!


to get updates throughout the summer.

If you have any questions, please contact your district membership chair, district executive, or email

2015 Philadelphia Encampment 

Scouts and leaders from around the council are welcome to attend!
Please visit for more information and registration.

Mobile Scout Shop

Due to summer vacations the Mobile Scout Shop will return on Saturdays in September. In the meantime, the Valley Forge Scout Shop is offering free shipping to support our units that would have gone to the Mobile Scout Shop.

If your district would like to host a location please contact

If your chartered organization is interested in hosting the Mobile Scout Shop, please contact Lonce Scott.


Unit Commissioners Needed



My fellow Commissioners and I are seeking a few good men and women to serve with us as Commissioners. This is one of the oldest jobs in BSA, and you just might find fulfillment helping a unit in your district as a member of our Commissioner Corp.


The Commissioner Concept:

The Commissioner is the liaison between the local council and Scouting units. The commissioner's mission is to keep units operating at maximum efficiency, maintain regular contact with unit leaders, coach leaders on where to find assistance, note weaknesses in programs, and suggest remedies. The commissioner is successful when units effectively deliver the ideals of Scouting to their members.                                              

--from BSA's Administration of Commissioner Service


The NEW Unit Commissioner in Cradle of Liberty Council:

  • A new Commissioner will be welcomed by the Council Commissioner or the District Commissioner and be commissioned into service.
  • You will also be given a "mentor," an experienced Commissioner to help you get going.
  • You will take Commissioner Fast Start online and receive a short training course in the use of the online Commissioner Tools.
  • You will be assigned to one unit for starters.
  • You will visit that unit once a month and get to know the leaders.
  • When your unit needs help or assistance, you will be their friend and "go-to" person.
  • Welcome to Commissioner Service in Cradle of Liberty Council. And, thanks!

Chuck Bolger  

Cradle of Liberty Council Commissioner


Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) Training

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.

Friday, August 14 - Sunday, August 16, 2015
Nelson Training Center, Musser Scout Reservation

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.


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


Space is limited, so please 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.


Upcoming Course:

September 25-27 & October 2-4


Visit for more information and to register.


Webelos Woods Weekend

September 26-27


This weekend trip is the perfect activity to kick-off the Fall for current Webelos Scouts (4th and 5th graders).


Attend as a parent/son pair and experience an Introduction to Boy Scout program. Bring your own tent - or rent one from us - food is provided and will be cooked in your patrols. While your Webelos are developing their Boy Scout skills we will be offering concurrent sessions for parents about the Boy Scout program.


Throughout the weekend Scouts will participate as a patrol in different activities: outdoor skills including pioneering, orienteering, and fire building; first aid; nature! Give your Webelos a head-start in the essential Boy Scouting skills and also complete some of their Webelos requirements with this fun event. (A full list of completed requirements will be provided at the end of the event).


Fall Fest


Fall Fest Registration is Now Open! 

Join us for a fun-filled, family-oriented day of fall related activities at Musser Scout Reservation!
Activities include: Cooking (mountain pies), scarecrow making, apple chuckin', BBs, archery, nature hike, outdoor skills - fire challenge, slingshots, goop, giant games.

End the day with a rocket launch - new Scouts are encouraged to bring their rockets to camp to launch on the parade field.


Check in from 8:15- 8:45, program starts with opening ceremony at 8.50. The day ends at 4.30. Lunch provided.


Register for one or more days below!

2017 National Jamboree Registration is OPEN

View a video here>


Registration is now active for the 2017 National Jamboree which will take place from July 19-28 2017 at The Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia, which is the fourth National BSA High Adventure Base. Cradle of Liberty Council intends to take ten contingent troops and one crew to the Jamboree. The cost for youth is $1,545 which includes transportation, food, equipment, and just about everything you will need. There are three sources of campership money for those in need of assistance, information including applications will be posted soon.


The two step registration process to sign up for the Jamboree is described below:


First, sign up on the National site. This will require a My.Scouting user name and password, go to to create a password if you do not yet have one. Remember the account needs to be in the name of the person attending the Jamboree, not the parent, and the account has to be linked to the scout's membership id number. Chrome or Firefox may be the best browsers to sign up.


Second, after you have signed up on the National System, submit the Request to Attend form to Cradle of Liberty Council, 1485 Valley Forge Road, Wayne, PA 19087, including your Scoutmaster's approval with an initial payment of $245. You will need the Jamboree Registration Code that you receive from National once you sign up on their site. Further payments of $100 per month can be made by credit card through Doubleknot on the council website.


Scoutmasters and other contingent leaders are currently being selected for the contingent troops and crew. If you are interested, please use this link for more information


For questions please contact John Heiple or Steve Perrone

National Jamboree Leader Announcement 

Cradle of Liberty Council is tentatively planning to send ten (10) Boy Scout troops and one (1) Venturing 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.

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.

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

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


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 we elect our 2016 Lodge Officers and hold the vigil for our 2015 class, so dont miss it. 


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

Jewish Committee on Scouting

2015 Israel Scouts Around Philadelphia

Each summer, a travelling caravan of 10 Scouts (co-ed) and two leaders comes to our area to do song and dance shows for the community, to bring good will from Israel. This is for the entire community and it is always great when American Scouts are at the shows in uniform. 

For more information, click here


The Jewish Committee on Scouting of the Cradle of Liberty Council is again proud to be able to sponsor camperships for Jewish Scouts, to help reimburse you for sending your son to Cub/Scout camp this summer.

For more information, please click here

Scouting Band  

The Crparade-band.jpgadle of Liberty is starting a Council Scout Band. The band is open to registered scouts age 14 and up. The band would meet periodically to rehearse in preparation to play at scouting and community events. 

For more information, click here 

Office Help Needed

Do you have some free time during the week? If yes we could use your help. We are currently looking for some volunteer help. If you can give us a few hours a day at the Valley Forge Office in Wayne, PA then please contact Diane Campman at 484-654-9214 or

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!  



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:

2016 Merit Badge College

Save the dates for the 2016 Merit Badge College. It will be March 19 and April 2, 2016 at Valley Forge Military Academy.


Summer Hours at the Firestone Scouting Resource Center

From June 26, 2015 until August 28, 2015 summer hours will be as follows:


Monday through Thursday:  8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Friday:  8:30 AM to 1:00 PM on Friday


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