August 17, 2015

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The Big Launch
Popcorn Sale
Rocket Into Scouting
2017 National Jamboree Registration is OPEN
National Jamboree Fundraiser
Philadelphia Encampment
USA Archery Training
Webelos Woods Weekend
Fall Fest
Wood Badge
PA Child Protective Services Law
Unit Commissioners
Sea Scouts Hold Second Annual Rendezvous
Cub Scouting Program Updates
Mobile Scout Shop
Eagle Scout Fundraiser
Unami Lodge, One
Program Partners
Catholic Committee
Jewish Committee
Scouting Band
Office Help Needed
2016 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!

Popcorn Sale
We've made some great changes to the 2015 Trails End Popcorn Sale based on feedback from our unit leaders. To get the scoop on this year's sale, make sure to watch the Popcorn 101 Webinar.

The next popcorn webinar will be on August 25 at 6 pm and will focus on Incentives and Prizes. Click to Register>

Are you receiving the Kernel Connection, the weekly popcorn sale e-newsletter from the Cradle of Liberty Council? Click here for the archive and to sign-up for the list.

Haven't placed a Show-N-Sell order yet? There's still time! Product will be available to pick-up during "The Big Launch" on Saturday, August 29. Contact your district popcorn kernel or professional to make arrangements, or email

Rocket Into Scouting
September 30 is approaching fast!
Is your unit ready to Rocket Into Scouting?

Make sure you've watched the training webinars: 
If your unit would like to order additional rockets and engines for existing Scouts, please click here. Orders are due by Wednesday, August 26, 2015 (if you need more time, please email ASAP). This link is for ordering additional rockets for existing Scouts only; do not pre-order rockets for new Scouts. For more details about rocket distribution to units for new and existing Scouts, please click here.

Is your unit's pin up-to-date? Make sure the information is correct and enable online applications. Your unit leader, committee chair, and chartered organization representative have access through MyScouting to update your unit's PIN (and can grant access to others to do so). Here's a video on the process. Email if you need assistance.

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

2017 National Jamboree Registration is OPEN


To view a promotional video click 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

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.

2015 Philadelphia Encampment 

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

USA Archery Training 
As part of our continued effort to provide the best quality experience possible at the Philadelphia Encampment and to encourage safe and exciting Scouting adventures throughout the year, our Encampment Range Directors, Paul & Ann Marie Unger, will conduct a USA Archery Level 1 Instructor Certification course! USAA Level 1 Instructor Certification is recognized by the BSA and will permit you to operate a range at any BSA event. Class space is limited so register today.

For more information, click here

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!

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.


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

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


Sea Scouts Hold Second Annual Rendezvous
Cradle of Liberty's Sea Scout Squadron held its second annual Sea Scout Rendezvous at Camp Firestone during the weekend of June 19-21, 2015, immediately prior to the beginning of the summer camp season at Resica Falls Scout Reservation. This is the second year that the Squadron held its annual Rendezvous at Resica Falls. Squadron Commodore Bob Gabage, who also acts as the Skipper of Ship 201, the SSS Slayer, located in Jenkintown, was pleased that the number of Sea Scouts participating in the 2015 Rendezvous was greater than that who participated in the initial Rendezvous held in 2014. The Rendezvous is designed to foster camaraderie amongst the Sea Scouts in the council and provide a council event that is specifically tailored to Sea Scouting. Read the complete article here>

The Cradle of Liberty Sea Scout Squadron consists of the six Sea Scout Ships currently registered in the council and was officially formed in October of 2013. The Squadron's Commodore is Bob Gabage. The Squadron meets the first Monday of every month at the council headquarters in Wayne and the meetings begin at 7:00 p.m.

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

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


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.

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!  

American Conference Championship Game this Sunday!

Philadelphia Flyers Games at the Wells Fargo Center
Save the Dates!

Friday, September 25th at 7:00 pm - Preseason vs. the Islanders

Tuesday, October 20th - 7:30 pm - Dallas Stars

More details coming soon!


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

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 parade-band.jpgCradle 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

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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