October 7,  2015

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Rocket Into Scouting
Launch Those Rockets!
Philadelphia Encampment
Fall Fest
Popcorn Sale
2017 National Jamboree Registration is OPEN
National Jamboree Fundraiser
City Scout Shop
PA Child Protective Services Law
Unit Commissioners
Eagle Scout Fundraiser
Unami Lodge, One
Program Partners
Catholic Committee
Upcoming Council Activities
2016 Pilgrimage & Encampment
2016 Merit Badge College

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Rocket Into Scouting
Thanks to everyone who participated in the September 30 sign-up night! 

Welcome to the 1,200+ (and still counting) new Scouts and their families who have become a part of Scouting in the Cradle of Liberty Council!

There's still plenty of time to sign-up for the adventure of Scouting this fall. New Scouts are still eligible to receive a free model rocket.

If you have any questions, please contact your district membership chair, district executive, or email membership@colbsa.org.

Launch Those Rockets!
There are a variety of opportunities this fall for new Scouts, as well as existing Scouts, to launch off rockets: Six Fall Fest Days at Musser Scout Reservation, the Philadelphia Encampment on Saturday, October 17, and a council-wide Rocket Launch at Horsham Air Guard Station on Saturday, October 24!

Rocket Launch
Horsham Air Guard Station
Saturday, October 24, 2015
10 AM - 2 PM
Free of charge, but space is limited

Online registration closes October 21.
Visit colbsa.org/rocketlaunch for updates and more information.
  • New and existing Scouts and their families are welcome to launch rockets.
  • An Aviation Merit Badge program will be offered for Boy Scouts.
  • Static aircraft and equipment displays and tours of the base!
  • Meet members of the Air National Guard
  • Food will be available or you can pack in a lunch.
  • Registration for this event will be required.
Stay tuned for more details. If you'd like to volunteer to help at the event, or if you're an Aviation Merit Badge counselor and would like to assist, please email membership@colbsa.org today!

2015 Philadelphia Encampment 

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

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!

Popcorn Sale
This year's Popcorn Sale is in full swing and reports are coming in from all districts about strong Show-N-Sell sales so far this fall.
If you've got a success story you'd like to share, please send it to popcorn@colbsa.org. We'd love to give you a shout out!
Please contact your district popcorn kernel, district executive, or popcorn@colbsa.org if you need additional popcorn order forms or materials, or if you're experiencing challenges with your unit's sale.

Upcoming Sale Dates:
  • October 24: Take Orders Due & Re-Balance Day
  • November 7: Take Order Pick-Up & Prize Orders Due
  • December 1: Unit Payments Due

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 my.scouting.org 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.


For questions please contact John Heiple jambo2017chair@gmail.com or Steve Perrone Sperrone@ppciga.org

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.

COPE Weekend Event
When - COPE at Resica Falls October 23-25, 2015

The cost includes your campsite, the COPE program (either Full program including High Ropes or Low Ropes only) and a certificate of completion. 
You have the option to include food for an additional $10 per person - or you can cook as a unit. 
Things to bring: Medical form, COPE Application, a tent, appropriate clothing for the course and the weather!, personal gear, food if you are eating as a unit and a mess kit if you are eating with the staff running the course. 

To register for the event, click here

Questions - Contact COPE/Climbing Chair Steve Thomson at (267) 326-7024 or sthomson1200@gmail.com 

To download a COPE flier, click here

City Scout Shop - We Are Back!
The City Scout Shop is returning to regular hours. To assist our Scouting family and better serve you, we have secured a long term location at Lighthouse Field and have also adjusted the hours by popular request.   

              Saturdays 10 am - 2 pm
              Thursdays 5 pm - 7 pm

Stop by and check out our supply of core Scouting items; youth and adult uniforms, handbooks, leader guides, merit badges, Cub Scout awards, pinewood derby cars, knives, and more. We have all the new Cub Scout program materials.
If we don't have it in stock we will provide free shipping from the Valley Forge Scout Shop. 

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania passed a new law known as the Child Protective Services Law in 2014 and it was updated in July of 2015. 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 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 review this information and take the required action.The Cradle of Liberty Council is asking all volunteers to comply by 12/31/15 in conjunction with our recharter season. Please review the information linked here to see who in your unit will need clearances: www.colbsa.org/palaw

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 chuckbolger@aol.com  

Cradle of Liberty Council Commissioner


Cradle of Liberty Council Venturing 2015 - 2016
Many Boy/Girl Scouts join Venturing for the fun, high adventure activities, and the opportunity to grow and learn with an older age group. 14 - 21 year olds work in a COED environment to plan and carry out the activities that they choose. Male and female advisors support these efforts, but the youth decide what they want to do and how they will make it happen.
The VOA (Venturing Officers Association) is open to all Venturers. Meetings are held from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM the first Tuesday of each month at Scout Headquarters in Valley Forge. At these meetings, trip ideas are shared, friends are made, and the VOA Spring Weekend is planned. Venturing Adults are invited to participate in the advisor roundtable meeting across the hall at the same time.

For more information and a list of calendar events, 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
Unami Service Corp - Unami Lodge is proud to start its first service corp. And our first activity is the Philadelphia Encampment. Please join us on Sunday Oct 18 from 11am-4pm to give the organizers of the encampment help cleaning up and organizing the equipment used from the weekend event. Please go to www.colbsa.org/servicecorp to signup and more information. You will get a patch and tee shirt for helping with this event.

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. 

Purchase any of our Lodge Properties online through Ebay, click here or at the Valley Forge Scout Shop.

Go to www.unamilodge.org 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!  
Philadelphia Flyers Scout Nights!
Tuesday, October 20 - 7:30pm - vs. Dallas Stars

Temple Football
2015 Group Tickets: Click here for more info

American Swedish Historical Museum 
Join us Saturday November 21st from 10am-12pm for our Viking Exploration program. For more information click here

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.


Save the Dates for Upcoming Council Activities!
  • Klondike Derby open to all: Saturday, 1/23/2016 at Nelson Training Center
  • Pilgrimage and Encampment to Valley Forge National Historic Park, Pilgrimage day trip, 2/13/2016 with full weekend program, including camping, 2/12-14/2016 (see info below).
  • Council-Wide Pinewood Derby: Saturday, 3/12/2016 at LuLu Shrine in Blue Bell Pa. 
  • International Scouting Event: Scope/Olympia. 5/26-30/2016 Bus trip to Ontario, connect with Canadian Scouts with home hospitality and camping with Troops from another country. 
  • 100th Anniversary of Musser Scout Reservation camporee for the entire council. Open to Cubs and their leaders and Scouts & Ventures and their Leaders. 9/23-25/2016.
More details will be posted soon. Feel free to contact Council Activities Chair Barry Kauffmann for more information.

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.


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