October 21,  2015

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Recruiter Incentive Launches
Value of Scouting
Fall Fest
Three Generations
Popcorn Sale
2017 National Jamboree Registration is OPEN
National Jamboree Fundraiser
COPE Weekend Event.
City Scout Shop
PA Child Protective Services Law
Unit Commissioners
Eagle Scout Fundraiser
Young Professional Scouts (YPS)
Unami Lodge, One
Program Partners
Catholic Committee
Upcoming Council Activities
2016 Pilgrimage & Encampment
2016 Merit Badge College

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Recruiter Incentive
Free Recruiter Patches &
$50 in ScoutStuff to top recruiter!

Cradle of Liberty Council will provide the official BSA "Recruiter" strip to Scouts who invite and recruit at least one friend to join Scouting and on November 20, we'll award a $50 Scout Shop gift card to Scout who recruits the most friends. 

To qualify for the free patch, unit leaders must submit the application for the new Scout to the Cradle of Liberty Council Service Center or staff member between October 19 and November 20 and complete the submission form at www.colbsa.org/recruiter. Patches and gift card will be distributed by the December district roundtables to unit leaders.
For more info and the flier, please visit:

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 while supplies last.

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

Scouting Works!
Check out these resources that prove the value of Scouting programs through a scientific study done right here in the Cradle of Liberty Council by Tufts University, funded through a generous grant from The John Templeton Foundation.
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!
Online registration has closed for Saturday, October 24th and Sunday, October 25th.
To register email camping@colbsa.org or call 484-654-9213

Three Generations Seal the Bond of Brotherhood
This past month, October 9-11, 2015 at our Lodge Service weekend at Resica Falls Scout Reservation three generations sealed the bond of brotherhood, here is their story. In 1978, I was the Senior Patrol Leader of a Boy Scout Troop in North Carolina with my Dad as an Assistant Scoutmaster. Our Council had a Jamboree where Order of the Arrow candidates were grabbed out of the crowd at an enormous all-Council campfire and then went directly to Ordeal to begin the Order of the Arrow journey. My Dad and I were tapped out together and became Ordeal Arrowmen together.
Later, as men, we agreed not to pursue the bond of Brotherhood in the Order until... my oldest son would be with us.
So, tonight (37 years later) at an impressive campfire ceremony, father, son and grandson sealed the bond of Brotherhood. Here are the three generations of the Order Of the Arrow, Unami Lodge, One.

Popcorn Sale
Rebalance Day this Saturday, October 24

Thank you for taking the time this week to finalize your unit inventory and needed Show-and-Sell Items. Rebalance Day is this Saturday at Reads Moving Systems, 2600 Turnpike Dr, Hatboro, PA 19040.  

We have slotted units into quarter-hour time slots to better manage the incoming and outgoing flows of popcorn and minimize time spent waiting in line.

Clickhere for the rebalance schedule


Some notes about the process:
  • Come prepared with a count of the inventory you are returning so you can verify that at the loading dock.
  • Come prepared with a count of the items (in cases and containers) that you require to fulfill your outstanding Take-Order needs.
  • We cannot accept any damaged or opened items.
    We cannot accept returns of Popping Corn as that item was a Take-Order Only selection. (Microwave items are returnable along with the rest of the lineup.)
  • Please contact your District Executive if you have any issues prior to return day as we cannot accept any returns after 10/24.
  • Consider what you are returning and what your fundraising goal was for the sale. You might find that with a final push, you and your families can sell the popcorn you have remaining to increase your net commission fund the Scouting Adventures your families are looking forward to this weekend.
    If you are not attending Rebalance Day and need to place your Take Order, the Trail's End Popcorn System is open until 10/23 at Midnight. Contact your District Executive if you require any help placing this order through the system.
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


When: 11.2.15 @ The Capital Grille, 1338 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia
Registration Cost: $35 for YPS Members and Guests ($50 for non-members)
Details: Enjoy a fun night in the elegant Liberty Room with more than 50 young professional alumni and friends. This will be a chance to network, reconnect with old friends and sample a delicious menu of hors d' oeuvres and refreshments.
Register at www.colbsa.org/GMBS

When: November 11-13 Camping and Service Weekend
Where: Resica Falls 1200 Resica Falls Rd, East Stroudsburg, PA 18302
Join us as we enjoy a beautiful weekend at Resica Falls for fellowship and helping the camp with a possible service project Saturday.  We will be staying in Bear Lodge with running water AND electricity so even the most novice camper should feel comfortable.
Cost: $50.  Covers two nights lodging and food for the weekend
Register at www.colbsa.org/GMBS

Not an official member? Signup up online now and never pay to attend a GMBSŪ event again in 2015!
Unami Lodge
Brotherhood Blitz - The Blitz will be held on Saturday, December 5th at Camp Delmont. More information,click here

100th Annual Dinner - January 3rd, 2016 for more information, click here

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!  
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 soon 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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