November 18, 2015

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University of Scouting
Recruiter Incentive Ends Soon
Thanksgiving Day Parade
Scouting for Food
Cub Scout Leader Online Training
PA Child Protective Services Law
2016 Pilgrimage & Encampment
Upcoming Council Activities
2017 National Jamboree Registration is OPEN
National Jamboree Fundraiser
Valley Forge Scout Shop Promotions
City Scout Shop
Unit Commissioners
Eagle Scout Fundraiser
Unami Lodge, One
Program Partners
Catholic Committee
2016 Merit Badge College
Value of Scouting

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Register for the 2015 University of Scouting!
Saturday, December 5, 2015
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • This is the premier training opportunity for all adult volunteers!
  • Do not miss out!
  • New courses have been added & favorites are returning!
Location: Valley Forge Military Academy & College

The University of Scouting is a supplemental training opportunity for all adult Scouters. It is the only time during the year where you can find, all in one place, the widest variety of training opportunities in all program areas: Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers as well as District and Council Volunteers. Whether you are new to the program or a veteran of years, the University provides interesting courses in all areas of Scouting, including Position Specific Training.

For more information, course listing and online registration, please visit:
Tell Your Friends!
Recruiter Incentive
Free Recruiter Patches &
$50 in ScoutStuff to top recruiter!
Incentive ends this Friday!

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 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

2016 Thanksgiving Day Parade
Each year, 150 Scouts and adult Scouters are extended an invitation to march in the 6ABC Dunkin' Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade.  This is not only a great experience for our Scouting families, but allows our Scouting membership to be visible both to those who come out to watch the parade, but also to all of those in our area who watch it on 6ABC.  
The Cradle of Liberty Council works with Philabundance, ACME Markets, and 6ABC to collect food items as part of the annual food drive during the parade, carry banners for all parade elements and march with the ACME float.  Those marching along the 1.4 mile route will be assigned one of the above roles the morning of the parade.  

For more information and to register to walk in the parade, click here

2016 Scouting for Food
Scouting for Food is one of nation's largest food drives that Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers participate in to support their local food pantries and hunger-relief agencies.

The Scouts of the Cradle of Liberty Council have continuously exceeded expectations and fully stocked dozens of our partner agencies with bags and bags of canned food.

This year's date is:
Food Collection - Saturday, November 21, 2015

For more information, click here

Cub Scout Leader Online Training Updated
Several years ago, the Cradle of Liberty Council has set a standard for all Cub Scout leaders to be position-specific trained at the time of their recharter. Due to the recent roll out of this new training and the importance of leader training for our youth, the Cradle of Liberty Council is allowing a one-time extension to the training requirement.

To read more and to find out more about the deadline, click here

Don't forget that all unit charters in the council will expire on December 31, 2015. Now is the time to make sure your unit has reviewed its current roster (available at to your unit key-3 and other authorized users), turn-in new youth and adult applications, collect registration fees, and log-in to the online internet rechartering system to complete the re-registration process for the 2016 charter year.

Please visit for access to the internet rechartering system, as well as resources to help walk your unit through the process.

If your unit needs assistance, or if your unit renewal processor needs your unit's unique internet rechartering access code, please contact your district commissioner or executive, or email

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:

2016 Valley Forge Pilgrimage & Encampment

Registration Now Open!


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 at:

Save the Dates for Other Upcoming Council Activities!
  • Klondike Derby open to all: Saturday, January 23, 2016 at Nelson Training Center
  • Council-Wide Pinewood Derby: Saturday, March 12, 2016 at LuLu Shrine in Blue Bell, Pa. 
  • 100th Anniversary of Musser Scout Reservation camporee for the entire council. Open to Cubs and their leaders and Scouts & Ventures and their Leaders. September 23-25, 2016.
More details will be posted soon. Feel free to contact Council Activities Chair Barry Kauffmann for more information.

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.


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.

Valley Forge Scout Shop Promotions

For more information and to download this promo coupon, 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. 

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


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
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 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 Scout Deal
 vs Memphis - November 21, 2015 (tickets going fast!)
vs UConn - November 28, 2015
Each ticket purchased comes with Temple Football Scout Patch.

Philadelphia Flyers Scout Nights
New Games Added!
November 23 vs. Carolina & December 17 vs. Vancouver
Tickets start at $36. Scouts get a special Philadelphia Flyers Scout Night Patch!

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.


2016 Merit Badge College
Cradle of Liberty Council Advancement Committee will once again offer a Merit Badge college for up to 600 Scouts, featuring a course selection of 50 merit badges, including eight merit badges required for Eagle Scout, 17 STEM badges as well as the Whoosh! Nova Award - all in class sizes limited to 15 Scouts.

This event will take place from 8am - 4pm on Saturday March 19th and Saturday, April 2nd at Valley Forge Military Academy and College in Wayne, PA. Scouts will need to attend both days to complete their selected merit badges, as well as all required pre-work and assignments between the two class days. The cost is $24 per Scout and includes registration for four merit badges, lunch on both days and the event patch. Registration will open at 9am on Monday, February 1st, 2016 and is expected to fill quickly. The event flier is available at

This event is only possible through the generous donation of time and talent from many merit badge counselors - more than 76 last year - with many additional counselors needed in 2016.  Counselors who would like to be part of our 2016 faculty please contact Steve Perrone and indicate your interest and the badges you would be willing to teach.  The 2016 college will also offer opportunities for Merit Badge Counselor Training - to be offered at 10am and 2pm on each day of the event - registration will be available on the event page above in February.

Questions can be directed to the council merit badge dean, Steve Perrone, at
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.

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