The Winter Scout

It's February!!!! We are Leaping into another exciting month of Scouting! Here in Philly we have had a weather challenged January. Jonas dumped over TWO FEET of white fun on the Philadelphia region. I saw many people out sledding and enjoying the snow.  This also set the stage for a fun snow filled Cub Klondike. I would like to thank everyone who was able to participate and Karen and her team for putting together a great experience. As fast as the snow came almost two weeks later and "POOF" it's gone.  I know that I am looking forward to getting out in February for some cold weather camping. I am really hoping that Punxsutawney Phil is wrong and that we will have six more weeks of Winter (or at least until March 21). Let's hope that Mother Nature brings us some more white stuff for our Boy Scout Klondike on Feb 27. Being a Winter Scouter is more than a tag from Captain America. It is learning how to have fun and challenge yourself in the outdoors when most people don't want to go outside. When I tell people about the Valley Forge Pilgrimage and Encampment the general response is "Are you nuts!!!" I respond by saying "No I am a Scout" What do you and your Units do to enjoy the Winter? Are you tubing? Hiking? Camping? Sledding? Skiing? Well I want to hear and see what you guys are doing!

February also brings a few special days for us to celebrate:

Valentine's Day: Show those people in your life that you care about them - I would like to extend a special Valentine's Greeting to all of our MOM's, wives, girlfriends for without them I don't think we would have clean uniforms, rides to and from meetings and events, and a smiling face when we get home from a cold weekend.

President's Day: In this heated election year it is important to celebrate the past leaders of the United States. No matter what party or even if you liked the guy it is a good time to start a conversation about our leaders and if your smart knock out one your scouts citizen requirements.

Mardi Gras: A time to have a little fun Cajun style. Good opportunity to learn about another section of the country and possible try some southern down home cooking.

Feb 8th - Boy Scouts of America Birthday!!!!!! How are you celebrating? Are you going to Scout Sunday? Does your Unit do anything special to celebrate!!!! Let us see you celebrating Scouting's 106th Birthday.

There are many ways to have fun this month  Send me pictures with captions to or post your pictures to Facebook. Have fun! Be safe! And find that Winter Scouter in each of you.

Michael Callahan

Doing donuts in the snow
doing donuts in the snow
Cub Scout Klondike

Special thanks to Helen Crockett and all the volunteers for another successful Cub Klondike!

We had over 70 scouts turn out for a day filled with shelter building, stretcher races, and a whole lot of fun!


How does a Boy Scout learn to survive the apocalypse? By training at the Boy Scout Klondike! Join us at Lighthouse field to see if your unit has what it takes to survive the Zombie Apocalypse and save our city.  Our trained Zombie Hunters will test your skills in the areas of Endurance, Agility, Strength, Courage and Accuracy! 

Lighthouse Field $10 per scout, $5.00 per adult/sibling, Registration opens at 7:45am and the event is from 9am - 4pm. Please come out and help, support, or participate in this years event!

Chad Hughes:

Scholarship Opportunity!

The Philadelphia Foundation has a scholarship available for Eagle Scouts in our region.   The Mervin Sluizer, Jr. Scholarship Fund was created in 1992 by alumni of Philadelphia Troop 185, Boy Scouts of America, for the purpose of helping worthy scouts pursue higher education. This is a scholarship in the amount of $1,000 which may be re-applied for each year throughout the applicant's higher education.
I would greatly appreciate it if you would share the link below with troops in your area.    Additional criteria may also be found on the link.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at (215) 863-8121.  

Attention ALL Scoutmasters and Leaders: 
Please do not give my cell phone number or any other contact info to parents to contact me regarding Eagle Scout Project Approvals. Parents should not be the ones contacting me or committee members for approvals. The only ones who should be contacting any one on the Advancement Committee should be the Eagle Scout Candidate himself as it is their project, not mommy or daddy's. My preferred method of contact is Email
While we will make time for a candidate who is very short on time (close to aging out), other than that, Candidates can come to either the District Committee Meeting on the first Wednesday of the month at Deer Meadows between 7 and 8:30 pm or to Roundtable at the Philadelphia Protestant Home on the 2nd Wednesday of the month between 7 and 8:30 pm.
In the event I may not be at the meeting, any one of the committee members can read and approve Eagle Leadership Projects. The Advancement Committee Members are as follows in no particular order: Bob Houston, Steve Leopold, Rick Killian, Bill O'Connor, Chuck Brill.
None of the Committee Members will approve a project with a unit they are affiliated with, so if they are attached to your unit, the Candidate must see someone else on the committee.
Candidates who are short on time should remember, it is not our fault you are short on time. We will meet with you at our convenience, which means you may have to travel to our homes (with a parent or other Scout) to get the required signatures.  
In Scouting, 
Bob Deck


District Roundtable Meeting 
February 10, 2016
7:30pm Philadelphia Protestant Home

Calling all Boy Scouts, Venturing Crews and Sea Scouts
Boy Scout Klondike
February 27th, 2016
At Lighthouse Field across from St. Christopher's Hospital on Erie Ave.
Registration starts at 7:45am. Event starts at 9am
Lunch will be provided for all registered participants
Early Bird Special is $8.00 if paid before 2/13 
$10 per scout after 2/13
$5.00 for adults and siblings (includes lunch and a patch)
Make Checks payable to: CRADLE OF LIBERTY    
Mail Payment to: Cradle of Liberty Office in Valley Forge  1485 Valley Forge Rd, Wayne, PA 19087
When sending in payment address the envelope to Cradle of Liberty Council  C/O Boy Scout Klondike

March 18-20
Service Weekend
Musser Scout Reservation
$25.00 per person
Event is from Friday at 5pm - Sunday llam 
Mick Davis is point of contact

District Dinner
April 9th, 2016
$25. Per person before 3/14
$30.00 after 3/14
Set up starts at 3pm
Dinner starts at 7pm

April 7th, 12th and 27th
Blake Florists
6pm - 8:30pm

District Pinewood Derby
April 30th,2016
Saints United Lutheran Church
3200 Ryan Ave.
Hosted by pack 155
$15.00 per unit
Top 2 racers and 1 best in show
Races start at 10am

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