Membership Grant Information
New for 2016!  The Cradle of Liberty Council will be offering the opportunity for units to apply for membership grants to support unit recruitment and retention efforts. Interested units should carefully review the following guidelines prior to preparing the membership grant application (found here:, which are DUE APRIL 15TH to
  • Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, Varsity Scout teams, Venturing crews, and Sea Scout ships are eligible to apply through their unit leader (Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Coach, Advisor, or Skipper) and unit Committee Chair.
  • Grants are to assist with expenses related to membership that might not otherwise qualify for financial assistance.
  • Projects must have measurable outcomes.
  • Units that have their grant applications approved by the council membership committee will be awarded a maximum of $500 per year.
Priority will be given to projects that:
  • Are new initiatives in recruiting and/or retention.
  • Emphasize spring and year-round recruitment.
  • Include collaboration between units.
  • Include a financial contribution to the project from the unit (in addition to the council).
Important Notes:
  • Grant money is not given in advance. The unit must complete the project, submit a final report and receipts for all purchases, and comply with deadlines in order to receive the grant.
  • Units that are recipients of membership grants must agree to provide summary activity reports at the conclusion of their project (or monthly if it is an ongoing effort) until all awarded funds have been accounted for.
  • No grant money will be released without copies of receipts.
  • All awarded funds must be accounted for and submitted to the council no later than December 16, 2016.

Please direct any questions to or call Greg Osborn, Director of Field Service, at 484-654-9239 or Brett Montich, District Membership Chairman at
Chairman's Message

Even as I write this, Spring is struggling to win the battle over Jack Frost.  I hope that you all are staying warm despite the falling snow and the threat of frost overnight tonight. In the end the warmer temperatures will return, the leaves will cover the trees, and no doubt in a few short months we will all be looking forward to a reprieve from the dog days of summer.
Lafayette District is alive and well thanks to all of you and your ongoing commitment to this program and the youth we serve.  I am so in awe of your efforts to make this the best program for young people ever.  We are excited for the next couple of months of activities in each of your individual units as well as the District.  I hope your units are all planning on attending Summer Camp whether it be at Cub Camp, Resica Falls, or Boy Scout summer camp elsewhere.  The opportunities available to our youth through this program are enormous and so very important.
I am pleased to be able to serve all of you as your District Chairman.  I am here to serve you!  If there is anything I can ever do to help you or your unit, please do not hesitate to contact me.  Also, if you have any interest in serving on the District Committee, we still have plenty of needs and I would love to talk with you about those needs.  I hope I will see all of you at an upcoming Roundtable and the District Recognition Picnic on June 8th.
Happy Spring!
Gregg Slocum
Lafayette District Chairman

Cub Adventures 2016 Happenings
  • Excited for camp? Unsure what to expect? Join us at our Open House where you will be able to get in some practice before the "summer games" begin.


  • The April Lafayette District Roundtable will have a camping breakout session.  See the bottom of this newsletter for more information and the location of the Roundtables.


  • A Pre-Camp Leaders Meeting will be held at 7 PM on April 25, 2016 at the Valley Forge Middle School.
    • You may want to print out one Leader's Guide for reference (download from here)
    • All forms needed for camp will be digital this year, and it is the responsibility of Units or individuals to print them out.
    • We will have a list of what is required for camp and what is suggested as a handout. 
    • Go here to register or find out more about the great summer camp offerings.


For more information, contact Jim Sontag, District Camping Chairman at

Lafayette District Picnic
The Lafayette District Picnic will be held on Wednesday, June 8 at 6 PM on the lawn at the Cradle of Liberty Council offices in Wayne, PA.
The District Committee will provide the hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers and rolls. And you bring the side dishes and desserts. Adult Scouters Recognition Award Ceremony will start at 7 pm.
More details will follow so stay tuned. $5 per aged 10 and up.  Children under age 10 are free.
OPPS we do need help. If you want to run a kids game, help with cooking, setup or cleanup please contact Liz Parker at
To sign up online, use the following link:

Lafayette District Roundtable

April's Lafayette District Roundtable meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 7 PM.  Roundtable is located at the JP Mascaro Office Building, 2650 Audubon Road, Audubon, PA 19403.  Enter through the main entrance (with the glass) and proceed up the staircase to the second floor.

The theme for April's Roundtable is Camping, Camping, Camping.  We hope to see you there!
Meet a District Committee Member

Name:  Gregg Slocum
District Position:  Committee Chairman
Years in Scouting: 29
Were you a Scout as a Youth?  Yes, both as a Cub Scout where I earned the Arrow of Light and then as a Boy Scout where I earned the Eagle Rank
Do you currently serve Scouting in any other capacity?  Yes, I currently serve Troop 133 in Worcester as the Committee Chairman and Unami Lodge One as the Finance Advisor.
What do you do outside of Scouting?  I am the Finance Officer for Valley Forge Medical Center in East Norriton.
Tell us a little about yourself:  I am the oldest of four kids.  I have one sister and two brothers.  I am married for almost 27 years to my wife Anita.
Do you have any children?  Yes, two.  My son Jeremy is in his second year of graduate school at Kent State University in Ohio and my daughter Jordyn is a Junior at Susquehanna University.
Did you grow up around here?  No, but that is an interesting question.  I moved 7 times while I was growing up.  I lived in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Ohio growing up but have lived in and around Philadelphia since I graduated from College.
What do you like to do in your spare time?  I have played and coached soccer all my life and still play in a men's league.  I also am a bike rider and like to get on my bike when the weather is nice and put some miles on.  Other than that, I enjoy backpacking and have done a large portion of the Appalachian Trail over the years.

Lafayette District Calendar Has Been Updated
The Lafayette District Calendar has been updated!!! Check out everything that is going on from now through the Spring Camporee in 2017 here:  Lafayette District Calendar

Here are some highlights:
  • Lafayette District Roundtable - April 13,2016
  • Lafayette District Picnic - June 8, 2016
  • Klondike Derby - January 20 - 22, 2017
  • Lafayette District First Aid Meet - March 4, 2017
  • Lafayette District Dinner - March 8, 2017
  • Lafayette District Pinewood Derby March 25, 2017

We all know that there is much more to Scouting than camping. We also know that the emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) today is not new to Scouting.
Our founders, most notably Ernest Thompson Seton, understood over 100 years ago that an understanding how of scientific concepts impacted their lives was important to the development of young men. They wove the concepts throughout the program. Among the original 57 merit badges introduced in 1911 there were many that, today, we would include as STEM merit badges. These included Architecture, Astronomy, Aviation, Chemistry, Electricity, Machinery, and Surveying.
It has not just been merit badges. Do you remember learning about the food chain, or how to measure the height of a tree using a stick, or how to find north by looking at the stars, or about the Earth's magnetic field, or participating in Project SOAR? Or the hundreds of other things you learned as a Scout that brought Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math into your world in a practical way?
Two STEM Awards have been created, NOVA and SUPERNOVA, to encourage Scouts and Venturers to take advantage of STEM activities in Scouting.
To find out more about STEM awards and to learn how to become a STEM Mentor contact Brian Wynne,

Merit Badge College 2017
Merit Badge College 2017 is tentatively scheduled for January 28, 2017 at the Spring Ford Ninth Grade Center, Royersford.  Scouts can submit requests for Merit Badges that they would like to have offered. While we can't promise a counselor, we can start looking if we know what merit badges the boys want.

Counselors interested in offering classes can submit their availability as well. Just because you know one person has always offered the class doesn't mean you can't offer it as well... often classes are very full, and it would be great to have a second or third person teach. New counselors and new badges are always welcome.

Please send e-mail to
Spring Camporee 2016 Cancelled
The Spring 2016 Camporee has been cancelled due to lack of help to organize. We are now looking for a Troop or Troops to organize the Spring 2017 Camporee.  We currently have Camp Hart reserved for May 5-7, 2017.   Please contact Tim Little at if you are interested or want more information.
You Are Invited To Attend Roundtable!

JP Mascaro  Audubon Office Building on the 2nd floor.
2650 Audubon Road, Audubon, PA 19403
Meet and Greet starts at 7:00pm; Program portion starts at 7:30pm
Got Questions? CONTACT: Alan Cave (610) 960-5507 
Roundtable Commissioner

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