April 22, 2016
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World Series of Scouting
Eagle Scout Dinner
Eagle Scout Fundraiser
Summer Camp Leaders Meeting
Musser Open House
Summer Camp
100th Anniversary
Camp Cards
Scout Shop
Lion Pilot
National Jamboree Fundraiser
Friends of Scouting
2017 National Jamboree Registration
National Jamboree Fundraiser
Wood Badge
Philadelphia Soul Discount
Unami Lodge, One
NRA Training Sessions
Catholic Committee
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Congratulations to Our Silver Beaver Award Recipients!
Hundreds of the Cradle of Liberty Council Family came out to honor this year's class of Silver Beavers and other deserving Scouts and Scouters on 
April 20 in King of Prussia. 

The Silver Beaver Award is the highest national award that a local council can present, and is reserved for volunteers who have made a transformational impact on the lives of youth. We'll have photos from the event posted soon in our photo gallery.

To all of our fantastic volunteers, the Cradle of Liberty Council salutes you for your service to Scouting and the youth we serve. Thank you!

Participate in 2016 Popcorn Fundraiser and raise the money your unit needs for an Ideal Year of Scouting!

Here's how to get one:
  • Be one of the first 50 units to commit to this year's Popcorn Fundraiser by completing the online form>
  • Make sure a unit representative(s) attends a Popcorn Seminar (click links below to register; no cost to attend!):

Let's Hit A Grand Slam!

It's the bottom of the ninth, two outs, and your pack, troop, crew, or ship is up to bat... and everyone looks to you, the coach, to lead them to a win.

In each district, the unit that recruits and registers the greatest number of new, non-multipled, youth members between April 15 to May 15 AND May 16 to June 15 will receive a $75 credit to their unit account.

The pack, troop and crew/ship that have the greatest percentage growth get to take their youth and families to a baseball game of their choice in July of August!
Recruiter patches available for Scouts!

Let us know and we'll get you the materials you need!

How Your Unit Can Knock It Out of the Park in Three Easy Steps this Spring!
  1. Check Your Unit Roster: Are all your active players registered? Your unit leader, committee chair, and chartered representative have access to your current unit roster through My.Scouting.org. You can also work with your unit commissioner or district professional to conduct a roster check.
  2. Hold a Recruitment Event: Set a date, time, location, and contact person for an open house or other recruitment event. The council provides recruitment materials and support free of charge. Work with your district membership chair or professional to make arrangements. You can also submit recruitment event info here (coming soon).
  3. Submit New Youth Applications: Turn-in applications to your district professional or the Scouting Resource Center no later than June 15. This ensures new recruits are properly registered and qualify to receive advancements and attend summer camp, as well as for your unit to qualify for rewards.
Please work with your district membership chairs and professionals to develop a Spring Recruitment Plan (including a date, time and location for a recruitment). If you have any questions, please reach out to membership@colbsa.org.

Eagle Scout Reunion & Recognition Dinner
We hope you will join us as we celebrate  the accomplishments of the 354 Scouts who earned the rank of Eagle Scout in the Class of 2015, recognize our National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award recipients, and hold the 2016 induction into the Cradle of Liberty Council Eagle Scout Hall of Fame.  

Wednesday, June 1, 2016
6:00 PM Eagle Scout & Mentor Reception | 7:00 PM Dinner
                       The Union League of Philadelphia
                       140 S. Broad Street, 
                        Philadelphia, PA 19102
2016 Eagle Scout Hall of Fame Inductee:
Shawn Orenstein
President, Kistler Tiffany Benefits
Eagle Scout Class of 1985

As with every year, we are looking for mentors for each of our Eagle Scouts that attend the dinner. We do our best to pair our Eagle Scouts with a person in their desired career field, and your help is greatly appreciated!

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 

2016 Summer Camp Leaders Meeting
TentComing to Resica Falls or Musser Scout Reservations this summer?  
Then come to our first Leaders Meeting of the summer on April 25, 2016 at 7pm. 
Location:  Valley Forge Middle School, 105 W Walker Rd, Wayne PA 19087.  
Click here to let us know you are coming.  Get all the program updates and information you need to start getting ready for your adventures this summer.  
Please note that Route 252 is CLOSED (until August) from Route 23 and Yellow Springs Rd.  Use 202 to Valley Forge Rd as the Alternate.  

Musser Open House
You are invited to Musser Scout Reservation's 
Spring Open House 
And Summer Games Qualifiers

Spend an hour or the whole day exploring Musser and see what awaits you this summer for FREE!  Bring lunch or join us for a picnic style lunch for only $5.00 (Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Chips, Cookies, Bug Juice, Coffee, and all the fixings).  Shooting Sports, STEM activities, Handicraft, Sports, and MORE!

Where: Camp Hart, Musser Scout Reservation
When: May 14, 2016
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm (Lunch served 11:00-1:00pm)

Register at colbsa.org/cubspring today for this
fun family day.  Even if you do not want lunch please register to let us know you are coming                                                                     
Are You Ready for Summer Camp?

Spring showers have arrived. The sun has been peaking out. Summer Adventures are just around the corner. Register for camp now!

Cub Adventures Promo 2016
Cub Adventures Promo 2016
Resica Falls Summer Camp 2016
Resica Falls Summer Camp 2016

100th Anniversary Musser Scout Reservation
 For more information, click here
Camp Card Program
50%+ Commission for Units with Camp Cards!

There's still time to join in! The 2016 Camp Card Sale continues until June 17th!

Each card has features a combination of single-use and multi-use discounts that can save users $50 or more! Scouts sell the card for $5.00 each, and 50% of the sale remains with the local Scout unit. At the end of the sale, units will be able to return all unsold cards at no cost to them. In addition to the 50% commission, four Scouts are drawn each week and awarded prizes totaling $200+ each week!
If your unit would like to participate in the sale, and setup your Scouts to earn their own way to camp and other great Scouting activities, contact your District Camp Card Chair or District Executive to schedule a time to receive your cards and Unit Camp Card Guide.
Congrats to the following Scouts who earned awesome prizes in the week 2 & 3 Strive for 25 drawings!
50% Campership to a 2016 COL Camp
Nathan B.of Pack 485 Conestoga District
Gannon W. of Pack 531, Lafayette District
$75 Amazon Gift Card
Andrew S. of Troop 117, Baden Powell District
Damon B. of Pack 1557, Northern District
$50 Amazon Gift Card
Thomas D. of Pack 174, Conestoga District
Ethan G. of Troop 43, Conestoga District
$25 Amazon Gift Card
Dylan H. of Troop 563, Roosevelt
Max F. of Troop 44, Conestoga District
Our Camp Card Newsletter is sent every Friday during the sale.  If you would like to receive or update your email address please go to the bottom of this newsletter and click Update profile/email address.
More information at www.colbsa.org/campcard
 Any questions can be directed to campcards@colbsa.org

Get Ready For Camp
Lions & Tigers & Bears, Oh My!
The Cradle of Liberty Council is pleased to announce that it has been selected by National Council to participate in the next level of pilot testing for the Lion Cub Scout program beginning this fall. Lions is a Boy Scouts of America pilot program created to introduce boys age 5 or in Kindergarten to the wonders and adventure of Cub Scouting. Like Tigers, Lions must have an "adult partner" with them at all times to help and guide them through the program. A Lion Parent and Leader Guidebook and a Lion Adventure Book with fun, age-appropriate indoor and outdoor activities will be available for Cub Scout packs selected by the council membership committee to participate in the pilot. 
Per the Guidebook, Lion dens and their adult partners are to meet twice per month, once for a den meeting and a second time for a den outing or pack meeting. Lions are not expected to attend all pack meetings and pack activities, nor are they expected to participate in pack fundraisers. The purpose of the program is to introduce families to Scouting, encourage positive interaction between Scouts and adults, and to enhance family quality time.  For more information, please check out the Lion Pilot Overview.

If your pack would be interested in participating in this pilot with a den of six to eight Lion pairs, or if you have any questions about the program, please contact David Bryan, Cradle of Liberty Lion Program Staff Advisor, at david.bryan@scouting.org or 484-654-9210.

Scouting Discount to Philly Pops


Special invitation for Scouts and their families!


Scouts in uniform come for FREE!

Family members each receive a 10% discount

on lawn seating day of event.


Click here for more information>

Friends of Scouting Campaign
The Family Friends of Scouting Campaign is organized to encourage all parents/guardians of Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, and unit volunteers to enroll as financial supporters of the programs and facilities of the Cradle of Liberty Council.

This is a voluntary enrollment and is not a condition of membership in Scouting. Friends of Scouting gifts are above and beyond national registration fees and local dues, which do not directly support the local council.

Instead of charging a fixed cost to support council operations, this campaign gives families the opportunity to contribute at a level of their own choosing according to their interest and ability to give. All that we ask is for 10 minutes at a unit meeting between January and April to tell the story, explain the need, and make the ask.

New for 2016: Families may join the inaugural Liberty Society by making a monthly recurring contribution starting at $15 per month using their credit or debit card. Recurring giving is more convenient for donors, especially those who give year after year, and will provide a more efficient system for processing payments.

Please visit www.colbsa.org/donate for more information about the campaign, including the Unit Leader Guide. If your unit hasn't already, you should consider appointing a unit Friends of Scouting coordinator and schedule your 2016 family presentation. Your unit Friends of Scouting coordinator may schedule a presentation online.

Thank you for your continued support!

2017 National Jamboree Registration is Open

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.

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.

2016 Wood Badge Course
The Wood Badge course, Scouting's premier leadership experience, brings together leaders from all areas of Scouting-Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, Sea Scouts, Venturing-and all levels of Boy Scouts of America professional staff. Reflecting the best of over a century of Scouting experience, the course also draws upon the most current leadership models used by corporate America, academic circles, and successful outdoor leadership organizations throughout the country.

The course is coming soon and consists of two three-day weekends, April 29 through May 1st, 2016 and June 4-6, 2016.

More information and to register, click here

2016 National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)
National Youth Leadership Training is an exciting, action-packed program designed for councils to provide youth members with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home troops and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others.

National Youth Leadership Training incorporates the latest leadership ideas and presents fresh, vital and meaningful training for today's Scouts.

The NYLT course centers around the concepts of what a leader must BE, what he must KNOW, and what he must DO. The key elements are then taught with a clear focus on HOW TO. The skills come alive during the week as the patrol goes on a Quest for the Meaning of Leadership.
Cradle of Liberty Council is offering four National Youth Leadership Training courses in 2016. 

More information, click here

Get Discounted Tickets for the May 14 Philadelphia Soul Game!
vs. Arizona Rattlers
Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 6:00 PM
Wells Fargo Arena, Philadelphia
Special-priced tickets for Scouts and their family and friends!
$25 for lower level ticket

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

Did you hear? Sea Scouting is the newest independent program in Scouting! From 1998 through this past February, the Sea Scouting program was part of Venturing. For more information about the change, please read this Bryan on Scouting article.
Unami Lodge, One 
Spring Service Weekend-Resica Falls - May 20-22 - Join us for a weekend of service, inductions and fellowship! For more         information and to register, click here
2016 NE-5A Conclave - June 10-12 - Hosted by Witauchsoman      #44 at Texler Scout Reservation. 
For more information and to register, click here  
2016 Dues - Renew Now!
You can purchase any of our Lodge Properties online through our eBay Store or at the Council Office.

Go to www.unamilodge.org for more information about these events and any Lodge information.
NRA Training Sessions
The Cradle of Liberty Shooting Sports Committee is excited to present the NRA training schedule for 2016. This training will help leaders become qualified for one of the shooting disciplines. In turn, this will allow more Scouts to enjoy the shooting sports. The training is open to all, but members of the BSA are offered the courses at a reduced rate.
  • BSA BB Course
  • BSA Archery Course
  • NAA Level 1 Archery
  • NRA Basic Pistol Course
  • NRA Basic Rifle Course
  • NRA Range Safety Officer
  • NRA Pistol Instructor Course
  • NRA Rifle Instructor Course
 For more information or to register for one of these sessions, 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 Scout Mass Patches
available from Catholic Committee On Scouting
please contact Bob Gabage or 215-970-3838

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