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.

Bring-A-Friend, Get a Special Limited-Edition Patch!
Scouts and Venturers who recruit a friend (or friends!) to join Scouting from January 1 to June 29, 2016 are eligible to receive this fully-embroidered 3" patch with button loop. The application and national registration payment for the new Scout or Venturer must be received by the Cradle of Liberty Council by Wednesday, June 29, 2016 by 4:30 PM. Patches will be mailed to the recruiters by July.

Questions? Please email
League Standings

Membership Grants Awarded
Thank you to 21 units from throughout the council that applied for our new membership grants program this spring. Congratulations to the 15 units who will be receiving a total of $3,200 to assist in supporting their plans to grow Scouting in their communities!

Here's a brief outline of the awarded projects:
  • Pack 1, Washington District: $300 to support a picnic and demonstration for the community.
  • Troop 1, Washington District: $500 to support a multi-faceted and aggressive year round recruitment program.
  • Pack & Troop 141, General Nash District: $500 to support their "Spring into Scouting" celebration.
  • Pack 173, Baden-Powell District: $250 to support "Lion & Tiger Storytime"
  • Pack & Troop 304, Washington District: $500 to support a community service project and summer movie night.
  • Troops 334 & 474, Northern District: $500 to support the "Lead to Succeed" program.
  • Troop 394, Roosevelt District: $300 to support a "Scouting in Action" campaign.
  • Packs 481, 551 & 525, Lafayette District: $250 to support "King of Prussia Ice Cream night with the Scouts."
  • Pack 608, Lafayette District: $100 to support "Stomp Rocket Night."
Marketing Materials
Printed Materials
Please contact your district membership chair or professional to order the following materials, or enter your spring recruitment event information and we'll contact you to make arrangements. If possible, please allow one week for production.
  • Fliers (Cub Scout, Boy Scout & Venturing): Full-color 8.5x11" fliers can be printed to promote your unit's recruitment activities. Fliers can be distributed and posted in schools, community centers, kindergarten and after-school programs, pizza shops, and any other appropriate venues in your community.
  • Posters (Cub Scout, Boy Scout & Venturing): Full-color 11x17" posters are available in the same designs as the fliers.
  • Yard Signs: 16x26" polybag yard signs with stakes to display in front of your unit's meeting location or in other prominent spots in the community.

Event Resources
Are you planning to have a table at a community or school event? Want to make a professional first impression with new families? Branded materials are available for your unit to reserve subject to availability.

Click on the links to check availability and reserve:

Check out the Spring Recruitment Playbook to see pictures of all the available resources.

Need something that you don't see here? Let us know!
Best Practices: Partnering With Other Organizations to Spread the Word
Boy Scout Troop 540 participated in the Ambler YMCA's Healthy Kids Day and used it as an opportunity to spread the word that Scouting is FUN! Read more
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Send it to or post on our Facebook page. Include pictures if you can!
Program Planning Resources
From the last issue, but this is so important we're publishing it again!

It's no secret what entices new youth and families to join Scouting and keep them involved: a well-planned, fun program. While planning for your upcoming Scouting year may seem daunting or time-consuming, it doesn't have to be. And "Being Prepared" ahead of time will ultimately save time and headaches for you and your fellow busy adult leaders who volunteer their time to make a difference.

The planning process for each level of Scouting programs differs slightly based on who's involved and their level of involvement, but consists of the following basic steps:
  1. Decide what activities are going to happen.
  2. Build a budget based on what those activities are going to cost and other associated costs of running a Scout unit.
  3. Develop a fundraising plan to offset the cost to families and determine a per-Scout fundraising goal.
  4. Communicate the plan with your families (and prospective families, too.)
There's a host of resources to help:
Additionally, you're welcome to attend one of two seminars happening in May [next week on the 18th!] and June where you can learn first-hand how to support your unit's "Ideal Year of Scouting" with the popcorn fundraiser. The focus of these seminars is on building and funding a solid Scouting program and you can attend at no cost whether or not your unit participates in the popcorn fundraiser. Click here for additional information.

If you'd like additional support, our district committees, commissioners and professionals stand ready to assist your unit leadership in planning and running a fun, exciting and safe program for your Scouts and Venturers. Find your local professional representative here or contact
In the Next Issue...
  • Top-recruiting units from each district receiving $75
  • The latest league standings
  • More best practices and success stories
Issue 2 - May 12, 2016
Grow Your Program in Three Steps:
  1. Check Your Unit Roster: Are all your active players registered?
  2. Hold a Recruitment Event: Set a date, time, location, and contact person for an open house or other recruitment event.
  3. Submit New Youth Applications: Turn-in applications to your district professional or the Scouting Resource Center no later than June 15.
Spring Recruitment Playbook

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