June 16, 2016
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Orlando Tragedy
Career Exploring
World Series of Scouting
Council-Wide Roundtable
Handicraft Pavilion
Get Ready for Popcorn
Fish Fest
Summer Camp
Summer Games
100th Anniversary
Camp Service Day
Scout Shop
Unami Lodge, One
Wood Badge Reunion
New Website
Life to Eagle Information Updated
2017 National Jamboree Registration
National Jamboree Band
National Jamboree Fundraiser
Eagle Scout Fundraiser
Catholic Committee
Summer Hours
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Orlando Tragedy

The Cradle of Liberty Scouting family sends its deepest sympathies to the families and victims of the Orlando shooting. It is our collective hope that we can all live our lives by the Scout Oath and Law and that we will show solidarity as Americans guided by the overriding Scout principle that we are accepting of and a friend to all.


Bring-A-Friend to Join the Adventure!
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.

Career Exploring Programs

We deliver character-building experiences and mentorship that allow youth to achieve their full potential in both life and work.

Exploring is a program for young men and women ages 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years old. Exploring's purpose is to provide opportunities to see behind the scenes in some of our area's most visible businesses and popular careers.

Are you part of a business or organization that could benefit from Exploring, or know of one that would?
Please email Aaron Yancey or call 484-654-9264.

Spring Recruitment
We're closing in on our June 30 goal of mid-year membership growth! With everyone's help, we can achieve this important benchmark for the first time in a long time. Two weeks remain to finish recruitment events, complete roster checks to ensure every youth participating is registered, and follow-up with Be-A-Scout leads. Thank you for continuing to deliver the Promise of Scouting! Please make sure to submit all new youth and Webelos-to-Scout transfer applications to the council office as soon as possible.

Here are the latest standings:

New Handicraft Pavilion at Resica Falls

There's been a lot of progress on the Eibner Handicraft Pavilion at Resica Falls Scout Reservation! Check out our Facebook page for more pictures.

There's still time to sign-up for a summer adventure!
Participate in 2016 Popcorn Fundraiser and raise the money your unit needs for an Ideal Year of Scouting!

Commit to this year's Popcorn Fundraiser by completing the online form>

We had great attendance at our first Popcorn Seminar on May 18. There's another chance to attend on Monday, June 20, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, in Philadelphia. Learn about growing your unit's sale and improvements to this year's program. There's no cost to attend and we'll have food, giveaways and door prizes! Please register if you plan on attending.

What's in Store for the 2016 Popcorn Fundraiser?
  • No price increases.
  • Improved communication.
  • More marketing resources for units.
  • Better prize options at all levels.
  • Expanded bonus prize options.
  • New "Galactic Collection" piece patch.
  • Chocolate Lover's Collection tin.
  • Simplified commission structure.
  • New online popcorn ordering system for units.
  • New online selling system for Scouts.
Download the 2016 Popcorn Fundraiser Highlights & Calendar [PDF] and visit colbsa.org/popcorn for the latest info!

Fish Fest
Fish Fest, our special recognition program for top popcorn sellers, is taking place on June 18th.  Parents should have received an email with details about the event.  

If your son has qualified, but has not received an invitation, please contact Adam Smith. adam.smith@scouting.org  or 484-654-9227.

There's Still Time to Sign-Up for Summer Camp!
Cub Adventures Promo 2016
Cub Adventures Promo 2016
Resica Falls Summer Camp 2016
Resica Falls Summer Camp 2016

Summer Games 
Come to the Summer Games at   
Cub Adventures at Musser Scout Reservation
A Cradle of Liberty Community Day Camp

This summer!!!!
Early bird deadline is fast approaching on May 16th.  So click here to register today for one or more of our exciting Cub Summer Camp options.

100th Anniversary Musser Scout Reservation
 For more information, click here
Camp Service Day - Save the Date!
Join Unami Lodge, One for a day of service at Musser Scout Reservation on Saturday, September 10! We are opening this as an opportunity for all Scouts and their families to join us as we help prepare Musser Scout Reservation for its 100th Anniversary Celebration!

Registration will be live in early June, so save the date and be sure to register!

Saturday, September 10, 2016
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM 
Musser Scout Reservation; Camp Hart Dining Hall

Need Socks for Camp?
Unami Lodge, One 
Fall Service Weekend - Musser - Sept 9-11- Join us for a weekend of service and fellowship! For more information and to register,  click here

Trade-O-Ree - Plymouth Meeting National Guard Armory - Sept 17th - 9am-3pm Join us for patch trading and selling with local and national vendors. For more information, click here
Fall Fellowship Weekend - Musser - Oct 7-9- Join us for a    weekend of service and fellowship! 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.

Calling All Wood Badgers: Wood Badge Reunion & Picnic 2016
Join us at the 2016 Cradle of Liberty Wood Badge Reunion and Training Committee Picnic. This year's get together, will exceed our successful Reunion of last year which brought together over 20 Wood Badgers that accomplished numerous projects that benefitted the Council's training efforts at the Nelson Training Center. We are planning more of the same this year. All who have taken the Course oare interested in taking the course or have completed their tickets are welcome.

The Wood Badge Reunion begins with arrival 9:00 A.M., Opening ceremony and service projects start at 9:30 A.M. at Nelson Training Center.  Picnic follows for all at 1:00 P.M.
Registration can be made with donation on line.  For anyone who cannot register online may register with Quartermaster Barry Kauffmann,  gande99@prodigy.net or by phone, 215-880-5488, with advice that you can make the event and pay at camp. Monies donated and collected will be designated for Wood Badge Course scholarships for worthy participants. Last year the Reunion provided over $800 for the Scholarship fund.
The Training committee will accept donations even if you are not able to join us at the Reunion.
Luncheon for all council training committee members and Families, including  NYLT staff members and their families regardless of whether holding wood badge beads.  Register by e-mail to Barry Kauffmann, gande99@prodigy.net
This is open to all interested training scouts and scouters and their families with a Free Will donation.  Arrival is at Noon, followed by Lunch at 1:00 P.M.

Register online, click here

New Cradle of Liberty Council Website
The council website, www.colbsa.org, is getting a much-needed makeover this summer. Many months of input from volunteers, staff, and a professional design firm will make the website more responsive to the needs of prospective and existing youth and families, adult leaders, and community supporters. The expected launch date is mid-August, so stay tuned!

Life to Eagle Information Updated
Eagle Scout Patch
Do you want to become an Eagle Scout?
The Life to Eagle information has been updated on the council website (www.colbsa.org) under the Advancement, Boy Scouts, Life to Eagle drop-down menus. The Council Advancement Committee provides information that Life Scouts need to know as they prepare to take the steps to become an Eagle Scout. This Life to Eagle Packet includes a Letter to Life Scouts, council-specific procedures, clarifications on fundraising for your Eagle project, and the Council's Eagle Application Reference Letter Policy. All Life Scouts, unit leaders and Eagle Coaches involved with assisting their Scouts on the Trail to Eagle are encouraged to check out this updated packet on the Council website. The webpage also includes links to the official Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook and Eagle Scout Rank Application, as well as a Life to Eagle Powerpoint Presentation.

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 Band Seeks Members
The Jamboree Band is now forming and is looking for musicians. Scouts and Venture scouts ages 16 - 25 may apply. To be in the Jamboree band you need to play at a high school level or better. The Jamboree staff band will supply music for ceremonies, events, concerts, arena shows, and will entertain the many thousands of scouts and visitors to the 19th National Jamboree. Repertoire will include popular and patriotic music, marches, and pep band tunes. Scout/musicians who can double on set, guitar, bass and keyboard are also needed for the 16 piece jazz/rock band.  Adults (26 and up) may apply, however initial preference will go to youth staff ages 16 - 25. For information about the band and how to apply, please visit www.colbsa.org/jamboband  or  email the band director George.Pinchock@villanova.edu

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 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

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 

Cradle of Liberty Council Venturing
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.
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

Firestone Scouting Service Center Summer Hours
Summer Hours  
June 27 until August 26
Monday - Thursday
8:30AM - 4:30PM
8:30AM - 1:00PM

1485 Valley Forge Road, Wayne, PA 19087

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