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September 1, 2013

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1st Philadelphia Encampment
Fall Recruitment Information
All COL Leaders
Unami Lodge
2013 Guide to Advancement
THIS ISSUE from the Camping Department
Catholic Sponsored Units
Catholic Scouters
2013 Jamboree Patches
2013 NYLT Fall SPOTS
Training Corner
Young Professional Scouts
BSA Today Health and Safety Tip
Cradle of Liberty Women in Scouting
Lowes Eagle Scout Project
Eagle Scout Council Shoulder
2013 University of Scouting
Scout Shop News
Philadelphia College Hockey
Wissahickon Watershed Valley Association
Monster Jam
Navy Football Scout Day
Pathmark Perks

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Service Center and Scout Shops - Closed tomorrow

The Firestone Service Center and the Philadelphia, Valley Forge Scout Shop will be closed on Monday, September 2, 2013 in observance of the Labor Day Holiday. All office's will reopen on Tuesday, September 3rd. 

MyScouting Tools  - Updated

The National Office has recently updated the MyScouting Tools Features at www.my.scouting.org

In this release, members of a Unit Key 3 (Committee Chair, Chartering Organization Representative & Cubmaster/Scoutmaster/Advisor) use the following features:

  • Training Manager - view dashboard of position trained leader status and Youth Protection Training status by organization level, add training, and print member's training certificate(s).
  • Organization Manager - create and manage unit's organizational structure (dens, patrols, groups, crews, squads, committees, etc.)
  • Member Manager - assign functional roles to members in each unit's organizational structure, and manage roster.

Members can also update additional profile details under My Profile without contacting the council or the National Support Center.


Click here to access MyScouting Tools and start using these new tools today!


  To view support materials on these new tools, click on a link below:               Training Manager   

Organization Manager

My Dashboard  

Member Manager

2013-14 Council Program Calendar
Want to know what your district and or council is doing this weekend, then click here to download a copy of the 2013-14 Council Program Calendar

Philadelphia Scout Shop

Attention:  The Philadelphia Scout Shop is still open at the Marks Building just as it has been and will have all the exciting things the Valley Forge Shop has!!!

Help Wanted

We currently have 2 positions available with our Council.  For more information and how to apply, click here

Philadelphia Area Units

What is your unit doing the weekend of October 11-13? Want to go to the 1st annual Philadelphia Encampment?


 What to know more.... click here

Fall Recruitment

     Hope this article finds everyone well and enjoying this wonderful summer. As August rolls around we at Cradle of Liberty look to the fall and our busy recruitment season.

Many of you already have been chomping at the bit and sent us when you plan to have your "Sign up Night" or Roundup or Back to school night or one of the 100000 different names we have for recruitment night. If you haven't please send your District Executive an email of when you plan to have yours.


 If this is new to you, let us know and we can walk you thru this fun process. If you feel your "big enough" please let us know as well. If you feel you can't handle any more kids because you don't have enough parents (everyone?) let us know and we will work with you to get more parents involved.  We are starting to schedule times to go into the schools and talk to the boys so the sooner you tell us when your recruitment night is the sooner we can lock up a "Boy Talk" in school.


We have some brand new flyers, posters, signs, bookmarks and giveaways for new Scouts so sign up for a recruitment event while these great supplies last!!!!

Thanks and as always we are here to serve you so please let us know how we can help.



All COL Leaders 

     Together with the Cradle of Liberty Council, Tufts University is conducting a research project to measure the impact of the Boy Scouts of America programs on the development of youth. We want to send a big thank you to the many leaders, Scouts, packs, and families who have made the first year a success.


     In addition to gathering information from Cub Scouts and their families, we are also interested in the Scouting program as a whole, so we are asking ALL Cradle of Liberty leaders to fill out a 15 minute online questionnaire. We are looking forward to hearing from you. Please click on the link below to get started:



Unami Lodge, One 


          Friday, September 27th 3pm-11pm

          Saturday, September 28th 8am-2pm

     All proceeds directly benefit the youth of Unami Lodge, One and      the Cradle of Liberty Campership fund.

     For more information, click here


Fall Fellowship

                                       October 4-6, 2013 at Resica Falls. 

                                         Join us in a weekend of service and fellowship as we gather at Resica Falls for another exciting weekend! It's important to give-back service to our camps, and the Fall Fellowship is always a fun event that you won't want to miss! See you at the Falls for this fun event!

                                       To register online for this event, click here

 Leaders - 2013 Guide to Advancement

I would encourage all unit leaders to review the newly revised "BSA Guide to Advancement" link below. The summary of changes in the beginning is helpful.  While it's a blog, it is written by Bryan Wendell, who is the Senior Editor for Scouting Magazine.  


 THIS ISSUE from the Camping Department....

2013 was another successful year for Cub Adventures at Musser!  

The Cub Scouts that came had a magical time earning advancement, learning new scout skills and having fun in the outdoors. They got to participate in the entertaining campfires, polar bear swims, tye-dyeing, BB and Archery Shooting, boating, nature, sports, cooking and so much more! If you couldn't join us this summer, you won't want to miss it next summer!


Resica Falls has Another GREAT Summer Camp in 2013!

Over 3,100 Boy Scouts had a week of adventure and learning at Resica Falls this summer! The Scouts that attended had the opportunity to pick from over 60 merit badges to earn, including Welding, Cinematography, Kayaking, Emergency Prep, Cooking and MANY More! The new features at the lake, including the AquaPark were camper favorites! Don't miss-out on your chance to attend Resica in 2014!!


Cub Scout Fall Festivals 2013


Are your Cubs Excited for more adventure this fall? Do they want to shoot BB Guns, Archery, cooking, Slingshots and other cool activities? Come out for a great day celebrating Scouting in the great outdoors. Will you join in the fun this fall? The dates are: October 19th, 20th, 26th, or 27th.


Event Location:  

Camp Hart, Musser Scout Reservation
1125 Camp Road, Pennsburg PA 18073


Each day is limited to 250 Scouts participating. Scouts must attend as part of a group or with their parent and be accompanied by adults throughout the event. Scout fee is $20 and adults/siblings pay $5. Click here to register for this event.


Additional questions about the Fall Festival events can be directed to the 2013 Fall Festival Camp Director, Dave LeBlanc. Or he can be reached at home (484) 231-8199.


This registration is for the DAY of one of the two 2013 Fall Festival weekends; October 18-20 & 25-27. If your unit would like to camp overnight the weekends of the Fall Festival events, reserve a site at Camp Delmont or Garrison through the Cradle of Liberty Camping Department. Remember, ground sites and cabins are limited. Availability of sites and reservations can be made at www.colbsa.org/rentals


Any questions about cabin or campsite rentals please contact , Camping Assistant Tracy Launders



COPE/Shooting Sports Days - Open to Boy Scouts and Venturers!

   If you enjoy COPE and Shooting Sports, or hangin' out with fun people, this is an event you won't want to miss!! Join us at Musser for a fun day of High Adventure and Shooting Sports on November 16 OR 17. In addition to Shooting sports, we will be providing lunch, cooking demonstrations, and other exciting opportunities! Stay posted for the online registration!

If your unit would like to camp overnight for the weekend, reserve a site at Camp Delmont or Hart through the Cradle of Liberty Camping Department. Remember, ground sites and cabins are limited. Availability of sites and reservations can be made at www.colbsa.org


Service Project Opportunities

Is your troop looking for service opportunities this Fall? We have several service projects at Musser that could be completed by Scouts and Leaders, including:

-       Trail Drainage

-       Lean-to Roofing

-       Wheel Barrow Repair

-       Picnic Table Repair

-       Brush Clearing on Dams

-       Trail Marking

Contact Musser Ranger Brian Texter at brian.texter@scouting.org or (267) 416-0724 to schedule your units' service project!


Musser Merit Badge Week

Are you a Boy Scout looking for more Merit Badge opportunities and FUN next summer?!?!?!!!!

   Join us August 3-8 for an exciting Merit Badge Specialty campat Musser that will feature Badges that are provided by volunteers that are experts in that subject!! Program Details will be out in the early Fall, but be sure to save this week on your summer schedule now!! Contact John Bickel at john.bickel@scouting.org for more information about the program or to sign-up for camp!





Catholic Sponsored Units - Please Read

All Catholic Chartered Unit Leaders (Pack, Troop, Crew, & Ship), the Archdiocese of Philadelphia currently requires all volunteers (of all faiths) working with Catholic Chartered Scouting Youth (<18) on a regular basis to attend the "Office for Child & Youth Protection" training offered by Virtus 
To read more and to fill out where and how to register for one of these training events, 

Catholic Scouters 

A Scout is Reverent.


To assist Catholic Scouts in their endeavor to be reverent, four religious emblem programs are available.


Two Catholic religious emblems are available to Cub Scouts:

Light of Christ for Tigers & Wolves (1st & 2nd grade)

Parvuli Dei for Bear & Webelos (3rd to 5th grade)

They are designed for the Cub & parent to work together.


Two Catholic religious emblems are available to Older Scouts:

Ad Altare Dei for 13-14 years old Boy Scouts.

Pope Pius XII for Boy Scouts & Venturers 15 years old and older.

The involvement of a trained religious emblems counselor is required.


This link has more information concerning all four emblems: http://www.nccs-bsa.org/emblems/.


An Ad Altare Dei course is being offered on Sunday nights (7:00 - 8:30) this fall from September (9/15) to December (12/15) in Havertown, PA.


For more information or to assist with the Catholic religious emblems program, contact Stephen Dominski at IK-Slop@msn.com.


In the Cub Scout Promise and the Scout Oath, we promise to do our duty to God.

All Scouts are encouraged to strengthen their faith by earning a religious emblem.

2013 Jamboree Patches


 There are still some Fundraiser patches $10 and the nine pieces Trader Set sells for $50.  

This link will take you to the order form.    

2013 NYLT Fall SPOTS still OPEN 

NYLT is an exciting, action packed program designed to provide youth members of the Boy scouts of America with Leadership skills and experience they can use in their home Units and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others. NEW this year: opened to Venturing, male and female.

Through activities, presentations, challenging discussions, and audio-visual support, you will be engaged in a unified approach to leadership that will give you the skills and confidence to lead well.


Through a wide range of activities, games, and adventures, participants will work and play together as they put into action the best that Scouting has to offer.


For more information and to sign up for this great event, click here

Training Corner - Every Scout Deserves a Trained Leader!   

For all current training opportunities, click here


Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills

     Don't Forget - All Assistant Scoutmasters need to be fully trained by December 31, 2013. To be considered fully-trained, a leader must have Youth Protection Training, Position Specific Training, and Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (IOLS). If you need to take the IOLS training, we have several opportunities coming up over the next several months. Click HERE For a list of upcoming Training Opportunities. Please Note: We will have an IOLS Opportunity in Philadelphia in Two Location on November 9 and 10. This will be a two-day course without an overnighter, and we hope many Leaders will take advantage of these opportunities.


Leave No Trace Trainer Course

     September 14 & 15 at Musser Scout Reservation, for more information click here


Scouters, Wood Badge course N5-525-13 will begin at Musser Scout Reservation on Saturday Morning, September 7, 2013 7:30 am Check in at the MacLean Training Center (NOTE the location change). Currently we have 33 participants ready to get started.

Staff is preparing for an exciting course. Menus are being prepared and food being procured. All is moving forward.

We have recently found participants that have registered on line that have not been contacted by the Staff. If you have registered and paid but have not heard from Staff about providing the precourse information please contact Gerry Myers at thepamyers@msn.com or cell 215-815-1865.


We are looking forward to an exciting experience.

Young Professional Scouts 

Invites you to join us.....   
      Wednesday, September 25 
                      Program will feature
                                                       Craft Beer guided tasting
               Brewery Tour
               Home Brewing Information

Young Pro Scouts

If you are interested in attending any of the following Gentleman's Merit Badge Series networking events or other opportunities please contact Mark Saxon at mark.saxon@scouting.org for details about how you can join the more than 100 engaged young alumni living and working in the Greater Philadelphia Area.


... Coming this Fall

  • GMBS - TBD Insider's Guide to Jewelers' Row and Stone Selection

You can also find out more about the group by connecting with Young Professional Scouts on LinkedIn groups.

BSA Today Health and Safety Tip 

Be Lightning Safe


Lightning Safety week may be  June 23-29th  but good safety practices are essential all year round.   To find out more about lightning safety, visit the National Weather Service's website, at http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/
Also be sure you and your fellow Scouters have completed BSA's hazardous weather training!  Log into MyScouting.org to take this important, free training.  Every trip or outing with your unit requires at least one adult present who has completed hazardous weather training within the preceding two years. 
Cradle of Liberty Women in Scouting

Cradle of Liberty Women in Scouting (COLWIS) invites all women (Leaders, Venturers, Scout Moms, Grandmoms and Wives) to our BBQ on Sunday, September 29, 2013 from 5-7pm at the Valley Forge Scout Office.  This is a non-uniformed, informal event to get to know other Women in Scouting, share ideas and experiences.  Bring a friend! 

Download a flyer, click here

Lowes Eagle Scout Project



During 2012 more than 3,000 Scouts received $100 grants for their Eagle Scout service projects through the generosity of the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation. The Boy Scouts of America is pleased to announce that the foundation has offered to continue its support with a similar number of grants beginning in July 2013. 


For more information, click here

Eagle Scout Council Shoulder Patch 

The Cradle of Liberty Council Eagle Scout Alumni Association is pleased to announce 

the release of a special limited edition Eagle Scout Council Shoulder patch that can be worn by Eagle Scouts. The se special edition Council patches will support the Annual Eagle Scout Scholarship fund. For more information please contact Mark Chilutti at chilutti2000@aol.com or click here to download order form 

2013 University of Scouting 

Saturday, November 2, 2013 (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM)


This is the premier training opportunity for all adult volunteers!

Do not miss out!


New courses have been added & favorites are returning!

Approximately 50% of the 2013 courses were not offered in 2012!

To learn more and to register for this event, click here

Scout Shop News  

Autumn is Upon Us At Last!

     School is in, you are back with your friends, and there will be lots of new friends in your Scouting unit.  The staff at the Scout Shops are looking forward to seeing all returning and new families as life returns to normal.  To help you on your way there are promotions at the shops for you to take advantage of and new patrol patches.  Wait until you see those.  Buy a complete uniform and get a discount, select Jamboree items are now at the stores at a discount.  Come on and check it out.

Did you know.......?

Read More................ click here



Attention:  The Philadelphia Scout Shop is still open at the Marks Building just as it has been and will have all the exciting things the Valley Forge Shop has!!!

Philadelphia College Hockey  

Philadelphia College Hockey Faceoff - Penn State vs. Vermont - Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia.


  • Scout Discounts - Saturday, October 26th  @ 5:00 pm.
  • Scout and family tickets start at just $10/person. $2 off the box office price
  • Bring your troop down to present the colors on the ice during the                                     anthem!

Please contact Tom McCarthy at 215-952-2935 or tmccarthy@comcast-spectacor.com for more information.

Wissahickon Watershed Valley Association

Old Fashioned Mill Day on September 15 from 1:00 to 4:00  



Tour the Evans-Mumbower Mill, a 19th century gristmill that is powered by water, then enjoy an afternoon of historic crafts, live animal displays and music, also making corn husk dolls, tin-smiting and churning butter.

For more inforamtion and to download an event flyer, click here

Monster Jam    

Monster Jam - Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia

  • Scout Night - Friday, October 4th 7:30 pm.
  • Scout and family tickets just $20.00/person. $8.00 off the box office price.
  • All Scouts Receive Monster Jam Scout Patch for attending

Please contact Tom McCarthy at 215-952-2935 or tmccarthy@comcast-spectacor.com for more information.

Navy Football Scout Day 

Navy Football Scout Day

  • Scout Day - Saturday, November 16th.
  • Scouts tickets just $12.00/person. 
  • Adult tickets just $25.00/person
For more information on how to get tickets, please go to www.colbsa.org/navy_scout_day

Pathmark Perks - New Program with COL   

You can help the Cradle of Liberty Council


Register your Pathmark PERKS Card and every time you shop at Pathmark the Cradle of Liberty Council automatically earns 1% of your purchase amount.


For more information and how to signup or register your Pathmark Perks Card, click here
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