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Join Scouting!

BSA_SocialMedia_CUBIt’s back-to-school and join Scouting time!  All of the Cub Scout packs across our council will be holding sign-up nights in September.  To find information about joining Scouting in your neighborhood, you can visit our listing of joining nights which is organized by school district or you can visit the Be A Scout website where you can search by zip code!

There is a great guide for new Scout parents that is available that explains every part of Cub Scouting.  All parents who are new to Scouting will want to check that out.  Additionally, our website includes a page for new families that includes highlights about some upcoming council-wide activities.

Trimaran Regatta Days at Scout Shops

regatta dayAll Scouts and Scouters are invited to take part in the Trimaran Regatta Days at the Mechanicsburg and York Scout Shops. Bring your own boat and test it on our tracks. Refreshments will be available and a free ribbon provided to all who participate.

The event at the York Scout Shop will be Saturday, August 16 and at the Mechanicsburg Scout Shop on Saturday, August 23. Hours are 10 AM to 2 PM both days.

For more information, please contact a Scout Shop associate at either store. Participants do NOT need to buy the kits to participate. Any official BSA regatta kit is fine. Of course we will race the old style separate from the Trimaran kits to keep it fair. And we will separate cubs from Scouts from adults.

Participants do NOT need to sign up in advance, but letting the stores know you plan to participate would be appreciated. The more people that let the stores know, the better they can prepare, but anyone who wants to race is welcome.

Thank you!

Penn State Football To Host Scout Day on Sept. 6

PSU_ScoutDayOrderForm2014Penn State Football will host its 2nd Annual Scout Day at Beaver Stadium as the team welcomes the Akron Zips to Beaver Stadium on Saturday, September 6. Game time is 12 noon.

All Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Boy Scouts are invited to attend. An exclusive discounted ticket package is now available for all Scouts, family members, adult leaders, and friends. Tickets can be purchased in the upper level end zone for only $45 per person (normally $67.50) or in the upper level sideline at the 20-yard line for just $65 per person (normally $82.50). The first 250 Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, or Girl Scouts signed up to attend will receive a free Scout Day at Beaver Stadium patch.

The deadline to order tickets is Friday, August 8 at 5 pm. The Troop/Pack who brings the most people will receive a group photo following the game on September 6. All Scouts and adult leaders are encouraged to wear Class A uniforms to the game to increase the likelihood of appearing on the Beaver Stadium scoreboards during the game. All Troops/Packs signed up will get a welcome message on our new scoreboards during the game. For groups of 20 or more who would like to sit together, please call Lowell Berg with Penn State Athletics at 814-863-1124 to order via telephone, or submit one order form for your group.

Who: Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Cub Scouts in Pennsylvania and bordering states

What: The 2nd Annual Scout Day at Beaver Stadium – Penn State Football vs. Akron

Where: Beaver Stadium, State College, PA

When: Saturday, September 6, Time TBA

For more information, please contact Lowell Berg with Penn State Athletics at 814-863-1124 or via email at LBerg@psu.edu.

Discounted Hersheypark Tickets

hersheypark_kiss_colorTrying to find great deals on Hersheypark tickets for this summer?  Look no further than the New Birth of Freedom Council’s website for some awesome prices!

Scouting groups, along with families and friends, can take advantage of special on-line pricing on Hersheypark one-day passes through the council’s website.  These ticket discounts are only available through the council’s website.  These tickets purchased on-line through the council’s website can be used for ALL of Hersheypark’s 2014 summer season dates!

One-day ticket prices available through this program are as follows:

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BSA health forms, now as easy as A, B, C

ahmr-featuredDeciding which version of the BSA’s Annual Health and Medical Record you need shouldn’t raise your blood pressure.

And starting today, you’re getting a streamlined version of the BSA health forms and an easier-to-use website to accompany them. The site is the result of several BSA teams (professionals and volunteers) joining forces to make this process a painless one for you and other Scouters.

The Annual Health and Medical Record (hereafter AHMR) comes in several flavors, and until now some Scouters and parents found it a little difficult to determine which version of the AHMR they or their Scout/Venturer needed.

Taking your Cub Scouts on a local tour or your Boy Scouts on a two-night camping trip? The forms you’ll need are different from those required on a camping trip lasting more than 72 hours.

Visiting the Florida Sea Base, Northern Tier, Philmont or the Summit? Be sure to print off some additional information to give your doctor.

It’s all spelled out for you on the new site. Figuring out which forms you need is a snap thanks to logos, clear language and so-big-you-can’t-miss-’em buttons you’ll click to download the proper form.

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Important Sales Tax Information for Unit Purchases at the Mechanicsburg and York Scout Shops

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Effective January 1, 2014, the Mechanicsburg and York Scout Shops can no longer accept personal credit cards or personal checks for Tax Exempt unit purchases per Pennsylvania State Tax Law.

In order for a purchase at the Scout Shop to be tax exempt, it must be purchased by:

  • Cash
  • Unit Check
  • Unit Debit Card or Unit Credit Card
  • Unit Gift Card
  • Unit Account

We apologize for any inconvenience and late notice of this change.

NESA Offers Eagle Scout Scholarships

Did you know being an Eagle Scout qualifies you for numerous college scholarships? This year the National Eagle Scout Association will award 150 scholarships to Eagle Scouts through various Eagle Scout scholarship funds. These scholarships vary in size from $1,000 to $50,000.

The scholarships are for tuition, room, board, and books only, and are limited to use at a four-year accredited college or university that offers at least a bachelor’s degree upon completion of the course of studies.

Visit http://www.nesa.org/scholarships.html for a list of available scholarships. Be sure to check out the other links on the same page for religious, civic and institution-specific scholarships that Eagle Scouts are also eligible for.