Cub Scout Sign-Up Nights
To locate a sign-up date, time and location near you, please click on the name of the school district in which your son attends school. If your son attends private school or is home-schooled, please click on the school district where you reside for the nearest Cub Scout groups to you. Adams County Bermudian Springs Conewago Valley Fairfield Area Gettysburg Area Littlestown Upper Adams Cumberland County Big Spring Area Camp Hill Area Carlisle Area Cumberland Valley East Pennsboro Mechanicsburg Area Shippensburg Area South Middleton Dauphin County Central Dauphin Area Halifax Area Harrisburg Area Hershey Area Lower Dauphin Area Middletown Millersburg Area Susquehanna Township Area Upper Dauphin Area Williams Valley Area Franklin County Chambersburg Fannett Metal Tuscarora Perry County Greenwood Area Newport Area Susquenita Area West Perry Area York County Central York Dallastown Area Dover Area ...
2012 Annual Report
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We're Getting Ready To Collect the Voices of Scouts, Parents & Volunteers
As part of a national Boy Scout of America program, the New Birth of Freedom Council is excited to announce their participation in the Voice of the Scout. With over four million members nationally, this program is being adopted as a key way to collect experiences and deliver upon the expectation of members as they participate in Scouting. Beginning mid-March, parents, Scouts & Venturers over 14, volunteers and chartered organizations will begin seeing surveys delivered into their e-mail in-boxes for Voice of the Scout. The surveys have been designed to be very brief, but will give needed insight into the ...
We are excited to offer discounted tickets to both Hersheypark in the Dark and Christmas Candylane.
Visit Hersheypark In The Dark and experience thrilling “roller ghosters,” spooktacular attractions, and exciting holiday-themed live entertainment! Kids 12 and younger can also visit Hershey’s Trick-or-Treat Adventure, starting at Hershey’s Chocolate World and continuing deep inside Hersheypark in Treatville, our hometown village of sweets and treats.
The magic of the holidays comes to life at Hersheypark Christmas Candylane. With two million twinkling lights, rides for all ages, festive decorations, and Hershey’s Product Characters decked out in their holiday best, there is something for all to enjoy!
Sing-along at our heart-warming Christmas show, A Rockin’ Music Box Christmas, visit Santa’s reindeer (sponsored by U-GRO Learning Centres), and browse our quaint village shops. Christmas Candylane features many attractions for guests of all ages including over 30 rides including the family-favorite, Twilight Express.
Please use this link with the promo code: 21254 and start saving!
Last Thursday, the National Council announced that the registration fee for youth and adults in the Boy Scouts of America will be $24, effective January 1, 2014. The national registration fee was last increased in 2010.
This will impact all units in the New Birth of Freedom Council, beginning when every unit in the council recharters this December. This registration fee applies to all youth, volunteer and professional members of the Boy Scouts of America.
We understand and appreciate the fact that many units had already established unit budget plans for the year ahead that included the annual registration fees for their youth members and adult leaders, which is why we wanted to share this news as quickly as possible. None of the registration fees stay with the New Birth of Freedom Council, as 100% of these fees are forwarded on to the National Council, Boy Scouts of America.
We need your help identifying and recruiting local businesses to participate in our 2014 Camp Card Sale! Camp Cards have been a tremendously successful fundraising campaign for our units during the past 2 years. We want to continue to make our cards as attractive and locally appealing as possible for our Scouts to sell so they can earn their way to summer camp. Everybody benefits with Camp Cards! Units benefit by having funds for summer camp and program expenses, your council benefits by having funds to support camping programs and unit service, and businesses benefit by having our “Scouting Sales Force” advertise their products and services to attract more customers.
If you own a business or know somebody who is the “decision maker” in a business that would be a great match of our Camp Card Sale please call us at (717) 620-4520. Let’s have a great 2014 Sale!
“So we’ve made the decision. We’re going to change,” says Rex Tillerson. ”Now what?”
Less than 24 hours after the volunteer delegates voted to change the BSA’s membership policy for youth, Tillerson addressed a large room full of Scouting volunteers and professionals at the closing general session of the BSA’s National Annual Meeting.
In a powerful, heartfelt speech, Tillerson made his message clear: Change is inevitable, but “The Main Thing,” which is to serve more youth in Scouting, hasn’t changed. With that in mind, he reasoned, it’s time for all of us unite toward this common goal.
Tillerson, immediate past president of the Boy Scouts of America and a 2010 Silver Buffalo recipient, knows something about making big decisions and dealing with change. When he’s not serving as a Scouting volunteer, he’s the chairman, president, and CEO of Exxon Mobil Corp., one of the world’s largest companies.
In 1999, Tillerson worked for Exxon when it merged with Mobil—definitely a big change for both companies.
Take 10 minutes to watch the video above and listen to Tillerson’s message. Then, share it with the members of your Scouting family.
For 103 years, the Boy Scouts of America has been a part of the fabric of this nation, with a focus on working together to deliver the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values- based leadership training.
Based on growing input from within the Scouting family, the BSA leadership chose to conduct an additional review of the organization’s long-standing membership policy and its impact on Scouting’s mission. This review created an outpouring of feedback from the Scouting family and the American public, from both those who agree with the current policy and those who support a change.
Following this review, the most comprehensive listening exercise in Scouting’s history, the approximate 1,400 voting members of the Boy Scouts of America’s National Council approved a resolution to remove the restriction denying membership to youth on the basis of sexual orientation alone. The resolution also reinforces that Scouting is a youth program, and any sexual conduct, whether heterosexual or homosexual, by youth of Scouting age is contrary to the virtues of Scouting. A change to the current membership policy for adult leaders was not under consideration; thus, the policy for adults remains in place. The BSA thanks all the national voting members who participated in this process and vote.
After careful consideration and extensive dialogue within the Scouting family, along with comments from those outside the organization, the volunteer officers of the Boy Scouts of America’s National Executive Board concluded that due to the complexity of this issue, the organization needs time for a more deliberate review of its membership policy.
To that end, the executive board directed its committees to further engage representatives of Scouting’s membership and listen to their perspectives and concerns. This will assist the officers’ work on a resolution on membership standards. The approximately 1,400 voting members of the national council will take action on the resolution at the national meeting in May 2013.
America needs Scouting, and our policies must be based on what is in the best interest of our kids. We believe good people can disagree and still work together to accomplish great things for youth. Going forward, we will work to stay focused on that which unites us. Be a part of this discussion by staying engaged and continuing your role in Scouting. The kids in your community need you.
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.
We’re proud to announce that the Boy Scouts of America Discover® credit card is now available!
With the Boy Scouts of America Discover credit card, Scouting is more rewarding than ever! Specifically designed for the adult members of Scouting families, the Boy Scouts of America Discover credit card rewards you on everyday purchases, while the Boy Scouts of America receives a percentage of those purchases to support Scouting.
Also, by visiting the Scout Rewards section at www.scoutingrewards.com, cardholders can donate their points to Scouting. The points will be shared equally between local councils and the National Council.
Get your Boy Scouts of America Discover credit card today by clicking on the Order Now button at www.BoyScoutCreditCard.com
Youth protection requires sustained vigilance. That is why the Boy Scouts of America has continued to develop and enhance its youth protection efforts as everyone continues to learn more about the dangers and challenges facing youth. The BSA has established a multi-tiered youth protection approach focused on volunteer screening, education and training for everyone in the program, and clear policies to protect youth. Scouting is one of the safest places for children in our community and the safety of young people in our programs is a top priority. We are constantly strengthening systems and safeguards to keep it that way.
The recent Los Angeles Times story about youth safety in the 1970s and 80s underscores the critical importance of our daily vigilance to prevent, detect and deter all child abuse though Scouting’s contemporary Youth Protection policies and procedures.
The BSA is committed to consistently strengthening and enhancing our Youth Protection measures, and in recent decades, have expanded our programs significantly as more information and new techniques and technologies have become available to us. Recently, experts in youth safety and the media have acknowledged the strength of our Youth Protection programs in place today:
- “The Boy Scouts of America is one group advocates say has gone farthest to institute such measures to safeguard kids.” (MSNBC, November 2011)
- “The Scouts’ current prevention policies are considered state of the art and several independent child-protection experts told The Associated Press that the Scouts – though buffeted in the past by many abuse-related lawsuits—are now considered a leader in combating sexual abuse. ‘The Boy Scouts have the most advanced policies and training,’ said Victor Vieth, a former prosecutor who heads the National Child Protection Training Center in Minnesota.” (Associated Press, January 2012)