Serving the Youth of South-Central Pennsylvania
Boy Scouts of America

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.

Merit Badge Colleges

In 2015, the council is sponsoring two merit badge colleges which are open to all NBOF Boy Scouts. Each college will feature a variety of badges, and they both will require pre-registration. Merit badge colleges are very popular, so please be mindful of the date that reservations will begin.

Harrisburg Merit Badge College – Will be held January 24 & February 21. Registration will be available on November 7.

Newville Merit Badge College – Will be held on January 3 & February 14. Registration will be available on November 7.

Using “Fun With A Purpose” Slogan

BSA-color-logo.thumbnailThe Boy Scouts of America is asking for help from packs, troops, and crews to stop using the phrase “fun with a purpose” and to remove it from promotional materials and websites.  The phrase is a registered trademark owned by the publishers of Highlights children’s magazine.

Units do not need to stop using materials that have already been printed or distributed, but we’re asked to refrain from using the phrase on anything new.  The BSA’s marketing toolbox has a ton of other ideas and support materials that units can use.

To get additional details about this, please see the full story on the BSA’s blog.

FAQs About “Fun With A Purpose” Slogan

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.