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

Promote “Scout Day on Facebook” – September 17

We have two great ideas that we’d like to get everyone involved with to help promote Scouting in their communities.  Although it might seem like a simple thing, a mention on Facebook can be a powerful endorsement to your friends of why Scouting is good and fun.

facebook clipartIdea #1: Scout Day on Facebook – September 17

In order to make a big splash on Facebook, we’re asking everyone (and we mean EVERYONE) to mention Scouting on Wednesday, September 17.

We want to take our social media push to the next level and try to get hundreds of Scouts and Scouters to mention Scouting all on the same day.   Seeing multiple references to Scouting will grab the attention of our friends and communities.  So, on September 17, mention that you’re excited about Scouting!

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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.

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.