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On-Line Background Check Submittals and Other Stuff

harrisburg-state-capitolThanks to all of our leaders who have already submitted their PA-mandated background clearances using our on-line system.  The on-line submittal process appears to be working very well and provides leaders and parents needing to submit background checks with an easy and convenient means of turning in their paperwork to the council.  You can upload your clearances at http://tinyurl.com/qc6fhfm.

We have been processing these clearances almost as soon as they have been arriving and we’ll soon begin the process of emailing confirmations to those whose background checks are complete.

With unit recharters happening over the next two months, we are suggesting (not requiring) that all units encourage their leaders and required parents to turn in their background checks at recharter time.  New leaders need to submit their PA-required checks before beginning their service.  Please keep in mind that all registered leaders must submit their PA-mandated clearances by July 1, 2016.  That deadline might seem to be a long way off, but it will be here before you know it.

1960 Safari Memories

It’s only been a couple weeks since the 2015 Safari was held and for me, there were lots of great memories created that weekend.  Then in the mail this week we received some old photos from the 1960 Safari.  Thanks to Mrs. Carolyn Hartman from Hanover for submitting these great photos, including a very nice picture of Mahlon Haines (who later donated Wizard Ranch to the York-Adams Area Council) visiting with Cub Scouts at the event.  I thought I’d share a few of these photos for everyone to enjoy.  According to notes on the back of the photos, the Safari was held in June that year, compared to scheduling recent Safaris in the fall.

Mahlon Haines talking with a pair of Cub Scouts.
Mahlon Haines talking with a pair of Cub Scouts.
Very interesting!
Very interesting!
This gateway clearly drew inspiration from Haines' shoe business.
This gateway clearly drew inspiration from Haines’ shoe business.

I always enjoy seeing old photos like these from past Scouting events – it’s like discovering a time capsule from long ago.  Thanks Mrs. Harman!

Tuft's Study

Scouting Works and We Can Prove It!

We are succeeding. Scouting works! If you haven’t checked out the important study done by Tufts University that proves that the Scouting program has a measurable positive impact on character development, please take a few minutes to review these materials.  You’ll be glad you did.  It will reaffirm what you are already know – that being a Scout makes a positive difference in the lives of the youth we serve.

To learn more about the Tufts study, please read on at http://newbirthoffreedom.org/?p=108106. Don’t hesitate to share this information with others, especially potential new Scouting families.

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