New Birth of Freedom Council, BSA

Modifications to Cub Scout Program Give Den Leaders More Flexibility

The Boy Scouts of America has announced modifications to Cub Scouting that make the program more flexible for busy parents, den leaders and Cubmasters. The BSA gathered feedback from den leaders who had delivered the new Cub Scouting program for a year. What they learned was that some den leaders had difficulty fitting into their...

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New Tools Coming for Camp and Event Management

You might look at the logo above and think “What in the heck is Tentaroo?” Tentaroo is a camp and event management system designed from the ground up specifically for Boy Scout councils and I’m excited to share the news that our council is going to be implementing Tentaroo to manage our camps and other...

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Update Your Unit on BeAScout.org

With the start of a new school year just around the corner, many families will be planning for their child’s after-school activities, including Scouting.  BeAScout.org is a great tool to help parents and youth in your area to find your unit, but the information provided for your unit needs to be correct.  Now’s the time...

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Welcome Roger Chatell – New Keystone Capital District Director

Roger A. Chatell, currently a Field Director for the National Capital Area Council (headquartered in Bethesda, MD), will become District Director for the Keystone Capital District on August 1, 2016. Roger began his professional Scouting career in September 2001 as a District Executive in Providence, RI.  He became a Senior District Executive in East Hartford,...

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Welcome Chris Styers – New Assistant Scout Executive

Christopher F. Styers, currently Field Director of the Pennsylvania Dutch Council (headquartered in Lancaster, PA), will become the Assistant Scout Executive of the New Birth of Freedom Council on August 8, 2016. A 2005 graduate of Bucknell University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Political Science, Chris began his professional Scouting career...

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Looking for Lots of Lion Scouts!

With the start of a new school year approaching, we’re getting excited in anticipation of welcoming a whole lot of new Lion Scouts and their families to the Cub Scouting program this fall. As many of you may already know, our council is participating in the nationwide pilot program for kindergarten-age boys. Lion is a...

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Remembering Louis J. Appell, Jr. – A Friend of Scouting

Today, I was supposed to write a thank-you letter to Louis J. Appell, Jr., one of the most philanthropic, community-minded businessmen you’ll ever meet. Yesterday, on the very day that Mr. Appell passed away at age 92, we received another significant contribution from him, this most recent one in support of our after-school Scouting programs...

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Dr. Kevin Mosser Elected As Council President

  At the council’s annual business meeting on Tuesday, May 17, Dr. Kevin H. Mosser was elected as President of the New Birth of Freedom Council.  As council president, Dr. Mosser serves as the top volunteer leader in the council and will give leadership to the effective operations of Scouting locally.  He serves as chair...

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Emerald Ash Borer Severely Damaging Trees at Hidden Valley

Several years ago, it was the gypsy moth caterpillar that threatened the health of the trees throughout the region. Now, another invasive species of insect is causing widespread damage in our area and the impact of this infestation is hitting especially hard at Hidden Valley Scout Reservation. The Emerald ash borer (EAB) is an exotic...

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