New Birth of Freedom Council, BSA

Scout Shop Hours Expanding September 1

As we move to the fall, the Mechanicsburg and York Scout Shops will be moving to be open six days a week, starting September 1. The new hours will be 10 AM to 6 PM Monday through Friday, and 10 AM to 2 PM Saturdays.  Since Labor Day falls after the change, the first Monday...

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Experts Provide Support for Coping with COVID-19

We’re a few months into coping with the COVID-19 pandemic — though it probably feels like so much longer. Your Scouts’ summer adventures might have been canceled; you might feel frustrated navigating life at home or going out in public; you might be examining your and your family’s mental health like never before. The Boy ...

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Remembering Jack Carr – With Thanks and Appreciation

It is with great sadness that we remember and salute the life and Scouting career of Malcolm “Jack” F. Carr, Jr., 68, who died on Saturday, August 8, after a courageous battle with cancer. Jack served as Scout Executive of the former Keystone Area Council from 1999-2010 and he was the New Birth of Freedom...

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Understanding the Churchill Plan and What It Means for Scouting

In 2019, the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the BSA asked six teams of volunteers and professionals from the local, area, regional and national level – including current or recent youth members and subject-matter experts – to develop plans on how to optimize the BSA for success in key areas based on input provided by...

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Impact of PA’s Latest COVID-19 Mitigation Orders on Scouting Activities

On July 15, in response to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in the Commonwealth, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Department of Health Secretary Rachel Levine issued new targeted mitigation orders that will directly impact meetings and other Scouting activities. Among the various measures announced by Governor Wolf and Secretary Levine, indoor events and gatherings of...

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“Green” Does Not Mean We Can Go Back to Normal

We’ve all had enough of wearing masks, physical distancing, and washing our hands countless times a day.  I’m almost embarrassed to share how much I miss being able to enjoy watching sports, even though, as a born-and-raised Pittsburgher, I know my beloved Pirates once again have no shot at a World Series this year.  I...

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BSA’s Commitment to Act Against Racial Injustice

As our country reckons with racial injustice, we all must consider our role and our failures and commit to meaningful action. The twelve points of the Scout Law that define a Scout are all important, but at this moment, we are called on to be brave. Brave means taking action because it is the right...

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