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Updated COVID-19 Guidelines for Unit Meetings, Activities and Outings

1/19/22 – As we all have seen throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, public health officials have frequently updated guidelines and mitigation efforts designed to reduce the spread of the virus as conditions change.  The Omicron variant has quickly become the predominant strain of the virus in the United States and its higher transmissibility is fueling a...

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How President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address Inspired our Council’s Name

    On this day in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered a 2-minute, 272-word speech at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetary in Gettysburg. His remarks that day became known as the Gettysburg Address – one of the most famous speeches in American history.   We drew inspiration from President Lincoln’s words in choosing...

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We’re Hiring – Check Out Our Employment Opportunities!

As Scouting programs continue to come back after prolonged closures due to COVID-19, we are excited to announce employment opportunities for passionate, dedicated, and highly motivated individuals.  Below are the current positions for which we are seeking applicants.  If you are interested in applying for any of the below positions, please send your resume to...

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Citizenship in Society Merit Badge

On November 1, the Boy Scouts of America launched the Citizenship in Society merit badge, its newest merit badge for youth in the Scouts BSA program (ages 11-17). In case you’ve heard rumors or seen early reports on this merit badge before its release, let us offer some clarity on what the Citizenship in Society...

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Important Update About the 12th Annual Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner

The Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner is one of the most eagerly-anticipated and well-attended events in our Council each year.  While we are excited to conduct this year’s event in person on Tuesday, November 23, at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in the Chocolate Ballroom, we are implementing health and safety protocols intended to help...

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A New Opportunity to Fund Eagle Scout Service Projects

Through the generosity of the Adams County Community Foundation’s Shirley Smith Youth Service Fund, prospective Eagle Scouts now have a new potential source of funding for their Eagle Scout Service Projects. Eagle Scout candidates from anywhere in the New Birth of Freedom Council can apply for up to 75% of the cost to do their...

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Special Rendezvous CSPs and Lodge Flaps Now Available

Unfortunately, due to shipping delays, the special Rendezvous-themed Council Shoulder Patches and Lodge Flap didn’t arrive in time for the event.  But they’re here now, and we’d like to see them flying out the door as special keepsakes of that amazing weekend. There are two different versions of the special Council Shoulder Patches available.  The...

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Friendstorming – Inviting Friends to Join Your Unit

Covid took a big bite out of our membership last year, but if each of us grabs an oar – remember our nautically themed “All Hands on Deck” membership plan? – we can turn that ship around and make this a great membership year.   We had some units that had an awesome September! Special...

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2022 Merit Badge Counselor, Supernova Mentor, and Nova Counselor Renewal

Attention all Merit Badge Counselors, Supernova Mentors, and Nova Counselors!! It is that time of year again, time to renew your registration as a Merit Badge Counselor, Supernova Mentor, or Nova Counselor for 2022. You should have received an email about your renewal. If you did not receive an email please contact Cory Kercher, District...

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