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2018 University of Scouting

The 2018 New Birth of Freedom Council’s University of Scouting will take place on Saturday, November 17  at Trinity High School in Camp Hill.  Registration will open up at 8am and the opening ceremony will begin at 8:45am.  Classes will begin at 9am and run until 4pm.  This year’s event has a lot of great...

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Scouts BSA – Important Implementation Details

One of the characteristics of Scouting—for over a hundred years—is that no matter when you join, however long you stay, or the rank you attain, the Scouting experience prepares you for life. And for some, the pinnacle of their Scouting experience is achieving the highest rank of Eagle Scout. The policies of the BSA indicate...

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Insurance Fee Now Part of 2019 Unit Rechartering Process

Dear New Birth of Freedom Volunteer Leaders: Like many other organizations, balancing our Council’s annual operating budget is often a difficult challenge. In fact, in 2017, we had an operating deficit of just over $126,000 – our first deficit year since the Council was formed in 2010. As you might expect, it wasn’t just one...

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Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner set for November 20

The Ninth Annual Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner will take place on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pennsylvania.  The event will recognize the 2018 Eagle Scout Class for attaining the highest rank in Scouting, with many prominent business and community leaders in attendance.  Dr. Craig Hillemeier, Dean of...

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Scouting Groups Are Invited to Participate in Harrisburg Holiday Parade

The City of Harrisburg Holiday Parade will be held on Saturday, November 17 and we just received word that the City is interested in having local Scouting units join the parade as participants this year. The parade attracts over 10,000 attendees from Harrisburg and the surrounding communities. It features floats, parade balloons, musical acts, food...

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Youth Protection Training Deadline Is October 1

Keeping our youth safe is paramount in the Scouting program.  Youth Protection Training is vital in being able to provide safe, fun, and memorable Scouting experiences.  For anyone that has not yet completed the new Youth Protection Training, your training is set to expire on October 1.  There have been some communications from National to...

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Climbing Instructor Course

The New Birth of Freedom Council will be offering Climbing/COPE  Instructor training courses over two weekends (October 19-21 and November 2-4) at Hidden Valley Scout Reservation for volunteers, particularly for those individuals who have an interest in staffing council-level climbing events.  Class size is limited to 12 participants both weekends. COPE & Climbing Foundations will...

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BSA will make Scoutbook free for everyone beginning Jan. 1, 2019

It’s a bit like learning there’s enough Dutch oven peach cobbler for everyone to have seconds. It seems too good to be true, but you will absolutely take it. The BSA announced today that it will make Scoutbook subscriptions free to all BSA units beginning Jan. 1, 2019. Units that already use Scoutbook won’t be...

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