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A Letter to Our Scouting Family

Greetings from New Birth of Freedom Council With everything going on, we wanted to send a note out to all volunteers and unit leaders in the New Birth of Freedom Council.  Because, in our Scouting efforts to serve God, family, community, and country, all aspects of how we serve must be adjusted. We’re all facing...

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2020 Carlisle Merit Badge College Second Session Canceled

Unfortunately the second session of the Carlisle Merit Badge College, tentatively rescheduled to be held at St. Patrick’s School on May 2, is cancelled.  No further back up date will be scheduled.  Thank you to the scouts from 80 different troop from 14 different councils where some of you took the time and made the...

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April BALOO and IOLS Training Course Canceled

With the extension of business closures due to the spread of COVID-19, our camping facilities will be closed through the month of April and service centers until the governor’s order is lifted.  As a result, the April BALOO and IOLS courses are canceled.  We encourage you to switch your reservation to a future course. All...

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Service Centers and Scout Shops to Remain Closed Indefinitely

Dear New Birth of Freedom Council Scouting Family, As you likely already know, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has directed all “non-life-sustaining” businesses to close to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  In accordance with that directive, the Mechanicsburg and York Service Centers and Scout Shops will remain closed indefinitely until Gov. Wolf rescinds...

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Scouting at Home Hub

Welcome to the New Birth of Freedom Council’s “Hub” for sharing information to our Scouting family as we continue to adapt to delivering Scouting’s programs in safe, fun, and inventive ways.  We hope that you will find this information helpful and invite you to share it with other Scouts, Scouting families, and anyone looking for...

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2020 Camp Card Sale Update

Updated 3-25-20 The 2020 Camp Card Sale had a rocky start as the spread of the coronavirus led to closures shortly after the cards arrived.  Our priority is to make sure that all Scouts and their families are safe and healthy and events and activities do not jeopardize either.  Many units have questions about this...

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Learn. Challenge. Lead. – Building your Unit Leadership

As we are all impacted by restrictions from the COVID-19 virus, let’s take this opportunity to polish our skills as leaders this month and take advantage of some free online training offered by the BSA.  Set aside a few hours each week and before you know it, you’ll be fully up to speed and ready...

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#Scoutingathome with the New Birth of Freedom Council

As school closures enter the second week, we have connected with some great Scouters to bring families and Scout leaders thoughts of what you can do with your Scouts at home.  Watch these videos with your Scouts and family or plan to turn them into a great activity that you can do at home.  ...

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Conducting Virtual Scouting Meetings

Can my unit/patrol/den conduct virtual meetings?  YES!! With an uncertain timeline for when regular meetings will resume, the question has come up about units being able to conduct virtual meetings.  Can a unit conduct a virtual meeting?  Yes.  Before you get started though it is important that both leaders and Scouts are familiar with the...

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