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BSA Membership Fee Increases for 2020

We had previously notified you last month that the Boy Scouts of America had informed local councils that a membership fee increase for youth and adult members was likely. Today, the National Executive Board decided to increase annual membership fees, effective January 1, 2020, as follows: $60 for youth members in Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA,...

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Rechecks Of Criminal Backgrounds Explained

You might have seen an email announcing that the Boy Scouts of America will be performing periodic rechecks of criminal backgrounds of all volunteers. Without dedicated volunteers, Scouting wouldn’t be the great, life-changing program it is today. You help make Scouting happen. You can also help make Scouting a safe place for our Scouts. The...

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Jamboree on the Air

Scouts are invited to participate in Jamboree on the Air (JOTA). Jamboree on the Air is a special annual event that attempts to connect Scouts from all over the world.  Below is the invitation to a local event.*   Again, this year a group of Amateur Radio operators (Hams) will set up on for the JOTA ...

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Hershey Bears Scout Nights

The Hershey Bears are hosting three special Scout Nights during the 2019-20 American Hockey League season, including the 15th annual Scout Sleepover at Giant Center on Friday, March 13. Special ticket discounts for Scout groups (minimum 15 or more attendees) are available for home games on December 28 (vs. Wilkes Barre Scranton), February 8 (vs. Springfield)...

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Eagle Scout Extensions for Scouts BSA

As we head into the fall, Scouts BSA leaders need to make sure new Scouts BSA Scouts that are between ages 16 and 18 take the appropriate steps to apply for an Eagle extension. As a reminder, Scoutmasters, Committee Chairman, Charter Organization Representatives, and Unit Advancement Chairman play an important part in the extension request....

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Good Turn for America Food and Shelter Drive

The New Birth of Freedom Council is encouraging all Cub Scout Packs, Scouts BSA Troops, Venturing Crews, and Sea Scout Ships to participate in this year’s Good Turn for America Food and Shelter Drive.  This event will take place over the first two Saturdays in November.  On November 2, 2019 units should go around their...

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BSA Membership Fees Increase Likely for 2020

Earlier this week, the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America notified all local councils that a membership fee increase for youth members and adult leaders is likely.  These new fees would take effect as of January 1, 2020.  This anticipated change is due to the significant cost increase of the liability insurance the...

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Seeking Prayers for Jack Carr’s Recovery

To the New Birth of Freedom Council Scouting Family, Earlier this week, I was incredibly saddened to hear the news that Jack Carr, former Scout Executive of the Keystone Area Council and the first Director of Development for the New Birth of Freedom Council, has recently been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.   Jack,...

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