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Christopher Lontz – New Battlefield District Executive

The New Birth of Freedom Council would like to welcome Christopher Lontz who will serve as the new Battlefield District executive starting on September 4th.   Chris is a recent graduate of Mansfield University with a B.S. in Chemistry. After spending 8 summers on camp staff at Hidden Valley Scout Reservation, Chris has decided to continue...

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BSA Reinstates Heroism Award

The Boy Scouts of America has reinstated the Heroism Award, filling a gap between the Honor Medal, presented for attempting to save a life with “considerable risk to self” and the Medal of Merit, which honors Scouting service but does not require a lifesaving attempt. The Heroism Award was first presented in 1977 and...

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Could Spending Time Outside Help You Live Longer?

Going camping or hiking with Scouts or Venturers isn’t merely a fun, fulfilling way to spend a weekend. It may also help you feel better, sleep more soundly and live longer. A massive study published last month by the University of East Anglia in England concludes that exposure to the outdoors reduces your risk for...

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The Window to Apply for These Eagle Scout Scholarships Is Now Open

Becoming an Eagle Scout is its own reward. Earning a college scholarship because you’re an Eagle Scout? That’s like a reward on top of a reward. The National Eagle Scout Association will award nearly $700,000 in scholarships to more than 150 Eagle Scouts based on their academic performance, Scouting background, college plans and financial need....

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Executive Committee Approves Changes to District Boundaries

To better position the New Birth of Freedom Council to provide quality service to our units, especially when considering the current financial headwinds and a decline in the number of total units over the past several years, the Council’s Executive Committee, at its meeting on July 17, approved a plan that will reduce the number...

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Tentaroo Year-Round Reservations Open June 15th for 2019-2020

Year-Round Reservations open June 15th at 9:00am for September 2019 to May 2020. Currently, units can register for a weekend or an event at Camp Tuckahoe, Hidden Valley Scout Reservation, Camp Conewago, or Wizard Scout Ranch until May 2019.  Additionally, reservations for the 2019 Camping Season are also open. Starting on June 15th, the New...

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Meet the Two New Volunteers on the BSA’s National Key 3

The Boy Scouts of America’s national board last week elected two new volunteers to join our National Key 3. Jim Turley, the former chairman and CEO of Ernst & Young who has served as a Scouting volunteer for nearly 25 years, has been elected national chair. Ellie Morrison, an assistant Scoutmaster from Waco who has...

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BSA Reaffirms Duty to God Aspect of All Programs

When a young person joins the Boy Scouts of America, one of the first things he or she learns is the Scout Oath, and every member starts the Oath the same way: “On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God …” The wording was not created at random. Duty...

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