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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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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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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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October Council-Wide Roundtable Follow-Up

Thank you to everyone that joined us for the October 2021 Council-wide Roundtable.  We had a great meeting and we hope that all of the participants were able to get a lot of good information on how to KEEP SCOUTING and to do so safely. We shared that during the presentation we would share both...

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Welcome Back Josh Nimmerichter as Ranger at Camp Tuckahoe

I am pleased to welcome back Josh Nimmerichter, who will be assuming the Facilities Manager/Ranger role at Camp Tuckahoe starting October 18, 2021. In addition to his work at Tuckahoe, Josh will also oversee maintenance operations at Hidden Valley Scout Reservation. As many Scouters will recall, Josh served as Ranger at Hidden Valley from September...

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A Look Back at Rendezvous 2021 – The Dragon’s Quest

Rendezvous 2021 – The Dragon’s Quest – was a memorable weekend for so many reasons.  The overwhelming attendance at Rendezvous made clear that our Council’s Scouting family was ready for outdoor activities to return.  There were 1,024 weekend-long campers at Rendezvous, along with a total of 467 Saturday-only participants.  Combined with more than 250 staff...

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2022 University of Scouting

Join us for the University of Scouting on Saturday, January 29, 2022, from 8:15 am to 4:00 pm, at Bishop McDevitt High School at 1 Crusader Way in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  Hosted by the New Birth of Freedom Council, it is open to all Scouters, Venturers, and older Scouts.  This training event is packed full of...

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