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Come Learn All About Scoutbook on December 12

Scoutbook is the BSA’s online unit management tool and helps Scouts, parents and leaders track advancement and milestone achievement along the way. Scoutbook will be free to all BSA units starting January 1, 2019 and we want to help your unit prepare to access Scoutbook’s powerful features, which are available on any device.   We’re...

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Scouts BSA New Unit Information Sessions

For the first time in the history of the BSA, girls will be able to be able to embark on the Trail to Eagle.  Starting February 1, 2019, all-girl or linked troops will officially be established.  Between now and February, we will be working to charter these troops that will welcome the BSA’s newest members....

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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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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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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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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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