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Climbing Instructor Course

The New Birth of Freedom Council will be offering Climbing/COPE  Instructor training courses over two weekends (May 8-10 and May 29-31) at Hidden Valley and Camp Tuckahoe for volunteers, particularly for those individuals who have an interest in staffing council-level climbing events.  Class size is limited to 12 participants both weekends. COPE & Climbing Foundations...

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What You Need to Know About the BSA’s Financial Situation

By now, many of you have probably seen or heard the recent news reports speculating that the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America (“National BSA”) is considering filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, which allows reorganization under the bankruptcy laws of the United States. National BSA has shared with all local councils that...

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Scouts BSA Troops – Everything to get one started

On February 1, 2019, Scouts BSA will officially become the name of the BSA program for young men and women ages 11 to 18.  Girls will officially be able to join at that point as part of an all-girl troop, but you don’t have to wait until then to get a troop started.  Find out...

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2019 Merit Badge Colleges and Registration

Newville Merit Badge College

There are many great opportunities to participate in a Merit Badge College in 2019.  Below is a link to each of the Council-approved merit badge colleges along with the information on how to register!  All Merit Badge College Registration in 2019 is accessed through Tentaroo!  You will need to create an account before you...

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2018 Scouting for Food and Shelter Drive Participation

The 2018 Scouting for Food and Shelter Drive has concluded.  Thank you to all of the units and community members that helped to make this service project, which is the largest single project in the council, a great success!   For all of those units that participated, please be sure to complete the Scouting for ...

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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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