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“Green” Does Not Mean We Can Go Back to Normal

We’ve all had enough of wearing masks, physical distancing, and washing our hands countless times a day.  I’m almost embarrassed to share how much I miss being able to enjoy watching sports, even though, as a born-and-raised Pittsburgher, I know my beloved Pirates once again have no shot at a World Series this year.  I...

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Council Camp Closures Extended Through June

The Council’s Executive Committee has been meeting on a weekly basis to determine what, if any, programs can take place at Hidden Valley Scout Reservation, Camp Conewago, and Camp Tuckahoe this summer. Below is an update from the Committee’s meeting on May 26, 2020.  The Executive Committee has asked the Council Camping Committee to evaluate...

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Service Centers to Reopen June 1, Scout Shops June 2

It was March 16, which seems like a very long time ago, when we hurriedly closed the Mechanicsburg and York Service Centers and Scout Shops after Governor Wolf ordered all non-essential businesses to shut down to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania.  No one that day would have predicted what all was to...

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Summer Camp Programs at Hidden Valley and Tuckahoe Canceled

To the New Birth of Birth of Freedom Council Scouting Family: First and foremost, we hope this message finds you and your family well.  All of us are living through an unprecedented and concerning time.  As the COVID-19 pandemic has unfolded, we have been continuously monitoring the situation, gathering as much information as possible to...

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Summer Camp Plans in the Wake of COVID-19

The safety of all of our campers, leaders, camp staff, and camp visitors is always our Council’s top priority. With this in mind, the Council’s Executive Committee has further extended the closure of all council camps through the end of May due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak.  Full refunds will be issued after the Council...

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Service Centers and Scout Shops to Remain Closed Indefinitely

Dear New Birth of Freedom Council Scouting Family, As you likely already know, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has directed all “non-life-sustaining” businesses to close to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  In accordance with that directive, the Mechanicsburg and York Service Centers and Scout Shops will remain closed indefinitely until Gov. Wolf rescinds...

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Service Centers & Scout Shops Closing Until At Least March 31

Dear Scouting Families, On Monday, March 16, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf directed that all non-essential businesses close for at least the next two weeks to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus through personal contact and on surfaces. To do our part in this effort, we are closing both the Mechanicsburg and York Services, including...

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Actions We’re Taking Regarding the Coronavirus

Dear New Birth of Freedom Council Scouting Family, As always, your safety and the safety of all our members, volunteers, and employees are our top priority. We know there are questions and concerns about how COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus, that will affect local Scouting programs in the New Birth of Freedom Council. Please...

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An Important Update Regarding the BSA’s Filing for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Dear New Birth of Freedom Scouting Family, Today, the national organization of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to achieve two key objectives: equitably compensate victims who were harmed during their time in Scouting and continue to carry out Scouting’s mission for years to come. I want to highlight important...

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