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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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Our Council’s Approach to PA Background Clearances

To the New Birth of Freedom Council Scouting Family, Our Council heard from parents within one of our troops who expressed concerns about the Council’s management of state-mandated adult background clearances, and we took this concern seriously and actively worked to resolve the problem. As a recent news article from The York Dispatch has brought...

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Seeking Prayers for Jack Carr’s Recovery

To the New Birth of Freedom Council Scouting Family, Earlier this week, I was incredibly saddened to hear the news that Jack Carr, former Scout Executive of the Keystone Area Council and the first Director of Development for the New Birth of Freedom Council, has recently been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.   Jack,...

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Protecting Our Youth Members Is Our Top Priority


May 1, 2019 Fellow Scouters, Given the news coverage last week regarding the Boy Scouts of America’s efforts to protect our youth members from all forms of abuse, I wanted to share some information on this critical responsibility that may help you address concerns or questions that you or others may have.  First, nothing is...

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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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Preventing Bullying in Scouting Is Everyone’s Job

October is National Bullying Prevention Month and all of us in leadership roles in Scouting can help prevent, recognize and report bullying as we work to make Scouting a safe place for all. This month, the “Bryan on Scouting” blog has shared four important stories on how all leaders can be more vigilant about preventing...

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New Tools Coming for Camp and Event Management

You might look at the logo above and think “What in the heck is Tentaroo?” Tentaroo is a camp and event management system designed from the ground up specifically for Boy Scout councils and I’m excited to share the news that our council is going to be implementing Tentaroo to manage our camps and other...

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Looking for Lots of Lion Scouts!

With the start of a new school year approaching, we’re getting excited in anticipation of welcoming a whole lot of new Lion Scouts and their families to the Cub Scouting program this fall. As many of you may already know, our council is participating in the nationwide pilot program for kindergarten-age boys. Lion is a...

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Remembering Louis J. Appell, Jr. – A Friend of Scouting

Today, I was supposed to write a thank-you letter to Louis J. Appell, Jr., one of the most philanthropic, community-minded businessmen you’ll ever meet. Yesterday, on the very day that Mr. Appell passed away at age 92, we received another significant contribution from him, this most recent one in support of our after-school Scouting programs...

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