Scout Executive’s Blog

Wishing Mitzi Perry a Very Happy Retirement

One of my favorite quotations about the need for change in life is this – “There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.” Those of us involved in Scouting in...

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Upgrading How We’re Managing PA Volunteer Clearances

Creating the safest possible environment for our youth members is a top priority for the New Birth of Freedom Council.  Background checks of registered adult volunteers are essential tools in that effort.  In addition to the criminal background check conducted by the national office of the BSA for any adult seeking to register with the...

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COVID Is Not Yet Done With Us

Over much of the past two years, we’ve heard numerous public health officials say something akin to “We may be done with COVID, but the virus is not done with us.”   Since the Omicron variant was first detected several weeks ago, public health authorities have expressed growing concern about this highly-transmissible variant, whether it...

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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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Camp Tuckahoe Ranger Scott Holbrook to Retire

With mixed emotions, I wanted to pass along the news to our New Birth of Freedom Council family that Scott Holbrook will be retiring as the ranger at Camp Tuckahoe on January 31, 2022.  Scott has served as the ranger at Tuckahoe since August 1999, and his skills, work ethic, and love of Scouting will...

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Wishing Deb Sweitzer All the Best In Her Retirement

Today, we said goodbye and best wishes in retirement to Deb Sweitzer, the New Birth of Freedom Council’s Accounting Specialist.  Not that she’s counting, but Deb shared that her tenure with the New Birth of Freedom Council and the York-Adams Area Council before that spanned 31 years, 8 months, and 22 days. Deb began her...

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Status of Camp Tuckahoe After Brush Fire on March 14

To our Scouting community: We are sad to report that a brush fire occurred at Camp Tuckahoe on Sunday evening while the property was vacant. We are immensely grateful for the quick response of area fire departments whose efforts contained the fire early Monday morning and saved all buildings from damage. As many of you...

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Service Center Hours Changing Starting December 7; Scout Shop Hours Unchanged

On November 23, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced additional mitigation orders designed to curb the spread of COVID-19. These measures include that “unless impossible, all businesses must conduct their operations remotely, through individual teleworking of their employees. Where telework is impossible, employees may conduct in-person business operations, provided that the business fully complies with this...

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