Scout Executive’s Blog

“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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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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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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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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