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    Need fundraising ideas? Popcorn and nuts is a simple, risk-free way for your scouts to earn money to help pay for this year's recharter or even next summer's camp!

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Welcome to the Battlefield District Webpage

Thank you for visiting our webpage.  The Battlefield District serves Adams county and the greater Hanover area.  Scroll down and check out our site for information about upcoming events and relevant District information. Head on over to our Facebook page and subscribe to our weekly e-newsletter for all the most recent updates in the District.

Our Volunteers

Our District has some of the most dedicated volunteers serving Battlefield scouts in different positions on our committee:

District Committee Chair – Robert Smith

District Commissioner – Beth Leckrone

District Vice Chair of Membership – Krystal Landis

District Vice Chair of Finance – Matt Phillips

District Finance: Matt Phillips (Popcorn Kernel), Dave Campbell (Camp Cards)

District Program: Herb Snyder (Activities), Linda Brown (Advancement), Barb Hanna (Camp Promotions), Steve Rice (Marketing&Promotion)

We also have several Unit Commissioners that can assist your unit. Our excellent commissioner staff is James Bollinger, Melinda Culp, Linda Deardorff, John Helfrick, Ferd Prehn, Shirley Sanders, and Randy Smith. If you need a commissioner for your unit, please reach out to me at christopher.lontz@scouting.org to get started.


Our upcoming roundtable dates are:
October 1, 2020*; November 12, 2020*; December 10, 2020*

Our District Roundtables traditionally occur on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00pm at Freedom Valley Church. If you’re a new leader looking for advice, guidance, or help from another experienced volunteer, this is the perfect place to discuss issues you’re having and figure out a way to solve it. Roundtable is also a great place for leaders of any age or experience level to come gather current information from the Battlefield District and New Birth of Freedom Council related to Camping events, Trainings, and other programs we offer.

*Due to COVID-19 concerns, our council will be continuing online roundtables throughout the rest of 2020. Our next council-wide roundtable will be October 1, 2020!

Upcoming Events

For more information on each event, simply click on the patch!

2020 ‘Surviving On Your Own Fall’ Camporee Leaders Guide

Fundraising News

If you have not yet given, please consider making a donation to our 2020 FOS Family campaign. If you would like to make an online contribution to scouting in South-Central Pennsylvania today, head over to our council home page and click on the “Donate Now” widget to make an FOS contribution to the Battlefield District. Every dollar of your gift stays in our local program, providing critical funding for our council-owned camps, training supplies, and wonderful financial aid opportunities such as camperships.

If you were unable to make our July 13 Popcorn & Nuts Training at Freedom Valley, you can view the slideshow here. We will have a video of that training up soon.


Happy Scouting!
– Christopher Lontz, District Executive

Battlefield District News

  • Release of New Journey to Excellence Criteria

    Scouting’s Journey to Excellence (JTE) is the BSA’s planning, performance and recognition program designed to encourage and reward the success of our units.  It is meant to encourage excellence in providing a quality program at all levels of the BSA. The National Council announced updates to the unit scorecards for 2020 that take into consideration some of the requirement modifications ... Read More »

  • Virtual Program Launch 2020 Resources and Presentations

    Though not the same as our annual in-person event, we had a great time participating in the 2020 Virtual Program Launch.  There was a TON of information shared to help your unit plan for the Scouting year ahead.  Whether you attended or not, check out all of the great information that has been compiled for your unit! Read More »

  • Unit Commissioners

    All Commissioners are Invited to Join Us for the 2020 Commissioner Conference

      The Council Commissioner Cabinet would like to invite all registered Commissioners to join us September 1 at 7pm for a Virtual Commissioner Conference.  Unfortunately, our May, in-person conference was canceled due to COVID-19 but the cabinet feels it important for us to have an opportunity to connect and address the numerous changes and challenges that face Scouting and our ... Read More »

  • September and October Roundtables Will Be Held Online

      As the new Scouting year and school year quickly approach, we wanted to provide you an update on the council and districts’ plans for roundtable in the upcoming months.  So that unit leaders and district and council volunteers can provide the best roundtable experience possible, it has been decided that the September and October Roundtables will continue to be ... Read More »

  • July 2020 Roundtable Follow Up

    Thank you to everyone that joined us for the July 2020 Council-wide Roundtable.  We had a great meeting and we hope that all of the participants were able to get a lot of good information on how to KEEP SCOUTING and to do so safely. We shared that during the presentation we would share both the slide deck and the ... Read More »

  • Program Launch Postponed

    The 2020 Program Launch that is scheduled for June 3 at Camp Tuckahoe has been postponed. We know that many of you look forward to this event and it is a key event in helping your unit conduct planning for the year.  As the commonwealth moves toward reopening, the current information suggests that we will not be permitted to host ... Read More »

  • Guidelines for Unit Meetings in “Yellow” Phase Counties

    As counties served by the New Birth of Freedom Council move from the “red” to the “yellow” phase of the Governor’s plan to re-open Pennsylvania, we know that some units are eager to resume Scouting activities.  We have assembled guidance for Scouting units to follow as they consider holding in-person meetings, activities, service projects, and other Scouting events.   Read More »

  • In the Shadows of 1864 Camporee – POSTPONED

    “In the Shadows of 1864 Camporee” – POSTPONED Given the current and on-going uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and how social distancing and group meeting limitations will effect the delivery of our program, we will be postponing this camporee indefinitely. The camporee will still be held in the future, on a date not yet determined. We have put a lot of work ... Read More »

  • Battlefield District Reception and Council Recognition Banquet

    Instead of having a District Dinner this year all of the Districts in the Council will be holding a District Reception at the Council Volunteer Banquet on Saturday, May 4th at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Harrisburg . The cost to attend is $30 per person and that includes hors d’oeuvres and a plated meal. It is also being held ... Read More »

  • Roundtable

    2020 Battlefield Roundtable Meetings

    Roundtables are open to all leaders, committee members, and parents of Packs, Troops, and Crews.  They are a great way to network with other leaders, discuss your programs that your unit offers, and to have fun and fellowship.  Important information is also distributed at the roundtables and each month has a theme.  Our meetings begin at 7 pm and are ... Read More »

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