• 2022 Klondike Derby "To Seek and Save"

    Our 2022 Klondike Derby theme has been selected! Download a Leader's Guide and Program Outline TODAY!

  • Join Cub Scouts TODAY

    Click here to learn more about how to sign up for Cub Scouts, escape the great indoors, and join in the excitement!

  • Get Friend-Stomring!!

    Friendstorming - inviting your friends to join your Pack - is one of the best ways to grow your Pack! Find more planning tools and info here.

  • Updated Guidance for Unit Meetings

    Check this page to make sure your Unit is following the latest guidance to keep your scouts, leaders, and families safe as you Restart your Scouting year.

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.

Now that school has restarted and the Fall is here, it is time to double-down on recruitment! Make sure you read our ALL HANDS ON DECK letter from our council president, and then check out the National Council’s website for recruitment tips. I look forward to using this space to promote some successful strategies that our Cub Scout Packs have used this year to promote their events and recruit more Cub Scouts.

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), Diana Miner (Training)

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

Roundtables

Our upcoming roundtable dates are:

December 2, 2021; January 6, 2022*; February 3, 2021

Our District Roundtables traditionally occur on the first 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.

*Because of what we learned during the pandemic, we’ll be hosting our January 6 roundtable virtually*

Upcoming Events – click on each image to learn more

We do not have a patch design for the Klondike Derby to post yet, but you can download a Leader’s Guide on our Klondike Derby webpage and sign up on Tentaroo starting October 20! We will be hosting our Klondike Derby at Camp Tuckahoe on February 18-20, 2022.

Fundraising News

If you have not yet made your contribution, please consider making a donation to our 2021 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.

Congratulations to our Camp Card Top Sellers for this year! Our top-selling scout was Trey Royer from Troop 1863B. Our top-selling was Troop 501 in Littlestown, who was also the top-selling unit in the entire Council!

Our Popcorn & Nuts sales just wrapped up! It looks like our sale was VERY productive and we raised more than our goal for this year! We’ll soon have an announcement on our Popcorn & Nuts Champion Unit, but thank you everyone so much for all of your hard work.

Happy Scouting!
– Christopher Lontz, Senior District Executive

Battlefield District News

  • Citizenship in Society Merit Badge

    On November 1, the Boy Scouts of America launched the Citizenship in Society merit badge, its newest merit badge for youth in the Scouts BSA program (ages 11-17). In case you’ve heard rumors or seen early reports on this merit badge before its release, let us offer some clarity on what the Citizenship in Society merit badge is. All key … Read More »

  • 2022 Internet Rechartering is LIVE

    Everything your unit needs to know about completing the 2022 Internet Rechartering Process is available here!   Read More »

  • Important Update About the 12th Annual Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner

    The Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner is one of the most eagerly-anticipated and well-attended events in our Council each year.  While we are excited to conduct this year’s event in person on Tuesday, November 23, at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in the Chocolate Ballroom, we are implementing health and safety protocols intended to help limit the potential transmission of … Read More »

  • 5 Things Your Unit Can Do to Recruit More Scouts

    Whether you are a Pack, Troop, Crew, or Ship here are 5 great ideas of what you can do now to help recruit new Scouts into your program! Option 1: If you HAVEN’T held your unit’s recruitment night(s) yet: Activate your parents!  Energetic, engaged parents will be a big boost to your recruitment efforts. Reach out to your neighborhood school. … Read More »

  • Friendstorming – Inviting Friends to Join Your Unit

    Covid took a big bite out of our membership last year, but if each of us grabs an oar – remember our nautically themed “All Hands on Deck” membership plan? – we can turn that ship around and make this a great membership year.   We had some units that had an awesome September! Special congrats to: Battlefield Pack 88 … Read More »

  • Register to Attend the October Council-Wide Roundtable

    The New Birth of Freedom Council will be holding our first Council-wide Virtual Roundtable this fall on October 7 at 7:00pm.  For the 2021-22 Scouting year, we will hold a combination of virtual and in-person Roundtable meetings (see the schedule below).  The October Roundtable will feature training for the 2022 Recharter Process.  This is an extremely important Roundtable for the … Read More »

  • Sharing September – Council Membership Minute

      Restoring membership to healthy levels is the top priority for the council this year, so each month we will be offering a quick tip to help your unit achieve its recruiting goals. This month’s tip is sharing. Sharing September, you can call it. Did you know that most Scouts joined because of someone they know? It’s true. That’s why … Read More »

  • Popcorn and Nuts Sale Off to a Great Start

    The 2021 Popcorn and Nuts sale is off to a great start!  We are excited to share that both our new vendor, Pecatonica River Popcorn, and our returning vendor Whitley’s Nuts were able to deliver all of their product and orders on schedule for distribution.  All of the products shipped as promised and made for a smooth start! We are … Read More »

  • Top Priority for the New Birth of Freedom Council – A Message from Council President Matt Haar

    To Our New Birth of Freedom Scouting family, We are facing an unprecedented situation, and I’m asking for your help. Last year, due to the Covid pandemic, our Cub Scout membership dropped by 42 percent. Let that sink in. In a single year, we lost almost half of our Cub Scouts. For the first time in history, we actually have … Read More »

  • Announcing Top Sellers for the 2021 Camp Card Sale

    A HUGE THANK YOU and congratulations to everyone that helped to make the 2021 Camp Card Sale a success!  Our generous Camp Card partners helped us to put together 4 AMAZING Camp Cards and our Scouts did a fantastic job selling them!  We are excited about all the benefits this year’s cards provided to our local Scouts and units. A … Read More »

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