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Heritage Trails District


Welcome to the Heritage Trails District

The Heritage Trails District serves eleven school districts in York County: Central York, Dallastown, Dover, Eastern York, Northeastern York, Red Lion, South Eastern, Southern York, West York, York City, and York Suburban. The Heritage Trails Name was chosen due to several different trails that run or ran throughout York County.  These trails helped create York County and the area in which this District lies. The trails most notable are the Mason Dixon Trail, the Heritage Rail Trail, the Susquehanna Trail, and the Monocacy Path/Trail (Currently Route 30).  All of these trails helped bring settlers and goods into the area which we now call York County and helped create our heritage.

Our District Committee and Commissioner Staff welcome you to the Heritage Trails District and wish you happy trails through your Scouting journey. We invite you to sign-up for our weekly newsletter and follow us on our Facebook page. Also, check out our contact page in the sidebar. We have an amazing team of volunteers who can help answer any questions you may have and help guide you in your unit operations.

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Discovery is at the heart of Scouting. Whether it’s a campout, derby car race, or hike on the trail, we believe every adventure helps us uncover a little more about ourselves. We build the foundations for humility and compassion—strengthening character through actions—to prepare youth for a lifetime of leadership.

Cub Scouting (Grades K – 5)
Cub Scouts is for boys and girls, kindergarten to 5th grade. It is a program where youth develop the foundations for leadership, citizenship, and personal fitness through fun activities involving parents and legal guardians. Cub Scouting designates participants into groups based on grade and gender before participating in activities. 

Cub Scouting encourages family fun while providing youth with a safe space to make friends and challenge themselves through age-appropriate activities. It is a program where children and parents feel like they belong to an organization that consistently reinforces worthwhile values like honesty, good conduct, and respect for others. 

Scouts BSA (Ages 11 – 17)
The traditional Scouting program, Scouts BSA is where youth develop outdoor survival skills, self-confidence, and ethics through youth planned activities with increased attention to service, community engagement, and leadership.

Scouts BSA prepares youth to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling the values of the Scout Oath and Law. Throughout their time in Scouting, Scouts learn the value of hard work and experience the thrill of seeing it pay off. 

Venturing (Ages 14 – 20)
Created for boys and girls ages 14-20, Venturing is a youth-led program where Scouts experience positive mentorship and develop leadership skills in a fun, supportive environment.  

Venturing teaches youth valuable leadership skills through fun, challenging, and age-appropriate adventures where they are encouraged to make ethical choices that adhere to the Scout Oath and Law. 

Sea Scouts (Ages 14 – 20)
Sea Scouting is a maritime program for boys and girls ages 14-20 providing a fun, safe environment for Scouts to learn, build friendships, and develop character while earning advancement.

Sea Scouts prepares youth for the routine and unexpected challenges of seamanship while encouraging citizenship, developing boating skills, and promoting water safety through hands-on experience on a watercraft.


Heritage Trails District News

  • Unit Service Continues After May 17

    As we bid farewell to the York Service Center, our journey ahead will inevitably take on a new shape, prompting adjustments in our operational approach. Below, you’ll discover our plans for maintaining our commitment to you and your unit, ensuring the delivery of an exceptional Scouting experience. Please share this information with the other adults and leaders in your unit for whom this information … Read More »

  • Grow Your Recruitment Efforts with Recruitment Rendezvous

    Join us for our monthly Recruitment Rendezvous where we will share some success stories our units have had so far in 2024, provide recruitment resources to aid in your efforts, and help lay out a yearlong plan for growing your unit and sharing Scouting in our communities. These webinars are held on Microsoft Teams (the desktop app is not required) … Read More »

  • Stay Up-to-Date on the Cub Scout Program Changes

    The BSA is at the very start of what will be a months-long rollout of information about the latest Cub Scout program updates. To make sure you’re getting only the most accurate information, here are four resources for you to keep your eyes on. The official Cub Scout program updates rollout schedule We have a lot of information to share … Read More »

  • Light of Scouting Challenge

    Show us what it means to be a Scout, what Scouts do, or what you think of when you hear “Scouting!” The Heritage Trails District challenges all Scouts to compete in our Light of Scouting Challenge, where Scouts are challenged to create an outdoor light display that represents what being a Scout is all about. Scouts are encouraged to turn … Read More »

  • October 9 – Welcome to Scouting Movie Night

    Unfortunately, this year’s Welcome to Scouting Movie Night is canceled due to low interest. We are happy to hear about the success of everyone’s sign-up nights and seeing Scouting grow in the Heritage Trails District. Be on the lookout down the road for next year’s date! To help welcome your new Scouts to Scouting, we encourage everyone to attend this … Read More »

  • Cub Scout Recruitment

    Recruitment is not just a day or a season; it is always ongoing. Recruitment must be something we spend time on all year round and not redirect our focus from. This is why recruitment is an “all hands on deck” activity. To help you be successful in your recruiting efforts this year, we have put together some helpful tips, essential … Read More »

  • Scouts BSA Recruitment

    Recruitment is not just a day or a season; it is always ongoing. It is also not just for packs, but troops as well. This is why recruitment is an “all hands on deck” activity. To help you be successful in your recruiting efforts this year, we have put together some helpful tips, essential resources, and possible ideas. You can … Read More »

  • 2022 Heritage Trails District Pinewood Derby

    Calling all Pinewood Derby Racers! May 7, 2022 – Heritage Trails District will be hosting the annual District Pinewood Derby and Demolition Derby. All Scouts can enter to race their car in this years race for their current Den. This is for all Lions through AOL Scouts. In addition, adults and siblings can enter a car as an Outlaw car. Finally, everyone can enter a … Read More »

  • 2022 Heritage Trails Spring Camporee

    The “Shrine of Democracy” Spring Camporee will challenge your scout skills and teamwork ability. Can you name the four presidents on Mount Rushmore? Join us April 22-24, 2022 at the Lance beard Farm, 28 Water Street in Jacobus, PA.   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 »

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