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Welcome to the Heritage Trails District Webpage.  Here you can find up to date information for all district events, fundraisers, and announcements.  Check back frequently for updates or Check us out on Facebook!


Michael Adelberg, Heritage Trails District Executive

Al Gohn, District Chairman

Brian Alpaugh, District Commissioner





Heritage Trails 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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