Feb 122014


My name is Bob Gaston and I am the Eagle Board Chair for Washington District. We have planned to have the second Life-to-Eagle presentation since Bill Schaffert passed away and we want to take this opportunity to get the word out so that anyone who wants to participate can plan to do so with enough advance notice to make it happen.

The presentation will be at the Willow Grove Giant Community Center (second Floor) from 7-9PM.

The link for the location is as follows:

Willow Grove Giant:


We generally try to hold a Life-to-Eagle presentation once per year and there has been many changes since the last Life-to-Eagle presentation that we would like to go over with your scout so that they have a clear understanding of the requirements BEFORE they start to work on obtaining the rank of Eagle. I can tell you that since the new merit badge rules came out effective 1/1/14 that the Eagle Board has answered many of the same questions time and again which we feel this forum will be the opportunity where we can benefit your Troop by meeting with these scouts to lay the groundwork so that your scout can complete and be positioned for a successful Life to Eagle transition through your Troop further preparing them to meet with the Eagle Board when they are ready to advance. To help you get started, I am sending as an attachment the new 2014 Eagle Scout Rank Application and the most recent version of the Washington District Eagle Board as they are the only forms that are not available as of this writing on the Council website. All other information is always available at:

www.colbsa.org > Advancement > Boy Scouts > Life to Eagle

I remind all Troop Leadership that since the Life-to-Eagle presentation is generally only held once per year, you should be sending ANY scout who will make the rank of Life by next December, 2014 as it does no good to see them next November or December if they are already almost an Eagle. I would rather see scouts at the presentation who are there maybe a little too early than when they are about to turn 18. Use your judgment, but the more than less in this case is better.

Over this past year the new forms have raised many questions that we believe can be answered easily at this session to help remove any ambiguity or confusion as to what forms have to be completed, when and why. The format for this meeting is a Brief PowerPoint presentation followed by a question and answer session afterwards (to answer any additional questions that may still need to be addressed). The Eagle Board members who are available that night can then break off with a specific group for a one-on-one experience, if requested. We anticipate the presentation taking about 40 minutes with questions taking as long as it takes. Our intent is to make sure that Scouts know what they need to be doing to achieve the rank of Eagle.

If you should have any questions you can contact me at (215) 378-4114 cell or at rgaston. Also, if you have any specific questions you would like answered during this presentation, please submit your question and we will see that it is included in the presentation.

Thanks in advance and I hope to see you there,

Bob Gaston

Eagle Board Chair

Washington District

Feb 032014


The Washington District Presents:

Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training

Bryn Athyn Scout Building, 2847 Buck Road, Bryn Athyn, PA*
Saturday, March 1, 2014 – Please Pre-Register!

This is required training for all Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters who have not been previously trained in those positions.
Cost: $8.00, includes lunch
Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to complete registration.

Every Scout Deserves a Trained Leader!
Every Leader Deserves Training to Deliver the Scouting Program Successfully! Read More About: Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training At Bryn Athyn (For Assistants Too…

Jan 282014
MPAA ratings — G, PG, PG-13, R — take the guesswork out of deciding which movies are appropriate for your son or daughter.

Fortunately, deciding which Scouting activities are age-appropriate is just as easy, thanks to this Age-Appropriate Guidelines for Scouting Activities PDF.

The BSA’s Health and Safety team developed the age- and rank-appropriate guidelines based on the mental, physical, emotional and social maturity of Boy Scouts of America youth members. The guidelines apply to Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, Varsity Scout teams and Venturing crews.

Should Bear Cub Scouts build campfires? Can Webelos Scouts use bow saws? Can Boy Scouts go scuba diving? Can Venturers ride all-terrain vehicles (ATVs)?

The answers: No. Yes. Yes. And yes, but only through their approved local council.

The guide covers outdoor skills, sports, tools, trekking, aircraft, vehicles, shooting sports, climbing, aquatics and camping.

It’s a great resource for answering questions from parents or from youth leaders planning future trips.

More specific guidelines on tools

Service projects are an iconic Scouting tradition, and you may be wondering whether certain tools are OK for 13-, 14- or 15-year-old boys and girls. Wonder no more.

This PDF gives a tool-by-tool breakdown.

Can Scouts use zip lines?

Zip-lining is considered age-appropriate for Venturing-age …read more

Via: Bryan On Scouting

Jan 282014

As you might imagine, I have been to many Courts of Honor to see Eagle Awards presented during my Scouting career. It’s always a proud moment, whether I know the recipient personally or have been requested by their council to attend.

My pride in our Eagles went up a notch when I recently read an account of an Eagle Award that was presented to a Scout in the Gerald R. Ford Council in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

His first Scoutmaster, Augustine Iacopelli, congratulates Alex Putkovich for receiving the Eagle Scout Award. // Photo courtesy of The Rapidian.

Midway through his acceptance speech, newly-awarded Eagle Scout Alex Putkovich of Troop 200 surprised everyone by removing the Eagle Scout neckerchief, badge and medal.

It wasn’t an act of disrespect – it was an act of pride, as reported in his local paper:

“Even without my neckerchief, even without my badge, even without my medal, I’m still an Eagle Scout,” Alex told the audience assembled at the Boy Scouts of America Gerald R. Ford Council headquarters. “It’s more than just a rank–it’s my lifestyle now. It’s who I am.”

It’s who I am.

Reading that statement put a lump in my throat as I reviewed the lengthy report …read more

Via: The Chief

Jan 282014
New Cub Scout handbooks are just part of the story.

Keeping up with one BSA program change after another (after another) can feel a little like drinking from a fire hose.

It doesn’t have to.

Just consider scouting.org/programupdates your one-stop shop for promotional fliers, training information and the latest news about changes coming in 2014, 2015 and 2016 in Venturing, Cub Scouting and Boy Scouting.

The fliers are especially useful for leaders who want something tangible to distribute to educate parents about changes to BSA programs.

I’ll continue to share and analyze the latest BSA news right here on Bryan on Scouting, but the BSA’s official Program Updates page is an important tool that belongs in your Scouting toolbox — and in your browser’s bookmarks folder.

Merit Badge counselors, there’s a related resource for you. Find promotional fliers about new merit badges at this similarly handy page. (And don’t forget about my regularly updated Calendar of New Merit Badges.)

Thanks to the Innovation …read more

Via: Bryan On Scouting

Jan 282014

Looking for the latest merit badge fliers? Want to know which new merit badges are in the works? Check out http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/GuideforMeritBadgeCounselors.aspx.

There you can download fliers, resources, and more to distribute or add to any roundtable meetings, newsletters, or training sessions. Be sure to bookmark this page so you can easily access the latest information.

Via: Scout Wire

Jan 152014

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Support Scouting Today In The Washington District By Going To http://s.colbsa.org/washingtonfos
Make Sure To Select Washington District when you are prompted

Jan 132014

This guide will help your unit resolve any outstanding issues that you might have with your recharter. Please review the steps below to assist you in completing your paperwork.  Please note that until the outstanding items are addressed, your unit will be unregistered. Contact information for Anthony Weiss (484-654-9217 or [email protected]) & Joseph Leiss (484-654-9206 or [email protected]). Also, Fax to 610-688-2951 or Mail to Boy Scouts of America ATTN: Anthony Weiss / Joseph Leiss, 1485 Valley Forge Road, Wayne, PA 19087

Download A PDF Copy Of This Guide Here Read More About: How To Resolve Issues With Your Recharter

Jan 082014

Scout Shop Announcement 

Date: January 8, 2014

To: Cradle of Liberty Council Unit Leaders
From: Robin Crowl, National BSA Supply Group Territory Manager
Re: Change to Sales Tax Exempt Process

Recently we were notified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, along with numerous other states, that they will be more diligent in monitoring sales tax laws as they apply to Scout Shop sales. This will result in some changes in the way our local Scout Shop handles unit purchases.

Previously, Cradle of Liberty Council permitted Scout units to use the council tax exempt number for purchases in the Scout Shop. This will no longer be possible as Scout units are “owned” by their chartered organization (sponsor), not the local council. To continue to be exempt from paying sales tax and also be in compliance with applicable tax laws, units will have two options.

1. Unit Account

If your unit has a unit account with Cradle of Liberty Council, you can continue to do your shopping in the Scout Shop and use the council’s tax exempt number. This is possible because the law views the council to be in “ownership” of the funds being held and ultimately used in the purchase process, therefore allowing the tax exempt number to be used. If you do not currently have a unit account at the council office, you may open one at any time.

2. Unit Check or Unit Debit Card

You can use your unit check or debit card to purchase items at the Scout Shop, but as it is not the council’s money, you will need to provide a state sales tax exemption certificate in order to be tax exempt. You can obtain a copy of this form from your chartered organization, providing they are tax exempt. After providing the form to the Scout Shop, it will be entered and held in the system allowing you to make tax-free purchases in the future without presenting the form each time.

Please be aware, volunteers from your unit can still pay with personal checks, credit cards, or cash; however, as the individual owning the method of payment is not tax exempt, sales tax will be charged.
Beginning this month, units will need to utilize one of the methods listed above in order to be exempt from paying sales tax. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, but also hope you understand the importance of being in compliance with the laws connected to this issue.

Should you need help securing a tax exempt form from your chartered organization or establishing a unit account at the council office, please feel free to contact the council office for assistance. Thank you for help in this matter.

 To download a copy of this letter, click here.

Jan 082014

When Scouts sign up for Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, and Venturing Crews, we make a promise to them: That the Scouting program will deliver untold adventures to the youth, provide them with opportunities to explore and learn, and discover new and unfamiliar places. Of all of our different classrooms, the meeting rooms, zoos, parks, and living rooms, there are few that can compare to the versatility and flexibility of the great outdoors.

The Scouting program provides opportunities for its youth members to experience an entire week in the outdoors at Scout Camp.  Whether it is Day Camp, Cub Scout Camping at Camp Hart, or Boy Scout and Venturing Camping at Resica Falls, Scouts can experience opportunities not available anywhere else for youth their age.

It is with great pride that the Cradle of Liberty Council is announcing the 2014 Camp Card Fundraising Program, which is geared to promote youth earning their way to Summer Camp. The “Camp Card” is a discount card for consumers to local businesses. This program will feature the following: Read More About: Every Scout Deserves To Go To Camp – 2014 Camp Card Sale!