Cradle of Liberty

Teaching Leadership

Boy Scouts of America - Cradle of Liberty Council (CBCBSA), headquartered in Wayne, PA serves more than 16,500 young people in three Philadelphia counties, Philadelphia, Delaware and Montgomery County. Its Mission is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. Its Vision is to continue the legacy of Scouting by instilling the words to live by of the Scout Oath and Law in today's diverse society and to be recognized as the leading youth service organization in Pennsylvania while positively impacting our community, its families and children.

The Council is among the largest youth serving organizations in the state of Pennsylvania, led by over 5000 volunteers. While learning leadership skills, active citizenship, personal fitness, and practical knowledge through their participation in a diverse array of activities including camping excursions, summer programs and much, much more, Scouts develop lifelong values and build lifetime friendships.

The Scout Oath and Law should resonate as highly desirable with every corporate employer … On my honor, I will do my best To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight. The Scout Law states a Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.

Key Impact

Few nonprofits offer the breadth and depth of sponsorship opportunities that CLCBSA does, or the proven impact on the future workforce and leaders. Corporations can sponsor a program that encourages leadership and positive personal development; a specific age or socio-economic group, or an event or camping opportunity that provides enrichment and values development. There are rich returns to each. A Scout’s beliefs, found in the Cub Scout Promise, Scout Oath, Scout Law, Venturing Oath and Venturing Code, are more than just words; they build a set of internal values that will stay with a boy as he grows into a man, and continue through his adult life. Study results from Louis Harris and Associates show that Scouts with at least five years in the program are more likely than boys who have never been Scouts to:

  • Take leadership roles in clubs or school organizations,
  • Put the needs of others before their own,
  • Have higher self-confidence,
  • Be active in a variety of after-school activities, and
  • Resist peer pressure to take part in delinquent or dishonest activities.

Boys in Scouting say the program has taught them to give their best effort, always be honest and respect others. These values have been proven to lead to greater success in adulthood. The same Louis Harris Study finds that men who were Scouts for at least five years were more likely to:

  • Graduate from high school and college,
  • Earn higher annual household incomes,
  • Value family relationships highly,
  • Attend religious services,
  • Have lifelong friendships,
  • Believe helping others should come before one’s own self-interest.

Specific Opportunities

Youngest—Cub Scouts are 7-10 years old. Support the activities of a Den, or a Pack Program like the famous and memorable Pinewood Derby. Or give economically-challenged families the gift of a summer camp program for their child.

Boy Scout—boys at least 10, but not yet 18. Activities abound—Sponsorship can be for an experience, an honors program, or an event—or camp!

Venturing—Creating Caring Adults.

Venturing is a youth development program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years of age.

Venturing's purpose is to provide positive experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults. It’s based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth, adult leaders, and organizations in their communities. Local community organizations establish a Venturing crew by matching their people and program resources to the interests of young people in the community. The result is a program of exciting and meaningful activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow, develop leadership skills, and become good citizens.

Venturing crews can specialize in a variety of avocation or hobby interests, and these can be customized to the Corporation’s goals or interests.