Camping: Hibernia County Park

Where: Hibernia County Park consists of over 900 acres of trails, woodlands, meadows, open fields, play areas, pavilions, camping and picnic areas. Popular fishing sites include the Brandywine Creek’s west branch, Birch Run & a children’s pond. Chambers Lake is a great spot for boating and fishing.

Walking tours explore the legacy of the iron masters and country gentlemen who owned the estate.The walking tour focuses on mansion builders Charles Brooks and Colonel Swayne. From Hibernia Mansion, the tour explores ruins, structures and landscape features located on Forest Hill and Forge Trails and Lion’s Head Drive that tell the story of Hibernia’s past. Brochures detailing these features are available at the park office.

Hibernia Mansion, home of 19th century Ironmasters, graces Hibernia’s hillside. It is open for public tours on Sunday afternoons, Memorial Day to Labor Day. In December, the Mansion offers candlelight tours.

Hibernia is on the National Register of Historic Places and the Pennsylvania Inventory of Historic Places. It is also part of the Hatfield-Hibernia National Register Historic District. In 2009, Hibernia Mansion joined the Rural History Confederation.


Arrival Time after 5:00 PM on Friday
Departure by 10:00 AM on Sunday


$20 per person for the weekend. Cost includes a Friday evening meal, all Saturday meals, Sunday Breakfast, and campfire snacks.

  • Optional Mansion Tour: $3 per participant over 10; free for those under 10. $10 for a family of 4


Each family should bring a case of water for drinking and washing up. This campground does not have running water at the sites.

Basic Supply List:

  1. pocketknife  (Webelos Scouts Only with Whittling chip)
  2. first-aid kit
  3. Bring extra clothing to match the weather. Multiple layers are better than a single massive jacket, because layered clothing is adaptable to a wide range of temperatures.
  4. Rain gear is very important. Being wet from rain may result in hypothermia, a potentially fatal condition.
  5. Flashlight is important for finding your way in the dark.
  6. Trail food is good for maintaining your energy.
  7. Water can prevent dehydration, heat exhaustion and heatstroke.
  8. Sun protection might include sunblock, sunglasses, lip balm and a wide-brimmed hat.
  9. Map and compass are probably the most important tools you can carry in case you get lost.
  10. Tent and Sleeping Bag

Here are some additional items you may want to pack

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental floss
  • Soap
  • Comb
  • Waterless hand cleaner
  • Small towel
  • Washcloth
  • Toilet paper

Cooking and eating

  • Mess Kit
  • Cup or insulated mug
  • Multitool (fork/spoon set)


  • Watch
  • Camera
  • Notebook
  • Pen or pencil
  • Sunglasses
  • Gloves
  • Whistle
  • Nylon cord
  • Insect repellent
  • Repair kit
  • Hiking stick or trekking poles
  • Binoculars
  • Fishing gear ( Over 16 must have a license)
  • Animal identification books, plant keys, geological studies, star charts or other guides
  • Bike (Helmet required)
  • Water, Water, Water

End of Year Award Banquet

Can you believe the end of the scouting year is here? It feels like yesterday that we were welcoming scouts, new and old, to the 2019-2020 scouting season and here we are preparing to celebrate your scouts for all of their hard work.

Our leaders have been working tirelessly to make this event perfect for our Cub Scouts and we cant wait to see you. The doors will open at 12:30 at the ceremony will start at 1pm. Scouts are expected to be in full uniform for this event.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out.


Virtual Camporee

Calling all scouts! Calling all scouts! It’s time to go camping! But wait, in social distancing, how do we do that? Well I have the answer for you! Cradle of Liberty Council is hosting a Virtual Camporee the weekend of May 15th-16th. Join us in camping in your backyard, or in your living room, just keep the smelly socks upstairs!

There will be a multitude of activities for cub scouts, older scouts, as well as adults and leaders. If you have a sibling that’s not a scout, let them join in the fun and try to recruit them. Here’s a little info on how this will work.


  • Friday Night at 7pm there will be an opening campfire hosted by the COL Venturing Officer’s Association (you may see some familiar faces performing!)
  • You can view the campfire as well as the opening colors (flag ceremony) at 8:30am, as a livestream on the council’s facebook.
  • Go to the Camporee website to see the day’s schedule
  • Click on the classes you wish to be apart of, register (for free!) in order to get sent the link for the zoom rooms!
  • During second period, at 10am, join myself, Ms. Avery, in a cub scout cooking class! I would love to see my 1776 scouts there, I miss you guys!
  • A parent guardian can send pictures to the Cub Scout Facebook page, or email the leaders, with permission to share on our Facebook. We want to showcase the scouts participating!
  • Closing scout’s own will be at 4pm, livestreamed on Facebook.
  • You do not need a Facebook account to view the live, just click the link above. You do not need a zoom account to participate, just click the link you get after registering.

I hope to see a bunch of the 1776 scouts at the camporee, if you have any questions, you can reach me at

Rummage Sale

Sittin’ Around the Virtual Campfire…

Hello 1776 Cub Scouts! Tonight at 7pm, join us at the Cradle of Liberty Virtual Campfire. Scouts and Scouters from across the council will be livestreaming a campfire performance for all to enjoy. Our very own Bear leader, Miss Avery will be singing! So grab your snacks, your camp chair, and your scout spirit and sing along with us.

It will be livestreamed on the council Facebook page. Here’s the link to the event:

Hoping all are well and summer camp

  1. Hello scouts!!
    Right now may be upsetting and dreary, but summer is just around the corner and fingers crossed this virus and quarantine will all be behind us. Here’s something to look forward to:  SUMMER CAMP!!  Here is what you need to know (please visit the BSA website for any additional information as they run the camp, not our unit)  this is a lot of fun and my son and I have enjoyed it for many years
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Cub Scout Summer Camp 2020 March 2020

Musser Upcoming Events
Stay informed of all of the events happening at Musser Scout Reservation!


May 16
June 5-7 or 12-14 –
October 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31, and Nov 1

Watch for our ads on Facebook and Google! 

Dear Cub Scout Families,
As the Scout Motto Says – Be Prepared – WE ARE PREPARED for an awesome summer camp season! Even in this ever-changing world in which we all are living, your camp leadership teams are still preparing for an exciting summer at Cub Adventures and Community Day Camps! We have recruited an all-star staff that are ready to welcome you and your Cubs to camp this summer.
Be sure to continue to sign-up your Cubs for camp – It is our intention for summer camp to be run as planned this season. Click here for summer camp options for your Cub Scouts!
We have developed resources to help you continue your Scouting program at home while we all practice social distancing. Take a look at these resources on our Scouting at Home page!
We are fully committed to offering the same quality camping experience this summer that we have in summers past even with the current COVID-19 situation. This is a new adventure that we are embarking on, the likes of which we have not seen in recent history. But it is an adventure we are ready to tackle head-on to make 2020 a memorable and safe stay in camp for everyone. We hope to see you there!
Yours in Scouting,
The COL Cub Camping Team

Its Camp Promotion Time

With everyone cooped-up indoors, we want to make sure that EVERYONE knows about Summer Camp! Our goal is to help get every Cub Scout outdoors this summer, and to make that a reality, we want to promote camp to your Scouts, parents, and leaders. Since Packs aren’t meeting in-person, we are happy to join you on your digital call and provide you with digital resources to share with your families.
Fill out a Camp Promotion Request to have us join you digitally.
If you are willing to help promote camp to other packs, please contact Jason Burns

Wild West Adventures at Musser


Howdy, Partner! The Sheriff and his deputies invite you to participate in Wild West Adventures for Summer Camp in 2020. Cubs and their Pack will have the opportunity to attend camp for Day Camp, or overnight at our extended-weekend overnight camp or the full-week overnight camp!
Help get your kids outdoors this summer and give them an adventure they won’t forget!
**Due to the COVID-19 circumstances:
1. Campership deadline has been pushed-back to April 15th
2. Pre-Camp Leader’s Meeting scheduled for April 20that the Valley Forge Middle School will now be held virtually in early May.

Stay tuned for updated information at the

Backyard Wild West Adventures with Cub Scout Community Day Camps

Looking for a local Day Camp close to home or your work? This year we are offering 9 opportunities, 5 of which are in Philadelphia, for your Cub Scout family to experience Cub Scout Day Camp. Ideal for younger Scouts (1-3 grades) but any Cub Scout should attend to get this awesome outdoor experience.
Go to our Day Camp web page to learn more and register today!

Check out Musser Scout Reservation’s NEW Website

Head-over to to see our brand new website! This is a great resource for planning your summer adventure, as well as finding options for your next Pack Camp-0ut.
Take a look and let us know how we can continue to improve it to help better-serve you!

All Dens Update – Monday Jan 13

Round-RobinOn Monday night the Cub Scouts participated in a “round-robin” style activity where they covered several topics and were able to learn about several people that made their mark in history including several inventors and what they invented along with getting to make scout-friendly versions of some of these inventions themselves:

  • They learned how to build a catapult, like the great Archimedes who is credited with improving the power and accuracy of the catapult. The scouts did this using everyday supplies like popsicle sticks, rubber bands, and a spoon. This activity was a fun way to get the scouts engaged in engineering and physics as they utilize things like stored energy, gravity, and the laws of motion while exercising their cognitive and motor skills with easy problem solving and building something on a smaller scale.
  • They then got to express their creativity by designing and building their own paper airplanes. Like the Wright Brothers before them, they were able to experience basic flight, see various flight patterns, and witness things like the Bernulli principle in action as their new creations took flight across the gym in some friendly competition for a coveted dinosaur.
  • Lastly, they learned that science, engineering, and inventions reach everywhere as they received an introduction to the music arts and Christian Buschmann, the credited inventor of the harmonica. They combined these fields by building and playing their own harmonicas; where they even experimented and learned how different sized pieces led to different sounds.

The scouts had a lot of fun and it was exciting to hear the facts that they already knew about some of the people who paved the way for us; George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edision, and of course Lord Baden Powell the founder of scouting.

In the course of the evening, some of the dens were able to complete a few requirements for elective adventures. They were:

  • Wolves – Air of the Wolf requirements 1a, 2b
  • Bears – Baloo the Builder requirement 3b
  • Webelos/Arrow of Light – Maestro requirement 2a


No Meeting: Christmas & New Year

Christmas Party

Annual Holiday Crafts Bazaar

Annual Holiday Craft Bazaar

Sponsored By: Saints United Lutheran Church and the Scouts of 1776.
When: December 7, 2019
Time: 9am-3pm
Where: 3200 Ryan Ave Philadelphia, PA 19136 (Entrance is 7359 Sackett St., Philadelphia, PA 19152)

There will be a variety of crafters, including Cub Scout Pack 1776,  selling their homemade crafts and decorations. This will be a great time to get into the holiday spirit and get a head start on your holiday shopping!