Inner City Camping Experience

Over 400 Youth to Participate in Inner City Camping Experience

5th Annual Philadelphia Encampment Returns to Lighthouse Field

Philadelphia, PA (October 18, 2017) – The 5th Annual Philadelphia Encampment, hosted by the Cradle of Liberty Council, Boy Scouts of America (COLBSA), will take place at Lighthouse Field in Kensington from October 20-22. The annual weekend camping exhibition includes a host of outdoor activities, games, team-building exercises and skills training for Scouts in the Greater Philadelphia region. Youth will begin arriving with their units on Friday, engage in a full day of activities on Saturday, and depart on Sunday afternoon.


New for this year is a free Open House for families with boys ages 6-14 who are interested in Scouting. Families can bring their children out to engage in a full day of fun and learning with more than a dozen activities, including open fire cooking, pioneering, wood chopping, archery, rock climbing, fire arm safety with officers from the 24th and 25th Police Districts and supervised recreational shooting sports at the highly anticipated shooting range. Parents can also talk to volunteers and unit leaders and have their Scouting questions answered. Offsite activities at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and the National Constitution Center will also be available.



  • Daniel Templar, Scout Executive/CEO, COLBSA and Members of the Executive Board
  • COLBSA Volunteer Leaders
  • Over 400 Scouts, including Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts


WHEN:             Saturday, October 21, 2017

                           Activities will be taking place on the field all day long


Best Time for Media:               

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.



WHERE:               The Historic Lighthouse Field

199 Erie Avenue (Corner of Front and Erie Avenues)

Philadelphia, PA 19134


WHY:                The Philadelphia Encampment is a COLBSA camping experience that draws Scouts of all ages to Philadelphia for three days to engage with other Scouts, participate in age-appropriate Scouting activities and earn a variety of merit badges. It also serves as an opportunity for young Cub Scouts who are aging out of the program to connect with Scoutmasters and transition to the traditional Boy Scouting program for boys ages 11-17.


CONTACT:     Felicia R. Phillips, Director of Marketing Communications

484-654-9206 (office)| 267-797-3363 (cell) |

About the Cradle of Liberty Council: The Cradle of Liberty Council serves more than 16,500 youth throughout Philadelphia, Montgomery, and Delaware Counties in nearly 500 scouting groups chartered to civic, faith-based, and educational community organizations. It provides youth with dynamic outdoor programs that build character, foster participating citizenship, and encourage personal fitness. For more information, visit Connect with us on Facebook at, Instagram at and Twitter at


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