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Health Partners Plans and Cradle of Liberty Council, Boy Scouts of America, Sponsor New Boy Scout Troop Focused on Health

Philadelphia, PA — Health Partners Plans (HPP), an innovative managed care organization, is sponsoring a new Boy Scout Troop that aims to improve health outcomes and provide a safe space for boys in the community. Chartered by the Cradle of Liberty Council, Boy Scouts of America (COLBSA), this yearlong pilot program will be a SCOUTStrong® Healthy Living Initiative, which focuses on active living, healthy eating and emotional fitness.

Youth between the ages of 10 ½ and 16 are invited to join the troop, which will meet weekly for 90 minutes at the Cruz Recreation Center, located at 1431 N. Sixth St. in Philadelphia. There will be no participation costs for Scouts, as all expenses, including the membership fee, uniforms, equipment, supplies, activities and camping, will be covered.

“For more than 32 years, Health Partners Plans has been devoted to making a positive impact in the community by pioneering innovative approaches to increase opportunities for everyone to live healthier,” said HPP President and CEO William S. George. “Sponsoring this Boy Scout Troop enhances resources for local youth to improve their health, wellness and life skills and aligns perfectly with HPP’s longstanding commitment to our community.”

At weekly meetings, Scouts will participate in activities to help them advance health goals as part of Scouting’s proven achievement-based curriculum. Meetings will feature workshops on physical fitness, healthy eating and positive health behaviors. Scouts will also have the opportunity to meet rank requirements and earn advancement badges for completion of activities. In addition, Scouts may participate in monthly confidential weigh-ins and fitness assessments, as they work to achieve the SCOUTStrong Healthy Unit Award.

Meetings will also feature engaging activities that help Scouts develop character, build self-reliance and make moral and ethical choices. Additionally, Scouts will work on challenges that help them develop friendships and trust in each other. Other fun activities will include hiking, boating, camping, cooking and taking field trips.

“For 108 years, building healthy habits in young people has been one of the cornerstones of the Boy Scouts of America’s programs. The Cradle of Liberty Council is very excited to partner with HPP to bring Scouting to the Cruz Recreation Center in North Philadelphia,” says COLBSA Scout Executive/CEO Daniel Templar. “Through this incredible collaboration, local youth will participate in fun, engaging activities that will teach them healthy habits, along with citizenship, character and leadership.” 

An open house for the new Boy Scout troop will take place on Monday, April 2, 7 – 8:30 p.m., at the Cruz Recreation Center. To learn more, please contact Jonathan Fullenwellen, COLBSA senior district executive, at or (215) 910-2161.


Health Partners Plans, an innovative not-for-profit managed care organization, is the only Medicaid plan in Pennsylvania and is among just 11 Medicaid plans nationwide with an accreditation status of Excellent as of September 26, 2017. This is the highest status bestowed by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Health Partners Plans serves more than 282,000 members in Southeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh/Capital region. It provides a broad range of health coverage options through its Health Partners Medicare, Health Partners (Medicaid) and KidzPartners (Children’s Health Insurance Program) plans. Founded more than 32 years ago, Health Partners Plans is one of the few hospital-owned health plans in the country. Learn more about how Health Partners Plans is doing it right at, and

Monet T. Irving
Director, Corporate Communications