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2023 National Jamboree Recap August 1, 2023 Dave Mengel The 2023 National Jamboree was held from July 19 to July 28 at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia. 120 scouts from various troops throughout Chester County Council came together to...
Special Needs Camporee

Special Needs Camporee

Each year, the Chester County Council plays host to special needs troops and community organizations from Pennsylvania, New York and Maryland. Most of the campers attending this program have combinations of developmental diagnoses such as autism and physical...
NESA and NOESA: Celebrating Eagle Scouts!

NESA and NOESA: Celebrating Eagle Scouts!

by Ed Crompton National Eagle Scout Association The National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) attempts to bring Eagles back to scouting and to strengthen Scouting by using their familiarity with the program and their skills learned when they were a...
New Leadership on the Council Board

New Leadership on the Council Board

At the Chester County Council Executive Board Annual Meeting on February 15th, the board approved new board members and also approved several current board members to take on leadership roles on the board.  Get to know your new leadership by reading ...
Veterans and Scouting

Veterans and Scouting

by Lynn Watson Over the past month, I had the honor of speaking with many Veterans who were also Scouts in their youth.  Working at the Coatesville VA Medical Center and having a husband who is highly involved in the program, I wanted to learn more ...
Service Throughout the Year: Troop 18 Assisting West Grove

Service Throughout the Year: Troop 18 Assisting West Grove

Troop 18 shows its Citizenship in the Community through service. Troop 18, in West Grove, Pennsylvania, assists their sponsoring organization, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (ABVM) church with their monthly coffee and donut event to help raise...
Ware Goes Medieval

Ware Goes Medieval

“HEAR YE, HEAR YE, all Lords & Ladies. The Grand Old Duke and Duchess of Ware cordially request your presence to be their guest at the C5 Royal Games and Banquet held at Castle Ware in the year of our Lord 2024 on May the 4th.” Come and joi...
Eagle Scouts Make Key Improvements to Nature Preserves

Eagle Scouts Make Key Improvements to Nature Preserves

By Raymond Clarke, Vice-President, Open Land Conservancy of Chester County openlandconservancy.org Open Land Conservancy of Chester County (“the Conservancy”) stewards approximately 500 acres of open space in the Valley Creek watershed in nor...
NYLT - Questions Answered

NYLT - Questions Answered

My name is Grayson Pitman and I am the NYLT Youth Staff SPL for 2024. I would like to inform you on the NYLT program and why NYLT will help your Scouts become better leaders. I have answered some common questions about NYLT below. What is NYLT? NYLT...
Beyond the Troop: Embracing Leadership and Adventure in Scouting

Beyond the Troop: Embracing Leadership and Adventure in Scouting

By Matt Griffin Past Octoraro 22 Lodge Chief, Former VP of Program In the vast expanse of Scouting, the journey within one's unit is but the beginning of a grand adventure. Scouts have a unique opportunity to extend their horizons, leadership skills,...
Backyard BBQ Is Back!

Backyard BBQ Is Back!

Fun for the Whole Family: The Brandywine Backyard BBQ Festival is Back! Get ready to fire up your taste buds and tap your feet to the rhythm of live music, as the Chester County Council, Boy Scouts of America with Constellation Energy proudly present...
Staff Week (Pre-Camp) Project Team

Staff Week (Pre-Camp) Project Team

Each Spring, there is a strong, dedicated team that travels to Horseshoe Scout Reservation to assist with projects to get the camp ready for summer camp. This team arrives a day or two before the Camp Staff arrives and spends approximately a week performing...
Passport To Adventure Cub Scout Day Camp

Passport To Adventure Cub Scout Day Camp

Our day camps provide children with positive and fun experiences that build character, new friendships, and a sense of belonging that will last beyond the summer. Sessions are led by experienced and nationally trained staff. We also partner with local...
A Banquet of Riches

A Banquet of Riches

Patches might be what gets you. Or perhaps it’s the pageantry of the awards ceremony, ever so carefully coordinated, that reels you in. For me it was meeting my new friends across the county that got me to attend my first Order of the Arrow (OA) Annual B...

For Unit Leaders

What's Happening Now? Spring Recruiting Webinar Join us for the Spring Recruiting Roundtables. We will go over the 2024 Incentive Program and spring recruiting ideas. We are looking forward to seeing you in person or online!Feb 13 @ 7pm: Zoom Feb...

Recruit

Recruiting 2024 begins! Promote and build your pack or troop. In 2024, Chester County Council is offering new incentives for families and units. Read below for more information. District and Council Membership Teams are here to help. Learn more about...

Training

Chester County Council Training Committee Council Chair - Cathy Guthrie Diamond Rock District - Keith Hollander Horseshoe Trail District - Steve Ferstler Octoraro District - VACANT NYLT - Barb Meyers...

Wilderness First Aid

Wilderness environments create special situations not usually encountered in an urban or suburban environment. With an ECSI Wilderness First Aid class, first aid providers in a remote outdoor setting will be better prepared to respond with wilderness ...

Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (IOLS)

The Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) course builds and expands on the concepts and themes introduced in Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training, and provides Scouters with the confidence to take youth into the outdoors. Specifically,...

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)

National Youth Leadership Training is an exciting, action-packed program designed to provide youth members with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home troops and in other situations demanding leadership of self and...

Chester County Council Trailblazer

Subscribe to our Newsletter The Chester County Council Trailblazer is emailed bi-weekly on Tuesdays, with an occasional special edition a few times a year. Submissions are due by 10:00 AM on the Monday prior to the release date. If you...

Forms

For Leaders For Parents and Leaders For Council Committees For Leaders Trading Post-Unit Account Authorization Form Age Appropriate Camping and Activity Guidelines Chart View a chart showing age-appropriate guidelines...

Membership Fees

As of April 1, 2024 YOUTH FEES Total annual youth fee due at registration for youth members in Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouts – $155.00 . Includes $85.00 for the National BSA membership fee and $70.00 for the local Ch...

Internet Rechartering

Begin Internet Rechartering (opens October 1st) National Internet Recharter User Resources 2024 CCCBSA Recharter Guide FAQs for Families 2023-2024 Fees Annual...

Youth Protection Policy

Critical, critical stuff. did you know that scouting uses education as a key way to provide a safe environment? We encourage all parents to complete the online youth protection training, and require that training for all registered leaders.

PA Background Checks

The Boy Scouts of America realizes that background checks of registered adult volunteers are an important component of a comprehensive Youth Protection program. That’s why, before a volunteer can be confirmed as a leader in Scouting, references are c...

How to Obtain PA Mandated Background Check Certifications

PA laws requiring mandated background checks will require many Scouting volunteers to get 2, possibly 3, background checks and they must be renewed every five years. What Clearances are needed and what do they cost? Pennsylvania State Police Response...

Submitting PA Background Checks, Waivers, and Disclaimers

Once you get the certifications of the background checks, make several copies of each.  They are good for 5 years and lots of organizations may need them.  HOLD onto the originals – so you can make additional copies as needed.  (The fee for the background chec...

Frequently Asked Questions about PA Mandated Background Checks

Click here to download all of these questions and answers in pdf format. Are these final or will they change? As with all laws, there could be additional changes. No additional changes are being considered at this time. What...

Related Organizations

Octoraro Lodge #22 Order of the Arrow Lodge serving the Chester County Council.  Website Horseshoe Scout Reservation Alumni Association    Website