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Invest in Scouting

Make a Difference!

The BSA began in 1910 in the U.S., and troops began chartering in Chester County shortly thereafer.In 1919, Chester County Council was formed and has supported hundreds of thousands of youth in local units sponsored by civic associations, churches, and schools.

Our Scouting Story

Supporting Youth Since 1919

Chester County Council BSA provides diverse programs for boys and girls in two main adventures, stressing achievement, leadership, and fun in an outdoor setting:

Our Programs

Are the Adventure of a Lifetime!

Scouting not only changes the lives of the youth it serves, but it affects the larger community in numerous ways.Learn more about the stories and statistics that serve as testimonials for the impact of Scouting in Chester County.

Scouting's Impact in Chester County

Serving ~ 3,500 Youth

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America 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.

Chester County Council

Camp Horseshoe Opens in 1928

Supporting Today's Youth

The Explorer Base Opens in 1958

If you're looking to make a change in the world, start by investing in the younger generation. By supporting Scouting, you can make a significant impact on a child's life and help shape their future.Supporting Scouting is supporting the future of our communities.

  • Cub Scouting (Youth Grades K - 5)
  • Scouts BSA (Youth 11 - 17 years old)

Developing Tomorrow's Leaders

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152 Chester County Scouts Achieved the Rank of Eagle in 2022

Our council camps serve thousands of Scoutsannually, including troops from as far awayas California!

Camp Horseshoe in 1931

See more about Our Programs

Learn about Friends of Scouting and its investment in Scouting

See more about Invest in Scouting

Learn About Scouts' Legacy of Service

See more about Scouting's Impact

See more about Our Scouting Story

Support Scouting Here

Contact Us

An Introduction to Cub Scouting

An Introduction to Scouts BSA

Quick Facts: Ways to Support

Be Prepared. For Adventure. For Life.

Eagle Scouts Holding Leadership Positions at WorkA snapshot of the benefit of Scouting - those attaining the Eagle Rank are significantly more likely to hold leadership positions in employment. *Indicates significant statistical differenceJang, Sung Joon et al (2012). Eagle Scouts: Merit Beyond the Badge. Baylor University.

Youth and Adults talk about the Program Excellence of the BSA programs in Chester County Council.

Our Districts Chester County Council units are administratively supported via 3 districts - Horseshoe Trail, Diamond Rock, and Octoraro.

Click here to learn about the guiding principles of our program: Scout Oath - Scout Law - Outdoor Code

Chester County Council Calendar

Click here to open a Brief Timeline of CCC

Learn more about Chester County Council's 100th Anniversary Celebration in 2019.

FOS, or Friends of Scouting, is the council-level annual giving campaign. But where does that money go?The answer is: to many places! From volunteer / staff training, support staff, camps, equipment, administrative needs, and much more!

Friends of Scouting (FOS)

Three Letters, One Big Impact

A matching gift is when a company, organization, or group you work for or belong to matches a percentage of your direct contribution to a non-profit organization, such as Chester County Council, BSA.Volunteer grants are donations a compamy gives to a non-profit after their employee volunteers.

Matching Gifts and Volunteer Grants

Maximize Your Giving Potential

Chester County Council hosts a number of events throughout the year that recognizes Scouts, Scouters, and community members, as well as fun activities to raise funds for our program. We are always looking for sponsors for these events to have a big impact on the success of our fundraising!

Events

Celebrate Scouting with a Purpose

There are many others ways to give to Scouting, from endowments via the Second Century Society or James E. West Fellowship, or Tax Credit programs and the United Way. Learn more about other ways you can support Scouting and leave a legacy for future generations!

Endowment and Other Gifts

Leave a Legacy for Scouting

Invest in Scouting

Chester County Council

"The most worthwhile thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others." -Lord Robert Baden-Powell, Founder of Scouting

Click one of these images to find out more about that giving campaign.

Click here to a list of events held by Chester County Council each year.

One of the functions of the Council Recognition Dinner is to celebrate the volunteers who go and beyond to make the Scouting movement in Chester County successful. Here is one of the video testimonials for a 2022 Silver Beaver Recipient.

Click here to learn more about Friends of Scouting (FOS).

Click here to see a video about the impact Friends of Scouting has on Chester County Council's program.

Quotes about Giving

Click here to watch a video about the impact of the James E. West Fellowship.

Click here to open the Matching Gift Locator.

Learn more here about Volunteer Grants.

Contact Us

Click here to see a list of some companies that do matching gifts. Note: This list is not comprehensive.

Learn more about the Second Century Society and other planned giving to Scouting.

Click here to learn more about the James E. West Fellowship.

Learn more about the PA Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program.

Click here to learn more about the United Way Donor Designation program.

Click here to see some photos from our 2023 events!

Click here for a video about the impact of Scouting on youth and the community.

Here are our Eagle Scouts marching in during the Council Recognition Dinner.

Support Scouting Here

Dating back to 1919, Chester County Council has served hundreds of units and thousands of Scouts.Explore more here about our rich history, traditions, events, and facilities.

Our History

Since 1919

Camp Horseshoe is situated between PA and MD in Southeast Chester County and has been in operation since 1928.Serving Scouts BSA troops during the summer and all units in the winter, Camp Horseshoe delivers top-notch facilities and program.

Camp Horseshoe

Since 1928

Originally known as the Explorer Base in 1958, then Camp Jubilee in 1960, Camp John H. Ware 3rd is a multi-purpose facility used primarily for Cub camping during the summer but used by many groups for Winter Camping.

Camp John H. Ware 3rd

Since 1958

The Program Activity Resource Campus (PARC) opened in 2021 and is CCC's service center.Outdoor facilities, a National Scout Shop, and spacious board and assemblies rooms are some of the many features of this facility.

PARC

Since 2021

Our Scouting Story

Chester County Council

"This is the trail that the Scout shall know; Where knightly qualities thrive and grow." -Berton Braley

Click here for some quotes about Camp John H. Ware 3rd.

Click here for a video highlighting the program and history of Camp John H. Ware 3rd.

Click here for a timeline of Chester County Council's history.

Hear a brief introduction about Scouting in Chester County from CCC Scout Executive Jeff Spencer.

Click here to see information and pictures of PARC.

Click here to see a video about PARC and its promise to be a premiere resource for Scouting in Chester County and the community.

Click here for some quotes about Camp Horseshoe.

Click here for a video highlighting the program and history of Camp Horseshoe.

Contact Us

Click the image below to read more about the beginnings of Camp Horseshoe. This historical marker was created in 2022 and is installed at the White House at Camp Horseshoe.

Click the image below to read more about the history of Camp John H. Ware 3rd. This historical marker was created in 2023 and is installed at Camp John H. Ware 3rd.

Live Webcam of Camp Horseshoe!

Click here to see the Camp Horseshoe program areas used during summer camp.

Click here to visit the Horseshoe Scout Reservation Alumni Association (HSRAA) Virtual Museum

To make a room reservation at PARC, click here.

Click here to see the Camp Ware program areas used during summer camp.

In Cub Scouting, youth participate in a broad array of activities. Cub Scouts develop ability and dexterit. Recognition and awards encourage them to learn about a variety of subjects, such as conservation, safety, physical fitness, community awareness, academic subjects, sports, and religious activities.

Cub Scouting

Youth Grades K - 5

As of 2023, the Scouts BSA program in Chester County includes 65+ troops with 8 female troops now chartered. As of 2019, the Scouts BSA program included female Scouts who can now participate in the high-adventure fun, achievement and leadership opportunities.

Scouts BSA

Youth 11 - 17 Years Old

Camping and the outdoor program are essential components of the Scouting methodology.The Order of the Arrow (OA) is Scouting's National Honor Society and develops servant leaders within the program.

Camping and the OA

Outdoor Adventures Near and Far

Training in the BSA is available for youth and adult leaders for an entire spectrum of roles.Safety is the first component of Scouting for which all adult leaders receive training, including Youth Protection Training.

Training

For Youth / Adults of All Ages

Our Programs

Chester County Council

“Now I know the secret of making the best persons; it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the Earth.” -Walt Whitman

Camping has been the bedrock "laboratory of Scouting" since its beginning

Camping adventures in the BSA include weekend camping, summer camp, and high-adventure treks

The OA is a group of honored campers who provide service to units, council, the community, and the council camps.

The OA is entirely youth led and provides an opportunity for older Scouts to hone their leadership skills.

Camping in the BSA

Cub Scouting

Cub Scouting offers overnight camping opportunities for Cub Scouts through long-term camps, Webelos den overnight campouts, council-organized short-term or family camps, and pack overnighters.

Cub Scout Day Camp

Cub Scout Day Camp introduces Cub Scouts to camping and helps them develop outdoor skills at an age-appropriate level that will later be applied more thoroughly as a Scout.

Scouts BSA

Young people yearn for outdoor programs that stir their imagination and interest. Scouts BSA provides for weekend campouts, week-long troop treks, summer camp, the National Jamboree, and high-adventure.

High-Adventure

Scouting provides for high-adventure treks for Scouts BSA youth, including 4 different bases in the U.S. Some local Scout councils also provide long-term treks for hiking and canoeing.

Click here for more information about BSA's four High-Adventure bases.

Learn more about the Order of the Arrow, Scouting's National Honor Society.

Click here to learn more about the benefits of the Cub Scouting program!

Click here to read an inspirational story about girls joining the Cub Scouting program!

Click here to learn about the EDGE method, BSA's training paradigm.

Click here for a NYLT video and more information about the training.

Click here to see a video about the benefits of the Scouts BSA program.

Contact Us

Click here to see more about Cub Scout Pack Leadership Structure.

Click here to see more about the Scouts BSA Leadership Structure.

Click here to see more about Cub Scout Ranks and Adventures.

Click here to read more about the Scouts BSA Ranks.

Click here for the Chester County Council Calendar with a schedule of programs, activities, events, and meetings.

Click here for a Wood Badge Course Slideshow and more information about the training.

Click here to see an inspirational story about twins who earned every Merit Badge!

Click here for more information about Adult Training.

Click here for more information about Camping in the BSA.

Leadership is a vital part of the Scouting program. Youth in positions of leadership run the troop. They take care of the many tasks necessary for troop and patrol meetings and activities to run smoothly.These skills will last a liftime and translate into success in work, family, and the community.

Building Leaders

Ready to Own the Future

Through Scouting activities, young people make lifelong friends, learn to work in teams, resolve conflicts amicably, and become better communicators. These social skills are important in the local community because they help build strong, healthy, and vibrant communities.

Supporting Communities

Doing A Good Turn Daily

Many Scouts take its lessons with them into civic, business, and professional life, carrying the skills of a leader into meaningful contributions to society.Learn about the success of Scouting in the lives of those who took part in the program and how it can transform the futures of young people.

Stories of Success

Scouting's Promise Fulfilled

The Scout Oath and Law give guidance not only how to conduct oneself within the Scouting program, but they're also roadmaps for being good family members and citizens in society. Learn more about what living the Oath and Law means to Scouting and society.

Living the Scout Oath and Law

To Be Citizens With a Purpose

Scouting's Impact in Chester County

Chester County Council

"As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” -Eagle Scout Bill Gates

Click here to see some famous Eagle Scouts throughout time.

Click here to see a video about the transformative effect Scouting has had on the lives of young people in Chester County.

Click here for a video about the value of leadership taught by the BSA.

Scouting's alumni record is impressive. A recent nation-wide survey of high schools revealed the following information: 85% of student council presidents were Scouts 89% of senior class presidents were Scouts 80% of junior class presidents were Scouts 75% of school publication editors were Scouts 71% of football captains were Scouts Scouts also account for: 64% of Air Force Academy graduates 68% of West Point graduates 70% of Annapolis graduates 72% of Rhodes Scholars 85% of FBI agents 26 of the first 29 astronauts

Click here to see more about the Citizenship merit badges and how they are used to teach awareness about society, the community, the nation, and the world.

Learn about how Scouting is effective in creating successful young adults who become major contributors in society.

Click here to learn more about how Scouting service impacts the community.

Click here for a video about the impact of Scouting on youth and the community.

Contact Us

Eagle Scouts Holding Leadership Positions in the CommunityA snapshot of the benefit of Scouting - those attaining the Eagle Rank are more likely to hold leadership positions in their community than other Scouts but even more so compared to non-Scouts. *Indicates significant statistical differenceJang, Sung Joon et al (2012). Eagle Scouts: Merit Beyond the Badge. Baylor University.

Click here to see more about the Leadership Positions within Scouts BSA.

Quotes about Scouting from Its Founder

Click here to see a brief video about one of Chester County's most successful Scouters - G. Ernest Heegard - who has given back to the program for 75+ years.

Click here to learn about the guiding principles of our program: Scout Oath - Scout Law - Outdoor Code

Cubs learn lifesaving skills like first aid, weather preparedness, and safety. They go to different camps, try a variety of outdoor activities, and the best part? Each Cub Scout makes new, lifelong friends, all while participating in these activites and earning badges. As a Cub Scout, you will be part of your own pack.

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Click here to see the Cub packs of Chester County!

Each year, Chester County Council runs multiple events that serve to recognize Scouts and Scouters, provide a fun activity while raising funds, or honor members of the community like veterans or community leaders. Here are the 2024 dates for those events!

Chester County Council Events

Click here to see Scouts BSA troops in Chester County!

Cub Scout Leadership Structure

Scouting Projects for the Community

Chester County Council and their units are involved in many ways to support the greater community, including:

-Scouting for Food

-Day of Service

-Eagle Projects

Scouting for Food

Day of Service

Eagle Service Projects

Scouting for Food is an annual event where Scouts drop off collection bags to neighbors and friends and then retrieve them the following weekend. The food is then donated to local food pantries and banks.

Click one of the above projects to learn more about the service it provides.

The Day of Service was started in 2015 by the Order of the Arrow, and each year Octoraro Lodge 22 works with a local community partner to provide service such as planting trees, park cleanup, and helping a local fire company.

As part of their requirements to attain the Eagle rank, Scouts perform a community service project that provides a tangible benefit. Projects vary greatly, but often they provide a facility improvement to a community organization.

The Program Activity Resource Campus (PARC) is a fantastic location for holding meetings, banquets, outdoor activities, shopping for Scouting gear, and it's located on a beautiful 27-acre woodland property that is easily accessibly via Business Rt. 30 in Exton.

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Learn all about the Friends of Scouting program and how it invests in the success of Scouting in Chester County.

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Program ExcellenceListen to youth and adults talk about their experiences in the Scouting program of Chester County Council.

Special thanks to those interviewed in the video: Akilesh B.Caitlin O.John L.John S. Zack Davis

Matching Gift Locator

A Brief Timeline of Chester County Council (1919 - Present)

Scouts BSA Ranks

Scout

Tenderfoot

2nd Class

1st Class

Star

Life

Eagle

TENDERFOOT, the second rank, recognizes new skills in Scoutcraft, physical fitness, citizenship, personal growth, and Scout Spirit. To earn the Tenderfoot rank, you’ll spend the night in a tent you help pitch, begin learning first aid, assist in preparing a camp meal, and begin learning to use and care for camp tools like a knife, saw, and ax.

The first rank, SCOUT, is earned by demonstrating a basic knowledge of Scouting ideals and symbolism along with several commonly used knots.

To earn the SECOND CLASS rank, you’ll expand your Scoutcraft skills, spending more nights outdoors, building a campfire, planning and cooking camp meals, the using a compass and map, identifying wild animals and plants, and developing swimming and water rescue skills. You’ll also perform community service and begin learning about things like earning and saving money.

Requirements for the FIRST CLASS rank include continuing to build on the Scoutcraft skills learned for the Second Class rank, plus learning about weather, the use of a GPS unit, canoeing or kayaking, more advanced first aid and rescue techniques, and civic concerns like constitutional rights and obligations.

STAR SCOUT, the third-highest rank, is awarded when you have served actively in your unit in a position of responsibility for at least four months, performed at least six hours of community service, and earned six merit badges.

LIFE SCOUT is awarded when you have served in a position of responsibility for six months and performed at least six hours of community service. You must also earn five more merit badges.

EAGLE SCOUT is the highest rank attainable. To become an Eagle Scout, you must earn a total of 21 merit badges and demonstrate Scout Spirit, service and leadership. This includes an extensive service project that you will plan, organize, lead, and manage.

Click the title of a rank to see a brief description of the requirements.

Quotes about Giving

"I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver." -Maya Angelou"Giving does not only precede receiving; it is the reason for it. It is in giving that we receive." -Israelmore Ayivor"We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give." -Winston Churchill"Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more." -H. Jackson Brown Jr.

The BSA Training Method

The BSA EDGE method is a four-step technique for teaching a skill or concept to someone else. It stands for Explain, Demonstrate, Guide, and Enable. The trainer first explains how something is done, then demonstrates it while explaining again.This method is employed in nearly all training modules for youth and adults.

Quotes About Camp Horseshoe

"No better place in Chester County could have been selected for a Scout camping ground than this unique combination of land and water. Other places offer large level tracts and rocky hills but their streams lack the charms of the winding Octoraro." -Louis Lester, Scout Executive, 1944"That week at Horseshoe [in 1974] really cemented my love of Scouting. I've been a Scoutmaster for 8 years now (and an ASM for 5 years before that) and I am always looking to give my Scouts a Horseshoe-type experience... I've learned that Horseshoe is a special place and I am lucky to have been a part of it."-Craig Dickson, 2022

High-Adventure Treks

Summit Bechtel ReserveLocated in the wilds of West Virginia, The Summit is an adventure center for the millions of youth and adults who love the outdoors. Whether it’s paddling inflatable kayaks down whitewater rapids, racing ATVs on backcountry tracks, or sharpening archery skills — there’s a super-charged outdoor adventure waiting for everyone. With incredible facilities and amazing outdoor programs, The Summit is a place that takes your high adventure to the limits!Location: Beckley, West Virginia

Philmont Scout RanchPhilmont Scout Ranch offers 214 square miles of rugged northern New Mexico wilderness. Experience backpacking treks, horseback cavalcades, and challenges such as rock climbing, mountain biking, and sport shooting. Philmont Scout Rach even offers training, service programs, and best of the old west programs – burro packing, gold panning, chuckwagon dinners, and interpretive history. It’s an unbeatable recipe for fast-paced fun in the outdoors!Location: Cimmaron, New Mexico

Sea BaseSea Base is a unique destination offering aquatic programs found nowhere else. Explore the wonders of Sea Base with your friends, family, Troop, Team, or Crew. Whether your interests lie in sailing, scuba diving, rustic camping on an undeveloped barrier island, fishing, ocean kayaking or paddle boarding, Sea Base can offer a combination of all. It’s the ultimate maritime adventure!Location: Florida Keys

Northern TierCome to Northern Tier for a whole new level of adventure, up north! From incredible canoe journeys to wild winter wilderness camping, Northern Tier promises the adventure of a lifetime. Explore millions of acres of pristine lakes, meandering rivers, dense forests and wetlands in the Great North Woods of northern Minnesota and Canada!Location: Ely, Minnesota

The BSA National High Adventure bases are the next evolution of the outdoor Scouting experience. It’s the opportunity to take adventure to an adrenaline pumping level! These bases provide an unforgetable experience and make memories for life at amazing locations across the US.

Click one of the 4 high-adventure base icons below to learn more.

Click here to find out more about BSA's four High-Adventure Treks.

The Horseshoe Scout Reservation Alumni Association Virtual Museum has been around since 2008 and features 11,000+ artifacts chronicling 95+ years of history of the Horseshoe Scout Reservation.

Scouts BSA Leadership Positions

The Senior Patrol Leader is elected by the Scouts to represent them as the top junior leader in the troop. They are responsible for the troop's overall success.

The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL) is the second highest-ranking junior leader in the Troop. The ASPL is appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader with the approval of the Scoutmaster. The ASPL acts as the Senior Patrol Leader in the absence of the Senior Patrol Leader or when called upon. The ASPL also provides leadership to other junior leaders in the Troop.

The Troop Quartermaster keeps track of troop equipment and assures it is in working order.

The Troop Scribe keeps the troop records. The Scribe records the activities of the Patrol Leaders' Council (PLC) and keeps a record of dues, advancement, and Scout attendance at troop meetings.

The Troop Guide introduces new Scouts to troop operations and help them feel comfortable in the troop.

The Instructor teaches scouting skills to the other Scouts, particularly those skills required for rank advancement.

The Bugler plays the bugle at troop ceremonies.

The Librarian takes care of troop literature, including merit badge books, Scout Handbooks, and other relevant books or materials.

The Historian keeps a historical record or scrapbook of troop activities.

An Order of the Arrow Troop Representative is a youth liaison serving between the local OA lodge or chapter and his troop. In the troop, the OA Troop Rep serves as a communication and programmatic link to the Arrowman and adult leaders and Scouts who are not presently members of the Order. The OA Troop Rep does this in a fashion that strengthens the mission of the lodge and purpose of the Order. By setting a good example, the OA Troop Rep enhances the image of the Order as a service arm to his troop.

The Den Chief works with the Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, and den leaders in a neighboring Cub Scout pack.

The Junior Assistant Scoutmaster (JASM) serves in the capacity of an Assistant Scoutmaster except where legal age and maturity are required. A JASM must be at least 16 years old and not yet 18. A JASM is appointed by the Scoutmaster because of their demonstrated leadership ability.

The Patrol Leader (PL) is elected by the patrol or appointed by the SPL. The PL leads the patrol at meetings, camping trips, and during all troop business.

The Assistant Patrol Leader is appointed by the Patrol Leader and leads the patrol in their absence.

The Troop Webmaster is responsible for maintaining the troop's website. They make sure that information posted on the website is correct and up to date and that the privacy of youth and adult troop members is protected.

The responsibilities of the Chaplain Aide include encouraging the spiritual growth and awareness of each member of the troop and assisting the troop chaplain (and adult committee members).

Click on a leadership position badge to see a description of the position.

James E. West Fellowship

Background James E. West was appointed to the position of Chief Scout Executive in 1910 by the founding leadership of Scouting in America. West worked with Sir Robert Baden-Powell, Daniel Carter Beard, Ernest T. Seton, and many interested community leaders to give direction to the infant program of Boy Scouts of America. On January 2, 1911, West and others formed the National Council, B.S.A. During that year the Scout Oath, Law, badges and fundamental policies were established. Under his leadership over the next 33 years, Scouting grew and matured into the program we recognize and enjoy today. Purpose The James E. West Fellowship Award is a recognition authorized by the National Council, B.S.A. and presented by the Chester County Council for individuals and chartered units who contribute $1,000 or more in cash or securities to the Chester County Council Endowment fund. This contribution is in addition to, and should not diminish or replace, the donor’s annual gift to the Chester County Council Friends of Scouting Campaign. Organizations or individuals may contribute an award in honor of someone — an Eagle Scout, a Silver Beaver recipient, Council, District or unit Scouter, or in memory of a departed loved one. There can be no finer honor paid to a Scouter than to be named a James E. West Fellow, indicating that the nominee is in the same spirit and dedication to Scouting as was James E. West. Those who are recognized by the James E. West Fellowship Award will cast their own “lengthened shadow” as they help ensure the Scouting legacy by helping create the financial stability needed to carry Scouting in the next century.

Click here to apply for the fellowship.

Corporate volunteer grants, also known as Dollars for Doers grants, are programs established by companies to encourage their employees to get involved in community service. Through volunteer grant programs, a company gives money to non-profit organizations, such as Chester County Council, Boy Scouts of America, based on how many hours its employees spend volunteering. Each company has slightly different guidelines, but there are a few common elements. An individual employee must meet a minimum number of volunteer hours in a year before a grant is disbursed. Note: The time you already spend implementing Scouting programs, including outdoor programs and leadership, counts as volunteer hours at the unit, district, and council levels! What is the money from a matching gift or volunteer grant used for?Matching gifts and volunteer grants are intended for the parent organization, (Chester County Council, Boy Scouts of America), to support the annual program, and we must substantiate our status as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization for the match or grant to be approved. Every gift contributed is recorded and the appropriate recognition and reporting requirements are followed. For more information please email the Development Department development@cccbsa.org or call us at 610-696-2900.

Volunteer Grants

PA Educational Improvement Tax Credit

The Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) provides companies with a 75% tax credit for donations to a non-profit scholarship or educational improvement organization. The tax credit increases to 90% if the company commits to making the same donations for two consecutive years. A business paying taxes in Pennsylvania can receive up to $750,000 in tax credits annually. More importantly, the EITC provides children and families with a choice in their education and a chance in life. The Chester County Council, Boy Scouts of America is an approved EITC non-profit under the Educational Improvement Organization side of the tax tax credit program supporting the Exploring Program of the BSA. Exploring prepares youth ages 14 to 20 with important life and career skills through immersive career experiences and mentorship provided by community and business leaders. Contact Kristin Conran, Director of Development, at 610-696-2900 ext. 121 if you would like more information regarding how to support Exploring in the Chester County Council through the EITC program.

Learn more about Pennsylvania’s EITC program here.

Camp Ware Program Areas

Hover and click the green markers on the left to find our more information about the program area.

Shooting Sports At Camp Ware, with Scouts BSA and Cubs taking part in the program, the shooting sports program includes Archery, Rifle Shooting, BB Shooting, and Slingshots.

NatureA Scout's love for the environment and Science is often cultivated in this program area, where youth learn how to identify trees, become good stewards of the outdoors, and start having fun with robotics.

Aquatics The swimming pool at Camp Ware is where so much fun happens for Cubs and Scouts alike. From Polar Bear swim, to water polo, to learning to swim for the first time, a lot of the magic for younger Scouts happens here.

HandicraftHandicraft is where Cubs go to make all sorts of crafts during their stay at Camp Ware, and this includes painting model airplanes, creating bird houses, leatherworking, making beaded bracelets, and much more!

Cub Scouts is for boys and girls, kindergarten to 5th grade. It is a program where youth develop the foundations for leadership, citizenship, and personal fitness through fun activities involving parents and legal guardians. Ideally dens are organized by grade.

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The traditional Scouting program, Scouts BSA is where youth develop outdoor survival skills, self-confidence, and ethics through youth planned activities with increased attention to service, community engagement, and leadership.

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Quotes About Camp John H. Ware 3rd

"Camp Ware is my earliest memory of camping. I was a Cub Scout and it was 1989, and I remember the challenge of cooking outdoors, and sleeping in a tent, and listening carefully so that I didn't get left behind in all the activities. And then at the end of the 4 days at Ware, I was exhilarated at having had so much fun!" -Andrew Coe"Camp Ware was a vital part of my scouting career as a youth. The program there helped solidify my love for scouting- and forged some amazing friendships that have lasted through the years. The lessons learned there have helped me in my life." -Saralyn Kassel

Only 2 % of Scouts become Eagle Scouts.

A Legacy of ServiceOne of the many positive outcomes from our youth experiencing the Scouting program is the leadership they learn and the community service they provide on their trail to Eagle. In 2022 alone, our Scouts provided 24260 hours of service to Chester County and surrounding areas.

Only 4% of Scouts become Eagle Scouts

Since 1911, 2.5 million youth have earned the Eagle Scout Rank

The Eagle Scout project must benefit an organization other than the B.S.A. and cannot be done for an individual or a business.

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Click Here for an Interactive Map of Eagle Scout Projects

Click here for the full report from the Harris Interactive Group.

Click here to visit the website of the local lodge of Chester County Council, Octoraro 22.

Cub Scouting - Not Just For Boys Anymore

If you're looking to make a change in the world, start by investing in the younger generation. By supporting Scouting, you can make a significant impact on a child's life and help shape their future. Your contribution can provide character and leadership development opportunities to help youth make good choices for themselves and their families. The Scouting program is not just beneficial to participants, but also to their families. Scouting is a family-oriented program that brings families together, strengthens bonds, provides opportunities to engage with the community, and positively influences society.Join us in our mission to make a difference in the world! Your gift will support Safe leadership, training and programs that teach the values and morals that help today’s youth make better decisions. It also allows them to experience independent yet structured adventures.Investing in Scouting is your opportunity to build a better world!

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Ways to Support

  • Friends of Scouting - Friends of Scouting, or FOS, is an annual fundraising campaign of the Chester County Council that provides Scout families, individuals, community organizations and local businesses the opportunity to support local Scouting in the Chester County Council. This giving campaign accounts for 17% of the council’s annual budget.
  • Matching Gifts - A matching gift is when a company, organization, or group you work for or belong to matches a percentage of your direct contribution to a non-profit organization, such as Chester County Council, Boy Scouts of America. Some match 1:1 others 2:1.
  • Gifts in Kind Gifts in Kind: Rather than a cash gift, specific budget items can be provided, such as office supplies (paper, computer supplies, envelopes, etc.) food items for camp (chicken, frozen foods, etc.), and other materials for camp (lumber, paint, etc.). Items contributed are given fair market value and charged to the proper budget account. Note: The item must be a budgeted expense for the current budget year.Donated Services: Rather than a cash gift, a needed service is provided, such as printing, vehicle maintenance, etc. Note: The item must be a budgeted expense for the current budget year.Cash Gifts: Cash that is given to support a specific line item in the current year’s budget. A donor may choose a budget item of particular interest to designate the funds such as recognition awards, school night materials, program helps, Eagle Scout award kits, Scoutreach scholarships etc.
  • EITC (Educational Improvement Tax Credit) - The Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) provides companies with a 75% tax credit for donations to a non-profit scholarship or educational improvement organization. The tax credit increases to 90% if the company commits to making the same donations for two consecutive years. A business paying taxes in Pennsylvania can receive up to $750,000 in tax credits annually. More importantly, the EITC provides children and families with a choice in tHeir education and a chance in life.
  • James E. West Fellowship - The James E. West Fellowship Award is named in honor of the first Chief Scout Executive and recognizes those who have given $1,000 to the endowment fund or individuals who have been honored by the donor of this gift.

Camp Horseshoe Program Areas

Hover and click the green markers on the left to find our more information about the program area.

Aquatics Program The Aquatics program is used to teach the Canoeing, Rowing, Lifesaving, and Swimming merit badges at Camp Horseshoe. The Water Carnival is a popular campwide game hosted at the Heistand Memorial Pool (built in 1930).

Shooting Sports The Shooting Sports program teaches the Rifle Shooting, Shotgun Shooting, and Archery Merit Badges. During winter camp, the rifle range is often used by troops.

Trailblazers Trailblazers is the first-year camping experience that includes learning many Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class skills, but also allowing time for Scouts to take a merit badge.

Handicraft The handicraft program area includes many staple merit badges like Art, Basketry, Leatherworking, Wood Carving, and Wood Working, but also some special merit badges on occasion like Metal Working.

S.T.E.M. The S.T.E.M. program area includes the Animation, Chemistry, Robotics, Programming, Space Exploration, Electricity & Electronics, INventing, and Fingerprinting merit badges.

Health and Fitness The Health and Fitness program area teaches the Eagle-required merit badges First Aid, Emergency Preparedness, and Personal Fitness.

Campcraft This program area offers Camping, Cooking, Wilderness Survival, Indian Lore, Pioneering, and Orienteering. It also boasts the Obstacle Course and Paul Bunyan Field Day.

Nature The Nature program area teaches many merit badges, including but not limited to Astronomy, Reptile Study, Weather, Environmental Science, and Geology.

C.O.P.E. This Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience, or C.O.P.E., is an older Scout program that includes team building games, time on the low ropes course, culminating in a day on the high ropes course. The program area also teaches the Rock Climbing Merit Badge.

The Eagle Scout rank is the highest rank in the BSA. Over one million Scouts have achieved the rank since 1910. Here are some famous Eagle Scouts who took their youth achievement and used its lessons for later triumph.

Click here to see a list of 113 famous Eagle Scouts to celebrate the 113th anniversary of the BSA.

Second Century Society

Planning giving opportunities available to donors to support the Chester County Council, BSA include charitable bequests in a will or trust, gift annuities or pooled income gifts, or life insurance or retirement plan designations. The Second Century Society, SCS, is the Boy Scouts of America’s national social organization of individuals, families, foundations, and corporations stewarded by key volunteers and implemented by the Boy Scouts of America National Foundation. is designed to replace the 1910 Society and Founders Circle as the way to recognize Scouting’s major donors at both the local and national levels. Qualifying gifts to be recognized as a Second Century Society member include an outright gift of $25,000 or more payable over 5 years, or a deferred gift of $100,000 or more, to the Chester County Council, Boy Scouts of America’s Operating, Capital or Endowment Funds. Any donor who is recognized as a Second Century Society member is awarded a certificate and can wear the lapel pin indicating their level of support.

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The PARC Story

The Oscar Lasko Program, Activity & Resource Campus — aka PARC — is a seamless combination of indoor and outdoor space, creating an amenity unparalleled for training and program opportunities for our Scouts, adult leaders and the community. Its 28 acres of expansive green space provides a wealth of opportunities for environmental education, outdoor living skills development, team-building and leadership enhancement as well as recreational and fitness programs including fishing, hiking, team sports and outdoor games.

The PARC Assembly Room

The Eagle Pavilion

The PARC Exterior

Eagle Pavilion

PARC Assembly Room

PARC Exterior

Click here to see a picture of PARC being used by the Exton Region Chamber in our spacious assembly room.

Click here to see a new Eagle Pavilion nearing completion for use in 2024!

Click here to see a photo of the PARC exterior, perfect for hikes, training, field activities, and much more!

Camp Horseshoe LIVE WebcamA popular attraction for more than 15 years, the Camp Horseshoe live webcam showcases one of the popular attractions of the camp - the parade field. Used for evening retreat, campwide games, or a meeting place, the parade field's activities are captured year-round, with this particular broadcast starting July 31, 2023.

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1. Troops start marching

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5. Pass and review camp director

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7. Continue marching / stop

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How Troops March Click this to show the commands and path troops take during evening retreat at Camp Horseshoe summer camp.

In Chester County Council, Wood Badge training is available each year over 2 weekends. Participants get a robust training in camping, leadership / mentoring / advising skills, an overview of the BSA program, and a chance to network with the other adult leaders in the council.

Wood Badge

The purpose of Wood Badge is to develop skilled leaders who can strengthen Scouting units in achieving the mission of the Boy Scouts of America. When we accomplish the mission of Scouting, we do it in the units. Therefore, the short form of the purpose is, the purpose of Wood Badge is to strengthen units.

Click here for a slideshow of the 2006 Wood Badge course at Camp John H. Ware 3rd

Wood Badge participants are organized into patrols named after one of 8 critters

Beaver

Bobwhite

Eagle

Fox

Owl

Bear

Buffalo

Antelope

Wood Badge participants receive this neckerchief upon starting the course.

Wood Badge participants receive this neckerchief upon completing their "ticket".

Quotes from Lord Baden-Powell, founder of Scouting

“If you make listening and observation your occupation you will gain much more than you can by talk.”“An invaluable step in character training is to put responsibility on the individual.”“The Scoutmaster must be alert to check badge hunting as compared to badge earning.”“There is no teaching to compare with example.”

Click here for the full report from the Harris Interactive Group.

Camp John H. Ware 3rd is an amazing all-purpose camp that is used by various groups within and outside Scouting. From summer camping with the Cubs, winter camping, training activities like NYLT and Wood Badge, Camp Ware is a fantastic resource for those looking for outdoor adventure!

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United Way Donor Designation

The Chester County Council is a member agency of the United Way of Chester County and Southern Chester County. If your workplace supports the United Way, you may designate the Chester County Council as the recipient of all or part of your contribution by writing in the designation box “Chester County Council, Boy Scouts of America”. For the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, specify Code # 0009. In the state of Delaware, specify code #1883. We are also approved to receive designations from other regional and national United Way organization, as well as the Federated campaigns, run within government offices & military bases. In most cases, you will write in our name but it is best to ask your coordinator for any specific instructions to make sure the Chester County Council, Boy Scouts of America receives the designation. Thank you! For additional questions, call the Chester County Council at (610) 696-2900 x121

Camp Horseshoe has some of the best program features of any traditional Scout summer camp, including an action-packed schedule that allows for earning merit badges (including many Eagle-required merit badges), participating in Special Interest Programs, Camp-wide games, polar bear swim, C.O.P.E, opening and closing campfires, special training, service projects, and inter-troop competitions, all administered by a dynamite group of camp staff.

In the Loop of the Octoraro BendIt all began with the Dreams of Old, the Indian Brave and the Pioneer Bold, by camp fire light old tales retold in the Loop of the Octoraro Bend. Those early Scouts with their campaign hats, their pressed wool shirts, their boots and spats, rekindled the Dream that had gone before in the Loop of the Octoraro Bend. Refrain:They built a camp on the Mason-Dixon Line,historic land where values shine, o Horseshoe your memories will 'err be mine, in the Loop of the Octoraro Bend. The sun comes up over Flag Pole Hill, where Old Glory flew and is flying proudly still, and we'll march to the call at the end of the day in the Loop of the Octoraro Bend. So let's hoist our packs once again my friend, where the waters flow round the tranquil Horseshoe Bend, and we'll hike and we'll camp in the Old Scout way in the Loop of the Octoraro Bend. Refrain He served a camp upon the Mason-Dixon Line, His years as chief numbered twenty nine, Achgeketum your lessons will 'er be mine, In the loop of the Octoraro Bend.

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Click here for the accompanying lyrics from In the Loop of the Octoraro BendThe melody from the song used in this video is from Beaucatcher's Farewell, which was used to back the Camp Horseshoe camp song In the Loop of the Octoraro Bend.

Adult Training

Training in the BSA is a continuum for adult leaders, starting with Youth Protection Training before joining and every year thereafter, then introductory training, and then continuous training modules with a focus on role-specific training.

Chester County Council was predated by a handful of troops that chartered prior to 1919, but since that time, there have been thousands of chartered units, hundreds of thousands of Scouts who have benefited from the program within the council borders, and countless lives impacted by the value of Scouting.Click the icon below to open up a timeline of significant happenings since the founding of Chester County Council.

Chester County Council Timeline

CCC Timeline1911 – The first Scout troop in Chester County, Paoli 1, is chartered through the National Boy Scouts of America office.1917 – F. Wayne Reed, Jr. of Paoli 1 earns the first Eagle Scout award in Chester County. 1919 – Chester County Council (CCC) is officially chartered on January 9 th , 1919 with 15 troops and 300 Scouts. CCC is organized into Divisions 1 – 3, and the CCC office is located in the Temple Building (24 Market St.) in West Chester.1919 – Camp Lafayette at Icedale Lake is the first council camp in CCC and operates for 2 years. 1921 – Camp Rothrock, located near Carlisle, PA, opens for CCC Scouts and operates until 1927. 1926 – Order of the Arrow (OA) lodge Octoraro #22 is chartered on May 17 th , 1926 and nine charter members are inducted at Camp Hilldale. CCC troops use Hilldale for weekend camping until 1928.1928 – Camp Horseshoe opens for its first summer camping season. Starting with C.C. Cole, four generations of the Cole family serve as Horseshoe Scout Reservation (HSR) Camp Rangers for the next 70 years.1928 – CCC reorganizes its 3 divisions into 5 districts, numbered 1 – 5. 1943 – The CCC office at 125 North High Street in West Chester opens. 1950 – U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Owen J. Roberts is the first CCC member to receive the Silver Buffalo award.1952 – CCC gives names to the five numbered districts: Lenni Lenape, Conestoga, Frontier, Brandywine, and Octoraro.1956 – CCC reorganizes into 3 districts: Great Valley, Brandywine, and Minquas Trail. 1958 – The Explorer Base opens (later becomes Camp Jubilee, 1961 and then Camp John H. Ware 3rd, 1985)1959 – J. Frederic Wiese is the second CCC member to receive the Silver Buffalo Award. 1960 – Explorer Posts hold the first co-ed weekend at Camp Horseshoe. 1962 – CCC reorganizes back into 5 districts: French Creek, Conestoga, Octoraro, Lenni Lenape, and Brandywine.1966 – The Council Service Center at 504 South Concord Road in Westtown opens. 1966 – Wood Badge Scouters hold CCC’s first Junior Leader Training and Conservation Course. 1970 – CCC conducts its first Wood Badge Course. 1971 – A new CCC record of 100 Scouts earning the Eagle Rank in one year is achieved. 1971 – CCC presents its first Silver Fawn award for exceptional service in Scouting by a woman to Hazel Jenkins.1978 – CCC reorganizes into 4 districts: Octoraro, Lenni Lenape, Horseshoe Trails, and Diamond Rock. 1982 – Sponsored by the Pennsylvania State University, the First Science and Energy Camp is held at Camp Horseshoe.1988 – HSR hosts the 4th International “Polish Scouts in Exile” Jamboree featuring the new Achgeketum Circle, named after long-time Horseshoe Camp Director Ernie Heegard.1990 – The first Special Needs Camporee is held at Camp John H. Ware 3rd.1993 – The first annual “Dick Vermeil Invitational Golf Tournament”, a major CCC fundraising event, is held at the Penn Oaks golf course.1994 – CCC celebrates its Diamond Jubilee with a massive camporee and the debut of the definitive history of CCC’s first 75 years: “The Spirit of the Horseshoe”, a book by J.B. Rettew III.2000 – The Horseshoe Scout Reservation Alumni Association is formed and hosts its inaugural reunion at Camp Horseshoe.2002 – A major capital campaign culminates with the opening of several new and renovated buildings at Camp John H. Ware 3 rd , including Macaleer Lodge, Headquarters Building, and Health Lodge.2005 – Harriss A. Butler III is the third CCC member awarded the Silver Buffalo Award. 2010 – Longtime dedicated volunteer G. Ernest Heegard is recognized as CCC’s “BSA Centennial Hall of Leadership” inductee.2015 – On the 100th anniversary of the Order of the Arrow, Octoraro Lodge 22 sends a record 100+ arrowmen to the National Order of the Arrow Conference at Michigan State University.2017 – CCC reorganizes into 3 districts: Octoraro, Horseshoe Trails, and Diamond Rock. 2019 – Chester County Council celebrates its 100th anniversary with a series of events throughout the year.2019 – On February 1st , 2019, BSA National opens registration to female youth in Scouts BSA and CCC immediately charters two female troops.2019 – Gary Schroeder is the fourth CCC member awarded the Silver Buffalo Award. 2020 – The coronavirus pandemic forces HSR weeklong summer camping to close but special weekend and virtual programs take its place and keep the Scouting spirit going!2021 – Two female CCC Scouts achieve the Eagle Rank in the inaugural class of female Eagle Scouts. 2021 – PARC opens.

Leadership is a vital part of the Scouting program. Youth in positions of leadership run the troop. They take care of the many tasks necessary for troop and patrol meetings and activities to run smoothly. By accepting the responsibilities of troop leadership, Scouts are preparing themselves to be leaders throughout their lives.

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Friends of Scouting, or FOS, is an annual fundraising campaign of the Chester County Council that provides Scout families, individuals, community organizations and local businesses the opportunity to support local Scouting in the Chester County Council. This giving campaign accounts for 17% of the council’s annual budget. Your contribution will make a positive difference by helping the Chester County Council to provide the service and support needed to assure the youth served receive quality Scouting programs. All gifts of support are greatly appreciated and are 100% tax deductible.

Friends of Scouting

Click here to see all available merit badges for Scouts BSA.

In Chester County Council, NYLT training is available each year over 2 weekends. Content is delivered in a troop and patrol outdoor setting with an emphasis on immediate application of learning in a fun environment. Interconnecting concepts and work processes are introduced early, built upon, and aided by the use of memory aids, which allows participants to understand and employ the leadership skills much faster.

NYLT

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an exciting, action-packed program designed for councils 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 others.

Click here for a video of the 2015 NYLT Course at Camp John H. Ware 3rd.

NYLT 2023 Photos

Scouts BSA Leadership Structure

2023 Events Pictures

2022 Silver Beaver Recipients Matt Griffin, Gus Sauerzopf, Jim Bennett, and Don Kohler.

Eagle Scouts at the Eagle Scout and Silver Beaver Recognition Dinner.

Coach Dick Vermeil appears at the 2023 Chester County Council Golf Outing!

Several patrons enjoying the fellowship and food at the 2023 CCC - VISTA Today Megastars Event at PARC.

Here Frederick Hubler, one of 2023's Megastars, talks about his experiences as an entrepreneur and a community leader.

Here are some participants of the 2023 Sporting Clays event, having a great time.

This shooter tracks a clay across an abandoned quarry in one of the more difficult spots on the 17-trap course in Lehigh Valley.

Some CCC volunteers and their friends and family enjoy the 2023 Backyard BBQ in Avondale.

Citizenship Merit Badges

Citizenship in Society

Citizenship in the Community

Citizenship in the Nation

Citizenship in the World

Scouts who earn the Citizenship in the World merit badge will discover that they are already a citizen of the world. How good a citizen each person is depends on his willingness to understand and appreciate the values, traditions, and concerns of people in other countries.

As Scouts fulfill the requirements for the Citizenship in the Nation merit badge, they will learn how to become active citizens are aware of and grateful for their liberties and rights, to participate in their governments and protect their freedom, helping to defend their country and standing up for individual rights on behalf of all its citizens.

In the Citizienship in the Community merit badge, Scouts learn that a nation is a patchwork of communities that differ from each other and may be governed differently. But regardless of how local communities differ, they all have one point in common: In the United States, local government means self-government. Good citizens help to make decisions about their community through their elected local officials.

Realize the benefits of diversity, equity, inclusion, and ethical leadership with the Citizenship in Society Merit Badge. Scouts will research any individual who has demonstrated positive leadership while making an ethical decision, explain what options the leader had when faced with a problem, why they believe they chose their final course of action, and the outcome of the leader’s decision.

Click on a merit badge to find out more about the lessons a Scout will learn by taking it.

Cub Scout Ranks