2018 Day of Service

Octoraro Lodge 22 is having its annual Day of Service for the Chester County Community on Saturday, April 14, 2018.

This year the Lodge is working with the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance to plant about 135 trees and bushes along Plum Run, a tributary to the Brandywine River to reduce erosion and run-off, promote beautification, and create habitats for wildlife. Brandywine Red Clay Alliance is a non profit which provides conservation education and protects the Brandywine River and Red Clay Creek watersheds in central and southern Chester County. The location for the Day of Service is at 1056 Lenape Road (Route 52) West Chester, PA 19382. Signs will be placed where to park. Please arrive at 8:30 a.m. Work begins at 9:00 a.m. Please bring shovels, rakes and work gloves. Also bring a bag lunch and water. Stay as much or a little time as you want. This counts toward conservation and service hours for rank advancements! This is open to all scouts, including Cub Scouts and those not in the Order of the Arrow.

Here is the link to register.

Any questions please contact the Day of Service Chairman at dayofservice@octoraro22.org.

C5 Staff Registration

We are looking for staff for 2017 C5 (Chester County Council Cub Camporee)!

When: October 14-15, 2017 (afternoon of Saturday into Sunday morning) – you can volunteer for part or all of the weekend.
Where: Paradise Farm Camps, 1300 Valley Creek Road, Downingtown, PA 19335
Who:  Any youth (Boy Scout age) or adult, for staff
What:  We need lots of staff to administer the activities that we have for the Cubs!  The event was a great success in 2016 (over 400 cubs / parents attended), and we want to do it again!
How:  Register here!

Please help us out in making an extraordinary experience for these Cubs!

Lodge Records Migration Project

Octoraro Lodge 22 has scheduled a very special workday for Saturday December 10th from 9 am to 3 pm at the Council Service Center so that we can work on Lodge Records migration. This workday will help us with Phase 3 of the project – to take scanned PDFs of inactive members’ records and transfer them to a spreadsheet for importing into our records’ database, Lodgemaster.  

For those that are able to come, we ask those who are bringing laptops to ensure that Microsoft Excel and Adobe Acrobat Reader (or regular Adobe Acrobat) are installed on their laptops. Most PC laptops will have these installed already.  The laptop will also need to have a working USB port. We are asking those who have more than 1 laptop to bring them in case others cannot bring a laptop.  

Lunch will also be provided to those assisting with the records migration.

This will be a HUGE help for our records keeping.  We will eventually be able to house all our records in 1 place – our database – rather than several places at present.  

If you are able to help, please register at the link below.   It is critical that you register if coming so we can prepare resources for the project accordingly.  

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LSRS9NN

Any questions about the workday or the overall project should be directed to Andrew Coe or Leslie John.  

Sincerely,

Octoraro 22 Lodge Executive Committee

Chester County Council Cub Camporee – Staff Needed!

Calling all Arrowmen! Please help us staff the Cub Day! We have over 495 adults and Cubs signed-up and ready to have an awesome day of fun, but they need YOU!

Some of the events planned are BB Gun, Archery, Slingshot Paintball, Bottle Rocket launching, Bouldering Wall, Orienteering course, Nature/Environmental Study session — around 14-16different things to participate in.

C5
Registration starts at 12:00, put tents up, events start at 1:00 & run to 6:00, dinner & then Campfire w/OA in Native-American costume, then Orienteering the next morning after breakfast. 

More info is here: https://c5cubday.wordpress.com/

We will be focusing this year on Cub Scout retention and camp will include an overnight stay. The new location should better enable us to reach out to all 4 Council Districts. Final details are being worked out by the Cub Day Committee. We have 4 Youth running the activity areas to assist the Committee Youth Chair but need help in the activity areas, parking, camping areas.

Please communicate your interest in serving by emailing the Committee at cubday@octoraro22.org.

 

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#PRISM

Back in June 2016, 7 brothers from Octoraro 22 traveled to Summit Bechtel Reserve to enjoy the relatively new high adventure base, provide some service to the camp, and rededicate themselves to the high ordeals of the Order.  Here is a sampling of pics from the event!

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Blood and Food Drive – Day of Service 2016

Brothers,

 

Summer is starting in June, and blood donations are becoming more and more in demand because of donors vacationing. Because our lodge is doing a blood drive for our Day of Service project, we encourage you to go out this month and donate blood to one of the blood drives in our county. Also, in September, we will host a blood drive ourselves. Please make sure that when you donate in June, you will also be eligible to donate during the September weekend.     (Blood donations must be at least 56 days apart.) Blood drives that you can attend are below. Please remember that you must be at least 17 and over 110 lbs. in order to donate blood.

 

Red Cross Blood Drives in Chester County Council Area June 13 – 30, 2016

West Chester Area

6/14/2016 Marshallton United Methodist Church 1282 W. Strasburg Rd., West Chester, PA 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM

6/16/2016 Calvary Lutheran Church 730 S. New St., West Chester, PA 12 noon to 7:00 PM

6/22/2016 Mitch’s Market Street Gym 322 W. Market St., West Chester, PA 1:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Downingtown Area

6/13/2016 East Brandywine Township Building 1214 Horseshoe Pike, Downingtown, PA 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM

6/24/2016 West Whiteland Township Building 101 Commerce Dr., Exton, PA 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Avondale – Kennett Square Area

6/27/2016 St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother 8910 Gap Newport Pike, Avondale, PA 2:30 PM to 7:30 PM

6/29/2016 Episcopal Church of the Advent 401 N. Union Ave., Kennett Square, PA 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Oxford Area

6/16/2016 Oxford Presbyterian Church 6 Pine St., Oxford, PA 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Paoli – Devon – Malvern Area

6/13/2016 Penn State Great Valley 30 E. Swedesford Rd., Malvern, PA 12 noon to 5:00 PM

6/17/2016 Paoli Hospital 255 W. Lancaster Ave., Paoli, PA 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM

6/19/2016 Congregation Or Shalom 835 Darby-Paoli Rd., Berwyn, PA 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

6/20/2016 Wayne Presbyterian Church 125 Lancaster Ave., Wayne, PA 1:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Phoenixville Area

6/29/2016 St. Basil’s Roman Catholic Church 2300 Kimberton Rd., Kimberton, PA 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM

West Chester Donor Center 523 E. Gay St., West Chester, PA 1-800-733-2767

Mondays: 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (whole blood and platelet donations)

Tuesdays: 1 p.m. – 8 p.m. (platelet donations)

Wednesdays and Thursdays: – 1 p.m. – 8 p.m. (whole blood donations)

Fridays: 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (platelet donations)

Saturdays: 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (whole blood and platelet donations)

Sundays: 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (whole blood and platelet donations)

 

Also, our lodge wanted to add in a food drive as well. The summer break for schools are approaching quickly. That means that many children will go without free lunch for the whole summer. In response to that, we need to all donate food for them. The Day of Service committee wants to start a peanut butter and jelly food drive. The jars of peanut butter and jelly last longer and can be made into more meals for children. Please bring all of your food donations to Headquarters during the June weekend.

 

It means a lot to our community that we are willing to step in and help with the needs that they require assistance with. Please do what you can to make our community a better place.

From,

The Day of Service Committee

Trail Crew

Brothers,

There will be a Trail Crew event on November 14th at Goat Hill (adjacent to camp property).

Those who want to participate should meet at 8:45 at Camp Horseshoe HQ and we will be working on the trails at Goat Hill from 9 am to 3 pm.

Equipment and lunch will be provided, though be sure to dress warmly with long pants.