PARC Service Day – 9/11

Octoraro 22 is sponsoring a PARC service day on 9/11/2021 at our new PARC service center in Exton.  This is a great opportunity for any Scouts and Scouters to come out and do some service with your unit as there is A LOT of work to do.  We are focusing on 4 projects – removing invasive species, litter cleanup, bird house / bat box mounting, and Eagle sign organization.

Note: You do not need to be a member of the Order of the Arrow to participate.  We will take the help of all Scouts and Scouters!

The event will run from 9 am to 3 pm on Saturday September 11.  Lunch will be provided.   

For those who have never visited PARC before, the address is 1 Scouting Way, Exton PA, 19341.

Items to bring:

Everyone regardless of crew assignment:
-Work Gloves
-Water bottle
-Folding / camp chair (for sitting during lunch)

Crew 1 – Bird houses / Bat boxes / Eagle Signs
-6 Foot ladder (if available)
-Cordless Drill (if available)

Crew 2 – Trash Pickup
-No special equipment needed

Crew 3 – Invasive Species Removal
-Tree loppers
-Bowsaw
-Chainsaw and related equipment (to operate at PARC, you must be HSR Chainsaw Certified)

Register here!

C5 Staffing- Volunteers Needed!

October 26th and 27th
Chester County Council Cub Camporee 2019

Volunteer to help Octoraro 22 at the annual Chester County Council Cub Camporee (C5) which  this year will be held at a new location in conjunction with Chester County Council’s 100th Anniversary Camporee.

The Camporee will be October 26th – 27th at Hibernia Park. We will need volunteers throughout the duration of the event, but as it coincides with the Scouts BSA Camporee, we recognize that scouts and scouters make not be able be available the entire time. So this year, we are hoping to get more volunteers by offering shorter shifts.

Follow the link below to sign up, making sure to indicate your preferred activity area and time slot(s). Anyone interested in joining the C5 Committee to help with planning and preparation, please select “Sign me up!” on the last question.

Volunteer signup here: https://forms.gle/FqbmfniiBixsb6417

This is an important event for the Lodge and the Council. It promotes scouting for youth in our area and shows the Cubs how much fun scouting can be which aids in scout retention, as well as recruitment. Please help make it successful again this year by donating as much of your time as you can. The service hours benefit you and our community.

Also, remember that the Cub Scouts look up to the older scouts. Be a good role model by wearing your Class A uniform and OA sash with pride. Additional info will be sent out after you sign up and before C5.

Thanks for all of your effort!

Please visit https://c5cubday.wordpress.com for more information about C5.

Day of Service

On Saturday, April 13, 2019, Chester County Council is organizing a countywide Day of Service as part of the Council’s 100th Anniversary events.  In years past the Lodge has held is own Day of Service.  This year the Lodge is partnering with Chester County Council.

This day of service will be the largest Day of Service the Council has ever planned.  About 20-25 Sites throughout Chester County are in the planning stages where a multitude os service opportunities will be offered.  All parts of Scouting will be attending – Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Boy Scouts and Venturers.

Our Lodge will need volunteers to participate and about 20-25 “Site Captains.”  The Site Captain will work with the project beneficiary representative at the site to coordinate any administrative issues that may arise during the day and to take attendance.  Also the Site Captain will need to take pictures and send them back to Council for use in other communications and newspapers.

The projects will includes both conservation projects and social service projects.  Convervation projects will count toward the requirements for Life rank.

A special patch will be provided to all participants.

More information to come from the Lodge and the Council.  Be sure to look for additional information in Trailblazer and on the Council Website.  Also more information will be available at the Lodge Banquet.Any questions please e-mail dayofservice@octoraro22.org

Don’t miss this once in a lifetime event!

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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