Virtual Camporee – Staff Needed!


As by now you have all heard that the April and June Service weekends have been cancelled. We, as Arrowmen, need to continue to demonstrate Cheerful Service and the promotion of Camping – even in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Council is using technology to continue the Scouting Way, offering Merit Badges sessions, training, and other resources by utilizing technology such as Zoom and Google Meet and GoToMeeting.

Here is where we wish to enlist your assistance. Chester County Council will be hosting a Virtual Camporee on April 18th. This Camporee will encourage scouts to camp outside at home, and include competitions, a campfire, etc. I am looking for Youth and Adults to assist in the following areas (*more vital needs at this point):


Opening Program: 2 adults, 2-3 youth

Organize a flag ceremony to be broadcast or played on April 18th. Find someone(s) to do Pledge of Allegiance, Scout Oath, and Scout Law. Find someone to lead a group prayer. Find an inspirational speaker to do a talk (about 10 minutes??). Coordinate this with VC volunteers to go off without a hitch on April 18th.

Fellowship Lunches: 1 adult, 1 youth

Organize and lead a Zoom lunch hour for different groups (SM & ASMs, Cub Leaders, PLC/Youth Leaders, etc.). Moderate the discussion.

*Scout Challenges: 4 adults, 12-16 youth

Organize a Scavenger Hunt, First Aid, a Knot Tying, and a Scout vs Adult Challenge (or more if you’d like). Probably use Kahoots unless you find a better solution. Find existing tests or make up your own. Have 2-3 per challenge to account for different age levels. Run multiple rooms in Zoom all afternoon for these challenges. Tally scores at the end and provide to the VC staff.

*Photo-based Contests: 1-2 adults, 1-2 youth

Help determine rules of each contest: Campsite. Gateway, Pinewood Derby Car Design. Collect photos as they are submitted and get them onto an online voting system. Publish links to voting. Get tallies to VC volunteers between midnight and 6 a.m.

Service to Community: 1 adult, 2 youth

Come up with service ideas to list online. Coordinate any logistics if necessary. Encourage photo and story submissions and share online.

*Social Media Managing: 1-2 adults, 3-4 youth

Help with managing all the channels of our social media platforms before and during the event. Checking for appropriateness, cross-posting, tagging, etc.

*Scout Jeopardy: 3 adults, 6 youth

Help create questions for different ages. Host games as contestants check-in.

Cooking: 2 adults, 2 youth

Still working out but if you have ideas and want to be involved, contact Melissa Pendill.

*Campfire Program: 2 adults, 2-3 youth

Help spread the word to solicit videos of skits and songs from scouts & scouters. Collect videos. Curate a show with the videos. Special guests or any other segment you want to add. Find a video of taps or someone to play taps. Coordinate this with VC volunteers to go off without a hitch on April 18th.

Awards Ceremony: 2 adults, 2 youth

Decide on prizes and how to obtain and distribute them. Receive tallies from other volunteers and create a listing of all winners. Coordinate with people to announce winners (Jeff Spencer, others?). Coordinate a live feed or pre-recorded video of all announcements. Get winners list to someone who can post it online.

*General Tech Help: 1-2 adults, 1-2 youth

Help tying all the parts together and working on the logistics.


Please sign up by using the google link below:

Yours In Scouting,

John Porter – Octoraro Lodge #22 Chief

Gus Sauerzopf – Octoraro Lodge #22 Advisor

Melissa Pendill – Octoraro Lodge Brother and Octoraro District Executive

COVID-19 Updates – April Service Weekend Canceled


We wanted to provide an update on the status of the upcoming events in light of the COVID-19 virus. The below statement has been released by National:

March 17 Update:All national, regional, and section events through May 2, 2020 have been postponed.

The above statement has already affected the NLS Weekend scheduled for Camp Ware. Octoraro Lodge #22 is canceling our Day of Service, scheduled for April 4th at the CYW and wanted to inform you all the decision has been made to cancel the April service weekend (4/24 – 26).  For those who registered for the April service weekend, a credit will be issued that is valid for any upcoming event (includes Pay-to-Play registrants); please contact Leslie John ( to discuss how you would like it applied.

Please continue to check your email, the Octoraro Lodge #22 website and social media pages for future event updates on Vigil Weekends, the 2020 NE-6B Conclave, and the 2020 NOAC. We appreciate everyone’s patience through this uncertainty.

John Porter                 Gus Sauerzopf             Jake Segal
Octoraro 22 Chief Octoraro 22 Adviser Octoraro 22 Staff Adviser

THRIVE – October 19

Lodge members are cordially invited to attend the THRIVE webinar on Saturday October 19, 2019 at the East Goshen Township Building (1580 Paoli Pike, West Chester, PA 19380) from 1 – 5 pm.
Food will be provided.
This is a great opportunity to hear from a national perspective regarding challenges the OA faces for engagement of new members and keeping our membership strong, as well as discussing strategies for local implementation with Octoraro 22 lodge leadership.

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:

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 for more information about C5.

New Meeting Location for LEC Meetings

Due to the Council Service Center closing this Spring, the LEC meetings will be in the following location and the following dates / times through January 2020*:
*This does not include the LEC on September 29th which will be at the Fall Fellowship weekend at Camp Horseshoe.

Covenant Community Life Center
384 Lancaster Avenue
Malvern, PA 19355

September 8th

·         1:00 – Steering Committee

·         2:00 – LEC Meeting

November 3rd  

·         1:00 – Steering Committee

·         2:00 – LEC Meeting

December 1st   

·         1:00 – Steering Committee

·         2:00 – LEC Meeting

January 5th    

·         11:00 – Steering Committee

·         12:00 – LEC Meeting

·         1:00 – Award Meeting

·         2:00 – Vigil Meeting

Conclave Workday – May 18th


We’re almost a month away from putting on this year’s Section NE-6B Conclave – The Carnival of Fellowship! This once in a life time event is being held at Camp Horseshoe on June 7th through 9th.

In order to get camp ready for the Carnival of Fellowship and the summer camping season, the lodge will be holding a workday on May 18th at 9am at Camp Horseshoe.

There are several large projects that WE NEED YOUR HELP COMPLETING! Projects like:

  • Fixing the Gaga pit
  • Fixing Horseshoe pits
  • Campsite cleanup
  • Fixing outdoor classrooms
  • Tent platform repair
  • Lodge building landscaping
  • much more

Please sign up to help out at:

For those who would like to stay at camp on Friday or Saturday night, you are more than welcome to do so. Lunch will also be provided on Saturday. If you are able to come down Friday night, we have plenty of work to complete as well.

If you have any questions, please reach out to me. I look forward to seeing you there!

In Scouting,
Jake Zebley
2019 Conclave Chairman