“…to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes…”
PARC Ground Breaking Ceremony November 2, 2018
Chester County Council Boy Scouts of America officially broke ground on the future Oscar Lasko Program Activity and Resource Campus (PARC) on November 2nd. The Campus will also be the home of the new Daniel Tabas Family Program Center which will replace the current outdated Council Service Center. PARC will provide an abundance of resources and activities to complement those offered at the Council’s day and overnight camps; many of which will be held in the Dick & Carol Vermeil Leadership Center, the second floor of the building.
Dignitaries from state and local government, generous donors, community partners, Chester County Council BSA Executive Committee, the PARC project team, and local media witnessed the ceremony. It represented the culmination of years of planning and the transition to the construction phase of the project.
PARC will allow for dynamic utilization day and night, making after school, work and weekend use more accessible to a substantial number of current and potential Scouting members. Partnerships with local commercial, civic, and conservation organizations are being developed to ensure interactive and engaging experiences for every PARC visitor.
Nick Giuffre, volunteer Vice President of Development for Chester County Boy Scouts, highlighted the milestone in history for our Boy Scout Council. "It is the first new program campus to be developed by and for Chester County Council since the 1920s," Nick said. "PARC will serve as a vital hub for Scouts, volunteers, and community members…."
Construction on the Daniel Tabas Family Program Center is expected to finish in 2020. HL Wiker, Inc. will restart the grading of the campus in summer of 2019 to prepare for the new building construction.
Since 1919, Chester County Council has been delivering the mission of the Boy Scouts of America through partnerships with community organizations in Chester County, PA, and in the northwestern corner of Cecil County, MD.
Soon...when people look for opportunities for young people to have fun while developing leadership skills and learning character-building life lessons, they will think of the Council's new Program, Activity & Resource Campus (PARC).
***Interested in a Guided Tour? See below.***
The Vision and The Promise of PARC
PARC has been made possible through the convergence of generosity and opportunity. A few years ago the Council accepted a donation of real estate in the heart of its service area on Business Route 30 (Lancaster Avenue) in Exton.
The property answered a question that had long been asked:
How can we better serve every interested and eligible young person in his or her journey to become a well-rounded, well-informed, participating citizen and leader who is guided by the Scout Oath and Law?
The Resource Center and the Outdoor Adventure Center at PARC will both replace the current outdated service center as well as provide an abundance of programs and resources to complement those offered at the Council's camps. PARC’s setting is distinctly visible, conveniently accessible and includes environmental elements offering an endless supply of educational adventure opportunities for the Scouts of today and tomorrow.
From the woods and wetlands to the streams and wide open fields of grass, young people will interact with nature while they learn to understand the impact it has on our everyday lives. Inside the walls of the 15,000 square foot building that will anchor the 28-acre campus, members of the Scouting family and the community at large will be able to find information, resources and facility space to support program, training and activity needs.
PARC will allow for dynamic utilization day and night, making after school, after work and weekend use more accessible to a substantial number of current and potential Scouting members. Partnerships with local commercial, civic and conservation organizations are being developed to ensure interactive, engaging experiences await every PARC visitor.
Guided PARC Site Tours
Did you know...the Program, Activity & Resource Campus (PARC) is the first new program property to be developed by and for Chester County Council since the 1920s?! Want to see where the next adventure and leadership opportunities will be for local Scouts of today and tomorrow?
Join Council representatives for a dynamic walking tour of the PARC site in Exton. Hear how 28 acres of woods, streams, wetlands and wide-open fields will engage, challenge, motivate, train and inspire our young people. Tours can be scheduled by appointment by contacting [email protected].
Reservations are required as group size is limited by available parking. Directions and details for parking will be offered within 48 hours of your tour date. Please dress for the weather, ticks and be sure to wear appropriate shoes for walking through rough, uneven and potentially wet terrain.
Questions? Email [email protected].
New Research Answers the Question: Does Scouting Work?
We all know Scouting’s goal is to prepare young people for life, but does it work? Scouting was put to the test over the course of three years, when a research team from Tufts University worked with a local Scout council to measure the character attributes of both Scouts and non-Scouts...all with a goal of better understanding the character development of youth as it was happening. The project, which was funded by the John Templeton Foundation and led by Dr. Richard M. Lerner, surveyed nearly 1,800 Cub Scouts and nearly 400 non-Scouts under age 12 using both interviews and survey data.