Project Overview & Potential
PARC has been designed to accommodate and support all youth including those with diverse interests and ideas as well as with varying physical capabilities. Age-appropriate and ability-specific programs and equipment will be offered so everyone can participate in both indoor and outdoor activities. PARC will be seen and serve as a valuable resource in maintaining a high quality of life for the entire Chester County community.
PARC will primarily support Scouting programs which include:
Cub Scouting - Youth Grades K-5. Cub Scouting is fun for the whole family. Boys and girls start with their best right now selves and grow into their very best future selves. It’s fun, hands-on learning and achievement that puts kids in the middle of the action and prepares them for today – and for life.
Scouts BSA - Youth Ages 11-17. Scouts BSA is the traditional Scouting experience for youth in the fifth grade through high school. Service, community engagement and leadership development become increasingly important parts of the program as youth lead their own activities and work their way toward earning Scouting’s highest rank, Eagle Scout.
Venturing - Co-ed Ages 14-20 Years Old. Venturing is youth-led and youth-inspired. Youth acquire life skills and gain experiences that will prove to be valuable regardless of where their future takes them, all while having learning leadership, event-planning, organization, communication, responsibility and more.
Exploring - Co-ed Ages 14-20 Years Old. A career education program for young men and women ages 14-20 that provides practical, hands-on experiences.
Scoutreach - A program that extends the benefits of Scouting to the area’s disadvantaged youth through innovative leadership and funding models.
PARC will be a seamless combination of indoor and outdoor space, creating a campus unparalleled for training and program opportunities for our Scouts, adult leaders and the community. It's 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 campus will support advancement opportunities for our Scouts, including more than 40 current merit badges, specific activities focused on education initiatives such as STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), career education programs, bike trails, camping training sites.
The 18,000-square-foot facility anchoring PARC will house a Leadership Development Center, a Council Service Center and our Outdoor Adventure Store.
The Leadership Development Center will provide state-of-the-art facilities for both basic and supplemental training, ensuring the Council’s adult volunteers and youth members can gain the skills and knowledge needed for their specific role in Scouting, as well as providing space for activities, ceremonies and meetings.
The Council Service Center will serve adult volunteers through experienced advice and guidance from dedicated Council staff regarding leadership and program development, including support for activity and merit badges, camping, membership recruitment and registration, conflict resolution and problem solving.
The full-service Outdoor Adventure Store will ensure our adult volunteers, youth members and parents have access to all of Scouting’s resources to participate in and enjoy their program activities.
The entire facility will feature dynamic, flexible and technologically appropriate instructive, training, meeting, event and social space to support the ever-evolving interests of young people and the Scouting program that serves them.
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