More Than 2,500 People Celebrate Centennial of Chester County Boy Scouts at Hibernia Park


There was camping, fishing, archery, and more at Hibernia Park in Coatesville from Oct. 25-27 as the Chester County Council, Scouts BSA marked its 100th anniversary with its annual Chester County Camporee.

More than 2,500 people – including 1,800 youngsters involved in Scouting – descended upon the park to mark the milestone.

“This was a phenomenal weekend for local Scouting and the Chester County Council,” said Jeff Spencer, the Chester County Council’s Scout Executive and CEO. “To see so many Scouts having this much fun in one location really shows how well our program can offer unique and memorable experiences for youth. And all the Scouting volunteers who organized the event and provided all the various activities during the weekend were incredible. I’m always amazed and inspired by their dedication and the time they devote to our program. They’re the best!”

State Sen. Andrew Dinniman presented a special Senate citation in honor of the event to Spencer; David Hohl, Council Commissioner; and David Maxwell, President of the Council’s Board of Directors. Chester County Commissioner Terence Farrell was also in attendance and presented them with a citation.

Cub Scouts enjoyed a rocket launch, rain gutter regatta, crafts, and an inflatable hatchet toss. Scouts BSA and Venturers had fun with rock climbing, mountain biking, a volleyball competition, a gateway competition, orienteering, geocaching, and a Chopped-style food competition, along with many opportunities to earn merit badges. All Scouts were able to participate in archery, fishing, and an inflatable obstacle course.

Additionally, the weekend offered state park booths, law enforcement and military displays, food trucks, and a helicopter landing featuring a search and rescue exercise by the U.S. Coast Guard. The program ended with memorable evening stadium show with an appearance by Scouting’s founder, Lord Baden-Powell, a live band, and a laser show to close out the weekend-long celebration.

Click here to learn more about the Chester County Council, BSA.

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