New scouting option starts to take shape

I received the following information from Victoria Grimme, a mom in Oxford. She is the parent who is starting the new Baden-Powell Service Association troop here in southern Chester county. For more information on Baden-Powell, visit BPSA-US.org.

We have a website up and running! 64thbrandywine.org. It’s not much yet, but I’ll be updating it with more info soon. The national website (bpsa-us.org) is very comprehensive and a terrific resource.

We’ve scheduled regular group meetings once a month, on the second Thursday of the month, at the West Grove Community Room (the public room in the West Grove Borough Building). Meetings will be from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. This room is free, but they have a restriction on food or drink, unfortunately, and we’ll have to do only non-messy crafts. If our group grows too large for this room, we do have other potential locations. Our first meeting is Thursday, Sept. 11, at 6:30 p.m. This will be an open house and registrations meeting, not a formal group meeting.

We are also planning one outing a month, on the third Sunday afternoon of the month, usually from 1-3pm, weather permitting. We are mapping out hiking trails in the area, and planning some indoor outings during the cold months. We do want to spend as much time outdoors as possible. Some outings will also involve service projects, like trail cleanup. We are also planning one overnight campout in the spring.

Annual dues will be $50, due at the beginning of the year. Dues pay for national registration, local membership, group patches, and merit badges, as they are earned. In addition, each BPSA group has a unique necker (a bandana) that they wear at their necks. The scoutmaster will order them in bulk and scouts can purchase theirs at registration. Scouts will be responsible for the rest of their uniforms, but they are pretty simple — check out the website for details. Of course, there is an online store to order approved uniform items.

Any parents that want to help us out with planning, organizing, or leading a section are very, very welcome! The BPSA requires a certain number of leaders to scouts, so if we have a flood of new signups, we’ll be looking for leaders as well.

Sounds like fun and I’m excited that my two boys are going to be a part of this. If you are interested, use the above information to contact Victoria and get involved. Hope to see some of you there!

Coming up this Saturday: Open Hive Day

Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014 from 9 to 10:30 a.m.Location: New Leaf Eco Center (776 Rosedale Road, Kennett Square, PA). Join TLC apiarist, Dan Borkoski, for an inside look at the busy buzzy world of honeybees. Participants will get a close-up look at a hive during routine inspection while gaining practical beekeeping knowledge. Don’t miss this great opportunity for non-beekeepers, prospective beekeepers, and new beekeepers interested in seeing another apiary. Protective veils will be available. Suggested donation of $5 for TLC members; $10 non-members.

Outdoor enthusiast Lisa Lightner lives in Avondale.