This month, Chester County Council, Boy Scouts of America celebrated its 100th anniversary. The group was chartered on January 17, 1919 and a century later, the organization is about to undergo some significant changes.
Beginning February 1, the national organization is changing its name to Scouts BSA as it also opens its doors to girls.
Marshallton-based Troop 52 has been eager to be an early adopter of the new program, with interested girls and trained leaders ready to go. Last June, they launched BSA Explorer Club 19 that focused on teaching girls camping and outdoor skills as well as the organizational structure and leadership roles of the BSA.
One of the women leading Explorer Club 19 is Patti VanCleave. Her involvement with scouting began in 1998 when her son, Scott joined Cub Scout Pack 152. When he moved up to Boy Scouts and joined Troop 52 in 2002, Patti stepped up her participation in scouting and became the activities chairperson.