SCOPE is an international exchange program that brings together over 800 Canadian and American Scouts and adults for an extended weekend of fun and friendship. The program has its beginning in 1967 with Canada’s Centennial celebrations and has continued every four years since.
Canadians visited the United States in 1967, as part of their celebration of Canada’s Centennial Year.
The following year, members of the newly-created Baden-Powell District joined their Canadian hosts for an encampment of 1,750 men and boys at Woodbridge, Ontario, in Boyd Conservation Park.
SCOPE has continued in this fashion every four years, with the next cycle being 2016/2017.
In late May 2016 American scouts and their leaders will be visiting us and joining Canadian Scouting youth and their families. The American contingent will arrive Thursday evening and be billeted with a Canadian Scout and their family Thursday night. Friday will be spent attending school or in fun activities with the host families. Friday evening everyone meets up at the campsite to be greeted with campsites that have been set up by the leaders Friday during the day. The weekend will be filled with fun and challenging activities for everyone. Sunday, after camp is over, the youth return to the host families for more sightseeing and fun. Early Monday morning the American Scouts rendezvous at the bus departure point for the trip home.
SCOPE is a unique scouting experience which will then enable our Scouts/Venturers/Rovers to become part of a Pennsylvania family and Scout Troop in May 2017, attending school and camping with their fellow Scouts/Venturers/Rovers. Each participant becomes a member of an American Scout Troop and family for the weekend. Lasting friendships have developed and all have a most rewarding experience.
SCOPE 2016 will be taking place at Blue Springs Scout Reserve, May 26-29, 2016
Cost will be advised, which includes your food, campsite and activities.