Olympia Scope 2017

50th Anniversary Olympia SCOPE Campout with Canadian Scouts 
Every few years our Scout District conducts an exchange program with a Scout District in Canada. In the past Scouts from our area visited Canada. This year the Canadian Scouts will be coming to Pennsylvania. Our guests will arrive on Thursday evening May 18 and attend school with their host on Friday. Friday evening we'll all go camping together returning on Sunday to spend the rest of the day with their host and stay overnight. Monday morning our guests return home.


Would you consider hosting a Canadian boy or girl Scout for a few days? 

This is a terrific way for your family to have an international experience without having to travel, without having to know a foreign language, and with someone you can share your love of Scouting with!

Canadian Scouts and leaders will arrive late on Thursday May 18th and depart on the morning of Monday May 22nd. 
  • You may host one or more Canadian Scouts. 
  • You may specify a boy or girl Scout (there will be some girls in attendance).
  • Everyone in your household over 18 will be expected to have completed Pennsylvania background checks [DETAILS].
  • You must follow BSA Youth Protection Rules (an adult host may never be alone with a guest; another adult or youth, which could be your son, must always be present).

If you want to host here is what's expected:
  • Pick up your Scout(s) (and/or leaders) on Thursday evening at Temple Sinai synagogue in Dresher [MAP].
  • Take your guest home and share in a meal and family time.
  • On Friday the 19th, have your guest attend school with your son or daughter. If this isn't allowed or possible, plan a fun activity for your guest. In the past host families have taken their guest on a half-day trip to visit Philadelphia.
  • On Friday afternoon, bring your guest and your own Troop 98 Scout to St. John's in time to depart for the campout.
  • On Sunday afternoon after the campout, collect your guest and your own Troop 98 Scout and take them home. 
  • Sunday afternoon is "open program" for your guest and your family.
  • On Monday morning take your guest back to Temple Sinai synagogue in Dresher.
Hosting a Canadian Scout has been an interesting and unique experience for many of our Troop 98 Scouts. Some of our boys have become long-time friends (and hosted each other in subsequent years) through this program. Please consider hosting and making Scope Olympia a success this year!

Check out the pictures from Scope Olympia 2013 HERE


Weekend Campout with Canadian Scouts at Camp Hart

May 19 to 21  (if you are hosting a Canadian Scout he will be with you from the 18th to the 22nd)

What will we do at the campout?  It is similar to a camporee with several stations:
  • "aggressive" shooting sports
  • STEM
  • climbing wall
  • archery
  • BMX bikes
  • lake sports
  • jousting
  • fire water rescues
  • Philadelphia search and rescue dog team
You will also get to share in fellowship with Canadian scouts and trade patches.  This is a great opportunity to do something with international Scouts that few US Scouts get to experience.

Plus, help Troop 98 run a pioneering station!  

Depart from:  St. John's at 5:30 PM on Friday May 19th
Return to:  St. John's at Noon on Sunday May 21st
Camping at: CAMP HART
Cost: $35.00 / PERSON (Event fee) - Please bring a check to a troop meeting made out to "BSA Troop 98" and put it in the Treasurer's box.

This fee is assessed by the Council.  We recognize this is expensive for a weekend campout so we will cover the cost of meals from the Troop treasury.  Please let a Scoutmaster know if you want to go but this cost represents a hardship.

History of the Scope/Olympia:  The event began in 1967 with an invitation by Baden Powell District to Brampton Area Scouting to visit with Baden Powell District Scouting in the US.  It was followed up with an invitation for the Americans to come to Canada and visit there. After each two years rotation we would skip three years and begin again with the program. Having reached our 45th anniversary the program grew, by invitation, to other units in the States and to other towns in Ontario in the Greater Toronto Area.  The program includes home hospitality, camping, touring of another country and amazing, awesome fellowship.