When one thinks about maple syrup, Vermont usually comes to mind.

When one thinks about maple syrup, Vermont usually comes to mind.

Next Saturday, however, the Simon Kenton Council of Boy Scouts of America will bring the age-old tradition of tapping maple trees for sap, used to make syrup and other sweet delicacies, to southern Delaware County.

This is the 22nd year for the Camp Lazarus Maple Syrup Festival, which will end March 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The camp is on the west side of U.S. Route 23, across from the south campus of the Delaware Area Career Center.

This festival is one of the council's largest events, said spokesperson Jen Koma, "and one of the best for family-friendly fun with activities for everyone."

It is also cost-efficient, she said, with a $2 per person admission charge. For an additional $5 a person, attendees can partake in a "Pancake Feast," Koma said, that includes pancakes, maple syrup, sausage links and drinks. In the afternoon, hot dogs and chips will be available.

For the second year, Bob Evans is sponsoring the festival, providing all of the breakfast items.

"It's a perfect partnership," Koma said.

The activities will run throughout the day.

Guests can visit the maple sugar shack to watch how the sap is cooked down to syrup, visit the blacksmith shop to learn about branding, and learn to throw a tomahawk or shoot a BB gun. There also will be a leather-making area, pioneer area, Indian dancing and hayrides, at a cost of 50 cents per ride and weather permitting.

"It's all hands-on with activities kids don't normally get to do," Koma said.

For those wanting something other than pancakes or hot dogs, bean soup and fry bread will be sold at a nominal cost.

At the camp store, guests can buy maple syrup, maple candy and festival patches.

The festival also is a membership recruiting tool.

"We're always looking for ways to get kids interested in scouting," Koma said. "The festival gives them an idea of what scouting is about and many decide they want to be part of it."

For more information, go to http://www.scouters.org/ and click on "events & activities."