Longwood University and its Alpha Alpha Omicron Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega invites you to campus for Merit Badge Day 2018 on April 7. Please share this email/information with all interested Scouts/Scouters/Parents.
We’ll be offering 12 different badges this year: Automotive Maintenance, Citizenship in the Community, Communication, Emergency Preparedness, Environmental Science, First Aid, Geology, Golf, Public Speaking, Robotics, Soil & Water Conservation & Swimming
Attached is a flyer that lists the event schedule & all details about badge requirements/prerequisites.
The pre-registration site is
ready to go and LINKED HERE.
The event’s Facebook page is
Please be sure to read all event details provided on the registration site &/or listed on the event’s Facebook page.
For questions, please feel free to contact myself and fellow event co-coordinator Stephanie Miller at this email address: email@example.com.
We look forward to seeing you on campus & thank you once again for your support!
Yours in Scouting,
Venture Crew 6522
Alpha Phi Omega Chapter Co-Adviser
Merit Badge Day Co-Coordinator
Looking for a quick, risk-free fundraiser that is not labor intensive and easy to do? Camp Cards will be here soon! Each Camp Card is sold for $5.00 with 50% of the proceeds kept with the unit and 50% returned to Council. Units can participate RISK FREE and unsold cards can be returned to Council without penalty. Units DO NOT need to prepay for their initial round of Camp Cards, so this is a great way to raise funds for your summer camping programs! A limited number of cards will be available for units to sell. Sign up your Unit and reserve Camp Cards at
Date: Saturday, April 14, 2018 8:30 AM to Sunday, April 15, 2018, 12:00 Noon
Registration deadline: April 2, 2018
Location: Powhatan State Park
4616 Powhatan State Park Rd., Powhatan, VA 23139
Cost: $35 (meals included)
Contact: Tracey Portillo, firstname.lastname@example.org, 804.337.3083
Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation is an overnight training event that introduces parents and leaders to the skills needed to plan and conduct pack outdoor activities, particularly Pack camping. THIS IS A NEW CURRICULUM— that covers all the required material for WEBELOS Leaders to take their den camping.
Prerequisites: Prior to taking the practical component, you must have completed the online component before attending the training weekend practical. Both components, the online and the practical, must be completed in order to fulfill the “BALOO Trained”status. In the event the online component is not completed prior to the practical, the trained status is withheld until both components are successfully completed. The online portion is available through the BSA LearnCenter. Log onto
and select the BSA LearnCenter image on the right side of the home page.
National Youth Leadership Training (Flyer for Details)
NYLT is a six-day course. Content is delivered in a troop and patrol outdoor setting with an emphasis on immediate application of learning in a fun environment. Interconnecting concepts and work processes are introduced early, built upon, and aided by the use of memory aids, which allows participants to understand and employ the leadership skills much faster.
Scout Night at the Diamond (Flyer for details)
It’s one of the best nights in minor league baseball – Scout Night at the ballpark. Boy Scout Night with the Flying Squirrels is on Friday, May 11, 2018 at The Diamond. Take in a Squirrels game with your troop, join the pre-game scout parade, get a Flying Squirrels Scout Night 2018 patch and best of all, camp out on the field after the game!
Just $9 per person!
Flying Squirrels website
Venturing Officers Association (Flyer for Details)
Venturing Officers’ Associations (VOA) provide opportunities for adventure, leadership, personal growth, and service
. By doing so, they serve to model best practices in programming for local crews and to provide a program resource for Venturers and Advisors throughout the VOA’s area of operation. Please see the attached flyer above for details on HOVC’s VOA.
Attention race fans!!! The District PWD was held 24 February, at Bethel Baptist Church. The Official racing results are hot off the press and are as follows:
Lion 1st place- C. Morris P876
Lion 2nd place- M. Nelson P1838
Lion 3rd place- B. Gleason P1838
Tiger 1st place- C. Lively P876
Tiger 2nd place- O. Loemis P1825
Tiger 3rd place- G. Ross P1811
Wolf 1st place- C. Young P1811
Wolf 2nd place- R. Stone P876
Wolf 3rd place- R. Haskin P1811
Bear 1st place- J. Ruppel-Lee P6296
Bear 2nd place- A. Kaleta P1838
Bear 3rd place- N. Rusher P893
WEBS 1st place – Z. Wood P1825
WEBS 2nd place- C. Collins P861
WEBS 3rd place- D. Haskin P1811
AOL 1st place- C. Crayton P1879
AOL 2nd place- J. Leach P1838
AOL 3rd place- T. Williams P1838
Congratulations to all the winners and many thanks to all to parents, Boy Scouts, and District leaders who came out to help make this event a success. A special thank you to Bethel Baptist Church for once again allowing us to use their facilities and to volunteers from Virginia Commonwealth Bank.
Leaders, Advancement chairs and Committee chairs, please check out or new district subpage for information on and helps for using Scoutbook and linking it to National’s Advancement program Click: HERE
For those using Scoutbook, did you know that you can SYNCH your unit’s advancement records with those BSA officially tracks in ScoutNet? If your unit previously had synched your Scoutbook account, by now you should have received a notification that the SYNCH feature has been restored. The “best” advantage from my perspective of synching your Scoutbook account is that you no longer have to use the legacy Internet Advancement application. But there are other advantages too… like being able to ‘synch’ the training of your leaders.
Enabling the SYNCH feature of your unit’s Scoutbook account requires you to take the action it will not happen by itself. ANY pack, troop or crew can do it. (Hang on shipmate…. Ships will be coming in early 2018.) Here are some ‘tricks’ that I learned synching a unit’s Scoutbook account that I pass along because they might help you – please share this liberally with the units you serve:
• You access the Unit Synch feature by scrolling down to the bottom of your unit’s Scoutbook homepage and clicking on the EDIT ‘UNIT’ button.
• Before you synch:
1. Make sure you have your unit’s ScoutNet password. You should be able to get this from your DE.
2. If you have more than one BSA membership ID, make sure that your My.Scouting active profile is the same as the one for the unit you are synching. (Mostly applies to those Scouters with registrations also at the area/regional/national level.)
3. If you have some youth in Scoutbook that have not yet gotten fully registered, go in and “Unapprove” them. You do this by going into the individual Scout’s record, clicking on their current MEMBERSHIP, ‘un-check’ the POSITION APPROVED box, and then click the UPDATE button. (This happened to me because I had turned in a Scout’s application the night before I tried to synch. You will need to do this for ALL youth you might be tracking in Scoutbook who have not yet officially registered.)
4. Check that all your registered youth and leaders have their BSA number entered into their PROFILE. You can download a full unit roster with member numbers using the My.Scouting Member Manager.
5. When you are ready to SYNCH your unit’s advancement, go the EDIT ‘UNIT’ button and proceed through each of the steps. The first time you synch your unit it may take a few minutes… especially if you have a large number of youth. Once synched, the Scoutbook and ScoutNet will keep each youth’s information in synch.
6. If you subsequently add new youth, after you have added their membership number you can indvidually add each Scout to your unit’s SYNCH function simply by opening the individual scout’s record and click on the “Click here to active” hyperlink found in the yellow bar right above the Scout’s Advancement summary box.
7. Updating your Leaders Scoutbook training requires you to go to the unit’s TRAINED LEADERS REPORT, scroll to the bottom and click the ScoutNET Unit Training Sych icon.
8. Whenever you add new Leaders (after you have added their membership number to their profile), or want to update the Training information repeat this process.
• Because there are multiple databases involved, give the process 24-28 hours to have the youth advancements sych fully within all of BSA’s systems.
Serving the Whole Family
BSA’s mission is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Our priority is to bring the benefits of Scouting to more youth while remaining true to our mission. We are excited to announce beginning in 2018, our
Cub Scouts program
will be open to boys and girls. By welcoming both girls and boys into the program, even more youth will have access to the character development and values-based leadership that Scouting promises and be better prepared for future success.
Link Here to National’s Family Scouting Page for more Information