Huguenot Trail Spring Scavenger Hunt!

Think you know where you live? Join the scouting community of all ranks and ages as we have fun in the District and have our own Amazing Race!
This event starts today 5 February, 2021 and will run through 4 March, 2021.
Get out and explore where you live!!!

Scavenger Hunt rules:

  • You may internet search for help while hunting, however, you must take a picture of yourself in front of each location, building or historical marker.

  •  Please be respectful of the property you are visiting and follow the rules of Leave No Trace.

  • Parents of Cubs, give your Cubs a map and have them use those map skills to follow your route. It would cut down on your driving and help your Cub’s attention span if you try to solve the clues before heading out. Have your Cubs help you search the internet and talk them through the clue process.

  • When you have completed the hunt, send your pictures and locations along with your name and mailing address in a message to the Huguenot Trail Facebook page. Your completion certificate and patch will be snail-mailed to you. (Due to limited amount of supply, vintage patches are reserved for scouts only)

Click here for the CLUES

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Invitation to all WEB I and AOLs from Troop 869

When: Tuesday October 27th at 6:30 pm
Where: Salisbury Presbyterian Church
13621 W. Salisbury Road
Midlothian, VA 23113
All boys (5th Grade and above) currently not involved in Scouting, all current Webelos I and
II, and their parents are invited to join us for our Annual Pumpkin Launch. This is a great way
for your son to get to know and interact with our Scouts in a relaxed, fun setting.
We will have a short opening, as we do every meeting, and then we will begin the pumpkin
launch. Your son will get the chance to use the manual launchers as well as an air-powered
launcher designed by one of our scouts. While we call it a pumpkin launch, we typically
launch small gourds and potatoes since they work best. Feel free to bring a bag of potatoes
with you.
Our Assistant Scoutmasters, Troop Committee Members and I will also be on hand to
answer any question that you, or your son may have.
We do follow proper COVID-19 Protocols. Masks are required for all attendees!
Refreshments will also be served. To help us plan the refreshments, we ask you to let us
know how many boys (and Parents) plan on attending. We look forward to meeting all of
Yours In Scouting,
Dan Murphy
Scoutmaster BSA Troop 869
(c) 804-239-7345


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Webelos and Arrow of Light Transition Day

Webelos Day 2020

For nearly two decades, the Webelos Transition Day has been an annual tradition for Scouts BSA Troop 800 and the surrounding community.  In light of the closing of our former camp in Powhatan, VA, the  Sharon Parsons Foundation in Cumberland, VA, has generously offered Camp Parsons, their new 22-acre multi-purpose youth camp to host this event.

Each year, in conjunction with the Heart of Virginia Council and Huguenot Trail District, Scouts BSA Troop 800 will be inviting the rising Webelos and Arrow of Light Scouts from the surrounding areas to Camp Parsons in Cumberland, VA, to experience what it is like for these boys and girls to be a Scout for a day. The main purpose of this event is to keep these Scouts interested and get them excited about the transition to becoming a Scout.  Once again, this event is open to boys AND girls who are Webelos or Arrow of Light Scouts and their siblings.

As always, this is a FREE event for all attendees.  Lunch will be provided to REGISTERED attendees. 

Remember — ALL attendees must register individually.


During this event, Webelos and AOL Scouts will get to participate or view demonstrations at various stations including:

  • Archery Range
  • BB Gun Range
  • Camp Cooking
  • Fire Building
  • Knife Safety
  • Shotgun Range*
  • Tomahawk Range*
  • Woodworking Shop
  • Other events to be determined

Due to Scouts BSA safety regulations, Shotgun Range and Tomahawk Range are demonstrations only for Webelos and AOL Scouts.  However, adults accompanying scouts are welcome to participate in these events when available.

If you are a member of another Scouts BSA Troop and would like to participate in this event, help man the activity stations and present information about your Troop, please register below and contact Scoutmaster Rodney Parsons at 804-514-8880 as soon as possible to confirm your participation.  This is an event to keep boys and girls in the Scouting program no matter what Troop they decide to join.

Due to insurance requirements, ALL attendees including adults MUST register individually.  NO EXCEPTIONS!

Detailed directions will be emailed to you upon registration!

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Hobo Hightales Newsletter Issues 2 and 3

Click Here for Issue 2

Click Here for Issue 3

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Huguenot Trail Hobo Camping Challenge

What: Camping challenge to all units in the HT District
When: June 2020
Where: Outside camping
Who: open to all Registered HT Unit Hobos & Boettes

Read our first installment of the Hobo Newsletter “HIGH TALES”

HT Hobo Camping Challenge participation
Every HT Scout is offered the chance to
test out and showcase their best outdoor
camping skills.
*Hobo style camping includes but is not
limited to the following options: Tents,
tarps, hammocks, boxes, under the stars.
HT Hobo Camping Challenge – to qualify
~ the duration of 8 evening hours must be
in the structure
~ the scout must be primarily responsible
for construction & take down of habitat
~ picture submission of structure
HT Hobo Camping Challenge – Prizes
~ most nights accumulated
~ highest % of unit members sleeping out on the
same night (doesn’t have to be same location!)
~ Accountable Actions – As Hobo’s are known to
be traveling workers – what tasks were
accomplished around the campsite?
~ most creative Hobo meal
HT Hobo Camping Challenge – Entries
~ to ‘enter’ Hobo night:
Submit a picture of structure that was slept in including date of
use, Scout name & unit number
~ to ‘enter’ Hobo Accountable Action:
Submit a picture of action and short description, Scout name &
unit number
~ to ‘enter’ Hobo meal:
Submit a picture of meal, Scout name & unit number
All entries can be emailed to: subject line = HT Hobo

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District Pinewood Derby Winners!

Our thanks go out to Mike Davis and his PWD team for a smooth and excellent race day and Bethel Baptist for once again hosting us!

Winners are as follows:

1st place: Nathaniel T. P1811
2nd place: Rowan N. P1825
3rd place: Easton F. P826

1st place: Gavin A. P1811
2nd place: Caiden O. P1879
3rd place: Sheamus S. P861

1st place: Maddox N. P1838
2nd place: Sam L. P861
3rd place: Ashley S. P6296

1st place: Isaac R. P861
2nd place: Noah S. P1838
3rd place: Christian L. P876

1st place: Colton N. P1838
2nd place: Owen W. P6296
3rd place: Hailey O. P876

1st place: Brandon M. P1838
2nd place: Samuel J. P893
3rd place: Chase C. P836
(17/10,000 of a second between 1st and 2nd place!)

1st place: Madelyn Y. P1891
2nd place: West S. P861
3rd place: Christian L. P876

Congratulations to all racers who participated!

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Status of Council/District Events concerning COVID-19

Dear Scouting Families:

As always, your safety and the safety of all our members, volunteers, and employees is our top priority. We know there are questions and concerns about how COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus, could affect local Scouting programs in the Heart of Virginia Council. Please know that we are monitoring developments regarding COVID-19 both locally and through the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The following information regarding local events and prevention measures is based on the latest available guidance. As this is an evolving situation, this information is subject to change. We will continue to update you on relevant developments, and we appreciate your understanding of any necessary adjustments in the interest of health and safety.

 Status of Council Events

After much discussion and observations of what is happening in the local school systems, it has been decided that all in-person Council and District events, activities, and meetings between Monday, March 16 and Sunday, April 12, 2020 will be postponed or cancelled. This decision has been made out of an abundance of caution and concern for the health of our Scouts, Scouters, and their families. 

Further, HOVC suggests that individual Scout units follow this policy. The final decision on continued unit activities will be the responsibility of the unit committee in consultation with their chartered organization and, in some cases, their meeting facilities until such time as new guidance is issued by the CDC. 

We strongly encourage that districts, units, and council committees consider using technology to continue with as many of their normally scheduled meetings and events as possible. Free or low-cost options include Free Conference Call, Skype, and Google Hangouts.

 Summer Programs

Currently, all summer programming – day camps, summer camps, etc. – will continue as planned. We will extend the early bird rates to April 30, 2020 to allow our troops and packs to have time to get this information out to parents. 

Council Facilities

The Scout Service Center and Scout Store will be open for business. However, committee meetings will not be held in person.  We encourage them to take place by phone.

 Event Refunds

We are working to reschedule events for a later date. If you are registered for an event that gets postponed, your registration will be transferred to the new date. If you are unable to attend the rescheduled event, you may request a refund according to the event’s specific policy.

 BSA Polices to Prevent the Spread of Illness

The Boy Scouts of America continues to have policies and procedures in place that help protect participants from contracting an illness at large Scouting events. These include the  Annual Health and Medical Record and the  Pre-Event Medical Screening Checklist.

Everyday Preventive Measures

Even with those important policies in place, it is critical that we all take these everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases:

  • Stay home when you feel sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and wash your hands before and after doing so. 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve/elbow, not your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. 
  • Do not share personal items such as cups, water bottles, eating utensils, etc.
  • Avoid shaking hands. A Scout salute or wave will suffice.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

If you have a fever, cough, or other symptoms associated with COVID-19, or if you believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19, you should isolate and not attend any Scouting events. People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.

Should you have any questions or concerns about a specific upcoming event or activity, please reach out to your District Executive. We will do everything we can to answer your question using the information available to us. This message and future updates will be available at

Council Key 3— Letter

Mark Cross, President       Mark Larson, Commissioner       George McGovern, Scout Executive

George M McGovern  |  Scout Executive

Heart of Virginia Council

4015 Fitzhugh Ave.  |  P.O. Box 6809
Richmond, Virginia  23230
P 770-468-5600  |  F 804.353.6109

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Resources from last night’s Round Table

NYLT is looking for candidate youth to attend the training this summer. More information can be found here at

Questions? Ask Course Director Barry Sellers:

The Round Table team would like to thank Mike Sobczak for the delicious Dutch Oven cooking he did last night. Here are the details for his recipe:

The recipe for the Meramec River Chili Pie, page 92 of the cookbook .

April RT!: Calling all Camp Chefs and Scouters who have cooked a unique dish while camping with your unit or who can cook a dish in a creative or unique way.  Huguenot Trail District Round Table staff would like to see you and your skills at our April RT meeting. We want to see everything from dutch oven to open fire to box ovens.  Our theme for the month is “OUTDOOR COOKING” and what we are asking is for you to prepare a dish, be prepare to explain how it is prepared and share a sample of the dish.
 -RT staff will provide cups/plates for attendees to walk around and sample food items.       -Round Table starts at 7:00 pm.  We ask that you be prepared to share your dish at 7:20 pm. 
-We will close the demonstration at 8:00 pm to allow ample time for you to clean and pack up your items. 
-Many of you may need to arrive earlier to set up, prepare and have your dish ready for sampling. 
-Cooking will be done in a grassy area adjacent to the gym at Mt. Pisgah UMC. 
– Please keep the principles of Leave No Trace in mind as you prepare your dish. 
-We do not want to leave any burned or charred areas on the church grounds. 
-There will be a large metal container available to dump coals/ashes in and water buckets available to drown your coals.

Please respond to RT Commissioner Frank Howard and let him know who you are, your unit and the dish you will prepare.
-When you reply, let us know what time you need to set up and RT staff will be on hand to assist and have the church opened.

MAY RT will be held in Powhatan at the Powhatan Fire Station #2 ; Huguenot Volunteer Fire Dept 1959 Urbine Rd Powhatan

June RT will start at 6 p.m. with a District Dinner and UP3 presentation afterwards. (More details and how to sign up TBA)

We are looking for YOU to submit nominations for the District Award of Merit (click to get forms) and District Recognition Certificates. This is our chance to recognize our superb team of Huguenot Trail Unit leaders!!

Please read the forms carefully for eligibility requirements. All nominations must be submitted to Heather Mulvihill no later than 7 May, 2020. They may be scanned to

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District Pinewood Derby-Reminder

Hello Huguenot Trail! This is a reminder that District PWD will be held this Saturday.

All 1st and 2nd Place finishes by Den in Pack Races are Invited! Trophies will be presented to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places for each rank: Lions, Tigers, Wolves, Bears, WEBS, AOL and “Outlaw”. Each Pack is invited to send 3 cars to the “Outlaw” race.

Date: 22 February, 2020
Location: Bethel Baptist Church
1100 Huguenot Springs Rd, Midlothian, VA 23113

All Final Heats will be Broadcast LIVE! on Facebook.

Fee: $7 cash (please have exact change) or check at the door/entry.

Please CLICK HERE for race times.

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Updated with Corrections. Please see BOLD Italics for changes!

Huguenot Trail District is offering you the chance to sell pies to celebrate PI Day on March 14, 2020 (3.14).  The pies come packaged as a 4 pack and retail for $3.14 per pie, with the last pie costing $0.58 to round the total price for a 4 pack as $10.  The 4 inch pies are chocolate chess and lemon and will feature a PI logo on the pie.
For every 4 pack that the scout sells, the scout will get a profit of approx $2 which will be deposited into the unit’s scout account.
Orders can be placed up until March 5th. All orders must be submitted by that date. The order will be placed with Ukrops on the 6th. Hopefully we can receive the finished product by the following Wed, March 11. That will give us time to deliver the pies by Thurs afternoon/evening, the 12th. We require cash when orders are submitted.
This is a great fundraising opportunity as you decide to help fund summer camp in addition to the CAMP Card program
Join the Pie Day fun!



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