District Day Camp!!!! Register now!

Heart of Virginia Day Camp @ Powhatan Middle School

June 24th – 28th, 2019

  Powhatan Middle School
4135 Old Buckingham Road, Powhatan, VA 23139

Register Here!

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Class of 2018 Eagle Statistics

A comprehensive look at the numbers behind the number at Bryan on Scouting

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Richmond International Raceway Scout Weekend

Richmond Raceway invites local Scout packs and troops to the attend the Toyota Spring Race Weekend for a special Scout Event. APRIL 12 & 13
• Discounted ticket to Saturday’s TOYOTA OWNERS 400 race
• Complimentary ticket to Friday’s ToyotaCare 250 race
• Admission to the Driver / Crew Chief Meeting
• Interactive experience with a member of NASCAR
• Possible commemorative group photograph at the Start / Finish Line


Save the date flyer

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District Dinner-CANCELLED, Please continue to submit for District Award of Merit and District Recognition

(This article has been updated to reflect a new submission date)

District Award of Merit and District Recognitions form links. District Award of Merit is available to registered Scouters who render service of an outstanding nature at the district level. District Recognition is available to registered Scouters who render service of outstanding nature at the unit level.
Nominations may be submitted to either District Chairman Andre Russotti or District Commissioner Heather Mulvihill. All recommendations for awards and recognitions must be submitted by 8 April, 2019.

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Updated Youth Protection Training Now Available

Update Your Training by October 1, 2018
Over the decades, the Boy Scouts of America has been a leader in developing training and policies designed to keep young people safe. Over time, these policies have become standard with organizations across the nation. Now, the Boy Scouts of America is releasing fully updated training to further strengthen our ability to protect youth.

These changes include:

  • Updated Youth Protection Training, including insights from experts and survivors and the latest strategies for recognizing and preventing major forms of abuse. This is the designated Youth Protection Training for all adults. All volunteers must take the new training by October 1, 2018, no matter when they took the previous training.
  • An expanded ScoutsFirst Helpline to aid volunteers and families in addressing potentially dangerous situations.
  • Unlimited counseling and support for healing to anyone who has ever been abused in Scouting.
  • Youth Protection Training for youth members available in 2019.

In addition to updated training, we recently announced new policies to ensure compliance with mandatory training requirements, including:

  • As of January 1, 2018, no new leader can be registered without first completing youth protection training.
  • As of January 1, 2018, no council, regional, or national leader will be allowed to renew their registration if they are not current on their Youth Protection Training.
  • As of September 1, 2017, no unit may re-charter without all leaders being current on their Youth Protection Training. Registrars no longer have the ability to approve charters without full compliance.
  • Effective June 1, 2018, adults accompanying a Scouting unit who are present at the activity for 72 total hours or more must be registered as a leader, including completion of a criminal background check and Youth Protection Training. The 72 hours need not be consecutive.

With these changes, and many more outlined in the documents listed below, as well as the overview video, we will continue to build a safe environment for our youth.

As an advocate and champion for youth protection in Scouting movement, I encourage you to 

watch the video
, become familiar with the resource documents, 

take the training
 and spread the word.

We realize the Oct 1 training deadline will be a challenge for some – but the safety of our children is too important to delay.

Thank you for your work in sharing the message of safety in Scouting. You make difference every day, in ways you may never know. Truly, Youth Protection Begins with You.


Michael Johnson
Director, Youth Protection

Additional Resources:

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2018 District Pinewood Derby Results!

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.

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New Scoutbook/Advancement Page

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

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Changes to Council Advancement Records

Dear Huguenot Trail District Boy Scout Troops, Cub Scout Packs and Venture Crews,
The December Courier contained an important message from the Executive Board of the Heart of Virginia Council.  It was the article titled “Program Resolution November 2017.” PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE HERE:   http://hovc.org/articles/2017/12/12099/.
“Effective January 1, 2018, every Heart of Virginia Council unit shall be required to only record advancement online through Internet Advancement. This requirement will bring the Heart of Virginia Council in-line with other councils in our area that have already eliminated paper advancement forms to bring Scout records up-to-date. When purchasing all rank badges, except for the rank of Eagle Scout, the Scout Shop will only accept printouts from Internet Advancement. The full resolution can be seen 

This means, Cub Scout and Boy Scout rank badges, merit badges and Venturing awards cannot be purchased without presenting a printed Internet Advancement report at the time of purchase.  Per Phil Victor, Scoutbook reports indicating that the advancements have been synced to Scoutnet will be accepted.   (SEE ARTICLE BELOW THIS ONE ON HOW TO SYNC)

If the unit is doing this correctly, it will indicate so in the bottom left corner of the report.
As of January 1, 2018, the following will no longer be accepted by the Scout Shop:
1. Handwritten Advancement report.
2. A 3rd party Scouting reporting software report. Such as Troopmaster, Packmaster, Scout Trac, etc.
3. A software generated purchase order.
4. A list of rank badges and merit badges in a word document, handwritten on a piece of paper, etc.

If you are new to Internet Advancement, attempt to log-on and receive a message indicating your unit already has a password, this means that some time in the past the unit was using Internet Advancement to record advancements and merit badges.  You will need to contact the Council Registrar so she can reset the password and a new account, with a new processor password, can be created.
Please share this information with the individual who records advancements for your unit and the individual who purchases the advancements in the shop.  
Yours in Scouting,
Scott Bailey
Scott Bailey
District Advancement Chairman
Huguenot Trail District
Heart of Virginia Council, BSA
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Family Scouting

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

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Update to Eagle Palms! They heard you!!

All current Boy Scouts — even those who completed their Eagle Scout board of review before Aug. 1, 2017 — are now entitled to receive Eagle Palms for merit badges earned before their Eagle board of review.

Previously, only those Scouts with an Eagle board of review date on or after Aug. 1, 2017, were eligible for these Eagle Palms. Now all current Eagle Scouts can receive Palms for additional merit badges earned before their board.

This is a revision to the 

change announced on this blog on July 10, 2017
. The move comes in response to passionate feedback from volunteers and was approved by the BSA’s National Executive Board.

Here’s what changed and why.


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