Chesterfield Historical Society Summer Merit Badges

Looking for something to do in between Summer Camps? Chesterfield Historical Society has announced their Summer Merit Badge list! See here for details.

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Huguenot Trail Cub Day Camp

Heart of Virginia Day Camp @ Camp Justis
June 18th – 22nd, 2018
Camp Justis, Powhatan, VA

Who’s ready to take flight on a voyage to FUN!? 

Details and Registration Here

The Day Camp fee is $85 per scout five days of attendance. $20 for a single day of attendance. The Day Camp fee includes a camp t-shirt and patch as well as covering all insurance costs and program materials. Be sure to register by May 21st to avoid the $25.00 per registrant LATE FEE! Registration ends June 1st.

REGISTRATION NOTE: ALL Day Camp registrations are required to go through the unit’s Pack Coordinator. NO INDIVIDUAL SCOUT/PARENT/CHAPERONE registrations will be accepted. Registration ends June 1st.

Still Have Questions?

Contact Day Camp Director Jaime Quinn at or 804-687-2814 OR Program Director Eric Johnson at 804-814-3175.

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May Round Table **UPDATE**

Round Table is on the move for the month of May. We will be meeting at Powhatan UMC ( 2253 Rosson Road, Powhatan, VA 23139)   on Thursday, 3 May starting at 7 p.m. 

This will be a joint RT for Cub and Scout Leaders and Parents. There will be a presentation on “Scoutbook” that will be of interest to everyone using “Scoutbook” or interested in learning more about this advancement tracking program. If you already use “Scoutbook” please attend and share your knowledge and experience with us. Parents, as always, are encouraged to attend.

**OA and Eagle Board WILL NOT be in Powhatan. They will be meeting at the normal time and place.

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Boy Scout Leader Specific Training (Indoor)

Scout Leader Specific Training is for anyone interested in becoming a Scoutmaster, an Assistant Scoutmaster, a Committee Member of a Troop and others interested in knowing more about the Boy Scout program.

Every Scout Deserves A Trained Leader and this course provides one of the three components needed in order to best serve your Scouts and have a Program that fulfills the mission of the Boy Scouts of America.

Date: Saturday, June 9, 2018

Arrival Time: Hot Coffee & Name Tag Pickup: 8:00 am
Course Time: 8:30 am to 2:00 pm
Location: St. Mathias Episcopal Church, 11300 W. Huguenot Road, Chesterfield, VA 23113

Cost: $30 This includes Troop Leader Guidebook (Volume 1), additional training materials, snacks, lunch and cups of some very important coffee.

(Register Here)

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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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Longwood Merit Badge Day

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  LINKED HERE.

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:

We look forward to seeing you on campus & thank you once again for your support!

Yours in Scouting,
Jeff Halliday
Venture Crew 6522
Alpha Phi Omega Chapter Co-Adviser
Merit Badge Day Co-Coordinator

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Camp Cards 2018

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 TODAY!


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BALOO Training

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,, 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.

Register here

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Spring and Early Summer Activities

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  (A-L-P-S). 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.

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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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