Earning Eagle Palms is about to change!


The BSA has announced significant changes to the way Scouts earn Eagle Palms — those awards presented to young men who earn more merit badges than required.
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New Eagle Scout Application

A new Eagle Scout application has been released by National. Eagle candidates please note that the most current application must be used when applying for this rank.

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Summertime Merit Badges and Rank Advancement for Scouts and Cubs

chesterfield-parks-logo-colorThis summer Chesterfield County will once again offer merit badges and rank advancement. Activity pins and merit badge workshops are offered for Cub Scouts, Webelos and Boy Scouts. For details regarding Girl Scout merit badge workshops call 751-4946. The following Boy Scout merit badge workshops are offered by a merit badge counselor certified with the Heart of Virginia Council. Preregistration and payment required for these workshops.

To register, visit www.chesterfieldhistory.com. Cost of program does not include badge.

Details: Call Bryan Truzzie, 804-751-4946 or truzzieb@chesterfield.gov

Download details and prices here

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Buckskin 2017

Buckskin 2017

Sunday, July 30th – Saturday, August 5th, 2017
Camp T. Brady Saunders
Maidens, Virginia

*HAD AT LEAST ONE LONG TERM CAMPING EXPERIENCE (6 days and nights or longer)

More information/sign up here

Letter from Buckskin Director/Scoutmaster

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1 Day for BSA, Scout It Forward!


Join us on April 25, 2017 for 1 Day for BSA, a day to give back and Scout it forward! 1 Day for BSA is a single day where Scouts, parents, grandparents, leaders, alumni, chartered partners, and local businesses can support Scouting online. Our council Facebook page will host a new video each day highlighting the impact Scouting has made in our communities. Each district will host a 1 Day for BSA event on April 25 and local businesses will donate a percentage of their daily sales to support Scouting.

Here’s how YOU CAN HELP us share Scouting’s story and make our program accessible to all youth in central Virginia! 

Help us spread the word about 1 Day for BSA by sharing the event on Facebook, posting photos on Instagram and Twitter. Change your profile photo to show your support and to share this important cause with your friends and followers. Share inspirational videos by using your cell phone to video short clips about what Scouting means to you or about the impact it has had on your life. Send your videos to cdragoo@bsamail.org. Visit our council Facebook page for your chance to win daily giveaways and to share daily videos of Scouting’s impact on our communities. Follow our progress on social media and help us keep the momentum going by using the hashtag #1DayforBSA!

We greatly appreciate your help and support bringing Scouting to those who would benefit most from it. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ryan Corrigan, Director of Development, at ryan.corrigan@souting.org or 804-928-1601.

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The Chestnut Tree Planting Project


Last January, we were fortunate to receive eleven American chestnut tree saplings. All eleven were planted on the Albright Scout Reservation in southern Chesterfield County. These saplings were planted by volunteers from the ASR and Troop 1807 from the Bon Air Presbyterian Church.

We now have a second opportunity. This time it is to plant twenty chestnut seeds. The District has taken soil samples from Camp T. Brady Saunders and four state parks including Pocahontas, Powhatan, Bear Creek Lake, and James River. All of the planting areas have been approved! Now we need Scout units who would like the opportunity to help reforest the Eastern United States forests with the American chestnut trees. This is an opportunity to create a legacy for your scout unit and to provide an opportunity to camp near your tree(s) several times a year to make sure your plantings are doing well.

If you would like the opportunity to create a lasting legacy for your unit and the challenge of planting and maintaining the trees plus the opportunity to camp on a periodic basis, please come to the Round Table meeting on Thursday, the 6th, and grab this opportunity before it slips away to another unit!

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Tour and Activity Plan Terminated

BSA is changing policy regarding tour plans and is no longer requiring them.

A cross-functional team has completed an evaluation of the BSA’s Tour and Activity Plan, resulting in a recommendation to terminate the plan effective April 1, 2017. We recognize that those who were using the tool may wish to know why so the following FAQs have been developed.
Please review this document for details regarding tour plans:

Tour and Activity Plan Termination FAQ

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Camp Cards are available for pick-up at the Council Service Center from 10 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday while supplies last. Cards can also be picked up at your April District Roundtable meeting or on Saturdays by appointment. Email Heather Dunton at heather.dunton@scouting.org or call 804-355-4306 if you have questions!

A savings of over $92… Wow!

The 2017 Camp Card has a GREAT VALUE to the consumer and will be SUPER EASY TO SELL! The card has a minimum value of $92 (if you used the “one-time use” coupons and used each of the “multiple-use” coupons just ONE TIME!). Camp Cards are a great way to raise dollars for your unit and can also be used to provide the necessary funds needed for summer camping programs! For more information on the Camp Card program, visit our website at www.hovc.org/campcards!

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2017 Scout Night at the Diamond

a9d395d681a778cdc5b49950b9e5303dSupport the RVA Flying Squirrels at Scout Night at the Diamond! Participate in a parade prior to the game against the Harrisburg Senators. Receive a retro scout patch and camp out overnight on the field after the game.

Friday 19 May, 2017
Gates Open: 5:30 p.m.
Scout Parade: 6:30 p.m.
Game time: 7:05 p.m.

Tickets: $9/person
Contact: Kyle Nichols     kyle.Nichols@squirrelsbaseball.com

Flyer and more info. here.

Officials RVA Flying Squirrels website for Scout Night

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2017 Pinewood Derby results

Attention race fans!!! The District PWD was held 25 February, at Bethel Baptist Church in Powhatan. The racing results are hot off the press and are as follows:

AOL 3rd place- J. Wheeler P1811
AOL 2nd place- A. Alexander P1832
AOL 1st place- D. James P893
WEBS 3rd place- M. Klausne P1811
WEBS 2nd place- B. Seiler P6296
WEBS 1st place – C. Crayton P1879
Bears 3rd place- B. Stevens P1838
Bears 2nd place- P. Matacarpa P1825
Bears 1st place- C. Flynn P836
Wolf 3rd place- E. Shelton P1838
Wolf 2nd place- J. Gwaltney P1811
Wolf 1st place- O. Young P1891
Tiger 3rd place- S. Lindmar P876
Tiger 2nd place- Z. Alam P1811
Tiger 1st place- E.C. Smith P1823
Unrestricted 3rd place- C. Devore P1879
Unrestricted 2nd place- E.C. Smith P1823
Unrestricted 1st place- O. Young P1891

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!

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