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:

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

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

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

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

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

AOLs:
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!)

Outlaw:
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  www.HOVC.org

Council Key 3— Letter

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

George M McGovern  |  Scout Executive


BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
Heart of Virginia Council

4015 Fitzhugh Ave.  |  P.O. Box 6809
Richmond, Virginia  23230
P 770-468-5600  |  F 804.353.6109
georgem.mcgovern@scouting.org

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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 hovcnylt.org

Questions? Ask Course Director Barry Sellers: cd@hovcnylt.org

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: https://www.scoutshop.org/the-scouts-dutch-oven-cookbook-614615.html

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 fxuncut@aol.com 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 hbmulvihill@gmail.com

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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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Pi Day Fundraiser!-CORRECTIONS BELOW

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!

FLYER AND MORE INFORMATION

UNIT TALLY SHEET

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Confirming the Official Location of District Pinewood Derby

Pinewood Derby is being held at Bethel Baptist Church. Please click here for more details here.

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Troop 840 Open House and Jamestown/Yorktown Camping Trip

Troop 840 is inviting all WEBS/AOLs to a second Open House on 10 February @7-8:30 p.m. for a demonstration of Camp cooking and Fire demonstration. Location St. Michael’s 8706 Quaker Street. Flyer HERE.

WEBS/AOLs are also invited to accompany T840 on a camping and exploration trip to Jamestown and Yorktown 21-23 Feb. The Troop will be camping overnight at the historical homestead of the Byrd family of Virginia. Flyer HERE.

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Scout Sunday

Any Sunday in February; but formally February 9, 2020

The Boy Scouts of America designates the Sunday that falls before February 8 (Scouting Anniversary Day) as Scout Sunday, which is the primary date to recognize the contributions of young people and adults to Scouting. However, each chartered organization can use either of two other options to celebrate this special day. An organization can adopt a specific Sunday to celebrate. It also is permissible for a local church to celebrate on the Sunday most acceptable to the pastor and congregation. The Scout units are urged to participate in the religious services. Scout Sunday is an opportunity for units can attend services in uniform, conduct a flag ceremony, speak about Scouting, present religious awards and/or formally thank the chartering organization for their support throughout the year, reserve pews, take an active participation in the service such as a prayer, request a notice in the church bulletin. Consider having a recruiting information table in the foyer or hospitality area.

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Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia is hosting a Merit Badge College Day

Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia is hosting a Merit Badge College Day on Saturday, February 15, 2020, open to all Scouts BSA Troops in the Heart of Virginia Council.  Thanks to the support and involvement of the college administration, faculty, staff and community, we are able to offer a great day and merit badge opportunities taught by qualified instructors. DETAILS HERE

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Scouts BSA Troop 1833 Recruiting Now!

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