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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New World Conservation Award Requirements

Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers now have new requirements for earning the World Conservation Award. These requirements are effective immediately. Please click here for further details. 

World_Conservation_Awards_(Boy_Scouts_of_America)Quick facts: World Conservation Award

How to get it: Return your completed application to council office for authorization to purchase badge from Scout shop.

Patch and placement: Blue border patch for Cub Scouts; khaki border patch for Boy Scouts; green border patch for Venturers; worn as a temporary patch on right pocket.

Supply/BIN item number: Cub Scout emblem, No. 139; Boy Scout emblem, No. 140; Venturing emblem, No. 152; pocket certificate, No. 32080

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Scout Planning Worksheet is a new tool to help Scouts perfect planning skills

When planning an Eagle Scout service project, you have to identify a goal, recruit a team, plan transportation, purchase materials, consider safety and plot each step.

It’s a lot of work.

So much, in fact, that in an ideal world the Eagle project wouldn’t be a Scout’s first experience with formal, documented project planning.

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the ideal world.

The BSA has released the Scout Planning Worksheet, a new tool that Scouts can use to plan patrol or troop activities. The goal is to build project-planning prowess that will benefit Scouts in their Eagle project, at school and in life…….Article continued here at Bryan on Scouting

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BALOO Training

(Basic Adult Leadership Outdoor Orientation) 

Date:  Saturday, March 11, 2017
Time:  8:45am – 4:30pm
Location: St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 11300 W. Huguenot Road, Midlothian, VA 23113
Cost:  $15.00 (Lunch included)
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Monday, March 6th,  2017

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation is a one-day training event that introduces parents and leaders to the skills needed to plan and conduct pack outdoor activities, particularly pack camping. (At least one person must be BALOO trained in order for a Pack to camp.) YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE PART OF PACK LEADERSHIP TO ATTEND THIS TRAINING. If you are a cub parent who is new to camping…this is the training for you!!! All pack parents and leaders are encouraged to attend.

For more information and Registration (CLICK HERE).

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***Breaking News*** Cub Scout Advancement Modifications Made

getimgvlt1The BSA has announced modifications to adventure requirements in response to feedback from den leaders who have run the new Cub Scouting program for a year. Dens may begin using the modified requirements immediately as they begin working on their next adventure.  Click here for a full list of modifications.

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