- Complete all five National Outdoor Award badges.
- Earn four additional outdoor merit badges.
- Receive training in Wilderness First Aid.
- Finish the Boy Scout Leave No Trace Trainer certification.
- Plan and lead a unit outing or serve as a youth staff member at a council summer camp.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
The Cracker Barrel blog (Scouting magazine) has just posted information about 5 new awards: the National Outdoor Award badges. You may have seen an earlier reference in the new Scout Handbook, too.
Details will roll out in 2010, but here is a quote:
Follow Cracker Barrel on Twitter, and your council, too!...includes a series of five badges designed to recognize a Boy Scout or Varsity Scout who has demonstrated knowledge and experience in performing high-level outdoor activities.
The five categories are:
- AdventureBoys can apply for and earn any or all of the badges during their time in the program.
To earn the award or awards, a Boy Scout or Varsity Scout must complete:
- Relevant merit badges, which vary for each award.
- The First Class rank.
- Leave No Trace requirements.
- Activities measured by nights of camping, miles of hiking, miles of horseback riding, hours on or in the water, and other adventure activities.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
This is the new Scouting stamp to be issued at the National Jamboree next July (2010). Just thought you'd like to see it.
And if you want to read more about it...go here!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
[Image: Scoutstuff.org 2009 Parade Emblem]
The 100th Anniversary of Scouting will be celebrated in many ways this year.
The Apple Blossom Festival Parade will feature 100 Scouts--Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers. If you would like to participate, this is your opportunity! You will need to complete an application form and participate in an interview and a practice session.
All the details are here.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
The Northern Shenandoah Valley Audubon Society is having their 9th Annual Birding Festival this Saturday at Jim Barnett Park's War Memorial Building.
They will be offering a FREE Bird Study merit badge unit during the day.
Walk-ins are allowed, but please try to let Judy Hagan know before 03 NOV if you plan on attending (540-667-6778).
Lunch or lunch money
IMPORTANT: Bring a field notebook! 5"X8" or 7"X8" spiral bound notebook will work best.
8:30 Sign in, fill in blue card.
8:45 Scouts will be divided into 2 groups
- First group goes to the Lord Fairfax room for presentations that cover requirements #1, 2, 3 and 4.
- Second group goes to the Joist Hite room for presentations that cover the preparation of your field notebook and learning to identify birds by their song or call alone
- 21 NOV at 9AM
- 05 DEC at 9AM
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Loyal Order of Moose
201 Woodbury Ave., Martinsburg, WV
Take I-81 to Exit 16E - WV Rt. 9/Edwin Miller Boulevard. Head East toward Martinsburg. Turn left onto Woodbury Avenue. The Moose Lodge is a few blocks ahead on the left.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Gathering at 6:30 pm Dinner at 7:00 pm Lodge Meeting
$20.00 if paid before December 8th.
$25.00 if paid after December 8th.
$30.00 if paid at door.
Note: Meals not guaranteed if payment received after December 18th.
Troop #:_____________________ Honor Level (Circle One): O B V
Past Lodge Chief: ________ what year?_______ Founders Award: _______ what year? _______
Date:___________________ Amount Paid:__________________
Return to: Shenandoah Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
Attn.: Hijinx Registration
107 Youth Development Court
Winchester, Virginia 22602
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
The Journal from Martinsburg WV posted this article today online. Thanks to John McVey for his permission to repost here.
Boy Scouts 100th anniversary plans continue to be madeBy John McVey, Journal Staff Writer
WINCHESTER, Va. - Local Boy Scouts continue to plan for the 100th anniversary of Scouting next year, organizing events and programs that will kick off early in 2010.
The Boy Scouts of America was founded by William Boyce, a Chicago publisher, who incorporated the outdoor-oriented youth organization on Feb. 8. 1910, in Washington. The BSA grew out of the Boy Scout program founded in England by Gen. Robert Baden-Powell in 1907 and other similar groups operating in the United States at that time.
"The 100th anniversary celebration is ever-growing and its planning is ongoing," Mark Pennington, assistant scout executive for the Shenandoah Area Council, explained at a recent meeting of the council's 100th anniversary public relations committee.
The Shenandoah Area Council includes Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties as well as six counties in Virginia.
"The point is to let the public know that Scouting is alive and well," Pennington continued.
One of the programs now being organized is the BSA Alumni Connection, he said, which is designed to reconnect former members with Scouting and the council.
"The BSA Alumni Connection is to draw back in the millions of people who were in Scouting," Pennington said.
The Alumni Connection program will begin in January. Some events that might be planned for next year include an alumni dinner, a Camp Rock Enon staff reunion, Order of the Arrow reunion and a Call to Eagles.
Rock Enon is the council's camp located near Gore, Va. The Order of the Arrow is a special camping group to which Boy Scouts are elected by their peers. Eagles are Scouts who have attained the highest rank in Scouting.
The BSA Generations Connection, also in the planning stages, is envisioned as a program to inspire individuals to explore the heritage of Scouting in their families. Events recognizing families that have handed Scouting down through the generations are expected to be held during 2010.
Information will be released at a later date explaining how Scouts, their families and former Scouts will be able to participate in the BSA Alumni and Generations programs.
The Shenandoah Area Council History and Museum committee soon will release "100 Years of Scouting in the Shenandoah Valley," highlighting Scouting's heritage throughout the region.
The council's official 100th anniversary celebration will be May 21 to 23, 2010, when the Shenandoah Area Council Scout-a-Rama will be held at the Shenandoah County, Va., Fairgrounds.
Open to the public, the Scout-a-Rama will combine an old fashioned Scout show, camporee, Cub Scout family camp and Venturing/Explorer extravaganza, showcasing Scouting's past and present skills.
Displays, exhibits and demonstrations are expected to be presented by Scouting units from across the council as well as camping, cooking and competitions.
More than 7,000 youth belong to about 185 Scout units in the Shenandoah Area Council. About 2,000 volunteers provide quality Scouting experiences for the members of Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, Venturing crews and Explorer posts.
Headquartered in Winchester, the council has 10 full-time, year-round employees, consisting of five professional Scouters, four office staff and a year-round camp ranger.
More information about Scouting, the BSA's 100th anniversary and the Shenandoah Area Council is available by calling (540) 662-2551 or visiting www.sac-bsa.org.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Join the Shenandoah University Hornets this Saturday as they take on the Maryville College Scots for SU's first Scout Day!
All Scouts and Scouters in uniform get into the game free. The game is Saturday, 10 OCT 2009 at 4PM.
Scouts who have sold a full page of popcorn can be invited down to the field at half-time. [You need to contact the office at 540-652-2551 or firstname.lastname@example.org before 5PM on Wednesday.]
Directions to Sprint Field at Shentel Stadium.
Football Game Day information--parking, tickets, tailgating and more.
Shenandoah Area Council
Monday, October 5, 2009
Scouts, Scouters and Friends of Scouting!
This is your call to action.
Camp Rock Enon is having a Beaver Day, with lunch provided.
Details? Click here!
You'll still have time to "trick or treat" and feel good for a job well done!
Please contact the office to let them know about lunch.
See you there!
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Yep, it is time for the 57th Venturer/Explorer Weekend at Camp Rock Enon.
Deadline for registration: 12 OCT (after that the late fee kicks in)
There is also Venturing Adult Leader Training, 10AM to 2PM Saturday.
Explorer Adult Leader Training is on Friday night from 7PM to 10PM.
The Shenandoah Area Council's JOTA is the same weekend.
Make the time for a great weekend!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
The Winchester Star
Winchester — Tons of dehydrated food, a burro named Mr. Sparkles, and a treacherous climb marked Parker and Preston Kemp’s summer adventure at the Philmont Scout Ranch.
There, the brothers — 16 and 15, respectively, and James Wood High School students — earned their Arrowhead badges (the same badge their father Dwight earned 34 years ago).
Dwight said he was pleased to return to Philmont, near Cimarron, N.M., with his sons. They took a 10-day trek, which started easily with three- to four-mile hikes daily. The excursions increased to seven, and then about nine miles, until they hit a mountain called Baldy.
|Dwight Kemp and his sons Parker and Preston (right) took part in a summer adventure at the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. There, the brothers, both James Wood High School students, earned their Arrowhead badges — the same badge their father earned 34 years ago.|
(Photo by Scott Mason)
When they reached the top, the boys and their father played a celebratory game of Uno, a family favorite. “Uno was awesome,” Dwight said.
The Shenandoah Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America sends teams to Philmont every two years. This year, it sent four teams, said Sherry, the boys’ mother.
Scouts volunteer to participate, as do adults hoping to accompany them. However, the adults must be selected to go, Dwight said.
Their Philmont team included other fathers, but “I was the only father of two,” Dwight said.
But the adults aren’t in charge of the trek, he said. “It’s entirely a boy-run event.” The adults plan the trip and get everyone there, “but the boys run the show.”
It’s a tough time. After hiking six hours, taking no breaks before setting up camp and getting dinner ready, they stayed active until bedtime. Parker said the experience “helped my work ethic a lot.”
All the team members had assigned roles. Parker was the “medic” of the group and carried the duct tape used to cover injuries.
Preston was the assistant navigator and assistant cook. Some of the food wasn’t particularly appetizing, especially in the form of energy bars.
No one was particularly fond of one type of bar, which consequently became a snack for Mr. Sparkles, the boys said.
|At the ranch, Preston Kemp (left), his father Dwight, and brother Parker took a 10-day trek, which started easily with three- to four-mile hikes daily. The excursions expanded to seven, and then about nine miles, until they hit a mountain called Baldy.|
(Photo by Scott Mason)
The brothers, who were not partnered with each other on their team, mostly managed themselves, Dwight said.
He did witness a sibling fight between the boys, which upset him. But when the boys addressed the issues during the regular “Roses, Thorns, and Buds” sessions — where they discuss what they liked and didn’t enjoy during the day, and their hopes for the following day — they offered apologies, particularly Parker.
That was a landmark experience for Dwight, who said he saw his sons mature on the trip. Philmont “challenges the spirit of these kids.”
When the boys returned home, they were somewhat changed. Sherry said she was on the receiving end of many hugs upon the return of her sons, who were excited to tell her about their experiences. On the trip, “we had a lot of man hugs, too,” Dwight said.
For Dwight, the summer of 2009 will go down as a “dream come true,” and he noted how much he appreciates his co-workers for allowing him to take three weeks away from his medical practice (Bone & Joint Specialists of Winchester) to attend Philmont and its pre-trip activities with his sons.
Both of the boys know how much the trip meant to their father, who had long held the goal of taking his children on the trip that meant so much to him as a teen.
It was exciting, Parker said, knowing their father “did the exact same thing a long, long, time ago.”
Dwight said he might take the trip again one day with grandchildren. He and Sherry are the parents of four: Parker, Preston, Paige, and Patricia.
And while he and his boys have a shared Boy Scout experience and matching Arrowhead patches, Dwight’s sons hope to move forward to a point he didn’t seek — the rank of Eagle Scout.
Parker is one merit badge and a project away from being an Eagle, while Preston must earn two more merit badges and achieve a project to attain the rank.
The brothers are also becoming excited about next year’s National Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill. Dad will visit, but won’t stay on the site.
But it promises to be fun. “That’s the next adventure,” he said.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Brave enough? Maybe not...there is a G-rated version, too.
Haunted Woods at Camp Rock Enon coming up soon. Details here.
There is nothing to fear but fear itself...except for the Haunted Woods of CRE...
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Any first year Webelos Scout can attend. Registration is due on Monday, 21 SEP.
Join us at Camp Rock Enon 03-04 OCT 2009 and get a great start to your Webelos Scout experience!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
[Go to www.myscouting.org. If you already have a login you can go for it. If not please create an account and get started. You will need your registration number from you membership card. This training is for all new leaders in Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venture Crews, and Unit/District Committee members. You can also reach this link from our website.]
If you need other assistance to complete the training listed above please contact Dave Winsatt at 540-931-7090 or David.Winsatt@scouting.org.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Your Shenandoah Area Council office is doing everything it can to help you sell Scouting to the community!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
There is a new patch available to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Scouting.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Take a few minutes to watch this news story from TV3 in Winchester.
Friday, July 10, 2009
We have a fun week coming up at the Scout Office July 13-17 and would like to share that with you!
We have the following projects and mailings to get accomplished next week:
· Popcorn kits and mailings
· Order of the Arrow mailing
· New Cub Scout Kits
· Training Flyer
· Family Camp Flyer
Any help regardless of the time you can give would be greatly be appreciated. Please contact Chris Spaid at either 540-662-2551 or email to let me know if you will be able to join us for the fun!
Monday, July 6, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
The Shenandoah Area Council is inviting all Scouts and Scouters to submit a design for our local Centennial Celebration patch.
The Shenandoah Area Council is inviting all Scouts and Scouters to submit a design for our local Centennial Celebration patch.
Submissions will be accepted at the Scout Office and at Camp Rock Enon until 15 AUG 2009.
A committee will review designs and have a graphic artist prepare final patch designs in September.
The winning designer will receive recognition for designing the patch set and a complete set of patches.
• “Shenandoah Area Council”
• “Centennial Celebration”
• “BSA” or BSA logo
• “1910 – 2010”
A possible working concept:
A four inch round patch with a half-inch blank space around the edge has been proposed. The central space (a three inch round) would have an embroidered design incorporating the design and wording. Each event during the centennial year would have a segment to be added to the blank half-inch rim. A CSP will also be developed using this design.
Or create your own design!
Monday, June 29, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
The Shenandoah Area Council in beautiful Winchester, VA is expanding their online world.
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