Monday, December 27, 2010

2011 Camp Rock Enon Staff Interviews--08 JAN

OK, last year's patch...

But Camp Rock Enon needs YOU to help with the future!

Summer Camp 2011 is right around the corner--and it is time to apply for a summer position as a paid employee or as a CIT (counselor-in-training).

Please call the Council Office (540-662-2551) for an appointment.

Interviews are on Saturday, 08 JAN 2011.

Don't miss this chance to be part of something important...and to have a great The Rock!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Mannahoac: Cub Scout Leader Training 14 DEC 2010

Important Training Notice

TO:      Cub Scout Leaders                                       

FROM: Mannahoac District Training Chair

Mannahoac District will hold Cub Scout Leader Training (Cubmasters, Den Leaders, Pack Committee Members) on Tuesday, December 14, 2010, 7pm at the Charles Town Presbyterian Church, 220 East Washington, Charles Town, West Virginia.  (Parking is in the back), so you are better prepared in offering a quality program to your Scouts. 

The training being offered is;

·        Leader Specific Training for your Scouting position.
·        Fast Start Training for your program: A introduction to your position. If possible please complete this training online. It can be accessed via: www.
·        This is Scouting:  Training for all Leaders and Committee Members in all BSA Programs. If possible please complete this training online. It can be accessed via: www.
·        Youth Protection Training: If possible, please complete Youth Protection Training prior to this date. Youth protection should be taken every two years.  It can be accessed via: This training will be offered at 8pm for those that have not completed it online.

Registration will be at 6:30pm. Training starts at 7pm.

If you have not been trained or it has been more than 5 years since you have been trained plan on attending.  Every boy deserves a trained leader.

Youth Protection training is required for all leaders. New leader’s registration will not be processed unless they have completed Youth Protection training. Current leaders must have completed Youth Protection training prior to rechartering. Otherwise, they will not be reregistered.

The cost of this training is picked up by the Shenandoah Area Council through donations of Friends of Scouting.

See you at the training!                                              

Friday, November 5, 2010

Veteran's Day 2010 Remembered

Local Scouts will be remembering Veteran's Day with a brief ceremony on Thursday, 11 NOV 2010.

Troops 2, 3, 9, and 45 will conduct a "flag retreat" at Handley Library at 6PM.

All Scouts and Scouters are encouraged to put on their uniforms and attend.

Feel free to bring your troop, pack or crew colors to show.


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Monday, September 27, 2010

Shenrapawa District Leader Specific Training

Shenrapawa District
Leader Specific Training
(Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Venturing)
Thursdays, October, 21 OR 28 2010 
7:00pm – 9:00pm

Every Scout deserves a trained leader. If every leader took one day at a time out of their life to get trained, they would be more confident in their position and their Scouts would receive a better quality program.

The first step is “FAST START” training. This is a video you can watch on line through the council web site under training, or ask your unit leader, training chairman, or your unit commissioner to borrow a copy of the video.

“NEW LEADER ESSENTIALS” training has changed names and is now online.  The new name is “THIS IS SCOUTING”.  It takes about 45 minutes to complete and covers the Mission, Aims, and Methods of the Scouting Programs and the resources that are available to you. Go to  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

Training Locations

October 21—American Legion, 106 Zirkel Street   Luray, VA   22835
October 28—Marlow Heights Baptist Church, 517 Braxton Road, Front Royal, VA

Please register at the scout office by October 14th to avoid the late fee.

Training you are attending: 
21st in Luray ________  28th in Front Royal_________

Leader Name                                                          
Best Phone                                          

Unit Type                                

City                                           State          Zip                         


Youth Protection Completed  __/__/__

Current Position(s) in Scouting                                                                           

Leader Training:                   $2.00
Late Fee (After Oct 14):        $3.00
Total Amount Due:              $______

Thursday, September 16, 2010

2011 Volunteer Development Training Conference--Florida

The Florida Keys in January...

Water.  Sand.  Palm trees.  And Scouting.

This January, the BSA Florida Sea Base is sponsoring the 2011 Volunteer Development Training Conference, 17-22 JAN 2011.

From the brochure:
The following conferences are scheduled:
• Strictly for Scoutmasters
• The Unit Commissioner—Supporting Units’ Needs
• Advancement Policy and Procedures
• The District Key Three
• Geocache and Scouting
• Administration of Venturing
The $350 conference fee includes meals; dormitory housing, sheets, and towels; and course materials. 
First come, first served.  Registrations are due by 01 DEC 2010.

Haunted Woods time...if you dare...

Camp Rock Enon wants you to be something-that-goes-bump-in-the-night...

A Scout is brave, a Scout is brave, a Scout is brave...

Monday, September 13, 2010

Family Camp Update--25-26 SEP 2010 at Camp Rock Enon

Family Camp is coming up quickly!  If you are a part of Cub Scouting, this is a great chance to keep the "outing in Scouting"!

If you haven't registered yet, now is the time.  Don't forget parts A and C of the medical form for each person attending, too.

There is a typo on the form--check-in begins at 8AM, not 10AM!

Hope to see you and your Scouting family at Camp Rock Enon!

Shenrapawa OA Chapter Meeting

Shenrapawa OA Chapter Meeting
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Andy Guest State Park
The park is in Warren County, eight miles south of Front Royal and 15 miles north of Luray. It's off Rt. 340 in Bentonville
The plan is to meet at the entrance at 2:00 pm and limit vehicle entrance into the park to save money.
If you arrive after the group enters you will need to pay the entrance fee yourself.  (You will then need to drive around and find us.)
We will find a location for the meeting and get started as soon after 2pm as possible.
(Shelters are first come first served.)
It is important that each Boy Scout unit have a representative there youth and/or adult so we can work to make the Shenrapawa OA Chapter a more vibrant group.  Any Brothers are welcome to attend this event.
Please visit the Andy Guest State Park website for more information about the location.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Cub Scout Leader Position Training now online!

Something new in training at

Position-Specific Training is available online!  Log into your MyScouting account, click on "E-Learning" in the left-hand menu, and pick from the following:

Leader Position-Specific Training

Leader Position-Specific - Tiger Cub
Leader Position-Specific - Wolf Cub
Leader Position-Specific - Bear Cub
Leader Position-Specific - Webelos
Leader Position-Specific - Cubmaster
Leader Position-Specific - Pack Trainer
Leader Position-Specific - Pack Committee

Take a few minutes and make sure your pack and den get off on the right foot this year!  

Don't forget: You can also take Youth Protection Training online at the same website.  If you are not "current" at your recharter, you will not be a registered leader.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Centennial Recruiter Patch--Free!

With Back-to-School recruitment right around the corner, we wanted to make sure that you know about this special Centennial Recruiter patch.

If you have a Scout who recruits a boy into your troop (or maybe already has), this fine-looking piece of history is available (while supplies last) at the Scout office--just ask for Jeanne.

Oh, and they are free.

Friday, August 27, 2010

AdVENTURE coming your way...

An old event is on its way back.
I haven’t seen this at the Venture Weekends in probably 8 or 9 years.
This year we’re adding a twist to an age old event.
Be sure you have a digital camera in the group (camera phone works just fine). You’ll also want to bring a memory card and prepare to have some fun.
This event combines adVENTURE “Then and Now” into one!
Look for more clues soon!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Shenandoah Area Council at Jamboree

All of that training paid off...our Scouts wasted no time getting set up so that they could get on with the Jamboree!  Nice work, Scouts...

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Free College Test Prep Software for Scouts

Try it!
Cracker Barrel, Scouting magazine's blog, announced a new program for Scouts to help you get into college.

Think of it as push-ups for your brain!

A new partnership with eKnowledge provides Scouts with $200 of free software to help prepare for the ACT and SAT college tests.
According to a BSA release about the partnership, the software "includes more than 20 hours of video instruction, 3,000 files of supplemental test prep material, thousands of interactive diagnostic tools, sample questions, practice tests, and graphic teaching illustrations." To order or get more information, visit the eKnowledge Web site.
The only cost is for the shipping.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Venturing in October

The Changes are Coming!! The Changes are Coming!!
Venture Weekend this October will be THE event of the Fall!
Favorite events stay (some with a twist) – others change!
Don’t forget Oct. 15 – 17, 2010!
Fliers and registration will be out soon...

Monday, August 2, 2010

October Venturing Weekend

Mark your calendars for the Venture event of the Fall.  October 15-17, 2010 is Venture Weekend at the Rock!! 

More to come...stay tuned...

Monday, July 26, 2010

Centennial Jamboree--They're off!

Before many of us got our morning paper, and well before the sun cracked through the night sky, 118 Scouts and Scout Volunteers loaded up on buses at 3:30 am  for a 6:00 am arrival at the National Boy Scout Jamboree where they joined nearly 40,000 other Scouts and Volunteers in Fort A.P. Hill Virginia. 

The 106 Boy Scouts making up the three Troops of the Shenandoah Area Council Jamboree Contingent come from throughout the Northern Shenandoah Valley in Virginia and Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.  These young men have been preparing for this day for nearly 18 months.  They have gone through a rigorous selection process, spent countless hours in Troop meetings, and several weekends setting up and camping in their Jamboree equipment so they can be familiar with the set up they will be in for the next 10 days.

At the Jamboree, Scouts come from all 50 states and from countries around the world to spend 10 days of fun, adventure, and fellowship. Activities range from archery to rappelling. Scouts can work on merit badges, fish, and learn about our high-tech world at the special Technology Quest exhibit.

A major highlight of this year's jamboree is the giant 100th Anniversary Arena Show Saturday, July 31, celebrating the Boy Scouts of America's centennial since its founding in 1910.  Scouts and Volunteers not going to the Jamboree can experience the Arena Show during a live simulcast through the internet.
Today will see thousands of tents being pitched in 21 subcamps across Fort A.P. Hill as the Scouts settle into their home for the next 10 days. The boys can look forward to a once-in-a-lifetime experience as they celebrate 100 Years of Scouting at the 2010 National Scout Jamboree.  For more information on the jamboree visit

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Deadline for Twilight Camp Registration Tomorrow!

15 JUL 2010 is the last day to register before the late fees kick-in!

There is still time to register at the regular price--if you hustle!

Share the news with your families and fellow Scouters--and especially your Cub Scouts!

This is a great way to focus a few hours on your Scout!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Whispering Rock at Camp Rock Enon

Don't forget to catch "The Whispering Rock" from Camp Rock Enon...

2010 Shawnee Cub Scout Twilight Camp

Shawnee District has a Twilight camp planned for all Cub Scouts!  Tigers to Webelos Scouts, everyone is welcome.

The registration form shows the fee at $55 until 15 JUL, $65 after that.

Water games, Scout craft, field games, geocaching and more for your Scout to enjoy.

You can save $10 by registering as an adult volunteer to help out!  (There is a free "Tot Lot" (babysitting) available to volunteers.)

WHEN:  03-06 AUG 2010
WHERE:  Jim Barnett Park, Rotary Shelter

Need more information?  Contact Connie Greer or Bev Ball for details!

Get your registration in right away!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

2010 Shenrapawa Cub Scout Twilight Camp

Shenrapawa District is holding their annual Twilight Camp in Edinburg (Shenandoah County) this year at the Edinburg Town Park.

26-29 July 2010, from 5PM to 8:30 each night.

Come on out and have FUN!

Whether you were able to attend Cub Resident Camp or not, this Twilight Camp is for you!

All Tigers, Wolves, Bears and Webelos Scouts are invited.

Registration is due by 15 July and here is the form.

Questions?  Contact Twilight Camp Director Andrea Schweigert--540-860-1558 or by email.

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

New Camp Rock Enon Footwear Policy

While you are planning your summer trip to Camp Rock Enon, note that there is a new footwear policy in effect immediately.

Actually, the policy will be in effect year round, so this is a good time to brush up on it...


The below policy is hereby effective immediately regarding proper footwear use at Camp Rock Enon:

1. Open-toed shoes, and/or sandals, and Vibram FiveFinger type shoes are not appropriate footwear at Camp Rock Enon and are prohibited anywhere on the property except in the showers.

2. Scouts, leaders and staff must wear closed-toed shoes to all meals, daily activities and evening activities. Closed-toed shoes are defined as sneakers or tennis shoes, trail shoes, or hiking boots.

3. Rubber clogs (Brand Name - Crocรข clogs) with closed toe and strap are permitted during the following times:

v  Directly from campsite to shower house and back.
v  Free time in campsite.
v  Directly from campsite to waterfront and back (if you are planning to go from waterfront to another activity you must wear closed-toe shoes as described in paragraph 1).
v  Specific times your activity requires water shoes (example: creek exploration).

The wearing of socks with the rubber clogs shoes is highly encouraged to minimize slippage, blisters, and cuts.

4. Visitors will only be allowed as far as the dining hall in open-toed footwear. Visitors must have the appropriate closed-toed footwear to proceed to the campsites and program areas.

5. The on duty Camp Director, Ranger, or Campmaster are the final authority in determining whether footwear is unsafe on Camp Rock Enon property. You may also direct any questions regarding this policy to these same individuals or the Camping Committee.

6. Campers, leaders, and staff will be required to return to there campsite immediately to change into appropriate footwear for those activities requiring closed-toed shoes. Continued non-compliance with this policy may result in the offender losing program privileges or being asked to leave Camp Rock Enon property. Other actions may be taken at the discretion of the Shenandoah Area Council and Camping Committee as deemed appropriate.

Monday, June 28, 2010

2010 Annual Commissioner Conference

Shenandoah Area Council, BSA
Annual Commissioner Conference

When: August 28, 2010
Where: Braddock Street United Methodist Church, Winchester VA
Who: All Commissioners

As we work toward a New Vision and the 100th Anniversary is coming to an end, our Commissioners are an integral component to kick-off the next 100 years. The Conference is an opportunity to “Advance the Torch” of Commissioner Service for the new Scouting year.

We’ll be talking about Commissioner opportunities and challenges, training, what’s new to Scouting and where the Council is going with "program" in the next year, plus much more. It’s a great time for having an old fashioned Commissioner gathering and fellowship!

Have questions – We have answers!!!

There is a special afternoon program designed specifically for you that will give you resources and program help based on your questions. Don’t miss it.


Contact the office--540-662-2551.

Cost to Attend: $20.00 (that includes Snacks throughout the day, lunch plus a special commissioner item (no it’s not another patch).

Check in time: 8:15 to 8:45 am.
Program starts at 9:00 am.
Ending Time: 3:00 pm.

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See you there!  Make sure your commissioner knows!

Friday, June 4, 2010

New Youth Protection Training FAQ has posted a great clarification on the new Youth Protection Training policy that went into effect on 01 JUN 2010.

If you aren't sure who is impacted, the FAQs will leave no doubt.

Take the time to read it over and make sure your adult leaders are aware.

When was the last time you took YPT?  Make your recharter smoother and double-check.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Death of a Merit Badge: Bugling (1911-2010)

Beginning in 2011, you will not be able to earn the Bugling merit badge any longer.

According to the "Ask the Expert" feature at Scouting magazine's blog:
The revised merit badge pamphlet that merged Bugling into Music was released earlier this year. It won’t be official until the 2011 Boy Scout Requirements book is released in January 2011. 
Scouts may continue to earn the Bugling merit badge using the old pamphlet until that time. If Scouts have a copy of the new merit badge pamphlet with Music only, they can choose to earn the Music merit badge and complete the new bugling option as part of the requirements for the Music merit badge.
So, if you are an aspiring bugler, now is the time to get it get it done.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Immediate changes to Youth Protection Training policies

 Please read carefully!

June 1, 2010

Important Changes to the Boy Scouts of America's Youth Protection Training Policies
Youth safety is the No. 1 concern of the BSA.
To increase awareness of this societal problem and to create even greater barrier to abuse than already exist today in Scouting, the Boy Scouts of America is implementing several important changes to further enhance its Youth Protection policies.
Effective June 1, 2010:
·        -- Youth Protection training is required for all registered volunteers.
·        -- New leaders are required to take Youth Protection training before they submit an application for registration.The certificate of completion for this training must be submitted at the time application is made and before volunteer service with youth begins.
·        -- Youth Protection training must be taken every two years. If a volunteer's Youth Protection training record is not current at the time of recharter, the volunteer will not be reregistered.
To ensure these policies are fully implemented, please take the following steps:BSA Card
·        -- If you have not taken Youth Protection training within the past two years, please log on to MyScouting and take the training. Be sure to have your member ID number. The number can be found on your Boy Scouts of America membership card.
·        -- If you do not know your member ID number, contact your unit leader or committee chairman. Your council can also assist.
·        -- A person does not have to be a registered volunteer or have an ID number to take Youth Protection training. To take the training, log in to MyScouting and create an account. From the MyScouting portal, click on E-Learning and take the Youth Protection training. Upon completion, print a certificate and submit it with an application or submit to the unit leader for processing at the local council.
·        -- If you have taken Youth Protection training online but did not input your member ID number, please log on to MyScouting and input your member ID in the My Profile section so the training will be linked to your records.
·        -- If you have taken Youth Protection training within the past two years but did not take the course online, log on to MyScouting to ensure your records are up-to-date, or contact your council for verification that your Youth Protection training records are accurate.
·        -- Finally, please share these important changes with other Scouters.
To find out more about the Youth Protection policies of the Boy Scouts of America and how to help Scouting keep your family safe, see the Parent's Guide in any of the Cub Scouting or Boy Scouting handbooks, or go to Youth Protection. 
Thank you for your commitment to our nation's young people and to Scouting. 
James Terry
Assistant Chief Scout Executive

Saturday, May 29, 2010

June Themes for Scouting

June's Scouting themes:

Cub Scouts:  Hoop-De-Doo! (Both versions: Program Helps and the Centennial plan)
Boy Scouts:  Special Cooking (Roundtable Guide, pages 53-55 and Troop Program Features, Vol. III, pages 76 to 85)

These are all resources available for download in pdf format for your use.  Keep your units active over the summer--use these detailed plans to keep their Scouting growing.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Scouting for Youth with Disabilities! has posted a full copy of the Scouting for Youth with Disabilities Manual online (2007 version).  

It is 162 pages long (over 8MB), so it might take a minute to download.

Some of the key areas covered:
  • How to organize at the council level
  • Adult leadership support
  • Details on the Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting and Venturing programs
  • Understanding Categories of Disabilities
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Emotional/Behavioral/Social Impairments
  • Autism
  • Hearing and Speech disorders
  • Visual impairments
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Appendices with best practices, forms and additional resources
  • ...and a lot more.

The "Significant Dates" section on page 9 shows the long history that Scouting has in helping the disabled to participate fully in Scouting.  

This is a great reference for any Scouter to have available.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

New Cub Scout Delivery Method

Big changes are coming to the Cub Scout program.

From the Overview of Cub Scouting:

     ...the Resource Guide offers, for each rank, the following:
  • Den meeting plans: plans designed around the school year which, if followed, will result in all boys in the den advancing in rank. The plans are developed around the following:
    • Two den meetings per month in addition to the pack meeting and other outings or activities
    • Beginning the Scouting year in September
    • Resulting rank advancement by the annual blue and gold banquet, usually in February
    • Continuing den and pack meetings through the school year and summer
    • The plans support other start dates. However, if starting later than September, it may be necessary to have more than two den meetings per month if rank advancement by blue and gold is the objective.
  • Supplemental den meeting plans: Plans are provided for dens that meet more than twice per month during the school year or for dens that meet year-round. These should also be used after rank advancement is achieved to continue working toward electives, Academics and Sports belt loops/pins, and other individual and group awards.
This new program will include Webelos Scout and Arrow of Light den meeting plans.  All den meetings will be geared toward completing advancement within the den meetings.  This has resulted in greater numbers of Cub Scouts advancing.  And that means better retention of your Cub Scouts.

Get your new books now in the Scout office or via
Plan your work, and work your plan!  There is plenty to do all summer long in Scouting.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Scout-A-Rama: Success!

21-23 MAY--The largest contingent of Boy Scouts ever in our area celebrated the 100th Anniversary of Scouting America with an old-fashioned Scout-A-Rama.

Over 1700 Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Venturing Crews attended the event at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds.  Stations were set up which included striking a match with a hatchet, signalling towers, Leave No Trace demonstrations, BB shooting, a French and Indian War camp, pie throwing, boat races and more.

Well over 1200 Scouts and Scouters (adult leaders) camped on the fairgrounds during the event.  In addition to their own cooking creations, Domino's pizza, Shaffer's Barbecue and the Fort Valley Ruritan were open to provide food to the Scouts and hundreds of visitors.

Shenandoah Area Council Scout-A-Rama
Shenandoah Area Council

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

CRE Beaver Day 29 MAY and 02 JUN 2010

CRE Beaver Days
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010

If you are that person who can perform any type of labor to help the camp (and its weary old ranger), please report to Camp Rock Enon at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 29, 2010, to participate in the Beaver Day.  Or, if you are RETIRED, UNEMPLOYED, or OTHERWISE AVAILABLE, a special weekday Beaver Day is scheduled for Wednesday, June 2, 2010. 

There will all sorts of projects to complete (a partial list is included below), and EVERYONE IS WELCOME. 

Projected projects:
·       Distribute and set up tents and cots in all sites.
·       Roofing repairs at various locations.
·       Install electrical service to first Adirondack in Sleepy Hollow campsite.
·       Straighten and brace rope bridge and climbing rope in Obstacle Course.
·       Burn refuse at burn pile.
·       Various projects at Waterfront area:
·       Install new light fixture in shelter
·       Remove old siding boards from tower
·       Rake and level sand along beach area
·       Clean walk-in refrigerators and replace screening at Dining Hall.
·       Clean all shower houses and re-caulk around tiles in Adult Showers.

Many other projects are available and may be assigned.  Tools will be provided, but you are encouraged to bring your own favorites, especially if you have power tools you want to show off.  Please come ready with your own work gloves, sturdy boots, and clothes that you don't mind getting dirty!  Pick-up trucks are especially needed.

Lunch will be provided by the camp.

Who's invited?  Everyone!  Bring troops, packs, crews, families, and friends--but most of all, bring yourselves, so you can be proud of your work for Camp Rock Enon!

Please contact Ranger Frank at 540-858-2551 for more information.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Scout-A-Rama this weekend!

When:  21-23 MAY 2010 for campers, 9-5 Saturday for the public
Where:  Shenandoah County Fairgrounds, Woodstock VA
Who:  YOU
How much--General Public:  $2 per person; $5 for Scouts visiting for the day who want to get a passport
Why?  To help celebrate the first century of Scouting in America.  So far over 1200 Scouts are registered to participate.  Rain or shine, we'll be there to show you what makes Scouting happen in the Shenandoah Area Council.

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