Friday, September 2, 2011

Camping this Fall at Camp Rock Enon

So, what are your camping plans for this month?

16-18 SEP:  Boy Scout Mountain Man Rendezvous Camporee
24-25 SEP:  Cub Scout Family Camp and Loopapalooza
01-02 OCT:  Webelos Woods for all first-year Webelos Scouts

Don't miss the exciting events coming to Camp Rock Enon!  Get those registrations in!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Save the Date: 16-18 SEP Mountain Man Rendezvous Camporee

Who:  All Boy Scouts
What:  Mountain Man Rendezvous Fall Camporee
When:  16-18 SEP 2011
Where:  Beautiful Camp Rock Enon

Details:  Registration details!  Events include canoe obstacle course, tomahawk throw, pioneering competition and more.  Registration deadline is 13 SEP 2011.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Scuba slots going fast!

Scuba Diving Merit Badge


This fantastic opportunity awaits you at Camp Rock Enon starting July 24, 2011. 

Only a few spaces remain, jump into the water now for this amazing training.

Registration information is available at!

Once you have your SCUBA PADI open water certification, join the Council Contingent for day and night dives in the Florida Keys at Seabase 2012!

...and don't forget the new Scuba Diving merit badge, too!

Monday, March 28, 2011

New Merit Badge: Robotics

The new Robotics Merit Badge will launch 12 APR 2011 at National Robotics Week.

Boys' Life website to launch the Robotics resource center on the same date. is offering a robotic bug kit, too.

Who will be the first Scout in the Shenandoah Area Council to earn it?

Need more information?  Coming soon...

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Save the Date: 06-08 MAY 60th Venture Weekend

Who: All Venturing Crews (including from outside the council!)
What:  60th Venture Weekend
When:  06-08 MAY 2011
Where:  Camp Rock Enon

Calling All Crews!  
Come join in the fun at Camp Rock Enon in Gore, VA where the Shenandoah Area Council’s Venturing Program will be hosting our 60th Venture Weekend.  
There will be many activities including Crew competitions, shooting sports, climbing/rappelling, knots/lashing, “scavenging”, advancement opportunities, and other exciting activities.***Cameras are a MUST for the scavenger hunt***  
You may choose cabin, first come first serve, or tent camping. Tents need to be brought to camp. 
Costs will include a patch, T-shirt, food for the weekend, awards and a fun filled program!  
Cabin Camping: $45 per person for the weekend Tent Camping: $35 per person for the weekend  
You need to bring a sleeping bag, pillow, sleeping pad, toiletries, extra clothing, tour plan, medical forms A and C filled out, any medications you’re taking, a camera, a smile, and a GREAT attitude!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Friday, March 11, 2011

Save the Date: 14-15 MAY Fun with Son Camp

Who: Cub Scouts and an Adult Partner
What:  Fun with Son Camp
When:  14-15 MAY (Registration due 15 APR--late fee after that!  No walk-ins!)
Where:  Beautiful Camp Rock Enon!
How:  Complete registration form and make payment prior to 15 APR!

Archery, BB's, Craft, Fishing, Rubber Duck Races, Raingutter Regatta, Sailing Activities Bazaar
All meals provided!

Questions:  Marc Houde (contact information on the registration form)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Save the Date: 14 MAR High Adventure Promotion Night

Who:  All Boy Scouts and Venturers, Scouters and Parents
What:  High Adventure Promotion Night
When:  14 MAR 2011 at 7PM
Where:  Zion Episcopal Church, 221 E. Washington Street, Charles Town WV


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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Save the Date: 02 APR Scouting Heritage Merit Badge

Who:  All Boy Scouts
What:  Scouting Heritage Merit Badge
When:  02 APR 2011 8:45AM-11AM
Where:  Handley Library, Winchester VA
How:  Registration in advance $3--no walk-ins!  Space is limited--call the Scout Office 540-662-2551

  • Blue card
  • Field ("Class A") Uniform
  • Paper
  • Pen or Pencil
"A team of Veteran Scouters including Lord Baden-Powell himself will be on hand to make the History of Scouting come alive. There will be two requirements to finish on your own. A list of counselors will be available."


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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Save the Date: 19 MAR OA Work Day--Beaver Day

Who:  OA members and anyone who wants to help Camp Rock Enon
What:  OA Work Day and Beaver Day
When: 19 MAR, all day
Where:  Camp Rock Enon, Gore VA


Everyone is invited to participate.  Please bring your own tools, if you have them.  Lunch will be provided.

Plenty of projects are available for individuals and groups, to include the following items:
·       Build 2 new towers for waterfront area  (High Priority)
·       Dismantle and remove old footbridge at dam (High Priority)
·       Remove totem poles by creek and re-set by footbridge from parking lot (Low Priority)
·       Dismantle fence at waterfront (High Priority)
·       Rebuild fence at waterfront in new location (High Priority)
·       Paint lettering for camp sign for entrance way (Low Priority)
·       Various roof repairs (High Priority)
·       Erect signs and posts at various locations (Medium Priority)
·       Clean gutters on all buildings (Low Priority)
·       Inventory program materials and equipment in Program Building (Low Priority)
·       Inventory tools in Quartermaster Shed (Low Priority)
·       Remove winter tents from Indian Village and set up tents for Wood Badge Course in various sites (Medium Priority)
·       Re-set tent platforms (move to new locations and level) in Indian Village (Medium Priority)

If you see a project from this list or there is another project that you would like to work on, contact Ranger Frank at to sign up for this.  Please respond as soon as possible, so work crews can be coordinated and materials and equipment made available.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Spring Popcorn Online Sale!

Trail's End is helping you with the Spring Popcorn Online Sale!

Sell Dates: March 1 –April 30
50% of sales to go into either your unit’s account or your own Scout account at the Shenandoah Area Council Scout Shop. 
Funds must be used in 2011!

Top Seller each District
$25 Gift Card

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Save the Date: 12 MAR Council's 83rd Annual Recognition Dinner

Who:  Scouters and their guests.  Each Charter Organization is asked to send their Unit Leader and spouse (or guest).
What:  83rd Annual Recognition Dinner
When:  12 MAR 2011, Gathering at 5:30PM, Dinner/Program at 6:15PM
Where:  Sherando High School, Stephens City, VA
How:  $17 per person by 07 MAR, or $20 afterwards--no "walk-ins" please!  Payment and registration due at the council office. Tickets will not be mailed--they will be provided at check-in!

Details:  Contact Phil Mummert--540-662-2551

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Save the Date: 15-17 APR Webelos Crossover

Who: All Webelos Scouts who meet requirements to join a Boy Scout troop
What:  Webelos Crossover
When:  15-17 APR 2011 (No registrations accepted after 01 APR!)
Where:  Camp Rock Enon, Gore, VA

Details: Unit registration form and schedule

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Get Your Adventure at The Rock!

Boy Scout Leaders and Venture Leaders,

Are you looking for some extra fun, excitement and adventure for your Boy Scout or Venturer? If you answered YES, then Camp Rock Enon has the answer. We have several High Adventure programs being showcased for the older Boy Scout or Venturers.

If your Scout or Venturer wants to push themselves to the extreme or just have some fun, you need to check out our High Adventure programs that include;
·        Venture Crew Adventure/Service Week
·        Extreme Adventure
·        Scuba (get PADI certified so you can sign up to go on the 2012 council contingent to the Florida Sea Base for the Scuba Live Board program.
·        Zeb High Adventure

Summer 2011 High Adventure Programs: Register for the same week your unit is in camp or come as a provisional Scout;
·        Zeb: An introduction to High Adventure for Scouts and Leaders age 13 or older. Will be offered:
o   July 3—9
o   July 17—23
o   July 31—August 6

·        Scuba: Scuba Merit Badge and PADI certification can be earned for Scouts age 13 or older. Will be offered July 24—30

·        Extreme Adventure: The name says it all—for Scouts and Leaders age 14 or older. Will be offered
o   June 26—July 2
o   July 10—16

·        Ad-Venture Service Week: A little work and a lot of play for Venture Scouts and Leaders. Will be offered June 19—24

Monday, January 24, 2011

High Adventure at Camp Rock Enon This Summer

Ready for a new adventure?

Nothing wrong with summer camp and earning a few merit badges...but what about:

  • Canyoneering?
  • Scuba Merit Badge and PADI certification?
  • Kayaking?
  • Moonlight rappelling?
  • Extreme Adventure?

Only a few Scouts can take these opportunities:  are you one of them?

Check out the High Adventure Leader's Guide for more details.

Like the brochure says, "...only the strong and fearless need apply."

Print out the form and drop it in the mail today!  

This is the year!  This is your summer!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Save the Date: 21 MAY "Night Ops" Camporee--Cub Scout program

Who:  All Shenandoah Area Council Cub Scouts
What:  Night Ops Spring Camporee day program (no camping) for visiting Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts

  • Luray Caverns
  • Secret codes
  • Geocaching and letterboxing
  • Map and compass skills
  • BB
  • Archery
  • Fishing

Where:  Lake Arrowhead, Luray, VA
When:  21 MAY--check-in 8:30-9:45AM, activities from 10AM to 5PM
How:  Registration details to follow.  For more questions, please contact Andrea Schweigert.


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Save the Date: 03-09 JUL SummitCorps 2011

Who:  Members of the Order of the Arrow
What:  SummitCorps 2011--The New River Experience...OA Service to help connect The Summit to the New River.
Where:  New River Gorge National River, WV
When:  03-09 JUL 2011
How:  The Shenandoah Area Council currently is planning on a contingent of 8 Arrowmen, with Richard Holder as the Council Contingent Leader.  Registration will be through the OA Event Registration System.

More details:  SummitCorps Registration Information


Monday, January 17, 2011

Save the Date: 01, 02 APR Bird Study Merit Badge Workshop

Who:  All Boy Scouts
What:  Bird Study Merit Badge Workshop
Where:  War Memorial Building, Jim Barnett Park, Winchester VA
When:  Friday, 01 APR 7PM-9PM AND Saturday, 02 APR 1PM to 4:30PM (There will also be a required bird walk to be scheduled later.
Update:  Dates for additional field work--See website for more details!

FIELD OBSERVATION DATES:Saturday, April 9th or 23rd, or May 7th at Winc. Green CircleSaturday April 9th or 16 at 3rd WinchesterSunday, April  3, 10, or 17th at 3rd Winchester

How:  Free!  Please read the Bird Study merit badge prior to attending--$4.49 at the Scout Store.

More information is available from Shenandoah Naturalists.


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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Save the Date: 05 FEB JMU Basketball Scout Day

Who:  All Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Venturers
What:  JMU Men's Basketball versus VCU
Where:  JMU Convocation Center
When:  Saturday, 05 FEB at Noon
How:  Free for all Cub Scouts, Boy Scout and Venturers in uniform.  Leaders, family and friends--discounted tickets ($5) at Gate E.  Food voucher for $5 also available at Gate E--20 oz. drink and slice of pizza or hot dog.  Scouts coming through Gate E will sign in and get a patch.

Questions?  Zac Caffentzis at


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Monday, January 10, 2011

Save the Date: 22 JAN University of Scouting

(Scouting Heritage merit badge)

Who: All Scouters of the Shenandoah Area Council
What:  University of Scouting
When:  22 JAN 2011, 8:30AM Check-in; 9AM-3:30PM Program
Where:  Victory Church, 2870 Middle Road, Winchester VA
How:  $18 registration fee until 15 JAN; $25 on 16 JAN; $30 at the door (program materials, lunch, patch and course selection not guaranteed "at the door")

More details.


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Thursday, January 6, 2011

New BSA Branding: "Prepared. For Life."

Scouting magazine's official blog, Cracker Barrel, just announced that this logo may be downloaded and used for websites, newsletters and other Scouting uses.

This is part of the new "brand identity pieces for 2011"...more here.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Wood Badge Course S7-598-11-1: Registration still open!

Registration for the Shenandoah Area Council's Spring Wood Badge course is still open!

So far 30 Scouters have accepted the challenge...will you join them?

Always wanted to take it but couldn't make it in the Fall?

Have no idea what Wood Badge is?

Brochure with registration form--print out page 2.

Wood Badge FAQ--from a previous course, but gives great background information.

The course is split over 2 weekends:  25-27 MAR 2011 and 08-10 APR 2011.

The Wood Badge Course Director is Terry Shaffer.  The course is experienced at our very own Camp Rock Enon.

DEADLINE:  Registration and full fee ($225) are due by 04 FEB to the council office.

Step right up and join other dedicated Scouters and make a difference in Scouting.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

What are Scouts allowed to do?

Scouters, do you ever wonder what Scouts are allowed to do?

When can a Cub Scout use a pocketknife?

Can Webelos Scouts participate in a camporee?

Is "caving" a good activity for the Crew?  How about the Cub Scouts?

The BSA has a great answer to all of these questions in "Age-Appropriate Guidelines for Scouting Activities".

Keep this resource tucked away in your annual planning materials...and maybe check your next event against it, too!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Save the Date: 20-22 MAY "Night Ops" Camporee

Who:  All Shenandoah Area Council Boy Scouts
What:  "Night Ops" Spring Camporee

  • Rappelling
  • Glow-in-the-dark paintball (targets only, not other Scouts)
  • Midnight cracker barrel
  • Stealth hike
  • Night geocaching

When:  20-22 MAY 2011
Where:  Lake Arrowhead, Luray, VA
How:  $10 fee per person, $50 unit reservation due in March, balance due in April.  NO unit "at the door" registration allowed.

More details coming out to unit leaders soon.