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.