Colonial Virginia Council
Boy Scouts of America

May 3, 2014
In This Issue
Hunter Skills
Eagle Quest
JR Fishing Derby
Adopt A Spot
Cub o Ree
Highland Games
Eagle Scout
Highland Games
Yard Sale
Ches Bay Roundtable
Webelos Camp
Day Camp
Risk Management
Leave No Trace
Training Fair
2014-2015 Calendar
Hunter Skills Workshop

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All Units or any who wish to camp for the weekend please contact Ranger Joe Hickey at Bayport Scout Reservation for weekend camping details
Eagle Quest

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James River District Fishing Derby




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Bayport Scout Reservation Adopt-A-Spot


The Colonial Virginia Council is pleased to announce the Bayport Scout Reservation Adopt-A-Spot program, which allows units and individuals an opportunity to take ownership of this great resource and preserve it for future campers.  For more information contact Paul Lux at


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Colonial Trail Cub-O-Ree



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Lone Star Lakes Lodge

Pembroke Lane

Suffolk, VA 23434

May 16-18 2014



The purpose of the Cub-O-Ree is four-fold:


  • First, is to pique the boys' interests in the scouting environment while enjoying the great outdoors, and to inspire them to continue on in scouting through a positive outdoor experience.
  • Second, give boys a chance to develop team skills and to interact with Scouts from other packs .
  • Third, it is designed to give the boys an opportunity to work on activity pins and/or belt loops .
  • Lastly, it gives the Den Leaders an opportunity to meet with other pack leaders, and share ideas and to strengthen our programs by working together.


Your Scouts will be given the opportunity to increase their scouting skills and knowledge. They will participate in several activities that will challenge them and encourage them to continue to work on their achievements and badges on the Pack. They will also participate in ceremonies and an evening campfire. A list of achievements accomplished will be distributed at the closing of the event.



Cub Scout Pack 7 Retires Flag from Africa


Recently, the Cub Scouts from Pack 7 in Smithfield were given the honor and responsibility of retiring several flags from United States embassies abroad.  On Saturday, April 26th, we were proud to properly dispose of this large flag from the American Embassy in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in Africa.

Paragon Theaters



New Eagle Scout


Dokyun K. was awarded the Eagle Scout rank at a ceremony on April 13, 2014 held at the Edgehill Club House in York County.  Shown here with his father Mr. Kim and his Scout mentors from left, Mr. Paul Scharsich, Mr. Kurt Boucher, Mr. Doug Kennedy, Mr. Russell Morris Jr., his prior Scoutmaster and Mr. Roy Zinser, his current Scoutmaster.  Dokyun's Eagle project involved clearing of debris and construction of the front porch at his church.   

Highland Games
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Troop 368 Yard Sale



Chesapeake Bay District Roundtable

Larry Hahn District Commissioner Chair having fun at the Cub Scout roundtable


Come to the Cub Scout Roundtable and take valuable information back to your pack. Find out about upcoming events in the district. Chesapeake Bay Cub Scout Roundtable is for all leaders, cub masters, committee chairs or anyone that is interested in scouting. You will find out about all upcoming events in the Chesapeake Bay District. We have great ideas for your den and pack meetings, ceremonies, pack activities, interesting topics, door prizes, break out sessions geared towards leaders, webelos leaders and cub masters and committee chairs. We have food and fun so come and join us every first Thursday of the month at 7:30 pm at Yorkminster Presbyterian Church on highway 17 in Grafton. Adults only please! We can't wait to see you!

Registration for Webelos Resident Camp Now Open

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We will have our leader's guide and more information forthcoming.  The 2014 theme is Trouble at Castle Bayport - An Event to Remember!

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Day Camp - All Districts!


Chesapeake Bay - June 16th to 20th at Newport News Park

James River - June 16th to 20th at Newport News Park

Colonial Trail - June 16 to 20th at Nike Park

First Colony - June 16th to 20th at New Quarter Park

Heritage - June 23rd to 27th at Gosnold's Hope Park

Siouan Rivers - June 23rd to 27th at The Bronco Rod and Gun Club


Click here to view the guide for all camps!

Risk Management - Did You know?


An injury that doesn't happen needs no treatment. An emergency that doesn't occur requires no response. An illness that doesn't develop demands no remedy. The best way to stay safe in the outdoors is to avoid getting into trouble in the first place. That requires planning, training, leadership, good judgment, and accepting responsibility-in short, risk management.


We manage risk in almost every aspect of our lives. There is risk involved in stepping out of our homes in the morning, but we go anyway. There are risks in crossing a street, catching a bus, and taking part in sports, but we find ways to minimize these risks and maximize our safety and well-being.


Risk management is so much a part of outdoor adventures that often we hardly notice we are doing it. When we fill bottles with water from streams and lakes, we deal with the risk of parasites by treating the water with a filter or chemicals, or by boiling it. When we share the outdoors with bears, we protect them and ourselves by hanging our food out of their reach, eliminating odors from our sleeping areas, and keeping campsites spotless. When foul weather blows in, routes become uncomfortably exposed, streams swell, or snow loads make avalanches a possibility, we consider all the available information and then make decisions that keep risks at acceptable levels.


Perceived risk can energize outdoor activities by bringing to them an immediacy that is sharper than what we normally experience. The actual risk on a well-managed ropes course, for example, is relatively low, but participants experiencing the events of the course might perceive that the risk is much higher than it actually is. That heightened awareness can take them beyond their usual comfort levels and encourage them to accept challenges that will stretch their abilities and build their confidence.


The only way to eliminate risk completely in the out-of-doors is to give up the pleasures, challenges, and satisfaction of taking part in an adventure. Rather than attempting to do away with it, group members and leaders can manage risk by identifying its sources, understanding its boundaries, and tailoring their behavior to minimize exposure to danger.


Training Corner:
Leave No Trace Trainer's Course



The Trainer course is a vital component of the nationwide Leave No Trace program. The participants received training in LNT skills and ethics in a two-day format. The Trainer course assists the participants in learning more about the seven principles of Leave No Trace and techniques for disseminating these low impact skills. The graduates of the Trainer course gained the skills to teach LNT techniques and ethics to their units, camps, schools, parks, wilderness, and front country areas.


These trainers are also a valuable resource for learning more about the BSA Outdoor Ethics Award Program. This course provided participants with hands on experience in teaching Leave No Trace Skills and Ethics. Each participant in the class will teach one LNT principle at the Trainer course, as assigned.  Email Dave Lauthers upon registering at




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Cope Instructor Training



The COPE Instructor Training course will be held at Rivah Base located at Bayport Scout Reservation on May 9-11, 2014 from 7pm Friday until 4pm Sunday. The course will provide the opportunity for you to challenge yourself on Rivah Base's unique high ropes course and low cope course. Come learn about the many aspects of COPE, such as:


                        Team Work                            Program Support

                        Team Building                        Safety Aspects


Lodging will be provided in the Staff Dormitories. The cost will be $40.00 per person and include food, a t-shirt and lodging. A copy of your medical history is required as well as hold harmless release forms. If you are under 18 the release form must be signed by your parents. Once trained, instructors will be asked to spend 2-3 weekends at Bayport Scout Reservation helping groups of older Scouts or other groups who want to use the COPE courses during the year when camp is not in use.

Youth that are 16 and 17 years old can be trained as "Instructor in Training." Venturers that are 16 years or older can complete the course as an elective for the Ranger Award.  The Instructor Training Card is good for two years.

If you would like to take advantage of this challenging but awesome opportunity, fill out the registration blank below and send it to the Council Service Center along with the fee before May 7th.


If you have any questions, please contact Bill Spence, Council COPE/Climbing Chairman, (W) 757-865-7781 (H) 757-225-0846 or email:


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Wood Badge is the premier training program for adult leaders in all Scouting programs - Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity, and Venturing leaders, as well as district and council leaders. The course is designed to train participants in the latest BSA leadership skills & techniques, as well as team development processes, all based on the mission and values of Scouting.


There are two parts of the Wood Badge experience:

The first part consists of six days (two weekends) of practical experience in an outdoor setting. You will have opportunity to learn skills and concepts that underlie the five core themes of Wood Badge.


The second part is an application phase of several months during which you apply the specific skills learned during the practical experience to your specific role in Scouting ("the ticket").


When you have successfully completed both parts of the experience, you are presented with the Wood Badge beads, woggle, and neckerchief. 


The Colonial Virginia Council's fall 2014 Wood Badge course will be held at the Bayport Scout Reservation near Jamaica, VA in two sessions that are each three days in duration:

  • The first session runs from Friday, September 19 through Sunday, September 21, 2014.

  • The second session runs from Saturday, October 4 through Monday, October 6, 2014.


    Course sessions run from 7:00 am on the first day until approximately 5:00 pm on the last day of each session. Between the two scheduled weekends, participants will meet at least once in a small group at a time and place of their choosing. Participants must attend all sessions to successfully complete the course. 

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Training Fair

The Council Training Fair is set for May 10th at Grafton High School.

 Purpose of the Council Training Fair - The "Council Training Fair" is a training opportunity for all adult Scouters. It is the only time during the year where our council is able to provide a wide variety of basic training opportunities in all program areas (Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Sea Scouts, or Venture Scouts).

Not only is it the opportunity for adult Scouters to complete their basic training in all program areas, youth leaders have the opportunity to attend Den Chief Training, Trainer's EDGE, and other supplemental training courses that will improve their leadership skills.


Whether you are new to the program or a veteran and changing positions, the fair provides the basic training courses in Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting and Venture Scouting.


This is the best opportunity you will have to obtain several courses in one place and at one time. All these opportunities are for gaining more knowledge on how to better serve our young people!


"Deliver the Promise"


Early-Bird Registration - $15.00 for all day class or $10.00 for part day class as defined on the registration form; due to the anticipated large attendance it will require advance scheduling. For the CPR/First Aid Course there is an additional $12 book, CPR mask, and certification card. To ensure the best possibility of attending your desired courses, early registration is essential. All registrations received at the Scout Service Center (SSC) by Thursday, May 3, 2014 will be included in the master schedule of courses, and you will receive a personal schedule upon arrival at the Training Fair.

Late Registration/Walk-ins - $30.00. Registrations received after the May 3rd deadline and those registering at the door (walk-ins) will receive course assignments based on availability of space and instructors. Participants will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. Due to time constraints, walk-ins may be unable to complete registration in time to attend a course scheduled for the first period. WALK-INS ARE DISCOURAGED, BUT NOT PROHIBITED


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National Youth Leadership Training Course - CANCELLED

Due to a lack of registrations the 2014 NYLT training scheduled for June 15-20 is cancelled.  Refunds will be given to those who either placed a deposit or paid their fee in full.  We are sorry the opportunity for youth leadership training will not be provided this year.  Please work with your units so when next year's course is announced registrations will be forthcoming.  

Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 9am-5pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 9am- 7:30pm
Saturday: 9am- 3pm
Sunday: Closed