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Scouting in Virginia

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Headquarters  Irving, Texas
Country  United States
Age range  Cub Scouting: 7–11 (Male youth) Boy Scouting and Varsity Scouting: 11–17 (Male youth) Venturing and Sea Scouting: 14–21 (Co-ed youth) All programs: 18 and over (Co-ed adults)
Location  United States, Puerto Rico, USVI, Europe, Japan
Founded  February 8, 1910; 107 years ago (1910-02-08)
Founders  William D. Boyce Ernest Thompson Seton Daniel Carter Beard

Scouting in Virginia has a long history, from the 1910s to the present day, serving thousands of youth in programs that suit the environment in which they live. Many of the local groups and districts took names of historic Virginia Indian tribes in the state.



William D. Boyce incorporated the Boy Scouts of America at 11:03 am on February 8, 1910 in Washington, D.C. on the advice of railroad executive and later first national president of the organization Colin H. Livingstone, with assistance from lawyers at the firm Ralston, Siddons and Richardson. Six months later in Norfolk, Charles Merrill Watson, pastor of First Christian Church, organized Troop 1, the first Boy Scout troop in Virginia.

In the next year the National Capital Area Council was formed. The oldest unit in the council is Troop 52, out of All Saints Episcopal Church in Chevy Chase. This unit dates all the way back to 1913. When the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia decided that the security of suffrage marchers in 1916 was not their problem, Troop 52 Scouts marched alongside the women.

From 1981 National Scout Jamboree, through the 2010 National Scout Jamboree, all Jamborees were held at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia.

Blue Ridge Mountains Council

The Blue Ridge Mountains Council (BRMC) serves Scouts in southwest and south central Virginia.  

Buckskin Council

Buckskin Council serves Scouts in Scouts in Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia.

Colonial Virginia Council

Served by the Wahunsenakah Lodge of the Order of the Arrow.

  • Chesapeake Bay District
  • --City of Poquoson, and the Counties of York, Gloucester, and Matthews

  • Colonial Trail District
  • --City of Suffolk, and the Counties of Isle of Wight (excluding the southern portion), and Surry

  • First Colony District
  • --City of Williamsburg and James City County

  • Monitor-Mertimac District
  • --Cities of Hampton and Newport News

  • Siouan District (named after the language spoken by historic Virginia Indian tribes in the Piedmont)
  • --Cities of Emporia and Franklin, and the Counties of Brunswick, Greensville, Southampton, Sussex, and lower Isle of Wight

    Del-Mar-Va Council

    Del-Mar-Va Council serves Scouts in Delaware, Maryland and Northampton and Accomack Counties in Virginia.

    Heart of Virginia Council

    Formerly Robert E. Lee Council, this council was renamed in 2003.



  • Arrohattoc District (formerly the southern half of Shawondasee District)
  • Battlefield District
  • Capitol District
  • Cardinal District
  • Crater District
  • Huguenot Trail District (formerly the northern half of Shawondasee District, named after French immigrants of 1700)
  • Rivers District, formed when Northern Neck and Rappahannock Districts were combined in 2010
  • Camps

  • Camp T. Brady Saunders - established in 1964 in Maidens, Virginia
  • Cub & Webelos Adventure Camp - opened in 2002 in Maidens, Virginia
  • Albright Scout Reservation - on Lake Chesdin in Southern Chesterfield County, Virginia
  • National Capital Area Council

    The National Capital Area Council (NCAC) is a local council of the Boy Scouts of America within the Northeast Region and serves Scouts in the Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and the United States Virgin Islands. The council offers extensive training, and administrative support to units. It is rated as a "Class 100" council by the National Council (headquarters office), which denotes that the NCAC is among the very largest in the country. Chartered in 1911, it is also one of the oldest. The council is divided into 23 districts serving ten counties in Northern Virginia, six counties in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and the US Virgin Islands. The council has a 2.5 to 1 ratio of youth members to adult leaders, which is among the highest of all the councils. The youth retention rate approaches 80%.

    Sequoyah Council

    Sequoyah Council serves Scouts in Tennessee and Virginia.

    Shenandoah Area Council

    Headquartered in Winchester, Virginia the Shenandoah Area Council serves Scouts in Clarke, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah, and Warren counties in Virginia and Berkeley, Morgan and Jefferson Counties in West Virginia.


    The Shenandoah Area Council is divided into four districts and includes a Learning for Life division.

  • Manahoac District: Clarke County in Virginia and Jefferson County in West Virginia
  • Potomac District: serves Berkeley and Morgan counties, West Virginia
  • Shawnee District: serves the Winchester and Frederick County in Virginia and Capon Bridge and Paw Paw in West Virginia
  • Shenrapawa District: serves Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah, and Warren counties in Virginia
  • Camp

    Camp Rock Enon or CRE is both a Boy Scout and Cub Scout resident summer camp with high adventure opportunities. The mineral springs of the area afforded the development of a resort in 1856. 89 years later in 1945 the resort and most of the land land was converted into the Scout camp of today. The summer camp programs includes obvious outdoor programs like aquatics camping, cooking, fishing, handicraft, and shooting sports, yet also includes less common programs like canyoneering, rappelling, rock climbing, scuba, space exploration, volleyball, white water rafting, and wilderness survival. Camper family members are invited to visit the camp on Friday nights for dinner; a Scout-performed campfire program with skits, songs, and jokes; then an Order of the Arrow Callout Ceremony. Each Sunday evening at the camp chapel a short non-denominational service called Vespers is held. In 1985 the camp participated in the international camp staff program by hiring Martin Woodhead of England and Jos Verschure of the Netherlands. In 2010 campers spent 9,034 nights at Camp Rock Enon. The camp includes 14 campsites that accommodate from 16 to 56 campers in tents or Adirondack shelters as well as a dining hall that can serve 450 at a time.

    Order of the Arrow

  • Shenshawopotoo Lodge #276, established in 1944. Shenshawpotoo is a composite word, made up of the first syllables of the Council name, and the three districts in the council at the time the lodge was formed - Shawnee, Potomac, and Two Rivers.
  • Stonewall Jackson Area Council

    The Stonewall Jackson Area Council (SJAC) is the local council of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) that serves Scouts in areas of the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia and West Virginia and areas of central Virginia. The first council in the area was the Staunton Council, formed in 1921 and failed in 1924. The Stonewall Jackson Council was organized in Waynesboro, Virginia in 1927 as the Stonewall Jackson Council. The council is named after General Stonewall Jackson, one of the most famous residents of the area. The Lewis & Clark Council was formed in Charlottesville in 1927; it failed in 1931 and folded into the Stonewall Jackson Council. The council was later renamed to the Stonewall Jackson Area Council. The first Scout executive was J.W. Fix who served from 1927 to 1950. Fix had joined Scouting as a youth in 1911 and was an Eagle Scout.

    The Order of the Arrow is represented by the Shenandoah Lodge. It supports the Scouting programs of the Stonewall Jackson Area Council through leadership, camping, and service.

    Tidewater Council

    Tidewater Council is the local council of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) that serves southeastern Virginia and north-eastern North Carolina. This region is often referred to as South Hampton Roads or the Tidewater or Tidewater Virginia area; hence the name of the council. One of the first councils in the country, Tidewater Council was established in 1911, just one year after William Boyce of Chicago founded Scouting in the United States, and only three years after Sir Robert Baden-Powell founded the movement in England. In 1914 the local council was issued a second-class charter, as it did not have a professional Scout executive.

    Its Order of the Arrow counterpart is the Blue Heron Lodge, which was founded in 1946 when a team from Octoraro Lodge in Pennsylvania inducted the first members of Blue Heron Lodge.

    Girl Scouts of the USA

    There are seven Girl Scout councils serving girls in Virginia; three are headquartered in the state.


    In 1939 the Alexandria Council and the Arlington Council formed. This version of the Arlington Council included Falls Church, Fairfax City, and Fairfax County. Later the Fairfax County Council of Girl Scouts formed, but would not include all the Fairfax County troops until 1946. In 1946 the Fairfax County Council of Girl Scouts had 26 troops with 476 girls. By 1958 there were 485 troops with 7,800 girls. Before buying land in 1942 to build Camp Potomac Woods, the Arlington Council would send their Scouts to National Park Service Camp Chopowamsic in Triangle Virginia.

    In 1958 The District of Columbia Council formally changed names to National Capital Council, putting an end to the informal name of Girls Scouts of the District of Columbia and Montgomery County. Also in 1958 the Fairfax County Council of Girl Scouts spread by including Falls Church and Quantico and so later took the name Northern Virginia Girl Scout Council. Then in the June 1962 issue of the Trefoil magazine the National Capital Council held a mail in vote to rename the council with the choices of: Potomac River Council, Nation's Capital Council, Greater Washington Council, and a space to write in your own suggestion. Nation's Capital Council won that contest.

    That kind of consolidation continued in 1963 when the new Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital was formed from the National Capital, Southern Maryland, Alexandria, Arlington, and Northern Virginia councils, as well as including a single troop from Prince William, another in Fauquier, and one in Loudoun. A new Shawnee Council also formed in 1963 which consolidated the Blue Ridge Council of Virginia, the Eastern Panhandle Council of West Virginia, the washington County Council of Maryland, and the previous Shawnee Council that included the Maryland county of Alleghany, the Maryland county of Garrett, and the Pennsylvania county of Bedford. In 1972 this much larger Shawnee Council moved their headquarters to Martinsburg, West Virginia.

    Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians

    See Scouting in Tennessee. Serves Virginia girls in the extreme southwest of Virginia.

    nearest Service Center: Johnson City, Tennessee
    Website: http://www.girlscoutcsa.org/

    Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council

    See Scouting in West Virginia. Serves Virginia girls in Bland, Buchanan, and Tazewell counties.

    Headquarters: Charleston, West Virginia
    Website: http://www.bdgsc.org

    Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay Council

    See Scouting in Delaware. Serves Virginia girls on the Delmarva Peninsula.

    Headquarters: Newark, Delaware
    Website: http://www.gscb.org/

    Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast Council

    Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast Council serves over 16,500 girls, with 5,500 adult volunteers in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. It was established in 1981.

    Headquarters: Chesapeake, Virginia
    Website: http://www.gsccc.org


  • Camp Darden is almost 100 acres (0.40 km2) near Franklin, Virginia. It was acquired in 1961 and named after Colgate Darden and his wife.[1]
  • Camp Skimino is a 90-acre (360,000 m2) camp near Williamsburg, Virginia.
  • Camp Apasus is located in Norfolk, Virginia.
  • Camp Burke's Mill Pond is a 30.06-acre (121,600 m2) camp located in Gloucester County, Virginia. It was donated to the Heritage Girl Scout Council in 1975, along with an additional 6.23-acre (25,200 m2) tract which contains the original mill house. Heritage Girl Scout Council and Tidewater Girl Scout Council merged to become the Girl Scout Council of the Colonial Coast.
  • Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia Council

    The Girl Scout of the Commonwealth of Virginia serves more than 16,000 girls and has about 5,700 adult volunteers in 30 central Virginia counties. It was chartered in 1963, when three smaller councils serving Fredericksburg, Richmond, and Southside Virginia merged. In 2007, Surry County was moved from this council to Colonial Coast. The first troop formed in central Virginia was Troop #1, Highland Springs in 1913.[2][3]

    In 1932 the first African-American troop in the South, Girl Scout Troop 101, was founded in Richmond by Lena B. Watson. It was first led by Lavnia Banks, a teacher from Armstrong High School. It first met in Hartshorn Hall, Virginia Union University. In 2008 a tree was planted in commemoration at Hartshorn Hall.[4]

    In 1922 Girl Scouts of Richmond was chartered. In 1942 Petersburg Girl Scout Council was formed and in 1944, Hopewell Girl Scout Council. In 1953 Petersburg and Hopewell merged to form Southside. In 1963 Southside, Richmond, and Fredericksburg councils merged to form the current council.

    Headquarters: Mechanicsville, Virginia
    Website: http://www.comgirlscouts.org


  • Pamunkey Ridge Girl Scout Camp is 240 acres (0.97 km2) in Hanover, Virginia along the banks of the Pamunkey River. It was opened in 1996.
  • Camp Kittamaqund is 387 acres (1.57 km2) and 5 miles (8.0 km) of shoreline on the Northern Neck. It was named after the chief in power at the time of English arrival. The property was acquired in 1964. In 2006 the council attempted to sell the property, but the sale fell through due to zoning regulations that limited redevelopment.
  • Earlier camps include Camp Pocahontas acquired in 1928; Camp Pinoaka, created in 1936 for African-American Girl Scouts; and Camp Holly Dell in 1951 (sold in 1996).

    Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital

    See Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital. Serves girls in northern Virginia as well.

    Headquarters: Washington, D.C. Website: http://www.gscnc.org

    Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council

    This council serves about 10,500 girls in 36 Virginia counties. It was established in 1963.

    Headquarters: Roanoke, Virginia
    Website: http://www.gsvsc.org


  • Camp Sacajawea is 119 acres (0.48 km2) on the James River near Lynchburg. It was named after the Native American woman who accompanied the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
  • Camp Sugar Hollow is 60 acres (240,000 m2) at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains near Charlottesville
  • Icimani Adventure Program Center in Roanoke
  • Scouting museums in Virginia

  • Gregson Center and Museum, Pipsico Scout Reservation, Spring Grove, Virginia
  • Nawakwa Lodge #3 Museum
  • References

    Scouting in Virginia Wikipedia

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