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Eagle Scout Projects:

St. Elizabeth Episcopal Church on Grandin Rd is developing a pollinator garden and want a gazebo in the middle. They believe it would be an amazing Eagle Scout project! Please contact Lawrence Legg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Unity Church on Green Ridge Road is looking for a scout who might be interested in repairing an old bridge on their property. This church hosts the Virgnia Master Naturalists program and many other conservation activities. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Lewis Pillis with Tree Stewards This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - signs for the Garden City natural area replaced with treated wood and routed letters.

Friends of Virginia Rivers Leah Schultz This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - have many local river kiosk projects they would love to pass along to an Eagle Scout.

Community News:

I am affiliated with the Virginia Master Naturalists and we are always looking for volunteers or opportunities to work with youth. From making Bird Boxes, to planting trees, to cleaning around our rivers, nature hikes, local events and unit talks. If scouts need a certain expert for a merit badge or conservation hours, I have connections so please don't be shy, just ask. 


Need a night off from planning a meeting? Schedule a talk from one of the following knowledgeable volunteers:

Importance of Trees in the Urban Environment by the engaging speaker, Acadia Lewis from Virginia Tech, Virginia Forest Education Foundation program This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. **possible check offs for the Environmental Science merit badge

Native Trees in the Environment by Lewis Pillis with Tree Stewards This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Units can also sign up for volunteering opportunities to plant! - 

Sound the Alarm and Home Fire Safety through Red Cross. Fun talk with activities for kids! Scouts can then help support the program by educating their friends and family about home fire safety and help register households for free installation of fire alarms. Contact: Jordan Brown, Disaster Services Program Manager office: (540)777-3613 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Blue Ridge Orienteering Club has some events throughout the year! Check them out: Blue Ridge Orienteering Home Page


June / July:

June 6th - Last Day of School for Roanoke City

SCOUT CAMP at Blue Ridge Scout Reservation

Our 2024 summer camp sessions will be held as follows:

Week 1: June 16 – June 22
Week 2: June 23 – June 29
Week 3: June 30 – July 6
Week 4: July 7 – July 13
Week 5 and STEM Camp: July 14 – July 20
Canoe the New: July 21 – July 27

July 25th-28th - Cub Scout Family Camp Cub Scout Family Camp (bsa-brmc.org)

August it's time to recruit school friends:

August 8th - First Day of School for Botetourt County Schools

August 9th - Show and Sell Popcorn orders Due

August 10th - Touch-a-Truck at Green Hill Park (looking for booth helpers)

August 15th - First Day of School for Roanoke County

August 19th - First Day of School for Salem

August 20th - First Day of School for Roanoke City

August 23rd - Show and Sell Popcorn Pickup

Visit your local Back to School event and feel free to reach out to me for materials!

September:

High Adventure Campout - September 27th-29th. For all youth 14 and up and Venturing Scouts! Time to enjoy some extreme scouting programs!

November:

1st to 3rd - Martinsville Speedway Scout weekend - camping available. Contact Jennie Cerjack for more information. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


2024 Goals for the District:

  • 2 New Unit Coordinators to assist in helping new units grow - talk to Dick Hancock.
  • Increase adult volunteers engaged and trained - more district training events scheduled.
  • Increase in Roundtable attendance from all units - Mel has regained control of all Roundtables and has some great plans for the meetings.
  • Increased Crossover engagement from pack to troop - Troops should engage earlier to interact with local packs and spread the fun of scouting!
  • 8% growth in scouting youth registered by the end of the year - working on "Adopt a School" program between units and local schools, contacting local PTAs and asking for support, even searching help from School Boards to help open up opportunities to talk with the local youth.
  • FOS - working with local units to encourage donations from families, businesses and persons who want to support scouting.

If you would like one of your unit events listed here, or to help with one of the events, please email your Great Valley District Executive at - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you for making scouting possible! 

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