The Blue Ridge Mountains Council, Boy Scouts of America, includes 21 counties and 7 cities in southwest and south central Virginia with council headquarters located in Roanoke, Va. A total of 37 employees, nearly 5,000 volunteers, over 300 local charter organizations, 400+ Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops and Venturing crews provide quality Scouting experiences for over 14,000 youth and families each year.
From Interstate 81, merge onto I-581 S via Exit 143 toward the Airport
Merge onto Hershberger Road, via Exit 3E
Go straight until you reach Grandview, take a right
Take a right onto Marr
We are located up the street and to the right
ADDRESS: 2131 Valley View Blvd. NW, 24012
Sir Robert S. Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting said, "Scouting is a game," and so it is. A game for young people led by men and women, but a game with a very serious and important aim. A boy joins Scouting primarily because he expects to have fun, so our game must be fun, but as a result of that fun, he is exposed to men and women of character, dedicated to the idea of helping young people grow into the best kind of citizens. Character Building, Citizenship Training, and Physical and Mental Fitness are our goals, and we must always keep these goals before us.
These goals are achieved in an atmosphere of brotherhood and comradeship primarily in an outdoor setting, because Scouting is an outdoor program. Boys, even in this space age, crave the fun, adventure, excitement and fellowship that can be found nowhere else in such full measure as woodland streams in a canoe or hiking a trail with their buddies and admired leader.
Leadership is developed only through opportunities to lead, and Scouting offers these opportunities in abundance. Through the experiences boys have today as Scouts, they are prepared for the challenges of tomorrow in this increasingly complex world.
The programs of character building and citizenship training were considered so important by the leaders of our nation that a federal charter was granted to the Boy Scouts of America by Congress. This charter charges the Boy Scouts of America with the responsibility of making the program available to every boy in America.
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- There are 430 Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops and Venturing crews in the Blue Ridge Mountains Council.
- Over 300 community organizations in 21 counties of southwest and south central Virginia that charter local troops, packs, and crews.
- The BSA national organization is made up of 304 local councils, each incorporated and serving a specific geographic region.
- The Blue Ridge Mountains Council is one of 10 areas in the Southern Region. Area 7 is Virginia and North Carolina.
- The Blue Ridge Mountains Council is one of four Regional divisions of the BSA. The Southern Region includes Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, U.S. Territories and U.S. military bases.
Executive Committee and District Chairmen:
Each council is governed by an executive board of business and community leaders, representing all areas within the council's boundaries. The executiveboard and its officers are elected by representatives of all chartered partner organizations that charter a Cub Scout pack, Boy Scout troop, and/or a Venturing crew. The board guides local council policy, oversees the fiscal management of the council and hires a scout executive and staff responsible for the day-to-day operations of the council and for recruiting volunteers to make these operations successful.
For more effective operation, council executive boards create districts for better local service to the units. These districts are the action arms of the council and are not autonomous. A district committee is elected by representatives of chartered partner organizations and local community leaders within each district. The chairman of the district committee serves as a member of the Council Executive Board.
Council Support for Local Units and Leaders:
The primary function of a local council is to support and assist local Scouting units and chartered partner organizations. This task is accomplished through a variety of services and opportunities. To give volunteers and parents a better understanding of the council's role, some of these services are listed below. This is not a comprehensive list.
The council maintains a service center to help leaders and units with administration and records. Service center employees:
- Handle registrations, Boys' Life subscriptions and special requests to the BSA National Council.
- Maintain a supply of literature, insignia, forms, permits, certificates, etc.
- Enter and store records of advancement, membership, training, etc.
- Produce the council's monthly e-newsletter, the Ridge Runner.
- Maintain the council's internet website: www.bsa-brmc.org.
- Produce notices, agendas, minutes, correspondence, etc., regarding local meetings and activities.
- Answer telephone, e-mail, written and personal requests regarding information and policies.
- Produce council and district calendars, information packets, leader's guides and special aids.
- Process reservations for meeting space, equipment, short and long term camping, activities, training events, national high adventure bases and programs, council and district meetings, etc.
- Operate a full-service Scout Shop with a large inventory of equipment, uniforms and supplies.
The council employs a trained, full-time staff to support leaders and units. Staff members:
- Guide volunteers through informal training and coaching.
- Provide personal counseling regarding unit relationships and administrative operational concerns.
- Recruit and guide volunteer committees, commissioners, roundtable staffs and community leaders to provide activities and support for local unit benefit.
- Work through key volunteers to organize and put into action training events, outdoor activities, civic service projects, recognition programs and other opportunities for local unit participation.
- Use knowledge of local communities to secure help for districts and units, such as use of parks, buildings, swimming facilities, banquet halls, etc.
- Review local Scouting annually with the head of each chartered partner organization.
- Keep up-to-date on the latest Scouting materials, programs and resources.
- Provide current information on policies, practices and procedures of the BSA.
- Develop a pool of community leadership resources for programs, committees, etc.
- Help district unit volunteers focus on the goal of providing the highest level of quality program.
The council and districts organize quality activities and events to support local units. The council and districts:
- Provide materials and promotional support for national and council-wide activities, such as Scouting Anniversary Week and Scout Sunday.
- Develop opportunities for council and district "Good Turn" projects, like Scouting for Food.
- Work with volunteers to organize camporees, Cub Scout family camping weekends, pinewood derbies, local high adventure trips, skiing weekends, national high adventure contingents, fishing derbies, youth leadership conferences, merit badge events and other activities.
- Organize training courses for volunteers of all experience levels.
- Recruit and train a corps of commissioners who have one goal: to help units succeed.
- Develop and implement a year-round plan to recruit new youth, families and volunteers.
- Provide an annual Popcorn Sale with a high level of support for units to use for funding local Scouting activity.
- Ensure a balanced variety of age-appropriate activities for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers
- Work through council- and district-level committees to communicate information to local units.
- Monitor the progress of units in providing the highest level of quality program.
The council educates and fosters relationships with community organizations and Scout units. The council:
- Maintains a library of videotapes and equipment for use in training, presentations, meetings, etc.
- Provides training materials and a variety of literature at no cost.
- Presents numerous awards, certificates and recognitions to organizations, units and individuals.
- Distributes information on Scouting values and local Scouting programs to financial supporters, United Ways, chartered partner organizations, leaders, parents and other community members.
- Develops a board of directors with representatives from as many communities as possible.
- Holds training courses for chartered partner organization representatives and directors.
- Works continuously with local community organizations to start new Scout units.
- Delivers Eagle Award Presentation Kits to new Eagle Scouts at no cost to units or families.
- Provides ongoing communication through the Ridge Runner, website and other sources.
- Hires a staff of full- and part-time employees to serve as leaders in the council's Scoutreach program for youth from disadvantaged neighborhoods, where little or no qualified adult leadership is available.
- Provides property and support for outdoor programs and camping.
- Maintains a 16,500-acre reservation for summer camping programs and year-round usage.
- Operates a variety of summer camp opportunities for all age groups.
- Employs a full-time ranger and staff to maintain and protect the reservation property.
- Organizes training in outdoor skills and leadership for adult volunteers and older youth.
- Funds camp property maintenance and development, which are not paid for by camping fees.
- Makes equipment available for loan to units from disadvantaged neighborhoods.
- Promotes and organizes council trips to Philmont Scout Ranch and the National Scout Jamboree.
- Produces leader's guides, family mailings and other information promoting camping programs.
- Organizes outdoor adventure activities for Venturing crews.
- Provides "camperships" for families lacking financial resources to attend camps.
Blue Ridge Mountains Council
Boy Scouts of America
P.O. Box 440728
Kennesaw, GA 30144
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