(Scroll down for details on the Virtual Recruitment Campaign)
Scouting Programs for Boys and Girls
- Cub Scouts: Grades K - 5 (5 - 10 years old)
- Scouts, BSA: Grades 6 - 12 (11 - 17 years old)
- Venturing: 14 - 20 years old
- Sea Scouting: 14 - 20 years old
Learning by doing is a hallmark of outdoor education. Unit meetings offer information and knowledge used on outdoor adventures. A leader may describe and demonstrate a Scouting skill at a meeting, but the way Scouts truly learn an outdoor skill is to do it themselves on a unit outing.
Scouting uses the patrol method to teach skills and values. Scouts elect their own patrol leader, and they learn quickly that by working together and sharing duties, the patrol can accomplish far more than any of its members could do alone. The patrol succeeds when every member of the patrol succeeds, and Scouts learn that good teamwork is the key to success.
Health and wellness is part of the outdoor experience. As Scouts hike, paddle, climb, bike, or ride, their muscles become toned and their aerobic capacity increases. When they work as a patrol to plan menus for their outings, they learn to purchase cost-effective ingredients to prepare flavorful and nutritious meals.
Service to others and good citizenship is learned through such outdoor activities as conservation projects, collecting food, building trails and shelters, and conducting community service projects that promote healthy living. Through helping other people, Scouts learn to appreciate how they can share themselves and their blessings to those in need. By giving service to benefit others, Scouts gain a sense of personal satisfaction.
District Membership Chairs
Monticello District: Jason Jennings
Southern District: Jack Glisson
Valley District: Liz Harman
Massanutten District: Keith Dean
Virtual Recruitment Campaign
Yes – you can recruit new youth into Scouting and have them join you in your Virtual Scouting Events and Meetings – and the best part is you can earn a pretty cool, one-of-a-kind, recruiting patch in the process! I mean, how many times do you get an opportunity to do cool Scouting adventures while in the middle of a world-wide pandemic? That’s certainly “Scouting in Action!”
Any Scout that recruits a friend to join Scouting will get a special, extra-awesome, “Keeping the Distance - Maintaining the Vision” Recruiting Patch. If a unit recruits 5 or more Scouts — all the Scouts in the unit will get a patch as well!
Fill out the online form here https://forms.vahcbsa.org/view.php?id=5799810 or by finding it in the right side column. All new Scouts recruited must be verified as registered to qualify. Patches will be mailed to your unit leader.
Program Specific Membership Resources
Join Scout Night Boxes were handed out at June Round Tables with the printed materials below and included: Foam rockets, stickers, posters, yard signs and Scout Shop promotions. For information on how to get your Pack's box contact your local membership chair.