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Arlington, VA: Local Methodist Church stopped sponsoring its BSA troop, however the troop can still use church facilities. The troop decided to incorporate as a nonprofit. Unlike locally exempt churches, museums, the YMCA and similar religious groups, the troop didn’t realize was that getting 501(c)(3) status and federal tax-exempt status did not protect it from state tax code or Arlington’s personal property tax - $3000 personal property tax bill on its vans! A member of the troop , Griffin Crouch ( I believe he is a recent Eagle Scout?) brought to matter to the Arlington Count
In late 2019, the Board of the Stonewall Jackson Area Council (SJAC) chose to abandon the name of their council that had been a powerful banner to Scouting in central Virginia since 1927. Now in light of this transition (either welcomed or not by current scouters, boosters, and onlookers), I think it appropriate to ....read here
Orange Troop No. 1 at Camp Riley (1916-1917)
rayezell_2000 posted a topic in Scouting HistoryOver the past few months I've posted essays about regional Scouting history and have gotten away from historical accounts of Orange Troop No. 1. I am taking this opportunity to return to Orange Troop No. 1 material, focusing on two long term encampments outside of the Town of Orange, Virginia in the two years following the Troop's formation in 1915. Keep Reading Here...
Camp Shenandoah at Island Ford, Va (1912-1949)
rayezell_2000 posted a topic in Scouting HistoryBoy Scout Camp Shenandoah, in it’s most recent iteration (and location since 1950), presently consists of 456 acres near Swoope in Augusta County on the eastern slopes of Virginia’s Appalachian Plateau. This site is the permanent location of the Scout camp for the Stonewall Jackson Area Council. However, few realize that “Camp Shenandoah” has been serving the youth of the region many more years and has a much deeper and richer history that extends back to the early part of the twentieth century. This essay will explore the first renditions of Camp Shenandoah at its original location at Is
Beginning in February 1927, Charles E. Wood, Special Deputy Regional Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), along with the Charlottesville Rotary Club led the effort to establish the Lewis and Clark Area Boy Scout Council #599 in Albemarle and the adjacent counties. Continue Reading Here...
First Female Scoutmaster in Virginia in 1911..?
rayezell_2000 posted a topic in Scouting HistoryThe April 14, 1911 edition of the Staunton Dispatch-News (Staunton, Virginia) ascribed a unique status onto a local young woman by the name of Josephine B. Timberlake. Ms. Timberlake was heralded as the organizer of the first Scout troop in the city and noted as the first (and only) female troop organizer in the Commonwealth of Virginia and possibly the nation. Keep Reading Here... Are there other examples of female Scoutmasters or Assistant Scoutmasters from the first decade of American Scouting?
Orange, Virginia's only black Boy Scout Troop
rayezell_2000 posted a topic in Scouting HistoryIn the mid-1960s in Orange, Virginia, public facilities and social activities were separated by color. Black children and teens were commonly excluded from the same amenities that whites freely enjoyed access to. In the realm of recreation, black children had to adapt and be creative to enjoy many of the same sports as whites. For instance, a cow pasture became a baseball field or an empty street with a home-made hoop on a pole became a basketball court. However a unifying presence in the lives of blacks in Orange was the Church. The Church provided organization and opportunity that general so
Early Scouting in Central Virginia
rayezell_2000 posted a topic in Scouting HistoryPerfected Under his Leadership–Scoutmaster Rev. Frank C. Riley The second (and maybe most renown) Scoutmaster of Orange Troop No. 1 was Rev. Frank C. Riley. Riley was born September 27, 1888 in Baltimore, Maryland and graduated from Crozer Baptist Theological Seminary (B. Div.) in Chester, Pennsylvania, and from the University of Pennsylvania (M.A.), both in 1915. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Richmond College (University of Richmond). He was ordained in September 1913 at Lee Street Church in Baltimore, and this congregation previously granted him a “License to Preach” in 1908